Bon Vivant

Leather goods, handmade in Brisbane, inspired by the many forms of the Good Life

The Good Life is a concept best left to individual dreamers to interpret. While some may see it as a life spent lamping in the sun or lapping the local ski hill, others feel it’s defined as time dedicated to a passion project. The latter rings true for the team behind Brisbane, Australia-based Bon Vivant. Translated literally from French, Bon Vivant means “one who lives …

Hudson Whiskey’s Maple Cask Rye

A barrel swap with syrup-makers led to the family-operated distillery releasing a maple rye

This is no liqueur, or a syrupy sweet, gooey-thick blend of whiskey and maple products. With a heady nose of rye, a full spiced taste and a maple inflection that’s far more than grace notes, Hudson Whiskey‘s small-batch, handmade Maple Cask Rye is a rare, successful iteration of a maple or honey alcohol. Disregard your preconceptions of flavored alcohol because this is not one—and there …

Idilio Origins Chocolate

An age-old Swiss technique and hand-selected beans makes for superior sweet treats

For a country with such a storied history in chocolate, Switzerland has little to show for new players in the cacao game—that is until Niklaus Blumer and Pascal Wirth decided to follow their passion for dark chocolate and the time-honored Swiss chocolate-making process, and establish Idilio Origins. After receiving several awards from the Academy of Chocolate and two gold medals in the International Chocolate Awards, …