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Mexico

TRAVEL
Hotel El Ganzo, Los Cabos
by L.S. Winkler Pablo Sanchez-Navarro created Hotel El Ganzo with the vision of building an exclusive adults-only destination in Los Cabos that catered to a youthfully inclined crowd and considered the tastes of locals and visitors alike. Through...
DESIGN
Making of The Nescafé Alarm Cap
In the face of the booming craft coffee culture, instant coffee stalwarts Nescafé decided a brand refresh was in order. Opting for an innovative packaging activation to reintroduce the oft-ignored product to the greater creative community at large...
FOOD-DRINK
1800 Milenio
First produced in limited quantities back in 2000, 1800 Tequila's Milenio is now returning to shelves in a second edition of their wildly successful super-premium tequila. Fine Blue Weber Agave undergoes an extensive extra-aging process before further...
FOOD-DRINK
Olmeca Altos Tequila
"The patience is in the fields," explains Olmeca Tequila's master distiller Jesus Hernández on our recent trip to their Jalisco distillery, where we learned firsthand how they produce their Altos tequilas. While the entire process is a genuine labor...
STYLE
Unmarked
Nobody wants to admit it, but summer is on its way out. And while we'll all miss the casual clothing that goes along with sun-soaked days, the thought of welcoming boots back into rotation is pretty damn nice. It was good timing then that CH recently...
CULTURE
Interview: Spencer Tunick
Photographer Spencer Tunick fills landscapes and public places with the naked body. Some of his images offer the view of one nude figure, while others reveal epic scenes of mass mobs in historic and iconic locations. From thousands of people lined...
CULTURE
SMART: San Miguel Art Festival
The art-filled public spaces of Hotel Matilda provided the central hub for the recent SMART San Miguel Art festival. The boutique hotel and passion project of art collector Harold "Spook" Stream can be directly linked to his family’s love of art...
CULTURE
Cool Hunting c/o Quarterly Co: Shipment Five
Our Quarterly Co subscribers know we love to work with artists and are very inspired by our travels. CHQ05, just hitting mailboxes, celebrates Huichol, a traditional Mexican art and craft using small colorful beads to decorate clothing, instruments...
TRAVEL
Jules Basement
by Carissa Wodehouse Though Mexico City is known for its size, a growing local creative class and influx of world travelers are carving out first-rate gathering spots in its nooks and crannies. Jules Basement, a speakeasy tucked under an unassuming...
FOOD-DRINK
Mariposa Agave Nectar
From Heaven Hill Distilleries, makers of Elijah Craig whiskey and Rittenhouse Straight Rye, comes Mariposa, the first agave nectar liqueur on the market. Mariposa, which is concocted from 100% agave tequila and premium vodka, is named for the Spanish...
CULTURE
Gabriel Dawe
Growing up as a boy in Mexico, Gabriel Dawe was forbidden to explore the artistic elements of textiles and embroidery, an area thought to be reserved for women. Nevertheless, the color and intensity of Mexican culture began to appear in his artwork...
TRAVEL
Best of CH 2011: Five Travel Pairings
After yet another year of seemingly endless adventure, we look back on our favorite trips of 2011 and the items we bring when we take to the road. With the right gear and the right destination, a last-minute red-eye becomes a welcome surprise...
FOOD-DRINK
Grand Mayan Tequila
Far from the bars where rowdy patrons slam down shots of pale liquid with a lick of lime and sprinkle of salt lives ultra-aged tequila, meant to be savored like a glass of cognac. In the case of Grand Mayan Tequila the depth of the extra añejo...
FOOD-DRINK
Tequila Milagro
What once was passed over as fuel for Spring Break bacchanals, tequila's reputation has finally caught up with its history—as long and storied as most other spirits on your liquor shelf. When crafted by an expert distillery with 100% blue agave...
FOOD-DRINK
Cool Hunting Video Presents: Casa Dragones
by Gregory Stefano In our latest video we went to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to talk to the brains behind Casa Dragones tequila. The world's only tequila designed for sipping, we learned how Casa Dragones gets its super smooth flavor and how craftsmanship...
CULTURE
José Cruz
by Gregory Stefano On a recent visit to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, we had the privilege of meeting José Cruz Guillén Peña, one of the few remaining (and quite possibly the best living) master craftsmen of the "Pepita" method of glass engraving...
STYLE
Beatrice Valenzuela Handmade Shoes
Designer Beatrice Valenzuela first began her love affair with fine footwear in Mexico City, where she met a zapatero (shoemaker) and discovered his shoes handmade with love, dedication and attention to detail. When she moved to L.A. seven years ago...
FOOD-DRINK
Dorado Tacos and Cemitas
The joint effort of a former Californian and a Boston chef, the new taco spot Dorado brings authentically fine-tuned Mexican to Boston's Brookline area. When myself and two other former Californians (credit one of them, photographer-savant James...
CULTURE
Biblioteca Vasconcelos
by Laura Neilson Mexico City's recently reopened Biblioteca Vasconcelos is an outstanding example of a contemporary digital-age library, not to mention a significant display of Mexico's modern architectural movement. The $100 million undertaking...
DESIGN
DFC Mexico City: Treasures from the Mushi Mushi Collection
Tony Moxham and Mauricio Paniagua, the duo behind DFC Mexico City, recently returned from an exotic trip to the People's Republic of Mushi Mushi. At last week's New York International Gift Fair, they exhibited a most quirky series of objects...
STYLE
Architectural Clothes: Interview with designer Nahum Villasana
by Ezra Natalia A normal work day for Nahum Villasana, the man behind Architectural Clothes, lately includes waking up before six in the morning to make it to his day job teaching English at an elementary school in Mexicali, Mexico. After the school...
TECH
DFC Design: Sexy Robot Super-Universe
DFC is a Mexico City based product design studio comprised of Tony Moxham and Mauricio Paniagua. The pair relocated to Mexico after an extensive tenure in New York (Tony working in art direction and journalism, Maurice in painting) with the intention...
STYLE
Santa Muerte Summer 2007: Renegados
While often accredited to '80s punk nostalgia, the lingering obsession with skulls in fashion also owes a debt to Mexico's Dia de los Muertos traditions. It's that Mexican heritage that fuels Santa Muerte's latest line of tees and...
DESIGN
Salvor Kiosk: Mexico
Salvor Kiosk, a New York-based concept store, always keeps things interesting with their rotating selection of goods sourced from foreign lands. Their past collections of objects from Sweden and Japan are delightful, straightforward objects, functioning...
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