Good morning. After being denied real estate in San Francisco’s Presidio and on Chicago’s lakefront, George Lucas has finally confirmed a home for his Museum of Narrative Art in LA’s Exposition Park. The museum will pay homage to visual storytelling with magazine covers, photographs and Hollywood props and feature the Star Wars director’s personal art collection, which includes paintings by Norman Rockwell. Here’s what’s good in gear: a new collection by Fender, a ‘60s-inspired chronograph, carbon steel cookware and much more.

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The Best of the North American International Auto Show 2017

It’s January, and that means the auto industry is in Detroit, showing off its best.

Porsche 911: The Ultimate Sportscar as Cultural Icon

If the best of NAIAS left you thirsty for more motors, scroll no further. Published by Gestalten (of coffee table book fame), Porsche 911 takes an intimate look at the most popular set of wheels to come out of Stuttgart. Journalist Ulf Poschardt plies 240 pages of words and photographs to examine just exactly how one sports car could entice some, repel others and become a worldwide fascination.

Fender American Professional Collection

How do you define American professionalism? With attitude, creativity and just the right amount of distortion, according to Fender. The guitar maker’s latest collection of new and updated guitars and basses represents a sharp attention to detail with an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mindset. V-Mod pickups, Deep C neck profiles and narrow-tall frets refine the look, feel and sound of these classic instruments. There’s no arguing with that new Butterscotch Blonde paint job either.

A First Look at Hamilton’s New ’60s-Inspired Chronograph

With a beautiful reverse “panda” dial.

Away x The Arrivals, Koio Collective, Pop & Suki ‘Pack Your Bag’

The contemporary traveler is practical and sophisticated. Away, The Arrivals, Koio Collective and Pop & Suki know this. They also know how easy it is to get overwhelmed by all the travel-oriented garments and accessories that could fit in a carry-on. Their answer is Pack Your Bag, a collaborated packing list simplified down to just the essentials. Select everything on the list, or just what you need for your next bout of globe-trotting.

Hand-Forged Carbon Steel Cookware That’s (Almost) Too Beautiful to Use

Meet Blanc Creatives, the carbon steel cookware manufacturer with a six-week waitlist.


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