MADE IN FRANCE
Devialet Phantom Speaker Turns (Rose) Gold
Despite its innocuous, small egg shape, the powerful all-in-one Phantom speaker from French audiophiles Devialet is an incredible engineering feat to be proud of (they hold 102 patents as proof). During our in-person demo of the product, the Phantom...
Hopp Studios Shoes
We all have our comfy shoes lined up by the door: ready for action when we check the mail or run to the grocery store, but sadly they don't often get to see any sunshine on days with meetings, work dinners, etc. These temples of relief aren't particularly...
OUTDOOR FILM FESTIVALS
Summer Film Series to Catch in NYC
Summer may be synonymous with Hollywood blockbusters, but if you're in the mood for something else—in a screen size larger than your 15" laptop—NYC thankfully has a deluge of options, like Rooftop Cinema Club's movies with a sunset view. Whether you...
Stonecutter Spirits, Vermont
Traditionally, gin is a clear, unaged spirit but the industry is warming up to the concept of adding another dimension to the juniper-flavored spirit. Australia's Four Pillars soaks their scrumptious gin in nine French oak chardonnay barrels; Utah...
Pantone Café, Monaco
For its second year, Pantone Café once again sets up shop this summer in Monaco. Though it's a stripped-down menu of coffee, drinks, sandwiches and desserts, it's a fascinating exercise in color psychology and how simple yet bold visual presentation...
House of Matcha
Stephen Cheuk, the designer-turned-trainer and founder of intimate NYC gym S10 Training has another obsession alongside helping clients reach sub-10% body fat (without the use of cardio machines). It's high-quality, ceremonial-grade matcha. Well...
MADE IN BROOKLYN
GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK
Keap's Simple, Scented Candles
We love a thoughtfully made candle here at CH, and newly launched Keap raises the bar even higher with their status as a public benefit corporation. A sustainable coconut wax blend (in lieu of paraffin, soy or beeswax) is hand-poured in their...
Special Edition Day Tote by QWSTION
Zurich-based QWSTION's function-forward and work-appropriate styles are continuously being tweaked, even if the differences aren't drastic to the eye. "It's—as always at QWSTION—an evolution, based on raising questions constantly," co-founder Hannes...
DIRECT TO CONSUMER
Fully funded shortly after its Kickstarter launched, Bulat joins the throngs of new start-ups offering premium direct-to-consumer goods at lower prices. This one's a good-looking chef's knife to completely replace your block of cheap knives—root...
MUMMY SLEEPING BAGS
Ficouture Nanga Sleeping Bag
Quality, functionality and beautiful design being their unspoken top priorities, Japanese brand Ficouture is interested in blurring that line between home, work, outdoor and play. Themed collections revolve around a different location each year...
UPSTATE NEW YORK
WORD OF MOUTH
THE WILD CENTER
Word of Mouth: Adirondacks
Six hours from Toronto, Boston and New York City, the Adirondacks region is the largest publicly protected area within the 48 states (one just can't compete with how big Alaska is). One of the most unique aspects to this state park is that there are...
Rooftop Cinema Club Expands
There are moments when you want to enjoy a view of the sunset and city skyline in peace, rather than getting head-locked at another overcrowded rooftop happy hour. One alternative activity comes from Rooftop Cinema Club, which started off in 2011...
The Drawing Room Pop-Up Bakery and Bar
From Black Tap's colossal milkshakes and Dominique Ansel's milk and cookie shots to Crown Heights' new bar/bakery Butter & Scotch, there's no shortage of creative, hyped-up sweet treats in NYC. But if you're looking for something beyond a quick...
Interview: KARA Founder and Designer Sarah Law
KARA bags appeared from nowhere and suddenly were everywhere, from the shoulders of design-lovers to actors and the Insta-famous. The now-signature leather backpacks are instantly recognizable, despite bearing no branding aside from a discreetly embossed...
MADE IN USA
MADE IN CALIFORNIA
Norden Californian-Made Home Goods
In the crowded home goods market, young Encinitas, CA-based brand Norden caught our eye with striking yet simple packaging, expressing dedication to quality and utility. It makes sense after learning that owner Pete Panciera's background is in...
Feeling the Burn
There's something about the temperature rising that makes you want to follow suit. If you've found yourself pouring Cholula over every single dish lately (I too, purchase mine in bulk by the half-gallon), break out of the rut with these artisanal delights...
Pherrow's 'Bakapile' Collection from Japan
Meguro, Tokyo-based casual sportswear brand Pherrow's turned 25 this year, and they've dedicated the SS16 season to all things "Blue." Though known for their American-inspired denim (with back patches displaying "Japan's Magnificent Garment...
Premiere: "Big Sky" by Pearl Lion
Making us want to plan a road trip immediately is this stunning montage of visuals captured by Dan Huiting (whose music video resume includes Sylvan Esso, Caroline Smith, and lots of Bon Iver) for Pearl Lion's film soundtrack-like instrumental...
Italy in Your Pocket: Fathom's New Honeymoon Guides
Travel website Fathom, which we love for their anti-tourist spin and overall practical—rather than eye candy—approach, has just debuted a new set of ebooks, dubbed Fathom Honeymoon Guides. The team has put together flexible three-day itineraries...
KOREAN TRADITIONAL INSTRUMENTS
Premiere: "For Everything That You Lost" by Jambinai
South Korean trio Jambinai—equipped with the country's expressive traditional instruments—pluck, bow and breathe fury and drama into their experimental post-rock music. While the members showed off their technical prowess in the performance video...
ART OF CURATING
Season Five at Mmuseumm
Blink and you'll miss it—two doors thrust open in one of downtown New York's now uncommon alleys. Inside, objects are neatly on display: from perfume bottles to fast food containers from Iran. Once a former shaftway for a freight elevator, the...
Wearable Tech Gets Emotional
London-based tech design studio and lab Vinaya wants wearables to make us feel more human and less hamster. For its debut line Altruis, they developed luxe—albeit still bulky—jewelry in iPhone-evoking colors that vibrates different patterns under...
America's Vanishing Rest Stops
The rest stop is a man-made oasis. Some are fancier—WiFi is now offered at many, along with various fast food and gas options—but the primitive set-up of a bench and shade (and sometimes a random barbecue pit) can bring tears to the eyes after a hundred...
MADE IN MEXICO
The Palm Project's Natural Bags and Baskets
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...
Bluesmart's New Smart Suitcase, the Black Edition
Indiegogo success story Bluesmart has updated their debut smart carry-on suitcase (with built-in battery, GPS tracking, Bluetooth-enabled remote locking, etc) with a new Black Edition. The double PU layered polycarbonate case—even more scratch...