COOL HUNTING Omakase 2019: Made in Japan

13 items made collaboratively with artisans across the island nation

From our deep respect and adoration of Japanese culture we drew the word “omakase” (meaning “expert’s choice”) in 2016 to name our annual collection of collaboratively produced, limited edition and early release products we offer readers during the holidays. After several COOL HUNTING Omakase releases, we’re thrilled to announced the first-ever batch of gifts crafted entirely in collaboration with Japanese artisans. Each item in the …

Fossa Chocolate’s Handmade Bars

A collection including everything from luxe and dark to sea-inspired

Handcrafted in Mandai, Singapore, Fossa Chocolate blends the traditional processes of chocolate-making with inventive culinary insight to make bars unlike others—both in appearance and on the palate. Whether it’s a collection of excellent dark options or bars inspired by the sea, they balance the richness and nuances of the cacao with flavors they feel are complementary. With the cacao they source—they sort, roast, crack, winnow, …

Tempus Now’s SS19 Homage to Africa, Afrofuturism

Contemporary menswear infused with African tradition

Tempus Now, helmed by South African-born designer Ora Fine, is an LA-based label that fuses African influences and processes into contemporary menswear releases. For SS19, Fine designed a collection called Afrofuturism—pulling from her intellectual and creative memories to create clothing that’s representative of her world; a place somewhere between South Africa and LA. “I was looking for context as I set out to design SS19, …