Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz’s GLB SUV and CLA Sedan

Comparing contrasting vehicles, both with plenty of impressive qualities

In order to concurrently keep up with and set themselves apart from competitors, Mercedes-Benz employs a somewhat shotgun approach, with lots of cars starting in the mid-to-high $30K range. Their newest being the seven-passenger GLB SUV, built on the same platform as the brand’s CLA—which first debuted in 2013. The brand is going after younger buyers with the $38,600 250 4Matic GLB, an ideal car …

Norway’s Beloved Outdoor Brand Norrøna Expands Stateside

The team at the 90-year-old company discusses sustainability, functionality and pragmatism

Founded by outdoor enthusiast Jørgen Jørgensen, Norrøna has been making snow gear for 90 years in Oslo. While the brand dominates in Scandinavian markets, it is only now opening brick and mortar stores stateside—starting with a Boulder, Colorado shop this past summer, and now a storefront in NYC’s SoHo, which opens tomorrow, 6 December. Norrøna isn’t just testing the bigger names in the business, but …

Making Custom Skis with New England’s Parlor

Ultra-personalized equipment born of craftsmanship and attentive design

Handmade skis—just like bespoke bike frames—came into favor over a decade ago. Respected brands all over began to make skis covered in striking graphics, one-off photography, typography and more. But Mark Wallace, who co-founded Parlor Custom Skis (located outside Boston) in 2014, says he and his partners, Pete Endres and Jason Epstein, had different priorities. They wanted to focus more on the skis’ guts than …