Levi's Celebrates the 501's Birthday With a Documentary
To celebrate the 501's birthday, Levi's has created a documentary—released in several parts—about the iconic jeans. The fourth episode highlights the 501's immense influence in Japan. Narrated by Craig Stecyk (aka C.R. Stecyk III, a surf and skate...
Colectivo 1050° Ceramics
“For designers, problems are possibilities: the source for innovation,” says Kythzia Barrera. The problem? The rapid disappearance of Oaxacan pottery workshops and with it, the eradication of traditional Mexican clay-making processes that stem back...
Peacock Feather Memento Mori
Across myriad religions and ancient myths, the peacock feather has always carried a positive symbolic meaning, especially that of renewal. Porcelain manufactory of the Bavarian crown, Nymphenburg, has incorporated the avian emblem into their works...
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...
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...
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...
Nomadic Cashmere Throw
From the home goods institution that never disappoints comes the nomadic Ivory Cashmere Throw, inspired by the traveling people of Mongolia, also called "Nomad's Land." Woven from the finest Alasan cashmere from the country's cuddliest goats, this...
Les Toiles Du Soleil Aprons
Bold dishes require an equally bold apron. These colorful versions from Les Toiles du Soleil are sewn from the famed striped textile known as the "cloth of the sun," produced on French looms, loved by Martha Stewart, and synonymous with durability...
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...
Hibiki 12 Yr
The only blended whisky in the Suntory portfolio, the Hibiki 12 Yr is a gorgeously smooth and supple whisky expertly produced in a nearly century-old distillery in Osaka.
The Barlow Knife
Originating in 17th-century England, the Barlow Knife soon made its way stateside to become a staple among American farms, camps and workshops. Best Made's rendition of the handy pocket companion keeps sophisticated craftsmanship at the forefront...
Striped Hammam Towel
Hand-woven cotton Hammam towelsâ€”a staple of traditional Moroccan bathsâ€”are as absorbent as they are versatile. Perfect for drying off after a quick dip, the towels can also double as sarongs, scarves or throw blankets.
Applying a Futurist pattern to an ultra attentive cold-embossing technique, the designers behind the new leather accessories line Midsummer +1 give an old-world Bengali craft new shape. The brilliant leather clutches—produced by a fair trade...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...