Compartes Chocolate Opens Luxe LA Flagship

Chocolatier Jonathan Grahm tells us about making his chocolate dreams come true

Robots Learn Problem-Solving From IKEA Furniture-Building Simulations

In order for robots to service humans more broadly, they’re going to be required to master more complex tasks at smaller scales. Right now, many of the most effective robot assignments involve “muscle,” like moving large car parts from a conveyor belt to a model. Humans are always called in to complete the final touches, though. Researchers at University of Southern California thought of a …

Airline Compliant Dog Carrier

$125

Intended to carry pooches weighing up to 16 pounds, Wild One’s new Air Travel Carrier is plane- and pet-friendly. Small enough to be placed under regular seats, the carrier features a comfy quilted base mat and mesh panels with retractable screens, should your dog want a view or privacy. Made from neoprene, the outer is washable by hand, while the mat inside can be machine-washed …

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Farewell to Snowboard Pioneer Jake Burton Carpenter

Founder of Burton Snowboards, Jake Burton Carpenter has died at 65 years old from complications relating to cancer. In 1977, Carpenter left NYC for Vermont to develop what was then inventor Sherman Poppen’s rudimentary snowboard. Four decades later and the Burton name (by now making much more than boards) is synonymous with winter sports. Carpenter pioneered the sport, lobbied for snowboarder rights at resorts and …

The World in 50 Years Survey

Organized by Quartz, the “The World in 50 Years” survey polls some of the world’s brightest, boldest (and controversial) thinkers across a number of industries on topics pertinent to our future. Questions range from “Who will run the world?” and “What will our most valuable resource be?” to “What will we eat?” and “How will we die?” and teeter between literal and philosophical. Almost every …

A Bill to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition Clears Key Vote

Marking the first time a Congressional Committee has approved a piece of legislation that would end the federal prohibition of marijuana (and adjacent iterations) in the USA’s history, the MORE Act (the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act) passed with a bipartisan vote of 24-10 today. Now that it’s passed the Judiciary Committee, the act will be presented to the House, wherein representatives will have …

The Cooper Union’s Student Work Collection Highlights Early Work From Star Architects and More

An expansive, free online database, The Cooper Union’s Student Work Collection contains projects from 1,500+ of the institution’s graduates—as well as those from its Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture. This public archive includes (text, audio and photographic) components from roughly 4,500 projects, stretching back to the 1930s, many of which were unpublished. Many of the school’s celebrated alumni, Elizabeth Diller and Daniel Libeskind included, …

At 100 Years Old, Bentley Still Has a Bright Future

Celebrating the centenary of the British luxury automaker, from the Mediterranean to Manhattan

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The latest additions to our shoppable directory

2020 Planner + Gratitude Journal Bundle

$62

Made in the USA, Ink+Volt’s 2020 planner and gratitude journal bundle aims to help organize one’s days, weeks and months—and one’s goals, intentions and perspective. The planner is wrapped in a soft-touch suede-like cover. Inside, the structure is broken down by month and week. The journal offers 60 blank daily entries and 10 weekly challenges. There are also surprising notes of inspiration peppered throughout.

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Terrex Free Hiker GTX

$199

adidas’ Terrex Free Hiker GTX (in khaki, sesame and olive) fuses the brand’s high-performance capabilities and advanced design with all the prerequisites of a sturdy hiking boot. Primeknit uppers, GORE-TEX lining, and boost cushioning all sit atop the Continental rubber outsole—which provides comfort and stability no matter what’s underfoot. Best of all, the sock-like fit keeps debris, dirt, sand and water out.

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Made in Cuba

$35

Spotlighting 30 artists, entrepreneurs and creatives, Made in Cuba conveys the unique spirit of the nation. The individuals profiled within have all faced their homeland’s limited ability to trade internationally, culminating in some very creative and innovative thinking and a strong DIY culture—the results from which are complex and clever. Written by Molly Mandell and photographed by James Burke, Made in Cuba proves educational and …

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Love Conquers All Tea

$27

A delicious, soothing blend of 12 botanicals, the Love Conquers All organic tea utilizes rose, saffron, ginger, shatavari and more. This USDA-certified bouquet aims to support energy, focus, productivity and even the libido. The vision of actor, designer and entrepreneur Waris Ahluwalia, and created with the help of leading herbalists, Love Conquers All is one of three debut functional blends—and joins the roster of other thoughtful …

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MishCatt: Blue Blood

With the tantalizing pop tune “Blue Blood,” singer/songwriter and artist MishCatt (aka Michelle González) offers a first taste of her second EP The Real Pavo, produced by Miike Snow’s Pontus Winnberg. Its video, directed by Albin Eidhagen, taps into the dreamy, psychedelic essence of the track. “This song is about the melancholic memory of a summer romance,” González says. “It’s idealistic but there’s something sad about …

Bruno Major: Tapestry

Gentle, personal and beautiful from start to finish, Bruno Major’s latest single “Tapestry” evokes idyllic images of nature and pinpoints moments of shared emotion, all to tell a story of long-standing togetherness. It’s another rumination from the English singer/songwriter and guitarist, this time written with Liv Dawson and Phairo. Major has quite the croon, and it services his thoughtful lyrics to underscore their power.

Descente Athletic’s Six-Piece Outerwear Collaboration With Todd Snyder

Impeccably tailored garments made from future-forward fabrics from the Japanese brand

After its NYFW runway debut this February, NYC-based menswear designer Todd Snyder‘s collaborative collection with Japanese sporting goods company Descente is now available. The elegant, inspired six-piece capsule bears the signatures of both partners: Synder’s elevated approach to style (that’s actually wearable) and Descente’s dedication to technical materials. Descente originally started in Osaka, circa 1953, as a skiwear brand and to this day continues their quest for high-quality fabrics …

Previewing Gusto Green’s Terpene- and Plant-Based Menu

Set to open in 2020 in DTLA, a cannabis-adjacent restaurant with a focus on clean eating

Time Medium Hourglass

$18

Standing just under six inches tall, HAY’s elegantly curved hourglass illustrates the passing of 15 minutes. Available in various colorways (gold, burnt orange, petrol blue, pink and yellow), our pick is the smoky green, which is mirrored by a translucent bulb on the other side. Both halves feature the same flat bottom to rest on any surface. The casing is made from high-quality glass and …

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Dayglow: Listerine

Dayglow (aka Sloan Struble) maintains an upbeat cadence throughout “Listerine,” a surf rock-influenced single from the artist’s debut LP, Fuzzybrain, which was re-released this week. Jagged guitars and airy synths bow in and out, along with Struble’s filtered vocals. “I thought that this was something different than before / Now we’re changing shape inside your brain and starting to reform / Oh Lord, now I’m …

Clams Casino: In a Mirror

Clams Casino (aka Michael Volpe) turns to piano and distortion to compose a track featured on his most recent album, Moon Trip Radio. “In a Mirror,” if you’re listening on headphones or stereo speakers, will literally glitch at times, rendering one side’s output null, while amplifying the noise out of the other. It’s all a part of the track’s grand unearthing, as supple piano guides …

Putinki + Tom of Finland Calendar

$20

Published by Putinki with the recognizable artwork of Tom of Finland, this 2020 calendar pairs a delightfully suggestive homoerotic illustration with each month. Printed in Finland, the calendar measures 33cm by 23cm and will ship in mid-December. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Tom of Finland Foundation, which works to preserve, protect and promote erotic art.

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Exploring Tel Aviv’s Vibrant Art Scene with The Cultivist

From studio visits to curator-led tours of the Israeli city's exemplary institutions

Touring Ancram, New York’s Hillrock Estate Distillery

The home of authentic, delicious "field-to-glass" whiskies from the Hudson Valley

Pocket Pork

Pocket Pork

Now there’s no denying the ultimate power of beady little eyes, (just consider the mass appeal of pug dogs) but when those shining black orbs are supposed to belong to plush versions of yummy chinese steamed or fried dumplings, those little fellas just hit straight to the heart and to heart of my tummy. Packaged in an adorable take-out container, each box comes with three …

SVSV: A Form of War

My favorite fashion-fuck-you brand, SVSV, is making a slice of their uber-exclusive, hyper priced items accessible in a new store that just launched 10 minutes ago. There's a selection of t-shirts, hoodies, hats and scarves in addition to these favorite porcelain bullet replicas. Originally intended as a fund raiser to combat gun violence, proceeds from sales of the bullet pendants will be used to make …

Needled: Tattoo Shoe

Needled recently found J. Shoes' leather slip-on with designs by tattoo artists that are hand-etched into the shoes and then burnished with oils and tattoo inks. Driving moccasins for the rockstar set?