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Matt Austin
Carved Wood Cactus
$190

Artist Matt Austin has a knack for shaking up familiar motifs and making us look twice. This time, he's reimagined cacti in carved wood—simple, but brilliant.

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Jill Platner
Baby Bolt Pendant
$145

Jill Platner discovered her love of metal working in NYC while attending the Parson's School of Design, and began creating jewelry as a side project to her sculptural pieces. Whether you’re a Bowie fan or just want a piece with a bit of energy, her sterling silver baby bolt pendant will add a little zap to your wardrobe.

KAPITAL
Shibori Dye Socks
$58

These indigo wool socks from KAPITAL use a traditional Japanese shibori dyeing technique to give a twist to the usual knit. The denim hue is a nod to the clothing company’s headquarters in Kojima, the denim capital of Japan.

Filson
Clip Coat
$785

Face any polar vortex head on with Filson’s heavy-duty Clip Coat, featuring a windproof storm flap, virgin wool lining and brass fireman clips so you don’t have to use numb fingers to fumble for your zipper.

Stonerware
Pot Leaf Chess Set
$35

Expand your mind in multiple dimensions with a game of pot leaf chess. The 32 pieces come in the shapes of bongs, bowls, joints, pot leafs and more.

Sigma
dp-2 Quattro Digital Point & Shoot Camera
$999

SIGMA continues to revolutionize photography with the dp2 Quattro camera, which offers a perspective close to human vision. The camera incorporates a newly developed Foveon X3 image sensor that processes photos in three pixel layers, resulting in 3D-like photographs with rich colorful detail.

Travelteq
Tablet Notebook Case
$154

Classic meets modern with Travelteq’s tablet case, which houses your 7” tablet, Moleskine notebook, and business cards in vegetable-tanned Florentine Vacchetta leather. The Dutch design company promises quality, with each case handmade in Italy.

Jean-Louis Casquette
Caskate Rings
$25

An athletic cap might most often be seen on one's head, but thanks to the wonders of 3D-printing, design firm Jean-Louis Casquette now brings them to your fingers. Their sports cap-styled rings are made from bright nylon fibers for a fun and punchy use of ubiquitous imagery.

Cole Haan
Bethany Weave Large Tote
$598

Cole Haan's oversized leather tote can pack in everything you need—with style. The woven exterior offers a sophisticated, textured feel, while the interior faille lining in blazer blue keeps any leaky contents from harming its sheen. All the hardware is a luxuriant 9K gold, but this tote is designed to be used, and useful.

Uncommon Goods
Whiskey Wedge
$15

If you're looking to ice your spirits without watering them down, this silicon mold produces a diagonal, ski-slope like slice of ice that simply won't over-dilute a drink. It's ideal for chilling whiskey and letting it open over time as ice slowly gives way to water, but works with basically anything, alcohol-based or other.

Logitech
Keys To Go Portable Keyboard
$70

Regardless of how fast any phone or tablet user can type on a touchscreen, there's nothing like a full keyboard. This slender, portable set—available in a variety of colors—wirelessly pairs with anything iOS. But its added features, from a soft-to-the-touch FabricSkin which wards off crumbs and spills to the extensive battery life, make it a convenient must-have.

Alex Hellum
Tool Stool
$365

Alex Hellum's solid beech Tool Stool is exactly as described in its name. The stool features an overhanging seat with a laser-etched ruler so it can be easily used as a saw-bench, while the complementary toolbox keeps it all in one spot and can be conveniently tucked away under the stool.

Cloud7
Dog Carrier
$312

For those who are toting their dogs around, it'll be hard to find one more appropriate and stylish than this offering from Cloud7. It incorporates a removable undyed sheep's wool inlay and a safety leash. The outside structure is adjustable (and washable) and crafted from 100% cotton canvas. And, altogether, it just looks cute.

Fellow Barber
Walnut Hand Mirror
$60

Staking its claim on a tried-and-true classic, the Walnut Hand Mirror by Fellow Barber doesn't mess with what works. The simple, round mirror features oil-rubbed walnut with a beveled edge and a six-inch mirror—handcrafted in the US.

Tanner Goods
Leather Luggage Tag
$65

Upgrade your luggage game with the help of the understated Tanner Goods Luggage Tag. The simple blonde leather tag buckles on with minimal brass hardware and weathers to a lovely caramel color with age, and frequent travel.

Adam J Kurtz
1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion
$12

Graphic designer Adam J Kurtz has built his portfolio on uplifting but slightly cheeky missives printed on brightly colored objects ranging from balloons to books. His latest creation invites the rest of us to get inspired in 2015 with "1 Page at a Time," a 365-page journal with prompts for each day, encouraging you to write, draw or design your way through the year, according to the title.

Cool Hunting + byAMT
CH Editions: byAMT Strap Planter
$172

Plants adorn almost every desk at CH HQ, and when we came across byAMT's Strap Planter at ICFF last year we knew we needed to marry our interests. Our signature green hue is painted over the natural leather handle, adding a botanical touch to the the open weave construction. Designed to fit standard 10-inch terra-cotta pots, the planter features copper-plated hardware and is handmade in collaboration with LA-based Mimot Studio in limited quantities in byAMT’s New York City workshop.

Phaidon
Mexico: The Cookbook
$40

700 authentic Mexican recipes sourced from the Baja to the Yucatán, bound in one book—you may never order out again, with this bible at your fingertips. Master staples like fajitas and moles and experiment with dishes like cactus salad and blue crab soup—all bursting with vibrant colors and rich flavors. To head the book, Phaidon tapped the former chef to the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture, Margarita Carrillo Arronte, a leader of the Slow Food movement in Baja and a longtime cultural supporter of Mexican cuisine in the global arena.

Foald
Pillar Laptop Stand
$20

If you're reading this on your laptop, chances are your back is hunched, elbows are scrunched and your neck is craned. One solution to laptop fatigue is Pillar, a stand that lifts the computer up to eye level. It weighs just over five ounces, and when collapsed, fits into most notebook sleeves, messenger bags and backpacks.

Santa Maria Novella
SMN Melissa Water
$22

Anxiety isn't a modern disorder, but in the past people didn't pop a pill to calm their nerves. Instead, they turned to the naturally soothing properties of the Melissa plant, a lemon balm used medicinally for the past 2,000 years. Premier Italian apothecary Santa Maria Novella derived their own Melissa-based formula in 1690, which is still as helpful today. Add a dash to a cup of water and let the good vibes settle in.

Michael Connors
Havana Modern
$41

The unlikely byproduct of Cuba's trade embargo with the US is a previously undocumented preservation of lavish midcentury architecture and design in Havana. In "Havana Modern" Michael Connors takes the reader through a visual tour of private homes and buildings in art deco and nouveau styles, impeccably maintained and otherwise inaccessible to the world at large.

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