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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.

Great Escape: The Rockaway Hotel

I’ve realized that it’s relaxing to take a vacation within your own city limits, bypassing all the stressors that come with air travel. For a change of scenery, I checked out the new Rockaway Hotel, which also happens to be dog friendly. A beachfront coastal retreat in New York’s Rockaways, the hotel is decked out with Tom Sachs art and on-trend rattan and teak furniture, and has room service you can actually eat night after night. I was impressed with its COVID safety protocols and can’t wait to go back and enjoy the heated pool at a later date. Megan West, head of brand and design studio

Pillow Talk: In Casa by Paboy

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These colorful candy-wrapper cushions from In Casa by Paboy make my maximalist dreams come true. Paboy Bojang, an asylum seeker currently living in Naples, Italy, uses his training as a tailor to create the most magical fringed, piped, and ruffled cushion covers, all from locally sourced Italian cotton.  Linda Denahan, photo director

On-Demand Desserts: Jesse Merchant

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PSA for all New Yorkers: Starting February 1, my longtime friend (and former cook at Wildair, Cervos, Llama Inn, and more) Jesse Merchant is launching a bakery on her Instagram feed. From Israeli-style doughnuts to brown-butter buckwheat cookies, the treats will be available for pickup and delivery in Brooklyn (shipping options will come later in the year), and the menu will change monthly. Warning: The chocolate whoopie pies with jasmine buttercream are dangerously delicious. Julia Stevens, associate style editor

Creative Arts: KiwiCo Paper Bowls Kit

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My family has been sheltering in place with my sister’s family for the past month, and KiwiCo’s Paper Bowls kit is the perfect project for my daughter and her cousin, both 7 years old. Kate Berry, executive creative director

Box Out: Louis Sherry

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The iconic Louis Sherry tins have been delighting New Yorkers since 1881, when Sherry opened his first retail shop on Sixth Avenue. I prefer the original lavender two-piece tin for special treats, but there are 11 other witty solids to choose from, including Draper Pink and Vreeland Red, as well as exclusive designer patterns by Harrison Howard and Darcy Miller. Each tin includes one salted caramel and one Sicilian orange chocolate, both 100 percent delicious. At less than $9 each, I recommend the “one for you, one for me” shopping philosophy when ordering. They’re a perfectly sized luxury, and as a bonus the reusable tin is perfect for keeping sewing notions organized in the junk drawer, storing thumbtacks for ever-changing mood boards, and stashing loose change. Benjamin Reynaert, style director

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