We’ve brought together a selection of our six favorite South African wines from Cool Hunting's recent safari in Zambia, which were provided by the talented winemakers at Backsberg Estate Cellars. From a classic pinotage to a fruity chenin blanc, these regional flavors are sure to transport you to the country's majestic land.
Whether delivering his profoundly heart-wrenching lyrics in "Streets of Philadelphia" or recounting the joy of youth in "Glory Days," Bruce Springsteen has always been a masterful storyteller. 2016 sees The Boss fantastically tackle long-form writing with his 508-page autobiography "Born To Run." Springsteen spent seven years writing the book, which starts with him as a guitar player conquering his boardwalk town of Asbury Park and continues through to today, offering an honest look at how this "gun for hire" became the legend that he is.
Save the date for 12-14 May, 2017: a weekend to experience live music in one of the most unique settings—Paolo Soleri's experimental architecture built in harmony with the Arizona desert. Founded and run by musicians Hundred Waters, FORM Arcosanti breaks the rules of most festivals out there—an artist's retreat would be a more accurate description. While entrance is only granted through an application process, there are opportunities to help subsidize the incredible line-up (like Four Tet and Skrillex last year)—by purchasing a patron package, which includes comfortable furnishings, and more crucial, access to rare flushing restrooms and hot showers.
Combining a series of apps and a smart vibration sensor, East London-based Mogees has managed to create a tech accessory that transforms any object into a musical instrument. By plugging the device into your smartphone and initiating one of the apps, Mogees can be played within two modes: Pulse or Jam. The former is a rhythm game, and the latter is essentially a set of tools that provide you with all kinds of sounds, loops and rhythms to create your own musical masterpiece. It's also compatible with GarageBans and other MIDI apps.
Some of us need a little extra motivation to get out of bed on the best of days, so hanging this "Do Your Best" pennant somewhere you can see when you wake up isn't a bad idea. It's also a great reminder that your best can vary day to day, so it's important to practice self care on the days you're just not feeling it. Available in blue, black, orange or yellow, this felt flag is made in the United States and measures seven by 21 inches.
While Sharon Jones sadly is no longer be with us, her vast repertoire of soulful tunes remains. A new limited edition pressing of her (along with the Dap Kings, of course) "It's A Holiday Soul Party," on green vinyl, offers the ideal opportunity to connect with her zest this holiday season. Supported by her acclaimed band, Jones joyously delivers 11 holiday songs, both original and traditional. It's funky, powerful and lots of fun for all kinds of festivities.
Made in Canada with fabric sourced from a time-honored American mill, mimiTENS' waxed cotton backpack is a kid-sized version of a bag you’d carry yourself. The simple design keeps utility at the forefront by removing tricky zippers in favor of a pull-string closure, which, along with an additional storm flap, keep belongings safe inside the spacious, single-compartment sack. Choose between solid colorways or adorable designs including rainbows, swans and lightning bolts.
Made in a very limited edition of just 10, 3x1's indigo camo bomber jacket is a sophisticated take on the oftentimes casual print. Made from printed satin and with stretch knit banding on the collar, cuffs and waistband, the bomber remains faithful to the classic design while adding an undeniably modern and classy edge. Proudly made in the United States with material from Collect in Japan, it's exclusively available at 3x1.
Taking a classic design and adding beautiful contemporary flair, Saint Augustine, FL-based Yield's Glass French Press is made from premium heat-proof borosilicate glass, so it can withstand super-high temperatures. Available in gray, orange or clear, it comes complete with a mesh steel filter and lid with a subtle but lovely copper pull. Made for brewing coffee or tea, this piece holds 850 mL of liquid.
Even though Mr Bingo hates Christmas, he made an advent calendar for others to enjoy. Though, there's no chocolate on offer each day, it's something arguably better. Every day of December that goes by, you can use a coin to scratch off a character's golden outfit, revealing a gloriously naked body underneath. Not just fit bodies, the calendar features all shapes and ages, sizes and abilities. It's a delightfully absurd take on a Christmas tradition. (Price is in British pounds.)
The latest food collection from hand-selected box service Try The World was created in collaboration with acclaimed restaurant guide service Michelin. Within, one will find eight uncommon food items drawn from Italy (a truffle sauce), Taiwan, Israel (a date spread), South Africa, France, Mexico and more. Beyond the treats, Try The World includes culture guides and recipes to bring all of the products to life. As with all Try The World boxes, it can be purchased as a one-off, or those interested can enroll in their subscription services and get seven or eight speciality items every three, sixth or 12 months.
Hand-woven from 100% Harris Tweed wool in the Western Isles of Scotland, Schuman and Sullivan's Metro driving cap calls to mind casual gatherings and road trips of yesteryear. This six-panel iteration rests snuggly on the head, with a refined silk lining for comfort. Further, its dark brown barley corn patterning straddles the past and present—ultimately begetting a handsome, modern look. Using our discount code, COOLHUNTING, at the time of purchase will secure a 20% discount.
Ghostly and Brandnewnoise have teamed up once again and the delightful new product appeals to children, beginners and seasoned musicians alike. The eight-key handheld Phone-Home Xylophone is more than a toy—it's a recording device that comes complete with built-in 30-second looping, pitch and delay control. Enclosed in an all-black wooden case (with the Ghostly logo engraved in the corner) the Phone-Home is tuned to the D major scale.
Incorporating Martí Guixé's colorful, graphic fruit and veggie designs, this Australian-manufactured skate deck is vibrant and playful. Of course, skateboards have long been used as a platform for artistic exploration and Guixé's work succeeds as a colorful piece to be proud of—whether using it to skate on or to hang on a wall. For foodies, skaters, art enthusiasts and more, it's a piece that caters to all types.
Since launching Williamsburg's Diner in 1999, Andrew Tarlow has opened six restaurants, a hotel, a bar and a bakery. His book (written with Anna Dunn) "Dinner at the Long Table" explores recipes that are made for sharing. There's a celebratory tone that permeates the book—with cheery cocktails and impressive recipes that all seem crafted for celebration. With each minute part of a meal considered (from salad dressing to an after-meal biscotti) this cook book is incredibly comprehensive.
With unreleased music (including the stunning "Moonbeam Levels" which was recorded in 1982 during the 1999 sessions), a posthumous 40-track album by Prince, titled Prince 4Ever, is available on CD or mp3 now. With some of the beloved musicians most beautiful songs—like "I Wanna Be Your Lover" and "Paisley Park"—the album comes with a 12-page booklet of never-seen-before photos by Herb Ritts.
For all the baking ambition one may have at this time of year, sometimes it's just time-saving to buy well-made holiday cookies instead. Our friends at Mouth Foods have assembled a "best of" care package featuring some mouth-watering seasonal favorites. The gift-wrapped set comes complete with gingerbread, raspberry cave cookies, chocolate peppermint and more. Many of the cookies were made by Bunches & Bunches, but the team at Mouth also sourced from other talented bakers. Altogether, there's plenty of bang for your buck within.