There's something about summer that's intrinsically linked to music. Maybe it's the travel. Or the countless hours spent outdoors. Or working on projects that you haven't tackled all year. Because it's as if the season calls for a personal soundtrack. Which is why every guy needs a good set of headphones (that are still essential even if you never leave your overly-air-conditioned office). But the market is flooded with brands touting endless lists of features, so we sought the advice of Brendan Fallis. The Canadian import has been making a name for himself on the music and style scene as the official DJ for Theophilus London along with spinning all over the world for such slick brands as Levi's, the Soho House and Alexander Wang. We asked him for his top picks when it comes to summer-appropriate headphones. Herewith, his three favorites.
Tough to argue with some of the longstanding best in the business. Having always been a fan of German engineering, it's no wonder I fell in love with Sennheiser's high quality and simplicity. The MM 70s are their new earbuds with a lightweight feel and comfortable fit. No bells and whistles, just great sound and a quality product. That motto speaks to how I like to live and how I plan my days.
Often overlooked, wood is a great source of sound—just think of all those string instruments. So I was excited to see LSTN make wooden headphones which not only have incredible sound, but a great charity component. For every pair purchased, the brand donates to help restore hearing for a person in need. The aesthetic reminds me of an old wood paneled Jeep or an Italian Riva boat. That, to me, is classic summer style, so these might be making their mark as classics with me.
A reliable noise-canceling pair that allows you to put a fun twist on it for some personal flare. Monster, the producer for many of the competitors headphones in the past, decided to go out of their own and corner the market. With their removable headphone strap concept, you can easily make them your own with some waxed denim or camo. These are stylish enough to look good on the street and functional enough to wear on a long flight.