Starbucks Customers in China Are Fighting Over Adorable, Limited-Edition Cat Paw Cups

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Whether they're scrawled with purposefully misspelled names or decorated with holiday-themed art, Starbucks cups have a history of causing controversy. But the latest drama tied to the brand has nothing to do with upsetting cup designs—rather, its new cat paw mug is so popular that people are fighting in the store to get one, The Daily Meal reports.

Starbucks in China released its limited-edition cat paw cup on Tuesday, February 26 for 199 yuan (or $30). The double-walled vessel features a clear, rounded exterior and a clear interior shaped like a cat's paw. When coffee is poured into the mug, it fills in the paw and makes it stand out.


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Chinese Starbucks stores have sold seasonal merchandise in the past, but few have attracted as much attention as this new product. Released as part of a special Cherry Blossom collection, the mugs were all sold in less than a day. When Starbucks later made an additional 3000 cups available online, it reportedly took less than a second for them to sell out. Scalpers buying the mugs to sell them at a higher price likely contributed to some of the sales. In the video below, two scalpers can be seen duking it out in a Chinese Starbucks over the novelty mug.

Cute special offerings at Starbucks have a tendency to go viral. In spring 2017, the brand released a limited-edition Unicorn Frappuccino that sold out in multiple stores and exhausted baristas who struggled to keep up with the demand.

[h/t The Daily Meal]

These Modern, Minimalist Cremation Urns Double as Planters

C.C. Boyce
C.C. Boyce

Cremation is becoming an increasingly common end-of-life plan, but many have lamented the lack of options when selecting an urn to store their loved one's ashes. Many of these vessels take the form of drab-looking vases that, for some people, serve as reminders of a painful event.

That’s why C.C. Boyce stepped in. The Los Angeles-based designer and woodworker created a collection of “planturns”—urns that double as planters—to fill a gap in the market.

“A while back a friend’s father passed away and they couldn’t find a cremation urn that they liked, so they asked me to make something, and I did, thinking this would just be a one-off custom job,” Boyce said in a video uploaded to Kickstarter. “But when I posted the final product to Instagram, I was flooded with messages from people all across the death care industry—people who took care of pets as well as people.”

Plant urns
C.C. Boyce

Some wanted an urn with a more modern aesthetic, while others wanted a subtler piece that would effortlessly blend with their household decor. The symbolism of death fusing with new life has not gone unnoticed, either.

Boyce spent a year experimenting with different designs and settled on two styles: one that comes in speckled maple, and another that comes in a two-toned walnut and sycamore. All of the vessels have two parts that attach via magnetic pull, so even if the planturn gets knocked over, the ashes will still be safe and sound.

The bottom part contains a hand-waxed muslin bag to store your loved one’s cremated remains, and the top part features a glass or ceramic holder for your plant of choice, whether it’s a succulent or air plant.

They come in three sizes, which will vary in accordance with the amount of ashes you want to store. A small planturn is suitable for small pets, while a large can hold the ashes of a person. Get it on Kickstarter for $225 to $500, depending on the size.

Attention Aspiring Astronauts: Arlo Skye Now Has Space-Themed Luggage

Arlo Skye
Arlo Skye

While some travelers are preoccupied with getting their luggage through airport security, the designers at Arlo Skye are thinking bigger. As Condé Nast Traveler reports, the brand's new line of suitcases is inspired by space travel, with high tech features and a sleek, futuristic look.

Arlo Skye was founded in 2016 by alumni from Louis Vuitton and Tumi Inc. They set out to create luggage that emphasized design, with luxury polycarbonate suitcases available in trendy colors like rose gold and custom monogramming.

The company's Space Collection may be its most stylized line yet. It comes with a removable, 10,050-milliamp-hour charger with USB C and A ports for charging phones and other devices. The chrome-colored case is 22 inches tall, 9 inches deep, and 14 inches wide and weighs 8.5 pounds empty.

Space Collection suitcase from Arlo Skye
Arlo Skye

Depending on what type of space traveler you are, you can get one of three designs laser-etched on the bottom of your luggage. There's Moon Shot, Team Human, and Occupy Mars; each engraving comes with a short ode to space and a small picture of its respective celestial body. Like other suitcases made by Arlo Skye, these bags are zipper-free and made from polycarbonate with an aluminum frame.

Whether you're a globetrotter or an aspiring astronaut, the Space Collection from Arlo Skye makes a great travel companion.

Buy it from Arlo Skye for $450.

[h/t Condé Nast Traveler]

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