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Desillusion Magazine Tome III
Though skateboarding and surfing have firm roots in Southern California, the global popularity of skateboarding and surfing continues to desaturate the geographic concentration of each sport's publishing and design centers. In recent years, this...
FOOD-DRINK
Terroir Life Wines
by Janine Stankus To oenophiles, the term "terroir" refers to wind, rain, soil, sun, diurnal shifts—all the elements that imbue wine with its distinct character. It’s the “biography of wine,” notes Ali Banks, Terroir Life co-founder, but one which...
STYLE
Premium Apparel from Café du Cycliste
Picking up a new cool weather cycling kit can be a narrow investment. On the one hand, performance is paramount. Staying dry and warm while reaping the benefits of breathability and bike-specific features like considered pocket placement and visibility...
DESIGN
Moulin Roty Children's Tool Boxes
Many adults amble through their daily lives without a proper tool kit. When a need arrives—be that for a hammer or saw or any type of screwdriver—they're at a loss. Perhaps if the value of such a box were instilled at an earlier age, this wouldn...
TRAVEL
DIY Boards at Biarritz's Blank Surf Shack
by Jorge Grimberg Known by many surfers as the "French California," Biarritz is just a 20 minute drive from Spain along France's Basque coast. The city boasts truly world-class surfing, is home to the European headquarters of major surf labels including...
DESIGN
Maison & Objet 2014 with Luka Luna
by Caroline Kinneberg While design weeks in London and Milan are oftentimes as much about marketing and events as they are showcasing new designs, Paris Design Week is considerably more retail-oriented. This is especially true at its main attraction...
DESIGN
Deejo's Ultralight Knives
From the downright beautiful to the purpose-built, a good knife is an essential part of anyone's kit—whether camping in the bush or getting chores done around the house. France has a knack for producing some of the most celebrated blades, from the...
FOOD-DRINK
Mirabeau en Provence's Vibrant Rosé
Rosé consumption has reached a fever pitch—and rightfully so, as there's a beautiful ease to its modern elegance and a gentleness in the way it complements many meals. But with the surge in demand, there's now a market flooded with options, and selecting...
DESIGN
Thomas de Lussac's Louis XVI is Back
Despite its significant history, the new furniture piece by French designer Thomas de Lussac in association with Perchebois—called "Louis XVI is Back"—is a most contemporary and daring armchair. The connection between de Lussac's approach, which...
FOOD-DRINK
GH Mumm Champagne: A Legacy of Victory
Just 80 miles from the tourist hordes of Paris lies the quaint yet unassumingly productive city of Reims. In the heart of the Champagne region, the city serves as the unofficial capital of the surrounding vineyards and the revered beverages they...
FOOD-DRINK
Dom Pérignon's 1998 Second Plénitude
At the foot of a remote ice-capped volcano in Southern Iceland—accessible only by a specially equipped SUV or helicopter—around an arrangement of seats made entirely of mirrors, stands Dom Pérignon's head winemaker and Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy...
STYLE
Macon & Lesquoy
by Dora Haller For the release of Wes Anderson’s latest film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Parisian design duo Marie Macon and Anne-Laure Lesquoy—who work under the label Macon & Lesquoy—created a pair of special embroideries: a set of keys belonging...
STYLE
L'Atelier du Bracelet Parisien
Choosing the perfect watch can be a challenge: from price point to design, functionality and complexity, many factors can dictate a direction or even unhinge a commitment. There are plenty of worthy brands out there; some for everyday wear and others...
DESIGN
Heritage-Paris
by Dora Haller When a navy blue Aston Martin with a cream-caramel interior stopped in front of Heritage-Paris' atelier, founder and owner Cyril Saulnier figured the driver must be lost. Turned out it was a new client, wishing to order a bicycle...
TRAVEL
Alpine Climbing with Patagonia
At 12,000 feet above sea level, with a cold wind perpetually whipping and the alpine sun intensified by the reflective snowfields below, the old adage "the clothes don't make the man (or rather, person)" couldn't be less true. Technical, carefully...
STYLE
L'Art Du Soin by Diptyque
When the cult-followed Parisian candlemaker and parfumeur Diptyque announced its expansion into skincare—dubbed "L'Art Du Soin"—we were hesitant at first. With hundreds of other brands crowding the luxury skincare market, we wondered what Diptyque...
CULTURE
Acid Magazine
To the outside world, surfers may seem like an obsessive bunch. Piling into a station wagon, driving for hours in search of rideable peaks in the depths of winter, shuffling across snow-covered trails in nothing but a few millimeters of neoprene...
DESIGN
Cartier: Style and History
"Cartier: Style and History," is a unique show currently on display at the newly renovated Salon d'Honneur within Paris' Grand Palais, which tells the story of French luxury label Cartier (known as "jeweler to kings"). The exhibition includes approximately...
CULTURE
Denis Carrier for GoldCoast Skateboards
Split between Utah and California, GoldCoast Skateboards makes everything one needs to enjoy life on four urethane wheels. With design-minded graphics and a focus on having fun, the brand connects with both those in and outside skateboard culture...
TECH
Ora Ïto Mobility Collection
While navigating the endless aisles of tech brands—both young and old—at CES last week, we came across Ora Ïto, a design-driven accessory brand we first noticed back in 2006. Led by celebrated French industrial designer Ita Morabito (aka Ora Ïto...
TRAVEL
SMWH.RE
While developing a trip-planning support app called Tripovore, Paris-based designer and developer Benjamin Netter (winner of 2011's Foursquare Hackathon) discovered that "pictures from Instagram give you a much better taste of travel locations than...
STYLE
Waiting For The Sun
by Dora Haller Paris-based brand Waiting For the Sun (aka W/SÜN) may sound familiar; CH recently included their frames in a round-up of sustainable sunglasses. We delved deeper this time by meeting with Antoine Mocquard and Julien Tual, the two...
TRAVEL
Word of Mouth Paris: Bars and Restaurants
by David Graver and Katie Olsen Everybody has a recommendation to offer regarding a trip to Paris; those who have visited "La Ville-Lumière" claim a favorite spot and are ever-eager to share it. Generally, however, they're all quite personal or, on...
CULTURE
Interview: Corinne Maier
Corinne Maier—a French psychoanalyst with a background in economics and international relations from the prestigious Sciences-Po in Paris—also happens to be a best-selling author. Out of the 15 or so already under her belt, her two most controversial...
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