1. Now on Quarterly: Chef Ludo Lefebvre

    Our newest curator needs no introduction for foodies——especially connoisseurs of the pop-up dining revolution. With his smash hit LudoBites events, Chef Ludo Lefebvre proved that fine dining can happen in unconventional ways. And with the new Trois Mec, he created one of the hottest brick and mortar tickets in LA.

    We’re fans of all things unconventional here at Quarterly——and all things tasty——so naturally, we had to bring Chef Ludo on as a curator. Ludo will be sending items that make your meals “memorable and delicious.” And his August debut will be perfect for the dog days of summer. One word, three letters: BBQ.

    Want fine dining to pop up in your kitchen? Sign up for Chef Ludo’s mailings today!

     

  2. #IAO04: G I R L

    We’re suckers for a clever theme——a box concept that turns seemingly unrelated items into a cohesive story. And Pharrell’s fourth mailing featured surely one of our best themes ever. For those who haven’t heard about the box, let’s turn this into a riddle: Can you figure out what connects the items in this picture?

    We’ll give you a four-letter clue: G I R L . Got it yet? Pharrell picked an item to represent each of the songs on his smash hit new album! Here’s the rundown:

    • G I R L Tag
    • Red Journal from Poppin
    • Tattly Arrow Tattoo
    • Tornado Maker
    • Exclusive Enamel Smiley Face Pin
    • Exclusive Bumper Sticker
    • ExclusiveG I R L Crest Stamp
    • New Technology of Achievement
    • Heart Shaped Pocket Mirror

    And this list leaves you with a new challenge: Can you figure out which item goes with which song?

    Lucky for those who missed out, this box is currently available on Best of Quarterly (including Pharrell’s letter, which explains the story and song behind every object). Supplies are limited, so grab yours today! Then make sure you’re signed up for his 5th surprise box.

     

  3. #F5208: Soup for all Seasons

    When you think of soup, your first image may be the cozy meals of winter and fall. Merrill and Amanda of Food52 would urge you to reconsider. “We’re year-round soup devotees,” they wrote in their letter for #F5208 (which shipped during the springtime asparagus season). Here’s what they included in their box of soup essentials:

    That gorgeous wooden object at center is a hand-carved spoon rest from Allegheny Treenware——perfect for resting that enamel cooking and serving soon without turning the stove into a soupy mess.

    Next up was flavor. That unassuming little jar contains Sel d’Antibes, a blend of grey salt, bergamot, and herbs dreamed up by none other than Le Bernardin’s Eric Ripert and Lior Lev Sercarz of La Boîte. Merrill and Amanda particularly recommend it for fish stew. Adding pouches of your own herbs and spices finally becomes easy with those herb sachets and soup socks.

    Like the idea of bundles of Food52 picks delivered to your door? Subscribe to Merrill and Amanda’s mailings before the next round closes!

     

  4. #PIG08: Goodies from the Road

    Alexis Ohanian’s Quarterly boxes always contain nifty treats he finds on his travels——and in his 8th box, that literally meant the 5 months he spent on the road promoting his book Without Their Permission. 

    The mailing delivered a satisfying dose of roadside Americana——as filtered through a modern startup lens. Take a look:

    One peril of road trips is beverages getting cooked in the car. That problem is solved by the SpinChill at left——it turns a warm container into a cold one in seconds!

    Next up were two more modern snacks: Tonya’s gluten-free cookies and Tealet Tea, which directly connects tea growers and tea drinkers.

    Still hungry? Alexis also sent a gift certificate for a Waffle House waffle (it was in a Waffle House that he decided to become an entrepreneur). As he wrote, “it’s great for both the waffles and the epiphanies.”

    Last up was a gift card for the innovative DonorsChoose, which will let you start a fundraiser for your hometown. Because isn’t that where any journey should end?

    For more goodies from Alexis’s startup adventures, sign up for #PIG09 before it closes!

     

  5. #NUT01: Peanut Punch

    Did you know we have an NFL player on our roster of curators? It’s true: when he’s not striking fear into the hearts of opposing wide receivers, or working in the community for his foundation, Charles ‘Peanut’ Tillman of the Chicago Bears likes to kick back and curate for Quarterly.

    Here’s what he sent in his debut:

    The box started with a favorite book——The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale. But this wasn’t just any copy. Subscribers opened it up to find Peanut’s personal notes highlighting the text. 

    Speaking of Peanut: next up was a “Peanut Punch” T-shirt. Featuring Charles’ catchphrase, each shirt sells with a $5 donation to Charles’ Cornerstone Foundation. A Pro Bowl T-shirt (with a funny story behind it) capped off the box.

    Want in on the next box from Charles ‘Peanut’ Tillman? Get it for yourself——or the Bears fan in your life——today! 

     

  6. $5 Off Our 5 New “Q” Mailings

    Excited about the Quarterly concept but not sure who to start with? More interested in a category of goods than an individual curator? Our new and improved “Q” boxes may be just the ticket…

    These boxes are a little different from the rest: Instead of being designed by an individual, they’re curated in-house by the Quarterly team (we couldn’t let Pharrell and Nina Garcia have all the curating fun…). And based on your feedback, we just revamped our offerings.

    Want more good news? Today only, you can take $5 off as many of these boxes as you’d like. Just use code NEWBOX5OFF.

    Here are the new subscriptions:

    • Tech & Gadgets. A serious bounty of tech gear for the proud nerd. The debut focuses on 3D printing. This box replaces the tech half of the old Tech & Toys. $100; ships 9/5.
    • Toys & CollectiblesWe’re calling this one “toys for grown-up kids.” The debut has a video game theme! Replaces the toy half of Tech & Toys. $39; ships 8/15. 
    • Back to College. Essentials for the campus and beyond——just in time for the fall semester. $39 one-off; ships 8/1.
    • The Great Outdoors. The box for adventurous types, round one highlights camping, BBQing, lighting, and more. Replaces Travel & Adventure. $69; ships 8/8. 
    • Crafts for Kids. Our first series just for kids! Items in this box will be appropriate for ages 5-15. Replaces Food & Home. $39; ships 9/5.

    The sale ends at midnight tonight, so make your picks now!

     

  7. #NYE02: Science of Seasons

    The awesome thing about Bill Nye is how he makes science so relatable. This isn’t just knowledge for PhD’s in labcoats——it’s stuff that is relevant to our everyday lives. 

    And what better way to illustrate that than with a science that we all experience every day of the year: the science of the seasons? 

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    As you may have gathered from the picture, Bill sent a fun activity specific to each juncture of the calendar year. There was the aptly named Awesome Autumn book, full of fun fall facts (say that five times fast…). Next up was Fake Snow Powder from Instasnow (especially useful if you’re in LA like Team Quarterly). With warm weather came the DIY Herb Garden by Maker’s Kit. And for sunny times, Bill topped things off with Sun Sensitive Paper from Nature Print Paper.

    You can now buy ‘Science of Seasons’ on our pop-up shop, Best of Quarterly. And Bill is currently putting the finishing touches on his third surprise mailing; signups close in just a week, so get your next box of science-y fun before they sell out!

     

  8. Now on Quarterly: Brightest Young Things

    Cultural brownie points: you know you want ‘em. It always feels great to have the inside track on fresh art and style, music and movies——and with Brightest Young Things, you can now get the freshest of the bunch, delivered to your door.

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    Who are these BYT? They’re basically what would happen if you combined a daily magazine with your friend who throws the best parties. Here, their website explains it best. 

    You’re back? Good. Because we’d hate for you to miss out on their debut, which ships in August and will be perfect for the dog days of summer. Its theme: “Less stress, more fun.” Join in!

     

  9. Now on Quarterly: BucketFeet

    Quarterly fans know we love supporting creative new venues for, well, creativity. We’re proud of the number of up-and-coming artists who have been featured in our boxes——and that roster gets a nifty new entry with our newest curator.

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    BucketFeet offers artists a new kind of canvas: the kind that goes into shoes. That’s right. The company’s mission——inspired by its founders’ travel in Argentina——is to pair fresh art with fresh pairs of sneakers. (Check out some of their creations here!) To date, over 2000 artists in over 35 countries have had a hand in their designs. They’re also darn comfortable kicks.

    BucketFeet’s first Quarterly box will contain things that “help you stay creative on the go.” Go get it now! 

     

  10. #CHQ08: Global Perspective

    Evan and Josh of Cool Hunting travel the planet to find meaningful projects in unlikely places. (Have you checked out #CHQ05? They commissioned stunning Huichol discs woven by the Puwari collective in remote Mexico——take a look.)

    Their 8th box contained one of their most moving stories yet. Subscribers were introduced to Malafian, a 16-year-old in Zambia making animal figurines from snare wire. Pretty amazing, right?

    Even better: the proceeds Malafian earned by selling so many figurines for #CHQ08 have allowed him to weatherproof his house and construct a workshop for his business. The box further helped Malafian and his family with a donation to his school.

    08 was finished with another gorgeous artisanal piece: a Mikuti bracelet, made in collaboration between Erika Freund and craftspeople in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. 

    Want to support cool projects and get beautiful items from Cool Hunting? Sign up for #CHQ09 before it closes next week.