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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...
CULTURE
Plan BEY Kicks Off a Creative Empire in Beirut
by Caroline Kinneberg Beirut is a city defined by its contrasts and constant evolution. One neighborhood where this becomes most apparent is Mar Mikhael. Previously a jumble of car repair shops, the area now overflows with trendy restaurants and...
TECH
Mujjo Leather Wallet Case for iPhone 6
With Apple Pay potentially changing our perception of what the modern wallet will become, Dutch accessories design brand Mujjo has released a beautiful new case that keeps this in mind. The Leather Wallet Case for iPhone 6, in black and tan colorways...
DESIGN
Cool Hunting Video: Mercedes-AMG Engines
Mercedes-AMG invited Cool Hunting to Affalterbach, Germany, to see firsthand how their AMG engines are assembled. Expecting a loud warehouse full of bustling technicians, we were surprised by the incredibly tidy space filled with meticulous mechanics...
DESIGN
Brazil Meets NYC in Joinery's Blankets and Rugs
Within the Brooklyn boutique's thoughtful selection of well-crafted housewares, vintage goods and hard-to-find clothing labels, one of Joinery's most popular pieces has been their own woven blankets and rugs which are, more often than not, out of...
STYLE
Saigon Socialite Shoes
The elaborately carved soles of Saigon Socialite are the brainchild of LanVy Nguyen, born in Vietnam and raised in California. A corporate finance veteran, in 2007 Nguyen embarked on what she calls the "education of my life," which began in a Vietnamese...
STYLE
Vayu Cashmere Scarves
Susan Easton has worked at powerhouse creative firms like Milton Glaser, Pentagram, Razorfish and Disney but found that the corporate life wasn't for her. When we first met, in 2012, she had just succumbed to her travel bug and founded From The Road...
CULTURE
Cool Hunting Video: Barry X Ball
In an unassuming residential building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, lies the studio space of sculptor Barry X Ball. His stunning re-imagined and modified versions of Renaissance era masterpieces begin with meticulous 3D-scanning. Ball and his team...
DESIGN
Cool Hunting Video: Horse Cycles
Thomas Callahan, owner of Horse Cycles, invited CH to his Williamsburg workshop to show us around and explain a little about his impressive craft. A sculpture major in art school, Callahan had a knack for fixing his friends' bikes—and that hobby...
STYLE
Maximum Henry Guitar Straps
As of today, Brooklyn-based leather house Maximum Henry now offers beautifully crafted, custom guitar straps. Made by hand in the Williamsburg studio of brand founder Max Cohen, each strap is composed of heavy duty leather that Cohen has cut, dyed...
FOOD-DRINK
Cool Hunting Video: Pizza Moto
If you have meandered through Smorgasburg in Brooklyn, or any other major food-focused event in New York City in the last few years, you may have noticed some funky looking ovens pushing out delicious pizzas. The proprietors of these trailer-based...
FOOD-DRINK
The Bar Collection by Zoë's Chocolate Co.
Third generation chocolatiers, the three founders of Zoe's Chocolate Co. also happen to be siblings, and such a tight knit familial collaboration lends itself to such stunning chocolates. Zoë and Pantelis manage various business aspects while also...
STYLE
Interview: Jean-Marc Virard
RIGARDS may be the new kid on the independent eyewear block but there is no ounce of hesitation in the bold statement they're making. Their handcrafted matte horn frames strike a perfect balance between avant-garde and wearable, serving as an antithesis...
DESIGN
Moore & Giles Black Walnut Furniture
For more than 80 years, Virginia-based Moore & Giles have designed some of the best natural leather products. With that same handcrafted attention to detail, they have just launched a Black Walnut furniture collection. This limited production run...
STYLE
Theo Hassett of Roberts & Hassett
Kangaroos aren’t usually associated with bespoke footwear. Yet according to Melbourne-based craftsman, Theo Hassett, leather from the iconic jumping marsupial is "one of the strongest around." Originally from New Zealand, Hassett relocated to Melbourne...
FOOD-DRINK
Absolut Elyx
Over the past decade, Absolut became more synonymous with college parties and dance club bottle service than with its artistically-inclined, sustainably-minded Swedish roots. This shift in reputation is undoubtedly a repercussion of its ubiquitous...
STYLE
LAS Jewelry
Designing out of their studio in Ohio, husband-and-wife artists Daniel and Lisa Soltis work side by side to create their casted jewelry. Brought together by their love of art and design, the couple started LAS Jewelry as a way to get closer. "We...
DESIGN
Twiddle & Bard
In 2010, designer Will Coombs launched Twiddle & Bard with Robb McNeil and Nick Thompson as a response to what they felt had become a lack of proper emotion in digital communication. The Minneapolis-based stationery company has since built a solid...
DESIGN
Mood NYC
"By giving our artists and designers control and not trying to fit their work into a preconceived idea of what Mood is we hope to produce genuine products that bring something new to skateboarding." -Calvin Waterman When designers and lifelong...
DESIGN
Tulisan
by Maureen Ferry Cuellar When designer and BlueLounge co-founder Melissa Sunjaya, returned to her beloved but chaotic hometown of Jakarta, she was struck by the disconnect that exists among the country's population of more than 250 million. As a...
DESIGN
Whipping + Post Vintage Messenger
Musician turned designer Ryan Barr's latest accessory is a refreshingly simple take on a classic messenger bag. Like the rest of the products under Barr's leather goods label , Whipping + Post, which include instrument cases and other accessories...
STYLE
The Feit Hiker
Handmade in batches of 50, the Hiker boot from Feit Direct offers an elegant alternative the bulky boots already flooding the market this fall. The sturdy upper is constructed of a single piece of vegetable tanned leather, hand-sewn to its cork...
DESIGN
Chen-Williams Bookend
Last week, HTC hosted a design tour of New York City, with visits to some of the area's top designers and creative thinkers. We got to join in for a workshop in the backyard of The Future Perfect with Chen Chen and Kai Williams, the Brooklyn-based...
DESIGN
Union Sozialer Brushes
The Institute for the Blind in Berlin workshop produces a line of grooming brushes demonstrative of both their rich heritage and sense of humor, using the same materials and techniques passed down for the last 120 years. Housed in the former Home...
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