I live in San Francisco, startup capital of the world, and I have a lot of techie friends. If you’ll allow me to generalize, one thing I’ve noticed: Most techies won’t go out of their way to find stylish goods–they’re a utilitarian bunch and when handed a company sweatshirt, they’ll wear it thin–but when the opportunity presents itself, techies really appreciate good design.
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Above: Help upgrade the Zuckerberg look with the Men’s Heavyweight Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirt or Women’s Heavyweight Full Zip Hoodie, made in the US and designed with the help of a former industrial designer from Apple; $89 each from San Francisco’s American Giant. Read Slate’s article about it, This Is the Greatest Hoodie Ever Made.
Above: Replace the startup-branded backpack with a duck canvas Bread Bag made by Stanley & Sons. Stitched on an old-fashioned single-needle sewing machine and measuring 12 inches tall and 16 inches wide, the bag is $167 from Hickoree’s Hard Goods.
Above: For the techie with a traditional streak: the Harris Tweed Laptop Sleeve; $125 from Seattle-based Filson. The padded interior is lined with moleskin and Scotland-made tweed wool.
Above: For the person who hates to be parted from his or her phone: the Splash-Proof Speaker for Smartphone allows for not only music in the shower, but typing emails and browsing the internet, too; $69.50 from Muji.
Above: Made of American hardwood and designed to deliver for bass-heavy music, games, and movies, Vers 7E Extended Bass Earphones have play/pause controls and an integrated microphone. Shown here in walnut; $79.99 from Vers.
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