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Japanese Teapot Set with Kaboku Sencha
Ippodo has been producing high-quality tea for almost three centuries in the heart of Kyoto. All of their teas come from Japan's famous Uji region, and their sweetly flowery Kaboku Sencha tea is Ippodo’s highest quality varietal. Paired with the expertly...
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St. Crispins Day Boot
Handmade in Connecticut with rich 7oz leather from Chicago's celebrated Horween tannery, the St. Crispins Day Boot is a sturdy six inch boot built for roughing it in the woods or a long day in the city. The vegetable-tanned, cognac-hued leather upper...
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Tanner's Apron
With locally sourced hides, spruce bark collected from the local lumbering industry, water from the Pite River and countless years of saddlery experience, Böle is producing some of the most considered leather goods in the world. The four generations...
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Trinidad Zip Clutch
Working with silk threads on Khaddar fabric, fair wage female artisans in Punjab, Pakistan spend 48 hours hand-embroidering the graphic pattern on each Trinidad Zip Clutch. Inspired by Old Havana tile work, the 10” x 7”-wristlet features all the attention...
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Fait La Force's Portable Checkers Set
Interested in unifying a culture of craftsmanship with positive intentions and outcomes, recently launched Fait La Force offers homewares and accessories made in Haiti by hand. The labor intensive, collaborative process is echoed in the brand's...
FOOD-DRINK
Iceland's Norður & Co Salt
This past spring at Iceland's annual DesignMarch festival, we stumbled across a box of salt that left a lasting impression. The striking packaging design drew us in to Reykjavik-based start-up Norður Salt, but there's more to the Atlantis-esque artwork...
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The Last Spruce Tannery: Sweden's Böle
Despite a recent resurgence in craftsmanship, some of the old methods are simply dying out. Tanning leather is among the oldest crafts, with the first evidence of the profession dating back several thousand years. Today, the traditional European...
STYLE
Vayu Cashmere Scarves
Susan Easton has worked at powerhouse creative firms like Milton Glaser, Pentagram, Razorfish and Disney but found that the corporate life wasn't for her. When we first met, in 2012, she had just succumbed to her travel bug and founded From The Road...
DESIGN
Design Indaba 2014: The Expo
Each year that we attend Cape Town's brilliant Design Indaba conference, the subsequent Expo seems to infinitely grow and improve—a testament to the design world's increasing fascination with the opportunities abounding in the vibrant continent. Now...
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Material Change
"Material Change" explores the creation of a for-profit business with a mission for social progress. The poignant book recalls the journey of architect and social entrepreneur Eve Blossom, who formed her company Lulan Artisans to preserve artisanal...
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Folding Pocket Knife
Entirely handmade by a single craftsman in Tuscany and bearing his initials, this exquisite pocket knife with a 2.9" blade is made from 420 grade steel, rates 55-57 hardness and is complete with a cow bone handle.
CULTURE
Cool Hunting Video: Cantabile Piano Arts
In Yonkers, NY, an extensive collection of piano cases, keys, pedals, bridges and strings reside in the Cantabile Piano Arts warehouse. Each part is waiting in queue to be utilized by a passionate team who work to repair, refinish and reconstruct...
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Needlepoint Boombox Wallet
A wallet with a subject matter as loud as its styling, this colorful billfold is stitched with a Pop Art-inpired pattern and a retro boombox motif, fusing our favorite '90s stereo system with an ironic dash of East Coast prep—a cash-worthy combo on...
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Heart Coffee Subscription
Make sure your coffee-loving loved ones are never lacking in the finest beans with a coffee subscription from Portland's acclaimed Heart Roasters. Opt for weekly or bi-weekly service starting at three months for a pound of some of the finest beans...
DESIGN
Vinegar and Brown Paper
by Elyssa Goodman After working in advertising for over a decade, Britain-based designer Andy Poplar was burned out—he decided to quit his job and be a stay-at-home dad. Then one day, two years ago, he decided to teach himself how to etch glass...
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Unmarked
Nobody wants to admit it, but summer is on its way out. And while we'll all miss the casual clothing that goes along with sun-soaked days, the thought of welcoming boots back into rotation is pretty damn nice. It was good timing then that CH recently...
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Theo Hassett of Roberts & Hassett
Kangaroos aren’t usually associated with bespoke footwear. Yet according to Melbourne-based craftsman, Theo Hassett, leather from the iconic jumping marsupial is "one of the strongest around." Originally from New Zealand, Hassett relocated to Melbourne...
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Harrison & Bartleet Hook Clip by Mollyjogger
by Madison Kahn Outdoor retail expert Rick Stagner worked with Eddie Bauer for 18 years before opening his own authentic field and stream brand nearly a year ago, in August 2012. Based in the Ozark Mountains, Mollyjogger celebrates the Midwestern...
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Cecil & Merl Cherry Bitters
Launched in 2012, the company name Cecil & Merl honors the two "sweet-tooth" patriarchs of the founders'—Deborah Williamson and Bryan Calvert—families. Together, Williamson and Calvert began their business with rustic cheesecakes—lemon ricotta...
STYLE
Valerii Danevych's Wooden Timepieces
We've seen our fair share of wooden watches in the past, but nothing prepared us for the work of watchmaker Valerii Danevych, which we saw at while visiting Baselworld 2013. Working from his hometown in Kiev, Ukraine, Danevych comes from a long...
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Midsummer +1
Applying a Futurist pattern to an ultra attentive cold-embossing technique, the designers behind the new leather accessories line Midsummer +1 give an old-world Bengali craft new shape. The brilliant leather clutches—produced by a fair trade...
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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...
DESIGN
Snickeriet
The Scandinavian obsession with hallmarks of quality, attention to detail and hand-craft is embedded in the psyche of the region's people. Recent years have seen a return to the core ideals of its design-minded countries—Finland, Denmark and...
DESIGN
Beam & Anchor
For some people, the constant rattling of trains outside their window might be irritating. But for Beam & Anchor co-founders Robert and Jocelyn Rahm, it sounded just right. "I grew up in a small town in Missouri," said Robert. "The trains sound...
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