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DESIGN
Shinola Watch Dial Factory Visit
The resurgence in stateside manufacturing is largely thanks to more educated and passionate consumers. Where a product's merit was once simply its final form, there is an ever-growing demand for products with a story that embody considered design...
CULTURE
Best of CH 2014: Most Popular
Sometimes it's easy to predict what will be a hit on the internet (kitten GIFs never fail) and, while we like to think all our CH articles are equally enjoyed, some get picked up and spewed all over the web—much to our delight. (This year, some Tweets...
DESIGN
CHV: Kawasaki Building The Wheel
In our fourth and final piece from our visit with Kawasaki in Lincoln, NE we went to a smaller corner of their enormous plant. While probably the least glamorous of their products, their wheels may be the most practical and abundant. The company...
DESIGN
CHV: Kawasaki Jet Ski Assembly Line
The third video from our visit to Kawasaki's labyrinthine production facility covers their jet ski assembly line. Perhaps unknown to most water-faring hobbyists, constructing a jet ski is a rather complicated process involving a multitude of impressive...
DESIGN
CHV: Kawasaki Railcar Manufacturing Facility
In the second video in our series from Kawasaki's plant in Lincoln, Nebraska, we visit the company's railcar facility. While the brand is traditionally associated with the power-sports industry, they actually manufacture an enormous array of products...
DESIGN
CHV: Kawasaki Hydrographic Painting
We recently toured the cavernous Kawasaki Motors plant in Lincoln, Nebraska. Within the endless production lines—making products ranging from ATVs to subway cars—we found the company uses several fascinating industrial processes. This is the first...
STYLE
Cool Hunting Video: Red Wing Shoes
Red Wing Heritage kindly brought us out to Red Wing, Minnesota to see the mecca of handcrafted workwear: the Red Wing Shoes factory. The bustling place is an endless expanse of leather, sewing machines, stitching and hot wax thread and has been...
TECH
Moog Music Factory Tour
In the hubbub between panels showcasing the future of music composition and performance (like autonomous robots in operas) and outdoor shows by the likes of Giorgio Moroder, we took a breather during Moogfest (the recently revived five-day showcase...
STYLE
Cool Hunting Video: Satya Twena Hats
When in Manhattan's Garment District recently, we toured a traditionally run hat factory that's dedicated to truly handmade, local products. Guided by owner and milliner Satya Twena—who raised enough money to save the factory from closing just a...
DESIGN
Danner Factory Tour
Like many heritage brands, the Portland, Oregon-based boot manufacturer Danner Boots has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity. Danner was founded in 1932 as a manufacturer of top-of-the-line work and logging boots, but when Japanese footwear retailer...