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NARA SHIN

Nara Shin

COMMUNE DESIGN
LOS ANGELES
RETAIL SPACES
SHOPPING
THE ELDER STATESMAN
WEST HOLLYWOOD
The Elder Statesman's First Retail Store Opens in LA
After seven and a half years in business, picking up the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award along the way, The Elder Statesman has finally opened its first brick and mortar store in its hometown of Los Angeles. Founder Greg Chait—recognizable by...
BARCELONA
COATS
INDEPENDENT DESIGNERS
MOHAIR
OUTERWEAR
WOMENSWEAR
Mohair #2 Collection by Datura
After eight years of working in the fashion industry—including a brand under her own name—Majorca-raised Stefania Borras uses her collected experiences to hit all the right marks with her line, Datura. Launched last year, Datura is designed in New...
CONSIGNMENT STORES
OMOTESANDO
PASS THE BATON
SHOPPING
TOKYO
VINTAGE STORES
Tokyo's Pass The Baton Adds a Personal Touch to Vintage
Located at the edge of the Tadao Ando-designed Omotesando Hills shopping complex, a few floors underground into basement territory, is the "new recycle" shop Pass the Baton. The space (one of two locations in Tokyo) hosts an orderly explosion of...
INDEPENDENT DESIGNERS
RECYCLING
SUSTAINABILITY
SUSTAINABLE FASHION
UPCYCLING
COATS
OUTERWEAR
WOMENSWEAR
Wintervacht Revives Decades-Old Blankets as Wool Coats
Upon a first look at Wintervacht's brightly hued wool coats—from plum purple and canary yellow to curious patterns that evoke lava lamps or colorful chess boards—it's almost impossible to believe that in their past life, these coats were old blankets...
AUSTRALIA
MELBOURNE
SWIMWEAR
WOMENSWEAR
ONE PIECES
SWIMSUITS
Low Lives Swimwear
Melbourne, Australia-based brand Low Lives is less than a year old and their second collection is arriving just in time for summer—summer Down Under, at least. With laid-back, sporty one-pieces and bikinis that bear words like "Babewatch" and "High...
E-COMMERCE
GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK
SOCIAL BUSINESS
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
ETHICALLY MADE
HIV/AIDS
To The Market: A New Online Platform for Conscious Shopping
While "conscious shopping" has become a buzz phrase of late, when it's coming from a former Counterterrorism Advisor at the US Department of State, you pay attention. Jane Mosbacher Morris, who also worked at the same department's Secretary's Office...
BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS
PORTABLE
TECH
WIRELESS SPEAKERS
BLUETOOTH
BOWERS & WILKINS
TRAVEL
Bowers & Wilkins T7 Bluetooth Speaker
For their consumer-level products, English audio equipment experts Bowers & Wilkins have always managed to merge their top quality engineering with sensible, pleasing design without making too many sacrifices in either area—as we've seen with their...
ARTIST COLLABORATIONS
GIFTS
DAVID SHRIGLEY
DOMINOS
GAMES
AUSTRALIA
ILLUSTRATORS
NICK NACKS
SCOTLAND
Domino Set + David Shrigley
Australian knickknack shop Third Drawer Down is always full of weird and wonderful treasures—like DIY bubble gum kits—and their newest offering is a domino set donning doodles by Scottish illustrator (and regular TDD collaborator) David Shrigley...
HUDSON VALLEY
CRAFTSMANSHIP
FLEA MARKETS
GIFTS
FAIRS
FLOWERS
SEEDS
VINTAGE FURNITURE
Basilica Farm + Flea 2014
If Black Friday is synonymous with all that is wrong with capitalism, then the worthy antithesis to this unofficial sale-worshipping holiday is the Basilica Farm + Flea: an annual gathering of regional makers, farmers, food vendors and vintage collectors...
HOLIDAY CARDS
CUSTOMIZABLE
CHRISTMAS
RECYCLED PAPER
INSTAGRAM
PRINTS
HANNUKAH
Stress-Free Holiday Cards by Artifact Uprising
'Tis that season, when a large number of friends, but really, mostly blood relatives, expect an update on what you've been up to the last year—or two, or three, depending on when you last sent out a holiday card. One option to ease this unfortunate...
GARMENT DISTRICT
HATS
STREET STYLE
ACCESSORIES
HEADWEAR
PATAGONIA
MADE IN USA
NYC
GL NYC Hats by Gabriel Liberty
While Pharrell may be able to pull off vintage Vivienne Westwood hats—no matter how Smokey the Bear they look—those just warming up to headwear beyond baseball caps and beanies are in need of something that's contemporary yet wearable. Enter GL NYC...
CANDLES
SOCIAL BUSINESS
GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
ETHICALLY MADE
SOCIAL VENTURES
A Brighter Future with Prosperity Candles
In 2009, Prosperity Candle began as a project in Baghdad, Iraq. Partnering with Women for Women International, the organization trained 50 women survivors of war to make candles in their homes, and help rebuild their lives through economic empowerment...
ALBUMS
HENRY WOLFE
INDIE ROCK
LOS ANGELES
MUSIC
MUSIC VIDEOS
INTERVIEWS
FOLK
Henry Wolfe: Encino
Three years have brought out a weathered yet spirited side of Henry Wolfe. While the musician's debut LP Linda Vista (2011) was straightforward, almost too gentle even, with its conventional instrumentation and approach, the two original songs on...
ORGANIC COTTON
MADE IN USA
INTIMATES
ETHICALLY MADE
LINGERIE
BRAS
ONESIES
PANTIES
UNDERWEAR
Minimal Lingerie Without the Lace or Frills
While lower temperatures in the north means piling on scratchy wool sweaters, the lingerie underneath doesn't need to be the same. Thankfully, there are more comfortable, minimalist alternatives to the mass-produced sea of frills, bows and neon colors...
BEANIES
HATS
KNIT
MADE IN USA
CALIFORNIA
HANDMADE
JOSHUA TREE
MERINO WOOL
Knit Merino Wool Hats from Rustic Threads
Inside a small boutique called The End, in the arid desert of Old Town Yucca Valley, CA, we stumbled upon some hats that beckoned to be touched and held. The hats are knitted by Taylor Elyse Compton, a Joshua Tree resident, who has a small studio...
2020 OLYMPICS
ANDAZ
HYATT
JAPAN
TOKYO
BOUTIQUE HOTELS
HOTELS
LUXURY HOTELS
Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills
On the 47th to 52nd floors of the new Toranomon Hills skyscraper is one of Tokyo's newest hotels. Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills—the Hyatt-owned brand's second property in Asia—is aiming for a sophisticated yet simple approach to a luxurious stay, removing...
AFFORDABLE
EYEWEAR
FRAMES
GLASSES
SUNGLASSES
CARL ZEISS
OPTICAL
Affordable Frames from Seneca Eyewear
While Warby Parker has been the indisputable leader of the affordable designer eyewear movement, a new wave of like-minded brands (David Kind, for example) have quickly caught on—resulting in even more choices for the discerning but economical customer...
COCKTAILS
DEATH & CO
LIP BALMS
BROOKLYN
GROOMING
MADE IN USA
NATURAL SKINCARE
SKINCARE
Stewart & Claire Cocktail-Inspired Lip Balms
After working for eight years as a food editor at Food & Wine magazine, Kristin Donnelly manifested her longstanding love of blending ingredients by making unisex lip balms from natural ingredients with no artificial flavorings or fragrances—or pastel...
GRAPHIC DESIGN
MADE IN USA
SOCIAL BUSINESS
T-SHIRTS
TEES
ACTIVISM
TOTES
STUDIO VISITS
Studio Visit: Prinkshop
"Wear what you care about." That's the motto of NYC-based Prinkshop (short for "printed ink"), a new graphic design and production studio that's leveraging the underused potential of T-shirts (and totes) to spark action and discussion. Each piece...
99U
BOOKS
CONFERENCES
BEHANCE
DESIGNERS
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
INNOVATION
LEADERSHIP
PRODUCTIVITY
99U's Make Your Mark
While the annual 99U conference (previously known as 99%, co-founded by CH and Behance) is a two-day whirlwind affair in NYC, the conference's daily-updated website—and now, their three-part book series—offer a way for creatives to get a more regular...
TEL AVIV
ALBUMS
INTERVIEWS
ELECTRONIC MUSIC
FUNK
HIP-HOP
UNDERGROUND ARTISTS
DJ SETS
Kalimist K Boog Gives Funk a Modern Facelift
The words "hip-hop," "funk" and " Tel Aviv" usually aren't uttered in the same sentence, but one musician is making sure it will soon become commonplace. Daniel Kalimist has been flying under the radar for some time, DJing at local venues like Pasaz...
ACTORS
BOOKS
FILM
FILM DIRECTORS
INTERVIEWS
QUOTES
ALFONSO CUARóN
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN
MOVIES
What I Love About Movies
Since 2005, Little White Lies has been a unique creative read for film buffs seeking something besides hype. Dedicating each issue largely to a single film, the bi-monthly indie publication broadens the conversation beyond just reviews and interviews...
APPS
DRAWING
TECH
IOS 8 APPS
DRAWING APPS
EXTENSIONS
KEYBOARD APPS
APPLE
IOS 8
IPHONE
Send Doodles with Inkboard App
App extensions, Apple's newest feature on iOS 8, have opened up the floodgates for third-party keyboard apps (many of which have been available for some time on Android phones). While the recently launched Inkboard doesn't promise to save milliseconds...
CYCLING
GEORGE HINCAPIE
HOTELS
OUTDOORS
SOUTH CAROLINA
BOUTIQUE HOTELS
HIKING
TOUR DE FRANCE
BLUE RIDGE
Hotel Domestique in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Traveler's Rest near Greenville, South Carolina might not top the must-visit lists yet, but retired pro cyclist George Hincapie and his brother Richard are set to change this by sharing their best-kept secret (and also the area they call home) with...
ACCESSORIES
BANDANAS
ILLUSTRATION
INDEPENDENT DESIGNERS
SILK SCARVES
STYLE
WOMENSWEAR
The Bad Behavior Silk Scarf by Nottene
Last week at Cool Hunting + Story's second annual Pitch Night, we heard from over 40 different designers and makers over the course of almost five hours. With surprise guest judge Whoopi Goldberg adding to the pressure to make an impression, we heard...
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