Don’t show up to the holidays empty-handed. Here’s a handy guide to shopping for every personality in your life, from the homebody and fashion star to the one who’s never home for more than a week at time and who’s always sipping on the latest and greatest. Fizzling with charm, these items are hand-picked for their aesthetic appeal, functional character, and overall value.
For the Nest-Maker
The Napper Weighted Blanket from Bearaby
Whether you’re getting one for its proven health benefits or just the chic aesthetic, the weighted blanket obsession has no signs of slowing. Now, Bearaby has created the must-have version that you’re seeing everywhere: the extra-chunky, wide-weave, filling-free weighted blanket that will suit almost any bedroom or living room. With its understated color options such as blue and green, multiple weights for comfort, and offered in both cotton and velvet fabrics, you’ll want to toss two in the cart– one for them, and one for yourself.
Where to buy: Get it from $249.00 at Bearaby.
The Componibili Metal Storage System from Kartell
Made in Italy, Kartell has been in the business of great design for over 70 years. Proof of this is the Kartell Componibili, a series of modular storage units designed by Anna Castelli Ferrieri in 1969. With a discrete set of sliding doors, the Componibili units are a flexible and customizable storage solution worth showing off as a centerpiece or essential supporting character in a room. The Componibili units are iconic for their sleek and minimalist design and with gold, chrome, or copper finishes, suit nearly any space.
Where to buy: Get it from $365.00 at Kartell.
For the Indulgent
Non-Alcoholic Aperitivi from Martini & Rossi
Founded in 1863 in Italy, Martini & Rossi is known for its signature blend of herbs and spices, which give its products a distinctive flavor that is instantly recognizable. Now, master blenders at Martini & Rossi have been able to access that same remarkable taste along with an ultra-low ABV in the form of the Vibrante and Floreal non-alcoholic aperitivi. These complex, grape-based sips may remind you of the regional flower and fruit-based liqueurs of The Alps with the charmed infusion of Artemisia and Bergamot.
Where to buy: Get it from $17.99 at local shops or online at Binny’s.
Wine Friendly Magnum Two Pack from Riedel
Access all the beautiful, engaging, and sophisticated notes in the aperitivo with Riedel’s new universal wine glass. Designed to optimally access the aromas of all types of wines, many aperitivo are served in stemmed glassware to prevent undue heat and preserve the aromas. Make every sip especially indulgent with Riedel glassware, which is known as a standard in fine glassmaking with the brand’s high-precision manufacturing and generous customer support.
Where to buy: Get a two pack from $40.00 at Riedel.
Tablecloths from Tableau
To open your home to friends and family is a noble pursuit, so make the experience unforgettable with beautiful tablecloths by Tableau. Created as a joint venture between Carmit Arabov and entertainment phenom Refael Zuraivin, the brand has leveraged the experiences of its founders to create the ultimate tablecloth. Offered in bold, fashion-forward patterns and fabrics (including an irresistible denim) every tablecloth is stain-proof and machine washable.
Where to buy: Get it from $195.00 at Tableau.
For the Fashionable
Tennis Inspired Sneaker from L.B.M. 1911
Applying exceptional Italian tailoring and fabrics to the adaptable and comfortable technical aesthetic now here for good, L.B.M. 1911’s thoroughly modern aesthetic will suit anyone keen on looking to communicate uniqueness, an appreciation for quality, and truly quiet luxury. With its iconic pin element, the white sneaker from L.B.M. 1911 can adapt to almost any look with its contrast stitching, hand-painted laces, and textures rendered in white. Composed of 100% leather with a rubber sole.
Where to buy: Get it from $380.00 at L.B.M. 1911.
Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater from GOBI Cashmere
By owning its own manufacturing plants and being headquartered in a capital of cashmere, Mongolia, GOBI Cashmere is able to sell directly to consumers, saving them plenty, but also spawning many imitators that simply can’t compete on quality for the price. GOBI’s Cashmere sweaters, pants, and more are made of thick, 100% cashmere (no sheen or sheering), feature rich colors (think lucious blues and tasteful taupes) and made in a tight weave to prevent premature wear.
Where to buy: Get it from $149.00 at GOBI Cashmere.
DouDou Chéri Ring from ManLuu
Creating luxurious, unexpected interpretations of Creole culture, MoAnA Luu has set her visionary sights on high jewelry, art, and more with the House of ManLuu (or Madame Luu in Creole). Re-defining what Creole jewelry is today, the Martinique native is creating intricate, wearable works with an architectural and organic bent. In the case of the DouDou Chéri ring, wearability and impressive luxury are at the center of the story. With pieces featuring precious stones set against a cane-inspired motif rendered in gold or silver, the wearer is in for infinite combinations and expressions.
Where to buy: Get it from $2,200 at ManLuu.
Second Skin Boots by JLO by Jennifer Lopez
The hottest boots of the season are also the most comfortable! The Second Skin boots come up high enough to stay warm and stylish all season long, and pairing them with a chic skirt or dress is the newest it-girl look, as seen in Fall 2022 fashion week. The boots come in three different styles, the Milit Over The Knee Boot, Krim Boot and the Coblin Over The Knee Boot. There are so many ways to style the shoes and each choice will bring out the inner it-girl within all of us.
Where to buy: Multiple styles available from $69.98 at DSW
For the Organized
The Ribbed Collection by Superio
Chic probably isn’t the first word you’d use to describe plastic storage baskets, but Superio’s Ribbed Collection is different. With soft curves and a gentle, pillow-like finish in understated colors like white, lilac, brown, and gray, these stackable plastic storage baskets create a chic look while providing practical organization in your living spaces. Made in Spain and featuring BPA-free plastic, they’re slim enough to fit on crowded shelves, keeping your space organized and looking great. Featuring lids and handle cutouts, they’re also very easy to move around.
Where to buy: Items starting at $4.99 at Superio.
Endurables Reusable Bags by Ziploc
Seemingly indestructible, Ziploc Endurables can go from freezer, oven, or table- to anywhere else. Made of durable, reusable silicone, a variety of pouch sizes will accommodate all sorts of goodies- from snacks in the car to a full dinner in the microwave or oven. With the ability to be warmed to 425°F, you’ll be able to prepare just about anything. Cool Grab Tabs let fingers stay safe during prep and when it’s all said and done, Endurables are dishwasher safe. Designed for reuse, they’re also completely recyclable for when you’re ready to retire it once and for all.
Where to buy: Multiple sizes available from $10.89 at Target.
For The Vacationer
Resort Gift Box from Maure
Partnering with local artisans across the globe to assemble collections of delightful curiosities, Maure’s gift boxes are themed around unique life moments or personalities. Many items are handmade and exclusive to Maure, thus not found anywhere else and unlikely to be produced again. Our favorite, the Resort Box, is inspired by the Mediterranean and features high-style essentials for the perfect day at the beach. More than just a few trinkets, this kit features a selected beach tote, wine valet, bluetooth speaker, towel, and more.
Where to buy: Get it for $285.00 at Maure.
Gift Card from Airbnb
Spoil the family with the adventure of a lifetime. Now allowing intrepid travelers to link different accommodations in a single trip as well as explore accommodations based on features including views, pools, and bed type, you’ll be sure to find the right places to call your home away from home. Book in comfort knowing every trip is protected with AirCover, a suite of stress-relieving features including a get-what-you-booked guarantee and a 24-hour helpline, ensuring your trip goes exactly to plan.
Where to buy: Get it from $25 at Airbnb.
Jennifer Elster has always been a deeply reactionary artist. Whether it is rebutting (or accepting) seismic shifts in the culture or simply responding to a question posed or a happening taking place, her multi-modal replies are always candid and fizzling with raw, determined energy.
Elster has always consumed with world as anyone else does- receiving and interpreting on an on-going basis. But rather than letting things happen to her passively, she posits and responds urgently and instinctually. Stepping into the Take Heed show, now on view at The Development Gallery in Tribeca, one feels as if they’re stepping outside for the first time after an apocalyptic event.
Crystalizing the flurry of cultural norms that have been introduced in the past two years, Take Heed is the first honest retrospective of work that was created or heavily reconsidered under the shadow of an on-going global pandemic and an affronting war.
Taking shape amid the soaring columns and roiled tin roof and wood of the Tribeca space, the show feels like a shell of what once was and a space being repopulated once more. The dust has settled but hasn’t yet been swept away. A mount of KN95 masks, a signature element of the deepest valley of the COVID-19 pandemic, are positioned on a pedestal, taking on the performance of a future relic. In fact, preservation seems particularly important to Elster in this show, with many works being encased in plexiglas or wood.
A series of large-scale self-portraits, originally executed in 2016, featured Elster in military fatigues and gas masks. The works, faraway and innocuous at the time of their execution, are revisited within the collective gasp and gaze of an egregious war taking place in Ukraine. Have no doubt, conflict rages globally. But distance can breed unfounded comfort.
Elster’s instinctual quips, done in chiseled marker, are not flailing in conspiracy, but are bright-red warning lights. “Warhead” (2022) is one of the most delicate and thought-provoking pieces the artist has completed in recent memory, adding to an ongoing series of “head” works that address, in the most abstract way, the awe-inspiring dynamism of the human condition.
Unlike previous shows, Elster is no longer angry. She’s done defending herself. Now she is a communicator. Her prophesies have come true and she’s been prepared for a long while. Now she invites the broader world to involve themselves. Of course, there is humor. There is realism. Elster remains as buoyant as ever, motivated by- believe it or not- absolute optimism.
Viewers will relish in the opportunity to revisit one of Elster’s most remarkable achievements: the styling of the late David Bowie. In a new installation, the image, which is celebrated for its deeply collaborative and improvised instant, enters into a new territory of multi-dimensional bliss by way of cut web around the enlarged image. “Bowie and I went very deep. I wanted to pay tribute and incorporate but not overwhelm the show.”ChannelELSTER.com/art-gallery and on Artsy. Most of the show has sold, but there are collectible Limited Editions Gaeclee canvases and Digital C-Prints that will be available upon proposal.Elster’s work are available to purchase for the first time at
Take Heed will be on exhibition through January 5, 2023 at The Development Gallery in Tribeca, NYC.
Shop the J. Elster collection here.
While a heatwave blankets the world, we’re throwing it back to winter. Earlier this year, we took the redesigned 2022 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring off-road and into the snowing mountains of West Virginia after a pampered ride from NYC. Both on and off road, the Corsair is a truly impressive SUV, even if it had a little mud on the tires (we got it nice and clean after the test, of course!)
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