Rompers for men are "nowhere near new," but they may never have a moment like they did earlier this year. Decades after James Bond rocked a similar one-piece on screen, a garment called the RompHim divided the nation when it made its first social-media appearance in May, and by the time its creators started shipping to customers, "a slew" of knockoffs were trawling for startup funding on Kickstarter, most of them failing to repeat the RompHim's success. But one company, Getonfleek, went wild with the concept, churning out scores of outré variations. The top seller? This tribute to Kim Jong Un ($100).
Now you won't need that submarine. The Self-Propelled Aquanaut Suit ($825,000), created by a Canadian marine technology firm and sold by Hammacher Schlemmer, allows intrepid divers to venture to depths of 1,000 feet as they explore shipwrecks and other wonders of the ocean floor. Rotary joints allow for some mobility in the arms and legs, while four thrusters control vertical and rotational movement. A shoulder-mounted HD video camera records your surroundings, and the metal claws enable closer looks at interesting specimens. For safety, there's a 50-hour life support system and an intercom for communicating with a support crew.
All loafers are easy to slip on, but the Loewe Slip-On Loafer ($690) tears down the shoe's last wall of resistance. Under new creative director Jonathan Anderson, the Madrid-based fashion house has devised a crushable back so the wearer doesn't have to bother slipping a heel in when a full-dressed look isn't required. The front of the men's version is made of calfskin or crocodile, and the rear of soft deerskin that can be stepped on over and over — "perfect for the quick-change act you have to pull off as you pass through airport security," according to The New York Times.
After a day at the beach, nobody wants to climb into a car with feet and toes coated in sand. Enter the WORX Hydroshot ($120). Sure, the first truly portable pressure washer was built to tackle bigger jobs, but "for sun-worshipping neat freaks, this rechargeable power cleaner is a game changer," says The Wall Street Journal. Pull the trigger and it unleashes a spray up to five times more powerful than a garden hose's, enough to "blast every last grain of sand off your feet, beach gear, and delighted offspring." You can add a bottle attachment or just use a hose drawing water from a bucket.
Terra ($393) is an armchair that takes the phrase "lawn furniture" literally. Designed by an Italian art collective, the lounger promises hours of grassy comfort if a buyer is willing to work for it. The creators sell only the chair's hidden cardboard substructure or, for those seeking a cheaper option, the plans for making it. The buyer must assemble the frame, fill it with dirt, add grass seed, and keep it watered for 10 days. About two months later, it'll be a lush emerald throne that requires only occasional trimming. Plans for a sofa and children's chairs are also available.
Owners of beachfront properties can now rest easier. With the Survival Capsule ($13,500), a watertight aluminum pod created by a Seattle-area aerospace engineer, there's not a hurricane, earthquake, or even tsunami that can't be waited out. Made of aircraft-grade metal, the capsule is equipped with bulletproof porthole windows, a GPS beacon, air canisters, and two pilot-style seats (larger models are in the works). The capsule can withstand 40,000 pounds of pressure, according to designer Julian Sharpe. His first customer, a Microsoft executive, will be attaching hers to a long steel tether so rescuers will be able to find her.
Finally, the One Percent can rest easy. The Van der Hilst Tailormade Pillow ($56,995), marketed as the world's most expensive item of its kind, is available in a luxury edition that has a 24-karat gold cover and a zipper decorated with a large sapphire and four diamonds. The pillow itself was developed by a Dutch physical therapist and requires a 3-D scan of the client's head so that the memory-foam foundation can be custom-sculpted by a robot. Craftspeople then cut and sew a custom cover, made from Egyptian cotton, mulberry silk, or breathable Tencel. Leave out the gems and gold fabric, and you can have the rest of the experience for just $4,995 — "because that's way more reasonable."
If the only thing that's kept you from buying a submarine was the complexity of the controls, "it's time to get your checkbook ready." The Undersea Aquahoverer ($1,500,000) makes navigating underwater as easy as driving a car, because it's designed to hover in place automatically when not being directed by either driver. Created by Hammacher Schlemmer, the craft can operate at depths to 400 feet and has six ducted propellers that'll move it in any direction. If you spot a shipwreck or interesting marine animal, you can chat with your co-pilot through a built-in intercom system.