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The 13 best NYC secret bars and speakeasies, and how to find them

<b>Employees Only</b><p>The New York design clique’s answer to Milan institution Bar Basso, this Prohibition-style watering hole is fronted by a fortune-teller’s lair (just look out for a red neon psychic sign). Established in 2004 by five industry friends and since expanded to other global locations …

This Munich Hotel Looks Like It's From a James Bond Movie

Located in Munich's lively Westend district near Theresienwiese (the site of the annual Oktoberfest), Roomers Munich is both a hotel and locals' dining and nightlife hot spot—complete with a sassy Japanese restaurant and secret whisky lounge.<p>Frankfurt hospitality, food, and beverage brand Gekko …

James Bond

The Best Wine Resorts in the World

Why just visit wine country when you can spend the night? From Italy to Australia, we picked 17 luxe resorts that will take your wine country getaway to the next level. This gallery was originally published in June 2017. It has been updated with new picks.<p>Villa La Verrière, Provence, France<p>Castello …

Wine

Chinese startup gets $4b to battle Alibaba amid ‘local ecommerce’ boom

Photo credit: ygai / 123RF.One of China’s biggest and best-funded tech startups has secured US$4 billion in a new round of investment to grow its …

eCommerce

Flexport’s epic plan to build a freight empire with its $110M raise

“We’re actually out here trying to create value, not just give venture capital money away” says Flexport CEO Ryan Petersen. “It’s counterintuitive. The more the business works, the more cash it needs.”<p>That’s because Flexport doesn’t ship bits, it ships atoms. Lots of them. Flexport is a freight …

Our program of never-seen-before, limited edition, not-yet-available and collaboratively designed gifts

We're proud to announce the 2017 edition of 2017 CH Omakase, our second annual collection of holiday gifts, is now available for purchase.<p>Last year we debuted our COOL HUNTING Omakase collection—a holiday gift box of epic proportions, filled with items unavailable anywhere else. An evolution of our …

Best Beaches in Maui

From the glitzy, cabana-lined shores of Wailea to the quiet, hidden coves of Hana, Maui’s 120-mile coastline has something for every kind of beach-lover. Here, we’ve hand-picked the island’s ten best beaches.

Beaches

Instagram Is Changing How We Design Spaces (And Creating Incredibly Lucrative Businesses)

“This place is really Instagrammable, you’ll see what I mean.”<p>Walking into a tiled entryway and catching a glimpse of the cocoon-shaped swings, I saw …

How Retail Can Thrive in a World Without Stores

Historically, shopping has been a sensory experience. Store associates served as personal shoppers, helping customers pick out items. Shoppers gauged quality by the look and feel of a product. They asked for sales associates’ opinions when they tried on clothes. It was as much an emotional …

How to Become a More Well-Rounded Leader

For years, when I spoke with CEOs or senior leaders, it was because they were interested in how my consulting firm could help their employees become more engaged, or innovative, or sustainably high-performing. During the past year – and especially the past six months – I’ve been hearing a different …

New Balance Premieres the 574 Sport in NYC With Custom Coffee Carts

A series of pop-up shops for NYFW: Men’s.<p>Not long ago, New Balance took the wraps off its all-new 574 Sport silhouette. The iconic model gets modernized with some innovative technology, spanning Fresh Foam cushioning, an Absorb crash pad with slip-on entry, and a premium mesh/suede construction. …

New Balance

The stars of China’s home food delivery business: spicy hot pot, shredded potato and crawfish

Come sunset, thousands of motorbikes spread out across Chinese cities, delivering popular night snacks, including spicy hot pot ingredients, shredded potato and crawfish, part of a boom in home food delivery in recent years. The food delivery business in China has seen a 44% compound annual growth …

China

Your Favorite Supreme-Devoted Instagram Accounts Talk Brand Loyalty, Social Media & Product Leaks

Supreme Leaks News, Supreme Community, Supreme Museum, and Instapreme weigh-in on the brand’s infectious appeal.<p>Die-hard Supreme fans are obsessed with everything the popular New York streetwear brand does. So much so that it encompasses a good portion of their lives, evidenced by the countless …

Social Media

The Bear Stand / Bohlin Grauman Miller + Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Located approximately three hours northeast of Toronto, Ontario, this 3,300 sq. ft. retreat is carefully …

Finn Juhl furniture takes up residence in Japanese hotel

The House of Finn Juhl is located in Hakuba in the Japanese Alps<p>A suave, new hotel has opened in Japan, and it is entirely kitted out with furniture by Danish modern design master Finn Juhl. Called, aptly, House of Finn Juhl, the boutique hotel, located in the small town of Hakuba and surrounded by …

New Tube-style map of London cycle lanes aims to help cyclists get around the capital quicker

A handy new map which shows how London’s cycle lanes all connect together has been created – using the iconic Tube map style.<p>The London Cycle Lane …

Cycling

Collaboration Overload Is a Symptom of a Deeper Organizational Problem

Many leaders are now aware of the dangers of collaboration overload and collaboration-tool overload in the workplace. The evidence continues to mount that, for many organizations, the costs associated with meetings, emails, IMs and other forms of workforce collaboration now exceed the benefits.<p>But …

Mercedes-Benz Classic Car Travel

The Classic Car Travel service offered by Mercedes-Benz is much more than its name suggests.<p>Of course, you do receive a vintage Mercedes-Benz SL to drive through winding roads for a few days and enjoy the timeless design and sleek details of a classic car, but the main features of this service are …

Classic Cars

10 Superb Surf Shacks

The surfer subculture has evolved over the years since it burst to prominence in the '60s as a counterculture way of life.<p>The homes of surfers often reflect the creativity and adventurousness that's synonymous with the sport—some even call it art. Here is a selection of surf shacks we love from …

Extreme Sports

Lexdray's Portland Sneaker Duffel: A bag that makes traveling as a shoe enthusiast easier

You don't have to be a full-blown sneaker-freak to carry Lexdray's Portland Sneaker Duffel, but if you are, this bag could change your life—or at least your weekends away. The carry-on size bag fits three pairs of sneakers in the inner section (which then zips up and snaps closed) so no matter your …

Modular Cube Unit Fully-Equipped For Micro Apartments

For designer Nils Holger Moormann, the Kammerspiel project was the largest piece ever constructed as well as a big success. To better understand what …

Small Spaces

The 9 Most Beautiful Alpine Resorts in Europe

Get ready for some serious decor envy. Taken from the pages of the new Eighty Four Rooms: Alpine Edition, these nine chalets, lodges, and resorts are the perfect way to escape the glumness of winter, without leaving the cold behind. We just can't decide if we want to ski in and ski out or just live …

Skiing

Spin wants to bring dock-less bike sharing to the US

Bikeshare programs in the US have mostly consisted of kiosks, or stations, where users can unlock a bike, take it off the rack, use it and return it once their errand or joy ride is done. Some only allow subscribers others charge by the hour. Meanwhile in China, bikeshare programs have evolved from …

Iconic Perspectives: John Lautner’s Sheats-Goldstein Residence

As one of John Lautner’s most awe-inspiring works of architecture, the Sheats-Goldstein Residence sits hidden in the curvy hills of Los Angeles and has become an icon on its own.<p>Originally designed by the influential architect in 1961, it surely isn’t the same as it once was in the ‘60s. However, a …

Living Rooms

Settle in the Celebrated Sea Ranch For Under $2.9M

Designed by iconic architect Charles Moore, this oceanfront home enjoys its own promontory in a historic community in Northern California.<p>Stretching 10 miles along the Pacific shoreline in Sonoma County, California, the groundbreaking Sea Ranch community is now 51 years old. The iconic settlement …

Architecture

Japan Copes with the Disappearing Eel

One hot evening last July, I visited the Michelin-starred <i>unagi</i>, or eel, restaurant Nodaiwa, which sits in a quiet basement beneath Tokyo’s glamorous Ginza shopping district. Next door is the world’s most famous sushi restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, which was the subject of a documentary from 2012 …

Airbnb CEO teases updates for 2017 on Twitter

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky is spending his holiday working. On Twitter on Christmas evening he asked the community what his home rental startup should …

Amazon's cargo jets cut shipping costs by carrying the light loads

If you got a speedy delivery on a last-minute gift at the height of holiday season, you might have Amazon's fleet of cargo planes to thank for pulling off a minor miracle. Although Amazon says the fleet is only meant to supplement Fedex and UPS at the moment, its own air cargo business will …

Best winter holiday chalets for the ultimate alpine adventures

Mountain culture is a contemporary gear fetishist's dream - whether you're skiing, hiking, or launching yourself downhill in any number of dramatic …

Farmhouses

How Domino’s Pizza Reinvented Itself

I spent the last 18 months researching and writing a book on how organizations and leaders can do extraordinary things, even if they operate in pretty ordinary fields. You don’t have to be a programmer in Silicon Valley or a gene splicer in biotech to unleash exciting innovations and create huge …