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Where You Are: A Collection of Maps That Will Leave You Feeling Completely Lost

"Where You Are consists of 16 actual blueprints created by writers and artists, from Sheila Heti to Olafur Eliasson, that offer beautiful, unexpected ruminations on our place in the world"

Shangri-la Hotel, Toronto, 5 Stars

'Cost will keep most away, but for those looking for a splurge (or exercising a corporate account), the Shangri-La offers the standard high level of service and comfort the chain has become known for.'

S'well Woodgrain Water Bottle 25 Oz.

"For your dumb friend who definitely bought way more than $45 dollars worth of bottled water this year."

Snow Peak Carry On Travel Chopsticks

"What's a perfect gift for the jetsetting, eco-minded foodie? This set of chopsticks, weighing only one ounce and featuring recycled-wood tips that screw on and off, of course."

A.P.C. x Louis Wong Ferris Jacket

"If you didn't know already, there's a French guy named Louis Wong who's been designing for APC, and he's usually pretty good regardless. But this time around he made a capsule collection that, quite frankly, is like a work of art."

Mana Kai Maui Hotel Kihei, Hawaii - 3 Stars

"Mana Kai Maui, at the north end of Keawakapu Beach, offers ocean views, full kitchens and optional car-rental packages. And it’s a great value." Featured as one of the three recommended places to stay in New York Times' 36 Hours in Maui, Hawaii.

Jesse Kamm Boat Tote Bag

"Jesse Kamm was founded in Los Angeles, California in 2005, as a luxury, artisan label, by designer, Jesse Kamm. Each piece of Jesse Kamm is designed and crafted in California. The brand sells at exclusive boutiques across North America, Europe and Asia. This large tote features navy stripe detail throughout, two brown leather handles, and a single internal pouch pocket."

Fred Perry Bradley Wiggins Colour Block Cycling Shirt

"Today Fred Perry launched the fifth edition of their partnership with cyclist Bradley Wiggins, inspired by the sleek aerodynamically-minded apparel that world class riders like Wiggins often don during a race."

Tom's Black Brown Aviator Twill Classics

"Upgrade your slipper game with these shearling-lined slip-ons."

The W Hotel, Boston - 5 Stars

"The W Boston opened in 2009 and has 235 sleek rooms that look out over the Theater District and beyond." Featured as one of the three recommended places to stay in New York Times' 36 Hours in Boston.

New Objectivity: Modern German Art in the Weimar Republic 1919-1933

"14 essays examine from all sides the newly realistic painting style that sprang up in the wake of German Expressionism during the politically turbulent Weimar Republic. The multifarious style encompassed both radical and conservative strains and had a complex relationship to the period’s photography, which is also covered."

Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities

"An oversized book that reviews over 1,500 different tools, explaining why each one is great, and what its benefits are. Stewart Brand, the creator of The Whole Earth Catalog, calls it The real deal."

Carita Diamant De Beaute Beauty Diamond Anti-Aging Precious Cream

"Carita's 1.7-ounce antiaging cream is infused with diamond powder, and the energy of the precious gems helps brighten complexion and prevent future sagging and collagen loss."

Hotel Odette en Ville, Brussels - 5 Stars

"Opened in October 2009, the eight-room Odette en Ville is a chic boutique hotel near the high-end shopping street Avenue Louise." Featured as one of the three recommended places to stay in New York Times' 36 Hours in Brussels.

Faber Castell Design Ambition Saffron Point Fountain Pen

'Sometimes in these days of styluses and tablets, we forget the joy of the good old fashioned, quality fountain pen. Requires no batteries, upgrades or downloads. Lasts forever."

Marni Accordion Flap Shoulder Bag

"Italian fashion combines elegance and quality craftsmanship with a dash of quirk. This shoulder bag is timeless yet truly fashionable – Marni always surprises us with its whimsical prints and angular cuts. Brick-red bags like this also warm up light summer outfits."

Tocca Giulietta Sapone Soap

"Pretty packaging and fresh, clean scents are a win-win with guests."

The St. Regis Princeville Resort, Hawaii - 5 Stars

'The property now also offers enough amenities to tempt even the links-averse—including an 11,000-square-foot spa; a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant; a 5,000-square-foot infinity pool; and a sheltered beach good for snorkeling and for families.' Featured in the Travel + Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Folk Taped Archive Shirt

"This geometric-print cotton shirt from Folk was developed exclusively for Matches Fashion, so you won’t find it anywhere else. It’s designed to sit slim against your frame, and is pre-washed for that perfectly worn-in look and feel."

Erin Canopy Print Pencil Skirt

Botanical prints are a perfect way to herald in the new season. This crepe pencil skirt from Peter Pilotto features a 3D-effect canopy print and finishes on the knee. Wear with a simple white tee, or the label’s peplum blouse for a more directional spin.

In the Land of Punctuation

"Not so much a book as a foldable work of art."

Riad Kniza, Marrakech - 5 Stars

'Mohamed Bouskri is something of a legend in Marrakesh; he has been guiding tourists for more than 35 years. There are 11 beautiful rooms, a good-sized spa and excellent restaurant, but the real joy is sitting on the roof terrace, listening to Mohamed’s tales of the city.'

Carr Impala Amplifier 112 Combo Custom Two Tone

"Steve Carr’s latest amplifier, the Impala, is based on the circuit of the venerable blackface Fender Bassman and goes a couple of extra miles. Clocking in at 40 watts, and equipped with a master volume, you can saturate the power tubes on this baby for plenty of good old-fashioned blues-based swamp tone."

Shakuhachi Geo Print Tee Dress

"From the modern and sophisticated stylings of Shakuhachi, a sleek geometric floral printed tee-shirt style dress. Features a rounded neckline, and a relaxed fit through the torso, for a casual look."

Mariana Cook: Justice: Faces of the Human Rights Revolution

"Mariana Cook’s portrait photography seems to corroborate the old myth of the camera as a soul-stealing machine. Her eye is warmly enveloping, yet also sharp and efficient—like an emotional pickpocket, she removes crucial human essences and stores them on film."

The Merrion Hotel, Dublin - 5 Stars

'Choice digs of the Obamas during their 2011 visit to Ireland, the Merrion is all class, kitted out in gleaming white marble and gorgeous restored Georgian details. Rooms boast the usual conveniences, along with luxury touches like Italian marble bathtubs and plush bathrobes.'

Pierre Hardy Colour Block Pochette

"The perfect gift for the one and only. Burgundy and beige colour block pochette from Pierre Hardy featuring an optional gunmetal chain shoulder strap with a large disc detail, a tab-fastening front flap closure, a magnetic snap fastening and an internal pouch pocket."

Roland Mouret Paddington Wool-Crepe Coat

The season's coolest coats are cut with cocoon silhouettes. Roland Mouret's wool-crepe design features a timeless monochrome palette and concealed fastenings for a clean, minimalist finish.

Eley Kishimoto x Fossil Retro Watch

"This retro-looking piece is inspired and modeled after a '50s kitchen timer."

Hotel Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, 5 Stars

'Housed in a restored historic mansion, the Hotel Santa Teresa is a boutique hotel that offers guest luxury accommodations within an authentic and bohemian Rio neighborhood.'

A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen

"Though he is the chef behind acclaimed restaurants in Atlanta and Athens, Ga., Mr. Acheson thinks and cooks like a civilian. His modern, Southern-leaning recipes are models of clarity and simplicity, and reading them makes you feel at home: the book begins with lemonade and ends with chocolate-chunk oatmeal cookies."

Danish Design Matchboxes by Schneck Zweigbergk

"Beautifully made products can turn the most mundane of everyday tasks into an enjoyable one—designers Clara von Zweigbergk and Shane Schneck teamed up with Danish design house HAY to do just that for the act of striking a match."

Sonoma Vintage Dress

"Vintage-inspired, floral printed babydoll dress. Features a wide rounded neckline, and cutout detailing at the shoulders and waist."

Hotel Koenig von Ungarn, Vienna - 4 Stars

'Medieval Viennese (the building dates back to 1349), with thick wooden doors, arched windows and corridors looking on to a welcoming glass-roofed inner courtyard. There is something of a monastic feel (the original inhabitants were priests) and it is traditional in style.'

Oyyo Design Carpets

"Lina Zedig and Marcus Ahren, the founders of the Stockholm-based design studio Oyyo, have introduced a line of cotton dhurries that stands apart from the ubiquitous stripes and chevrons of flat-weave designs. With their soft pastels and spare patterns, these rugs have a definite Nordic accent, but a closer look reveals more diverse influences — everything from the Bauhaus textiles of Gunta Stölzl to the tree markings of itinerant laborers in the 1940s."

Waterproof Crumpled City Maps

"Milan designer Emanuele Pizzolorusso has created a series of maps for Italian brand Palomar that are designed to survive being screwed up and stuffed into a pocket or bag. Called Crumpled City, the products are made of a soft waterproof material to avoid damage when put away without folding carefully along the original creases."

Mason Pearson Pocket Comb

"A finely-crafted pocket comb."

Mar Ipanema Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, 4 Stars

'This stylish boutique hotel has a primo locale, just five minutes from Ipanema Beach and a few blocks from the Rodrigo Freitas Lagoon. The hippest beach hangouts are minutes away, as are a host of the city’s most happening boutiques, restaurants and bars in one of the safest neighborhoods in Rio.'

Roberts Revival Mini Retro Radio

"Mini version of the classic Roberts Revival, this digital radio comes in some lovely colours, and has both DAB and FM tuners."

Okido Kids Magazines

"Beautifully designed magazines for kids, Okido concentrates on arts and sciences. Educational and beautiful enough to please the most finickety parent, and fun enough to engage children."

Kikkerland Toucan Kitchen Shears

"Nicely designed kitchen shears with a built-in bottle opener."

The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Hotel, Singapore - 5 Stars

'Its modern, elegant architecture offers views of Singapore’s skyline. While soaking in a butler-drawn bath, guests can gaze through an octagonal window at the Singapore Flyer, a giant observation wheel.' Featured in the Conde Nast Traveler Best Hotels in the World Gold List in 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera

"When I want a break from lugging around my usual heavy duty camera, I'd love to throw this one into my bag to bring to parties."

Dior Christmas Lips And Nails Palette

"Christmas grooming made easy - match your lips to your tips with this compact Dior kit."

Filson Travel Kit

"Trust the masters of quality American luggage take care of all any grooming products."

Orla Copacabana Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, 4 Stars

'Overlooking the bustling activity of Copacabana Beach, the Orla Copacabana Hotel offers guests the personalized service of a boutique hotel in the heart of one of Rio's most popular areas.'

Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain

"Grindrod tries to do justice to the people who changed the British landscape so radically after 1945. It is initially 'a story of ingenuity and humanity', where Spitfire factories are repurposed to provide prefab houses for people bombed out in the blitz, garden cities provide a model to give more people 'a decent start in life', and the 1951 Festival of Britain points the way to a spacey, streamlined future full of technical innovation and stuff that looked like rockets. 'There was a determination to make things better', Grindrod says, even if this too was an era of public debt and economic austerity. The comparisons with our contemporary failure to build houses are obvious and Grindrod makes a compelling case for people who were at least trying to do something."

Marshall Major Headphones Brown

"An attractive and compact pair of headphones, not revolutionary by any means, but powerful and portable, and hey, they say Marshall on them. They’re good-looking, have a nice big sound, nice isolation, and a good cord for portable use."

Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine

"This quiet but stinging anthology is full of gawky dreamers cornered in dreary suburbs pockmarked by Denny’s, Target and Panda Express. There’s the clueless landscaper trying to transform his skills into the art of 'hortisculpture,' a stuttering teenage girl who aches to be a stand-up comic, a doormat of a woman who falls for a playground dope dealer who beats her."

Hotel Thompson, Toronto, 4 Stars

'The Thompson is a sleek, modern hotel with a cosmopolitan appeal, particularly for those whose trip includes a bit of see-and-be-seen.'

Yazbukey Beauty Leather Clutch

Look to Yazbukey to enliven your cocktail repertoire; its irreverent designs are guaranteed to bring an element of fun to the simplest of looks. This Beauty clutch has been crafted from black leather and features a 3D Plexiglas nail varnish design. The top zip is embellished with a witty painted nail pull-tab.

Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design

"Saul Bass (1920-1996) created some of the most compelling images of American post-war visual culture. Having extended the remit of graphic design to include film titles, he went on to transform the genre. His best known works include a series of unforgettable posters and title sequences for films such as Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and Otto Preminger's The Man With The Golden Arm and Anatomy of a Murder. He also created some of the most famous logos and corporate identity campaigns of the century, including those for major companies such as AT&T, Quaker Oats, United Airlines and Minolta."

X'Ed Out. by Charles Burns

"Five years after his graphic-novel magnum opus Black Hole, Charles Burns returns to the medium with his first full-color work, X'ed Out. The protagonist of Mr. Burns’s latest story is a drug-addled teenager with a healthy William S. Burroughs obsession, who also suffers from an unspecified head injury — not exactly the character traits of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. X'ed Out takes Doug and his familiar fantasy world counterpart, Nitnit, through memories and dreams or perhaps dreamed memories — or possibly something else entirely."

Schlosshotel Kronberg, Frankfurt - 5 Stars

'It may be a little way out of town, but the luxurious Schlosshotel Kronberg more than justifies the minor inconvenience. A 19th century country castle-cum-hotel, it boasts exquisite furnishings, an impressive collection of antiques and paintings and, naturally, an exclusive 18-hole golf course.'

Lomography Konstruktor DIY Camera Kit

"Build your own plastic 35mm SLR camera and immerse yourself in the alluring lomographic aesthetic. It's kinda like Instagram without the insta."

Q and Q Solar Power Unisex Resin Watch

"With its jovial colors and long-lasting power, this waterproof and solar-powered watch will delight the wearer."

iKettle Wireless Wifi Kettle

"For the incorrigible gadget-lover: they can switch on the kettle while still in bed."

Waterloo House Hotel, Dublin - 4 Stars

"For a cheap but still elegant spot, try the Waterloo House, not far from St. Stephen’s Green. Look for the twin red doors. The hotel has 17 classic but modernly furnished rooms, with a house dog in the backyard garden." Featured as one of the three recommended places to stay in New York Times' 36 Hours in Dublin.

Cuckoo Clock White

"Where Swiss traditional objects meet Japanese minimalism. This cuckoo probably keeps his CDs in perspex boxes inside the clock, too."

One&Only Royal Mirage Hotel, Dubai - 5 Stars

'The One&Only Royal Mirage hotel is one of Dubai's most luxurious resorts. With its Moroccan-cum-Arabian-style decor and marvellous beach it ticks all boxes for couples that can't decide whether they want a 1001 nights fantasy or a seaside escape.'