When superstar will.i.am isn't making music he's tirelessly pursuing investment opportunities and innovative trends. His latest endeavour is i.am+ BUTTONS, a set of killer Bluetooth earphones that are quite unlike anything we've ever seen before. Created in partnership with Andr\u00e9 Leon Talley, the earphones combine\u00a0performance and design to stunning effect. Indeed, i.am+ BUTTONS could very well be\u00a0the bridge between gear and fashion that both\u00a0industries have been looking for.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhat stands out first and foremost about i.am+ BUTTONS is how it resembles high end jewelry. That striking and elegant aesthetic is purely intentional. Modelled after vinyl records and crafted from premium machined metal, the buds\u00a0are small gleaming discs of breathless precision. Accordingly, the earphones work as accessories just as much as they do music delivery systems. A woven fabric cord connecting the two discs only heightens the visual allure. Such versatility allows the gear to integrate\u00a0as seamlessly as a pair of fashionable earrings. On appearance alone, i.am+ BUTTONS knocks it out of the park.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOn the functionality front, i.am+ BUTTONS doesn't slouch. Not only do they deliver\u00a0pristine audio and deep bass, but\u00a0they're super lightweight and hassle-free. The Bluetooth range is 10 metres and the gear\u00a0comes equipped with both a built-in remote and built-in microphone for easy\u00a0access, control and communication. There's also a magnetic clasp\u00a0that lands close to the neck keeping everything secure. Positioned a few inches from the heart, the clasp is meant to symbolise love and conversation. It's not everyday that your gear comes loaded with physical metaphors.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nUltimately, it's the prime coupling of fashion and function that allows\u00a0i.am+ BUTTONS to distinguish itself. Nearly all\u00a0the major brands in both the tech and fashion world\u00a0have been spending copious amounts of time and money trying to bridge the gap. Until now, the results have been mixed to say the least. Whether i.am+ BUTTONS sinks or swims will remain to be seen, but there's no mistaking the fact that the earphones\u00a0effectively straddle two worlds.\r\n\r\nSay will.i.am, "Technology doesn't have to look like technology...It's gotten to the point where no one has imagination. Everyone else is making what everyone else is making. We wanted to do away with all that...Now that technology is ubiquitous, shouldn't you look fresh?"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nJoining will.i.am on the campaign trail are trendsetters Naomi Campbell and Kendall Jenner. Both fashion icons are not just spokespeople for the earphones, but\u00a0also investors with a legitimate stake in the outcome. And if all that star power doesn't impress you, consider the fact that 1% of all net proceeds, 1% of staff time and 1% of global product will go to the i.am.angel Foundation, a non-profit committed to providing underprivileged youth with opportunities in education, arts and tech. Or you can just buy the gear because it\u00a0looks incredible. Whatever works for you.\r\n\r\ni.am+ BUTTONS is compatible with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Android. The earphones retail for $289.95 and are available in four Apple-exclusive colourways and four other colorways. Available from JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman.\r\nCheck it out\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.