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The Obtainer

June 3rd Edition

Cory Ohlendorf

Today we’re talking about a piece of furniture that I don’t think gets enough love. Plus, some comfortable workout shorts and one highly-anticipated pair of headphones.

- Cory Ohlendorf, Editor in Chief ⋯ @coryohlendorf


Buying Guide

One Piece of Furniture With Multiple Uses

Some pieces of furniture just don't get the respect they deserve. And the dresser is definitely one of them. What other item can store your underwear and also provide a place to display objects while also anchoring a room with a punch of stylish design? Call it a dresser, call it a chest of drawers, call it a sideboard or even a media console—it all depends on where you place it in your home and the job you give it.

One thing is clear, these are not pieces that should blend in. Even the smallest chest of drawers is a substantial piece, so my recommendation is to get one that makes a statement. And that could possibly live multiple lives in different spaces. Perhaps now you need a dresser in your bedroom, but in a few years, this piece could work in an office or even out in your living room under your television or housing your turntable and bar tray.

The real question is what style suits you? Do you like a vintage-inspired chest? Or a more modern, low-slung style? Are you an all-wood kind of guy, or do you like a sleek metal piece? Maybe a sexy version that combines leather and wood? The good news is that there's no shortage of styles on the market. We've gone through (nearly) all of them to bring you some of the best for your money. These dressers run the gamut—some are tall and lean, some are wide with eight deep drawers while others flaunt such luxurious finishes as whitewashed oak and reclaimed wood. They look good, they're practical and they'll suit anyone's taste and budget.

Our Picks

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Fronted by fluted carved wood and handsome brass details, this six-drawer chest has a textured, wire-brushed lacquer finish.

Emery dresser,
$1,299 / $1,229 by Castlery

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This industrial-inspired dresser has clean lines and a trio of smaller drawers on the top with six larger drawers for plenty of storage.

Kira dresser,
$899 at Urban Outfitters

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With a sleek arched profile, this seven-drawer chest is built with mahogany wood in a jet black finish that lets the natural graining peek through.

Nori dresser,
$1,640 by All Modern

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This stacked drawer dresser is inspired by '70s furniture design and is made from sustainable, kiln-dried solid mango wood with an acorn finish.

Otto tall dresser,
$1,799 by West Elm

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Ask The Obtainer

What’s your go-to for quality lined workout shorts for summer?

- Colby

Me, personally? I love Ten Thousand's session shorts. I've got several pairs and I wear—and wash—them constantly (and they hold up incredibly well). I like the stretchy knit waistband, secure pockets and the comfortable liner. Plus, you can choose from a range of colors and your preferred inseam. But Nike makes a nice pair as well, and they're a little more affordable.

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5 Stylish Items to Buy This Week

After some leaks and speculation, it's finally here. The first piece of personal audio equipment from Sonos, the Ace headphones ($449), have arrived. The minimalist can headphones promise everything from lossless streaming and spatial audio with dynamic head tracking to world-class Active Noise Cancellation. Apparently, the bass and sound clarity is top notch and the 30 hour battery life is longer than both Apple's Air Pod Max and Bose's signature QC Ultras.

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Smart Buys

The sales and discounts our team is currently watching.

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Inspired by vintage oxfords from the brand’s archives, J.Crew’s design team took the “giant” vibe from their popular chinos and applied it to this boxy oxford button-down.

$98 / $49.99
by J.Crew


A classic loafer style gets updated by Vinny’s with a textural suede apron toe with tassels, and a chunky lug sole for easy all-day comfort.

$370 / $185
by Vinny’s


Bodega is hosting a pretty substantial sale, and one of the first deals we pounced on was this military-inspired belt from Maharishi, which is now 70% off.

$105 / $32
by Maharishi


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Worth a Read

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The shift to New York City spring follows a familiar pattern: skittishly unpredictable weather leading to uncertain modes of dress. But with the rise in temperature, the style of the city often blooms along with it, writes the photographer @simbarashecha.



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