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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...
STYLE
Industrial Fashion's Non-Fashion Hat
Spotted during this year's London Design Festival at RCA's Big Small show, which delved into contemporary contradictions, were some hats—striking in their simplicity. They're the debut product from newly launched label Industrial Fashion, dreamed...
STYLE
Kathrin Von Rechenberg's Tea Silk
Tea silk considered one of the most well-preserved gems in Chinese silk craftsmanship. Originating from the Ming Dynasty, this fabric was once considered the most luxurious silk. The '30s became the gilded age for xiangyunsha (the Chinese name for...
DESIGN
Dikokore Designs
by Veronica Menendez Heather Schultz and Juan Lujan were inspired by the people of Dikokore (pronounced "dee-ko-ko-ray"), while living and working near the village in the nation of Benin. Working in realms spanning education, gender development...
DESIGN
Busyman Bicycles
Known to the cycling community as one of the premier bespoke bicycle upholsterers around, Australia's Busyman Bicycles shines through custom craftsmanship in an industry salivating for specialized components. As the brains and braun behind the one...
STYLE
Lug Von Siga 2013 F/W Collection
After eight years in advertising, Turkish designer Gül Agiş switched gears and returned to school, studying fashion first in Istanbul and then in Milan, where she received a masters degree from the revered Politecnico di Milano. Her talents...
CULTURE
The Tea Rockers Quintet
One of the most interesting phenomena to hit Chinese avant-garde music is The Tea Rockers Quintet—a tea ceremony performed by master Lao Gu and accompanied by the all-stars of Chinese contemporary music: contemporary folk singer Xiao He...
STYLE
Shang Xia
In a bustling metropolis like Shanghai, Shang Xia's boutique strikes a balance between "human and nature", a millenary value of Chinese culture that often appears to be lost in the country's economic rush. Wood and sandstone are combined together...
FOOD-DRINK
Almond Water
A longstanding French tradition, almond water has been produced in small batches by nut lovers around the globe for hundreds of years. Bringing this all-natural treat to the masses is Victoria's Kitchen, a small, family-run company started by husband...
STYLE
Ylati
The young duo behind Ylati Footwear perfectly mix traditional Italian craftsmanship with their love for sneakers. Supporting the Made in Italy push for homegrown products in their own subversive way—try reading the label from right to left...
DESIGN
RVS by V Iznik Collection
For Turkish companies RVS and the Iznik Foundation, heritage is everything. Vidal Erkohen of RVS eyewear made his name by collecting vintage glasses, starting with his father's. "I remember one trip that [my father] came back from Italy wearing...
DESIGN
Astier de Villatte
It took a recent visit to one of our favorite Paris shops to realize that despite using their products all the time we've never written about them. Astier de Villatte is a 15 year old lifestyle powerhouse founded by Benoît Astier de Villatte...
CULTURE
Kenichi Yokono: Rise of the Underground
We've been following Kenichi Yokono for a while, and we're continually impressed by the ingenuity the Tokyo-based artist brings to the table. Working in the tradition of Japanese woodblock printing, Yokono weaves anime and horror film influences...
FOOD-DRINK
Gaufrettes Amusantes
Gaufrettes Amusantes are traditional waffle wafers with a humorous twist. Written in either standard French or in our preferred Northern France's Picard dialect—also called Ch'ti by locals—the funny phrases stamped on each cookie reflect...
DESIGN
Karmi Tea Canister
Deceptively simple looking, a single Karmi tea canister can take artisans over a year to complete. Manufacturer Syosen, based in Yamanaka (a region known as much for its traditional lacquerware, as for its natural thermal baths), crafts their products...
DESIGN
Seaglass Project
Inspired by the shape of ancient Hawaiian surfboards, designer and surf historian Tom Wegener decided to reintroduce finless surfboards to the world of modern surfing. The Seaglass Project, as he calls it, is the result of decades of thinking up...
FOOD-DRINK
WineBotas
Whether you're a budding Hemingway or just fond of the festive Spanish lifestyle, Chicago-based WineBotas has you covered with their vibrant collection of beautifully crafted leather wineskins. The sole U.S. importer of the iconic artisinal wine...
STYLE
Prada Made In...
In the early twentieth century Mario Prada (Miuccia Prada’s grandfather) traveled the world in search of precious materials, exotic leathers and luxurious fabrics, but also to discover sophisticated craftsmen and manufacturers to realize...
FOOD-DRINK
Mutsumi Hashi
Handmade by artisans in the Ehime Prefecture, Oey's Mutsumi Hashi chopsticks are beautifully linked together with Mizuhiki, a Japanese paper twine made from water, glue and silk. Traditionally tied onto gifts, the ancient Mizuhiki artform symbolizes...
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