Made among the Green Mountains of Vermont, Ursa Major skincare launched in late 2010 to provide a healthy and effective alternative to chemical-laden products. By favoring organic over synthetic, Ursa Major promotes a "super natural" regimen of face wash, toner and shaving cream, and a fortifying face balm—the latter being our favorite. Each product in the line blends a variety of essential oils ranging from aloe, lemon and carrot to bamboo and cedar that come together with a pleasant, mild fragrance. Besides the effectiveness of the products, we like the simple, recyclable packaging emblazoned with the bear constellation for which the brand is named.
With hard purple enamel and gold plating, this tribute pin for the iconic musical mastermind Prince carries plenty of personality with a luxe edge—much like the man himself. Music fans have long sported pins and patches to show their dedication to the ones they love, but with Prince's passing this year it's never been more emotional to celebrate his immense contribution. This made-in-the-USA item affixes itself by way of posts with rubber pin backs.
Bre & Co's Origami Sake Set is comprised of 3D-printed ceramic pieces that are hand-finished with a richly saturated, lead-free, dinnerware-safe glaze. The hexagonal shape allows the three cups and bottle—which holds 150 ml of sake—to fit together for easy storage.
Dyed and printed in Japan on 100% combed, ring-spun cotton yarn, this T-shirt has a few messages up its sleeves. Of course, there's the graphic on the front encouraging peace. But further details, from the vintage-inspired small cut-out gussets at each side to the half moon panel on the back for position, define this as more than a novelty T-shirt. It offers a classic fit, and the fabric feels quite substantial without excess weight—due to choice of a heavier yarn but looser knit.
Sky Like Snow's unisex Indigo Fade beanie is made with uber-soft New England yarn and is hand-dyed using organically processed Japanese indigo grown at their Vermont studio. The double-sided design is guaranteed to keep you warm all winter long, just wash by hand between wears.
From 100% Japanese cotton, The Hill-Side's long-sleeve indigo ombre plaid flannel shirt is all about the details. From the button-down collar to the gusset at each side seam and an interior twill tape locker loop, everything has been taken into consideration for a shirt that can be dressed up or worn quite casually. Further, there's a traditional single-needle construction utilized, manufactured in NYC's Garment District.
Truly masterful with a bit of steel, Thomas Callahan's skills and areas of interest often extend beyond the realm of building custom bicycles. Such is the case with this gorgeous polka dot naval knife, designed with a seafarer in mind (or perhaps Yayoi Kusama). The stainless steel blade is constructed with a unique carbon fiber inlay that reduces the handle weight by about four grams.
Inspired by the shape of diamond facets, Bre & Co's porcelain Origami Teapot boasts bold lines and a strong design that holds four cups of tea. The pot is slip-cast using a traditional method, then hand-finished with a raw black glaze by Brooklyn ceramic artist Michio Shimada.
A grand slam in workwear, 1620's Double Knee pants are as crazy tough as they are modern in fit. The slimming design features Tweave® Durastrech® fabric in a full military-spec construction, which means they’re kitted out with nine pockets, a gusseted crotch and articulated knees, plus they’re fast-drying, as well as stain-, chemical- and water-resistant.
When extended to its full five feet length, two things become evident about textile artist Savannah Hayes' Zadar Throw Blanket. First, the bold graphic patterning is balanced (in this instance) by the subtle pewter and white coloration and the light blue accent. Second, it's a product made to be used—crafted from cotton and polyester to encourage warmth when it's needed. Hayes' eponymous brand is only a year old, but the Zadar Throw Blanket (and her array of other graphic textiles) have us excited for what's to come.
Wheat-, gluten-, and soy-free, these Prime Rib Biscuits are for fussy pooches with health-conscious parents. Crafted with beef sourced in the USA, these treats also include olive oil, parsley, garlic and an oat flour batter—which all sound good enough for humans too.
There's no smoke without fire. Keep your lighter safe with one of these beautiful snakeskin cases from Beverly Hills-based designer Jacquie Aiche. The burgundy, black, cognac, cobalt or turquoise sheaths are adorned with a rebellious sweet leaf charm in gold vermeil, 14K rose or yellow gold.
Jill Platner discovered her love of metalworking in NYC while attending the Parson's School of Design, and began creating jewelry as a side project to her sculptural pieces. Her weighty bronze and silver keychains make an ideal gift for Bowie fans or anyone possessing an electric personality.
Handmade in Seattle by award-winning metal- and leather-smith Robb Gray, Filson's Desert Iron folding knife is crafted out of native Northwest wood and is built with full tang for maximum strength. Each individually numbered knife comes with a bridle leather sheath and certificate of authenticity.
Straight (or perhaps, directly) to the point, this unisex top is a collaboration between Otherwild and Herstory and is inspired by a tank worn by a participant in Gay Pride Day, NYC back in 1982. The rest of the collection includes a sweet Gay Power denim cap and Dyke enamel pins. Additionally, 10% of all proceeds are donated to the Lesbian Herstory Archives.
Made in the USA, this 12-piece charcoal pencil set includes everything you need to start sketching—all you need is the paper. The kit has black and white charcoal pencils, sticks, a sketch pencil, plus an eraser and sharpener. Whether gifting to a child or adult, this present encourages creativity—and we could all use a little more of that.
A simple answer to the more cumbersome double-ring cinch belts, Wiley Brothers' streamlined Slip Cinch is handcrafted from vegetable-tanned English bridle leather with solid brass hardware. Each belt is tirelessly made in Charlottesville, Virginia, using a multi-step artisanal process that ensures years of constant use.