What is Quintessential?
AboutSeptember 15, 2013 — March 30, 2015
In a sea of stuff, what are the objects and forms that endure long after trends have crested? This volume commences our search for refined, versatile, and honest goods and the creative individuals who bring them to life.
CH. 80People, Places, Object History
South African-born, New York-based Albertus Swanepoel aims to make hats that become treasured personal objects and even signatures. In this chapter, we visit the modern milliner in his Garment District studio.
This spring, pare down and ease up with lightweight layers that begin and end with a softer take on linearity, from a bodysuit with a hint of slouch in the sleeves to a fluid take on pinstripes.
CH. 78People, Variations
An in-depth look at the spring 2015 Protagonist collection, which expands the label’s refined aesthetic into tailored jackets while bringing new lightness and ease to shirting, skirts, sweaters, and dresses.
CH. 77People, Object History
When building a spring skincare routine, less is more. Focus on a few products powered by purified, potent, active ingredients to achieve radiant results.
CH. 76People, Places
From Ethiopia, with craft. Liya Kebede’s Lemlem collection is not only a creative outlet but also an effort to “preserve, evolve, and exhibit” the art and craft of her native country.
Without a beach or pool in sight, a beautifully designed swimsuit becomes a sleek underlayer that adds polish to casual and formal ensembles alike. Ready to take the plunge?
In a visit to the Brooklyn studio of Romy Northover, we explore the artist and ceramicist’s approach to bridging classic and modern forms in a style she calls “ancient future.”
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With luxuriously rustic spa residences across the Yucatán and an array of signature fragrances and bath products, Coqui Coqui embodies the unique native essence and tropic energy of the peninsular Mexican state.
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Mythologized for its origins as a haven for artists, New York's SoHo neighborhood was built and nurtured by a strong and diverse community. We retrace this history through a conversation with SoHo native Yukie Ohta.
CH. 71Object History, Variations
Brass is distinguished by a luster that deepens with time and use. This gleaming alloy, along with mirrored glass, can add depth, dimension, and a hint of mystery to even the simplest of forms.
Our wintertime foray into fiction is an elemental tale by Thomas Leveritt, author of the novel "The Exchange-Rate Between Love and Money."
The ideal nightwear brings comfort back to the bedroom without sacrificing fit and quality, according to Alexandra Suhner Isenberg, founder of The Sleep Shirt.
CH. 68Object History, Variations
Most denim shirts become more casual as their indigo pales, but 3x1’s boyfriend-style button-up retains its rich hue thanks to rinsed denim. This chapter explores four distinct ways to wear it.
CH. 66People, Places
"There’s nothing more rewarding than to be with the people that you love, serving them amazing food," says Athena Calderone. In this week's chapter, she visits The Apartment by The Line to prepare a holiday feast.
Prepare for the seasonal shift. A refined winter wardrobe relies upon distinctive textures and rich fabrics to be elegantly prepared for the elements, year after year.