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Nara Shin

BOOBS
INDEPENDENT DESIGNERS
T-SHIRTS
WOMENSWEAR
FREE THE NIPPLE
Tit Tee by Sarah Shikama
Chicago-based visual artist and metalsmith Sarah Shikama is best known for her handmade jewelry (which draws inspiration from as varied subjects as Brancusi to the sea), but it was her "Tit Tee" that made us stop in our tracks. The hand-beaded, illustrated...
LARRY DAVID
MELBOURNE
MENSWEAR
T-SHIRT
WOMENSWEAR
AUSTRALIA
Diane Inc's Larry David T-Shirt
'Tis the season for holiday parties and spending time with work colleagues, immediate family, in-laws, second cousin's children, etc. The tidal wave of small talk can become too much for introverts and quiet types, so if you want to send a message...
CROWDFUNDING
DESIGN
LAMPS
LIGHTING
SMARTPHONES
Smartphone-Powered Portable Mood Lighting with Lampp
If you could somehow physically inflate the flat, glass screen of your smartphone into a glowing silicon bubble, it would resemble what Barcelona-based RCA alum and product designer Jordi Canudas has created with his new Lampp. By placing the organically...
FESTIVALS
LIGHT DESIGN
LIGHTING
FETES DES LUMIERES
LYON
TRAVEL
INSTALLATION ART
PROJECTION MAPPING
2014 Festival of Lights, Lyon
Light festivals—from the spiritually steeped Hindu holiday Diwali to the newer contemporary art-focused events like SIGNAL in Prague—have become much-loved around the world. Regardless of race, religion or geographic location, there's a shared human...
MADE IN FRANCE
PARIS
UNDERWEAR
BRIEFS
LOCALLY MADE
Le Slip Français Underwear
When he founded Le Slip Français in 2011, Guillaume Gibault didn't realize he would be starting an underwear movement. He found a workshop in Dordogne, France, where several generations of craftsmen had been making undergarments for over 60 years...
COOPER HEWITT
DESIGN
EXHIBITIONS
MAIRA KALMAN
MUSEUMS
NYC
HISTORY
SMITHSONIAN
Maira Kalman Selects at the Cooper Hewitt
After a $91 million, three-year renovation, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is finally reopening its doors to the public today, 12 December 2014. Inside the former Fifth Avenue mansion of Andrew Carnegie, where the museum is housed...
LINEN
ROALD DAHL
EDUCATION
ETHICAL FASHION
GENDER EQUALITY
NEPAL
SOCIAL BUSINESSES
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
WOMENSWEAR
With Faircloth & Supply, Every Piece Makes a Difference
British writer Roald Dahl touched the hearts of children around the world with his imaginative tales of gigantic peaches and golden tickets. His granddaughter Phoebe Dahl extends his legacy in her own way: by helping girls in Nepal to grab ahold...
DINING
TOKYO
SIMPLICITY DESIGN
YAKUMO SARYO
SHINICHIRO OGATA
WASHOKU
RESTAURANTS
JAPAN
TRAVEL
Dining at Yakumo Saryo in Meguro-ku, Tokyo
On a cloudy day, we visited Tokyo's quiet suburban neighborhood of Yakumo (which, fittingly enough, translates to "Eight Clouds"). It was a small trek to our final destination in Meguro-ku, which is southwest of the hip Nakameguro and Shibuya areas...
CREAMS
DRY SKIN
GROOMING
MOISTURIZERS
NATURAL SKIN CARE
SENSITIVE SKIN
SKIN CARE
UNISEX
WINTER
Winter Skincare
When the cruel and punishing weather wreaks havoc on the skin, it comes time to brush the dust off your humidifier, load up on the fatty fish (and vitamin C) and of course, add some formidable ammunition to your skincare arsenal. Below are some options...
BOOTS
MADE IN FRANCE
SHOES
DEBUT COLLECTIONS
INDEPENDENT DESIGNERS
LEATHER SHOES
WOMENSWEAR
Please Paris Shoes
In the sea of shoes that flood the department stores, boutiques and e-shops, it's not often that a debut collection grabs ahold of our complete attention like the one from Please Paris did. The recently launched French brand's statement pieces surprise...
CANDLES
FRAGRANCES
HOME DECOR
HOME GOODS
MADE IN SPAIN
SCENTS
Oliver & Co. Candles
Escape the banal blast of cinnamon, nutmeg and pine that infiltrates homes and stores this time of year. Madrid-based, self-taught perfumer Oliver Valverde, who founded Oliver & Co. in 2009, has finally brought his fragrances and candles to the US...
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...
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