This Week’s Must-Haves: a Bluetooth Speaker That Combines Portability With Sleek Design

This week, the Adweek staff is highlighting must-have items including a Bluetooth speaker, sleep monitor and fold-up rowing machine. Take a look! 


Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A2 $399

Upgrade your listening experience with this luxe Bluetooth speaker. The BeoPlay A2 boasts an impressive 24 hours of battery life from a single charge, weighs just under 2.5 pounds and has an attached leather strap for easy portability. Active drivers and passive radiators on both sides of the speaker ensure that it will produce the same level of sound clarity, regardless of which direction it's facing. And in any of its three available colorways (gray, black or green), the aluminum and polymer A2 is also ridiculously good-looking.

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Sense sleep monitor $129

While there are plenty of sleep trackers on the market, most of them require users to wear wristbands as they snooze. The Sense sleep monitor includes an orb-shaped device you store on your nightstand and a small "Sleep Pill" that attaches to your pillow—no wearables required. Sense monitors your movements, room conditions (including light, sound and humidity) and any sleep disturbances throughout the night to tell you how well you're sleeping and suggest ways to improve your nightly rest. It also includes a white-noise machine and smart alarm that wakes you up during your lightest sleep phase.

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Ram & Row rowing machine $2,300

Attention apartment dwellers: Not all exercise machines are hulking eyesores that take up half of your living room and end up as drying racks. This rowing machine from French company Ram & Row provides a full-body workout, comes in a variety of finishes to match your furnishings and, best of all, folds into a handsome end table when not in use.

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Ekocycle + MCM tote $1,475

Among his many other interests, artist is a staunch proponent of sustainability. He recently teamed up with Coca-Cola to launch Ekocycle, a new company that partners with high-end brands to create covetable goods made from recycled materials. Ekocycle's latest collection, available exclusively at Harrods, includes apparel and accessories from labels including MCM, which produced this tote using an average of 16 recycled plastic bottles.

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Mad Men Collection by Waterford $175 for a set of glasses, $395 for a decanter

Toast to the final season of Madison Avenue's favorite series with this licensed glassware collection from Waterford. The midcentury-inspired designs are perfect for serving your midmorning office cocktail(s).

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Stratos card $95 for a one-year membership

Mobile payment startup Stratos wants you to ditch your overstuffed wallet for a single smart card. Stratos holds an unlimited number of credit, debit, loyalty and gift cards, which you upload to the Stratos app using a mag-strip reader that connects to your smartphone, and can be used anywhere you'd use a regular swipe card. To select a card for use, just tap the Stratos on your smartphone and choose an option from the lock screen, or press one of the three touch-sensitive buttons on the card itself to activate your most-used accounts. No phone required.

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