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DESIGN
Kin Coda
A project four years in the making, Kin Coda comprises a range of 25 uniquely crafted keepsake boxes, each an assemblage of art by the diverse design collective We-Are-Familia. Since graphic designer Jennifer Garcia began the project in 2007, several...
DESIGN
Cannondale and Junk Food Clothing
Biker gangs like the Hells Angels may have more in common with Cannondale's murdered-out Bad Boy bicycle, per se, but Junk Food Clothing's new motorcycle club-inspired rendition offers enough attitude to lure its own contingent of riders. The collaborative...
STYLE
Salvor Projects Update
With the recent opening of their first official storefront, Salvor Projects has come a long way since founding designer Ross Menuez began the underground screen printing operation some years ago. With time and dedication came refinement and a narrowing...
DESIGN
Officine Firenze Milani
Inspired by the elegance of vintage bicycles that cruise the streets of Florence, Officine Firenze Milani creates beautifully-crafted wooden handlebars as the ultimate accent to any bike. The bars are made in Italy, using individually selected materials...
CULTURE
Exhibition A BookShop
Building on its model of selling affordable limited-edition artworks produced by marquee names in the art world, yesterday Exhibition A launched its newest extension, BookShop. Comprising one-of-a-kind or limited-edition monographs, the books contain...
CULTURE
Moleskine Artist Marketplace
The notebook most likely to be found in artists' back pockets, Moleskine recently tightened its relationship with the creative community through its Artist Marketplace, an exciting digital venture that lets art fans purchase one-off blank notebooks...
STYLE
The Dress Project
Combining art and fashion in the literal sense, The Dress Project is a creative endeavor in dressmaking using silk and cotton fabric hand-painted by artist Naomi Clark of Brooklyn's playful cohort, Fort Makers. Clark, along with co-founder Nana Spears...
DESIGN
Peepwool
The brainchild of Wisconsin-based artist Amy Arnold, Peepwool are individual stuffed dolls handmade from completely recycled materials. A mix of personality and found objects, no single Peepwool looks the same as the next. Arnold started creating...
TRAVEL
Amsterdam: Made By Hand
In her search for the ornate and unique, Australian photographer and stylist Pia Jane Bijkerk traverses the three cities she calls home—Paris, Amsterdam and Sydney—to find winsome boutiques and ateliers peddling handmade goods well off...
STYLE
Valerie Sloan Jewelery
by Zeva Bellel Photos by Fabrice Fortin Before launching her Paris-based couture label Valslo, French jewelry designer Valerie Sloan worked as a sculptor—a background that reveals itself in the masterful play of light, shadow and texture in...
STYLE
LuLu Frost Plaza Collection
by Anna Carnick Shutting its doors in 2005 for renovation, much of the interior of the infamous Plaza Hotel was broken down and put up for sale. Jewelery designer Lisa Salzer of Lulu Frost recognized this as an opportunity to marry pieces from the...
CULTURE
Creston Electric Instruments
by Noah Armstrong A one-man operation in Burlington, VT, Creston Electric Instruments builds fairly traditional electric guitars, generally styled in the Fender tradition, but custom-designed according to each customer's expectations. Owner Creston...
DESIGN
Golden Orb Spider Silk
Spun from the silk of millions of golden orb spiders found in Madagascar, the 11-foot long tapestry currently on view at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC represents a uniquely remarkable example of a rigorous, formerly obsolete weaving...
STYLE
Guy Chanel Leather Accessories
by Zeva Bellel A one-man luxury brand, Guy Chanel works alone out of his atelier on the outskirts of Paris handcrafting a variety of one-of-a-kind designs out of leather, crocodile, ostrich and other fine skins. From saddles, handbags and wallets...
STYLE
Erik Halley Accessories
by Zeva Bellel For fifteen years Erik Halley has been handcrafting one-off pieces—triple-tiered shoulder pads encrusted with rhinestones and metal-spiked headphones—in his Parisian atelier for the best names in fashion, e.g. Lagerfeld...
DESIGN
Six Handbuilt Bikes
Thanks to the ever-rising global trend, we're seeing more and more custom-made, one-off or otherwise tricked-out bikes. For those who want a bike with a unique story behind it, we rounded up a few covetable rides. Renovo Wooden Bikes Smooth and...
TECH
Tentar La Suerte Fully Custom Bike
At Brakeless Bike shop in Montreal, the best way to build a bike is from the ground up. Sylvester, founder of Brakeless and all about taking chances, created his latest personal bike, "Tentar La Suerte." Loosely translated as "tempting...
STYLE
Chris Mendoza x Ray-Ban Wayfarers
by Ariston Anderson Until Barnstormer Chris Mendoza teamed up with Ray-Ban to custom paint 100 pairs of Wayfarers in his inimitable style, nothing would've torn me away from my trusty black ones. Chris's personal history with the brand dates...
STYLE
William the Brave Bronze Rings
These stylish hoops of bronze have a profound effect on me. Created by Australian jeweler Stannard Inc., William the Brave bronze rings are stunning, look like something a crusader from the middle ages would wear and the raw look exudes an air of...
DESIGN
Kate Cusack: Zipper Jewelry, Costume Design and Window Dressing
by Ezra Natalia For Kate Cusack, the New York-based jewelery designer, costumer and wig-maker, her iPod's shuffle setting is an apt metaphor for the ups and downs of her hectic lifestyle, “The shuffle bounces all over the place...
DESIGN
Camille Hempel Fingerprint Rings
Adding a one-of-a-kind touch to the traditional wedding band, Brooklyn-based jewelery designer Camille Hempel's Fingerprint Rings are embellished with a cast of an actual fingerprint. The pair pictured were custom-designed as wedding bands but...
TECH
Eric Haze x Lotus Exige
With big, black bold sinuous lines, artist Eric Haze's interpretation of the Lotus Exige seemed to reverberate above the music on the platform where it was unveiled at the Manhattan Classic Car Club last week. The occasion was Jeff Staple'...
TECH
MINI Motoring Graphics
MINI Motoring Graphics is MINI's partnership announced today with Original Wraps, Inc. that allows MINI owners to add a little flair to their exteriors and interiors. From full-on custom jobs to small round badges, the program presents over 5...
DESIGN
Calu Fontes Porcelain
Distinctly and wonderfully Brazilian, Calu Fontes' painted, one-of-a-kind porcelain accessories are influenced by the lively Bahia region in northern Brazil, from where her family hails. The mix of colors with patterns — on trays, teapots...
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