July 30 2014

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Editor Obsessions: Japanese Sugi Incense


Every day,’s editors reveal their current obsessions—and where to buy them. Check out today’s pick, below.


Life hack: Make your apartment smell almost as good as the 45rpm store in Soho by purchasing a box of 100 percent natural and amazing-smelling Japanese sugi incense. If you haven’t been to the shop, then you should know that it is like the most amazing and peaceful Zen forest ever, plus it’s full of beautifully made Japanese denim and clothing. I don’t know if this is the exact incense they burn in the store, but the subtle, fresh cedar scent is as close as you can get to what the Japanese call “forest bathing” in your Brooklyn apartment.

Japanese Sugi Incense, $23. Buy it now.

Editor Obsessions: WWAKE’s Nestled Opal and Diamond Ring


Every day,’s editors reveal their current obsessions—and where to buy them. Check out today’s pick, below.


As someone with a deep love of opals (my birthstone) and the kind of delicate, unimposing jewelry that’s become synonymous with Williamsburg jewelry mecca Catbird, WWAKE is my favorite find this year. The fiery little stones are a key element among most of its designs, which makes it hard to pick just one, but this simple pairing of an opal and a petite diamond is calling out to me. I’d also heartily endorse following WWAKE on Instagram for behind-the-scenes snaps from its Brooklyn studio and serious stacking inspiration.

WWAKE Nestled Opal and Diamond Ring, $406. Buy it now.

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EXCLUSIVE: Opening Ceremony’s Carol Lim on the Brand’s New London Shop, Baby OC, and More


Opening Ceremony
Opening CeremonyOpening Ceremony’s latest addition to its growing empire, a shop at London’s Ace Hotel, officially opens its doors to the public today. “It’s a small store, but it’s a very well curated selection,” said the brand’s co-founder, Carol Lim, of the new Shoreditch outpost. (This will function as the primary OC store in London while the King Street location undergoes renovation.)

In the mix, there are offerings from OC’s roster of popular labels like Hood by Air and Raf Simons, the main OC line, and store exclusive pieces (the DKNY for Opening Ceremony collection will make its debut at the store, ahead of the September 1 official launch). There are also goods from London’s rising stars, such as Faustine Steinmetz and Marques’Almeida. “We have been big supporters of some of these labels, like Marques’Almeida, for a while, so a lot of the product is really special to us,” said Lim.

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Lim, for her part, didn’t make it to London for the opening: “I’m at home—my baby is due any day now.” She admitted that she and her OC co-founder, Humberto Leon, have babies on the mind these days. “Funny you should ask, we are working on baby gear right now. I also have a 20-month-old and Humberto has twins; it’s just a big part of our everyday lives at this point, so it makes a lot of sense.” More on that at a later date.

That’s not all they’ve got up their sleeve. “As our Opening Ceremony line continues to grow, we are really interested in exploring what a mono-brand retail format could look like,” said Lim. “We have always had our brand out with the 300-plus other brands that we carry, but we are hoping to switch things up a bit. In the next year, we are most likely going to roll out a new retail experience here in the States.”

Here, we have an exclusive first look inside the new Max Lamb-designed store.

Opening Ceremony Shoreditch at Ace Hotel, London, 106 Shoreditch High Street. For more info, visit

Photo: Jamie McGregor Smith 

Editor Obsessions: Jenni Kayne’s Metallic Gold Brogues


style heroineEvery day,’s editors reveal their current obsessions—and where to buy them. Check out today’s pick, below.

Is it wrong that I’m already thinking about fall shopping? I love summer weather, but I tend to get more excited about boots and jackets than sundresses and sandals. Next season, I’m updating my cold-weather uniform of skinny jeans and big sweaters with these gilded Jenni Kayne brogues. They have the ease of a slip-on sneaker, the androgyny of a men’s oxford, and a dressed-up vibe thanks to the high-shine gold. Plus, they remind me a bit of the plated Céline brogues I had my eye on last year (left)—at a fraction of the cost. We may be in the dog days of summer, but I can’t wait for the chill to settle in so I can bust these out.

Jenni Kayne Metallic Leather Oxfords, $595, Buy it now.

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Editor Obsessions: Issey Miyake’s Bao Bao Platinum Tote


Every day,’s editors reveal their current obsessions—and where to buy them. Check out today’s pick, below.

Issey Miyake

I walk by the Issey Miyake Pleats Please store on Mercer Street every time I go to Physique57. Usually I don’t make it more than once a week (Sunday, 9 a.m.), but between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the class is a cherished late Friday afternoon activity. The extra pass-by has given me a lot of time to contemplate Miyake’s Bao Bao bags. Lately I’ve become especially keen on this platinum Prism tote. Big enough for my workout clothes plus my everyday essentials, it’s also remarkably lightweight. Nothing kills a Summer Friday buzz or an exercise high faster than a hot, heavy leather bag.

Issey Miyake Bao Bao Platinum Tote, $1,295. Buy it now.

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