Our days are punctuated by scouting new talent, attending market appointments, and scrolling Instagram in an effort to unearth the products, people, and news you need to know. Here’s what we Slacked one another about this week.
Ka-Bloom: Boo•kay NYC
It’s not often that Broadway and fresh flowers get to overlap in the Venn diagram labeled “Julie Loves” in my brain. Enter Boo.kay, a pandemic-born floral studio from Robbie Fairchild, a former NYC Ballet principal dancer and Tony-nominated actor. Each of his wild-in-a-good-way arrangements and DIY Boo.kits incorporate fresh buds from Holland, and the company employs out-of-work Broadway actors to arrange and deliver the goods. I miss live theater tremendously, but Fairchild’s “the show must go on” attitude is worth a standing ovation. —Julie Vadnal, contributing editor
Hot Towels: Great Jones x Rosie Assoulin
Like everyone else, I’m trying to stay at home and cook more (half to be COVID-safe; half because I can’t be bothered to go out into the cold). To help outfit my new kitchen setup, I picked up a set of Great Jones’s most recent launch, a tea towel collab with designer Rosie Assoulin. The plaid watercolor towels are dyed in Great Jones’s blueberry colorway, so they match the Dutch oven on my stovetop. —Tim Latterner, design editor
Upstate of Mind: Westerlind Pantry
Interstate travel isn’t exactly a good idea at the moment, so my roommates and I have been planning a cozy day trip to upstate New York. I’m working on rounding up a list of shops to check out in neighboring towns like New Preston, Rhinebeck, and Hudson, and Millerton’s Westerlind Pantry, a sister space to the Westerlind Outdoor boutique in Nolita, is at the top of my list. The bougie bodega (I say this with love!) opened at the end of September, and as if artisanal groceries with standout packaging weren’t enough, it also threw in local flower bunches, handmade ceramics, and the scent of freshly baked bread. —Julia Stevens, associate style editor
Fancy Feet: Sabah Shearling Slides
Because I’m working from Bridgehampton, New York, this week, I picked up some new slides from the Amagansett jewel-box boutique Sabah, my favorite Turkish shoemaker, which has been producing this style of leather footwear since the late 1800s. Its newest offering features the coziest shearling lining, perfect for these winter days spent indoors. —Benjamin Reynaert, style director
Perfect Pages: Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters
This year I’m trying to read more consciously. As in, narratives by and about underrepresented folks and less, well, everything else. At the top of my list? Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters, a highly anticipated novel focusing on gender, sex, family, and the messy reality of relationships. The story follows Reese, a trans woman who has always longed to be a mother; her ex, Ames, who has recently de-transitioned; and Ames’s new girlfriend, Katrina, who has just discovered not only her unexpected pregnancy but also her ambivalence toward it. What follows is a raw, honest, and deeply revealing portrait of trans life in America that belongs center stage on your bedside table and beyond. —Esmé Stern, editorial assistant
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