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Storymatic
The Storymatic
$30

Like an old-fashioned game of Exquisite Corpse, the Storymatic is the new must have game for your holiday party this season. Players draw two gold cards to find their characters, a person "with a large scar," "who has never left the city," and then a white situation card: "batteries are dead." Let your imagination go from there. Literally trillions of stories can begin with these simple prompts. Use to create a fun parlor game, or on your own when you need a little antidote to writer's block.

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Purely Perfect
Cleansing Creme
$40

Michael Gordon, founder of Bumble and Bumble, envisions a future in which nobody shampoos. This seemingly radical idea turns into common sense once you realize that most shampoos have detergents and sulfates that strip natural oils and damage hair—requiring the use of conditioners and masks. The aloe vera and essential oil-based Cleansing Creme by Purely Perfect is free of all of the above, but don't let its lotion-like texture or lack of foaming scare you off. Our locks have never felt softer or more manageable, and our shower never cleaner, as it's the only hair product you really need. It's a must-have especially for those who dye or bleach their hair as it keeps the color in and further damage at bay.

Franc Bakon
One-of-a-Kind Denim Patchwork Jacket
$250

Denim jackets become one-of-a-kind, wearable political and social commentary through designer McKenzie Rose's touch. Using the jackets as a base, Rose pieces together patches, cut-up T-shirts and other garments, buttons and pins—all from vintage and thrift stores—to tell a specific story with each piece. From "Crack Kills" to The Casualties, tales range from the musical to the controversial. All Franc Bakon pieces are hand-sewn by Rose himself, who spends the rest of his day working in a NYC leather shop.

Ingo Maurer
Toto Table Light
$909

A better nickname for German-born, New York-based designer Ingo Maurer would be a "poet of light," as his whimsical creations surprise and evoke emotion. As a part of his I Ricchi Poveri lamp series, Maurer's Toto table light prompts us to recall our childhood and sense of wonder. The specially manufactured halogen bulb appears to float like a balloon, and has a cap with Mickey Mouse-like ears that rests on top.

Old Grand Dad
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
$25

Something about the Bonded 100 proof bottling of this Kentucky bourbon speaks to its origins and continued success. It's not expensive, it's not fancy. It's just good old fun—with a higher amount of rye in the mashbill for lighter, spicier profile. The "Old Grand-Dad" mentioned happens to be distiller Basil Hayden (whose own namesake line also continues to wow). While he didn't develop this, his grandson did—and did so with fervor.

Wanda Nylon
Caban Victoire Raincoat
$236

Made from clear polyurethane, this double-breasted caban raincoat from Paris-based Wanda Nylon is a good way to stay cheerful when the moody skies are offering nothing but seemingly never-ending spring showers. The multi-colored details are made from 100% cotton and the coat boasts patched flap pockets—to make sure your goods stay dry—and a removable hood. Pair with some bright rubber boots to actually look forward to heading out in the rain.

Rizzoli
Bob Dylan: NYC 1961-1964
$26

Back in 1961, photographer Ted Russell started capturing a relatively unknown Bob Dylan when the young artist had just moved to NYC. Russell shot the 20-year-old songwriter, recently signed to Columbia Records at the time, hanging out in his Greenwich Village apartment, practicing his guitar and performing in tiny venues. This new hardcover of never-before-published photos gives a charming peep into Dylan's life before he belonged to the world.

Vifa
Helsinki Bluetooth Speaker
$430

Danish audio company Vifa's latest portable offering comes in a petite, square-ish package but surprises with its power and sound quality. The Helsinki speaker, launched in time for this year's summer picnics and outdoor parties, comes with a beautiful leather strap for easy carrying; its grill is unusually covered in a custom made Kvadrat textile available in four soft colorways. Perfect for those who love music and design.

Chandally Jewelry
Pnina Earrings
$340

These bold black pearl earrings by New York-based designer Sharon Chandally make a refined, powerful statement. Trained in Yemenite silversmithing by her great uncles, Chandally creates pieces influenced by ancient cultures but feel contemporary in the way they channel movement and sculpture. Respecting the fact that these pieces are worn so close to the body, Chandally uses only conflict-free stones as well as recycled or Fairmined metals.

Prestel
The Weegee Guide to New York
$33

For press photographer Weegee (born Usher Fellig), New York City was his muse; he spent his lifetime documenting urban life without prejudice, from spectators at gruesome crime scenes to elevator operator strikes to the crowds at Coney Island. In the book "The Weegee Guide to New York," 265 black and white images (many which have never been published) reveal the chaotic streets of New York from the 1930s to '60s. The book is thoughtfully organized by areas, from the Lower East Side and the Village to Brooklyn and Rockaway, and includes fold-out maps that indicate where Weegee shot each photo.

Poplin Homewear
Handmade Pajamas
$96

For those who have been wearing the same T-shirt to bed for the past few years, upgrade your sleep style with these handmade pajamas from young Istanbul collective Poplin Homewear. With a focus on lightweight, pure fabrics—like sheer voile—many of the brand's pieces are refined enough to double as airy summer outfits. But the rest of the collection isn't afraid to get adventurous; such as jumpsuits and nightshirts for men, plus striped bodysuits and polka-dot kimono gowns for women.

Happy Soap
Toy Soap Bar
$13

As a fun way to encourage their son to wash his hands before meals, Swedish couple Niklas Lagström and Marina Nilsson started "hiding" his toys in transparent soap bars. Handmade in Sweden, using vegetable based glycerin, Happy Soap is free of SLS and SLES irritants (and is unscented, too) to be as gentle as possible for kids. The couple now scouts locally for loved toys (from dinosaurs and cars to ponies and jewelry) that are no longer wanted—to bring joy to another child. €1 from each soap purchase is donated to the international non-profit Save the Children, and Happy Soap has already been able to raise €1,000.

Roots
Five-Panel Cap
$28

Toronto-based Roots brings the night sky a lot closer with their new five-panel cap. The 100% cotton chambray hat—which is available in grey or blue—is one-size-fits-all and is peppered with constellations. It's yet another excellent reminder of the astronomical bodies that exist far, far away.

Suigeneric
Waxed Cotton Watch Strap
$35

Tired of cheap nylon NATO watch bands proliferating the market, Suigeneric recreates the style using durable and stiff waxed cotton; the naturally water-repellent fabric used in vessel sails and classic Barbour jackets—at a similarly affordable price point. Freshen up your much-loved watch-face for spring with this hand-sewn, hand-waxed green strap. Or, for the more adventurous, go for their watercolor or leopard print options.

Tentsile
Trillium Hammock
$250

This isn't your typical hammock. UK-based Tensile's 80 square foot Trillium model comfortably fits three adults and bears a maximum weight of 880 pounds. Utilizing seatbelt material and a high-strength ratchet system, the Trillium sets up in minutes for an elevated outdoor outpost. Pick-up multiple Trilliums and stack them for an outdoor bunk-bed set-up. Just don't call dibs on top bunk if rain is on the way.

Hungry Eyes NY
Ramen Lapel Pin
$9

Hungry Eyes NY has released a very cute collection of soft enamel pins that are small, but have big personalities. With donuts, pizza and more on the menu, Hungry Eyes NY injects humor into their pins (and humanizes some of our favorite snacks) with a pair of googly eyes incorporated into each design. Our pick is the .70" tall bowl of ramen, because one serving is never enough.

The Brothers Crisp
Hand-Dyed High-Tops
$748

These pit-tanned leather high-tops are entirely unlike your kick-around sneakers. Hand-dyed in a deep ultramarine blue, worked to create a buttery and supple texture (that's still durable) and reinforced with a vegetable-tanned nine ounce heal counter, The Brothers Crisp's Hand-Dyed High-Tops are meticulously made and luxurious.

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