Refinery29

New York is turning into a giant shopping mall…in a good way. Based on an easily navigable flash-based floorplan, Refinery29 is a website launched just over three weeks ago that is dedicated to the best shops in the five boroughs. Their clean design (thanks to Agnieszka Gasparska, the lauded graphic artist and sometime Fischerspooner collaborator), along with friendly info-icons, handy "receipt" sidebars highlighting store basics, …

In the Know

“I hate shopping†are the famous last words for Cool Hunting’s Ranjani Gopalarathinam, who finally understands that shopping is a talent, and not merely a consumerist distraction from "more important things in life". Her fabulous new book, "New York’s 50+ Best Little Shops" (Rizzoli/Universe, 2005), maps the city out as a macrocosm of style and imagination, staying pretty clear of chains and corporate clones (excepting …

Luxe Tokyo

Luxe City Guide, Tokyo edition. Made from a durable paper stock and folded in to just the right size to fit in a jacket pocket, the Luxe guide will certainly be there with me whenever I find that mysterious sponsor who’s going to pay my way. The Luxe guide, as the name suggests, features all top notch shopping, dining and lifestyle info you need. And …