Sông Cái’s Lush Gins Embody Vietnam’s Diverse Terroir

The first-ever gin from Vietnam celebrates the overlooked and authentic spirit of the country

Air New Zealand’s Economy Class Skynest Sleep Pods Promise Comfier Flights

Air New Zealand unveiled their plans for the future of flying which include Skynest sleep pods. These lie-flat options for travelers in economy are structured as “six single bunks split over three levels, complete with privacy curtains.” Passengers can book them to sleep mid-flight, along with a “pillow, sheets, blanket and ear plugs, as well as lighting designed to be suitable for sleeping.” They will …

1912 Groom Bag

$550

Made by equestrian brand Schulz, the 1912 Groom Bag pairs practicality with luxury sensibilities. Offering plenty of space and different compartments made specifically for riding gear, the bag comes with a slim, light charger that slips into the front pocket—a very useful feature for long show days. Take out the removable insert, and it all turns into a regular backpack. Crafted from vegetable-tanned recycled polyester, it’s …

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NYC’s the Real Mother Shuckers Honors the Legacy of Black Oystermen

Moody (aka 37-year-old Ben Harney Jr) founded Brooklyn’s only oyster cart, the Real Mother Shuckers, in 2019 as a way to return oysters to their former ubiquity. Although most people associate the shellfish with upscale dining, oysters used to be widespread in New York during the 1800s, from street stalls selling oyster snacks to raw bars in the basements of buildings. Many of these oyster …

Scientists Engineer Plants to Grow in Total Darkness

New research published in the journal Nature Food reveals that scientists have invented a way for plants to grow in total darkness. To do so, researchers used a process called artificial photosynthesis, where they fed acetate to plants as a carbon source, allowing them to bypass natural photosynthesis. They tested this on yeast, green algae, fungal mycelium, cowpea, tomato, tobacco, rice, canola and green pea, …

Traditional Japanese Garments Merge with Unusual Natural Materials in New Exhibition

From now through 11 September, the Minneapolis Institute of Art will showcase Dressed by Nature: Textiles of Japan, an exhibition that features over 120 Japanese textiles crafted from unexpected natural materials like banana leaf, nettle, hemp and even fish skin. “Exhibitions on the dress of Japan always focus on the silk kimono and clothes worn by the aristocracy,” curator Andreas Marks tells The Art Newspaper. “Dressed …

A Guide to Navigating Abortion Rights Post-Roe in the South

The US Supreme Court has officially overturned Roe v Wade, with a ruling that erroneously places authority to regulate abortion in the hands of individual states. While the decision will jeopardize and upturn the lives of millions, those in the South, where nearly every state has an anti-abortion ban on the books, will be especially affected. To help navigate these uncertain and distressing times, Reckon …

Test Ride: Specialized Crux Pro Gravel Bike

This bicycle handles beautifully on- and off-road

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OB-4 Radio

$649

Teenage Engineering’s sleek, portable high-fidelity OB-4 enhances traditional radio and speaker capabilities while delivering new music listening experiences. Compatible with line input, Bluetooth, FM radio and disk, the OB-4 produces powerful sound through four tailor-engineered speaker elements and two four-inch bass drivers, lasting 40 hours on a single charge. The true magic of the speaker, however, is its ability to memorize everything it plays on …

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Palms Tee

$20

SkatePal, a Palestinian non-profit organization, supports and encourages young skaters in an attempt to foster community and break down barriers between class, race, gender and age. From them comes a climate-neutral, sweatshop-free graphic T-shirt depicting the country’s palm tree-lined landscape. Printed by Awesome Merchandise and designed by Philip Joa, the shirt reads “skate” on front and  “Palestine” on the back. All proceeds go to supporting …

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Manhattan Berry

$17

Manhattan Berry is an elevated, all-natural and lightly carbonated non-alcoholic cocktail from Mocktail Club that succeeds in balancing a multitude of flavors. A first taste reveals a fruit-forward profile, with blackberry and pear shrub, that’s not overly sweet. Ginger, apple cider vinegar and tea-infused spices finish the beverage, providing warmth, depth and complexity. Price reflects a four-pack.

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AdBlock Pro Cap

$35

From LA-based HOHO COCO—a brand founded by Janice Lee that centers on social consumerism, specifically online—this “AdBlock Pro” cap is for those who adore the pop-up-blocking plugin. Available in various colorways, it’s one-size-fits most. The brand has plenty more off-kilter and silly slogans available, but they also offer personalized hats and caps.

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Ruby Tingle: Familiars

Premiering with a mystical music video that’s saturated in crimson hues, multidisciplinary artist and singer-songwriter Ruby Tingle’s “Familiars” is the second single to be released following her debut solo EP from earlier this year. Once again, Tingle’s robust vocals take listeners on a celestial voyage through the track. It releases in conjunction with Tingle’s solo exhibition at Manchester’s PAPER Gallery, also entitled Familiars, which runs …

Lasse Matthiessen: Emotional

Berlin-based indie-electro recording artist Lasse Matthiessen debuts “Emotional,” a stirring single driven by the singer’s baritone vocals and an ’80s-influenced electronic production. Between the poetic lyrics and shifting soundscape, the track balances optimism with an omnipresent gloom. “I wrote ‘Emotional’ in Hamburg after a concert,” Matthiessen says in a statement. “It was created by the neon lights of the night, the noise, the sweat, the beat and the …

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Ferrari Roma Tailor Made, Specially Crafted for COOL HUNTING

A glorious amalgam of Japanese and Italian craftsmanship and style

In 2019 we were invited by Ferrari to participate in their Tailor Made customization program with the encouragement to expand and explore the use of colors, materials and finishes further than the luxury automaker has ever done before. We had just returned from our CH Japan trip, and as we were still inspired by indigo and traditional Japanese crafts we decided to bring some of …

Lil Silva feat. Skiifall: What If?

A producer, singer, songwriter and DJ, Lil Silva announced his upcoming album, Yesterday Is Heavy, with two collaborations: “What If?” with Skiifall and “Leave It” with Charlotte Day Wilson. The former—with classic UK club influences—has an electric energy, bolstered by Skiifall’s patois flow. Lil Silva says, “I really channelled inspiration from our roots on this record. You can hear the reggae, bashment and grime influence …

Up Is The Down Is The: Dawn

From the genre-defiant avant-rock quartet Up Is The Down Is The (aka Andrew Martin, Zach Sherwood, Cameron Brizzee and Casey Cathy), the track “Dawn” casts an entrancing sonic spell. Inspired by situations where people feel overwhelmed about the inevitable, the slow-burning single is the first to be revealed from Pulling The Wool, the brand’s forthcoming full-length album. It debuts with an eerie official music video, …

Misapplied Sciences and Delta’s Personalized Flight Information Displays

The new tech, called Parallel Reality, aims to make the airport stress-free

Following a preview at CES in 2020, today Delta launches a personalized flight monitor, its latest tool to make airport journeys smoother. The initial deployment is at Detroit’s DTW airport in the McNamara Terminal, and we were among the first to experience this glimpse into the future. For many travelers, regardless of airline apps and alerts, a peek at the flight information display is still …

Broken Bells: We’re Not in Orbit Yet…

The vision of James Mercer (founder and frontman of The Shins) and producer Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse), alt-rock act Broken Bells return with the psych-inflected single “We’re Not in Orbit Yet…” It’s the first release from the duo’s upcoming full-length, Into the Blue, their first new album since 2014’s After the Disco. A retro-futuristic music video, directed by Johnny Chrew, accompanies the releases and pairs grainy …

Sampa The Great feat. Chef 187, Tio Nason + Mwanjé: Never Forget

Sampa The Great (aka Sampa Tembo) has announced her highly anticipated second full-length album, As Above, So Below, with the dramatic, powerful track “Never Forget” featuring Chef 187, Tio Nason and Mwanjé. The stirring song is a tribute to Zamrock—a genre combining elements of psychedelic rock, blues, funk and traditional Zambian music—with elements of Kalindula, contemporary hip-hop and more. The Zambian-born, Australia-based artist returned to her …

New iPod

It doesn’t take much hunting today to find the news of Apple’s new iPods. They are smaller and lighter with more storage space (15 and 30 GB). There’s a new dock. And they, as well as the older versions, integrate seamlessly with the new music download service offered via the iTunes upgrade. The new version of iTunes also includes Rendezvous based music sharing. That means …

Fun Blank CDs and DVDs

5 Inch is a little Chicago design shop with fantastic blank disc art and innovative little cases.

Hiroshi Sugimoto

The MCA Chicago is featuring work from Hiroshi Sugimoto, a Japanese photographer. Sugimoto’s blurry perspective on architecture is sublime. The installation was also designed by the artist and is among the most intriguing presentations of photographs that I have ever experienced.