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FOOD-DRINK
From the Ashes: Hudson Double Charred Whiskey
by Emily Arden Wells On September 24, 2012 Tuthilltown Distillery in Gardiner, New York suffered a fire caused by leaking vapors off of one of the stills that ignited and exploded in the stillroom. The distillery was extremely fortunate: nobody...
DESIGN
Apparatus Studio's Censer Incense Burner
They are always a must-see at ICFF, and we've been paying close attention to the works of NYC design firm Apparatus Studios for some time now. While their origins lay in lighting design, and their last collection saw a textile and paper collaboration...
STYLE
d'emploi Holiday 2014 Collection
As we've seen in the past, waxed cotton is the material of choice for Brooklyn's d'emploi. Thankfully, that preference continues in their latest drop, geared toward holiday travel and defending against wet fall and early winter weather. Building...
TRAVEL
Brooks England Dalston Knapsack
For nearly 150 years Brooks England has supplied the cycling community with hand-hammered, heirloom-quality leather saddles. In recent years however, a new enthusiasm for growth has pushed the brand to introduce numerous new bag collections and...
STYLE
Great State Camerawear
In March of 2013, we discovered Great State Strap Company, makers of leather camera straps. Now, nearly a year later, Gary Tyler McLeod's modest operation has rebranded as Great State Camerawear, with new designs and updates on all originals. Still...
STYLE
The Sabah Dealer
Based in NYC, The Sabah reinvents the traditional handmade Turkish slipper with a modern silhouette. Founder Mickey Ashmore first fell in love with the slipper after receiving one as a gift while living in Istanbul four years ago. Comfort persuaded...
STYLE
The Patchwork Backpack by Sketchbook
Sketchbook Crafts' range of backpacks, totes and wallets are all handmade with care by Amber Jensen and the materials used are sourced locally or American-made when possible—and while all the homegrown qualities are appealing, they don't overshadow...
STYLE
Knit Merino Wool Hats from Rustic Threads
Inside a small boutique called The End, in the arid desert of Old Town Yucca Valley, CA, we stumbled upon some hats that beckoned to be touched and held. The hats are knitted by Taylor Elyse Compton, a Joshua Tree resident, who has a small studio...
CULTURE
Jones Snowboards' Mountain Surfer
It's safe to say no name is as linked to backcountry snowboarding as Jeremy Jones—so much so, his name is rarely seen without "Big Mountain" preceding it. Under his eponymous brand, Jones Snowboards, he has designed and released a wide array of heavy...
STYLE
Baobap Miniature Embroidered Brooches
Sometimes statement-making accessories make a statement that's just a little too loud. Baobap's miniature brooches are therefore perfect for times that require a bit more subtlety, offering a bit of flair that will quickly snazz up an outfit without...
CULTURE
Latvian Halloween Masks
by Chantel Tattoli It’s the time of year when you can be anything you want to be, and morphing into a butterfly or a frog can be as easy as donning the perfect mask. Now nearly 80 years old, Latvian native Jevgenia Kilupe had enjoyed drawing as...
DESIGN
Test Drive: 2015 Bentley GT3-R
"Racing changes the perception," says Brian Gush, Bentley’s Director of Motorsport. The Bentley GT3-R is the latest evolution of the brand's suave and still-alluring Continental GT—and the fastest Bentley ever made. It hauls ass in the most gentlemanly...
CULTURE
Los Grumildos: Self-Moving Sex Puppets by Ety Fefer
Down a dark set of stairs, just off the NYC Museum of Sex's main lobby, a new temporary exhibition from Peruvian artist and puppet-maker Ety Fefer transports guests into otherworldliness. "Los Grumildos" succinctly blends inspiration from Lima's...
DESIGN
Dutch Designer Rugs from ICE International
Dutch rug-maker ICE International's hand-knotted throws grace some of the most esteemed establishments the world over. From The Savoy in London to the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, ICE is no stranger to high profile clients. The family-run company's latest...
TRAVEL
Travelteq Introduces the Moro Collection
There are some definite must-have attributes to travel bags and laptop bags: proper weight distribution, functionality, durability—and ideally beauty. With Travelteq's newly released line, the Soft Moro, there's all that and more. The two bags in...
DESIGN
Interview: Goods of Record's Trey Sisson
by Emily Bihl The e-commerce industry is awash with the “storytelling as a sales pitch” concept. Brands offer a few hundred words to tug on customers’ emotions just long enough for shoppers to feel the urge to click “add to cart.” What sets newcomers...
STYLE
Quoddy Custom Shoe Service
For those in the Northeastern US, Quoddy is a household name, having been making moccasins, loafers and shoes of the like by hand in Lewiston, Maine for generations. Using techniques and methods derived from those developed by local Native American...
CULTURE
Unseen Photo Fair 2014: The Hand-Built Image
A motto we adhere to around CH HQ is that there are no new ideas, only new executions. Such is true of contemporary photo collage. The technique has been around since the early 1920s, when the Dadaists took to the medium so that they “could attack...
STYLE
Jacques-Elliott Ties and Accessories by Elliot Aronow
Elliot Aronow is a man of many talents. The NYC transplant has worked in too many culturally influential industries to count, from publishing and music to television and fashion. The latter is where the assiduous character can currently be found...
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
Coco Reynolds’ Timber Pendant Lamps
by Chantel Tattoli In the field of furniture design, lighting is often overlooked, even though the right piece can define a room just as well as any Eames chair. Case in point: the beautiful timber pendant lamp creations by Sydneysider Coco Reynolds...
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...
DESIGN
The Ripple Series from Haand Ceramics
If you're on a search for high-quality wares to set the table with that are minimalist enough to match any mood and decor but are unusual enough to be memorable, look no further than Haand Ceramics. Founded in 2012 by childhood friends (now business...
DESIGN
Rugged Accessories and Bags by Mercy Supply
The old adage "They don't make them like they used to" insinuates that modern products don't stand up to the test of time like those of yesteryear. While this might be true for many manufactured items of the day, Michigan's Mercy Supply is the opposite...
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