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John Fraser

The Michelin-starred chef has a story to tell you through his cooking

Pundy’s Picks for Conscious Travel

Six tips for considered and conscious travel

Genmaicha Martini Recipe

The classic martini plus the health benefits of green tea

The Spread Love Project by Nicholas Konert

How Nicholas Konert’s rainbow heart design became an international icon

Wade Davis

Anthropology is the antidote to today’s nativism says the scholar and author

Carla Sozzani

The future of retail according to the founder of legendary concept store 10 Corso Como

The Art of Migration

The power of art to inspire empathy and social action

John Pawson

Zen Buddhism and minimalist purity drive the celebrated architect

Amy Duncan

As the CBD line Mowellens expands into skincare, its founder shares the personal story behind her company

Sila Sveta

Moscow’s favorite media studio finds the perfect balance between art and commerce

David de Rothschild

In his calls for environmental awareness, the modern explorer finds harmony between man and nature

Can Fashion Be Sustainable?

Shaping a better world through what you buy – or don’t

Brendon Babenzian

Supreme’s former creative director wants to end the cycle of consumption with his new brand Noah

Lily Kwong

Nature invades the urban jungle in the landscape designer’s expansive projects

House of Yes

Behind the scenes with the Bushwick nightlife collective promoting inclusivity and consent culture

Vivie-Ann Bakos

DJ Extraordinaire

Chez Dede

A medium in which two world-traveling, adventurous spirits absorb the globe’s vast curiosities and share them freely

Jesse Israel

A meditation guide for extraordinarily large groups

Liya Kebede

The Ethopian model, activist, and entrepreneur uses her label Lemlem as a force for change
John Pawson
John Pawson
Sila Sveta
Sila Sveta


When Amy Duncan first founded the CBD wellness company Mowellens, she made a commitment to the purity of her products with a limited initial range of five edible CBD oils and honey. That same dedication will carry through now that Mowellens is, according to Duncan, about to become something much bigger, with a second phase that will see the launch of ten new beauty products—tripling its offerings—and a rebrand as a “supercharged skincare company.”


In 2012, Duncan, a born-and-raised Midwesterner, was in her hometown of St. Louis working as a medical sales representative when her husband, Chris Duncan of the St. Louis Cardinals, was diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor. “It turned our lives upside down,” Duncan says. After Chris’ cancer responded to months of treatment, the family moved to California, where Duncan began working at a biotech and clinical laboratory as the director of sales and marketing. Curious about the cannabis industry—CBD in particular, because of its documentation as helping with seizures, something Chris was dealing with—she began testing for clean, pure products and researching dispensaries. Back then, she says, “Nothing was being lab tested. And nothing was clean.” A couple months later, in October 2016, after her husband’s brain tumor had been gone for four years, the cancer was back. That’s when “I said, ‘I’m never working for anybody else again,’” Duncan recalls. “So I left and I started Mowellens.”


Boosted by her research and inspired by the positive effects of CBD in her personal life (and in the midst of a huge wave of CBD and hemp companies launching in the wellness and beauty industries), Duncan created Mowellens as a CBD source that focuses on the care, concern, and quality of its products—no shortcuts. It’s what sets Mowellens apart from the rest. Pulling from her experiences on all sides of the medical and wellness industries, Duncan says one of the brand’s main focuses is to “educate about the industry and how important it is to get a product that is clean.” In that vein, “We do not only formulate with the best hemp extract and distill it,” she continues, “but we also have the same diligence with the other ingredients that surround hemp in the formulas.”


Now, with the brand’s new CBD skincare line, Duncan’s goal is to “reframe what it means to feel OK.” Chris passed away on September 6, but she says that while he was stripped of so many things toward the end of his life, “he still found peace.” To Duncan, his ability to come to terms with his situation in the face of so much difficulty and pain inspires her every day. “We really want to empower people to know that OK is enough.”