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Paris Photo LA 2015: Mazaccio & Drowilal
Colorful work that hides a darkness behind humor, the French duo's exhibit at the California event
by CH Contributor
by The World's Best Ever For the third installment of Paris Photo LA (PPLA) at the Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, BMW—one of the photography fair’s official partners—is presenting “Wild Style,” an installation featuring a body of work...
FOOD + DRINK
Four Simple Cocktails for Spring
A real daiquiri, a highball and more for easy seasonal sipping
by David Graver
As bartenders continue to further the nuances of cocktail-making, it's important to remember that sometimes simple does the trick. And while we recently tried an otherworldly Woodford Reserve Double Oaked $1,000 mint julep in anticipation of the Kentucky...
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Buy and Sell Sneakers on Slang
A sleek new app that brings a major upgrade in the user experience of reselling kicks
by Hans Aschim
Sneakers started as a utilitarian answer to the need for performance shoes in athletics, and over the last 60-odd years, they have transformed from functional footwear to status symbol to even art pieces. Sneakers are a culture with nuance, rich...
FOOD + DRINK
Animated Recipe: How To Chiffonade
Use this step-by-step guide to learn how to cut greens like the pros
by CH Contributor
Chiffonade is a technique used to cut leafy greens and herbs into narrow ribbons. It’s a great approach to use for greens to be sautéed or for garnishing with your favorite herb. Give it a try and impress the guests at your next dinner party. After...
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Juban Carries on the Mural of Izakaya Ten
When one Japanese pub closed, another opened in its place with a revamped aesthetic featuring notes from the past
by Hans Aschim
While izakayas—or Japanese pubs that serve snacks to accompany beer, sake and shōchū—are plentiful in Japan, they're a rare find outside the country. For a long time, Izakaya Ten was the NYC go-to for authentic but approachable Japanese bar experience...
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Live Below the Line with Chef Gabe Kennedy's Three Recipes
The chef takes up the challenge to spend less than $1.50 a day for food and drink to raise awareness (and money) toward eradicating extreme poverty
by Nara Shin
In many cities, it's almost too easy to pay $8+ on specialty coffee and a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich in a blink of an eye—before even starting the work day. Placing the spotlight on these daily, offhand choices is the global Live Below the Line...
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Topo Designs + Salomon Collection
An outdoor collaboration drawing on different design philosophies
by Hans Aschim
For most outdoor brands, the chief objective of their products is to heighten the outdoor experience—whether that means keeping you dry in a sudden downpour or making a piece of gear that's so faithful it becomes an adventure companion. Colorado...
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Milan Design Week 2015: Transforming Historical Spaces
Site-specific installations in neoclassical palazzos wowed at the annual design fair
by Paolo Ferrarini
When you walk in the streets of Milan, you immediately realize that its classic architecture can somehow be cold and austere. But behind many façades, there are gardens—beautiful and carefully hidden. Some of the installations at the latest Milan...
STYLE
Palace Skateboards + Adidas Originals Spring 2015
The German sportswear giant teams up the London skate company for a high-tech, retro-styled collection
by Hans Aschim
London's Palace Skateboards has quickly grown from a core skateboard company into a global streetwear phenomenon. Drawing on a '90s vibe that is uniquely London and notably grimy, Palace embodies a time, place and attitude—and their collaborations...
CULTURE
Theaster Gates: Freedom of Assembly at White Cube
An exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by the Chicago artist is grounded in the personal and political
by Cajsa Carlson
As we learned from his talks at last year's Culture Lab Detroit, Chicago-born artist Theaster Gates is probably best known for creating art that also has a social agenda, using his skills and influence to help the regeneration of the Grand Crossing...
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A First Peek Inside The New York EDITION Hotel
Modern, organized design counters the building's historical influences
by David Graver
After spending much of our 2014 Miami Art Week at the cultural and events epicenter that is the Miami Beach EDITION Hotel, we have been eagerly anticipating this spring's launch of Ian Schrager's latest, The New York EDITION Hotel. First, because...

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Palace Skateboards + Adidas Originals Spring 2015
The German sportswear giant teams up the London skate company for a high-tech, retro-styled collection

London's Palace Skateboards has quickly grown from a core skateboard company into a global streetwear phenomenon. Drawing on a '90s vibe that is uniquely London and notably grimy, Palace embodies a time, place and attitude—and their collaborations...

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Palace Skateboards + Adidas Originals Spring 2015
The German sportswear giant teams up the London skate company for a high-tech, retro-styled collection
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Cool Hunting Editions Starfleet Machine
A deep space inspired table clock unlike one you've ever seen before

For years now, we've followed the work of Max Büsser, the mastermind behind horological design house MB&F. His distinct timepieces represent mind-bending innovation and eccentric inspiration, all hand-crafted, in an industry that more often than...

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Cool Hunting Editions Starfleet Machine
A deep space inspired table clock unlike one you've ever seen before
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Calliope
NYC's newest design store is more than a retail space, it's an experience

When the digital world closes in, it's only natural to seek an analog oasis. Online shopping never includes the smells, sights and chance encounters that can make a shopping experience special. Calliope, Michael and Caroline Ventura's new West Village...

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NYC's newest design store is more than a retail space, it's an experience

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I Know You Think You Know It All
$11

Everyone knows a good quote can change perceptions, or even just brighten a day. With New York City-based writer Chris Black's collection of "advice and observations for you to stand apart in public and online" plenty never-before-heard quips offer exactly that: comedic insight on altering behaviors. While some are more serious that others, all of them carry wit and charm, drawn from Black's personal experiences with Know It Alls. As for our personal favorite, "Strive to be that person who has a personal blunt roller" definitely sends a clear, future-oriented message.

Chen Chen & Kai Williams
Marble Candleholder
$943

Brooklyn-based experimental design duo Chen Chen and Kai Williams are well-known for creating functional art pieces that surprise. Finding the ideal balance between playfulness and elegance are their latest products—created exclusively for furniture design store The Future Perfect—marble candleholders. A little menorah, a little horseshoe and a lot of class.

Reigning Champ
Sea to Sky Crewneck
$140

Vancouver-based sportswear brand Reigning Champ tirelessly advocates for attention to detail and doing the simple things exceedingly well, so it's no surprise that their made-in-Canada sweats are some of the best on the market. With the new Sea to Sky collection, the brand stepped up the technical features of a few of their apparel essentials to better suit an active lifestyle. Utilizing advanced fabric from Polartec, the pullover wicks moisture while a nylon front provides protection from the wind. An asymmetrical side zipper and pocket round out the details on this versatile piece, perfect for a hike or down day on the couch.

ystudio
Mechanical Pencil
$100

The days of passing down a good pen or mechanical pencil are not gone. In fact, Taiwanese design firm ystudio has an array of writing implements, crafted from brass, copper and bronze that are heirloom worthy. Each is distinct and magnificent, and will adopt elements of oxidization over time that will make it truly unique to the user. The mechanical pencil is a true standout, as it's a utensil not often associated with longevity. But as it's been forged from high quality materials (and refillable), it's guaranteed to last for everyone from aspiring authors to anyone who wants to write with style.

Olive and Poppy
Wine Barrel Cufflinks
$62

For any wine enthusiast, upscale attire often accompanies tasting the best of the best while out on the town. Crafted from oak staves, formerly a part of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels, these elegant cufflinks pair well with formal occasions. They also lend a distinct, signature touch. No two pair will every be exactly the same, as the color is entirely determined by the wine stain. Designed by Anne Siegel and Nicole Hughes of California Wine Country's Olive and Poppy, these pieces carry the essence of Napa and beyond.

Cords for Music
Guitar Pick Cord Bracelet
$48

While this made-in-USA brass guitar pick bracelet may look simple, its meaning is not. From the sale of each Pick Cord, $10 goes to Education Through Music, which partners with inner-city elementary and middle schools to establish sustainable, high-quality music education programs to reach every student, including those with special needs. As music programs are often the first to go when budgets are cut, this movement to make music a core academic subject is one that's needed.

Purely Perfect
Cleansing Creme
$40

Michael Gordon, founder of Bumble and Bumble, envisions a future in which nobody shampoos. This seemingly radical idea turns into common sense once you realize that most shampoos have detergents and sulfates that strip natural oils and damage hair—requiring the use of conditioners and masks. The aloe vera and essential oil-based Cleansing Creme by Purely Perfect is free of all of the above, but don't let its lotion-like texture or lack of foaming scare you off. Our locks have never felt softer or more manageable, and our shower never cleaner, as it's the only hair product you really need. It's a must-have especially for those who dye or bleach their hair as it keeps the color in and further damage at bay.

Franc Bakon
One-of-a-Kind Denim Patchwork Jacket
$250

Denim jackets become one-of-a-kind, wearable political and social commentary through designer McKenzie Rose's touch. Using the jackets as a base, Rose pieces together patches, cut-up T-shirts and other garments, buttons and pins—all from vintage and thrift stores—to tell a specific story with each piece. From "Crack Kills" to The Casualties, tales range from the musical to the controversial. All Franc Bakon pieces are hand-sewn by Rose himself, who spends the rest of his day working in a NYC leather shop.

Ingo Maurer
Toto Table Light
$909

A better nickname for German-born, New York-based designer Ingo Maurer would be a "poet of light," as his whimsical creations surprise and evoke emotion. As a part of his I Ricchi Poveri lamp series, Maurer's Toto table light prompts us to recall our childhood and sense of wonder. The specially manufactured halogen bulb appears to float like a balloon, and has a cap with Mickey Mouse-like ears that rests on top.

Old Grand Dad
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
$25

Something about the Bonded 100 proof bottling of this Kentucky bourbon speaks to its origins and continued success. It's not expensive, it's not fancy. It's just good old fun—with a higher amount of rye in the mashbill for lighter, spicier profile. The "Old Grand-Dad" mentioned happens to be distiller Basil Hayden (whose own namesake line also continues to wow). While he didn't develop this, his grandson did—and did so with fervor.

Wanda Nylon
Caban Victoire Raincoat
$236

Made from clear polyurethane, this double-breasted caban raincoat from Paris-based Wanda Nylon is a good way to stay cheerful when the moody skies are offering nothing but seemingly never-ending spring showers. The multi-colored details are made from 100% cotton and the coat boasts patched flap pockets—to make sure your goods stay dry—and a removable hood. Pair with some bright rubber boots to actually look forward to heading out in the rain.

Rizzoli
Bob Dylan: NYC 1961-1964
$26

Back in 1961, photographer Ted Russell started capturing a relatively unknown Bob Dylan when the young artist had just moved to NYC. Russell shot the 20-year-old songwriter, recently signed to Columbia Records at the time, hanging out in his Greenwich Village apartment, practicing his guitar and performing in tiny venues. This new hardcover of never-before-published photos gives a charming peep into Dylan's life before he belonged to the world.

Vifa
Helsinki Bluetooth Speaker
$430

Danish audio company Vifa's latest portable offering comes in a petite, square-ish package but surprises with its power and sound quality. The Helsinki speaker, launched in time for this year's summer picnics and outdoor parties, comes with a beautiful leather strap for easy carrying; its grill is unusually covered in a custom made Kvadrat textile available in four soft colorways. Perfect for those who love music and design.

Chandally Jewelry
Pnina Earrings
$340

These bold black pearl earrings by New York-based designer Sharon Chandally make a refined, powerful statement. Trained in Yemenite silversmithing by her great uncles, Chandally creates pieces influenced by ancient cultures but feel contemporary in the way they channel movement and sculpture. Respecting the fact that these pieces are worn so close to the body, Chandally uses only conflict-free stones as well as recycled or Fairmined metals.

Prestel
The Weegee Guide to New York
$33

For press photographer Weegee (born Usher Fellig), New York City was his muse; he spent his lifetime documenting urban life without prejudice, from spectators at gruesome crime scenes to elevator operator strikes to the crowds at Coney Island. In the book "The Weegee Guide to New York," 265 black and white images (many which have never been published) reveal the chaotic streets of New York from the 1930s to '60s. The book is thoughtfully organized by areas, from the Lower East Side and the Village to Brooklyn and Rockaway, and includes fold-out maps that indicate where Weegee shot each photo.

Poplin Homewear
Handmade Pajamas
$96

For those who have been wearing the same T-shirt to bed for the past few years, upgrade your sleep style with these handmade pajamas from young Istanbul collective Poplin Homewear. With a focus on lightweight, pure fabrics—like sheer voile—many of the brand's pieces are refined enough to double as airy summer outfits. But the rest of the collection isn't afraid to get adventurous; such as jumpsuits and nightshirts for men, plus striped bodysuits and polka-dot kimono gowns for women.

Happy Soap
Toy Soap Bar
$13

As a fun way to encourage their son to wash his hands before meals, Swedish couple Niklas Lagström and Marina Nilsson started "hiding" his toys in transparent soap bars. Handmade in Sweden, using vegetable based glycerin, Happy Soap is free of SLS and SLES irritants (and is unscented, too) to be as gentle as possible for kids. The couple now scouts locally for loved toys (from dinosaurs and cars to ponies and jewelry) that are no longer wanted—to bring joy to another child. €1 from each soap purchase is donated to the international non-profit Save the Children, and Happy Soap has already been able to raise €1,000.

Roots
Five-Panel Cap
$28

Toronto-based Roots brings the night sky a lot closer with their new five-panel cap. The 100% cotton chambray hat—which is available in grey or blue—is one-size-fits-all and is peppered with constellations. It's yet another excellent reminder of the astronomical bodies that exist far, far away.

Suigeneric
Waxed Cotton Watch Strap
$35

Tired of cheap nylon NATO watch bands proliferating the market, Suigeneric recreates the style using durable and stiff waxed cotton; the naturally water-repellent fabric used in vessel sails and classic Barbour jackets—at a similarly affordable price point. Freshen up your much-loved watch-face for spring with this hand-sewn, hand-waxed green strap. Or, for the more adventurous, go for their watercolor or leopard print options.

Tentsile
Trillium Hammock
$250

This isn't your typical hammock. UK-based Tensile's 80 square foot Trillium model comfortably fits three adults and bears a maximum weight of 880 pounds. Utilizing seatbelt material and a high-strength ratchet system, the Trillium sets up in minutes for an elevated outdoor outpost. Pick-up multiple Trilliums and stack them for an outdoor bunk-bed set-up. Just don't call dibs on top bunk if rain is on the way.

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Future Islands: The Chase
With another stunning live performance, this time of brand new single "The Chase," Future Islands further solidified their captivating appeal and consistent relevance. Frontman Samuel T. Herring is more than a dynamic vocalist and songwriter. He's...
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EDITORIAL
Chaka Khan: Through the Fire
Today's #TBT comes from R&B and soul powerhouse Chaka Khan, who's been belting out hits for over four decades—and although "Through the Fire" released in 1984, it still inspires spontaneous public sing-alongs to this day. There'll be a whole lot of...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Cayucas: Moony Eyed Walrus
Two man surf rock outfit Cayucas quickly gained widespread attention with their 2013 debut Bigfoot. The band, composed of twin brothers Zach and Ben Yudin, went from recording in their bedrooms to touring, almost overnight, thanks to their throwback...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Alessia: Here
"Here" is an excellent debut single from newcomer Alessia (aka Ontario-based Alessia Caracciolo) who is currently signed to Def Jam. The song is one that will truly speak to anybody who has felt alone in the middle of a crowd. The 18-year-old artist...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Jamie xx: Gosh
Creating even more anticipation for his debut album In Colour—set to release this June—is the music video for Jamie xx's single "Gosh." Using images from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Goddard Space Flight Center, Scientific Visualization Studio...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Sia: Big Girls Cry (E.A.S.Y. Remix)
Sia's mega-star status may have only been solidified globally in the last few years, but the truth of the matter is she has long been creating music of remarkable depth and power. And with this caliber of craft at their core, Sia's dynamic tracks lend...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Shawn Wasabi: Marble Soda
Music producer (and MIDI controller magician) Shawn Wasabi makes a comeback after almost a year with the intensely stimulating "Marble Soda," a mash-up of samples culled from 153 different songs and sounds. In the video, Wasabi's fingers fly over a...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Gwilym Gold: Unknown
In anticipation of his June album release A Paradise, musician and singer Gwilym Gold debuted three music videos today—all of which feature morphing, haze-y visuals by artist Colin Henderson. Of the three, "Unknown" is the stand-out track, featuring...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Christian Tiger School: Chorisolo
South African electronic duo Christian Tiger are set to drop their debut full-length Chrome Tapes this summer on NYC hip hop label Tommy Boy Entertainment. In anticipation the Cape Town-based producers have released a video for their lead single "Chorisolo...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
The High Maintenance (Unofficial) Soundtrack
Cult web series "High Maintenance," created and written by Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, stars the latter as your go-to marijuana dealer; each episode centers on a different customer and their personal (if on the verge of neurotic) life in New...
CULTURE
EDITORIAL
Justin Vernon: Inside Out
In a subtle, serene music video graced with the magic we've come to expect from him, Justin Vernon—commonly known under the moniker Bon Iver—covers indie band Spoon's "Inside Out" to haunting affect. What is perhaps the nicest promotional material...

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