Pikkpack + Supermundane Shoes
Budapest-based Pikkpack offers a special kind of leather shoe: one that arrives at the doorstep in one flat piece, ready to be folded and sewn up with brightly colored shoelaces. Founder Sara Gulyas' careful design uses the least amount of material...
MADE IN FRANCE
Paloma Germain Turbans
Paloma Germain made quite the first impression during our chance encounter in Tuileries Garden in Paris. She stood out from the picnicking locals and camera-toting visitors because of the way she instinctively held her head high, hair tucked into...
CONSUMER AUDIO PRODUCTS
Core Speaker by Mass Fidelity
A year ago, Toronto-based audio tech company Mass Fidelity raised over $1.5 million in their Indiegogo campaign for the Core speaker. The numbers and interest make sense, because this isn't another check-off-the-boxes, cookie-cutter Bluetooth speaker...
Interview: Graham Dunning and the Mechanical Techno Machine
Multiple layers of modified records rotate on the turntable. Some of the vinyl has been sliced and bent, while others have little nuts and bolts drilled in or are covered in stickers to blank out certain sections. A ring stand—normally used to clamp...
Nocs 'Seconds' Watch
Stockholm-based Nocs established a name for themselves the good old-fashioned way: through positive reviews of their understated, considered design of consumer audio products. Their wireless NS2 Air Monitors V2 were a particular hit for its versatility...
MUJI Fifth Avenue Opens in NYC
New York Public Library's landmark Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue now has a new international neighbor across the street: Japanese brand MUJI is opening its largest North American store yet. Though this marks MUJI's fifth location in NYC...
El Cosmico Provision Co. Apothecary Line
Founded in 2006, El Cosmico is a communal oasis in the desert. Across 21 acres, the anti-hotel in Marfa, Texas offers refurbished trailers, yurts, Sioux-style teepees and a campground for pitching your own tent—sleep as close to the night sky...
MADE IN USA
Beech Hall: Inspired by Egypt
Two's a company, and three's an art collective for the newly formed Beech Hall. Former art school dormmates Danielle Kroll (illustrator and textile designer), Bev Beaulieu (jewelry and 3D CAD designer) and Wade Keller (art director and product...
STAMPD Launches Women's Capsule
Starting out with just sneakers and snapbacks, West Coast-based STAMPD has grown rapidly in the past four years to offer a strong collection of stripped-down, monochromatic (but mostly black and white) pieces with an attention-grabbing edge. Named...
Launching today, Figment VR is vying to be another way to make virtual reality more accessible. Zi Wang, an ex-Googler, wanted to design something more portable and durable than what Google Cardboard could offer. "It is a good way to at least give...
The Thanksgiving Reader
We're approaching that time of the year many people come to dread for its airport travel clogs and the political arguments that await at dinner. Thanksgiving is just T-minus 10 days and this year, entrepreneur and blogger Seth Godin suggests a...
Premiere: "Painfully Obvious" by Twin Cabins
We don't know much about Nacho Cano—who creates music under the name Twin Cabins—aside from the fact that he was born in Mexico, raised in California, and built his own desktop computer so that it could run a studio. But it's one of those instances...
New Wash From Hairstory
It takes a hair industry veteran to call out the fact that almost every shampoo on the market has detergent (aka sodium lauryl sulfate) in it—an irritant that strips and dries hair, fueling the perpetual cycle of buying products like conditioners...
RUE DES MARTYRS
EXPERIMENTAL COCKTAIL CLUB
The Grand Pigalle, Paris
The risktaking French team of Romée de Goriainoff, Pierre-Charles Cros, and Olivier Bon made the craft cocktail desirable to young Parisians via the Experimental Cocktail Club bar, which opened in 2007. The Experimental Group has now become a household...
LESS IS MORE
Bower Swimwear Resort 2016
It's no secret that we at CH lean toward minimalist swimwear (and lingerie) with bold cuts and colors—the pieces that instill confidence, rather than stripping it away. One such label that caught our eye is the year-old Bower, founded by Fiona...
Feminist Embroidery by Yes Stitch Yes
A sarcastic Tweet disappears almost instantaneously these days, but a brazen embroidered message only gets louder with every look. Edginess and individuality have been elevating fine needlework from a quiet hobby to cultural relevance for some...
New from Umbra Shift for Fall 2015
Umbra Shift, the semi-experimental branch of Toronto's Umbra studio, works with a wide range of designers to breathe contemporary influences into the home. The latest functional products to be released (just in time for holiday) in the Umbra Shift...
MADE IN FRANCE
Bonne Maison Adds Pizzazz to Socks
Featured in our colorful sock story earlier this year, Bonne Maison keeps catching our eyes with their unusual design motifs for feet. This lead us to dig in deeper and learn more about the indie French brand. Béatrice de Crécy and her partner...
BROOKLYN ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL
DISCWOMAN at Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
Crushing gender stereotypes by actively playing choice techno music, NYC-based DJ collective Discwoman book and showcase people who identify as women at the decks—and prove that the audience wants it. In September, they celebrated their anniversary...
Kill Screen Magazine Gets a Redesign
Five years ago, Kill Screen became a printed reality thanks to a Kickstarter campaign. Nine issues were produced on just $6,000—speaking to not only their frugal ways but their strong, driving vision of creating a platform for thoughtfully discussing...
Graphic Passion: Matisse and the Book Arts
In contrast to MoMA's recently concluded exhibition of Henri Matisse's cut-outs, The Morgan Library & Museum's new "Graphic Passion: Matisse and the Book Arts" fills just one room and hones in on the French artist's lesser-known passion for books...
MADE IN CALIFORNIA
ORGANIC OLIVE OIL
Other Brother Olive Oil
Other Brother olive oil first caught our attention with their aesthetic: their 250mL Shorty tin of Growers Blend is a little smaller than a can of beer, easy to grip, and by far the cutest olive oil packaging we've come across, thanks to the sign...
TOM OF FINLAND
Tom of Finland + Jalo Helsinki Fire Blankets
Lifesaving fire blankets, like a fire extinguisher, aren't meant to be hidden in the closet—because when an emergency occurs, you want it at an accessible and highly visible place. And an eye-catching design helps. Known for making smoke alarms...
ODD GIFT RECORDS
Premiere: "Good Friends" by Nick Pope
Brooklyn-based (by way of Medfield, Massachusetts) visual artist and multi-instrumentalist Nick Pope has been sitting on a pile of music for the past three years, and is now slowly releasing it in parts. He compares the series, titled "Souvenirs...
Yunnan BBQ, New York
If you're thinking of Chinese food for dinner tonight, step away from Seamless and head to Yunnan BBQ. Formerly Yunnan Kitchen, the Lower East Side restaurant has refreshed its menu (and interior) to put the spotlight on large, family-style portions...