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The White Line Fragrance Collection by Odin New York
Though Odin New York is often touted as a men's lifestyle boutique, the brand is inching toward the androgynous. This is especially apparent in the cult following of its fragrances, which have developed a unisex fan base despite most often landing...
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VL92 Gin & Tonic Emergency Kit
More than just curious paper packaging (though it is lovely, thanks to design agency Rare Fruits Council), VL92's Gin & Tonic Emergency Kit is a smart option for the ever-famous cocktail—and those who want to quickly whip it up. With the recipe incorporated...
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Patric Chocolate
Alan Patric McClure has been in the chocolate business for a decade; after his chocolate tour through France in 2004, there was no turning back. He spent the next two years experimenting with chocolate-making before finally settling on a bar for...
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Hawt Sauce by Holloway Kitchen
Made from just 10 ingredients, Hawt Sauce is the result of a year's experimentation and is the very first product to emerge from Adam Brooks' start-up culinary enterprise, Holloway Kitchen. “It's unusual in that it's very thick, almost like a salsa...
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Reinventing the Bottle
Sometimes a simple tweak to the classic wine bottle is all it takes to turn a chilled glass of white into an all-out warm weather celebration. Dressing up all kinds of leisure activities—from watching the playoffs on TV to attending baby or wedding...
CULTURE
Studio Visit: Daniel Michalik and Mark McGinnis
Through the large industrial windows of his studio in Brooklyn, designer Daniel Michalik looks out at a small harbor of the East River's Maspeth Creek and the repurposed ferries that inhabit its quiet docks. It is an industrial but romantic view...
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Oola Flavored Vodka
Between 50-year-old whiskey and 19th-century curaçao, vodka has a tendency to fall by the wayside in our hunt for sipping spirits, but a recent encounter wtih Oola's flavored vodkas has certainly changed that. Oola, a micro-distillery in the...
STYLE
Moko Sellars
Just a few miles from where Thomas Frye first developed the composition for bone china in 1748, a modern tribute to the porcelain material is on view at Hackney's Wilton Way Cafe. The East London coffee shop and community gallery is currently showing...
STYLE
Antiga Barbearia de Bairro
Long known for its exemplary soaps and shaving supplies, Portugal's grooming culture is being given new life in Antiga Barbearia de Bairro, a heritage shaving line from creative group 100ml. Marked by spot-on design and vibrant colors, the packaging...
STYLE
Benjo's Colored Pennies
A real estate developer by trade, Ben Hertz navigates traditional style with subtle ways to break the mold. His company, the Minneapolis-based Benjo's, made waves in the style world when it released colored laces for shoes and boots. The idea came...
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Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao

 That electric blue liqueur that vacation-goers slurp from umbrella-topped hurricane glasses may be called curaçao, but the real stuff—the curaçao of the 19th century—is much more cigar parlor than poolside bar. Originally...
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Tonewood
To those who grew up tapping maple trees, the toothsome sap is more than the backbone for a flavorful syrup. Maple is as much an ingredient as a way of life, which goes a long way toward explaining its cultish following. Tonewood, a budding maple...
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Dom Pérignon by David Lynch
Spending an afternoon with David Lynch in the penthouse of the Chateau Marmont isn't necessarily an everyday occurrence—the filmmaker, known for his surrealistic visions, actually admits that he rarely leaves the house if he doesn't have...
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Rau Om
"It's very much like a creamy cheese, a blue cheese or a brie—it just has an incredible mouth feel," says Rau Om's Dang Vu. He's talking about tofu misozuke, a preserved version of tofu that is cured in miso to create a spreadable, long-life...
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Bixby & Co.
Bixby & Co. is a fledgling candy bar company with a knack for making delectable sweet treats from whole foods and organic ingredients. Hoping to reinvent the classic American snack, McAleer began producing vegan, non-GMO and gluten-free treats with...
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WikiCells
In an innovative approach to consuming with minimal waste, Harvard Professor David Edwards and his team have developed WikiCells, self-contained, edible packaging for liquids, mousses and emulsions. The membrane that houses the various WikiCells...
DESIGN
Structural Packaging
With the rising number of entrepreneurs among the creative community handling their own production, the value in high-quality DIY tips becomes increasingly essential. Whether you're a Danish jewelry designer peddling pieces on Etsy, an artisan...
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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...
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Biscottea
Biscottea was founded in 2007 by Laurance Milner to cater to "real" tea enthusiasts who prefer traditional shortbread biscuits over Italian biscotti. The Seattle-based company's tasty organic cookies are made with real tea, in a range of flavors...
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Super-Choc-O-Food
Valerie Confections has launched its second chocolate collaboration with Commune Design, taking a psychedelic departure from last year's Byzantine tile-inspired box of sweets. Inside the new Woodstock-themed wrappers, chocolatier Valerie Gordon has...
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EcoTensil
Ever wondered what happens to tasting spoons after you've sampled the latest fro-yo flavor? Peggy Cross did and found the little plastic utensils usually end up sitting in landfills for centuries. Drawing on her experience as a marketing director...
DESIGN
Heineken Aluminium
Combining the ice-cold feel of a metal can with the classic glass bottle shape, the new Heineken Aluminum is the best of both beer worlds. The design features graphics printed with invisible ink that, when exposed to UV light, reveal an amusing...
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Nudo Cioccolatini
With chocolatiers known simply as "Ivan and Michele" and packaged by local nuns, Nudo's new olive oil Cioccolatini are a community project from top to bottom. Based in Italy's Le Marche region, Nudo (a family-run operation itself) tapped Ivan and...
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