Everything Summer: The June Buying Guide

Summer’s almost here — are you ready?

Wood-Fired Oven With A Stone Baking Board — UUNI 3

The Uuni 3 is ideal for those campers who prefer gourmet food to rough-and-ready bonfire staples like hot dogs and s’mores. This third iteration of the company’s woodfired oven heats to 932° F in just 10 minutes. It is incredibly eco-friendly, running on compressed wood pellets that are both energy dense and cheap. The chimney clip and lightweight design of the oven make it easy to pack and carry to a campsite or beach. If you like to entertain a little closer to home, simply set up the oven poolside while cooking for guests.

The Electrified S — VanMoof

The brainchild of two Dutch brothers, VanMoof is a company focused on building innovative city bikes; snowballing on their groundbreaking SmartBike, which comes with an arsenal of anti-theft features, their latest offering is the Electrified S. Clever engineering has resulted in a sleek, minimalist design that hides the technology within the frame, giving the Electrified S the appearance of a classic bike — but one with the riding ease of an electric! “I was once told that Amsterdam has such a large creative entrepreneurial community because of the city’s strong cycling culture,” says co-founder Taco Carlier, who believes that cycling can revolutionize the urban world. “I really believe that’s true. I’m so much more productive and inspired on a bike.”

Hybrid Espresso Outdoor Set — HANDPRESSO

Calling all coffee loving campers: you’ll never again need to settle for instant coffee in the morning. All that the Handpresso requires to operate is hot water, coffee pods, and a little muscle. The appliance is compact and easily portable, and produces a creamy, high-quality espresso brew — anywhere, anytime. Better yet, this handsome outdoor set comes with 4 unbreakable cups, a 300ml thermo-insulated flask in stainless steel (for hot water — you’ll still need to boil a kettle for this one), and 1 small napkin.

BOLD 1 Sunglasses — Saint Laurent

Available in black or a with sepia tone gradient lenses, a colour the company has evocatively named the “Havana Brown”, these sunglasses boast a thick square frame and scratch-resistant lenses. A standout of the Parisian luxury fashion house’s summer line, the Bold 1 model is a striking twist on classic, old-Hollywood chic. The label is clearly embracing that vintage vibe these days; classic beauty Charlotte Gainsbourg is the face of the FW2017 campaign.

P8678′ 67mm Sunglasses — Porsche Design 


Created in Stuttgart, Germany by the grandson of Ferdinand Porsche (yes, the founder of the Porsche car company), Porsche Design is known for neutral, simplified luxury; much like the cars, they’re the understated epitomy of coolness. These men’s sunglasses are constructed from titanium and the polycarbonate lenses offer 100% UV protection. This particular pair is a redesign of the label’s legendary 1978 sunglasses, which gives them a deliciously vintage, fighter pilot silhouette.

Côtes de Provence Rosé — Les Clans

Is there any wine more perfect for summer than a sweet rose? Les Clans is made from grapes harvested primarily in Grenache and Rolle, carefully picked between sunrise and noon. This full-bodied, fragrant wine has a bouquet with notes of rose, apple, light strawberry, and pear. The flavours are a tantalizing, summery combination of strawberry, minerals, and salt. And yes, in case you were wondering: it’s 5 o’clock all summer long.

Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion WetForce — Shiseido

Shiseido, a Japanese skincare company known for its dermatologist-tested, ophthalmologist-tested, high quality products, offers a versatile line of sun protection lotions for summer. Unlike many SPF lotions that don’t hold up in water—even supposedly waterproof varieties tend to fall short when it comes to drug store brands—this lotion becomes even more powerful when exposed to water or sweat, thanks to WetForce technology. Designed for the face and body, this product boasts a broad-spectrum UV protection and helps to reduce the appearance of photo aging.

Ultimate Ears UE BOOM 2 Wireless Speaker — Logitech

Thanks to waterproof technology and a slim, portable design, these latest speakers from Logitech are perfect for poolside parties.  Offering 360 degree sound and a 15-hour rechargeable battery, the UE Boom 2 will no doubt bump its way to the top of your summer shopping list once you study its specs. Not only is the system wireless, but Siri voice recognition also makes it a hands-free device; simply say the name of the song you want to hear and Siri will provide. And with the ability to connect multiple speakers to wirelessly spread sound and increase volume, the UE Boom 2 is a summer bash necessity.

The Little Cabin Company

Think of the Little Cabin Company as a combination of tiny houses and glamping. Founded on the west coast of Canada, the company’s mission is to create small, affordable cabins that are sturdy enough to endure the climatic extremes of the region’s mountain ranges. Numerous options are available for customization in size, decks, and plumbing, and the company boasts craftsmanship comparable to luxury homes. Orders take approximately 6 weeks and delivery is available for customers in the Pacific Northwest. For those in search of a simplified but comfortable escape during the dog days of summer, these Little Cabins are worth the investment.

Beach Towel — Vertty

Vertty is all about reinventing lifestyle products. The company specializes in geometric designers that have resulted in some eye-catching backpacks and swimwear pieces for women. The shining star of the brand’s summer line is this unique beach towel, which comes in multiple colour options (each with quirky names; classic green is “Organically Grown”, red is “Red Hot Chili Towel”, midnight blue is “Clooney Called, He Wants His Towel Back”). This eco-friendly, sand repellent towel is 90% cotton and features a waterproof pocket, perfect for keeping valuables safe and dry while you lounge in the sun.

Brixx — Dedon

Brixx is the result of Dedon’s collaboration with fashion designer Lorenza Bozzoli. The geometric, modular composition of this outdoor sectional makes for a customizable work of art; rearranging the individual pieces, each of which features diagonal two-toned fabric swatches, can make for an outdoor lounging area that transforms as needed. The fabric is spun from 50% recycled post-industrial fibers available in ‘red-tinged shore’ and ‘blueish cove’. The powder coated, triangular side tables, which come with detachable teak legs, make it easy to enjoy a sunset cocktail while lounging with friends.