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  1. Nader Zadi, a manhattan optician who owns the bespoke eyewear company CustomEyes, used to notice fellow subway passengers and restaurant diners tugging at their reading glasses as they looked up from...
  2. The skiwear company Spyder ( www.spyder.com ) has introduced body armor for bicyclists. The fabric used to make the Spyder Freeryde d30 Armored Top ($350) and Ultimate Chamois Short ($270) contains...
  3. Restaurateur Pat Kuleto has an original take on surf and turf. He recently opened Waterbar , a seafood restaurant, and the Epic Roasthouse ( www.rinconparkrestaurants.com ), a steak house, side by...
  4. After his parents were killed in 1997, during a civil war, a then-14-year-old Sudanese boy named Sefedin found his way to a base camp for Doctors Without Borders, which placed him in a school for...
  5. When Thierry Hermès opened his saddle shop in 1837, in Paris, the cobblestoned streets rang with the clip-clop of horses’ hooves. Today, the window of the brand’s recently opened Broad Street store,...
  6. Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier, founders of the renowned Arrows restaurant in southern Maine, have opened Summer Winter ( www.summerwinterrestaurant.com ) in the Boston suburb of Burlington, Mass. Like...
  7. The Umanskys are lucky. They seem to suffer neither generation gaps nor family feuds. As proof, one need go no further than the contemporary Beverly Hills residence Alfredo and Betty Umansky have...
  8. Range hoods perform the unglamorous but necessary task of sucking smoke, odors, and grease out of the kitchen. That does not mean they have to look ugly, however. A few designers have raised the...
  9. In 1221, an order of Dominican monks cultivated herbs in a monastery garden in Florence, Italy, to produce medicinal balms and creams for the sick. Such acts of charity were not uncommon in the 13th...
  10. American designers have been infiltrating the European fashion capitals and their premier houses for years. But Maggie Norris stands alone as one of the few Americans to step into the realm of haute...

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