Visiting Valerie Confections’ New Glendale Headquarters

Founder Valerie Gordon explains the ins and outs of her 18-year-old company and its latest evolution

Over the past 18 years, Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections has baked countless desserts, obsessed over chocolate-dipped toffees, crafted jams from local produce, written a baking book and perfected the art of petit fours. Gordon makes beautifully designed sweet treats that look like art, smell intoxicating and taste delicious. In addition to her hours spent in the kitchen, Gordon collaborates with Commune Design, grilling desserts …

Factory Visit: Barbour, England

For the heritage brand, longevity is the most crucial component behind more sustainable fashion

Whether brands are developing new materials (or simply renaming existing ones), changing distribution models or talking about eco-friendly packaging, truly sustainable fashion is a myth. There are, however, ways to approach apparel in more thoughtful and eco-conscious ways. For iconic British clothier J. Barbour & Sons—better known as Barbour—the future is clear and rooted in the past. A Barbour jacket is one of the few …

Poltrona Frau Celebrates 110 Years With Felipe Pantone Collaboration

Visiting the Italian factory where these bold anniversary pieces are made

In 1912, Sardinian-born Renzo Frau founded Poltrona Frau, one of the most respected and well-known companies in Italian design and manufacturing. Named for its founder and the Italian word for chair, the Turin-born brand has built a strong reputation throughout the world, especially for its 21-step leather-tanning process. To celebrate the brand’s 110th anniversary, Argentinian-Spanish artist Felipe Pantone—whose work leverages a decidedly digital aesthetic, seemingly …