US Outdoor Store has spent the last half century rigging outdoor enthusiasts with equipment made by the industry's top brands, such as Burton, Patagonia, and Marmot. Stocking their shelves with quality, hand-selected products helps them prepare customers for adventures that range from snowboarding and skiing to surfing and mountaineering. The company also boasts highly educated staff members who impart customers with wisdom gleaned from extensive product testing. Such testing could include soaring down slopes on new skis or using carabineers to convert laundry lines into ziplines.
Although known widely for its combat boots, Dr. Martens has branched out over its 50 years of service, crafting a panoply of footwear and accessories for everyone from industrial workers to flip-flop-fancying femmes. Men can pick up a pair of Dave black canvas boots ($70), sleek and understated at two eyes high, while women might favor Christina flats ($60) in a range of colors, fitted with supportive soles and slick in full-grain leather. Although sandals are not traditionally associated with the Doc's hard-bitten image, a variety of the open-toed duds are available for keeping clompers cool. A two-strap Adalia slide sandal ($70) with thick buckles and tartan plaid keeps female feet looking tough, while men's black grizzly sandals ($85) give sweltering toes a break without sacrificing durability or quality. Dr. Martens make a variety of accessories including hats, T-shirts, and shoe care kits.
Holding only a piece of fabric and a tape measure, Kash Ross sits down to design what will become a signature piece in someone's professional wardrobe. He carefully lays out a paper pattern created from 35 individual measurements and hand cuts superfine worsted wool for the suit's outer layer, fully lining it with canvas cloth for shape and body and sewing in buttonholes with fine silk thread.
And if Ross is smiling as he lovingly completes the reinforced, rubberized waistband, it's not just because he knows it will keep a shirt from becoming un-tucked and diffuse electricity in the event of a lightning strike. It's because he is carrying on a family tradition. For more than 40 years, Ross has walked in the well-hemmed footsteps of his father, a respected clothing maker in Bombay who trained Ross in the art of master tailoring. Kash Ross Creations now bustles with a team of tailors and seamstresses consulting with clients in English, Polish, Lithuanian, and Russian, striving to handcraft eye-catching apparel that, like Ross' father's legacy, stands the test of time.