Contents :  Designist, Dublin, Ireland | NØRDIK MÅRKET, Paris, France | | Smash Records, Washington, DC | SuitSupply, Washington, DC

Designist, Dublin, Ireland.  Not to be outdone by their Danish and Italian design neighbors across the waters, Ireland’s very own Designist can be found on South Great George’s Street in Dublin’s Temple Bar neighborhood.  Featuring very cool, very hip, and very affordable books, gifts, housewares, stationary, table ware, and toys, this store easily holds its own against both Conran’s and New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)’s gift shop.

© Designist

NØRDIK MÅRKET, Paris, France.  Chefs across Scandinavia and the greater Nordic region have catapulted restaurants in their respective countries to some of the world’s greatest, and garnered long-overdue attention to the area’s local ingredients, by importing French culinary techniques and putting their own unique interpretations front and center.  The results, in places like NOMA and Geist, are impressive to say the least.  The French are returning the mutual admiration in a different area, albeit one which still centers around the home.  NØRDIK MÅRKET has opened at 13 rue Charlot in the Marais and the locals cannot get enough of the concept store which features genuine Scandinavian / Nordic home goods and vintage items.

© Nordik Market

Victorinox.  For those who are struck by wanderlust on a regular basis, it’s a safe bet your flight will be characterized by two items.  The first is your ability to recall the airline safety demonstration verbatim, and perhaps even in another language.  The second is the realization most people have adopted slovenly attire when they travel, as if they’ve just rolled out of bed with little to any consideration to the fact they’re sharing a cabin with others.  There’s nothing saying you can’t be comfortable and stylish.  Victorinox has the ideal solution, i.e., The Travel Blazer by Victorinox , a garment so comfortable and sharp it should be as indispensable as your dark jeans and razor kit.  With multiple pockets for your passport and iPhone, water-repellent cotton and Nylon fabric, metal grommets for ventilation, and the finest tailoring imaginable, you won’t look like just another passenger.  You’ll look like you own the airline itself.

 Mens travel blazer
© Victorinox

Smash Records, Washington, DC.  Located in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, Smash has two of the coolest things ever–Converse and vinyl albums.  The former will never go out of style; the latter produce sound fuller and richer than their CD and download counterparts.  Just listen to U2′s “The Joshua Tree” or Peter Gabriel’s “So” in all three formats for further proof.

SuitSupply, Washington, DC.  The Dutch-based clothing company has opened a men’s store in Georgetown.  The clothing is smart, minimalist, impeccably tailored with imported fabrics, and it’s priced at a fraction of what you would find at higher-end stores.  Suits can be easily found for as little $ 600 and look as if they just arrived from Paris or Milan.  The store stocks an impressive collection of sweaters and ties, too.

© SuitSupply

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