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JOSH RUBIN

Josh Rubin

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...
VACHERON CONSTANTIN
SWISS WATCHES
WATCH DESIGN
AUTOMATIC WATCHES
HORLOGERIE
CHRISTIAN SELMONI
RICHEMONT
WATCHES
INTERVIEWS
Interview: Vacheron Constantin’s Artistic Director Christian Selmoni
It's no small feat to be the oldest continuously producing watch manufacturer in the world. And while Vacheron Constantin holds this historic accolade, and can stake claim to 260 years' worth of developments in horlogerie, the luxury Swiss watch brand...
LAND ROVER
RANGE ROVER
EVOQUE
CONVERTIBLES
CARS
COURCHEVEL
TEST DRIVES
AUTO
Test Drive: The 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible
The all-new Range Rover Evoque Convertible is a fantastically silly car that might appeal to few, but for the outliers among us it’s a delight. While a convertible SUV is somewhat foreign to the Western world, it’s merely a luxurious reinterpretation...
WATCHES
AFFORDABLE WATCHES
MINIMALIST WATCHES
NATO WATCHES
LEATHER STRAPS
INTERVIEWS
DESIGN PROCESS
Interview: Eduardo Umaña of Classic Engineering
This weekend's Baselworld will include the latest innovations in luxury watchmaking—and with some of the price tags equivalent to wearing a mansion on the wrist, it's always nice to remember there are awesome options for those of us with average...
TED
TED 2016
INSPIRATION
QUOTATIONS
CONFERENCES
SCIENCE
DESIGN
HUMANITY
CULTURE
FUTURE
QuoTED 2016
Once again set in Vancouver, TED 2016 was a gift that will keep giving. Beyond the invaluable networking, unique experiences and engaging installations, attendees were treated to a high concentration of inspiring, even life-changing, talks—several...
AL GORE
TED 2016
CLIMATE CHANGE
GLOBAL WARMING
VANCOUVER
TED
VIDEOS
TED 2016: Al Gore's Optimism on Climate Change
At this year's TED Talks in Vancouver, former Vice President Al Gore took to the stage, once again addressing climate change concerns. For the first half of the talk, Gore delivers impassioned, powerful and fact-driven points on the harm of global...
ARCHAEOLOGIST
DR SARAH PARCAK
TED PRIZE
SPACE ARCHAEOLOGY
EGYPT
HERITAGE SITES
UNDISCOVERED SITES
TED
TED 2016
2016 TED Prize Winner: Dr Sarah Parcak's Crowdsourcing Space Archaeology
With millennia of developmental history behind us, much of which has been lost from maps and word of mouth, Dr Sarah Parcak understands the importance of searching for the missing pieces. The space archaeologist and winner of this year's TED Prize...
KUON
JAPAN
JAPANESE TEXTILES
UPCYCLING
ECO-CONSCIOUS CLOTHING
INDIGO
BORO
MENSWEAR
KUON's Contemporary Boro
Debuting at the end of 2015 and now available in Hong Kong and Japan, Japanese fashion house KUON incorporates pieces of vintage textiles into their bohemian wares. While that's not uncommon (from Japan or elsewhere), their choice of materials stands...
BENTLEY
LUXURY
TEST DRIVES
CARS
SUVS
BENTLEY BENTAYGA
AUTO
DUNES
SLIDESHOWS
Test Drive: The Bentley Bentayga
Premium SUVs are a funny concept—the words "sport" and "utility" are in general tension with the notion of "luxury." The reality is, most customers will never push their SUVs (or sports cars for that matter) as far as they’re capable. But somewhere...
LEO VILLAREAL
SAN FRANCISCO
BAY BRIDGE
LARGE SCALE ART
ART EXHIBITIONS
OUTDOOR ART
OUTDOOR EXHIBITIONS
LEDS
LIGHT ART
PHILIPS
LIGHT SCULPTURES
Artist Leo Villareal Lights Up San Francisco's Bay Bridge Permanently
We have been following light artist Leo Villareal's The Bay Lights exhibition since its announcement back in 2011. Villareal succeeded—magnificently—in setting San Francisco's iconic Bay Bridge aglow in March 2013. The visceral, undulating art...
JAPAN
HOTELS
SPAS
TRAVEL
MODERNISM
RYOKAN
ONSEN
SHUZENJI
Asaba Ryokan
A 90-minute train ride to the south west of Tokyo on the Izu peninsula, in a small village called Shuzenji, is Asaba, a 500-year-old ryokan that, since our recent visit, has become the sole destination of our continued daydreams. Known for Wasabi...
REMOTES
DEVICES
GADGETS
TECHNOLOGY
HOME AUTOMATION
CONNECTED HOME
SMART HOME
SONOS
PHILIPS
NEST
Sevenhugs' Smart Remote
Looking to simplify the endless number of apps and interfaces used to control smart-home products, French start-up Sevenhugs has introduced the first “contextually aware” universal Smart Remote. In other words, it’s the first remote to understand...
AUDI
CONCEPT CARS
INTERIOR DESIGN
CAR INTERIORS
CES2016
ELECTRIC CARS
Inside the Audi E-tron Quattro Concept
We had our first introduction to the Audi E-tron Quattro concept car in September 2015, during Frankfurt's IAA Auto Show. At that time, however, the doors remained closed, leaving the interior design a bit of a mystery. At CES 2016, however, we...
NIKON
CAMERAS
VIRTUAL REALITY
ACTION PHOTOGRAPHY
VIDEO
360
CES2016
Nikon KeyMission 360
Nikon, today at CES, unveiled their expected flagship update, the D5 (more on that soon), plus the unexpected entry point to the action and VR space, the KeyMission 360. It's bit larger than a GoPro, but the device has two lenses, not one. Facing...
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