“Why Books?” Crewneck

$65

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This crewneck sweatshirt from CH favorite Actual Source poses the question “Why Books?” and includes a three-pronged answer: preservation, accessibility, intimacy. The question and its responses are simultaneously simple and complex, and prompt a few moments to ponder how one’s personal answer might compare. Not only does the sweatshirt signal that the wearer is a book lover, it also represents the Provo, Utah brand—a publisher, book store and studio that makes beautiful, thoughtful and clever things.

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Coast Salish Pattern Baby Blanket

$179

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Seattle-based Eighth Generation is an art and lifestyle brand owned by Snoqualmie Tribal People and founded in 2008 by artist, activist and educator Louie Gong (Nooksack). Best known for their wool blankets designed by various artists from different tribes, the brand purveys lovely items for the home. One of our favorites, the “Coast Salish Pattern” baby blanket, is designed by Gong herself and crafted from 100% merino wool. The gray and white pattern, based on traditional Coast Salish weaving, is appealing on either side, and has been double-knit for extra warmth. It comes in a box with gold customizable labels for giving as a gift, and 5% of all blanket sales go to the Inspired Natives Award.

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Coconut Milk Body Polish

$36

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Fragrant without becoming overwhelmingly so, Herbivore’s Coconut Milk Body Polish smells light and sweet thanks to its many real coconut-derived ingredients. With certified-organic coconut oil, as well as coconut extract and powder, the scrub provides plenty of nourishment while it exfoliates. Super-effective, the exfoliating sugar should only be used on the body (it’s not for faces) and a little goes a long way. With no synthetic ingredients—from dyes to preservatives and fragrances—this scrub leaves skin feeling moisturized and fresh, with a faint, lingering coconut and vanilla scent. 

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Composed of seven-thread knit 100% Sopravisso Loro Piana virgin wool, this limited edition winter sweater—from a first-of-its-kind capsule collection at French active-tailoring atelier éclectic—maintains warmth but thermoregulates when necessary. Comfy, dense and dynamic, the turtleneck comes in a tailored fit with reinforced rib-cuffs.

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Greg Lauren makes chic Japanese-inspired clothes from vintage garments he’s collected over many years. No scraps are wasted, so if they’re not usable in another garment they’re sewn in to fabric sheets to be used some other way. Lauren’s “Scraps” throws are made from those sheets, and backed with sherpa wool for extra warmth and coziness.

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Skincare Starter Kit

$55

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With a Face Cleanser Stick, Face Scrub and Face Moisturizer, Disco’s gentle skincare starter kit aims to detoxify, soothe and hydrate. The brand’s emphasis on natural ingredients—coconut, apricot, papaya, macadamia oil and more—feels refreshing and eucalyptus binds together everything across the product range. This simplified starter system makes easing into a routine possible. All three cruelty-free products are vegan and do not contain gluten, aluminum, parabens or sulfates.

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Black + Pink Rose Long Sleeve T-Shirt

$160

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For the debut SSENSE WORKS capsule collection (wherein the luxury retailer SSENSE invites a member of its creative community to collaborate), Tony-nominated playwright and polymath Jeremy O Harris developed a vibrant, colorful and textural set of shirts, pants and accessories. Harris found inspiration from “the spirit of Zora Neale Hurston’s writing, the sound of Ethel Waters’ singing, the colors of Jacob Lawrence’s paintings and the textures of Carl Van Vechten’s photos” as well as the style of friends, collaborators and colleagues—including director Janicza Bravo and photographer Tyler Mitchell. Highlights are plentiful but our personal favorite is the Black + Pink Rose Long Sleeve T-Shirt.

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Ecuadorian Palo Santo Oil

$13

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Now, perhaps more than ever, the healing and purification attributes of Palo Santo are being embraced by people all over the world. This particular oil is 100% pure and wildcrafted from trees native to Ecuador—one of the South American countries where it’s indigenous. While burning Palo Santo wood is cleansing and often ceremonial, in oil form it has more versatile uses—from healing to meditation and massage.

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“Our passion is felt” couldn’t be a more perfect tagline for Glerups. This family-owned Danish company has made slippers with attention to detail and quality since 1993. These particular slip-ons have leather soles and are perfectly comfortable all year. In the CH founders’ home, they are worn daily—with extra pairs available for guests. They’re available in 11 different colors and are shown here in the “Petrol” hue.

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Vase by Nakagawa Mokkouegi

$1900

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Third-generation woodworker Shuji Nakagawa at Nakagawa Mokkouegi in Shiga used a 700-year-old technique called Ki-Oke (or bucket-making) to craft these vases—in an edition of 30 unique pieces. Today there are just a few of these traditional artisans left—and unlike many of his peers, Nakagawa also uses the technique to create more modern objects like these. For this particular commission, we asked him to create a vase with an organic shape unlike one he’d ever produced before. When he presented the stellar collection of 30 pieces he said the commission was the most challenging project he’s worked on.

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Lazy Old Moon Screen Print

$35

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Released as a signed and numbered edition of 50, artist Liana Jeger’s lovely Lazy Old Moon screen print sets a cosmic crescent above wildflowers she was on a hike in Southern California. Chicago’s Salty Broad Press printed the 18 by 24-inch work in two colors (that give the illusion of more)—black and “split fountain pink to green.” It’s an artwork that captures a moment of peace and quiet among thistles, evening primrose and more.

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Reversible Louise Bourgeois Portrait Eye Mask

$30

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From Third Drawer Down comes a silk eye mask that features a portrait (albeit just the eyes) of brilliant and beloved French-American artist Louise Bourgeois. Best known for her striking large-scale sculptures and installations, Bourgeois suffered from insomnia, and said being asleep was “paradise.” With a striped border (and underside, in case you want a change), the mask’s elastic strap features the phrase “Key to insomnia: peace or trust,” which Bourgeois wrote on the back of one of her Insomnia Drawings—a collection of sketches that she created during her frequent bouts with the sleep disorder.

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Handsomely crafted from brass, aluminum and glass, designer Philippe Malouin’s new Arca Portable LED light functions in two ways—as both a plug-in lamp and a cordless one thanks to its lithium battery, which provides six-30 hours of light depending on which of its four settings is used. The detachable stem makes it easy to transport, too.

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Assembly Design co-founder and lead designer Pete Oyler conceptualized this set of two plant pedestals, for Areaware, which can be used for anything you want to display: plants, candles, tchotchkes and more. Each is constructed using lap joinery systems, lending a seamlessness to the overall design. Made from beechwood, the taller pedestal stands just under five inches, while the shorter iteration is just under three.

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Daniel Gordon: Houseplants

$150

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From the not-for-profit photo foundation Aperture, Daniel Gordon: Houseplants turns six of the artist’s mesmerizing still life images of houseplants into a six-page pop-up. This limited edition, collectible hardcover book, designed by by Simon Arizpe, celebrates the work of Gordon and the sculptural nature of plants.

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