Made to celebrate MAAP’s ride with Semi-Racer in Brisbane (Queensland, Australia), the Bunya Brisbane Bramble Cap is part of the brand’s Field ride series—wherein familiar local routes are reimagined. Made in Italy from cotton and featuring a special antibacterial sweatband, the cap is one size fits all, but a scrunched elastic band affords plenty of stretch. Its bright blue, red and pink hues will keep a wearer visible on the roads.
Made using low-growing Maine blueberries exclusively, Allagash Brewing Company’s first-ever blueberry fruited beer is subtly sour and sweet but perfectly balanced. They added one pound of fruit per gallon of beer (both pediococcus and lactobacillus during the aging process) and let this beer sit in single oak red wine barrels for six months. The result is a frothy, champagne-like beer with distinct tartness yet plenty of sweet and tender fruit notes.
Luke Burgess and Michael Ryan’s Only in Tokyo—part city guide, part storybook—is a celebration of food, travel, culture and photography. The Australian chefs (and Japanophiles) take readers on a wild ride through some of the city’s best restaurants, bars and cafes, and offer insight into the individuals that make these locales so special. With interviews, notes on favorite dishes and lovely photos by Burgess, the book blossoms into a personal and captivating tale.
Full of dishes that look and taste impressive but are actually simple to prepare, Alison Roman’s Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over provides recipes and also encouragement for home cooks. From labne with scallions to a salad of crushed peas with burrata, the dishes are delicious and diverse. Roman also offers plenty of practical advice for those throwing a dinner party: whether it be never apologizing (for mismatched cookware, a late serve time, anything) to accepting help from guests, to selecting a good olive oil. While encouraging readers to embrace imperfections in the kitchen, Roman fills them with confidence.
This plush, smiley sushi toy measures four by seven inches and has passed all ASTM (aka American Society for Testing and Materials) requirements, so is safe for kids aged 12 months and older. With its prawn topping, fluffy white rice body and corduroy feet, this friendly little creature can be paired with a California of Maki roll.
Intended for readers from four to eight years old, Rebecca Green’s aptly named How to Make Friends with a Ghost details the best technique for becoming pals with a spook. From making them their favorite treats (mud tarts and earwax truffles) to charming them with bedtime stories and serenades, there are plenty of useful tips. Along with whimsical illustrations, the book is sweet, funny and conveys a message of kindness.
Printed in A3 format on 100 g/m2 white uncoated paper, this Flamingo Press 2020 calendar shines brightly, courtesy of the risograph printing process. Utilizing three colors—blue, fluorescent orange and white— each month’s image is different, from beach scenes to still lifes and text-driven prints. Price is in GBP.
Grand Union: Stories is prolific author Zadie Smith’s first collection of short stories. The respected and beloved author features her horror tales alongside historical fiction, reflective pieces on modernity, dystopian tales and more. While diverse in subject and genre, Smith’s writing is consistently rich, thoughtful and measured. There are 19 stories within, 11 of which are new and exclusive to this release.
Printed on recycled paper from French Paper Co, NYC-based Poem Press’ “Court Notecards” feature a grainy, sky-blue basketball court on one side and blank space for notes on the other. Measuring out to be 3.25” by 5.25”, there’s ample room for messages and doodles—or plays on the court.
Written by Dave Eggers, Tomorrow Most Likely is unsurprisingly playful and simultaneously tender. The book, illustrated by Lane Smith, preaches the virtues of going to sleep and waking up ready for the new day—and all the exciting, odd and glorious things that could happen then. “Tomorrow most likely there will be a door that leads to the world, where people are found,” one part reads. Intended for children aged three to five, it’s an ideal read-aloud bedtime story for the family.
Made for desks, window sills and other small spaces, the Hydropod by Brooklyn-based W&P is a five-piece hydroponic planter set made for at-home soil-free farming. The process leaves a significantly smaller footprint—using a nutrient water solvent as a food source. Made from plastic and frosted glass, the subtle design will offer a pop of color once your herbs start to bloom.
Written by pro skater Karl Watson and illustrated by Henry Jones, the aptly titled My First Skateboard was written to inspire kids to get active—on skateboards and within the skating community. The positive tale follows Jonas through his journey: from his desire for a skateboard to shredding the San Francisco streets, and then meeting people from all over the world through the sport. Explicitly saying that skating is for everybody, the book carries an undeniable air of encouragement for little ones.
An autobiography by punk icon Debbie Harry, Face It: A Memoir was crafted by Harry and music writer Sylvie Simmons. The fascinating tome is full of history, anecdotes and wild tales, but steers clear of being a full-on confessional—which perfectly suits Harry’s impeccably crafted Blondie persona. From her teenage years to moving to New York, meeting Chris Stein, her rise to fame and the creation of Blondie (the band and the character), nearly everything gets documented candidly alongside never-before-published photographs and artwork. Of course, there’s much more to Debbie Harry than Blondie, and plenty of that is explored within, too.
Sourced from the mineral deposit on Mt Yakedake in the northern part of the Japanese Alps, this mineral-rich powder is 100% all-natural and as nourishing as it is stress-relieving. With a low alkali base, it shouldn’t throw your body’s pH, and also won’t stain your tub. Simply mix two tablespoons of the powder into a tub full of water and mix until it’s dissolved.
Risotto’s weekly desktop planner comes in a spacious A3 size and emphasizes visibility. Each page has space for three different activities—in the morning, afternoon, and evening—as well as a shopping list, song of the week, coffee tally, tic-tac-toe game, notes for the following week and more. Super-colorful and covered in playful illustrations, it’s likely to keep motivation high. Price is in Pounds.
A collection of her smart, adroit and beautifully written essays, Trick Mirror is Jia Tolentino’s first book—and essential reading. From workout culture to MDMA, capitalism and politics, social media and beyond, Tolentino navigates the current zeitgeist (with all its anxieties, burdens and joys) adeptly, thoughtfully and at times very humorously. These are nine essays that warrant repeat reads, shares and plenty of discussion.