Nau

Nau is the tipping point for Eco-Luxury. It means “welcome” to the Maori in New Zealand, but it also means welcome to a whole new way of designing, manufacturing and selling product—the socially responsible way. We stopped by their LEED Gold certified offices/studio in Portland, OR to hear what they were up to, get a sneak peak at the gear and learn about about their …

Simply Home

During a stroll through the up-and-coming "U" Street district of Washington DC last weekend, I stumbled on the mini-universe of Simply Home, an all-encompassing home design store and restaurant. In one room they have a fascinating array of artifacts and products, thanks to an ongoing collaboration with villagers all over Thailand, and in the other you find yourself in a far-east Asian minimalist dining paradise …

WESC Soho

One of the hottest new arrivals topping the list of Manhattan shopping destinations is the WESC Store in SoHo. The Swedish-based WESC (aka WeAretheSuperlativeConspiracy) creates a line of street clothes with its roots in skateboard culture but also delivers "after the skate," a highly-developed line of apparel that targets people outside of the boarding community. Like true street subculture, they embrace the concept of unpredictability …