No longer the sole province of huge government organizations or private defense companies, getting into space is being revolutionized by private companies. SpaceX is leading the charge with their reusable rockets, but in a sign of how far technology can filter down, Joe Barnard is building his own — albeit on a smaller scale. While Joe hasn't successfully landed a rocket yet, he's getting closer every day, along with learning a lot in the process.
Shanghai is known for is modern towers but if you look below its skyline, there's a wealth of Art Deco treasures. Defined by its geometric forms and gold accents, the architectural style rose to fame in the 1930s and was the epitome of glamor and luxury. Take a tour of two of the city's most notorious Art Deco buildings, the Grand Theatre and the Paramount.
Onsen's relaxed, minimalist towels were already our go-to, and now we've taken their hue to our preferred end of the spectrum. Made with American-grown Supima cotton, these special edition black towels are made with longer fibers in a weave pattern that provides an exceptionally soft texture that's also fast-drying. But the key to this obsessively designed towel set isn't what Onsen added, but rather what they eliminated. Standard bath towels go through a chemical bathing process so they feel fluffy — at least at first. Instead of short-lived softness that washes away, Onsen builds in softness from the beginning and utilizes no chemical processes. Bypassing these common treatments eliminates the artificial fluff, resulting instead in a naturally plush surface that just gets better and better, making this quite possibly the last towel set you'll need.
Bath Towel: 31" x 57" / Hand Towel: 18" X 30" / Face Towel: 12" x 12"
Timeless automotive design. Rolex wristwatches. The artworks of Andy Warhol. Three subjects that vary wildly, yet elicit similarly passionate responses from those who care about them. Assouline's Impossible Collection series recognizes this, providing a thorough, in-depth look at each topic through insightful interviews, powerful prose, and gorgeous imagery. Each hand-bound tome tips the scales at nearly 20 pounds, arrives in a bespoke presentation case, and measures well over two feet wide when opened — demanding a central spot on your coffee table, if not its own dedicated stand.
Although we all might think we're beer experts, Garrett Oliver actually is. While sampling a variety of pilsners, IPAs, and dark Lagers, the Brooklyn brewmaster uses his particular set of skills the decipher between cheap brews and the expensive stuff.
Aston Martin's upcoming Valkyrie hypercar is anticipated to be one of the highest-performing and technologically advanced cars ever to be sold to the public. Designed by F1 aerodynamic ace Adrian Newey, currently employed by the Red Bull F1 team, the Valkyrie is an uncompromising race car for the road. But the heart of any car is the engine and legendary British manufacturer Cosworth was tasked with building the 6.5-liter V12. Carfection got an early look at the naturally-aspirated, 1,000 horsepower unit during testing on Cosworth's dyno, in all its 11,000-plus RPM glory.
There aren't many shoes that are versatile enough for a formal occasion but also look great with a pair of jeans. But The Newton is up for both occasions and plenty in-between. Each pair is Goodyear welted for flexibility and maximum durability and they're lined with leather for increased breathability, and have a comfortable footbed and a leather outsole that's built to stand the test of time. And even when that outsole wears thin, they can be easily re-soled by a repair service -- extending the life of your favorite pair. Available in black and oak leather.
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The Blundstone 500 Series was originally created over 50 years ago, but its classic styling and sturdy construction have ensured that its legacy is alive and well today. The timeless Chelsea boot design is constructed with breathable, waterproof-oiled leather and a hefty, slip-resistant outsole that works rain or shine. Although, what truly makes these boots stand out from the pack is their comfort. The combination of a cushioned midsole, a shock-absorbing footbed, while being lightweight, allows for all-day wear.
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The distillation process behind booze is always fascinating but the techniques used for Aviation Gin are downright unbelievable. From sunrise meditations to serenades by Sarah McLachlan, owner Ryan Reynolds reveals the extreme measures his distillers go through the ensure each bottle of Aviation Gin is impeccable.
When John F. Kennedy kicked off the space race by announcing the goal of landing on the moon by the end of the decade, it was one of the biggest crunch times in history. The newly-formed NASA faced the nearly-impossible task of not only getting there but designing and building the multitude of systems required to make the trip. On December 21, 1968, Apollo 8 launched and put three astronauts in orbit around the moon. Flying on largely untested equipment, the mission was a success as the crew spent Christmas watching the Earth rise over the horizon of the moon.