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DESIGN
Monica Hofstadter Textiles and Homewares
There are a lot of attributes that immediately drew us to Monica Hofstadter's debut textile collection: 100% all natural textiles (except for one shimmering exception), un-dyed fibers, all designed and handmade in NYC, cozy-looking, comfortable...
DESIGN
Jamming Particles into Textured Bowls at the 2016 Collective Design Fair
Founded by architect Steven Learner, Collective Design Fair is now in its fourth iteration. Between the 31 big name exhibitors from around the world (like Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery), new installations from Nendo and The Principals, an exhibition...
FOOD-DRINK
Creative Time's Spring Gala Cocktails
Whether or not you're familiar with public art nonprofit organization Creative Time, you've likely heard of their large-scale commissions. Recently, these have included Kara Walker's "A Subtlety" at Brooklyn's Domino Sugar Factory and Nick Cave's Grand...
STYLE
The Hill-Side + Buaisou Indigo Collaboration
Two of our favorite Brooklyn-based brands, The Hill-Side and Buaisou have joined forces to produce a limited edition run of selvedge chambray clothing and accessories—all of which has been hand-dyed in natural indigo using the traditional Japanese...
FOOD-DRINK
Creative Concept Dinners at Marcy North, Brooklyn
NYC is in no short supply of speakeasies or pop-up dinner clubs, many of which are certainly worth the time and effort to visit. That said, Marcy North, a semi-secret gathering spot in Williamsburg's The 5th House building, makes for something...
CULTURE
"The Olsen Twins Hiding From the Paparazzi" Exhibition in NYC
The Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum, composed of art curators Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen, began in a hallway in their apartment. In fact, that permanent exhibition still stands but the duo has expanded their reach with a brand new...
CULTURE
Prune Nourry's Immersive "Anima" Exhibition at The Invisible Dog
For eight years now, sculptor Prune Nourry has been fascinated by what she refers to as "the frontier between the human and the animal." This exploration, as well as the concept of soul, has infused her works from inspiration to execution. Her...
FOOD-DRINK
Brooklyn's Luft Coffee
About five years ago, Blair Smith's twice-a-day coffee pitstop at NYC's Kaffe 1668 led to him striking up a friendship with barista Justin Rodriguez behind the counter. Smith then met mobile developer Aaron Sutula in a coffee seminar held by an espresso...
CULTURE
Pop-Up Magazine Tour
Taking new non-fiction stories off the page and into the third dimension, Pop-Up Magazine is an unusual performance template aiming to keep the audience at the edge of their seats. Across a wide range of topics—pop culture, crime, science, food...
CULTURE
Kristen Liu Wong + Luke Pelletier's "Hanging Out" at Superchief Gallery, Brooklyn
LA-based artists Luke Pelletier and Kristen Liu Wong have shown artwork together before, but never quite like what they're doing at Greenpoint, Brooklyn's Superchief Gallery. Their pieces do not simply hang beside one another on the black walls of...
FOOD-DRINK
Copenhagen Street Dog
Let’s be real: for most, the blissfully ignorant days of loving the classic American hot dog are over. Because, well, we just don’t know what’s in those things. But rather than picking up an impostor in the health food aisle, why not turn to Denmark...
CULTURE
Xavier Schipani: What is I to You?
Xavier Schipani, an artist who currently calls Austin, Texas home, will be returning to his native East Coast for a solo exhibition at Superchief Gallery's Brooklyn location. Though Schipani's older work can mostly be found in black and white...
DESIGN
Studio Visit: BUAISOU, Brooklyn
Here at CH, indigo is our muse (we've even dedicated a Gift Guide to it this year) but sometimes, the final product can't tell the entire story on its own. Natural indigo blue is not an easy color to achieve, is the takeaway from our conversation...
CULTURE
ArtShack Brooklyn
Encouraging kids to put down their phones and get creative, Brooklyn-based program ArtShack extends elementary learning outside of the classroom. The after-school program, founded by artist and educator McKendree Key and product designer Dany Rose...
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Chutzpah
Only to be used for good, Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company has plenty of superpowers in stock, from Doom and Gloom to Omnipotence and Magnificence. Our pick is Chutzpah—a little extra nerve and audacity for when you most need it. Available in half...
CLOTHING_ACCESSORIES
Atlantic Textile
A stand-out from design duo Saint Atma's Fall/Winter 2015 collection, the large Atlantic Textile is a versatile piece that can be wrapped around the shoulders, set on the table or bed, even hung on the wall. We love the unique rough softness of the...
CULTURE
Interview: Stephen ESPO Powers on Brooklyn Museum's Coney Island Extravaganza
Across an impressive three shows (opening today, 20 November 2015) Brooklyn Museum showcases the charm, spirit, strangeness and seediness that is New York's Coney Island. "Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008" displays 140 diverse...
CLOTHING_ACCESSORIES
HANDMADE
The Year of Indigo Bandana
Dedicated to the centuries-old practice of Sukumo indigo-dyeing, this bandana by Japan-based brand Buaisou depicts the very process by which it’s made. Each of the 100% cotton bandanas are hand-sewn and hand-dyed by Bouaisou, who promises ethical farming...
STYLE
Bolivares Peruvian Knitwear + The Good Life's "Hecho en Peru"
In 2015, born and raised New Yorker Lucho Bolivar opened a Williamsburg, Brooklyn store to house his brand of high-quality Peruvian knitwear—from sweaters and caps to pants and blankets—known as Bolivares Imports & Co. This past summer, Bolivar...
STYLE
Feminist Embroidery by Yes Stitch Yes
A sarcastic Tweet disappears almost instantaneously these days, but a brazen embroidered message only gets louder with every look. Edginess and individuality have been elevating fine needlework from a quiet hobby to cultural relevance for some...
STYLE
The Hill-Side's First Brick-and-Mortar Store
Brooklyn-based brand The Hill-Side is capping off a stellar year in 2015 with the opening of its very first brick-and-mortar store. The new space is the latest evolution of the Japan-inspired label, which first caught our eye with their animated GIF...
FURNITURE_DECOR
The Fat Radish Collaboration Candle
Like all Brooklyn Candle Studio creations, the collaboration with The Fat Radish (one of NYC's best-loved farm-to-table restaurants) is made in small batches and hand-poured by BCS founder Tamara Mayne. Made from 100% soy—derived from American-grown...
CLOTHING_ACCESSORIES
Larry David T-Shirt
Using simple, comfy white cotton tees, Brooklyn-based studio Deer Dana pays homage to a variety of contemporary figures—from Jean-Michel Basquiat to Sade, Grace Jones and Lil Wayne. Our pick is TV’s favorite grump: Larry David. The Seinfeld co-creator...
CULTURE
Baz Luhrmann + Dustin Yellin Create Ruinart Champagne-Inspired Works
Among champagne experts, Ruinart is known as the Parisian's drink of choice. The reason for this extends beyond their extensive history and iconic underground caves and pertains more to thoughtful effervescence and reliable, luxuriant flavor profiles...
CULTURE
Premiere: "Good Friends" by Nick Pope
Brooklyn-based (by way of Medfield, Massachusetts) visual artist and multi-instrumentalist Nick Pope has been sitting on a pile of music for the past three years, and is now slowly releasing it in parts. He compares the series, titled "Souvenirs...
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