Well Designed: The Most Stylish New Gear to Buy in October

 

Each month, we pick the coolest products on our radar that you should have in your hands. Here’s what’s new:

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The Double-Duty Bag

The ingenious Hook & Albert Garment Weekender lays flat to store a suit in its built-in garment bag but still has the deep body of a duffel, plus pockets for shoes and accessories. “I was carrying three bags for a two-night trip,” explains co-founder Adam Schoenberg. “So we brainstormed a bag to hold all my stuff.” [$395; hookandalbert.com]

The Time-Tested Ax
Since 1697, Hults Bruk has been hand-forging axes in Sweden, and they’re finally available in the U.S. The hickory-handled Kisa has a 1.75-pound head, powerful enough to drop a tree, and it’s compact enough to fit in your car for a camping trip. [$154; hultsbruk1697.se]

High Design for Your Hound
The midcentury modern Puphaus is made of red cedar and cement board to last years outdoors, but ships flat-packed like Ikea furniture and snaps together in just five steps. “You don’t need an Allen wrench,” says co-designer Zach Griggs. [$990; pyramiddesignco.com]

The Elegant Loudspeakers
With its cabinet inspired by the iconic Eames chair, the Davone Ray-S is an opulent addition to any living room. And its sound will more than fill the space, thanks to a new three-way speaker designed for less distortion at higher volumes. [$8,600; davoneaudiousa.com]

Cartoons for Conservation
Ralph Steadman’s distinctive illustrations fill Nextinction, a book to raise awareness about endangered birds — most real, some dreamed up by Steadman himself. Entertaining, if bizarre, conversations with filmmaker and writer Ceri Levy fill the margins. [$50; amazon.com]