Field guide for desert fun
Blazing heat. Searing sand. After a long hike over dunes and through dry riverbeds, you watch the sun slip below the horizon, and set up camp for the night. A blanket on the sand is all the bed you need. Tomorrow brings more promise, more vistas, more adventure. Friendly new faces await in a small desert town. Get on your own way, with a little help from these expeditionary supplies.
Gemstones don’t just gleam and glimmer. They reflect moments of time—and have been used for far more than fashion for eons. Take the ancient Romans. Their soldiers regularly rubbed a red stone called hematite on their bodies before going into battle. And not out of vanity—they believed the mineral would make them invisible to their foes. These gems won’t grant you magical invisibility, but putting a little sparkle in your life might help you smile through the day’s little battles. Take a shine to this gem of a collection, and add some dazzle to your den.
Open the blinds. The sun is finally peeking out from those spring clouds. Lean out the window and feel the warmth on your skin. That’s right: summer’s coming—bright times are ahead. So make sure you’ve got the right eyewear. A century ago, movie stars began wearing them to shield their eyes from fans and flashbulbs, and lent dark lenses a cool cachet. Now you can borrow a dash of their glamour, all while protecting your peepers from harsh sunlight. Have it made in the shade, with this collection of hot sunglasses.
They tuck their little ones in for the night. With a bedtime story and a kiss on the forehead. Then parents around the world lie in their beds, hoping: may our children be smart, curious little creatures. Luckily, making learning fun takes only the tiniest bit of imagination. Get the wee ones stoked on science at a young age. Chemistry, biology, whatever—make it fun and engaging and that inspiration can last a lifetime. Start your junior geologists rocking with this cool collection of minerals and more.
Ruby. Sapphire. Tourmaline. Their names sparkle almost as brightly as the actual stones. The deep and captivating complexities of colored stones, faceted and gleaming. Gems like these get passed down from grandmother to granddaughter. Bold pendants hung from ropy silver chains. Teardrops winking from earlobes. And costume pieces kept in the bottom of jewelry boxes, a special treat on dress-up days. While some believe clear diamonds are a girl’s best friend, this colorful gem of a collection will have you thinking otherwise.
Deer tracks mark the soft earth. Water from a winding creek trickles over moss-covered rocks. Sunlight pierces the canopy of trees, warming patches of cool, foggy air. It looks magical—enchanting, even. Spaces between the trees glow as if they were touched by something otherworldly. This is Muir Woods: home to one of the largest living things on earth, the majestic redwood. Awe-inspiring at 300-feet. Nature at its most breathtaking, there for you to discover. So today, trek into the magnificent Muir Woods with these accessories and goods.
Going off-roading? We’ve got just the Thing. The Volkswagen 181 was Germany’s answer to the Jeep, and it quickly left behind boring paved roads for the adventure of dirt ones. Crossing streams and tackling rocky slopes in search of the next horizon. For a generation of daring drivers, this was more than a simple automobile…it was The Thing. So rev your engine and kick the tires on a collection of Things that will take your driving experience off the beaten path.
Smooth rings on a polished slice of oak tree. Thin ridges jut out like record grooves along the surface of a table. Across the room, the flat planes of a crystal lamp play off the roughness of a raw bark sculpture. Even in a simple modern home, the eye looks for a soft place to rest. Nature’s shapes and textures provide it. Warm wood, cool geometry, and a touch of something wild make up this collection of home goods that beg to be touched.
Get out of the big-box stores. It’s time to shop smarter—and craftier. Without a touch of unique charm, a house just isn’t a home. And you can’t mass-produce character. Pieces fashioned slowly, lovingly, to every taste. Designs you can’t find in the catalogs. Opt for the authentic. You’ll have a beautiful object to show for it. With a history all its own, and some new memories to make. See what your home’s been missing with this collection of handmade wooden furniture.
Pow! Ouch. The last person you want to meet in a darkened alley? That would be Jopling, Dmitri’s henchman. Armed with skull-shaped brass knuckles, he is likely to leave an impression not to be forgotten. That is, if you survive. Merciless and cold, the only thing that really gets this cruel man’s blood going is a good chase—on his motorcycle, on skis, or even through an art museum. Poor Kovacs. Get moving and get lost with this collection.
A soft friend to cuddle with. A perfect party dress. Even a rattle to shake in the crib. If it brings joy to your bundle of joy, it should only be the very best. For baby, this means keeping things nice and natural: lots of wood and cotton, less plastic and polyester. Toys that mom and dad—or even grandma and grandpa—might have enjoyed in their own infant years. So set the tone for your favorite tot with these quality baby goods.
Ribbons flutter and tutus rustle. Ballerinas-in-training line the barre, carefully perfecting each position. Making each gesture, just so. And wearing ballet basics, which have been unchanged for decades. Soft shoes and simple leotards for maximum movement. Gently colored, subtly shaped. All in preparation for one day taking the stage with one of America’s most prestigious ballet companies. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the New York City Ballet with this collection of ballerina-inspired beauty.
Upside-down. Mouth full of water. The world is a confusion of ocean, and it’s hard to know which way is sky or shore. For a brief, beautiful moment, you were the pipeline’s master, riding high, until your fall—into the sea’s spin cycle, like a sneaker in the washing machine. But this is why you’re here. In the ocean. To get back up, and get back out there. You’re the reason they hone great boards. Build better board shorts. Chase bigger surf. And with this collection of best-in-class surfwear, those triumphs will look as good as they feel.
Mullets. Slouch socks. Awful-looking pants patterned after parachutes. Those ’80s staples are best left locked in a time capsule. But don’t turn your back on the decade entirely, or you’ll miss the treasures. Like statement T’s—made popular by 1985 classic Teen Wolf. Or logo sweatshirts from hip-hop “fashion godfather” Dapper Dan. Keep it choice with a collection of ’80s gear, like worn-in shirts, acid wash and original Ray-bans that will make anyone look…well, rad.
Gasps and pleased laughter. Your guests have just entered the dining room, pre-dinner drinks in hand. They take in your artfully arranged table for the first time. Lit only by candles, the silverware glimmers and the centerpieces glow. Linen napkins, delicate glassware, all meticulously set. It looks like you went to far too much trouble. But really, all it took was selecting the perfect pieces, creating the right ambiance. Besides, the finest food—and the best company—deserves a fitting platform. Here’s a collection that will set the stage for many great dinners to come.
The smoke is thick, the air heavy, the crowd electrified. Like a shaft of fresh, clear light, Miles Davis scorches tradition with his groundbreaking cool jazz. His album Birth of the Cool steered clear of the brassy call-and-response of the big band sound, as Davis strove to make the instruments sound connected, “like human voices singing.” The effect is harmonious and mesmerizing, a slow, groovy romp. Dig the modern jazz masterpiece, and others from the sprawling Davis canon, in this collection.