Road Test | Bentley Continentals at Aspen Fashion Week

Road Test | Bentley Continentals at Aspen Fashion Week

We were recently invited out to Aspen, Colorado by the fine folks at Bentley for an experience of a lifetime. While all the Aspen Fashion Week festivities were in full swing, Bentley took us out to a secluded snow-covered ranch right outside of town. We hopped in the passenger seat of the Supersports Convertible ISR (Ice Speed Record) while Bentley Driving pros took the 631-hp beauty across a snowy meadow, specially created for the winter driving experience. We were swinging around corners with ease and it took us back a bit because the Continental’s all-wheel drive system is one of the British automaker’s strong suits but not the conversation that’s normally had. No matter the weather, we’re accustomed to talking about the car’s stunning looks and its luxurious cabin with hand-crafted leather, book-matched wood veneers, and knurled stainless steel. That’s changed.

Closer Look | UGG Hannen Boot

UGG Hannen Boot for Men in Cordovan Fall 2011

UGG has turned a new page for Fall 2011, bringing a well-thoughtout collection for men to the table, at a time when American heritage brands are claiming the boot market as their own and leaving others to pick up the crumbs. The reason we’re mentioning UGG, and trust we had no intention of ever highlighting them in the past, is because they’ve done a few things differently this time around that have caught our attention. It all starts with the Hannen Boot. The folks at the Australian footwear brand were kind enough to send us over a pair to try out and there’s no lying when we say we’re impressed. And honestly, a part of me isn’t surprised. There’s a reason every gal I’ve ever known owns a pair of UGGs — they’re extremely comfortable. The Hannen boot is no different. When you blend the boot’s Vibram outsole (yes, that Vibram) with UGG’s signature sheep skin lining, it’s like walking on lotion. Kudos to anyone that gets that reference.

The ultra-rich, oiled and waterproof leather shell comes in an impeccable Cordovan finish that’s ideal for the winter months, especially this year when different hues of red are seen in the collections of some of our favorite designers. The price point for the Hannen is below many of the other work boot styles out there as well — $240 at UGG. There are more detailed shots of the boot below so be sure to check those out and head on over to UGG to pick up a pair.

Closer Look | Alpha Industries N-3B Slim Fit Parka

Alpha Industries N-3B Slim Fit Parka 50th Anniversary

With the winter weather finally here, it’s time to pull out the snorkels and parkas for that added layer of protection. The folks at Alpha Industries sent one of their N-3B Slim Fit parkas over to us to try out and we have to say we’re glad they did. It features a flight nylon outer shell with contrasting nylon lining and polyfill for a thicker layer between you and the elements. The slim fit cut coupled with the longer length give way to added insulation and a effortless look.

Road Test | 2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design

Road Test | 2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design

We recently got behind the wheels of the 2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design, an AWD car that is nothing like what most would expect from the Swedish automaker. If you compare the T6 R-Design to its base counterpart, you get more than the R-Design’s added 25 horses under the hood. The S60 R-Design brings an aggressive look and performance enhancements that allow it to talk the talk and walk the walk. The T6 R-Design features a dedicated Sport suspension that gives the car a tighter handle than the T6’s original 4C dynamic chassis system. No doubt the T6 R-Design is a fun drive and with 325 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 354 pount-feet first reached at 3,000 rpm, how could it not be? One thing to note is that EPA fuel-economy estimates remain the same as the original T6 at 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.

Road Test | Rolls-Royce 102EX

Road Test | Rolls-Royce 102EX

We recently had the opportunity to test drive the Rolls-Royce 102EX, also known as the Phantom Experimental Electric (EE). It’s the world’s first battery electric vehicle for the ultra-luxury segment and one we see being showcased as a benchmark for other brands in the industry. There’s a growing demand for alternative drive-train options and that’s something the British coachmaker noticed before deciding to build the Phantom EE. Rolls-Royce is known for blending luxury with timeless design and the Phantom has been looked at as one of the most elegant designs in recent years and one that’s seen by many as a modern-day classic. The Phantom EE began here, as the original Phantom’s aluminum shell serves as the design base and though this is strictly an experimental model for the time being, no detail was spared. The hand craftsmanship, fine detailing and iconic design cues like the pantheon grille and the Spirit of Ecstasy are all showcased here, as the only thing removed from the original Phantom were the naturally aspirated 6.75-litre V12 petrol engine and 6-speed gearbox.

Road Trip | 2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 Coupe to Woodbury Commons

Road Trip | 2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 Coupe to Woodbury Commons

In part 1 of our week with the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 Coupe, we gave you all a look at the exterior of the newly designed beauty. We drove the C350 Coupe everywhere — work, play, errands and, yes, shopping. We can go to the mall anytime but we really wanted to see how the car would handle on a slightly longer distance and so we decided to take our first ever trip to Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets. It’s a short while outside of New York City and the drive is as relaxing as it is scenic. We won’t be disclosing what we bought but here’s how it all went down.

Closer Look | 1964 Jaguar XKE

Closer Look | 1964 Jaguar XKE

We recently teamed up with Two Inch Cuffs for this editorial. Much thanks to James Nord for his Photograpy and Direction, Ruben Hughes for his oversight and models Dylan Nord & Kathy Osborne for really bringing this project to life. For the complete spread, please head to Two Inch Cuffs.

Once called “the most beautiful car in the world” by none other than Enzo Ferrari, the 1964 Jaguar XK-E still exudes a timeless elegance that only a few cars of its generation can. The 60s wonder is currently one of six automobiles permanently on display at New York’s MoMA but don’t think that’s all it’s good for as there’s no doubt it is still capable of ripping the road as it tops off in the 160 mph range. The Two Inch Cuffs team had the opportunity to take this 1964 Jaguar XK-E around Ft. Lauderdale and there’s no doubt it turned heads and left many wishing to be in the driver’s seat. Amazing stills from the day can be found below.

#CCoupeYourWeek | 2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 Coupe

#CCoupeYourWeek | 2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 Coupe

The all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe hit showrooms earlier this month and before we even saw one on the road, the fine folks at Mercedes tossed us the keys to a C350 to check out as part of their C-Coupe Your Week campaign. This is a true two-door coupe, folks, and nothing like the C230 Sport Coupe of generations past. Not only does it take inspiration in the looks department from its older brethren, the C-Coupe also packs more power over its four-door siblings. The C350 Coupe features a new, direct-injected version of Mercedes’ 3.5-liter DOHC V6 and redlines at 6,750-rpm. The coupe packs 302 horses compared to 268 of the sedan and more torque as well. Normally you’d expect more power to equal less fuel efficiency but that is not the case here as C350 Coupe actually gets better highway mileage than the C-Class sedan.

Closer Look | 2012 Audi A7 Video

Closer Look | 2012 Audi A7 Video

We recently had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the 2012 Audi A7, a modern blend of luxury and performance. I’ve had the pleasure of driving other Audi vehicles in the past and this one definitely sits atop the list. Over the past few years, Audi has really become one of the most exhilerating German automakers on the market. The A7 was introduced earlier this year and we fell in love with it on first sight. The front end is aggressive with Audi’s symbolic front grill and iconic daytime LED headlight system playing the lead and delivering well against the sleek lines of the body. The rear is as elegant as it is sporty and gives the car a look that does more than rival the Mercedes-Benz CLS. The rear spoiler really tops things off as it comes up from hiding at the hold of a button.

Inside Look | 3×1 Denim

Inside Look | 3x1 Denim

We recently had the opportunity to visit 3×1, a fairly new shop denim brand and the third venture of designer Scott Morrison following Paper Denim & Cloth and Earnest Sewn based in New York. Being the denim fanatic that I am, Scott’s past work (especially Earnest Sewn) really had me excited to see what 3×1 was offering up. There’s only one location and it’s on Mercer St. in SoHo. The shop houses a 4,000 sq. ft. retail and gallery space, an entire manufacturing facility as well as their 3,200 sq. ft. design studio. Each pair of 3×1 jeans is created on site and tailored for the customer as Limited Edition, Custom Made or Bespoke. Yep, bespoke denim.