All the Magical, Technical Benefits of Vollebak’s Graphene Jacket

For the first time, a brand has been able to turn the notoriously difficult to work with, aerospace revolutionizing material, graphene into a piece of consumer outerwear. The thin, expensive graphite-derived matter is very hard to produce and manipulate—especially in large quantities. But London-based Vollebak has utilized it for their $595 reversible jacket—and it’s stunning. The material make it capable of “absorbing heat and then …

Bedtime Tea Dog Treats

$5

Bocce’s Bakery makes small-batch dog treats using locally sourced, 100% natural ingredients. Founder, Andrea Tovar, decided to make healthier snacks after reevaluating her dog Bocce’s health and diet; finding that the preservative-plagued treats she had been giving him weren’t helping with his weight problem. These new Bedtime Tea treats are made from banana, lavender, vanilla and oats—and ensure pooches (and pet parents) rest easy.

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The Tricky Expectations of the Photographer/Subject Relationship

Even the language with which we describe the medium—’take’ someone’s picture, ‘capture’ him, ‘shoot’ them—implies a fraught process with an inherent power imbalance. Over the years, photographers have reconsidered what they owe the people in their frames,” Alina Stein writes in her thoughtful piece about photographers and their subjects. The relationship between the two is tricky—both morally and monetarily. For example, compensation for subjects is …

Perseid Meteor Shower Promises 75 Shooting Stars an Hour

On Sunday and Monday night, the Perseid Meteor shower will peak, and during these peak nights, there will be an upward of 75 shooting stars an hour. Conditions like clouds or urban light or pollution may prohibit your view, but scientists suggest setting up early and avoiding phones—your eyes can take an upwards of 20 minutes to adjust to the dark sky. The show, as …

Summer Songs Find Popularity in Diversity

There are endless “Summer Hits” playlists and oftentimes their decade—or specific year—of release can be pinned down without even checking the title. As with the Backstreet Boys and Britney—there is a similar, or familiar, sound. But, in a new interactive guide from the New York Times, hope for diversity in popular hits returns. Songs like Drake’s “Nice For What” or Cardi B’s “I Like It,” …

The Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film

Unless you’re a cinephile or recovering film student, it’s unlikely that going into Oscar season you’re able to catch all of the nominated films. One category, however, may make the entire program more accessible: Popular Film. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will introduce the category in advance of next year’s airing. And the rules and eligibility regulations are still forthcoming. It’s understandable that this …

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BW-Space Underwater Drone

$659

Youcan Robot’s BW-Space is a the ideal accessory for any level underwater explorer. The drone is outfitted with a 4K camera, autonomous and piloted control features, and LED light settings. The drone does not come with the Control Remote, but the unit features an autopilot mode and auto-tracking for subjects the 4K, UHD camera recognizes as the focal point.

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“Tomboy” Pajama Set

$150

Made in DTLA from deadstock fabrics, Evewear makes sweet sleepwear that’s also eco-friendly. The “Tomboy” set (available in gray or blue colorways) includes ruffled shorts and a baseball jersey-style top—complete with heart-shaped buttons. Super-comfortable and sustainable, these pajamas will encourage a good night’s sleep.

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RS Sleek Sling

$273

Belgian designer Raf Simons’ collaboration with Eastpak continues to deliver colors, patterns and silhouettes that defy the backpack brand’s heritage. For those who are tired of the typical angular backpack, the RS Sleek Sling is a great alternative. Its pleated front-panel construction opens to a substantial main compartment, emphasizing zipped functionality. But it’s the tweed pattern that makes this bag a little unconventional and ultimately covetable.

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Grand Banks Mariniere

$89.00

Perennially in style, the Breton stripe moved from the French Navy to the fashion world and now just about everyone can recognize it. In a new limited edition collaboration, NYC oyster and cocktail hotspot Grand Banks has partnered with French clothing brand Armor Lux. The result is a knit-in-France “mariniere” with a unique red-accented sleeve. It’s a perfect piece for dining on boat—or anywhere else.

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Locksley: Black Ajax

From Forward, the first full-length album released by NYC-based Locksley in nine years, “Black Ajax” marries many beloved indie-rock styles from the last decade to great effect. It’s a bit flashy, a bit rollicking and undeniably catchy from the beginning. As for the 15-track album, it’s really a compilation of work from years’ worth of their recordings that never made it onto other albums, assembled …

MOORS feat. Tune-Yards: Mango

If “Mango” affirms anything, it’s that Lakeith Stanfield has mastered more than one craft. The track sees the acclaimed actor partnering with music producer HH (Hrishikesh Hirway), under the moniker MOORS, and the result is electrifying. tUnE-yArDs features on the song, amplifying the magnetism and underlining the strange magic of it all. Visual artist ruffmercy directed the video, which incorporates pop art visual manipulation that truly …

Premiere: “Hard Love” by Julietta

Going galactic in the latest music video from the pop performer

A collage of brilliant bits from the known universe—including galactic star-scapes and jungle flora—the latest music video from Brooklyn’s Julietta, “Hard Love” melts and pops with decisive delight. In the track, breathy vocals drift atop a bright beat supported by guitar, drums and synths. All the while, the tight production acts as an invitation to dance or simply smile.  The song appears on Julietta’s just-released debut …

An Atypical NYC Souvenir Pop-Up, Open This Week

The shop will feature anecdotal totes and t-shirts

In the heart of NYC’s Chinatown, a tiny pop-up shop hosted by Verdes (a marketing and innovation consultancy with offices on Canal St) will sell customized New York City souvenirs for the next five days. Known as Today in New York, aka TINY, the store aims to compete with generic tourist buys (like NYPD shirts or I Heart NY tees) by way of tops and totes that …

Tyler, The Creator + Kali Uchis: See You Again

Tyler, The Creator has just released the self-directed (under moniker Wolf Haley) video accompaniment to Scum Fuck Flower Boy standout “See You Again,” featuring Kali Uchis.  The video is a jubilant, cinematic portrayal of the song’s duality—loud but carefully orchestrated. Though the song isn’t new, the video breathes new life into the tune that dropped just over a year ago; and, as the first minute of …

Aphex Twin: T69 Collapse

From digitally-dressed Cornish architecture to throbbing manipulations of space and time, the Weirdcore-directed music video for Aphex Twin’s brilliant “T69 Collapse” swirls together various realities. As a visual accompaniment to the new track, it’s a true rhythmic partner. As a stand-alone work of art, it leaves a trail through layer after layer of allusion and reference. Both the video and underlying track offer a wild …

CDLP Launches Limited Edition Swimwear

Despite being known for their base layers, CDLP unveils two excellent pairs of swim shorts

Today, Stockholm-based underwear experts CDLP—famous for perfecting the juxtaposition of Swedish design and Portuguese craftsmanship—launches a limited edition line of velvet and nylon swimwear in a campaign fronted by Jay Alvarrez and shot by CDLP’s co-founder and filmmaker, Christian Larson. Alvarrez can be seen posing nonchalantly, with the same vibe that CDLP draws inspiration from, on the rocky coast of Ibiza. The release marks the brand’s first …

Not Your Average Snack: Wilde Brand Chicken Chips

The meatier, healthier alternative to traditional chips

Truly healthy snacks can be hard to discern among the slew of healthy looking options. And once you find one that fits your diet or preferences they don’t promise to satisfy the desire that snacking commands. The latest snack that satisfies that indescribable indulgence is Wilde Brand Chicken Chips. They’re flakey chips made from 100% premium cuts of chicken with a small amount of tapioca flour and …

“Hot Wheels” 50th Anniversary Book from Assouline

An exciting visual exploration of the beloved toy brand's past, present and future

Chris Down, SVP of Hot Wheels, says it best: “Everybody has a Hot Wheels story.” More than six billion miniature cars have been produced in the brand’s 50-year history. And not only children have adored them, adults covet the products—from iconic race-car driver Mario Andretti to entrepreneur Elon Musk, who went so far as to put a Hot Wheels version of a Tesla Roadster on …