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Summer's not over yet : 5 adventures around the Pacific Islands

Adventure is easy to find around the Pacific - From Nevis' swing to Niue's whales, there is nowhere better to seek thrills.

1. Nevis Swing

Nevis Swing

Photo from http://www.bungy.co.nz/the-nevis/the-nevis-swing

The world's most famous swing has a 300 meter arc at 160 meters above a river in New Zealand. The rider can choose to ride backwards, upside down, alone, with a friend or any other way as they soar at 75 mph. This is an adventure for the thrill seekers, but if you are daring enough to try it, it's the adventure of a lifetime.

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2. Scuba Diving in the Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Photo from https://www.haikudeck.com/the-great-barrier-reef-uncategorized-presentation-uwF9w7v7Dc

The only living structure that can be seen from outer space, the Great Barrier Reef is known for its spectacular colors and diverse wildlife. It is made of nearly 2900 individual reefs, 600 continental island and 300 coral cays. A bucket list item for most people, this is one of the greatest adventures in the world.

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3. Hiking Haiku Stairs (Stairway to Heaven)

Video from https://vimeo.com/121203429

On the island of O'ahu, Hawaii, the staircase contains about 3,900 stairs and is actually currently off-limits to the public. However, the "No Trespassing" sign does not stop thousands of people from climbing their way up to what used to be a radio station used to transmit signals to U.S. Navy vessels in the Pacific Ocean.

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4. Cliff Jumping in "To Sua" Ocean Trench

To Sua

Photo from http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/to-sua-ocean-trench

To Sua, which translates to "big hole," is just that. It is a blowhole in the lava fields of Lotofaga, Samoa. The 30-foot-deep pool of crystal clear water can be reached by a small ladder from there. If the view is not enough to persuade you, cliff diving into the pool is a thrill for the books.

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5. Diving with Niue Whales

Video from https://youtu.be/11PFwb3Eq90

Rarely do you get a chance to swim with these gentle giants. The Humpback whales come to Niue to nurse their young from July to October and for that short amount of time visitors to the island can swim with the giants. If that is too daring for you, then it's possible to clearly see the whales from land, as they come as close as 20 meters off shore.

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Lawyers become designers, rugs become shoes


Two Atlanta lawyers who were often unimpressed by their colleagues’ dress decided to make a change. Odini Nwakuche and Josh Moore broke out as designers, first for ties and then for shoes, bags and more. Now their company Res Ipsa is hugely successful and provides men and women with unique products. In a recent interview**, we spoke with them about their start, what’s next and an easy way for men to dress better.

TJB: Tell me again, how did you guys get started in the fashion industry?

Moore: “We’re both lawyers, and the company started with a conversation about how bad lawyers dress and how hard it was to find a 3 inch tie. Most ties were either too wide or too narrow and so we like to say that we wanted to find something between hipster and ‘get off my lawn.’ We wanted something that was slender but still serious and we thought that 3 inches was the perfect width. We spent about a year sourcing fabrics and finding a manufacturer and putting a tie program together and during that process we went to Istanbul thinking we would find some interesting fabrics that we could bring back and make part of our collection. It was just kind of by chance that we walked into a store that sold Kilim products for tourists and the gentleman who was working there came up to us and asked us where we were from and we told him we were from Atlanta and he got really excited. And he showed us his Georgia license and his Kennesaw State student ID. He had lived in Atlanta for 5 years and we kind of bonded instantly. So we asked him what else they make. We were thinking about what we would want and use ourselves that were Kilim products and we had always loved that classic British dress slipper shape, so we though that shoes would be good, we wanted to do a dopp kit and a weekend bag. We described what we thought would be the perfect versions of those and kind of pivoted in a direction beyond ties.”

TJB: Do you have any tips for other gentlemen, how they can dress better?

Nwakuche: “Lawyers tend to dress safe, and everyone wants to dress in a way that they think is very traditional and so they end up wearing clothes that are two sizes too big. So I think the first thing that we think about is the size. Try to find your fit, don’t be afraid to wear your size. Then try to find a way to express yourself. And I think you can see that in our shoes and designs – just don’t be afraid to try new things.

TJB: What is one thing you can’t leave the house without?

Moore: “A good blazer is appropriate over a pair of jeans, over wool trousers. With a nice blazer you can go anywhere. When you travel, throw on a blazer instead of the practically bedroom clothes most people travel in and it’s amazing how people treat you differently and the respect people treat you with. Just for being a little bit more dressed up than the crowd. But at whatever price point you are, wear clothes that fit you. Most guys wear jackets that hang off your shoulder and pants that need hemmed and sleeves that are too long, and if you would just tend to those little details, and whatever the best you can afford is, you’ll look fantastic.”

TJB: Your brand is travel. Will you guys be looking for new fabrics on your next adventure, or will the Turkish Kilim stay the highlight of your collection for now?

Nwakuche: We’re open and I think part of the way we’ve evolved is being open to seeing new things, and if it happens it happens. We’re open to South America, we’re open to India, we’re not going to force it. We use a lot of fabrics, like Harris tweeds from Scotland and other tweeds from England, so if we like it and it works, if it translates well, then we’ll try to make something out of it.

TJB: Is there anything new that you guys are excited about?

Nwakuche: “Our backpacks. We are very excited about our backpacks.”

Moore: “And a sneaker”

 

**Mildly edited for clarity and conciseness

Father's Day Gift Guide

Day is like our Christmas, and we decided it was time to start treating it as the big deal it is.

Every year we make a Father’s Day Gift Guide, but this year’s is special. We will have more blog posts, more videos, more clothing, more everything. We can’t wait to share with you everything from the best outfits for your man to how to wrap the perfect present.

Feel free to share all of our tips, tricks and steals with your friends and family!

 

On your mark, get set… SHOP