Tangeez Tangible Lights

Interactive, color-changing building blocks that let you play with light, by New York's Next Top Makers finalists

We first came across Tangeez—colorful, interactive, light-up building blocks—at this year’s Maker Faire. A long-anticipated reinvention of the classic toy, these mesmerizing, palm-sized objects change color as they’re stacked. Dubbed “physical pixels” by co-creators Emily Webster and Mustafa Bagdatli—two NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program Alumni—the internally illuminated lights are as entertaining for kids as they are for adults. Tangeez pack oodles of fun and myriad functions …

The Line

Stylist Vanessa Traina's casual opulence in an inviting online format

With today’s launch of The Line, famed fashion stylist Vanessa Traina has entered the luxury retail world. As the site’s executive creative director, Traina hand-picked all of their stock, which includes clothing, beauty products, furniture and home decor. She refers to her selections as “quintessentials,” focusing on timeless items defined by simplicity. There is an ease to the presentation of season-less items, which is encouraged …

Askov Finlayson Explorer Pants

The Minneapolis retailers launch their first-ever trousers designed for ambitious treks around the Land of 10,000 Lakes and beyond

Not only has Minneapolis shop Askov Finlayson (named for two towns in northern Minnesota) launched a new website, it’s also just introduced its first-ever branded product with the Explorer Pants. We first chatted with co-founders and brothers Eric and Andrew Dayton in 2012, when their store in the North Loop neighborhood was just under a year old. Now, the industrious brothers are channeling the state’s …