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JOSH RUBIN

Josh Rubin

BATHING SUITS
SWIMSUITS
ORLEBAR BROWN
APPS
IPHONE APPS
PATTERNS
PHOTOS
Testing the Orlebar Brown SnapShorts App
Furthering their commitment to the world of photography, swimwear brand Orlebar Brown recently released an app, SnapShorts, that lets anyone turn their photographs into swim trunks. Within SnapShorts, one can select a photo they've taken, choose...
EMOJI
SMARTPHONES
HOME DECOR
BRONZE
SCULPTURE
TECH
DECORATING
Mini Poop Emoji Sculpture
Along with the upside-down smiley face, side eye and praying hands, the poop emoji must be toward the top of the most-used and most-loved list. Recognizing the phenomenon that is this new language—and the significance of the cheerfully smiling...
TUMI
LOUIS VUITTON
LUGGAGE
CARRY-ONS
DESIGN STUDIOS
NYC
TRAVEL GEAR
ALUMINUM LUGGAGE
Arlo Skye's Debut Carry-On Luggage
Denielle Wolfe designed for many brands that were "small" at her time of employment. Coach, Kate Spade, and Tumi were likely doing around $100M in revenue when she joined their growing businesses. Arlo Skye, the year long project that comes to fruition...
PHOTOGRAPHY
CAMERAS
TRAVEL
NAMIBIA
NIKON
SONY
IPHONE
REVIEWS
NOTES
AFRICA
NIKON D5
LENSES
IPHONE 6
Notes: The Three Camera Kit
I started taking pictures with my father’s Nikon F when I was eight years old and not long after began developing film and making prints in the darkroom. Back then watching a photo come to life in a tray of developer was instantly gratifying—granted...
MACK WELDON
CLOTHES
POLO SHIRTS
THE VESPER
SHIRTS
APPARAL
JAMES BOND
APPAREL
CLOTHING
Mack Weldon Updates the Polo Shirt
The polo shirt can be a confusing staple piece to some. It's a bit dressy and a bit casual. Its existence in that interspace has made it popular for over a century—as it was initially primarily attached to sports (polo, golf and tennis). While...
TESLA
CARS
CAR DESIGN
ELON MUSK
DESIGNERS
ELECTRIC CARS
ECO-FRIENDLY
AUTO
DESIGN REFRESH
MODEL S
Tesla Finds its Design Language
As a new car company that’s known more for technology than design, Tesla has begun to solve the latter. This isn’t to say that Teslas have had poor design—they’re sleek and simple and have many thoughtful elements inside and out—but looking at...
ADVENTURE
SAFARI
AFRICA
NAMIBIA
MIKE HORN
MERCEDES-BENZ
SUVS
CARS
OFF-ROAD
Chasing Mike Horn Through Namibia
Adventurer and environmentalist, Mike Horn has circumnavigated the globe along the equator without the use of motors, he’s summited multiple Himalayan peaks without supplemental oxygen and he’s trekked the Arctic Circle for 27 consecutive months, covering...
STLR AESTHETICS
GYM GEAR
ATHLETIC APPAREL
RICH BARETTA
BASICS
CLOTHES
APPAREL
GYM CLOTHES
SHIRTS
GYM SHORTS
STLR Aesthetics Athletic Apparel
As we are constantly scouting out for advancements in athletic apparel, a common concern becomes finding durable gym clothes that one feels comfortable wearing to—and potentially from—the gym. New NYC-based STLR Aesthetics launches today with a...
SUNGLASSES
DENIM
JEANS
EYEWEAR
ZEISS
INDIGO
Sunglasses Made From Recycled Jeans
From time to time, brands play outside the two holy materials for eyewear—titanium or acetate—be it buffalo horn by Rigards (the way the Inuits first used it to shield their eyes) or slate and birchwood experiments by Shwood. While UK-based Mosevic...
BACKPACKS
COMMUTING
BAGS
PAIX
SAN FRANCISCO
CYCLING BACKPACKS
CYCLING ACCESSORIES
COMMUTERS
PAIX Commuter Backpack
New SF-based company PAIX believes they've designed what many have tried to achieve: the ultimate commuter backpack. Made from water-resistant CyclePET® fabric (which in turn, is made from recycled PET bottles), BackPAIX has the staples: 30 liters...
PROGRESSLAND
CHAMBER
CHELSEA
ANDREW ZUCKERMAN
CHAMBER GALLERY
EXHIBITIONS
GALLERIES
NYC
Chamber's Collection #2 "Progressland" Exhibition
A transportive exhibition of uncommon design items and beyond, "Progressland" at Chelsea's Chamber Gallery sees a return of guest curator Andrew Zuckerman for a second installment of his hand-selected "collection." The multi-disciplinary creator has...
PAKPOD
TRIPODS
CAMERA GEAR
TECH ACCESSORIES
CAMERAS
CAMERA ACCESSORIES
PHOTOGRAPHY
GOPRO
UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY
Pakpod: a Versatile Tripod
There is a plentitude of desirable features at play within the new Pakpod tripod. Enough, in fact, that we feel comfortable calling it one of the most clever on the market for lightweight cameras, GoPros and smartphones. It's durable—made from...
TRAVEL GEAR
WEEKEND BAG
TROUBADOUR
ITALIAN LEATHER
LONDON
BAGS
WEEKENDERS
LUGGAGE
LEATHER
ITALIAN
Troubadour Weekender Bag
Troubadour isn't the first brand to dedicate years toward perfecting the travel bag (in this case: day bags, rucksacks, weekenders and briefcases). The London-based brand, however, does tap into something distinct. From high-quality Italian leather...
JEANS
DENIM
LEVIS
501S
DOCUMENTARIES
JAPAN
TRADITIONS
TOKYO
USA
DENIM CULTURE
AMERICANA
Levi's Celebrates the 501's Birthday With a Documentary
To celebrate the 501's birthday, Levi's has created a documentary—released in several parts—about the iconic jeans. The fourth episode highlights the 501's immense influence in Japan. Narrated by Craig Stecyk (aka C.R. Stecyk III, a surf and skate...
PHOTOGRAPHY
LENSES
REVIEWS
NIKON
SIGMA
BOKEH
NOTES
CAMERAS
Notes: Prime, Fast and Wide
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...
MONTAUK
MADE IN JAPAN
LOUNGEWEAR
COTTON PANTS
TAKUYA DUNCAN
CLOTHES
APPAREL
MONPE
CLOTHING
Takuya Duncan's Montauk Cotton Stripe Pant
Summer lounge season is almost upon us and the Montauk Cotton Stripe Pant from new premium menswear brand Takuya Duncan is a perfect fit. Made in Japan, from Japanese cotton Kimono fabric at a 100-year-old factory, the pants are a modern take—with...
THE HILL-SIDE
BUAISOU
INDIGO
CLOTHES
SHIRTS
DYE
HAND-DYED
MADE IN JAPAN
BROOKLYN
APPAREL
TIES
SCARVES
The Hill-Side + Buaisou Indigo Collaboration
Two of our favorite Brooklyn-based brands, The Hill-Side and Buaisou have joined forces to produce a limited edition run of selvedge chambray clothing and accessories—all of which has been hand-dyed in natural indigo using the traditional Japanese...
REX
SOCIAL MEDIA
COMMUNITIES
RECOMMENDATION APPS
DINNER RECOMMENDATIONS
FILM RECOMMENDATIONS
CULTURAL COMMUNITIES
CITY GUIDES
TRAVEL
MUSIC
IOS APPS
IPHONE
REX Cultural Recommendation App
When it comes to figuring out how to spend our time—what to watch, where to eat and more—there's no shortage of recommendation tools powered by algorithms that can do basic pattern-matching, but never really get to know you. The best recommendations...
PORTABLE SPEAKERS
BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS
SPEAKERS
BANG OLUFSEN
CONSUMER AUDIO
DANISH DESIGN
PORTABLE
TECH
WIRELESS
BeoPlay A1, the Perfect Pool Party Speaker
It's hard to top a set of loudspeakers revolutionizing the world of home audio systems. Of course, the $39,000 price tag (that's per unit) on Bang & Olufsen's BeoLab 90 means only a few can experience it in their personal living rooms, but the Danish...
DESIGN
TECH
SMARTWATCHES
CROWDFUNDING
AMAZON ALEXA
VOICE ASSISTANCE
INDIEGOGO
TECH GEAR
CoWatch by iMCO
Chinese company iMCO's new CoWatch has everything a smartwatch these days needs to offer: activity-tracking sensors (including heart rate), smart-home integration, compatible with iOS and Android, 1GB memory and 8GB storage, and an impressive...
SPORTSWEAR
PERFORMANCE WEAR
YOHJI YAMAMOTO
ADIDAS
ATHLEISURE
BACKPACKS
APPAREL
WOMENSWEAR
MENSWEAR
Y-3
SNEAKERS
FITNESS
Y-3 Launches Y-3 Sport
Though Y-3 is a beautiful collaboration between avant-garde Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto and global sportswear brand adidas, surprisingly, it's always been a fashion-first line. After 15 years, Yamamoto has thought it the proper time to go deep...
OUTDOORS
PORTABLE
LIGHTING
LIGHTS
CAMPING
BIKE LIGHTS
BIKE ACCESSORIES
HEADLAMPS
RECHARGEABLE
BIOLITE
POCKET LIGHT
UTILITY LIGHT
BioLite PowerLight Mini
BioLite became leaders in the cooking and charging market thanks to their nifty wood burning CampStove (with portable grill) that generates electricity. For 2016, they now offer a lighter, battery-powered version called the CookStove for those...
SNEAKERS
THE HILL-SIDE
MADE IN JAPAN
MILITARY INSPIRED
KAPTAIN SUNSHINE SPECIAL EDITION
OLIVE DRAB
OD GREEN
FOOTWEAR
The Hill-Side Bridge Mid Sneakers
New from Brooklyn's The Hill-Side, and developed in collaboration with Japan's Kaptain Sunshine, comes a rather uncommon-looking laceless sneaker: the Olive Drab Bridge Mid, Kaptain Sunshine Special Edition. This mid-height sneaker cites the very...
TED
TED2016
SHERYL CONNELLY
ILLUSTRATION
VISUAL NOTES
IPAD
IPAD PRO
APPLE PENCIL
Sheryl Connelly's 2016 TED Notes
Another TED came and went back in February and it was as inspiring as ever. Sitting in the audience is an all-consuming experience which, after five straight days of talks on stage and chats in between sessions, renders one with what regulars call...
HOTELS
TOKYO
TRAVEL
JAPAN
ART HOTELS
BOUTIQUE HOTELS
ART
LOCAL ARTISTS
ACCOMMODATION
The BnA Hotel, Tokyo
Finding a unique and affordable hotel in Tokyo can be challenging, largely due to the premium placed on space in the city. This premium has also influenced the suppression of art galleries, as locals have little space to display art in their homes...
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