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STYLE
Conscious Shopping at Indelust
As the recently launched destination for independent design from the Indian subcontinent, Indelust brings an emerging aesthetic to the global stage. "Our vision stems from the desire to showcase a minimal, refined and versatile style, removed from...
STYLE
Saigon Socialite Shoes
The elaborately carved soles of Saigon Socialite are the brainchild of LanVy Nguyen, born in Vietnam and raised in California. A corporate finance veteran, in 2007 Nguyen embarked on what she calls the "education of my life," which began in a Vietnamese...
FOOD-DRINK
Mouth + CH 2013 Holiday Fix
It's no secret that we're pretty enthusiastic about food here at CH, as we scour all corners of the country to find the most mouth-watering, handmade culinary offerings from people who've taken risks—and succeeded. We teamed up once again this year...
DESIGN
Thin King Salmon Skin Card Case
Designed and produced one at a time in Finland, Thin King is Helsinki's answer to the bulky wallet most people have sworn to never own again. The sturdy anodized aluminum card case has been making noise in design circles for a while now, and the...
FOOD-DRINK
The Bar Collection by Zoë's Chocolate Co.
Third generation chocolatiers, the three founders of Zoe's Chocolate Co. also happen to be siblings, and such a tight knit familial collaboration lends itself to such stunning chocolates. Zoë and Pantelis manage various business aspects while also...
DESIGN
Interview: Sebastian Kaufmann
By Paul Cantagallo It all started with a stapler. Sebastian Kaufmann of Kaufmann Mercantile, a Brooklyn-based online store specializing in all things beautiful, functional and durable, had been working in film production in Los Angeles for seven...
STYLE
Fashion Rising
Approximately one in three—that's the statistic for women who will be raped or beaten in their lifetime, a demographic that works out to one billion worldwide. Eve Ensler and her nonprofit, V-Day, aim to change this statistic with One Billion...
FOOD-DRINK
CH Gift Guide: Cool Hunting and NY Mouth
As the winter weather pushes us inside, our kitchens inevitably heat up with holiday parties and dinners done indoors. We were thrilled to work with our friends at New York Mouth—hands down the best purveyors of handmade, artisanal culinary...
DESIGN
J. Glinert
When you ask East Londoner Tom Budding to tell you about the selection of items in his newly opened shop, his face lights up. Stocked with a handsome assortment of practical goods sure to delight any discerning adult, J. Glinert is Budding's professional...
FOOD-DRINK
Cocoagraph
Cooking up quite an online stir in the last few weeks is Philadelphia's Cocoagraph, makers of artisanal chocolates topped with vintage-filtered Instagram and Polaroid shots. The small start-up allows customers to pick and choose any photograph...
DESIGN
Florentine Kitchen Knives
A brilliant series of utility knives from Israeli designer Tomer Botner brings together high-end craftsmanship with social advocacy. The blades have been created with the help of 17 local suppliers, craftsmen and professionals from Tel Aviv's Florentine...
STYLE
Moore & Giles Leather Work Apron
Venerable leather goods purveyor Moore & Giles sources the finest hides from around the world to find the perfect fit for each product. For their latest release, a leather work apron, Moore & Giles worked with two types of vegetable-tanned leather...
FOOD-DRINK
1512 Spirits: Signature Poitín
Resurrecting a rare Irish spirit in the Bay Area is no easy feat, and distiller Salvatore Cimino isn't the most likely candidate either. The third-generation distiller is of Sicilian descent, and decided to try creating the potato-based "poití...
DESIGN
Albert Zuger
In Albert Zuger's jewelry you can see Aphrodite taking Hephaestus' hand; it is a heavenly marriage of beauty and the forge. The Toronto-based designer hammers out earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets in bronze that carry an unpretentious elegance...
STYLE
Deflected
As a follow-up to her popular debut lineup of agate pendant necklaces and body wraps, the stark leather and mirror pieces that comprise Mimi Jung's quietly powerful "Deflected" collection reveal an artistic progression that's both varied and cohesive...
DESIGN
Rachel Craven Textiles at Heath Ceramics
Textile designer Rachel Craven works out of her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Angelino Heights, a historic neighborhood that provides the perfect setting for creating her Southwestern-style, handmade printed pillows, tablecloths and linens...
STYLE
Gentleman Arthur Ties
Weaving a story into very stitch, Gentleman Arthur creates handcrafted, art deco-inspired neckties with an authorial vibe. Using an intensive labor-of-love woodblock printing process, Gentleman Arthur produces a limited run of ties imbued with aesthetically...
TRAVEL
Four Seasons Maui Artists Showcase
During a recent stay at the Four Seasons Resort at Wailea in Maui, Hawaii, we wandered through the artists showcase in the hotel's lower lobby area. The open-air gallery rotates throughout the week, featuring six different local artists each day...
CULTURE
Dose Market
Spending what little free time you have to uncover unique, handmade products on your own around Chicago may cause you to lose your mind. Fortunately, four intrepid scavengers have decided to dig up new artisanal food, design and fashion vendors...
DESIGN
Manulution
Having survived WWII, the rise and fall of communism and the breakup of Yugoslavia, Bosnian furniture line Manulution has established an enduring legacy. Last spring, the company caused a stir at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF...
STYLE
Vandorst
After 18 years in the fashion industry, John van Dorst has made a foray into leather goods, debuting Vandorst in a test phase earlier this month. Van Dorst happened upon the leather accessories and diaries from his grandparents' travels during the...
FOOD-DRINK
Coffee Lab
While the U.S. is going through an artisanal coffee movement, Brazil—already the world's largest producer of coffee—is seeing a revolution of its own, with shops like Sao Paulo's new Coffee Lab at its center. Working with one roasting...
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...
CULTURE
Brooke Weeber
Brooke Weeber's delicate, darkly humorous watercolor-and-ink illustrations are one part Wes Anderson, one part Edward Gorey. Fantastical wolves and deer roam freely through pastel-tinted clouds and trees, sharing space with bearded strongmen and...
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