As marijuana use is becoming more accepted across the country – it’s now legal in some form or decriminalized in 27 states and the District of Columbia – cannabis couture is burning bright.
The pot leaf t-shirts, gaudy glass pipes and candy-colored hemp purses associated with college stoners are being stubbed out in favor of diamond necklaces, haute humidors and state-of-the-art vaporizers for the sophisticated toker. Etsy artisan Pilar Johnson features delicate belly rings, barrettes and headbands embossed with the iconic five-fingered leaf in her Smokies Toke Couture shop. “It’s all about trying to make something more modern and chic that reflects who the cannabis user of today is,” says Johnson. “I’m in some small way trying to help de-stigmatize the public perception of who a cannabis user is.”Sticky icky has never looked so chic, whether you want to showcase your kush – or carry it discreetly.
AnnaBís luxury handbags, for example, are designed to mask the smell of your weed with an airtight zipper and an “Odor-Loc” lining made of scent-block resin. The chic clutches, which launched in September, also contain compartments to stash your pipe or vape, medicine containers for the herb itself, and pockets for eyedrops and mints. Co-creators Ann Shuch and Jeanine Moss write that they were frustrated “they had beautiful wallets, eyeglass and key cases. Why shouldn’t they have something extraordinary for their cannabis?”
The dope bags come in the Melissa Multicase ($175), the Whoopee Vape Case ($120) and the Chelsea Cross-Body Bag ($295) at annabisstyle.com. Posh puffers can also drop a couple grand on fine jewelry to celebrate the high life. Los Angeles-based jeweler Jacquie Aiche hawks a $5,500 pave diamond “sweet leaf shaker” choker necklace. She also features 14-karat gold and diamond marijuana leaves on $5,000 hoop earrings and a $565 ring at jacquieaiche.com.
Even luxury department store Neiman Marcus is lighting up, selling the Fresh Cannabis Santal Candle, which is a rich blend of patchouli, chocolate and a “cannabis accord” mix of aromas to capture the scent of the herb without actually burning it for $55.
On the practical end of the spectrum, retailers are coming up with sophisticated new ways to smoke up in style.
Zane Witzel crafted the Cannador while he was living in LA two years ago as an elegant way to preserve pot instead of the haphazard shoeboxes and pill containers his friends were using. The classy mahogany case regulates humidity and seal in flavor to keep your flower fresh, similar to a humidor for cigars.
“My goal is to create something akin to the Williams-Sonoma meets The Container Store of cannabis, because there are many professional adults who use cannabis that lead much different lifestyles compared to what’s being presented in the cannabis industry,” he says. “This is clearly evidenced by the number of lawyers, doctors, architects and even prominent public servants who have purchased a Cannador.”
And of course, the vaporizer business is booming. Vape was the Oxford Dictionaries’ 2014 Word of the Year, and merchants are racing to keep up with demand for the more discreet method to puff in public. PAX high-end vaporizers has teamed up with fashion designer Richard Chai to craft streamlined Pax 2 vapes for $279. It’s also partnered with The Weeknd for a $325 The Madness Tour Limited Edition PAX 2 device that features a sleek black shell stamped with the artist’s signature brand.
There’s also the cone-shaped Volcano vaporizing system running from $300 to more than $600 at storz-bickel.com. The king of pot paraphernalia perfectly heats the herb to a temperature that releases only pure THC, so you get the high without the dangerous toxins normally along for the ride.
And it was only a matter of time before the Keurig of cannabis came out. Yes, the year-old CannaKorp startup is developing the world’s first single-serve, pod-based marijuana vaporizer system, where the user will slide in a pre-measured cup of marijuana into a cannister resembling a travel mug. The cannister heats the pot with the press of a button and fills with vapor, which the consumer inhales through a plastic mouthpiece that opens a one-way valve.
Originally posted 2017-02-18 23:10:38.