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Second Wind

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In Seattle, a green business finds new life in downed trees.

Earlier this week, The New York Times business section featured a story on Meyer Wells, a small Seattle company that makes high end, custom furniture from urban trees downed by development, disease or storms. Started four years ago, the company has succeeded in the face of a recessionary economy, with sales pushing $1 million. “I really believe a designer can make better choices, and that......read more

Caribou "Odessa"

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Winter landscapes, goats, and girls with bloody faces. Nope, it's not a death metal video.

Hazy wintry video for lead single off Caribou's upcoming album 'Swim,' out 4/20/10 on Merge Records. Epic overlay visuals by Video Marsh....read more

Telekinesis "Dirty Thing"

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Lovely tour vid for Seattle indie popsters.

Okay, so tour videos are a dime a dozen these days, but this one seems special. For starters, the Spencer Gentz-directed joint for "Dirty Thing" by Seattle's Telekinesis is just plain lovely. Marking the beginning of the band's fall tour and the release of their new EP, Parallel Seismic Conspiracies, the vid makes touring with frontman Michael Lerner look like big, nerdy fun.......read more

SHFT Sampler 12-3-10

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Weekly links: Obama nixes offshore plans, mercury turns birds gay, and more.

Adorbs alert! Discovery assembled an "awwww"-inspiring slide show of endangered baby animals. Are fixies over? We have no idea, but this bamboo joint from Germany's Arndt Menke-Zumbragel tells us no. Lance Armstrong is down too. The world's most famous cyclist called it a "killer wooden bike" on his Twitter. Can't disagree. Check out those rear forks! ......read more

Mercedes-Benz F800 Style

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Boldly designed concept sedan goes green.

Mercedes just announced that its F800 Style concept car will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The car's aggressive styling comes with a flexible powertrain platform, touted as the next generation in green car tech. The two power options are a plug-in hybrid system that provides 18 miles of driving solely on electricity, and an electric drive with fuel cells system enabling ranges......read more

Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell

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This ain't no Prius.

Mercedes-Benz announced that its SLS AMG supercar will now be made in an "E-Cell" version that will go into production in 2013. This electric road beast will contain a 48 kWh lithium-ion battery that will power four electric motors, achieving a combined output of 392 kW and 880 Nm (or 526 bhp and 649 lb-ft of torque!). That will make it one of the fastest cars on the road, and it will do it with......read more

Pact Socks 3-Pack

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Pesticide-free socks feature graphics inspired by American agricultural heritage $30.00

Borne from the idea that there's more to eco-friendly fashion than hemp and burlap, BeGood Clothing offers a solid selection of sustainable threads and accessories from brands like Arbor Collective, Threads For Thought, and PACT, which made these brightly colored Camp socks emblazoned with symbols of farming. But the celebration of agriculture doesn't stop there. Using the buy-one-give-one......read more

Men's St. Moritz Vest by Ecoalf

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Ultra-light down vest made of polyester recycled from PET bottles $158.00

The puffy vest is essentially the ideal layer for winter, providing just enough warmth to keep you comfortable without overheating. Ecaolf's St. Moritz vest might be our favorite sleeveless coat on the market. Each vest is made using recycled PET polyester from 60 plastic bottles, diverted from the landfill and onto your body. Super soft, with an insulated down filling and handy concealed......read more

Stonehaven by BWGH

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Paris menswear label travels to Scotland for stunning video lookbook

We're not generally in the habit of posting advertising clips, but this one from Brooklyn We Go Hard, aka BWGH, fits nicely in SHFT's wheelhouse. For its fall/winter 2013 collection, the Paris menswear brand found inspiration in the rolling landscapes of Stonehaven, Scotland. That's where directors Adrien Landre and Julien Soulier headed to film this gorgeous video lookbook of the collection.......read more

Whiskey Aftershave

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Need a last minute stocking stuffer for your man? Try Portland General Store's woodsy aftershave $16.00

Portland General Store's Whiskey Aftershave is infused with a light whiskey scent, "reminiscent of an ol' yachtsman relaxing below deck at the end of a long day on the wild ocean, a favorite Scotch in hand." Right, okay. Actually the scent is really good, and although it's definitively masculine the list of ingredients is decidedly not -- sea kelp extract, blue-green algae, organic aloe......read more

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