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The Best Handmade Steel Bike Makers

In the gian–trek–alized world of performance bicycles it can be hard to stand out from the crowd. Cookie-cutter framesets are produced overseas en masse, and it can be difficult to find something unique that fits your personality. A handful of independent bike makers are setting out to break that mold. In virtually every corner of…

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Where to Buy Your Next Rug

Rug-making is an art form with traditions that reach back to ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt and the nomads of Mongolia. These handwoven creations have the power, like light, to create ambiance. They also, if cared for properly, can last a lifetime. So while you could certainly snag one on your next outing to the nearest IKEA…

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Chukkas that Offer Casual, Comfortable Style

The best account of the chukka harkens back to the Raj, Britain’s former rule over India, and the polo field. It’s rumored that off-duty British soldiers would wear these ankle-high boots (similar to the polo boot, the Jodhpur) during breaks between matches — the name “chukka” actually references the periods in polo matches (called chukkas)….