Anson Calder’s Handmade Leather Bags and Accessories

How tinkering with paper turned into a luxury brand with purpose

Minimalist leather goods (bags especially) are a dime a dozen, but Anson Calder‘s hand-crafted bags and accessories emphasize modularity and functionality, making them worth a second look. Much like sushi, which masks its need for good ingredients, technical skill and balance in what appears to be a simple dish of rice and fish, we’re impressed by the brand’s focus on practical solutions to everyday needs married …

The Bandana’s Fascinating History

The bandana, an accessory oftentimes associated with various subcultures, has roots and uses of which many might not be aware—the “handkerchief code,” Japanese fashion and cowboy-style included. With a history dating back to 17th century South Asia and the Middle East, it’s carried a rotating slew of connotations—from resistance to violence, Americana and hip-hop culture—that have immortalized and, sometimes, subverted, its uses. Read more at …

Trace New York’s Gender-Neutral Fragrances

Five hand-blended scents of the utmost quality

Trace New York‘s founder Tony Olsen spent years in the world of interior design. Hailing from San Francisco, he worked in the Bay Area until a move to NYC in 2001 and now, 17 years later, he is launching Trace—a fragrance brand at the intersection of his passions—to provide scents that claim no gender, much like the essential oils he once loved wearing. Olsen has hand-blended and …