100+ Years of British Car-Making at the MINI Oxford Plant
by Michael Frank In an age when automakers are suddenly front and center in potential trade wars, it’s important to take a step back and realize that these companies—regardless of where they manufacture—employ human beings. The impacts of trade...
VAN CLEEF ARPELS
SALON INTERNATIONAL DE LA HAUTE HORLOGERIE GENVE
Four Otherworldly Time-Telling Machines
The art of clock- and watch-making continues to see substantial developments as technical skill-sets are passed from generation to generation and new ideas come to light. This year's Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève (SIHH) luxury watch...
Montblanc's New Bronze 1858 Collection Watches
Beyond the vintage aesthetics of Montblanc's new bronze 1858 Collection pieces, two related attributes shine: the visual warmth of the metal, both dressy and casual, and an understanding that with age these watches will acquire their own unique...
Interview: Kevin Hunter, President of Toyota's Calty Design Research
For the last decade Kevin Hunter has been the president of Calty—Toyota’s design research center in Newport Beach—but he’s worked there for nearly 35 years. When Calty opened its doors in 1973, it was the first Southern California-based design center...
SALON INTERNATIONAL DE LA HAUTE HORLOGERIE GENVE
Six New Wristwatches Pushing The Craft Forward
After years of uncertainty and dipping sales in the luxury watch industry, optimism appears to be running high again. The troubles faced by wristwatch brands—some triggered by smartwatches and wearables flooding consumer feeds—were due in no part to...
Lil Buck + AirPods: Stroll
Anyone who has seen Lil Buck dance questions the artist's relationship to gravity. There's a surreal fluidity to his movement—both graceful and frenetic. To highlight the magical functionality of their recently released AirPods, Apple tapped Lil...
SUBARU IMPREZA SPORT
Test Drive: 2017 Subaru Impreza
by Sue Mead If you didn’t know any better, you might think the Subaru Impreza is simply another five-passenger sedan, with a five-door hatch variant that slots into the crowded, entry-level segment of the compact class. But, if you've awaited the...
POP UP SHOPS
Designing Hermès' Petit H Holiday Factory
For over a century, Parisian luxury brand Hermès' commitment to quality has meant that no imperfect product made its way to retail. In 2010, any piece with an imperfection (and remnant material from production) found its way to a new home: the petit...
Inside Cadillac's Escala Concept Car
When it debuted at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Élegance, Cadillac's Escala concept marked their third and final statement in a five-year trilogy of concept cars celebrating expressions of the journey (the Ciel), the drive (the El Miraj) and the...
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SPRING BREAK BOARDS
Ski and Snowboard Kits for Big Mountain and Backcountry
by Sasha Barkans Nothing can spoil a great snow day like bad gear. Puffy jackets in wet conditions will shut your days down early, uncomfortable and heavy backcountry equipment will slow you down on the up-track, and that poorly shaped split board...
Julbo Reissues Their Timeless Vermont Classic
French eyewear company Julbo began making protective glasses for the crystal-hunters of Chamonix back in 1888 and in 1950 released classic mountaineering glasses, The Vermont. The latter were worn by mountaineers and rockstars at the beginning...
Cadillac Introduces BOOK, a luxury car subscription service
By Josh Rubin and Evan Orensten For three months this past Fall we had the opportunity to participate in a pilot program exploring a new business concept and consumer experience for luxury car sharing. Today, BOOK by Cadillac goes live in the NYC...
Dear Data Postcard Project
"Dear Data," an “analog data drawing project” founded and conducted by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, is essentially a personal data visualization correspondence exchange between the aforementioned artists, illustrated by hand on postcards...
Creative Calendars and Planners for 2017
Unless you were given a calendar, planner or agenda for the holidays, most people wait a few days into the new year before realizing it's time to get organized. While there is a plethora of apps to help with scheduling and completing tasks, there's...
BRICK AND MORTAR
Holiday Gift Guides 2016: Last-Minute Shopping
With just two days until the 25th, chances are you're either wrapping gifts or racking your brain to figure out why you still have gifts to find. While fast shipping is still an option (for a cost), the next step is good old-fashioned brick-and-mortar...
LAST MINUTE GIFTS
GIFT GUIDES 2016
Holiday Gift Guides 2016: Fast Shipping
The last month of the year can get hectic, so it's no surprise that many of us blink and suddenly it's late December—and we haven't bought any gifts yet. Luckily, lots of online retailers understand us slow pokes and offer two-day or overnight shipping...
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CH Omakase 2016: Uniform Wares C40 Wristwatch
Not all brands are capable of delivering distinct personality with a minimal design aesthetic, yet that's exactly what Uniform Wares does with great success. Their clean style draws from classic timepieces brought to life through a contemporary...
ALL THINGS INDIGO
Holiday Gift Guide 2016: All Things Indigo
Year after year we find ourselves drawn to the power of indigo. More than a color or dye, it represents a historic process and continued invention. Further, it's application is almost endless. The items we highlight below are some of those found in...
GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK
Holiday Gift Guides 2016: Giving Back
Oftentimes forgotten in the madness of December is that the true meaning of the holidays is giving. While gifting your favorite people (and non-people) presents they'd love, giving to charities and strangers is just as important. We strongly recommend...
MADE IN USA
MADE IN AMERICA
Holiday Gift Guides 2016: Made in America
In the hullabaloo of the holiday season, finding loved ones the perfect gift can sadly end up at the bottom of your to-do list. Picking up a present from a big box retailer seems like an easy solution, but instead of heading to the mall, try looking...
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDES
Holiday Gift Guides 2016: Kids and Pets
Of course we don't mean to imply children are animals, but there's a reason we couple the two gift guides together: these small humans and creatures depend on you for everything. From keeping them safe to feeding, encouraging and teaching them, pets...
RED WING LEATHER
CH Omakase 2016: Todd Snyder + Timex Red Wing Shoe Leather Chronograph
When we first set eyes upon NYC-based designer Todd Snyder's collaboration with Timex, there was something deeply gratifying about the updated vintage designs executed with the utmost attention to detail. Snyder himself is a passionate Timex collector...
CH Omakase 2016: Native Union Tag Cable
All iPhone users know the woes of tattered, yellowing USB cables dangling from walls or stowed into bags and pockets. Fortunately, Native Union produces far more durable, and definitely better looking versions. As longtime fans of the brand, it...
Holiday Gift Guides 2016: Green Rush
With 2017 encroaching, it’s high time everyone chills out about marijuana. The plant is known for its myriad medicinal effects and at the end of the day, is the same as having a glass of wine after work when used in moderation. Thanks to this, each...
Holiday Gift Guides 2016: Presents for $25 and Under
The holidays can be an expensive time, so it's always wise to have a budget of some kind—no matter how flush you feel on pay day. With that in mind, we have trawled the internet finding all kinds of goodies that are fantastic but affordable. From toys...