Holiday Markets Around the World
by Laura Feinstein The winter season always seems to bring the reliable trappings of festive cheer: trees and wreathes, carols and bells, and the ubiquitous pumpkin spice latte. But one tradition that we always look forward to most is the holiday...
Conscious Shopping at Indelust
As the recently launched destination for independent design from the Indian subcontinent, Indelust brings an emerging aesthetic to the global stage. "Our vision stems from the desire to showcase a minimal, refined and versatile style, removed from...
Saigon Socialite Shoes
The elaborately carved soles of Saigon Socialite are the brainchild of LanVy Nguyen, born in Vietnam and raised in California. A corporate finance veteran, in 2007 Nguyen embarked on what she calls the "education of my life," which began in a Vietnamese...
Mouth + CH 2013 Holiday Fix
It's no secret that we're pretty enthusiastic about food here at CH, as we scour all corners of the country to find the most mouth-watering, handmade culinary offerings from people who've taken risks—and succeeded. We teamed up once again this year...
Thin King Salmon Skin Card Case
Designed and produced one at a time in Finland, Thin King is Helsinki's answer to the bulky wallet most people have sworn to never own again. The sturdy anodized aluminum card case has been making noise in design circles for a while now, and the...
Back in 2009, CH met with Eve Blossom to learn about her sustainable textile initiative, Lulan Artisans, for which she employed women in rural villages throughout Asia to produce high-quality products. Launched today, 24 September 2013, Blossom...
Heart Coffee Roasters
Located a little way down East Burnside Street—the dividing line of an established NE and a more industrial, artisanal SE Portland—Heart Coffee Roasters blends rich Scandinavian and Northwest coffee cultures to create a friendly, welcoming atmosphere...
Nestled between the beautiful Cascade Mountains and the frigid Pacific Ocean, Portland has grown into a haven for those looking to live a simple, creative life. While many know the small town as the place where young people go to retire, a thriving...
The Bar Collection by Zoë's Chocolate Co.
Third generation chocolatiers, the three founders of Zoe's Chocolate Co. also happen to be siblings, and such a tight knit familial collaboration lends itself to such stunning chocolates. Zoë and Pantelis manage various business aspects while also...
Interview: Sebastian Kaufmann
By Paul Cantagallo It all started with a stapler. Sebastian Kaufmann of Kaufmann Mercantile, a Brooklyn-based online store specializing in all things beautiful, functional and durable, had been working in film production in Los Angeles for seven...
Approximately one in three—that's the statistic for women who will be raped or beaten in their lifetime, a demographic that works out to one billion worldwide. Eve Ensler and her nonprofit, V-Day, aim to change this statistic with One Billion...
CH Gift Guide: Cool Hunting and NY Mouth
As the winter weather pushes us inside, our kitchens inevitably heat up with holiday parties and dinners done indoors. We were thrilled to work with our friends at New York Mouth—hands down the best purveyors of handmade, artisanal culinary...
Splendid Ice Creams
A pint of Jeni's super splendid signature ice cream will brighten any wintry day. The Columbus, OH-based dairy deity's ethereal flavor combinations include brambleberry crisp, reisling poached pear, the buckeye state and more.
Artisans Playing Cards
Cape Town graphic designer Simon Frouws adds a premium touch to playing cards with this limited edition set, which features his gold foil design stamped onto sustainably-sourced black paper.
Minnesota-based artisan Ben Fiess makes the packed lunch alluring with his utilitarian ceramic jar, a beautifully designed portable container made from clay and glazes.
When you ask East Londoner Tom Budding to tell you about the selection of items in his newly opened shop, his face lights up. Stocked with a handsome assortment of practical goods sure to delight any discerning adult, J. Glinert is Budding's professional...
Cooking up quite an online stir in the last few weeks is Philadelphia's Cocoagraph, makers of artisanal chocolates topped with vintage-filtered Instagram and Polaroid shots. The small start-up allows customers to pick and choose any photograph...
Florentine Kitchen Knives
A brilliant series of utility knives from Israeli designer Tomer Botner brings together high-end craftsmanship with social advocacy. The blades have been created with the help of 17 local suppliers, craftsmen and professionals from Tel Aviv's Florentine...
Moore & Giles Leather Work Apron
Venerable leather goods purveyor Moore & Giles sources the finest hides from around the world to find the perfect fit for each product. For their latest release, a leather work apron, Moore & Giles worked with two types of vegetable-tanned leather...
1512 Spirits: Signature Poitín
Resurrecting a rare Irish spirit in the Bay Area is no easy feat, and distiller Salvatore Cimino isn't the most likely candidate either. The third-generation distiller is of Sicilian descent, and decided to try creating the potato-based "poití...
In Albert Zuger's jewelry you can see Aphrodite taking Hephaestus' hand; it is a heavenly marriage of beauty and the forge. The Toronto-based designer hammers out earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets in bronze that carry an unpretentious elegance...
As a follow-up to her popular debut lineup of agate pendant necklaces and body wraps, the stark leather and mirror pieces that comprise Mimi Jung's quietly powerful "Deflected" collection reveal an artistic progression that's both varied and cohesive...
Rachel Craven Textiles at Heath Ceramics
Textile designer Rachel Craven works out of her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Angelino Heights, a historic neighborhood that provides the perfect setting for creating her Southwestern-style, handmade printed pillows, tablecloths and linens...
Gentleman Arthur Ties
Weaving a story into very stitch, Gentleman Arthur creates handcrafted, art deco-inspired neckties with an authorial vibe. Using an intensive labor-of-love woodblock printing process, Gentleman Arthur produces a limited run of ties imbued with aesthetically...