This week's Perks bring UD exclusive sales with 40 percent off modern dress shirts from Jeremy Argyle and 30 percent off shoes from Moreschi of Italy, giving you an inside line to those Tuscan loafers Grandma's had her eye on.
Things to do for December 10, 2009
Bad Santas, High-Tech Sleep and Congo Style
The weekend is finding out where you hid its presents.
Hibernation season is upon us, so you might want to consider employing a secret weapon: science. Enter WakeMate, a wristband that tracks your nighttime stats (like number of sleep cycles) and gently wakes you at the "optimal time"—which, sadly, isn't science-speak for "12:30 p.m."
When you travel, you've been known to forget little things like toothpaste or your suitcase, so this ought to come in handy: a site that uses a bulletin board-style setup to ease you through every phase of trip planning. (Going overseas? You'll get a Post-it note reminder to pack your passport.) Just don't put a pushpin through your monitor.
Your style icons: Clooney. Newman. And now: some guys on the street from the Congo. This book—with an intro by Sir Paul Smith—documents the dandy looks of the sapeurs, men who wear immaculately tailored, brightly colored suits and live by a strict code of honor (no fighting, Gucci shoes). So if anyone asks, that's why you're wearing a bow tie and smoking a pipe tomorrow.