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Little Star Ear Jacket
From the independent Melbourne-based designer's SOAK collection is this sweet "ear jacket," a delicate attachment that can be added to any stud-style earring. Essentially acting as a back for a stud, this three-pronged treat is adorned with starbursts...
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Eloi Scarves Get Psychedelic
Instead of being born from whimsical illustrations or landscape photography, each of Paige Russell's scarf designs from her brand Eloi started out as a collage of construction paper cutouts. On silk, the stiff, two-dimensional artworks become fluid...
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Gold-Plated Sunglasses
Brooklyn artist collective EXOvault has become known for their steampunk iPhone cases, as they're not afraid to play with aluminum, brass or titanium. Now they've launched their first eyewear design, which they manufacture themselves. A closer look...
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Interview: Knitwear Designer Kim Haller
When you enter knitwear designer Kim Haller’s Brooklyn studio, you are also entering her home. A career consultant for international luxury brands like Calvin Klein and Derek Lam, Haller transformed the ground floor of her charming townhouse into...
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The Quarter Century Pant
Few things are more frustrating than finding that perfect pair of pants, only to have them shrink, rip or fray within months of first putting them on. Californian company RPMWEST has decided to take action; with the idea of rugged, long-lasting American...
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WeberHodelFeder Shoes
While duos are aplenty in the creative fields, a strong design trio is definitely cause to pull the car over and further investigate. WeberHodelFeder (WHF) might sound like it should be followed by loud "Gesundheit!" but a glance at the label's high...
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Foxy & Winston Cotton Voile Scarves
During the winter doldrums, sometimes all that's needed is a pop of charm to get through the darker days—and if that charm helps keep you toasty, then all the better. Brooklyn-based textile designer Jane Buck of Foxy & Winston has it all covered...
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Timeless Style with Nixon and Jules Kim
On a recent cold day in New York, we were lucky enough to spend the morning with jewelry designer Jules Kim who's been a major player in the jewelry scene for quite a while. We warmed up with a coffee with Kim and visited her intimate, appointment...
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Tit Tee by Sarah Shikama
Chicago-based visual artist and metalsmith Sarah Shikama is best known for her handmade jewelry (which draws inspiration from as varied subjects as Brancusi to the sea), but it was her "Tit Tee" that made us stop in our tracks. The hand-beaded, illustrated...
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Inscaping Collection by Silvae
Deborah Roberts, the visionary behind Silvae clothing, is nothing if not poetic. Take for instance her forthcoming S/S '15 collection, called Inscaping. The word "inscape" refers to the "unique inner nature of a person or object as shown in a work...
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Knight Mills + Goodhood Limited Edition Floor Runner
In 2007, Goodhood opened its doors on a back street in Shoreditch, promising Londoners a curious collection of clothing and home goods. Last September, founders Jo Sindle and Kyle Stewart expanded their inventory and moved shop a block away to a...
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Please Paris Shoes
In the sea of shoes that flood the department stores, boutiques and e-shops, it's not often that a debut collection grabs ahold of our complete attention like the one from Please Paris did. The recently launched French brand's statement pieces surprise...
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Mohair #2 Collection by Datura
After eight years of working in the fashion industry—including a brand under her own name—Majorca-raised Stefania Borras uses her collected experiences to hit all the right marks with her line, Datura. Launched last year, Datura is designed in New...
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Clay Project Swimwear by John Yuyi
To succinctly describe John Yuyi is like trying to pin down the finite details of a colorful dream you just woke from before it vanishes from memory. This is especially true because the young Taipei-born fashion designer/art director is just beginning...
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Wintervacht Revives Decades-Old Blankets as Wool Coats
Upon a first look at Wintervacht's brightly hued wool coats—from plum purple and canary yellow to curious patterns that evoke lava lamps or colorful chess boards—it's almost impossible to believe that in their past life, these coats were old blankets...
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House of Colunga Jewelry
Somewhere between mysticism and extraterrestrial fashion, Stephany Colunga built the eponymous House of Colunga, from which she produces her bewitching and surprisingly earthly jewelry line. Founded in Chicago in the spring of 2014, Colunga specializes...
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Sempli + Joseph Ribic Bottle Openers
Best known for its stemless, virtually floating Cupa glass series, LA-based design house Sempli has devoted itself to creating products that combine simplistic functionality with what Sempli founder Daniele Semeraro calls an "Italian style and elegance...
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WOO Toys from Vrtíška Žák
Created by Czech design and architecture outfit Vrtíška Žák, WOO toys are a boy's dream come true. "We wanted to design something just for ourselves without any client. So we decided to design these three toys," describes Vladimír Žák. He and his...
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Brook There's Ethically Made, Organic Lingerie
When Brook DeLorme first launched her line Brook There in 2007 as a spin-off of her and husband's shirting label Seawall, her focus was on creating soft, easy loungewear pieces that would highlight the elegance of handcrafted, no-fuss basics. However...
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Subway Series Jewelry by Shahla Karimi
Sometimes inspiration comes from the most ordinary experiences. For Brooklyn-based jewelry designer Shahla Karimi, that inspiration came from her daily commute. Drawing from the MTA subway map, Karimi has created a collection of rings and cuffs...
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The Bad Behavior Silk Scarf by Nottene
Last week at Cool Hunting + Story's second annual Pitch Night, we heard from over 40 different designers and makers over the course of almost five hours. With surprise guest judge Whoopi Goldberg adding to the pressure to make an impression, we heard...
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Suprême Bon Ton's Silk Scarves Inspired by Meteorites
Textile designer Ella Perdereau started her Parisian studio Suprême Bon Ton in 2013 to offer a range of high-quality silk scarves with designs that are easy on the eyes and inspired by nature. She collaborates with textile printers in Lyon who have...
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Playful Classics from Italy's Lazzari
It's easy enough to put cute animal prints over blouses and dresses—as many fast fashion retailers are doing—to draw attention, but to make a well-crafted quality piece that manages to be both playful and elegant, is an admirable feat. One brand...
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Nido: Handmade Knitwear from Argentina
Knitwear, at the moment, has never been more interesting—in the last month alone, we've covered everything from psychedelic beach-inspired couture to soft iridescent blankets to a new dedicated biannual magazine. And in the world of hand-knitted...
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Minimalist Lingerie by Portland's REIF
Amongst a sea of over-embellished, neon-colored intimates that clog retail spaces everywhere, Portland-based REIF's new minimalist lingerie is a big gulp of fresh air. The latest AW '14 "basiks" collection introduces contemporary pieces that are...
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