Unwrapped: For The Die-Hard Wes Anderson Fan


The friend filled with endless wonder

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There's a Wes Anderson fan in every friend group. They're easy enough to identify. Just count how many times they use the word "aesthetic" in casual conversation. They're in touch with nature, but still wear a fur coat (vintage, of course). You know who they are.

In honor of this eccentric bunch, we've gathered some Anderson-inspired gift ideas. But really the items are for anyone who appreciates the director's quirky films and the dreamy Technicolor worlds he dreams up.

The Singing Spaniel, The Grand Budapest Hotel Room, $8.99, available at Amazon.

Remember when hotel key cards were a thing of the past? No? Well, refresh your friend's memory with this keychain. We can't promise it will gain you access to The Grand Budapest Hotel, but we guess you can try.

UncommonGoods, National Parks Explorer Map, $55, available at UncommonGoods.

For really serious explorers who know how to pitch a tent.

Best Made, The Lumberlander Camp Blanket, $198, available at Best Made.

This can help keep them cozy while they're off bonding with nature., Chalamet and Chill Tee, $30, available at

Wear in anticipation of Timothée Chalamet's forthcoming bound-to-be-iconic Wes Anderson film role.

Anthropologie, En Route Passport Holder, $26, available at Anthropologie.

It might not be personalized with your friend's initials, but it can help inspire a Darjeeling Limited-type adventure.

The Wes Anderson Collection, $33.60, available at Amazon.

This book grants access to behind the scenes of Anderson's films, with photos, original artwork, and interviews with the director. It's a creative tour worth exploring for any cinephile.

ArielArtsKnits, Zissou-Inspired Beanie Red Knit Hat, $20, available at Etsy.

Let your friend know you want them on Team Zissou.

BaxterandTheBear, The Films of Wes Anderson poster, $20, available at Etsy.

All their favorite characters in one charming illustration.

Crosley, Princess Phone, $59.81, available at Wayfair.

For Princess Margot Tenenbaum vibes and decorating purposes only.

Barska, Blueline Opera Glasses, $44.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

These are technically meant for the opera, but you can gift them to the friend in need of a little perspective. As Suzy from Moonrise Kingdom says, it helps people see things closer, even if they're not very far away.

Wes Anderson Film-Themed Century Home, $133/night, available at Airbnb.

For the friend you really, really love, book them a couple of nights in this Wes Anderson-themed Airbnb in Ontario, Canada (aptly named Mr. Anderson's House). Each room pays homage to a different film and is filled with the director's signature charm.

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Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.