AETHER Apparel, a complete lifestyle collection for urban- dwelling, design-focused, well-traveled men and women, has partnered with the James Brand, a premium designer of everyday carry knives and tools, to release an everyday carry (EDC) kit for travel, adventure and daily use. Launching today, the James° + AETHER EDC Kit features a limited-edition knife and pen, both with a diamond-patterned easy-use grip, a branded Moleskine notebook, and a weatherproof case.
The relationship between the two brands formed when AETHER began offering James Brand knives and tools at its stores and online, which grew into a mutual respect and a desire to create a kit built from both brands’ unique passions for quality, functionality and style.
“We have been fans of The James Brand knives for years, and their craftsmanship and dedication to beautiful tool-making is unparalleled,” says AETHER co-founder Palmer West. “We are thrilled to come together with Ryan and his team to offer this everyday kit, designed to improve how our customers tackle everything from daily tasks to their next outdoor adventure.”
“When we first launched The James Brand we knew that we wanted to work with AETHER. They were one of our very first partners,” says James Brand founder and chief creative officer Ryan Coulter. “I had known Palmer and Jonah through some shared backcountry experiences in Canada, and it was evident that we viewed the world in the same way with regard to design, adventure and being outside.”
The James° + AETHER EDC Kit celebrates minimalist design with a knife pared back to feature only the necessary tools: a 2.5-inch blade with a lockback design for safety, a Phillips-head screwdriver, a bottle opener, and the James Brand’s all-things scraper and pry. The kit’s weatherproof case comes in dark charcoal heather and has the James° + AETHER collaboration logo and water-resistant zippers. Inside, ultra-durable TPU Hypalon straps secure the knife and pen in place and an elastic daisy chain organizes small gadgets and cords. An internal zippered pocket provides a place to stash cash or small necessities, and the notebook pocket doubles as a passport holder. Three credit-card slots make this an ideal piece for travel and everyday use.
The Kit retails for $275 and is available now in limited quantities at aetherapparel.com, thejamesbrand.com, and at AETHER Apparel retail locations.