The Obtainer - 5/17/24, Friday

The Obtainer

May 17th Edition

Cory Ohlendorf

Can you dress comfortably and stylishly? Of course. Now more than ever. We put together one such fit for you, ready for a relaxing weekend.

- Cory Ohlendorf, Editor in Chief ⋯ @coryohlendorf


What We’re Wearing

Lazy Weekend

You've worked hard all week. You'd like to take some time—maybe with a loved one, maybe all by yourself—and just relax. You want to get up late, savor a good cup of coffee and do absolutely nothing. Well, not nothing. You should spend your time off as you see fit: tucking into a good book, listening to a few podcasts or laying back on the sofa and binging a show before going out to meet some friends in the evening. The good news is that you can throw on a comfortable fit that's designed for both easygoing, off-duty pleasure and looking good while doing it. Like the softest T-shirt we've ever come across, worn-in vintage jeans and a breezy camp collar shirt that you can throw on before going out the door. If you're worried about looking too lazy, strap on a proper watch and some heirloom-quality shades. Stay comfy, friends.

Your Day-Off Kit

Clockwise, from top left:

Tortoiseshell sunglasses,
$300 by Persol

Dobby camp collar shirt,
$128 by Taylor Stitch

Vintage soft wash T-shirt,
$38 by Flint and Tinder

Swiss-made PRX 40 watch,
$395 by Tissot

Tote bag,
$39.90 by JW Anderson x UNIQLO

Vintage '90s 501 jean,
$85 by Levi's

Club C 85 sneaker,
$90 by Reebok

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Making the Case for …

An Aesthete’s Sparkling Water Mater


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If you’re looking to make your own sparkling water at home, the Aarke soda-maker comes highly recommended by the culinary and cocktail experts I know. Of course, it’s not the cheapest carbonating machine on the market, but it is the most attractive. Constructed from sturdy stainless steel, the sleek appliance comes in a range of sophisticated colors and finishes.

But it’s not just about looks. The solidly engineered soda-maker is simple to operate and requires less pushing and pulling of levers than other carbonating machines. Just pull the lever up to three times, depending on how much fizz you like. While some can’t distinguish the difference between carbonation, I’ve found that this model allows you to tailor the fizz to your liking—whether you prefer the tighter, harder “Topo Chico–style” bubbles to sip on or the looser, gentle bubbles of San Pelligrino. You can do it all with this one. I’ll do one press for mild bubbles to drink during the day and three presses for proper soda water to make my Whiskey Highballs at night. What’s more, the machine requires no cords or electricity. Just a canister of gas that should last you about three to four months, depending on how often you use it.


Carbonator III,
$227 by Aarke

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Smart Buys

The sales and discounts our team is currently watching.


During Blundstone’s End-of-Spring clearance sale, you can get 25% off some of the brand’s best sellers. Like these rugged, water-resistant suede Chelsea boots.

$229.95 / $172.46
by Blundstone


These popular workwear-inspired pants have a touch of stretch for easy movement, but also all the old school details such as a hammer loop, wide belt loops and oversized patch pockets.

$80 / $32.99 by
Abercrombie & Fitch


In need of a serious cooler this summer? Pelican’s 65-quart chest is study, stylish and comes with a freezer grade gasket that will keep ice for multiple days.

$519.95 / $399.32
by Pelican


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