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Brad Bennett of Well Spent Shares His Favorite Chicago Shops

This month, I teamed up with photographer Nathan Michael to take a closer look at some of my favorite Chicago businesses for a series called Go Local. My goal is twofold. First, with the holidays coming up, I'd like to remind my fellow Chicagoans to please, if you can, shop locally. Without your patronage, these businesses wouldn't exist. Second, these posts (more at my site) are my way of saying thanks to the people and places featured for keeping this city fun. The two companies below actually produce their products here in addition to designing and selling—a real rarity. Sir see more
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Fashion

The Watch to Get: Simple. Elegant. Sexy.

In an era when every gadget in your life purports to do everything, there's something refreshing about a luxury object that does only one thing—and does it perfectly. The Movado Datron, a stainless-steel update of the classic automatic timepiece the brand introduced in 1970, is just that: a wristwatch that marks time with exacting, Swiss-crafted precision. Plus, it comes with an ice-gray dial, seductively subtle time markers (bars rather than numbers), and a leather strap that will only get better with age. $1,295; movado.com Sweater ($178) by Express. T-shirt ($33 for three) by 2(x)ist. Jeans ($285) by True Religion. see more
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Art

An OHWOW Artist's Send-Off to Merce Cunningham

Besides being a modern-dance pioneer, Merce Cunningham was a champion of contemporary art who commissioned sets from Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Bruce Nauman. His last collaborator was Daniel Arsham, a member of the OHWOW circle whom he enlisted six years ago, offering no directive other than to make a set that wouldn't injure the dancers. A partnership prospered, with the 31-year-old artist conceiving a series of dramatic stage designs: a half-submerged theater façade, a backdrop of luminous inkblot-like forms with ever-changing shapes and tones. After Cunningham's death, in 2009, his company embarked on a final tour that concludes see more
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The Art Collective of the Future

Luis Gispert, Burberry BMW, 2011. In 2008, during the annual Art Basel Miami Beach, curatorial impresarios Aaron Bondaroff and Al Moran decided to throw their own party across town. They filled a warehouse with art by friends like Ryan McGinley and Dash Snow, stocked up on beer, invited bands, and dubbed the spontaneous soirée It Ain't Fair. Though the art market had just crashed, the work they exhibited sold briskly. So the duo formalized their partnership as OHWOW—an acronym for "Our House West of Wynwood," where they'd held the event, and a description of the reaction they hoped to see more
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The Best Winter Gadgets for the Tech-Obsessed

Three gizmos that should be on every geek's holiday wish list. 1. Burton Mix Master gloves control your iPhone or iPod through a built-in wireless remote. Tiny buttons on each glove let you choose songs, tweak volume, and answer your phone. $160; burton.com 2. There are few things worse than getting lost while skiing. Zeal Optics Z3 GPS Goggles are equipped with GPS guidance, so no more missing that après-ski hot-tub party. $549; zealoptics.com 3. Most cameras have trouble in the cold, but the rugged, shockproof, 12.1-megapixel Lumix DMC-TS3 can operate at temps as low as 14 degrees. $350; panasonic.net see more
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60 Seconds With Ellie Goulding

The 24-year-old British singer-songwriter took a time out from touring with Katy Perry to speak with DETAILS about trying to capture American audiences, her new acoustic EP, and what it was like to perform for Prince William. DETAILS: Your acoustic EP Live at Amoeba San Francisco was released on November 25th. What inspired you to record an acoustic album? Ellie Goulding: I love playing acoustically—it's a whole different side to what I do. This album is my music, but just way stripped back. It's nice for my voice to be the main feature. I feel like there isn't enough of see more
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The Cultural Agenda: Art Miami, My Morning Jacket, and "Real/Surreal"

The DETAILS-approved concerts, movies, and events coming at you in the next seven days. Monday, November 28 Former Smiths frontman Morrissey performs at the Fox Theater in Pomona, California. Tuesday, November 29 In 1931, Alexander Calder pioneered the mobile as a form of modern sculpture. In the decade following this development, Calder continued to incorporate nontraditional materials—like wood, string, and wires—into his work and perfected a system of weights and balances to become an innovator of mobile art. "Calder 1941," a collection of his most noteworthy pieces, is now on display at the Pace Gallery in New York City through see more
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Fashion

Missing Links: A German Rocky musical, Vintage Men's Fashion, and the High Line as a Thanksgiving Centerpiece

We scour the Web for the best intel you might have missed this week. UC Davis Pepper Spray Cop Is Now a Meme—Gawker A German 'Rocky' Musical Just Seems Like a Terrible Idea—Death and Taxes Five Once-Promising Actors and the Franchises That Ruined Them—Nerve Vintage Men's Fashion: 1955—Stylelist Woody Allen Boxes a Kangaroo—Slate Woman Turns the High Line Into a Thanksgiving Centerpiece—Curbed Watch Fleet Foxes' New Video for 'The Shrine/An Argument'—Vulture — Maggie Mallon Also on Details.com Missing Links: Diplomatic Silly Shirts, Drinkify, and Ivy-League Icons Missing Links: Tobias Fünke, the McRib, and Live-Cartooning the NYC Marathon Missing Links: Alt-Pop see more
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Best of the Week: Jeremy Renner, Neil Patrick Harris, and Broadway's New Stars

A roundup of our best articles from the past seven days. Jeremy Renner Finally Gets Some Action—The two-time Academy Award nominee is getting the recognition he deserves. Q+A With Neil Patrick Harris—The How I Met Your Mother star discusses movies, Muppets, marriage, and magic. Why Tea Is the Season's Hottest Drink—How winter beverages are turning over a new (tea) leaf. The Perfect Cut: Emmett Shine—The Gin Lane Media co-founder stops in for a trim in the latest edition of DETAILS Blind Barber series. French Furniture's New Wave (and Newest Stars)—The designers that are taking the global design world by storm. see more
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Tech

A New Book Reveals How Apple Redesigned the World

A classic Braun calculator and Apple's tribute to it. Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs isn't the only noteworthy new book to explore the cult of Mac. Don't miss Apple Design (Hatje Cantz, $60), a sumptuous coffee-table book that provides a comprehensive visual history of the iconic brand. Of particular note: a section detailing the influence of Dieter Rams, the great German visionary behind Braun, on Apple's resident design wizard, Jonathan Ive. Also on Details.com: The World's Sexiest iPad Accessory The Best Take-It-Anywhere Tech The Laptop of the Future Is Here see more
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