Martyrdom, secret romance, minced mutton, and the bonfires of winter solstice—some of the world’s most beloved Christmas desserts have unexpected origins, indeed.

Cozy up with a hot cup of cocoa as you stroll through the bustling alleys of these international Christmas markets. From Germany to New York and Shanghai to Toronto, these holiday fairs welcome starry-eyed shoppers and rosy-cheeked spectators to explore a winter wonderland.

Elusive time flashes past us quickly, but the Timekeeper is a way to make it tangible.

Sharon Lockwood is as much of a creative hybrid as the duvet covers she designs.

With over 15 years of eye makeup knowledge, Nina and Max Leykind, co-founders of the cosmetics line Eyeko, have developed the world’s first custom-made personal mascara service.

If patience is a virtue, then Acetaia del Cristo is overflowing with goodness.

Jim Marshall wanted to rock. He wanted music that was raw, hard, and heavy. So, he created his namesake company, Marshall, to do just that.

Consider the suaveness of James Bond, Winston Churchill’s aura of authority, or even the approachable quirkiness of Bill Nye the Science Guy—all proponents of the bow tie, and somehow elevated for it.

Stromer’s ST2 has not reinvented the wheel—but it just may have reinvented the bike.

In partnership with Baccarat, La Prairie Caviar Spectaculaire is a limited release of the Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, set within a Baccarat crystal caviar server.

Wandering the downtown streets of Christchurch, New Zealand, is a bit like wandering around an abandoned movie set. In September 2010 and again in February 2011, devastating earthquakes tore through the city, wreaking havoc on infrastructure.

Restaurante Sobrino de Botín has seen it all. Having opened its doors in 1725, the oldest restaurant in the world has witnessed the Age of Enlightenment, the Spanish Civil War, the joining of the European Union, ten Real Madrid European Cup Champions League titles, and more.

Abu Dhabi is familiar with the concept of the expat. The United Arab Emirates is home to thousands of expats from across the globe, working in industries that range from construction, to education, to aviation and more. Its most recent emigrant however, is the Louvre Abu Dhabi—an embodiment of this transcontinental meeting of east and west.

Chances are Hermann Rorschach never imagined his famous Rorschach inkblot test would be the inspiration behind a signature handcrafted collection of rugs, but Erik Lindstrom saw otherwise.