We recently gathered up some of our favorite guilty pleasures from around the world, from a candle that uncannily captures the scent of a fireplace—courtesy of a cultishly adored perfume house—to the perfect slim-cut leather jacket designed by one of the best indie outerwear labels out there. We captured these global goods looking beautifully at home inside Chicago’s Publishing House B&B, a relaxing urban getaway in the former Free Methodist Publishing House, circa 1909.
1. The Overnight Bag
Cotton drill material and a waxy leather trim ensure stability and style with this handy overnighter. Its name invokes London’s famed 150-year-old Hurlingham Club, and the bag similarly evokes a rarified timelessness. Ettinger itself was established 85 years ago in the British capital, with manufacturing in the synonymous-with-design Clerkenwell district. The bag’s two slip pockets keep your belongings organized, whether you’re heading for a weekend getaway or a trip to the gym. Choose from five color combinations.
A micro, easy-to-transport take on one of the earliest electronic instruments, the Theremini is played without physical touch, just like the classic theremin. But unlike notoriously finicky vintage theremins, the mini version—made by legendary manufacturers of electronic instruments Moog Music of Asheville, North Carolina—is a durable machine that behaves predictably. Move your hands closer and farther from the antenna to control pitch and volume and create truly otherworldly soundscapes and melodies.
3. Canvas 002 Wristband
This ion-coated, stainless steel watch is a collaboration between TID watches and Stockholm-based artist Clara von Zweigbergk. TID (which is Swedish for time) worked with Clara to create wristbands knitted from fishing nylon thread produced in the Netherlands. “I wanted to experiment with the tension between the minimal watch design, a technical material in the form of fly-fishing nylon threads, and something as intricate as crochet,” Clara says. The limited edition watches are available in five colorways.
4. Rodeo Gloves
Fuel Motorcycles, started in Spain in 2012, is famous for its annual 900-plus mile on- and off-road motorcycle scramble through the Sahara desert in Morocco. The ride, now in its sixth year, gave birth to the Rodeo glove, a 100% cowhide construction that guarantees safety and style on the open road. Fuel is filling the void with this and other options for pants, jackets, gloves, and boots you won’t find anywhere else.
5. Portable Fireplace Candle
This U.S.-made candle transports you to a smoky fireside with vibrant notes of pine, smoke, cedar, birch, and oak ash. The perfumers and all-around fragrance wizards at D.S. & Durga, who opened up a Brutalist-inspired storefront in early 2019 in Manhattan, became a beloved staple on Brooklyn’s DIY circuit thanks to rigorous scent-sourcing and ageless packaging design—on full display here.
6. Aviator Sunglasses
These sleek, structured sunglasses have been crafted to U.S. Military-spec standards and have been issued to American astronauts and pilots for decades. Manufactured with precision in Randolph, Massachusetts, a small suburb of Boston, these battle-tested shades are renowned for their durability and nearly indestructible frame joints—the company even offers a lifetime warranty. Each pair is made by hand and takes more than six weeks to produce.
7. Clo Mini Moto Jacket
Designed in New York City and ethically made, The Arrivals’ outerwear strikes the ideal balance between fashion and function. Made with lamb stena leather, the slim-cut, finely tailored leather Clo Mini is water-resistant and ideal for a ride—or just a stroll through the park—during those cooler, transitional months. No need to overlayer. Shown here in stone, this versatile, easy-to-pair workhorse also comes in Slate or Space Black.