Valerie x Commune Design Chocolates
By Aaron Britt / Published by Dwell

Commune Chocolates is the result of a collaboration between Commune Design and Valerie Confections, each Angeleno companies intent on keeping their materials and production local, though I somehow doubt that the sweets come from cocoa trees in West Covina. Nonetheless, the partnership between the two L.A. brands brings together two of the the city's leaders in design and food.

The motif for both the packaging and the chocolates themselves was based on Byzantine tiles, and when you open the box you see them laid out in a repeating grid that immediately brings to mind ideas of repetition and infinity that are so common in Middle Eastern architecture and decor.

As for the taste, well, that's awfully good as well. This is the first in the Commune Chocolates line and the limited edition of 1,000 boxes is on sale for $49 at both the Commune and Valerie websites through October 2011 or until they're gone. Look for the next set of Commune Chocolates at some point next year.

Aaron Britt


Aaron writes the men's style column "The Pocket Square" for the San Francisco Chronicle and has written for the New York Times, the Times Magazine, Newsweek, National Geographic and others.

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