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Oh, What a Match

Some mothers and daughters bond over sweets, alcohol, and gossip. For others, it’s phillumeny. That’s the official term for the hobby of collecting match-related items—matchboxes, -books, and the like. Nadia and Alice Cavallo are so passionate about this subject that they founded a popular Instagram account, @ohwhatamatch, and are now selling display boxes that do a bang-up job of ensuring that these keepsakes remain free of dust, ash, and cocktail detritus. Our favorite is the stackable Fred cylinder; matchboxes go in the internal cylinder, and matchbooks in the external one. ($278, —Ashley Baker


Loro Piana

In the late 1970s, the Loro Piana family went on a mission to find the world’s finest cashmere. They landed in Inner Mongolia. Fifty years later, many of the same nomadic shepherds still work with the family, producing bales of wool that are shipped to a spinning mill in Roccapietra, Piedmont, before being transformed into cherished sweaters. For spring, Loro Piana has created a tribute to the bale with a simple, supple calfskin bag, with adjustable shoulder straps. It’s just what we like: tone-on-tone lining, no visible logos, and a choice of navy, tan, dark green, white, black, and pink. Get yours fast before they sell out. (Starting at $2,625; —Elena Clavarino


Laguna B

In 1994, Marie Angliviel de la Beaumelle founded her glassware company, Laguna B, on the shores of Murano, an isle in the Venetian archipelago. She was inspired by goti da fornasa, the glasses that traditional artisans chose to drink out of while they worked. Spun from leftover materials, these vessels came in eclectic patterns and eccentric shapes, teetering between art and design. Angliviel de la Beaumelle’s 31-year-old son, Marcantonio Brandolini d’Adda, took the reins as the company’s artistic director in 2016, implementing an array of social and environmental projects alongside glass-making. Laguna B’s yearly prize, Autonoma, awards young artisans a two-month residency at Pilchuck Glass School, in Standwood, Washington. The company also partners with Green Future Project, a carbon-offsetting initiative, so all your Laguna B purchases can be guilt-free. Our favorite? The stunning Berlingot Evo, which combines melted glass sticks in an array of colors. The glasses are expensive, but, rest assured, they’ll make your next table setting one of a kind. ($139.35, —Elena Clavarino


The Creative Pragmatist

I used to scroll blindly and endlessly through Instagram and Pinterest for outfit-and-styling inspiration, which very often led to some regrettable and utterly unnecessary Shopify-enabled purchases. Lately I’ve been reaching for the book The Creative Pragmatist, by Amy Smilovic, the founder and creative director behind fashion brand Tibi. Consequently, I’ve found myself shopping around my own closet. (How novel!) There are too many gems of intel to list—principles and concepts around wardrobe-building, proportion, and color that don’t push a particular aesthetic so much as help you define your own—in this comprehensive, illustrated manual, which is why it should be required reading for anyone seeking to confidently home in on their personal style, whatever it may be. ($145, —Laura Neilson


The Mulberry

All seems quiet on the Mulberry’s velvet front because Cindy, the gatekeeper dressed in fur, keeps it that way. “Reservation,” she states matter-of-factly instead of asking two approaching twentysomethings in knee-high boots. They shake their heads slowly, and she apologetically cocks her own to the side in response. A similar scene of outright rejection replays throughout most of the night outside the subterranean and inconspicuous door at 240 Mulberry Street—and that is what makes Nolita’s newest lounge, by Phil Meynell, Leo Jacob, and Justin Sievers, so irresistible: you are either in or you’re so out that you might as well have a slice at the nearby Upside Pizza and call it a night. However, what may come off as a cold shoulder at the door quickly dissolves into a warm embrace downstairs, where dim lighting bounces off the checkerboard floor and wispy murals by Emelie Törling. A male duo of long-haired D.J.’s with prominent cheekbones, the Muses, play “Video Killed the Radio Star,” by the Buggles, to a crowd who sings along. And by the time the bar closes, at two a.m., a man helps his date out the door and asks, “Was that Woody Harrelson we saw in there?” ( —Carolina de Armas


Eleven Madison Park

Oh, I suppose I could spend all day Sunday making soup, but, then again, life beckons. Plus, the good people at Eleven Madison Park have offered to do it for all of us. Now the New York restaurant’s starter kits are available online; choose between saffron tomato, wild mushroom, and roasted seaweed. Each will make enough soup for four people and can be prepared (from soup to nuts, so to speak) in just 25 minutes. Alternatively, buy the whole lot via the Soup Box, which also includes grains, beans, and lentils. It’s all organic and unabashedly healthy, and much easier (and more environmentally friendly) than ordering such stuff on Seamless. And it makes a fantastic gift for anyone who needs a little T.L.C. ($117, —Ashley Baker

Issue No. 192
March 18, 2023
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Issue No. 192
March 18, 2023