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Ralph Lauren

Those who embrace a very tight edit of leaving-the-house necessities have found a friend in this nifty new phone case. From the Ralph Lauren Collection’s Welington Collection, which re-interprets the house’s equestrian codes into a smart series of accessories, the case fastens with a palladium-plated stirrup buckle that wraps over the top and snaps closed. It keeps one’s phone secure but still easily accessible. Given Apple Pay and all the rest, what else does one really need for a night out on the town? Bonus points for the chain-link straps, which help elevate the case’s dressed-up attitude. ($595, —Ashley Baker



This is complete conjecture, but if you want to travel in the company of staff and passengers who are masked and appear to be the types to be vaccinated, you will love JetBlue. There is just something about the airline, its ethos, and its employees that denotes a heightened level of responsibility during these strange days. On a recent trip to California, everyone wore masks and not once was there a call to duct-tape an obstreperous passenger to his seat. A huge bonus: in Mint, the up-front part, the food comes courtesy of Ryan Hardy and his team from Charlie Bird, in New York. It was the best lunch we’ve had above ground since, well, the last JetBlue flight. ( —Graydon Carter


Delivery Wars

The pandemic has been good for food-delivery apps. Uber Eats, Postmates, Grubhub, and DoorDash have more than doubled their combined profits since the pandemic took hold, in March 2020. But the rise of these apps pre-dates the lockdown. Vox and Recode’s Land of the Giants, a podcast about big tech, takes that rise as the subject of its newest mini-season, Delivery Wars. In each of the four episodes, food writer Ahmed Ali Akbar examines the food-app industry and the restaurants and workers it relies on. From the bagel place by Tompkins Square Park that led a vocal rebellion against these apps to the delivery drivers who are struggling to make enough money, the reporting is rigorous and wide-ranging—and, at times, even humorous. Delivery Wars forces us to consider our reliance on these apps while reminding us that there are always hidden costs to convenience. ( —Jacob Robbins

Eddie Braun


Eddie Braun has been in more than 250 films and TV shows, but you’ve probably never heard of him. That’s because he’s not the star—he’s the star’s stuntman. Now, thanks to a new documentary directed by Kurt Mattila for Disney Plus, Braun is front and center. While it seems like Braun has no shortage of stories from his decades of explosions, car crashes, and perilous leaps, this isn’t a biopic. Instead, the documentary follows Braun’s decision to pilot a NASA-scientist-designed passenger rocket launched across the quarter-mile-wide Snake River Canyon in southern Idaho. If it sounds crazy, it’s because it is crazy. But Braun’s childhood hero, Evel Knievel, attempted the stunt in 1974 and failed (with only minor injuries). In the stunt world, that means it’s high time to try again. ( —Bridget Arsenault


Go Get Em Tiger Coffee Club

You can only buy a cup of coffee from Go Get Em Tiger (GGET) in Los Angeles. The shop started as a pop-up inside Sqirl—that oft Instagrammed East L.A. café—in 2012 and has since expanded west, now with eight stores between Highland Park and Santa Monica. Luckily, if you don’t live in L.A.—and even if you do—you can subscribe to their “coffee club” and get their beans delivered to your door. It’s customizable: you pick the type of bean—single origin, dark or light roast, or an espresso blend—and the number of bags you want every month, or week. They ship the coffee shortly after roasting to ensure it doesn’t become stale, like the stuff on grocery-store shelves. The GGET Web site offers a helpful graph that charts your bag of beans on a scale of earthy to citric and dark to light. Before too long, you’ll know how to describe your coffee preferences in barista lingo. ($19, —Jensen Davis


Shiprock Santa Fe

Fact is fact: Shiprock Santa Fe is one of the smartest stores in the American Southwest. Located on the second floor of a building in the town’s historic plaza, this gallery space has something for shoppers of all persuasions: Hopi kachinas, Navajo blankets, jewelry from Native American tribes throughout the Southwest, and much more. The name is a nod to the Navajo legend of Shiprock, a sacred volcanic-rock formation in northwest New Mexico, and the operation is run by Jed Foutz, who grew up on the Navajo Nation in a family of art traders. It has long been an essential destination for visitors to Santa Fe, but now its fully stocked e-commerce site means an airline ticket is no longer required to procure something from its expertly curated selection. ( —Ashley Baker

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Issue No. 111
August 28, 2021
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Issue No. 111
August 28, 2021