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Oberwerth Crossbody Camera Holster

Buying a Leica is sort of like having a newborn, but with less noise. It’s exhilarating and frightening all at once—suddenly you’re faced with visions of the various horrible things that could happen to the precious, expensive new addition to your family. And though the thought of spending another cent is too much to bear, you have to invest in the baby. In the case of your new camera, that means getting the right bag and straps to carry it around. In this department, there is no finer company than Oberwerth, which, like Leica, is based in Germany. They use superlative vegetable-tanned hides, tough-as-nails brass hardware, and smart scarlet linings that are so attractive people will assume the case is custom-made. When it comes to swaddling your M or Q but remaining mobile—useful for aspiring photojournalists and jaunty vacationers alike—you really can’t go wrong with the crossbody holster. ($549, —Nathan King


Toast in Boerum Hill

There’s nothing better than the much-loved English clothing line, Toast (except perhaps buttered toast, maybe with jam). Now the brand known for championing a slower way of life has opened its first store outside of the U.K., at 367 Atlantic Avenue in the Boerum Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. In addition to offering its signature relaxed-fit basics in muted colors and high-quality fabrics, the shop will also carry its linens and accoutrements for the home and kitchen. Warning: toast textiles are addictive. Expect to see many of those Maison N.H. Paris raffia hats, block-print dresses, and fisherman’s sandals on streets all over New York and beyond. ($145, —Ashley Baker


La DoubleJ x Orlebar Brown

J. J. Martin’s designs are not for the faint of bikini. Now the designer of La DoubleJ has teamed up with Adam Brown, founder of Orlebar Brown, on a 34-piece summer capsule collection for all genders called Raise Your Vacation Vibration. It aims to do exactly that through bathing suits, caftans, swim trunks, cotton dresses, oversize tops, and a one-piece Daiquiri swimsuit. The collection uses three new exclusive prints—Dragonflower, Whitsun, and Morpheus—and it’s rather tempting to match your suit to your cover-up and perhaps even your partner. ($424, —Ashley Baker



“Most foods have recipes—steak has rules,” writes Tim Hayward, whose passion and reverence for steak has led to authoring the newly released and authoritative Steak: The Whole Story. Broken down in sections (animal, butchery, and cooking), the book is made for carnivores of any expertise. Whether you’re looking for instructions on how to prepare a Chateaubriand or a cut-by-cut guide to boost your confidence for your next trip to the butcher, or a digression on the perfect martini, Hayward has you covered. He’s a terrific food writer and restaurant reviewer, and readers of the Financial Times will already be familiar with his knowledgeable yet affable style. ($42, —Spike Carter


Casa Susanna

When you think of the Catskills, family resorts, postwar America, and images of Jewish families come to mind. But a small community of drag queens and transgender New Yorkers also trekked 100 miles from Manhattan decades back to find their own kind of freedom at Casa Susanna. Hidden within the hamlet of Jewett, Casa Susanna rambled over 150 acres and managed to remain just below the radar during an era of witch hunts and ruin. The resort was all-inclusive: food, a place to sleep, and makeup lessons. And the clientele were mostly married and considered themselves straight. They likely would not today. Founder Susanna Valenti sold off the resort in 2014, but its legacy lives on in the new book Casa Susanna: The Story of the First Trans Network in the United States, 1959–1968, which includes 400 photographs documenting the resort’s sheer ahead-of-its-timeness. But folks are catching up. ($55, —David Christopher Kaufman


Wine Futures

After a yearslong onslaught of friends’ weddings, the social calendar has now given way to a parade of first-birthday parties and I’m left wondering what gifts to get for the one-year-olds. I’ve already given them Tiffany piggy banks; New York toy stores give me panic attacks, and Bonpoint is lovely, sure, but won’t they grow out of it rather quickly? Behold the perfect gift for the little ones in your life: a case of wine. (Don’t get ahead of yourself. I would never endorse under-age drinking.) A case of Futures is wine that’s still maturing in the barrel and hasn’t been bottled yet. Aim for a second to fifth growth, and it should be good to drink on the kid’s 21st birthday. It’s a forward-thinking gift, and you’ll hopefully be able to enjoy a bottle with the recipient when the time comes—way better than any stuffed animal. ( —Michael Pescuma

Issue No. 256
June 8, 2024
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Issue No. 256
June 8, 2024