CH Omakase 2017: Tea Drunk Private Sessions

A foray into top-quality bespoke Chinese tea, at the East Village cafe

As journalists and explorers, we are drawn to many different types of people but experts and those profoundly passionate about what they do tend to top our list. Shunan Tang of NYC’s Tea Drunk is the most knowledgable individual about Chinese teas that we’ve met. She’s so passionate that she commissions all of her teas—leaves, styles—from farmers directly. She’s hands-on to the point that she …

CH Omakase 2017: Joya Candle

Handmade in an edition of 100, each of these vessels is unique

Founded by Frederick Bouchardy in 2006, Joya is an NYC design studio with a focus on fragrances and ceramics—a perfect pairing for our CH Omakase edition candles. Joya’s philosophy is one of balance and beauty—they create elegant pieces, but also use locally sourced raw materials, use sustainable packaging and maintain ethical production processes. For 2017’s CH Omakase, Joya crafted an edition of 100 candles. Each …

CH Omakase 2017: Sky Like Snow Indigo Hats

Made in an edition of three, beanies handmade in Vermont

We actually met Hannah Regier through one of our CH Omakase customers. She has been knitting hats since she was a child and today marries that passion with a dedication to natural, ethical and sustainable fashion under the label Sky Like Snow. These hats are each one-of-a-kind and made with New England-sourced wool, dyed with Vermont-grown indigo (which is quite unusual). Each of the three …

CH Omakase 2017: Sabah + Fernanda Uribe Shoes

Handmade in Turkey, hand-painted in NYC, these slip-ons are otherworldly

When living in Turkey, Sabah founder Mickey Ashmore developed a fascination with Turkish footwear, which led him to Gaziantep and a collaboration with the craftsmen of one of the oldest family workshops there. The result was a pair of hand-stitched shoes—a modern take on a traditional style. Ashmore wore that first pair back in the United States and began fielding requests from friends who wanted …

CH Omakase 2017: AAA Design Collective Keychains + Totes

Limited edition leather accessories made in Fez, Morocco

AAA is a design collective led by Alfred (aka Carmelo Tedeschi), an Italian designer and artist living in Fez. Tedeschi partners with fair trade local makers to bring to life his fashion-forward style within the world of Moroccan craft leather goods. Tedeschi is currently into tie-dyed leather and we’ve made good use of scraps from hides that were cut for larger pieces to create our …