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You can keep your doorbells and sleigh bells and whiskers on kittens; these are a few of our favorite things. We’re a somewhat obsessive lot here at Jack Move, so we’ll be updating this regularly to include our current fixations. In case you’re worried that we’ve sold out, let’s assure you that none of these brands provide us with compensation for our recommendations. (Our Genuine Curation™ does what it says on the tin.) But if someone wanted to send us a couple bottles of Hendrick’s, we wouldn’t complain too loudly.

Hendrick’s Gin – The most wonderful liquor ever made. It’s made in tiny, tiny batches, infused with cucumber and rosewater, and tastes like you’re drinking a cool, delicately fragrant breeze through juniper pines. (Emma got a little misty-eyed just typing this.)

Incipio’s iPhone Stowaway Case – This one breaks our hearts a little, as neither of us are iPhone users, but what a great idea! It’s a pretty straightforward, no-frills phone case, but with a compartment in the back for, say, a credit card, ID, and some cash. We’re hoping to see this adapted to more phones so we can leave our purses and wallets at home sometimes.

Richard Hawley, Standing at the Sky’s Edge – Hawley’s 9th solo album (he was formerly a member of Pulp) is moody, brutal, sweet, and smooth.  Equal parts raw-throated sea chantey (one of Emma’s particular favorites) against a shoegaze backdrop, and the kind of straightforward, earnest, slightly pervy pop that Hawley helped make popular with his previous band. It’s a fine, fine album.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – This wildly imaginative boutique perfumery offers such a staggering number of themed scents, we end up with a bad case of analysis paralysis when visiting their website. Do we want to smell like The Antikythera Mechanism, from their Steamworks collection (teakwood, oak, black vanilla, and tobacco)? Or like Hoggle from their Labyrinth (!) collection (fermented pumpkin, brown leather, dust, tobacco leaf, and dark woods)? Perhaps Mr. Jacquel, from their collection based on Neil Gaiman’s American Gods (golden amber, hyssop, North African patchouli, and embalming spices)? We need to find a generous patron so we can indulge in one of each. Clearly.

Good Fucking Design Advice “Don’t Fucking Procrastinate” Mug – Listen, our number one priority is getting you the best content, as quickly as possible. We pride ourselves on focus, and on the fact that we’re never distracted by, say, the need to reorganize our CDs. Or by Twitter. Or by the endless worlds contained in those BPAL perfumes. …What were we saying? Right. So, for those of you who need a reminder to do today what you’d rather be putting off until tomorrow, there is this mug. Which we love. (We just don’t need it for ourselves. Obviously.)

Our Children’s Gorilla Dollhouses – Minimal but nicely detailed, these funky dollhouses would look great lined up on a shelf, like a little flat city. With that magical Scandinavian steaze, they fuel Emma’s lifelong dollhouse obsession, but wouldn’t make her home look creepy.

Takanori Aiba’s Bonsai Treehouses – If minimalism isn’t your thing, these tiny treehouses will absolutely blow you away. The detailing is spectacular; we could easily get lost staring at each tiny feature (Katie may have lost a day or two). Cayce Pollard alert: The “Hôtel de Michelin” is likely to take you out. Everyone else should definitely check it out, though.

For Strange Women Perfumes – These gorgeous scents are all-natural, botanical, deeply luxurious and highly unusual.  Emma is a fan of Decadence and Debauchery (aren’t we all), and Winter Kitty, “an artisan rendition of the sweet, slightly musky smell of a kitty who went out for a winter walk and came back with chimney smoke and brisk air lingering in his fur.”

Thrill Murray coloring book – Who doesn’t love Bill Effing Murray? This collection of strangely surreal drawings of Murray inspired by his greatest roles hasn’t been released yet, but it’s earned a spot in our hearts (and on our bookshelves) based on the preview images alone.

Balkan Beat Box – This funky fusion band melds hip-hop and dancehall beats with traditional music from different parts the world, resulting in an irresistibly catchy, danceable sound that will have you busting out some embarrassing belly-dance/club hybrid moves when you think no one’s looking. Katie has their 2005 self-titled album on infinite repeat, especially on sunny summer days.

Red Cerignola Olives – The red coloring is just a food dye added during the curing process, but something about it makes them taste different from their (also delicious) green counterparts. Katie is a little bit obsessed with them (and, to be fair, with olives in general). Maybe it’s just a trick of the mind, but these are just perfectly bitter and salty. We imagine it’s like licking a really sexy misanthrope.