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Minimal Long Weekend Essentials
For light travelers who need little to have a good time
by CH Editors
Packing light has a way of making all long weekend trips better. There's no real need to lug around extra anything when only going away for three or four days. The following eight items represent our ideal travel essentials. There are two swimsuits...
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Jouin Manku Design Agency's "The Sound Cabinet" Installation
Unveiling a listening station for collectors of music, at Paris' AD Interieurs
by David Graver
At this year's AD Interieurs exposition (running concurrently in Paris with design fair Maison et Objet), event-founding publication Architectural Digest France declared a site-specific theme: collectors. Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku, the designers...
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Homestay.com
Listing hosted accommodations around the world, it's yet another alternative place to hotels
by Nara Shin
There's a new-ish accommodation idea you can browse when planning your next trip abroad, especially a country you're visiting for the first time. If you're more interested in chatting with a local host and learning their favorite neighborhood...
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Test Drive: 2017 AUDI R8
We drive the mid-engine coupe on an all-women race day
by Katharine Erwin
It's an unfortunately rare sight to see more women than men at a racetrack, but that was the case when Audi held an all-women track day at Monticello Motor Club to celebrate their new 2017 R8. Track days aren’t always the most friendly events—there...
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Cut That Out: Collage in Contemporary Design
A comprehensive book exploring the medium, far beyond cut-and-paste
by Katie Olsen
Both Ryan Doyle (aka DR) and Mark Edwards (aka ME) were—like many of us—introduced to collage at a young age; Doyle by his mother who presented him with a collage of photos of himself, and Edwards who was introduced to a family friend Steve Smith...
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CH Global Spin: Pollalla Toy Museum, Seoul
A treasure trove of figurines, games, records and more in this South Korean mecca
by CH Studio
by Karen Day Whether you're hunting Pokémon, a Kevin McAllister doll, vintage Star Wars action figures, old-school Korean toys or the obscure Alyssa Milano album, the Pollalla Toy Museum in Seoul has you covered, and then some. This hidden Hongdae...
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Bamford Watch Department's Latest Heritage Series Additions
Looking to the past for two gorgeous new offerings
by David Graver
Over the years, we've often fallen for the Bamford Watch Department (BWD) pieces that drastically reimagined watches. Now, it's their subtlety that warrants attention. Recently debuting two new pieces within their already successful Bamford Heritage...
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Soma's New Glass Water Bottles
Minimal and sustainable, these vessels are leak-proof and good for your conscience
by Nara Shin
Makers of some of our favorite sustainable products—including the 10-cup water filter pitcher—SF-based Soma is now making an equally beautiful glass water bottle (though it won't filter the water for you). The design is so striking that you'll...
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Todd Snyder + PF Flyers' Grounder Hi-Top
The latest from the ongoing collaboration combines military vibes with modern-day style
by CH Studio
The continuing collaboration between Todd Snyder and PF Flyers keeps growing from success to success—and with their latest addition, a refresh of the Grounder Hi-Top, an original style from 1949, it gets even better. We have a lot of PF Flyer favorites...
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Interview: Food Artist Duo Bompas + Parr
Talking explosions, inspiration and more at Stella Artois' Le Savoir dinner
by David Graver
There are few among us who have turned food and drink into an adventure as well as Bompas + Parr. The British "food artist" duo, in essence, condensed the idea of dinner theater into a spectacle wherein the edibles are the performer. Their inspiration...
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Highly anticipated work from Frank Ocean, a Lana Del Rey leak and more in this week's music
by CH Editors
Jesse Boykins III feat. Luke James: Likeminded In now-classic Jesse Boykins III style, the LA-based singer/songwriter has released a super-lush and sexy record in his latest release: Bartholomew LP. Featuring guest spots from Syd (of The Internet...

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Cut That Out: Collage in Contemporary Design
A comprehensive book exploring the medium, far beyond cut-and-paste

Both Ryan Doyle (aka DR) and Mark Edwards (aka ME) were—like many of us—introduced to collage at a young age; Doyle by his mother who presented him with a collage of photos of himself, and Edwards who was introduced to a family friend Steve Smith...

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Cut That Out: Collage in Contemporary Design
A comprehensive book exploring the medium, far beyond cut-and-paste
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CH Global Spin: Pollalla Toy Museum, Seoul
A treasure trove of figurines, games, records and more in this South Korean mecca

Whether you're hunting Pokémon, a Kevin McAllister doll, vintage Star Wars action figures, old-school Korean toys or the obscure Alyssa Milano album, the Pollalla Toy Museum in Seoul has you covered, and then some. This hidden Hongdae gem is a hoarder...

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CH Global Spin: Pollalla Toy Museum, Seoul
A treasure trove of figurines, games, records and more in this South Korean mecca
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Cadillac's Escala Concept Car
Our exclusive look behind the scenes of a vehicle brought to life

Cadillac has been on a five year journey expressing three driving experiences and demonstrating the brand’s evolution while also tracking back to its luxury roots. We’ve been fortunate to see the debut of each car in the fitting surroundings of the...

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Cadillac's Escala Concept Car
Our exclusive look behind the scenes of a vehicle brought to life

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Working Girls
Pool Towel
$60

Summer is almost over in the Northern Hemisphere (but is approaching elsewhere) so whether you're making the most of the final beach and pool days, or prepping for those to come, this Working Girls beach towel is reversible and retro-vibed. Designed to look a little like a pool itself (tiles on the border, and body parts inside) it's also tinged with an early computer graphics style. Made in the USA from 95% cotton and 5% polyester, the towel is primarily pink on one side, navy on the other, so it can be flipped depending on your mood or pool fashions.

Nice Laundry
Box of Socks
$59

While subscription boxes offer a delightful surprise, sometimes choosing your own adventure is even better. Nice Laundry's new box-set options are a great way to package a gift for a pal (or yourself) while maintaining control over the styles you end up with. Available in small (six pairs), medium (12 pairs) or large (18 pairs), these sets—with dress socks, no-show and athletic options—are sure to keep your tootsies cozy and happy during all four seasons.

Columbia
Frocks Jacket
$99

Launched some 25 years ago, Columbia's Japan Collection is full of retro stylings that are still wearable today. One favorite is the Frocks Jacket, with its bright color-blocking and boxy shape. Not just aesthetics, the jacket is made of water-resistant nylon and boasts a hood and a drop-tail to offer extra protection from the elements. Lightweight and colorful, it's a great option for transitional seasons and summer downpours.

Urban EDC Supply
Astronomer Double Spinning Coin
$44

A double-sided, pocket-sized work of art by Urban EDC Supply and graphic artist Billy French, the astronomer spinning coin features representations of the sun and the moon. Beyond the artistic motifs, however, there's a game-like novelty to the coin—involving patience. If successful, one can launch the coin into a spin lasting up to 10 minutes. Each coin is crafted and individually pressed by Shire Post Mint in Springdale, Arkansas. And they come in six material/finish colorways.

High West
Valley Tan Utah Whiskey
$56

In theory, High West's Valley Tan Utah Whiskey expression is only available in the state of Utah at present. That doesn't mean one can't get their hands on it elsewhere. What makes it special, however, is High West's commitment to an old time flavor profile—which they've achieved by utilizing more wheat (most of which hails from the northwestern corner of Utah) in their mash bill. An old time Utah profile that is, which back in the day was distinct from those from Kentucky and Tennessee because of its specific proportions of wheat. Ultimately though, this is an 87 Proof whiskey that's still pretty light on the tongue with floral notes abound.

KLAI
Smiley Face Cup
$36

There might not be a more cheerful way to drink your coffee each morning than out of this smiley face cup. Crafted from non-toxic, locally sourced materials, it's also food and oven safe. Available in four sizes (from four to 16 ounces), each vessel is made by hand, one at a time. Name him/her anything you like, that golden smile won't change.

Not Another Bill
Profanity Greeting Cards
$15

Perhaps not made to give your grandma (depending on your grandma's taste, that is), Not Another Bill's set of Profanity Greeting Cards don't technically insult the person you give them to—since the cuss words are crossed out. But the terms used—from "shit muncher" to "twat" and more—are playfully rude, and the cards' design is simple but extremely effective. Inside, the cards are blank so you can make up for the swearing with a polite haiku. Each set contains six cards and envelopes. Price is in Euros.

Fundamental
Push Trio Dishes
$18

Available in brass, steel or copper, this trio of dishes (joined together at their edges) arrives the same as each other, but then the owner can press and push them in order to expand to the shape they want. Blending mathematics, design and a little customization, the Push Dishes measure 15cm by 20cm and are perfect for storing precious tchotchkes. Price is in Euros.

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The Avalanches "Since I Left You" Vinyl Reissue
$23

The Avalanches' first record Since I Left You, released in 2000, famously features a whopping 3,500 samples. With slightly fewer samples, the band's second record came out this year, but—much to the delight of fans—the Australian group also reissued their debut on vinyl. Leading with the sublime title track, this record begs to be listened to in its entirety—thanks in part to the medley-style continuous flow of songs. Perfectly crafted, the cadence of this release has been considered much more carefully than many current-day releases. Price is in Euros.

Lux/Eros
Blush and Gold Pyramid Dog Bowl
$75

Treat your pooch (or cat) like the king or queen s/he is with this striking stoneware bowl. With gold pyramid embellishments (that resemble the classic studded pet collars), these handmade and hand-glazed vessels are entirely unique to each owner. Available in small or large, these bowls are so appealing you might want to use it for your own tchotchkes.

Chen Chen + Kai Williams
Monument Bookend
$190

Bookends are oftentimes perceived of as unnecessary or kitsch design objects, but this stunning and minimal version from Brooklyn-based Chen Chen + Kai Williams will make a statement. Made from White Carrara marble, the bookend is shaped to accentuate the material, and it's even padded with black neoprene to protect your treasured tomes.

Olympia Le-Tan
Keith Haring Silk Clutch
$1,500

This numbered, limited edition clutch from Olympia Le-Tan (best known for her book cover bags) is made meticulously and with high-quality materials—fitting, considering it borrows an American icon's art. The entire, new Keith Haring range from Olympia Le-Tan is predictably colorful, playful and retro. More impressive is that each bag within has been crafted from hand-embroidered silk thread and felt appliqué. A pretty pink clutch with a pretty price to match; cost is in Euros.

Georg Jensen + Patricia Urquiola
Stainless Steel + PVD Pitcher
$125

From the recently released Georg Jensen + Patricia Urquiola collaboration comes this sleek pitcher that manages to match modernity with timelessness. The ribbed steel is meticulous, but adds texture to an otherwise polished piece. Crafted from stainless steel, the pitcher features PVD coating, which is eco-friendly and high-tech—offering a protective layer to keep the object looking its best.

Princeton Architectural Press
The Olivetti Pattern Series Notecards
$16

We all know what it feels like to receive a handwritten note. Why not be the person to send one? It can be very challenging to select notecards but with Princeton Architectural Press' Olivetti Pattern Series designed by MADE BY MEMO, there's a lot to love for everyone. With distinct patterns produced by the Olivetti Lettera 32 typewriter—in black and red—there's a casual elegance here that appeals to writers, artists, designers and more. The inside is blank, allowing for an any-occasion message. Each box comes complete with 12 notecards (three of each of the four different pattern types) and envelopes.

ban.do
"I Did My Best" Socks
$10

One-size-fits-most and (of course) entirely gender-neutral, these "I Did My Best" socks are made for Mondays. Screen-printed on classic white crew socks, the slogan is an attempt to remind yourself (and others) that there's no place for self-doubt. If you're feeling a little insecure, throw these on and wear them proudly.

FELTRAIGER + Red Rabbit Trading
Glass Bead + Copper Necklace
$100

Featuring Old White Heart glass beads, hailing from an old trading post in Tuscon, Arizona, this simple but distinct necklace draws its inspiration from vintage pieces. At its center is a copper pendant, stamped and filed using traditional methods. Deerskin leather composes the "chain." All of it has been made in the US, and it represents just one of many pieces in the FELTRAIGER and handmade, custom jewelry brand Red Rabbit Trading's one-off collaboration.

Penguin
Metamorphoses
$25

Including 15 books and over 250 myths, Ovid's "Metamorphoses" is a true classic—one many of us may feel a little shameful about, for not having read it yet. The clever and energetic poetry links mythical stories (like Pygmalion and the fall of Troy) via the theme of transformation. The new, cloth-bound cover was illustrated by Coralie Bickford-Smith and should be a little incentive to tick this significant tome off your reading list.

Beams + Teva
Hurricane XLT Adventure Sandal
$100

With Japanese lifestyle and clothing brand Beams lending design flourishes (notably, the two colorways and non-mirrored strap choice), Teva's limited run Hurricane XLT Adventure Sandals might just be some of the nicest looking we've seen released. As for the inclusion of adventure in the product name, that's referring to the thick footbed, with a proprietary "Shoc Pad" in the heel and a durabrasion rubber outsole. Of course, these are sandals—but certainly sturdier than most.

Wildhorn Outfitters
Sand Escape Beach Blanket
$40

This huge beach blanket is big enough to fit the whole gang (it measures nine by seven feet) but packs down into its own little bag, making it super-easy to transport from beach to park—whether you're cycling or taking the bus. Made from parachute nylon, it's lightweight and won't let sand stick to it. Also featuring anchor pockets, the blanket can be secured in the sand (or grass) so it doesn't blow away.

Maison Margiela
Stained Effect Wallet
$425

A bi-fold with just the right amount of personality, Maison Margiela's new stain effect grey leather wallet calls to mind Jackson Pollock on a bovine canvas. Striking design aside, it's also a highly functional item with three card slots on either side and a divider between the bill pocket. For years now, Margiela has been a fashion industry innovator and it's nice to see the brand's dedication to details on everyday use accessories.

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Sad13: Get A Yes
Rock band Speedy Ortiz have been that rare shining beacon of light leading the way to make shows safe and inclusive for fans—even asking concertgoers to text when they feel harassed or in trouble. Sadie Dupuis takes it further in the intimate, catchy...
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Thundercat: Bus In These Streets
Once again, Thundercat has managed to combine whimsy, innocence and sweetness with melancholy and pathos. For his new track, "Bus in These Streets" the multitalented musician/singer/producer has teamed up with frequent collaborator Flying Lotus and...
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Delicate Steve: Winners
Delicate Steve, the alter ego of Steve Marion, can often be seen around intimate NYC venues in a tank top—shredding like no mere mortal. The guitar whisperer has lent his talents to Yeasayer's and Paul Simon's most recent albums, co-wrote a song with...
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Låpsley: Operator (DJ Koze Radio Edit)
With a disco-glam radio edit from DJ Koze, English singer Låpsley's "Operator" makes for a club-ready dance party all on its own, but the music video sets the bar even higher. Inspired by a night Låpsley had spent celebrating among Berlin's drag scene...
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Frank Ocean: Endless
Finally, Frank Ocean has blessed us with a new record—four years after the lush Channel Orange, and plenty of teasing and anticipation. Last night, the NOLA-raised singer/songwriter released his visual album "Endless" which is streaming via Apple Music...
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Phantogram: Cruel World
The intro to Phantogram's new track "Cruel World" (Sarah Barthel's vocals accompanied only by minimal piano) sounds very different from their usual dark, shimmery and sexy style, but soon the hook delivers what we've come to adore about the NY-based...
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Lana Del Rey: BBM Baby
With each passing day it becomes clearer just how many people loved BlackBerry Messenger. Included in that list happens to be Lana Del Rey, and a recent leak of her 2011 demo "BBM Baby" makes clear the ease and joy of sexting through the service. The...
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Neon Indian: Annie
Looking like something recovered from an early '90s VHS, Neon Indian's "Annie" video is delightfully low-res and playful. Directed by Neon Indian (aka Alan Palomo) himself, the video matches the perky track—albeit taking place in a city rather than...
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Jesse Boykins III feat. Luke James: Likeminded
In now-classic Jesse Boykins III style, the LA-based singer/songwriter has released a super-lush and sexy record in his latest release: Bartholomew LP. Featuring guest spots from Syd (of The Internet), Willow Smith, Trinidad James and J*Davey, it's...
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Florence + the Machine: Stand by Me
It is exceptionally hard to cover a song like Ben E King's profound classic "Stand by Me," while holding true to the value of the original and adding contemporary developments. Unsurprisingly, Florence + the Machine have pulled it off with their ethereal...
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The White Stripes: City Lights
Out on 9 September, the 26-track double LP Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 will be a trove of unreleased music spanning the acclaimed musician's entire career. Released today, "City Lights" offers a glimpse at what's to come. Originally written...

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