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Madewell x Kule collaboration

I’ve been a fan of the brand Kule for years (I’ve worn their windbreaker eight million times), and today they launched a fantastic collaboration with Madewell: Madewell x Kule. Those stripes are on fire! I especially love the colors of this shirt, which you could wear all fall and winter.

During quarantine, we’ve fallen into a lunch habit: potato buns, sliced turkey, sliced cheddar and coleslaw. And damn, it is good enough to have every day, over and over, staring into the abyss. So, I’ve been on the lookout for good coleslaw recipes, including this Amateur Gourmet version. “Coleslaw is very personal,” he says. “Reading my coleslaw is like reading my journal. I’d really rather you didn’t. In fact, I think we should stop here. I didn’t want to talk about my coleslaw, and you made me. I’m not angry, but I’m not not angry.” Haha, find his loose recipe here.

I usually hate drinking out of water bottles (with their tiny openings, metallic taste, etc.), but this version solves those problems. It feels like a regular cup! We toted ours all over the place this summer.

This Brooklyn apartment is full of playful shapes — from wiggly side tables to round lamps. See the whole thing here, if you’d like.

P.S. The dinner-changing magic of candlesticks, and the funniest Onion headlines.
P.P.S. How to vote and how to help. (Are you watching the debate tonight?)

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  1. Susan says...

    I’ve become a Napa cabbage addict and it makes any variation of slaw better! Vinegar or mayo based, both work, and I try new additions about every time I make it!

  2. Meg says...

    I loved that coleslaw article. I made it today and ate it on toasted bread with tomatoes and sharp cheese. Game changer sandwich right there. Thanks for the inspiration! So many good coleslaw ideas in the comments too. Bring on the cabbage!

  3. Hannah says...

    I LOVE slaw.
    And as well as creamy slaw, I love tangy Asian-inspired slaw.
    This recipe here is amazing: https://onthespike.com/2020/05/13/daylesford-tangy-slaw/
    Basically you heat up light soy sauce/tamari, honey, juice of 2 limes, 1/2 clove garlic (crushed) and a 2-3cm piece of ginger (grated), then either add some nuts whizzed in processor (or I use nut butter to be lazy). Then combine with red cabbage/fennel/carrot/green onion, whatever…. SO GOOD!

  4. NN says...

    The water bottle is plastic! Why is COJ recommending this product? It is made from copolyester and silicone. No matter what any company says, plastic is BAD. Glass bottles/metal bottles are anyday preferred for preventing long term health issues.
    No matter how cute they look, they are PLASTIC. STEER CLEAR OF THEM NOW!

    • Barbara says...

      I feel very sad about this response. I totally agree on cutting back on plastic but these drink bottles are reusable and I imagine that they are nice to drink out of. If the person has worked out how to totally get rid of plastic in our homes I would like to hear about it. Cleaning products, personal care products, makeup, some foods, they all come in plastic. Not to mention storage containers and many other things in our homes that have plastic components. Fridges that don’t have plastic linings. I’ll stop there, obviously the list could go on. One other point is that many products that come in glass are usually more expensive and inaccessible for many people. Getting rid of oil is not as simple as it may seem.

    • Lea says...

      In reply to Barbara:
      Hi Barbara,
      I think we all agree that we can’t get rid of plastics 100%. Plastic has helped us make huge technological progress (fridge linings as you say!) and, while we should be actively looking for more sustainable replacements, we know for the moment it’s still needed – for instance we are all acutely aware these days of how much we need single-use, disposable, medical supplies, to mention only these.

      However, I think we also all agree that we need to reduce drastically the amount of plastic we produce and our dependency on oil. You say getting rid of oil is not as simple as it seems, I say it’s not as hard as it seems!
      So, in some areas, it’s almost impossible to do (medical supplies for instance), and in others, it’s extremely easy. For instance, in your home. You want to buy a reusable bottle, it could be plastic, metal, glass. Why should you pick plastic? You need containers for your kitchen – buy glass tupperwares, or metal lunch boxes. You need to organize your drawers: buy wooden organizers, not plastic.
      You can’t afford them: (1) consider that it’s a higher upfront cost but will be cheaper in the long run, (2) look at second hand options, (3) reuse things that you used to consider trash (I use cardboard boxes, cut to the right size, as drawers organizers, for instance).
      Cleaning products, personal hygiene, foods: those are the easiest to get plastic-free. Choose paper packaging over plastic bottles (e.g. powder detergent comes in a cardboard box, pick rice that comes in a box as opposed to a plastic bag, etc.). Try solid shampoo, conditioner, soap bars – there’s a ton of them out there, they are not more expensive than plastic counterparts (the opposite) and work great.

      Don’t strive to go 100% plastic-free, but when making new purchases, renewing products, strive for the most sustainable option. If you need help or inspiration, I’ve learnt a lot by googling “zero waste”, “low waste”, and also looking at these tags on Instagram. I’ll NEVER be zero waste, but I haven’t purchased plastic in years. I am not spending more money than before, I didn’t have to change my lifestyle dramatically. Yes I have to do more laundry since I don’t use disposable tissues, napkins, etc. but that’s basically the extent of it.

      Sorry for this long message – I hope I’m not coming across as preachy, but I really wanted to share how accessible small every day changes are and answer the feeling of helplessness your post had. You can actually have an impact, and buying one more plastic bottle (albeit reusable) is indeed a problem.

  5. Cynthia says...

    My husband puts celery seed in his cole slaw along with olive oil mayonnaise, rice wine vinegar, salt and pepper. The celery seed adds a nice flavor. He uses bagged cole slaw mix. The sofa in the picture looks so inviting.

  6. maywyn says...

    Red Cabbage Coleslaw! Near obsessed. I add a shredded carrot, black pepper, garlic powder, apple cider vinegar, honey, mayo, tablespoon light brown sugar, curly parsely, and tumeric.
    Love the long sleeve Kule tee, pricey though.

  7. Allison says...

    Marzetti’s Simply Dressed Coleslaw Dressing—just pour it on shredded/chopped cabbage, mix and eat!! Perfect every time.

  8. Mindi Maneck says...

    My sister and I each have a favorite Onion headline:
    hers: Fat Cat Goes for Most Things Sat On
    mine: Stoner Architect Builds All Foyer Mansion

    These are from YEARS ago, when the Onion headlines didn’t read so close to the real headlines, and they still crack me up thinking about them.

  9. liz says...

    ugh I want that sandwich you described SO BAD right now haha, but for my version, I’d have it on a crunchy sesame seed sub roll

  10. Claire says...

    I have been making nearly the same sandwich! But using Russian Dressing instead of cheese (I think I should try it with both!) My cole slaw is a slightly plainer version: cabbage with light mayo, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper and that sneaky dash of sugar.

  11. Jules says...

    I have to ask why yet another take on the same preppy looks, made mostly with synthetics in the same factories that Target probably uses overseas costs nearly $300. I love leopard, I love stripes but…. c’mon.

    • Stella says...

      fwiw, I also think Kule is expensive but I’ve purchased two of their long sleeves on sale (for around $35, instead of $70) they’re 100% cotton, no synthetics, and honestly, they’re the softest and best-made t-shirts I’ve had. I am typically someone who doesn’t buy expensive basics but this is my exception!

  12. After a decade of reading your blog, I’m pleased to say I finally purchased Essie Fiji and gave myself a pedicure. I’m so pleased with the color! Thanks for the rec. :) Maybe I’ll try out this water bottle next…

    Go Joe & Kamala!

  13. I love that you can go a lot of ways with the flavor profile of cole slaw! I love one that uses lime juice, crema, cilantro, and some spice for a more southwest feel! It is so good and you can eat it by itself or put it in really anything: tacos, sammies, make it into a salad! Yum!

  14. Thanks so much for the link, Jo!!! I’m honored XOXO

  15. As much as I enjoy finding out good things on COJ, I was wondering how you guys will be able to adapt with the Climate Change. The 7 year climate clock is right there in NY, and we felt its fiery heat- right through the multiple wildfires in CA. More stuff= more carbon footprints= a not so great Earth for Toby and Anton. How do COJ plan to find a happy, safe, sustainable medium?

    • Lea says...

      Adding my voice to Farhana’s. I’ve been a COJ reader for a very long time, but I am working towards reducing how much I buy and being more discerning of where things come from and how long I’ll use them, and I guess I’m not the only one. I tend to ignore these kinds of articles and have unfollowed so many blogs because of that. And recommending a reusable bottle is good, but a plastic made in China one?! There’s more / better content you could be creating. I hope COJ continues to put the emphasis on conversations, bringing in different perspectives, rather than things.

  16. Claire says...

    Thanks for the recipe link, I just bookmarked his sight for future reference because, recipe aside (it does sound delicious), I like his writing.
    I enjoyed looking at the outfits with mixed prints, patterns, and colors- the looks have such warmth and fun to them.
    Among my fun things I would include this smoky carrot dip, which is fabulous warmed and spread on toast and topped with sea salt and avocado: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/smoky-carrot-dip

  17. K says...

    all these quarantine raves about sandwiches has me craving a cold-cut heavy one with lettuce tomatoes mustard mayo and ridged potato chips.

    those water bottles are so pretty, I either want the navy or the red

    that’s kinda my dream apartment, to have all these soft friendly shapes.

  18. Deb in Oklahoma says...

    Big coleslaw fan, right here. I eat it all summer and have tried lots of different recipes, but always go back to my trusty clipped-from-Southern-Living magazine, c. 2004-ish, version. But he’s right–it has to have cabbage as the base, or it doesn’t count.

  19. Lane says...

    And of course none of the Kule clothing goes over a size XL.

    I’ll just be sitting over here. Being fat. And hitting my head against the wall BECAUSE MY MONEY ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH FOR THESE BRANDS.

    • AE says...

      Support brands that support you!

    • mindi says...

      Lane, I hear you! The stuff on the Kule site is not made for even midsize gals, but the Madewell line – a couple items go up to 3X and the jeans go up to 37 (of course that adorable, ridiculously priced animal print cardigan goes up to large, only? Um…) . A liiiiiiittle bit more inclusive, but, like I said. I hear ya.

    • Fattie from Texas says...

      Lane, this might be my favorite comment ever. Thank you. I will never not be furious about this.

  20. Colleen S says...

    I use a Takeya water bottle. I like the double-walled metal bottles, so that my drink stays cool for 24 hours. I haven’t noticed my water tastes metallic, though I do notice that with bottles from Old Navy.

    • b says...

      I have a HydroFlask (basically more money version of Takeya, but it was a gift) and my water tastes fine. I do find, several years in, that the water doesn’t stay as cold as it used to. Not sure why that is, but it’s fine for at home.

  21. riye says...

    I rarely wear bright colors but that outfit from Madewell +Kule is fantastic! (wondering if I’d wear a leopard print cardigan over my “uniform”)

    And that Brooklyn apartment is just beautiful.

  22. Kari T. says...

    Julia Turshen’s shredded cabbage salad with feta and herbs is the most amazing coleslaw-esque salad I have ever had or made. It’s from her cook book “Now & Again”, which I learned of here on COJ. If you have the book, make the salad!! It is SO GOOD!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Thank you so much for the recommendation!

  23. Colleen says...

    Adam Roberts lights up my life.

    • Julie says...

      Green cabbage, fennel, green apple, huge amounts of dill. Dress with the best mayo you can make or find, champagne vinegar, salt and pepper. Sprinkle lots of baby capers on top. Heaven.

  24. Genevieve says...

    How funny that you posted this water bottle…I absolutely love Kinto and just put their new water bottle on my list to buy. So many things in my kitchen are from Kinto, from tumblers, to dishware, to my plant pot. Their kid products are cute–my 20 month old loves her tumbler and is constantly guzzling water from it…yay mom win!

    • Sarah says...

      I have their cream and black travel tumbler and ADORE it!

  25. Ashley says...

    I’m not watching the debate tonight—there’s no new information for me to glean there and I have big anxious-mom-at-a-recital energy, so it’s a HARD PASS for me. Instead, I’m watching the new documentary on Oliver Sacks, playing virtually at my beloved local indie theater that I miss so very much.

    • Rachel says...

      Ahahaha ‘anxious-mom-at-a-recital’ energy is exactly how I feel going into this debate, except with too terribly high stakes.

  26. suki says...

    Cabbage and Carrot Slaw:
    Equal parts each finely shredded cabbage and carrot tossed in vinaigrette. Pro tip: use a julienne peeler and an inexpensive mandoline from the asian market.

    Apple Napa Cabbage Slaw
    Massage finely shred napa cabbage with sea salt til wilted. Add diced, peeled apple and dried currants. Stir in a spoon of Vegannaise, season to taste. Both of these were on summer rotation.

  27. Andrea says...

    That coleslaw recipe is pretty involved. I may have spent less time reading Anna Karenin.

    I love the easy dressing of mayo + vinegar that my Mom uses on a bunch of summer salads. You put the mayo and vinegar (apple cider is great, others work) into a jar and shake. Taste and adjust to your liking and thickness. Goes great over peeled and sliced cucumbers, tomatoes or easy slaw (sliced cabbage and shredded carrot). It’s a reflection of the cooking she did as a kid to bring lunch to farm harvesters.

    • Erin says...

      Count Vronsky says, “Boo, hiss, to food bloggers who format their recipes like novels. Recipes should be skimmable.”

      Also, the best coleslaw is:
      – Thinly shredded green cabbage
      – Red onion slices
      – Radish slices
      – Cilantro
      – Lime juice
      – Salt

    • Andrea says...

      Erin that would be a great add to fish tacos! And yes, Vronsky doesn’t strike me as a big reader…

      I sometimes allow shredded apple in my slaw.

    • Erin says...

      Yes, we eat it with fish tacos! But I love it so much that I will also eat it on its own.

  28. karen says...

    The coleslaw article is perfection. Well-written, witty, (quick! throw me another “w” word), oh, and wise!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hahaha yes! Adam Roberts is hilarious.

  29. Eloise says...

    Ohhhh, that water bottle!!