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Bottega Veneta Parfum
As anyone who's sought a signature scent knows, selecting the right one is much harder than it seems. From the balance of notes and allusions to something that stands out from the crowd, perfume bears the burden of channeling the most poetic aspect...
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Patrick Mesiano Chocolates
On a recent trip to the South of France, we made a point to check out the confections of Patrick Mesiano, a well-known chocolatier and pastry chef based in the region. His delicious chocolates, fresh macaroons and delectable pastries are rich in...
STYLE
Herrlicht Wood Glasses
Shedding the chrome-cast cliché of futuristic style, many designers have turned to creating modern products from natural materials. A mix of high-tech techniques with artisan hand-craft has resulted in creative twists ranging from leather iPhone...
DESIGN
Karmi Tea Canister
Deceptively simple looking, a single Karmi tea canister can take artisans over a year to complete. Manufacturer Syosen, based in Yamanaka (a region known as much for its traditional lacquerware, as for its natural thermal baths), crafts their products...
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B.T. McElrath Chocolatier
As small-batch chocolatiers become increasingly common, standing out takes more than just organic ingredients. The husband-and-wife team behind Minneapolis' B.T. McElrath Chocolatiers take artisanal chocolate making to a new level with their expertly...
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Peanut Butter Cups
Since dairy farmer Harry Burnett Reese dreamed them up in 1928, peanut butter cups have been making mouths salivate for the salty sweet confection. Improving on the classic treat isn't easy, but replacing unpronounceable artificial fillers with natural...
DESIGN
Waterworks Heritage Book
Barbara and Robert Sallick founded NYC's Waterworks in 1978 and in the decades since helped redefine the modern bath as "an intimate yet luxurious retreat." With their extensive knowledge on materials and craftsmanship and Barbara at the creative...
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Patric Chocolate
Founded in 2006 by Alan "Patric" McClure, Patric chocolate has put the Midwest on the premium confection map. The brand, born from the founder's deep love of chocolate and an influential trip to France, offers a variety of delicious craft-made...
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Julie Anne's Granola
On a recent trip to Las Vegas we discovered locally-made Julie Anne's granola. Frustrated that she couldn't find granola she liked, Julie Hession decided to make her own and launched the line in 2008. Today there are five flavors available: Sweet...
CULTURE
Best of CH 2010: Top Five Cool Hunting Videos
Another great year for Cool Hunting Video, 2010 saw a cast of fantastic characters from Brooklyn to Bristol. While each video is its own compelling story, some of our personal favorites are highlighted below. Micachu and the Shapes We got an inside...
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Cool Hunting Video Presents: Casa Dragones
by Gregory Stefano In our latest video we went to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to talk to the brains behind Casa Dragones tequila. The world's only tequila designed for sipping, we learned how Casa Dragones gets its super smooth flavor and how craftsmanship...
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CH Edition: Mast Brothers and June Taylor
We admit to a serious weakness for the mind-altering tastes of the artisinal chocolates crafted by the Mast Brothers. Intent on bringing out the heavenly natural flavor of cacao, primarily sourced from Venezuela and Ecuador, the brotherly duo of...
STYLE
Cool Hunting Video Presents: Jill Platner
by Gregory MitnickAs longtime fans of Jill Platner's nature-inspired jewelry, we waited a few years to find the right moment for documenting the artisan's creative process and studio. This video catches up with Jill at her Crosby Street space...
CULTURE
José Cruz
by Gregory Stefano On a recent visit to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, we had the privilege of meeting José Cruz Guillén Peña, one of the few remaining (and quite possibly the best living) master craftsmen of the "Pepita" method of glass engraving...
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HoneyMaker Mead
by Jason Reindorp Located in a space resembling both wine shop and chemistry lab, a visit to Portland, ME's Maine Mead Works to taste their handcrafted HoneyMaker wine is equal parts educational and delicious. The HoneyMaker Mead uses 100% Maine...
STYLE
Prada Made In...
In the early twentieth century Mario Prada (Miuccia Prada’s grandfather) traveled the world in search of precious materials, exotic leathers and luxurious fabrics, but also to discover sophisticated craftsmen and manufacturers to realize...
TRAVEL
Melrose Market
This past weekend marked the official grand opening party for Seattle's new 21,000-square-foot gastronomy and retail mecca Melrose Market. Located in Capitol Hill, the destination steps in as a refreshingly modern version of the city's tourist-heavy...
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Mutsumi Hashi
Handmade by artisans in the Ehime Prefecture, Oey's Mutsumi Hashi chopsticks are beautifully linked together with Mizuhiki, a Japanese paper twine made from water, glue and silk. Traditionally tied onto gifts, the ancient Mizuhiki artform symbolizes...
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Rogue Chocolatier
At a mere 24-years-old, Colin Gasko is fervently bringing the fine art of bean-to-bar chocolate making to the Midwest. Over the past few years, the Minneapolis-based Rogue Chocolatier has experimented with techniques and flavors for a well-crafted...
DESIGN
Hakuhodo Brushes
Renowned in the beauty industry as the best in brushes and a Good Design Award winner, Hakuhodo's line features premium bristles and first-rate craftsmanship. NYC-based makeup artist Jessa Blades, champion of organic products and founder of Blades...
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Anarchy in a Jar
With Brooklyn's artisanal, back-to-basics food movement well underway, it seemed only a matter of time before jams and jellies joined the flurry of small-batch chocolates, beers, pickled goods, and popsicles. But that's as predictable as Anarchy...
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Komforte Chockolates Tortilla Lime + Salt Bar
Subtly crunchy and with its palate-challenging mix of salty, sweet and sour flavors, one of our office-mates put it best when she called Komforte Chockolates' Tortilla Lime + Salt bar a "super stoner snack." The treat expertly balances a difficult...
DESIGN
Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle
While there's no denying the sheer eye-candy appeal of the 21 bikes currently on display at NYC's Museum of Art and Design, the show goes beyond the glossy frames, contoured leather seats, and clever accessories, delving into the intensive craftsmanship...
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Izzybelle Chocolate Sauce
While a no-brainer with ice cream sundaes, the makers behind Izzybelle Chocolate Sauce intend for it to pair well with almost any type of food. Flavors like Orange, Chili Cinnamon or Raspberry perfectly enhance foods spanning nacho chips to chicken...
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