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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...
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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...
DESIGN
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...
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...
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...
STYLE
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...
CULTURE
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...
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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...
STYLE
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...
STYLE
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...
CULTURE
Makers in the Modern Era
In an effort to become more than just a shopping destination, Core's flagship store, Hand-Eye Supply in downtown Portland, Oregon has taken the standard catalog to an artful new level. Photographer Christine Taylor is a long-time friend of Hand...
CULTURE
The New Artisans
A long time buyer, retailer and blogger of artisanal products, Olivier Dupon has turned to print, documenting some of the most talented individuals and mesmerizing products of the handcraft movement. His book "The New Artisans" takes readers...
CULTURE
Beldi
Famous for colorful souks where artisans peddle handmade goods, Morocco hasn't been spared the effects of Westernization. To help keep the craftsmanship heritage alive, Aimee Bianca and her Moroccan husband Chafiq Ennaoui came up with Beldi, a...
DESIGN
Palo Samko
Woodworker Palo Samko's impressive showing at ICFF has created a high level of buzz, and rightly so. Working out of his Brooklyn Navy Yard studio, Samko has been hand-crafting furniture and other housewares for years, lately turning out a whole...
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Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream
Family owned and operated, Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream's' bold seasonal and signature flavors are a neo-cottage industry success story. The American-style, artisinally-blended ice cream truly lives up to the name. Made from a combination of homegrown...
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