The Only American Company Making Paper Straws

Paper straws got a bad reputation as flimsy and funky-tasting, thanks in part to versions produced in China. But Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Aardvark returned to paper straw production in 2007, when demand required that they start up again (they invented the paper straw back in 1888). Not only are the products “green,” they’re also ideal to use. Much of the process behind them is secret, …

MOTHER Denim’s Debut Men’s Collection

A highly anticipated expansion that's made in LA and composed of Japanese fabrics

In 2010, Lela Becker and Tim Kaeding joined forces to advance the women’s denim market. Mother was born and their position was declared: high-quality material, attention to detail and an adherence to the fact that denim must be fun. Year after year they’ve grown, thanks to brand reliability and consistently fresh ideas. Now they’ve unleashed their debut men’s collection. As with their womenswear, details define …

Personal Encouragement From NYC’s Benchmark Collection

Fine jewelry inspired by strength and designed to motivate

by Michael Raver Former dancer and contortionist, Jal Dhanani-Wade finds immense strength and confidence in the power of a good workout. On the hunt for something to remind her of this, and to keep her motivated—a sort of talisman—she decided to create an object herself. She applied for a metal-smithing and jewelry design degree at FIT and, in 2017, unveiled (the aptly named) Benchmark Collection, …