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Eight Graphically Forward Pairs of Socks for Summer
Colors, patterns, flourishes and beyond—all for your feet
by CH Editors
With seasonal change, we are quick to transform our wardrobe to match the weather—or, most of it. Shirts and pants get swapped out. Some items are stowed, while others are retrieved. But what about socks? Summer in the northern hemisphere makes for...
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New songs by Braids and High Water, powerful nostalgia from Garbage and more in this week's music
by CH Editors
Braids: Joni Montreal-based three-piece Braids is making some of the most intricate electronic pop we've heard: take "Joni" where Raphaelle Standell-Preston's voice snaps and stretches, yelps and exhales—setting the pace for the ricochets of synth...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
Medical marijuana for pets, designing utopia, using VR to solve crime and more in this week's look at the web
by CH Editors
1. The Origins of Monopoly's Iconic Playing Pieces Ever wonder how such random items as a shoe, thimble, wheelbarrow and battleship became the playing pieces of possibly the most iconic board game in history? According to Cool Material, their...
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Royal Salute 21's "Luckiest of Dreams" Cocktail
An age statement Scotch-based drink buoyant enough for summer
by David Graver
For anyone wary of Scotch cocktails, Royal Salute—the superb Speyside blend aged a minimum of 21 years—offers a solution. And, uncommonly, it makes for a delightful warm weather sipper. The "Luckiest of Dreams" cocktail carries some heft with 50ml...
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Notes: Driving a McLaren 675LT around LA
Experiencing the hypercar from photoshoot to photoshoot
by CH Contributor
by Justin Kaehler It’s challenging to write about something like the McLaren 675LT. It’s a machine whose speed begs to be described—a hard-core track car boasting 666 horsepower, a 2.9-second 0-60 time, and a top speed of 205 miles per hour. However...
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Pal Zileri and The Future of Tailoring
Designer Mauro Ravizza Krieger on how men's style evolves in an increasingly less formal world
by Paolo Ferrarini
What is the difference between tailored and factory menswear? Often we consider these two categories as distant or even conflicting. However, there are many who actually know how to combine these both, companies that use industrial processes to...
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Du Zen! Leather Bags
The Melbourne-based independent label releases products when they're inspired, rather than by season
by Katie Olsen
Founded by former industrial and graphic designer Samantha Rogers (née Duzenman), Australian label Du Zen! handcrafts high-quality leather bags locally in Melbourne, some of which come in unusual but wearable colorways. The brand also ignores traditional...
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Highlights from Clerkenwell Design Week 2016
Five works, from large-scale billboards to a sleek wheel chair, that captured our attention
by Cajsa Carlson
The Clerkenwell area in London claims to be home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet. Whether that’s correct or not, it's reason enough to host an annual festival to celebrate the creative talent...
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The Palm Project's Natural Bags and Baskets
Modern designs hand woven by craftswomen from Tlamacazapa, Mexico
by Nara Shin
Mexico City-based designer and CENTRO university professor Moisés Hernández has been dedicated to forwarding design in his native country. His curatorial shop Diario is stocked with unique products made in Mexico (like this two-toned bright blue...
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The Art of Tiki Tabu
Artist Misha Kahn ups the celebratory ante for the LES rooftop bar's reopening
by David Graver
A New York City summer isn't complete without a few romps on rooftop bars. After a successful pop-up launch last summer—that was so well-received it was extended well into the winter—Tiki Tabu at SIXTY LES is back and better than ever. Everything...
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Beau Custom Clothing
A membership service for personally-crafted suits, shirts and jackets at cost
by CH Studio
Why buy clothes off the rack when you can have them custom made for the same price? And why pay what most others are for custom when you can get it at an even lower price? Beau, based out of a retail space on the ground floor of NYC's SoHo Grand...

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The Palm Project's Natural Bags and Baskets
Modern designs hand woven by craftswomen from Tlamacazapa, Mexico

Mexico City-based designer and CENTRO university professor Moisés Hernández has been dedicated to forwarding design in his native country. His curatorial shop Diario is stocked with unique products made in Mexico (like this two-toned bright blue...

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The Palm Project's Natural Bags and Baskets
Modern designs hand woven by craftswomen from Tlamacazapa, Mexico
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Cadillac House, NYC
Gensler's creative director talks to us about designing the new versatile community space in SoHo

Cadillac House is one of the brand’s most public-facing initiatives and a signal that they're serious about being part of its new home in NYC. We got an exclusive look at the experiential space with John Bricker, a Partner and the Creative Director...

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Cadillac House, NYC
Gensler's creative director talks to us about designing the new versatile community space in SoHo
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Notes: Prime, Fast and Wide
Sigma's 20mm f1.4 Art Series lens is muse-worthy

Prime and fast. As a photographer, these are the two most important words that describe the lenses I use. Prime, meaning one focal length—not a zoom lens. Fast, meaning a wide aperture to let in lots of light. Prime lenses not only deliver sharper...

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Notes: Prime, Fast and Wide
Sigma's 20mm f1.4 Art Series lens is muse-worthy

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Kate Rohde
Leafy Rainbow Bowl
$355

Inspired by Rococo decorative arts and nature, with a wildly psychedelic slant, Australian artist Kate Rohde's Leafy Bowls are unique and awe-inspiring. Made in all kinds of colorways, from food-safe resin, her dishes can be used as fruit bowls, vases or simply striking design objects. Our pick is the rainbow option, but each one-of-a-kind dish made is equally appealing. Price is in AUD.

Alyx
Rollercoaster Belt with Buckle
$295

NYC-based label Alyx only debuted last year—with a deliciously subversive womenswear collection—but they've already become one of eight finalists for the 2016 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers. Founder Matthew Williams (former art and creative director for Lady Gaga, Kanye West) is delving into more unisex pieces, like this rollercoaster belt. The buckle is produced by the same manufacturer for Six Flags Magic Mountain's safety belts, so rest assured—your pants will stay up.

M. Spring Studio
Sage Leaf Necklace
$130

M. Spring Studio's sage necklaces do more than just look good—if you're a believer. Since sage is thought to ward off evil, this necklace can be worn as a protective amulet as well as a design item. With each piece hand-cast from real sage leaves and no casts used more than once, each necklace is truly one of a kind. Made from sterling silver, in Brooklyn, these necklaces are available on a 20-inch chain or as a standalone pendant. Prices vary, but start around $130.

Etymotic Research
Hi-Fi Earplugs
$20

Whether you're attending the inaugural Panorama music festival in NYC or dancing your socks off at the local bar, earplugs are the easiest thing to tuck into your front pocket and spare you from annoying next-day tinnitus. Etymotic Research, respected by those in the music industry for their fantastic custom fit earphones, make a good pair of earplugs as well: bringing the noise level down without muddling the sound quality when your fave band is on stage. The triple flange tips keep a tight seal, and the new smaller stems keep them discreet.

Timo Weiland
Felix Twill + Ponyhair Backpack
$385

For any occasion that calls for a chic backpack, and rest assured there are more than a few, NYC-based designer Timo Weiland offers the brand new Felix. Crafted from twill and ponyhair, the unisex backpack keeps minimal—with the material flourishes, including a leather base and leather accents along the shoulder straps, defining the silhouette. There's a front snap-enclosure pocket and padded laptop stow, as well, for added functionality. It also comes in blue and camel suede options.

Lucky Boy Sunday
Bobby Chair Pillow
$67

Made to be used, rather than just displayed (and crafted from cozy 100% baby alpaca wool and a polypropyl filling) Lucky Boy Sunday's Bobby Chair Pillow is heaven to sit upon. With several colorwheel options, our pick is Forrest—beige, browns and with a few splashes of pastel—which will work in almost every style home. Price in Euros.

SENA
Leather iPad Sleeve
$150

Many sleek iPad and tablet sleeves are lovely to look at, but this one from SENA also carries extra functionality. With compartments for an Apple Pencil, cards, and cables one will never be at a loss when reaching for something quickly. Made from 100% European leather, the all-black case is made for a 12.9-inch iPad Pro and of course is padded to keep it safe.

Ultimate Ears
UE ROLL 2 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
$100

A development from Ultimate Ears' 2015 UE Roll release, the new UE Roll 2 clocks in at the same weight and carries the same waterproof capabilities, only it delivers 15% more sound. Further, the Bluetooth connectivity range has increased to 100 feet. This means it's easier to carry around a super quality speaker without having to fuss over where it's placed. The new release comes in five different vibrant colorways and also with its very own UE Floatie—allowing the device to float freely in the pool.

Electric Confetti
Cloud Nine Neon Light
$549

This retro-future vibed white LED neon cloud light is here to brighten up dreary days. It's on a clear perspex backing for easy wall-mounting but also looks great floating on shelves and desks. Melbourne-based designer and illustrator Natalie Jarvis also has a boatload of more color-popping neon signs to energize your room: her Electric Confetti designs include peeled bananas, bloomin' roses, crystal prisms and soft serve ice cream.

Ricardo Cavolo
Illustrated Tarot Cards
$17

We interviewed Spanish artist Ricardo Cavolo for his first book-cum-journal, "101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die," and it's easy to tell he's a music lover. He recently did the album artwork for Kaytranada's debut LP 99.9%, portraying the Montreal-based producer as a six-eyed deity. His bold and fiery style also happens to be perfect for tarot cards—adding an even more adventurous dimension when seeking knowledge from the unknown.

Eric Trine
Double Octahedron Ring Planter
$80

From California-based furniture and object designer Eric Trine, the 15-inch-tall Double Octahedron Ring Planter holds terra cotta potted plants by way of some engaging geometry. The powder coated finish on the steel construction lends beauty to the stable base. And while this Made-in-USA product can handle the outdoors, it's worth mentioning that over time rust can eat away at the finish—so thankfully its delightful enough to use in the home.

adidas + PALACE
Night Indigo Towel
$60

Linking up once again, sportswear giant adidas and skateboarding darling PALACE present a collection of summer-ready apparel and accessories inspired by retro football designs. While the terry tracksuits and jersey-like tops are alluring, it’s the dark monochromatic towel that makes the biggest statement. The plush 100% cotton towel bears PALACE’s distinct Tri-Ferg logo in a deep night indigo, and will contrast with the lighter, brighter beach towels populating this summer.

Portable Kitchen
Cast Aluminum Charcoal Grill and Smoker
$370

It's not a real summer gathering without the scent of seared meats and veggies drifting through the air. Distinguishing itself from some of the bulkier offerings out there, the portable PK Grill and Smoker removes all the bells and whistles for a simple, sleek look. The extremely durable (and rustproof) aluminum body—hand poured into molds at Little Rock, Arkansas—has a 4-way venting system to reach even and consistent temperatures. Easy to pack and go.

Nocturne Workshop
Otis Lamp
$400

East London’s Nocturne Workshop builds one-of-a-kind lighting solutions from responsibly sourced materials. Our favorite from their four-piece lineup (each named after a different musician) is the Otis Lamp: a subtly divergent tabletop piece fashioned from a rippling aluminum shade, a sturdy nickel-plated brass neck and an oiled oak baseplate. Because each lamp is made by founder Simon Day himself, bespoke finishes and custom colors are available upon request. Price is in GBP.

Wary Meyers
Cosmic Yuzu 'Terrazzo' Soap
$14

Who knew that soap scraps could create even more beautiful soap? We've long loved Maine-based Wary Meyers' artsy striped soap bars that bring the yacht-side sea breeze or Japanese cherry blossom right to the bathroom sink. Linda and John Meyers have been experimenting with soap scraps, and the result are terrazzo-like bars that evoke the work of designer Shiro Kuramata—who created his own special terrazzo by embedding colored glass in concrete. The visually stunning bars are available in two shades/scents: Cosmic Yuzu or Astral Shower.

Phaidon
Animals Are Delicious
$18

By Dave Ladd and Stephanie Anderson, "Animals Are Delicious" isn't as brutal as one might think. In fact, the kids' book explains three of the longest food chains within the animal kingdom—in a bright and playful way. Each food chain (terrestrial, avian and aquatic—our favorite is the underwater iteration) is given its own tactile foldout, so kids can exercise several senses at once.

Pocketo
Fruit and Vegetable Rattle Set
$12

Knitted from 100% cotton, this set of four fruit and vegetable rattles can provide endless entertainment for any bubula, while also remaining soft and safe for them to toss around. The brightly colored carrot, radish, pear and watermelon toys might also encourage little ones to start learning about the importance of healthy eating.

Kikkerland
Cork Flashlight
$30

Perfect for boating, beach nights or blackouts in the bathroom, this cork flashlight from Kikkerland is completely waterproof and—of course—floats. Lightweight and easy on the eyes, the flashlight contains bright LEDs so whether you're in the tub, on the high seas or searching for something in your car, it will light your way.

Master & Dynamic + Colette
Cobalt Blue MH40 Headphones
$453

NYC-based newcomers Master & Dynamic have been wooing both casual listeners and audiophiles with headphones that offer balanced, smooth sound and a noticeably durable build quality that doesn't cut corners. In a collaboration with Parisian boutique Colette, their flagship MH40 over-ear, closed-back design gets a fresh coat of bright cobalt blue—and each detail, from the memory foam ear pads wrapped in lambskin leather to the detachable woven cables, make them an ideal pair for daily use.

Alexander McQueen
Skull Socks
$70

Available in seemingly endless colorways (our pick is navy and brown), Alexander McQueen's classic skull motif is neatly patterned all over these socks. Calf-high and made in Italy from 76% cotton, 22% nylon and 2% elastane, the socks are a posh version of an everyday item that you'll truly want to show off.

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The Strokes: Drag Queen
In a surprise move last week, NYC indie-rockers The Strokes dropped not one but all three songs off their brand new Future Present Past EP—at roughly the same time via three different radio shows. Each track pushes the band's signature sound in new...
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra: First World Problem
After the wild success of their third album Multi-Love, New Zealand/American Unknown Mortal Orchestra has released a new track: "First World Problem." The song (whose cover art is by Henrietta Harris) is everything we've come to expect from UMO—boppy...
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Braids: Joni
Montreal-based three-piece Braids is making some of the most intricate electronic pop we've heard: take "Joni" where Raphaelle Standell-Preston's voice snaps and stretches, yelps and exhales—setting the pace for the ricochets of synth and drum hits...
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High Water: Changed The Locks (Lucinda Williams Cover)
Folk rocker Lucinda Williams' bridge-free 1988 song "Changed the Locks" is so bad-ass and to the point that there's not much room for other artists to cover it with justice (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers once tried). High Water (aka Will Epstein...
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Garbage: Empty
That feeling when a song and its music video is everything you hoped from a band you've long loved. In the new video for their single "Empty," Garbage reunites with Sam Bayer who directed the band's first three videos, including "Only Happy When It...
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Speedy Ortiz: Emma O
Speedy Ortiz's four-track EP Foiled Again—considered a postscript to last year's album Foil Deer—is set for release next Friday (3 June). They released the grainy, anime-referencing "Death Note" earlier this month and now share another, the much more...
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Danny L Harle (feat. Caroline Polachek): Ashes of Love
PC Music ambassador Danny L Harle's collaboration with Caroline Polachek of Chairlift, "Ashes of Love," brings out both of their unique strengths: melodies that unfold like a labyrinth, reinforced by Eurovision-level HD production and Dance Dance Revolution...
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The Lines: Single Engine Duster
There's plenty of intrigue surrounding The Lines' recently released album hull down, of which "Single Engine Duster" is the lead single. The Lines are not a new band. They released a few albums in the late '70s and early '80s, and once shared a stage...
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EDITORIAL
BADBADNOTGOOD: Time Moves Slow (feat. Sam Herring)
The enterprising, beat-loving jazz musicians of BADBADNOTGOOD announce their next LP, describing it as "an exploration in post-genre virtuosity." The simply titled IV comes out this July: tracks feature prolific fire producer Kaytranada (who just released...
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EDITORIAL
Sampha: Timmy's Prayer
London R&B singer and producer Sampha emerges from a long period of rest after his 2013 EP Dual—with collabs with SBTRKT, Drake, Jessie Ware, Lil Silva and even Kanye scattered along the way—with the heartfelt new song, "Timmy's Prayer" (it samples...
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EDITORIAL
Baby Alpaca: Can't Find My Way
Off of dream-pop band Baby Alpaca's album Under Water, "Can't Find My Way" makes for another sweet, soulful single—especially when complemented with the shifting, surreal visuals of their latest music video. Frontman Chris Kittrell strolls across an...

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