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DESIGN
Interview: Norwegian Designer Runa Klock
A Few Good Things: New Designs From Norway," an exhibition at WantedDesign showcasing intriguing functional products by 10 Norwegian designers. There's a shared theme of quality over quantity (with a great emphasis on sustainability) overall but...
CULTURE
Buriti and Cotton Hammocks
Brooklyn-based Incausa continues to work relentlessly on their mission to financially support, empower and preserve indigenous tribes in Brazil via unique social business endeavors. They are now working with the Yawalapiti for the first time, after...
FOOD-DRINK
Askinosie Whiskey Dark Chocolate
Former criminal defense lawyer Shawn Askinosie found his second career in chocolate. His family-run Askinosie Chocolate makes bean-to-bar deliciousness in Springfield, Missouri and they have consistently made some of our favorite treats (coLABoration...
DESIGN
North Home Textiles
With a focus on celebrating Aboriginal Australian artists and the diversity of their skills and crafts, new Australian homewares company North Home offers striking products that not only look beautiful, but also empower and support indigenous communities...
DESIGN
Sweden's Newest Bicycle, Vélosophy
Over the last four years, the number of bikes sold in Sweden has increased by 20%, making for a fertile, welcoming ground for new bike brands. For Jimmy Östholm, founder of new Swedish bike company Vélosophy, biking was an integral part of his...
STYLE
Studio 189's SS16 Collection
Co-founded in 2013 by actress Rosario Dawson and former Bottega Veneta associate communications director Abrima Erwiah, Studio 189 isn't just an emerging fashion brand started by two longtime friends. It's a movement creating opportunities in a place...
DESIGN
Who Gives a Crap + Beci Orpin
Designer toilet paper might seem like a unnecessary luxury, but Who Gives A Crap has a socially conscious reason to team up with the very talented Australian designer Beci Orpin. After learning that 2.4 billion people have no access to a toilet...
DESIGN
The Limited Edition, UK-Made Elephant Bike
The classic image of the postman on his bike doesn’t really apply anymore, as internet shopping and email means that we send more parcels and much fewer letters. In the UK, the Royal Mail postal service has decommissioned 25,000 Royal Mail bikes...
DESIGN
Stone & Cloth's Summit Collection
Inspired by vintage mountaineering and travel bags with the modern day customer in mind, Stone & Cloth has re-imagined their their line of bags for their new Summit Collection—which launches on Kickstarter today. Now—in addition to the backpacks...
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CULTURE
The Chef Tote
To raise $50,000 for Edible Schoolyard NYC—a non-profit that gives public schools and their students access to healthy food via hands-on gardening and cooking classes—Everlane has partnered with famed local chefs like April Bloomfield for a collection...
TRAVEL
Bowndling Hiking Apparel and Backpacks
"We believe hiking deserves better clothing," says the all-women team from young, UK-based label Bowndling, which launched November of 2014. The outdoors industry seems reluctant to merge function with fashion for fear of detracting from tech specs...
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Guitar Pick Cord Bracelet
While this made-in-USA brass guitar pick bracelet may look simple, its meaning is not. From the sale of each Pick Cord, $10 goes to Education Through Music, which partners with inner-city elementary and middle schools to establish sustainable, high...
CULTURE
Incausa Incense
Lighting the thick, aromatic Breu resin sticks and Palo Santo wood offered by Brooklyn-based Incausa can transform the energy of a space in a few seconds, but learning the story behind the incense brand just might transform the way you live your...
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Rubber Ankle Boot
Founded by two former UN Refugee agents, Alice + Whittles takes unprecedented action toward ensuring their products are sustainably and ethically made. Their new line of rubber boots combines the functional minimalism of Swiss design with rubber that...
FOOD-DRINK
Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co
One morning in Santa Monica, CA coffee-lover Jordan Karcher happened upon a dog adoption event. With no initial preparation or planning, he walked home that same day with a malnourished dalmatian Molly. Inspired by the positive impact Molly has had...
FOOD-DRINK
MiiR Vacuum Insulated Howler
Forget lugging cans of your favorite craft beer on your next adventure. The 32 oz Howler from Seattle-based MiiR not only keeps your precious suds fresh and cold for up to 24 hours, it can also keep liquids hot for up to 12 hours. Now the two unofficial...
DESIGN
Interview: Davis Smith of Cotopaxi
The desire to see the world, step outside one's own boundaries and see how others live is human nature. Davis Smith, founder and CEO of socially conscious outdoor company Cotopaxi, spent much of his childhood outside his native US in developing countries...
STYLE
With Faircloth & Supply, Every Piece Makes a Difference
British writer Roald Dahl touched the hearts of children around the world with his imaginative tales of gigantic peaches and golden tickets. His granddaughter Phoebe Dahl extends his legacy in her own way: by helping girls in Nepal to grab ahold...
STYLE
To The Market: A New Online Platform for Conscious Shopping
While "conscious shopping" has become a buzz phrase of late, when it's coming from a former Counterterrorism Advisor at the US Department of State, you pay attention. Jane Mosbacher Morris, who also worked at the same department's Secretary's Office...
DESIGN
Collection Two: Uganda From The Citizenry
Following a successful first release, incorporating materials and craftsmanship from Peru and Argentina, socially conscious design house The Citizenry presents Collection Two: Uganda. Partnering with artisans throughout the country to source materials...
STYLE
A Brighter Future with Prosperity Candles
In 2009, Prosperity Candle began as a project in Baghdad, Iraq. Partnering with Women for Women International, the organization trained 50 women survivors of war to make candles in their homes, and help rebuild their lives through economic empowerment...
STYLE
Studio Visit: Prinkshop
"Wear what you care about." That's the motto of NYC-based Prinkshop (short for "printed ink"), a new graphic design and production studio that's leveraging the underused potential of T-shirts (and totes) to spark action and discussion. Each piece...
DESIGN
Wooden Bicycle Grips from Nisnas Industries
If you're lucky, a solid commuter bike will last decades. A steel frame never goes out of style and a well-maintained machine can be passed down the next generation with few replaced parts. The sustainably minded team at Nisnas Industries is making...
DESIGN
Framed Textile Art from St. Frank
Photographs, paintings and posters have been the standard go-tos for sprucing up apartment walls, and now SF-based St. Frank would like to us consider another option: textiles sourced from around the world. And forget those mass-produced tapestry...
TECH
Shopping for Wine and Spirits with Delectable
Ever since writing about Delectable—a wine-cataloging app that recognizes and stores what you've been consuming from just a picture of the bottle—in October 2013, we've continued to use it with great regularity. More than just a tracker, the app...
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