Simply Home

During a stroll through the up-and-coming "U" Street district of Washington DC last weekend, I stumbled on the mini-universe of Simply Home, an all-encompassing home design store and restaurant. In one room they have a fascinating array of artifacts and products, thanks to an ongoing collaboration with villagers all over Thailand, and in the other you find yourself in a far-east Asian minimalist dining paradise …

The Iris Pleasure Object

April showers will bring more than May flowers this year with the scheduled June arrival of Stockholm-based company Lelo's Iris pleasure object. Just in time for the peak (pun intended) of actual Iris season here in North America, this all-new boudoir companion ushers in a new season, not to mention era, in sensual massager functionality and design. Drawing O'Keeffean inspiration from a delicate blossom, the …

WESC Soho

One of the hottest new arrivals topping the list of Manhattan shopping destinations is the WESC Store in SoHo. The Swedish-based WESC (aka WeAretheSuperlativeConspiracy) creates a line of street clothes with its roots in skateboard culture but also delivers "after the skate," a highly-developed line of apparel that targets people outside of the boarding community. Like true street subculture, they embrace the concept of unpredictability …