A Canadian Creative Director’s Take on a French Crepe Cake

About two dozen people work at the Montreal headquarters of Want Les Essentiels, which has been known for its leather accessories since its founding in 2007 (and has since expanded into clothing for men and women). Helming the design team is the creative director Christine Charlebois, 34, a Central Saint Martins graduate who’s been working…

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Dries Van Noten and Christian Lacroix: A Collaboration 2-Step

PARIS — The morning after unveiling their secret spring 2020 collaboration, the designers Dries Van Noten and Christian Lacroix explained how it happened and why. This interview has been edited and condensed. Dries Van Noten When I was thinking about this collection, I was thinking, the world is so strange at the moment, with Trump,…

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Sharp Increase in Visitor Park Fees Proposed for the Galápagos

Visitors to the Galápagos Islands will likely pay an increased park fee starting next year, a decision that reflects growing concerns that skyrocketing tourism on the Ecuadorean archipelago is harming its fragile and unique ecosystem. Visitors currently pay a $100 fee to the Galápagos National Park, with mainland Ecuadoreans paying $6. Last month, Ecuador’s ministries…

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When Depression Is Like a Cancer

Depression is not cancer. It’s a completely different disease. Yet when I look back on my husband’s depression and death by suicide three years ago, it sure looks a lot like cancer to me. As an adolescent medicine physician in Los Angeles, I have cared for many patients with depression and mental illness, and as…

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A Bodega With Kale and Activism on the Menu

LOS ANGELES — From the outside, LaRayia’s Bodega looks like a harbinger of the sort of gentrification it is designed to fight. There are chic potted plants on floating shelves, crystals and candles for sale, and in the back, a large, brightly colored wall of fake flowers, perfect for an Instagram photo shoot. The difference…

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When Music Is the Best Medicine

When Emily Caudill learned she had an ovarian germ cell tumor at the age of 25, she did not want to undergo chemotherapy. An accomplished bluegrass fiddler, she knew that hearing loss is a common side effect of some chemicals — so common that drugs harmful to the ear have acquired an adjective: they are…

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In the Swiss Alps, Walking a Cliff’s Edge to History

Just outside the train station in the Swiss town of Sion, a yellow signpost points hikers in two main directions with no fewer than 16 routes to choose from. As you cross the medieval downtown, keeping the Valère Basilica and the Tourbillon Castle on the right, aim for the Valaisanne Brewery. If you can resist…

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The Butterfly, a SoHo Bar Filled With Socialites

Boite: Butterfly SoHo The F train is late. A Chase branch pops up. A bar opens in a hotel. Most barely merit mention, but the Butterfly, a celebrity-friendly lounge that opened at the Sixty SoHo hotel this spring, is a buzzy exception. The bar is the work of John McDonald, the veteran restaurateur known for…

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Mattel, Maker of Barbie, Debuts Gender-Neutral Dolls

Mattel, the company that conquered the doll world by dividing it into idealized Barbies and Kens, is introducing a new line of gender-neutral dolls for boys, girls and children in between. The new line, introduced on Wednesday and called Creatable World, is intended to reflect our culture “as the world continues to celebrate the positive…

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A Blood-Red Sky: Fires Leave a Million Indonesians Gasping

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Nearly 2,000 wildfires are burning across Indonesia, turning the sky blood red over central Sumatra and creating dense clouds of smoke that have caused respiratory problems for nearly a million people. Dense white smoke filled the air across Sumatra and Indonesian Borneo, known as Kalimantan, the two areas that were hardest hit.…

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