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Custom-Engraved Laser-Cut Comb
Chicago Comb has built an American business based on the concept of elevating an everyday staple to the highest level of quality. Model No. 3 features a matte black hand finish on laser-cut steel. The beautiful tool measures 5.5" with just enough weight...
DESIGN
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...
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Rare Presenter Set and Four Rare Glasses
The Rare Presenter, by gentner design, elevates the whisky experience through the art of presentation. The handle allows the intricate tray to be carried with only one hand and prevents spillage from the Fferrone glasses. Each Presenter is handcrafted...
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...
DESIGN
Felicia Ferrone Furniture
Born and based in Chicago, furniture designer Felicia Ferrone is set to launch a brand new collection that pushes her in a different direction, with a mix of organic shapes constrained (or accentuated) by angular elements—or, as Ferrone herself...
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...
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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...
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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...
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Glazed & Infused
Following the trend started by the Doughnut Vault—where owners were opening tiny, walk-up classic doughnut shops in a small corner of their venues—restaurant mogul Scott Harris made it his own and has launched a sweet cake empire. Glazed & Infused...
HOTELS
Public Hotel
The interior of the Public—the first of Ian Schrager's more approachable and "downscale" new hotels—may be incredibly chic and stylish and attract an uber-hip crowd, but the bones of the building date back decades and once housed one of Chicago's most...
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Architectural Artifacts
With a renovated 80,000 square feet of space, the Architectural Artifacts collection of treasures holds what seems to be an infinite amount of global finds. The assortment of goods includes everything from French Deco etched glass panels to glass candy...
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Fat Rice
If getting into Fat Rice—the intimate buzzed-about Logan Square Macanese restaurant—was hard before, it's now nearly impossible since being named the No. 4 best new restaurant of 2013 by Bon Appétit. But it's worth waiting for. Opened by former underground...
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Lee Allison Bow Ties
Nearly 20 years ago, after leaving a job as an advertising copywriter, Lee Allison, with no experience designing ties, embarked on an adventure and has never looked back. Now, the Lee Allison Company occupies 4,500 square feet of open loft space in...
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Hotel Lincoln
It may not be right down on Michigan Avenue or in the heart of the Loop, but take one step outside or gaze from the rooftop deck and you'll understand why you're here in the heart of Lincoln Park. Hotel Lincoln opened in 2012 and sits across from Green...
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Isle of Man
Is it a trendy boutique or a grand "man-cave," where people come to escape and take away a treasure? Does it really matter? All that visitors should be concerned about it getting outside of the heavily populated Gold Coast and River North neighborhoods...
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...
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Space, Interiors and Exteriors, 1972
At first glance, this art book looks out-of-date with its 1970s desaturated colors, as if salvaged from a garage sale. Co-published this year by PictureBox and art gallery Corbett vs. Dempsey to offer a glimpse into the hazy world of radical and...
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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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