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Interview: Jim Meehan on The New "Meehan’s Bartender Manual"
The famed bartender talks about his new guide to opening and running a bar
by Julie Wolfson
Jim Meehan loves to read cocktail books. Respectively, cocktail enthusiasts are likely to have his 2011 PDT book. Now, Meehan debuts his long-awaited "Bartender Manual." With more than two decades of experience tending bar, Meehan addresses the art...
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Music from the inimitable Lizzo, Bibio, Blu & Exile, Ásgeir and more this week
by CH Editors
Blu & Exile: Constellations A decade after the release of their acclaimed boom-bap debut album Below the Heavens, the glorious duo Blu & Exile have dropped a new tune. The boppy "Constellations" will appear on their new record (a prequel for their...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
Boxing grandmothers, architectural pastries, beautified basketball courts and more in our look around the web
by CH Editors
1. Beautifying Neglected Basketball Courts With Project Backboard Founded in 2014 by Daniel Peterson, Project Backboard refurbishes neglected basketball courts by commissioning artists to make them works of art. Initially in Memphis, the project...
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KARA Launches Men's Bags
Expertly functional luxury backpacks and duffles, inspired by the designer's father and his Hong Kong racing days
by Nara Shin
Since we last spoke with designer Sarah Law, she's expanded her modern minimalist luxury backpack line KARA in very deliberately thought-out steps that emphasize individuality and functionality—rather than mindlessly churning out new designs to...
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Customizable, Human-Grade Dog Food from Ollie
Meet your pup's nutritional needs through a program developed with a specialized veterinarian
by Josh Rubin
The dog food industry—almost all $30 billion of it—has been under the ownership of four conglomerates for years. Within, there have been options and advancements aplenty but that doesn't necessarily mean quality has been a centerpiece. In fact...
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September Scotch: The Antique Blend-Inspired Shackleton Whisky
A brand new Highland blended malt Scotch referencing a legendary discovery
by David Graver
In 2007, one of the more significant discoveries was made in the world of whisky. While restoring Sir Ernest Shackleton's hut in Antarctica (used during his 1907-09 "Nimrod" Expedition, when he went further than anyone had ever before but was 97.5...
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Fitbit’s Ionic Smartwatch
The newest Android-compatible smartwatch could be the best yet
by CH Contributor
by Michael Frank Fitbit has had a simple formula for success: target women. Think about the average Fitbit wearer and it’s not only a woman, it’s a younger, gym-going woman. To make progress Fitbit needs men to care about its wearables...
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Four Cocktails Putting Drambuie to Work in Unexpected Ways
Some of NYC's best bartenders invent cocktails for the Scotch whisky and honey liqueur
by David Graver
With the onset of autumn, a range of flavor profiles and characteristics return to favor. After a recent competition between some of New York City's most expressive bartenders, the sometimes misunderstood Drambuie—a Scotch whisky liqueur from the Isle...
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Helsinki Design Week: HDW HOP City Installations
Public art created with development and sustainability in mind
by Paolo Ferrarini
Helsinki Design Week is the biggest design festival of the Nordic European countries, with 250+ events all over the city. The 2017 edition was filled with talks, conferences, awards, trade fairs, exhibitions and temporary installations. The latter...
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Lensabl's Quality Prescription Lenses For Any Frames
An inexpensive, easy way to get replacement lenses online
by Evan Orensten
Eliminating the need for one of the most painstaking, time-consuming and relatively expensive processes, Lensabl makes lenses for any pair of glasses you own. Unlike other online spectacle and sunglasses retailers, there are no frames for sale here...
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Mercedes-Benz eMobility and the E350e
Jochen Hermann, Head of Development CASE and Development eDrive talks to us about the brand's electric future
by CH Studio
"Mercedes-Benz invented the car more than 130 years ago introducing individual mobility to society. I think it's our responsibility to move in to a more sustainable, environmental friendly driving system," Jochen Hermann, Head of Development CASE...

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Mercedes-Benz eMobility and the E350e
Jochen Hermann, Head of Development CASE and Development eDrive talks to us about the brand's electric future

"Mercedes-Benz invented the car more than 130 years ago introducing individual mobility to society. I think it's our responsibility to move in to a more sustainable, environmental friendly driving system," Jochen Hermann, Head of Development CASE...

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Mercedes-Benz eMobility and the E350e
Jochen Hermann, Head of Development CASE and Development eDrive talks to us about the brand's electric future
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A Historic Day at the Steve Jobs Theater
Apple unveils their latest and greatest devices at the new theater that truly honors its namesake

“One of the ways that I believe people express their appreciation to the rest of humanity is to make something wonderful and put it out there. You may never meet the people, shake their hands, hear their story or tell yours, but somehow in the act...

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A Historic Day at the Steve Jobs Theater
Apple unveils their latest and greatest devices at the new theater that truly honors its namesake
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Discovering the Future of Customization at Vans' Global Headquarters
Surprises reveal themselves as we explore design and production at the new California hub

In 1964, Paul Van Doren moved from Boston to Costa Mesa and brought his family along. In '66, Van Doren would co-found Vans in the area. From Anaheim factories to the brand new 182K-square-foot global headquarters, the brand's history is embedded in...

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Discovering the Future of Customization at Vans' Global Headquarters
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Raised By Wolves
"Fuck Off" Slides
$38

Made for Mondays is Montreal-based Raised by Wolves' "Fuck Off" collection. Perhaps the best item in the range, these printed slides tell it like it is. Available in several colorways, the blue and white is our pick.

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Basketball Papaya Towel
$100

Made by Lilian Martinez's brand bfgf, this new beach towel brings papaya, basketball and plants together for an unexpected but delightful design. Bold and playful, this is one of bfgf's more contrasty designs—but just as eccentric as others from the brand. The towel measures 24 inches by 36 inches and is made from 100% cotton.

Snowpeak
Mountain Printed Shirt
$240

Reminiscent of vintage ski trail map illustrations, the pattern on Snowpeak's new Mountain Print shirt is delightfully retro. The camping scenes pictured on this button-down actually feature Snowpeak's own products—a clever detail. Made from soft and comfy cotton, the shirt sports one buttoned chest pocket. Available with a navy or brown background, this unisex piece comes in a plethora of sizes.

Phaidon Press
Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World
$43

From ancient cave paintings to engravings from the 1600s, and modern-day animations to NASA photos, "Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World" is an investigation of space. With over 300 images, this hardcover spans all kinds of mediums and mindsets, proving just how fascinating we humans have always seen, and continue to see, our universe. The visuals—some of which have never been published before—are drawn from the work of photographers, artists, and astronomers. It's a beautiful book for anybody with a curious mind.

Arlo Skye
The Check-In Suitcase
$395

A new release after their much-loved Carry-On accessory, Arlo Skye's forthcoming Check-In suitcase features an elegant but durable micro-texturized polycarbonate shell with an aluminum-alloy trim. This also makes it lightweight, in addition to offering scratch-resistance. Resting on 60mm wheels, it's both mobile and spacious enough for extended travel and with no zippers—and it's quiet as can be. Available for pre-order now, the Check-In is expected to ship 28 November.

Skyhorse Publishing
Fabulously French Cooking
$17

Paris-based trained chef Cathleen Clarity fell in love with French food and cooking with the seasons after moving there, and now has released a cookbook with photographer Kathrin Koschitzki. With 12 menu suggestions and 70 dishes, "Fabulously French Cooking" offers ideas for big celebrations or small dinner parties. From cote de boeuf to fig and red grape galette, every dish will impress your friends.

Europe Co
Classic Logo T-Shirt
$35

Europe Co's classic T-shirt is exactly that. Plain black on the front and made from 100% cotton, it's a simple piece. On the back though, is a surprising retro-inspired, pyramid logo.

G.Intl
"Like Poison" Cap
$34

The Korean phrase “독한년” (dok-han-nyun), translated to "poisonous bitch," is often used as a derogatory slur for women—especially when they don't "act their gender." Embroidered here in blood red, this is a cap that reclaims the "nasty woman"-esque smears and seizes agency back. It's the debut product from female designer team G.Intl.

Fleur du Mal
Haori Kimono
$595

Available in several prints and colorways, Fleur du Mal's Haori kimono is made from super-luxurious 100% silk and designed to take its shape from traditional kimonos. The newest print is bold and floral, and can be worn as a robe or blazer.

Design Sebastian Frank
Pet Board
$79

Made from sheet steel that's folded and powder-coated, this pet board is the perfect snoozing spot for cats who like to climb. It's lightweight and comes with everything needed to install. Further, the minimal shape and simple colorways (smoky blue or white) mean the design pairs well with all styles. Plus, it will free up a little floor space. Price is in Euros.

Page Goolrick
Epilogue Bookends
$45

In many ways a metaphorical prologue and epilogue, these bookends by award-winning architect and designer Page Goolrick are actually fashioned to resemble hardcover books themselves. There's something quite orderly and refined to bookends shaped like books, but as they're made of paper board and steel they're easy to clean and care for.

Dunhill
Suede Sneakers
$495

British luxury brand Dunhill has entered the footwear market and their first offerings, made in Italy, happen to be quite chic but casual. Our favorite, these navy blue suede sneakers, carry many comfort-driven functional features, including a padded tongue and shock-absorbent sole. From the rounded toe to clean lines, it's a minimal silhouette that will pair well with many looks.

Andrews McMeel Publishing
Be Great, Be Grateful: A Gratitude Journal for Positive Living
$17

Design experts and CH favorites, PATTERNITY (aka Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham) have a new journal coming out and it's part of their mission toward cultivating gratitude and—in turn—wellness. The book "Be Great, Be Grateful: A Gratitude Journal for Positive Living" includes pages to write a diary, creative exercises, inspiring quotes and more. PATTERNITY's theory is that humans are pattern-seeking creatures, and that the more time spent on them—and beautiful things in general—the better off we will be. Delivery expected in February 2018.

Bianca Mavrick
Otis Earrings
$175

A new take on the Australian designer's magnet shape, these Otis Earrings are bold without being too much. The subtle colorway—army green and mint—is coated over brass, and the posts are sterling silver, for sensitive ears. Measuring 6cm long, they aren't heavy—weighing in at 20 grams. Price is in AUD.

Georgia Perry
Cosmos Silk Bandana
$60

Made from a 50/50 cotton and silk blend, Australian designer Georgia Perry's "Cosmos" bandana is delightfully trippy. Featuring images of planets, fish, skulls, jewels, phones and more, it's a surreal design that will suit all genders. Whether worn as a neckerchief, pocket square or hair accessory, it's a versatile piece that measures approximately 53cm by 53cm and features hand-rolled edges. Price is in AUD.

Assouline
Cocktail Chameleon
$50

There is no reason to grow tired of the same old classic cocktails. As entertaining expert Mark Addison makes clear, by commanding the original recipe one can easily spin out a tasty variation at home. Addison provides 144 different recipes in total, all of which stem from 12 famed drinks. Addison's offerings vary from easy and delightful to wildly creative and molecular. There's something here for those of all skill levels looking to punch up their drink mixing.

Converse
Embroidered Chuck Taylor Sneakers
$130

The classic Converse Chuck Taylor will never go out of style, even as the brand continues to release various new takes. This version boasts glorious floral embroidery on the outside, tongue and top of the shoe, while the inside remains bare. Price is in Euros.

Elks and Angels
Snuggle Pod Footmuff
$260

For keeping babies warm when strolling, nothing tops the soft cozy feel of pure sheepskin. Elks & Angels use 100% Australian sheepskin in their footmuff, using a nylon outer shell to resist wind, rain and stains. Scandinavian wood toggles add a dose of style and the design is compatible with all five-point stroller harnesses. Last but not least, it unzips flat so you can use it as a playmat—or in a pinch, a blanket.

Uncle Nearest
Premium Aged Whiskey
$60

Many don't know that a Tennessee slave, Nearest Green, taught Jack Daniels how to distill—even going on to work for Daniels as a black master distiller after the Civil War. Armed with thousands of documents, author Fawn Weaver convinced brand owner Brown-Forman to recognize Green's role and incorporate it into the Jack Daniels story, where it's always belonged. She's now released her own whiskey to further spread his untold legacy, and the bulk of profits of Uncle Nearest Whiskey sales will be put toward funding more historical research on Green.

Rob Hodgson
Scary Bingo
$20

As far as group games go, bingo might just be one of the easiest activities to enjoy. Now, artist Rob Hodgson has reimagined the classic with monsters and crazy creatures. There are googly-eyed counters, creepy characters and mythological beasts—and a monster head storage box for the 48 chips. Three people are needed to play (and three is also the recommended starting age) but bigger families can definitely all jump in.

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Michael Cera feat. Sharon Van Etten: Best I Can
A truly delightful track, "Best I Can" by Michael Cera and featuring the vocals of Sharon Van Etten pops with digital wonder. Cera made the song for the upcoming film "Dina," and brought Van Etten (who he met by chance at a bar) in as a collaborator...
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Charles Bradley: Changes (Black Sabbath Cover)
The incredibly talented Charles Bradley has passed away at 68 years old. Bradley, who found success as a later-in-life singer, was known as the Screaming Eagle of Soul thanks to his heart-wrenching, vulnerable vocals. His cover of Black Sabbath's 1972...
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Mavis Staples: If All I Was Was Black
The title track from Mavis Staples' forthcoming album (out 17 November), "If All I Was Was Black" confronts not only racism the singer faced in her eight decades of performing, but also the violence she witnesses today in racial conflict. Written in...
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Sure Sure: Hands Up Head Down
LA-based band Sure Sure (aka Chris Beachy, Kevin Farzad, Charlie Glick and Michael Coleman) return with a super-catchy tune "Hands Up Head Down." A falsetto, staccato hook and an undeniable bop unite for electro-pop perfection. The lyrics explain a...
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Bibio: Phantom Brickworks III (Edit)
With a soundscape that acts as a bridge to another world, English experimental electronic producer Bibio's "Phantom Brickworks III (Edit)" is an assemblage of mostly improvised musical pieces imagined throughout the years. The minimal, atmospheric...
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Lizzo: Truth Hurts
Minneapolis-based Lizzo's newest track "Truth Hurts" just dropped, and as expected it's a banger chock-full of attitude. Opening with the line, "I just took a DNA test turns out I’m 100 percent that bitch," this song is badass. The music industry is...
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Blu & Exile: Constellations
A decade after the release of their acclaimed boom-bap debut album Below the Heavens, the glorious duo Blu & Exile have dropped a new tune. The boppy "Constellations" will appear on their new record (a prequel for their debut) In the Beginning: Before...
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Ásgeir: I Know You Know
With delicately triumphant electronica fortifying vocals rooted in folk, Ásgeir's "I Know You Know" invokes ethereal images of the natural world, from light to the ocean and rivers flowing. Its brand new music video, directed by Baldvin Albertsson...
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Björk: the gate
Unsurprisingly, Björk's new track "the gate" is stunning. The song will appear on her upcoming LP, which she has been calling "a Tinder album." Across more than six minutes, the song builds dramatically and luminously.
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Burial: Rodent
Super-talented British producer Burial (aka William Emmanuel Bevan) just released a new track "Rodent" which is a little more uptempo than his usual offerings. Unlike some of his more atmospheric creations, this tune is a slow but steady burn, complete...
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The xx: On Hold (Jamie xx Remix)
The incredibly talented Jamie xx has taken the lead single from The xx’s latest album I See You and reworked it into a six-minute techno jam that's made for the dance floor. With minimal vocals included, the "On Hold" remix seems to sample Bronski...

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