Hibiki 12 Yr $68
The only blended whisky in the Suntory portfolio, the Hibiki 12 Yr is a gorgeously smooth and supple whisky expertly produced in a nearly century-old distillery in Osaka.
Cynara LED Grow Lamp $215
The Italian artisans behind lighting company Bulbo have produced the best in single pot illumination. With Cynara they've developed an anodized aluminum and hand-varnished faience terracotta LED lamp for growing medium size plants, especially vegetables and kitchen herbs. The lampshade delicately umbrellas the leaves, emitting the best light for a plant's nutrition. Cynara can either be attached to an aluminum rod and placed directly in a pot, or securely hung overhead.
Yellow Submarino Organizer $70
Bathroom rituals are a daily occurrence—they might as well make you smile and whistle a tune. Hector Serrano's yellow submarine organizer has an array of handy compartments for your soap, toothbrush and other various bathroom essentials, and detaches and reattaches with magnets for an extra element of fun. Good hygiene should be a good time.
ESPO Crash Snapback Hat $30
For anyone who has ever tried—and failed—to book a seaside bungalow in the summer months, here's a novel approach. Get straight to the point with the ESPO Crash Snapback Hat from RVCA. This ensures other vacationers will know that while surfing might be the main focus of your weekend, you're looking to do a little couch surfing as well. And if all else fails, it will stylishly shield your eyes from the sun when you wake up on a random beach somewhere.
Cutler and Gross
1082 Black on Cream Sunglasses $664
Stand apart from even the artsiest of crowds with Cutler and Gross' 1082 sunglasses, one of the latest 100% UV400-absorbent styles from the London-based opticians. Flattering cat-eyes channel Piet Mondrian, and put a new spin on how you “frame” your artwork. Crafted from Italian acetate and finished with a signature hand-polishing process, these high quality specs are as collectable as they are fashionable.
Small Home Studio
Apple-A-Day Lamp $30
For those who crave the look of DIY but without the actual doing, Smallhome’s Apple-a-Day lamps serve as a whimsical way to illuminate any interior. Made in Brooklyn by Julia Small O’Kelly—who began selling her goods at the Brooklyn Flea in 2009 and recently opened a brick and mortar shop in Williamsburg—these lanterns are constructed from repurposed Martinelli apple juice jugs and emit light that it as soft as it is sustainable.
The School of Life + Momiji Collective
Virtue Doll: Kindness $37
London-based The School of Life is "devoted to developing emotional intelligence," and this hand-painted resin figurine is a beautiful upshot of such altruistic thinking. Their "Kindness" virtue doll—created in collaboration with the designers behind Momiji Collective—is a physical reminder to spread joy and affection to all.
Arctic Trench $495
Outdoor enthusiasts who want apparel with a modern, sophisticated style will appreciate Aether's Arctic Trench, an ultra-strealimed parka that packs incredible functionality. Whether out on an urban adventure or dogsledding in northern Sweden, elements like zippered hand-warmer pockets, a seam-sealed construction, tons of high quality insulation (even in the hood) and a waterproof exterior will keep you nice and warm when you're on the go.
Nightcap Decaf $8
The friendly team behind Seattle's Slate Coffee are dedicated to "the elevation of coffee culture." Their methodical and minimalist approach allows the carefully selected beans to really shine, and with a bag of their Ethiopian decaf you can enjoy all of the roast's immense flavor even right before bed.
Casamigos Tequila $50
A super smooth sipping tequila made with premium blue agave, Casamigos' meticulously distills their Blanco and Reposado spirits with naturally filtered water in the Highlands of Jalisco Mexico. Spicy, robust and with a beautiful finish, these are a real pleasure on the palate.
Susan Sontag $19
One of the contemporary world's foremost thinkers, Susan Sontag contributed a wealth of critical analysis to a wide variety of subjects, and her singular intellect is as informative as it is provocative. In a new book, Rolling Stone vet Jonathan Cott delivers the hours of conversation he had with Sontag which weren't published in his 1979 magazine interview, and the result is nothing short of a riveting.
Paris 1969 $21
A never-before-released audio recording of Thelonious Monk's late-career concert at Paris' Salle Pleyel is finally available from Blue Note Records. Monk, a self-taught musician, was 52 years old at the time but balanced the quartet with two new young members—17-year-old drummer Paris Wright, and student bassist from Berklee, Nate Hygelund—for a fresh performance. Listen out for Monk's attraction to dissonant harmonies and unusual rhythms that he subtly slips in, and the way he almost attacks the piano recklessly but with allure.
Stool 60 $310
Created in 1933 by Alvar Aalto, the the simple yet genius idea behind the stackable, now-classic Stool 60 is based on the design of three bent legs, a distinctive feature that eventually became a telling characteristic of all Aalto furniture. The painted round seat is now available in anniversary colors—black, white, orange, yellow, green and turquoise.
Hi-Jack Helmets $219
Perfect for riders who love life on the road but refuse to compromise style, Diesel's aviation-inspired, open-face motorcycle helmet is a happy marriage of the brand's bad-boy aesthetic and know-how from Italian helmet manufacturer AGV. The Hi-Jack helmets were conceived and molded from actual pilot helmets—authenticity with a designer twist at its best.
Cape Cod Watch $2,850
Hermès may be most famous for their highly covetable Birkin bag, but those into watches know that the French purveyor is equally remarkable at making high quality timepieces. The Cape Cod, with its double-wrapping Barenia leather strap, is as classic as it is modern. We like the stainless steel case and tan strap but many styles are available.
Spirit Ceramic Coated Frying Pan $70
Ceramic is steadily taking hold as the non-stick coating of choice. Free of chemicals found in traditional coatings, it's the best way to cook eggs and fish without sticking. These work on all cooking surfaces, including induction, and unlike other pans with coatings these can be used on high heat and in the oven.