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NARA SHIN

Nara Shin

RESTAURANTS
NYC
FLATIRON
LUNCH
MOZZARELLA
ITALIAN FOOD
ITALIAN RESTAURANTS
BUFFALO MOZZARELLA
Obicà Mozzarella Bar, NYC
Obicà Mozzarella Bar is an under-the-radar Flatiron gem—one block away from Madison Square Park—that should be on the list for those downtown planning their next work lunch. With restaurants around the world (from Tokyo to London and Rome), the...
VINTAGE
LEATHER
LEATHER JACKETS
OUTERWEAR
UPCYCLING
CUSTOM
BIKER JACKETS
DIY
Laurie Lee Custom Leather
As a statement leather jacket that's more personable than something straight off the rack, London-based Laurie Lee's one-of-a-kind pieces are an enticing option. She transforms quality vintage leather jackets found in secondhand stores and paints...
KIMCHI
KOREAN FOOD
KOREAN CUISINE
SPECIALTY FOOD
FERMENTED
KOREAN
LOCAL FOOD
SMALL BATCH
Kimchi Kooks
Kimchi has always been a source of Korean pride—yet the obligatory side dish (and cultural symbol) has made headlines in the past few years as cheaper Chinese imports have taken over restaurants and supermarkets. New Yorkers now can get a taste...
ADVENTURES
HIKING
OUTDOORS
UK
TECHNICAL WEAR
BACKPACKS
BACKPACKING
APPAREL
GEAR
ACTIVEWEAR
SOCIAL BUSINESSES
Bowndling Hiking Apparel and Backpacks
"We believe hiking deserves better clothing," says the all-women team from young, UK-based label Bowndling, which launched November of 2014. The outdoors industry seems reluctant to merge function with fashion for fear of detracting from tech specs...
BOOKS
CHILDRENS BOOKS
SOUND SYSTEM CULTURE
UK
ILLUSTRATED BOOKS
SPEAKERS
MUSIC
The Sonar System
Free of typical children's books motifs, "The Sonar System" is a new illustrated tome that introduces kids to a not-so-typical subject: sound system culture. Set in a fictitious "sonar system" where planets revolve around a "gigantic, pulsating...
RESTAURANTS
DINING
NYC
KOREAN FOOD
KOREAN
EAST VILLAGE
Modern Korean Cuisine at Oiji
While there are many small restaurants crammed into Manhattan's block-long Koreatown on 32nd Street, their menus are pretty similar. Each offers the traditional home-cooked staples that Koreans overseas crave, from doenjang jjigae (soybean paste stew...
MADE IN CANADA
TORONTO
BAGS
BACKPACKS
CYCLING BAGS
YNOT Magnetica Everyday Backpack
YNOT was conceived as a locally made line of urban cycling gear by founder Tony Mammoliti, who was unsatisfied by what was available for riders. Since its launch in 2009, the Tortonto-based company has evolved into a dependable producer of durable...
BEDDING
HOME DECOR
SHEETS
LINEN
BEDROOM
DUVETS
Parachute Bedding
Luxury sheet sets can retail for hundreds, even thousands, of dollars—and even if people do spend one-third of their lives in bed, it's hard to justify that kind of purchase. Young online bedding brand Parachute, which launched last year, offers...
CAMPERS
ADVENTURE
CAMPING
AUSTRALIA
RV
ECO-FRIENDLY CAMPERS
RETRO
OUTDOORS
The Gidget Retro Teardrop Camper
When Glenn Wills and Christine Bree set out to design the camper of their (pretty realistic) dreams, they didn't realize it might also be the camper of many other people's dreams, too. The Gidget Retro Teardrop Camper is extremely compact and lightweight...
PARIS
VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS
STREET FOOD
FOOD BIKES
HOT DOGS
RESTAURANT OPENINGS
FRANCE
HEALTHY FAST FOOD
Vegetarian Hotdogs at Le Tricycle
Those in Paris may have spotted Coralie Jouhier and Daqui Gomis cruising through the streets, bringing vegetarian hotdogs to the masses on their food bike service Le Tricycle. A loyal following has now resulted in a newly opened brick-and-mortar...
SUNGLASSES
SUMMER 2015
INDEPENDENT DESIGNERS
UNISEX
EYEWEAR
OPTICAL
Carla Colour Eyewear
Brisbane-raised and Brooklyn-based Carla Robertson had been working as a television producer for about 15 years until a few major life events put everything into focus. "I've always dreamed about doing a line of eyewear—and then I got pregnant...
FURNITURE
DIY
HOME
UPCYCLING
REUSE
DIY Furniture with a Few SNAPs
Spanish designers Maria Roca and Erika Biarnes of new company Be-elastic have come up with a creative way to help furniture keep up with our increasing mobile, space-conscious and environmentally-sensitive lives. Their first design, SNAP, is a...
SHARKS
SCARVES
NECKLACES
SHARK WEEK
Mignonne Gavigan's Beaded Shark Scarves
You've probably spotted Mignonne Gavigan's work under another moniker, as she was head footwear designer at Rachel Roy as well as the senior shoe designer for Loeffler Randall. But under her eponymous label, she's able to pull out all the stops...
AFFORDABLE LUXURY
E-COMMERCE
HOMEWARES
DINNERWARE
GLASSWARE
WEDDING GIFTS
HOME DECOR
Snowe Homewares
Shopping for home essentials isn't the most thrilling—especially when you have to drudge through dozens of different stores and their never-ending selections. Making it easy to furnish a new apartment in one click (no required day trip to a warehouse...
MUSEUM OF SEX
NYC
EXHIBITIONS
INTERACTIVE INSTALLATIONS
CAMPING
SEXUALITY
DROOG
Museum of Sex: Splendor in the Grass
For the past year, the NYC's Museum of Sex hosted "Funland," an erotic fairground imagined by design duo Bompas & Parr which featured, among other things, a penis derby racing game and bouncy boob castle (now part of the museum's permanent collection...
TATTOOS
BODY ART
CONTEMPORARY INK
HISTORY
TATTOO BOOKS
PHOTOGRAPHY
GRAPHIC DESIGN
NSFW
100 Years of Tattoos
While last year's Artbook/D.A.P. book "Tattoo" explored the art form's global beginnings and its many cultural expressions, a new book, "100 Years of Tattoos," focuses the lens on the recent history of body art. The meaning of tattoos—and the attitudes...
MUSIC
UMO
UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA
BANDS
INTERVIEWS
CREATIVE PROCESS
SONGWRITING
RUBAN NIELSON
Interview: Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra
On their first two albums, Portland-based Unknown Mortal Orchestra charmed fans with dirty low-fi tracks—poppy but unafraid to be thought-provoking—recorded out of a basement studio. Their third and latest effort, Multi-Love (out now via Jagjaguwar...
LEXUS DESIGN AWARDS
STORY
RETAIL
SHOPPING
INVENTIONS
LAMPS
LIGHTING
EMERGING DESIGNERS
MAKERS
THIS IS STORY
DESIGNERS
Story Presents: Creativity
New York concept retailer Story undergoes a head-to-toe transformation every four to eight weeks to offer a unique, editorialized shopping experiences—and their latest theme “Creativity” launches today for a month-long look at innovative design from...
FACIALS
SKINCARE
SPAS
NOMAD
NYC
WELLBEING
SALONS
UNISEX
Heyday: Facials for All Without the Fuss
The word "facial" contains layers of unnecessary trepidation and intimidation—especially as you never know exactly what to expect behind those closed doors. New Yorkers can finally experience a quality facial without hassle, guilt or generic New...
AMPLIFIERS
AUDIO
SOUND SYSTEMS
SPEAKERS
SUBWOOFERS
Devialet's Hi-Fi Phantom Hits the US
Since it was founded in 2007, Paris-based Devialet has become known for their unusually sleek and compact hi-fi amplifiers. They've carved out a special place in the high-end audio marketplace by developing technology rather than repackaging the...
BOOKS
BOOK DESIGN
ART BOOKS
ARTISTS
BRUNO MUNARI
CHILDREN
EDUCATION
EXPERIMENTAL BOOKS
GRAPHIC DESIGN
Munari's Books
20th century Italian artist Bruno Munari (1907-1998) left his legacy in many different forms—from sculptures, paintings, design furniture and objects, films, photographs to even poetry—but it was his experiments in book-objects for children and...
COLLABORATIONS
BEZAR
LIGHTING
HOME DECOR
FLOS
LED
OFFICE
LAMPS
Flos + Bezar Go Bubblegum Pink
Online design marketplace Bezar officially launched just a few months ago, but has been holding to its promise of introducing unique products from independent designers on a daily basis and becoming a go-to place for discovering new art and home...
PRINT ALL OVER ME
COLLABORATIONS
CLOTHING
ATTIRE
APPAREL
ANNIE LARSON
Annie Larson + Print All Over Me
Brooklyn-based Annie Larson's ALL Knitwear line has become much-loved for its high-contrast colors and chaos of patterns. Each sweater is made to order by Larson herself, on her knitting machine. For those who can't wait until fall or winter to...
DINNER
COOKING
INTERNET OF THINGS
SMART HOME
TECH
OVENS
June's Computer-Based Intelligent Oven
Ovens can be scary. Fire hazards aside, their large size, time investment and oftentimes unreliable results can be intimidating to amateur cooks, which is why many seek escape in the form of take-out. Tackling the inefficiency of a kitchen appliance...
LONDON
UK
SCENTS
SKINCARE
ENGLAND
FRAGRANCES
PERFUMES
NATURAL SKINCARE
SEASIDE
COAST
MARGATE
SEAWEED
COUNTRYSIDE
Modern Apothecary by the Sea: Haeckels
The English seaside town of Margate—a historical retreat for Londoners fleeing the city smog—has chalk reefs and cliffs along its coast that nurture unique families of seaweed. Carefully hand-harvested, this seaweed becomes the base ingredient for...
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