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Cool Hunting Video: Fferrone Design
Recently, we asked Felicia Ferrone of Fferrone Design for a hand in a project designing custom glassware for The Macallan Rare Cask whisky. In collaboration with Gentner Design, the duo created stunning custom glassware—as well as a special carrying...
STYLE
House of Colunga Jewelry
Somewhere between mysticism and extraterrestrial fashion, Stephany Colunga built the eponymous House of Colunga, from which she produces her bewitching and surprisingly earthly jewelry line. Founded in Chicago in the spring of 2014, Colunga specializes...
STYLE
Chicago's Glass House Shirtmakers
As recently discussed, the role of the collared shirt within a wardrobe changes considerably with each generation. While they still carry a dressier cache and remain an essential component for most suits, collared shirts are also everyday wear for...
CULTURE
John Knuth's Fly Paintings
To create the paintings for his "Master Plan" series (on show now at Chicago's Andrew Rafacz Gallery), LA-based artist John Knuth feeds a mixture of sugar and watercolor paint to hundreds of thousands of common houseflies. As the flies eat, they...
STYLE
Indochino Traveling Tailor
The confidence a well-fitted suit can provide in any business or social setting is arguably worth every penny invested in this wardrobe staple. Indochino's modestly priced custom suits have been a terrific option for men over the years, and recently...
TRAVEL
City Guides Spotlight: Chicago
Sponsored content: It's time to dismiss the "Second City" nomenclature, as Chicago takes the backseat to nobody. As a haven of early modern architecture in the US, with towering historic structures lining the Loop over looking the Chicago River...
CULTURE
Grind Chicago
"This is the culmination of everything we have learned in the last two years," explains Grind co-founder Benjamin Dyett. During that two years, Grind—the members-only workspace and creative community—has provided a New York City location at 419 Park...
TRAVEL
Announcing Lexus Stand Out City Guides
Sponsored content: It's no secret that the staff at Cool Hunting are fans of seeking out new experiences. From our own backyards to cities across the globe, we're always on the lookout for the best food, shops, museums, culture and outdoor activities...
STYLE
Adidas Originals City Marathon PT
The City Marathon PT Pack from Adidas Originals—released today, 6 September 2013—honors the ultimate pursuit of 26.2 miles on foot. The team at the German athletic powerhouse updated the Marathon PT in three new colorways for fall, each paying homage...
STYLE
Worn & Wound Model 1 Horween Watch Strap
Even with less than a year of operation under their belt, NYC-based Worn & Wound has proved they know a thing or two about watch accessories and pared-down design—as CH recognized in their watch roll last winter. After selling out the first few...
STYLE
Workcase Series from Defy Bags
After debuting the Luxe bag earlier this year, Defy Bags is expanding on their line of cleaned-up cases for the urban commuter. With years of experience producing burly messenger bags—like those made from 24-ounce tarpaulin with quick-release buckles...
STYLE
Luxe from Defy Bags
For a company that started with truck tarps and military-grade clasps, Chicago-based Defy Bags has taken an unexpected route toward making luxury goods. Founder Chris Tag's emphasis has always been on apocalypse-ready gear for urban commuters, but...
DESIGN
RX Made
Over the past three years Rebuilding Exchange (RX) has served designers, architects and builders in Chicago as a retail outlet for reclaimed building materials. Since the non-profit's inception the warehouse has developed a strong reputation for...
CULTURE
Tap into Austin 2012: Sub Pop
In partnership with MasterCard, on 16 March 2012 we'll be streaming the Sub Pop Showcase live from SXSW in Austin to parties in NYC, LA, DC, SF and Chicago. In anticipation of the showcase we shot this video at Sub Pop's headquarters in Seattle...
TRAVEL
Best of CH 2011: Five Travel Pairings
After yet another year of seemingly endless adventure, we look back on our favorite trips of 2011 and the items we bring when we take to the road. With the right gear and the right destination, a last-minute red-eye becomes a welcome surprise...
TRAVEL
Public Hotel Chicago
Fed up with the overpriced minibars and underacheiving service standards that plague the American hotel industry, Studio 54 co-founder Ian Schrager recently unrolled Public, an affordable luxury hotel in downtown Chicago. Schrager reclaimed the...
FOOD-DRINK
Koval Distillery
Just a few blocks from Hollywood Beach in Andersonville is Koval, Chicago's first boutique distillery since the days of prohibition. Robert and Sonat Birnecker, the husband-and-wife team behind Koval, handcraft vodka, whiskey, brandy and liqueurs...
TRAVEL
CH Local: Chicago
Known alternately as the Windy City and Second City, Chicago may be more known for what it isn't (New York), than what it is. Home to the third-largest South Asian, Mexican and Puerto Rican populations in the U.S., a just-announced bike-sharing program...
FOOD-DRINK
Chocolate Gourmet
Chicago-based Chocolate Gourmet, the perfect after dinner treat or midday snack, will tickle your tastebuds for an unbelievably mouth-watering experience. We fell in love with their all-natural Chubby Wubby cookie sandwiches a few months ago, and...
DESIGN
Higgins for Jonathan Adler
Happy chic designer Jonathan Adler teamed up with legendary mid-century glass studio Higgins to produce a series of multicolored mobiles that both showcase Higgins' iconic glass-making technique and reflect Adler's signature playful aesthetic and...
TRAVEL
Announcing CH Local and iPad App v2.0
Asking our friends, contributors and Facebook fans to recommend their favorite places in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City and San Francisco, we culled their picks into top-ten lists of the best "jumping-off" points in each city. We're very...
CULTURE
Brian Ulrich: Ghosts of Shopping Past
In a timely if sobering reminder of the ever changing retail landscape around us, The Morning News recently posted "The Ghosts of Shopping Past," an online gallery of photographs by Chicago-based lensman Brian Ulrich, whose Copia project...
CULTURE
Nate Duval Rock Posters
by Julie Wolfson While artist Nate Duval's online bio lists trip planning and de-fingerprinting his iPhone screen among his favorite activities, the bulk oh his interests relate to music. So it's no wonder that the fan of Neon India, The...
DESIGN
Illustrator Lauren Nassef
Chicago-based RISD graduate Lauren Nassef has some unimpeachable skills as a draftsman, but I appreciate her work for its restraint and elegant minimalism. Check out her A Drawing A Day blog to keep up with her current illustration projects.
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