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Fashion & Style

Christensen Bags Redefine Danish Design with a West Coast Spirit

Do Danes do it better? That’s a question every student of midcentury design asks himself, though that question may soon be coming up amongst...
fashion hounds. Known for its understated yet handsome line, Christensen Bags is the little known San Francisco-based brand that we discovered...
recently and simply can’t quite get enough of. Founded by Danish...

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Living

Normal 3D prints these headphones for the perfect fit

There are few things in life more pleasurable than a perfect fit. But when it comes to in-ear headphones, such a luxury can be extremely elusive....
The twists and turns of each of our ears are as unique as a fingerprint, and no matter how many tip sizes or designs we try, it’s nearly...
impossible...

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Living

Beats by Dre Fetes the Beats Pill XL With an Emotional Menu

To fête its new Beats Pill XL portable speaker, Beats by Dre hosted an all-out dinner at The Monarch Room that touched on the relationship...
between music, emotions and food, exploring, “how the emotion of sound delights, evokes and excites the palette.” To heighten the experience,...
Beats by Dre called upon four New York-based tastemakers...

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Food & Drink

The Mac and Cheese Cookbook

Allison Arevalo and Erin Wade met by happenstance, when they shared a table with their husbands at a crowded café one Sunday. Arevalo, who...
worked in marketing, and Wade, who was a lawyer, started chatting about their love of food. It only made sense because Wade had previously worked...
as a pastry and line cook...

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Living

Throttle Jockey: Impulse Jackets

  Today we debut our new column dedicated to all things motorcycle related....
You’re welcome. The black leather jacket is an icon of motorcycling, and...
despite much more colorful and safety-conscious options available in textile jackets,...
black remains a primary color option both for motorcycle paint jobs and outerwear. As...
it should be. Problem is,...

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Living

Menswear Gets A Makeover From GreenFingers

Are you tired of the taxidermy trend as much as we are? It’s pretty cool to see...
a turkey flying over a shoe display but they do tend to get dusty and yes, even...
trophy animals can get buggy. So we were excited to see how the always forward...
thinking Filson is using plants as...

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Fashion & Style

TGIF SHOPPING: Lotuff’s All-Leather Backpack

For some brands, the “Made in America” tagline is primarily a gimmick:...
perhaps the product sports shoelaces manufactured in the U.S.A., or the idea...
was conceived in this country. Lotuff, however, isn’t messing around when it...
comes to the designation — the leather goods label’s entire collection is,...
yep, made in America (actually, handmade!), with a design team...

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Grooming

Feel Good Friday – Tico Shave Oil

It’s a fact: as men, we use lots of shaving cream. Even we gents with beards still...
have to shave the neck and cheeks so as not to look like a crazed hillbilly. And if...
you have been reading this site for a while, you know we like our products to be as...
organic as...

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Food & Drink

Bartender’s Choice: Summer Cocktails to Beat the Heat

Some say the cocktail is on the comeback but did it ever really go away? Yes, beer...
and wine are all the rage currently but what’s better than a classic drink...
redefined using organic and local ingredients? In the fall and winter, drinks tend to...
center on darker spirits such as bourbon and whiskey. In the lazy...

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Living

From Crewe with love: Bentley’s 2015 Continental GT Speed

Lay eyes on a Bentley and it’s abundantly clear the car is something special. Look...
then at the price tag and that suspicion is reaffirmed; a car that costs well over...
$230,000 must be exceptional. Delightfully, it is. Take the 2015 Continental GT Speed...
for example. Yes, it’s a swoopy luxury coupe – or convertible...

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