Robb Vices Subscription Box Review + Coupon – August 2016
Robb Vices is “a membership program centered on a monthly delivery of storied treasures.”
Each month, they send a collection of curated products and/or experiences.
Subscribers should expect boxes to include “vices” like “exceptional wines and spirits to enjoy, foods to taste, tools, toys, accessories, and gadgets.”
Items are securely packed in laser-cut foam.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Robb Vices
The Cost: $74.95 + shipping (For reference, shipping to DC is $7.95.)
COUPON: Use code MSAVICELOVE to receive a bonus gift in your first box when you sign up for a 6 or 12 month subscription!
The Products: Each box contains a curated selection of products and experiences and provides subscribers with a taste of the good life!
Ships to: US
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
With each shipment, Robb Vices sends out a glossy booklet that outlines the products and curation story of each box.
The booklet is very well designed, and it includes beautiful photographs and lots of information about the included products.
This month’s box is all about innovation and design, and it spotlights Cadillac House, a 12,000 square foot space in NYC’s Soho district that houses a Cadillac showroom, Joe’s Coffee shop, Visionaire art gallery, and a retail pop-up shop for fashion designer Timo Weiland.
Visionaire Rare Edition Gift- value $175- $295 (value depends on which gift is received)
The first item I pulled out of this month’s box is a card from Visionaire that provides information about a special gift that will arrive separately.
Visionaire has selected six different issues from their collection of rare art editions, and Robb Vices subscribers will each receive one of the six items. Prior to becoming a baker, I studied art history and worked in museums, so I’m extremely excited about this item. (I’m also blown away by the value!) I haven’t received my special edition yet, but I can’t wait to see which one I’ll receive. Here are the descriptions for a few of my favorites:
- 57 2010– “A massive survey of the global art scene resulted in a digital desk calendar and Visionaire’s first-ever electric issue, sponsored, appropriately, by Smart to celebrate its new electric car. Featuring 365 artworks chosen by fifty-two curators.”
- 42 Scent– “In its ongoing assault on the five senses, Visionaire gained acclaim for a 2003 issue that deconstructed the elements of scent, pairing twenty-one experimental perfumes — produced in collaboration with International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) — alongside twenty-one equally innovative images.”
- 50 Artist Toys– “For issue 50, Visionaire imagined a set of toys as animal companions to the designer figurines from issues 44 and 45. Consisting of elaborate nesting dolls silk-screened in designs by artists like Alex Katz, R. Crumb, and Tim Noble & Sue Webster (whose creation glows in the dark!), ARTIST TOYS came complete with playful accessories like ears, antlers, and horns.”
The card also contained a code for $100 off your next purchase at the Visionaire store. (The code does not cover shipping.) I checked the store, and I’m pleased to see that Visionaire offers a number of clothing items in the $35-$56 range! (There’s nothing more annoying than receiving a gift card that won’t even cover the cost of the site’s cheapest item!)
Burgo Box LED Player & USB Cord
When I first pulled these out of the box, I was a little stumped.
The USB cord is pretty self explanatory, but I had no idea how it related to the small, business card-sized paper box.
When I pulled on the black ribbon on the right side, something started to slide out on the left.
It’s a freaking LED screen! I mean, what?!
As soon as the screen was exposed, a short film (complete with audio) about Cadillac House started playing. This is one of the coolest, most surprising things I’ve ever received in a subscription box.
Robb Vices confirmed to me that the USB cord can be used to charge the screen and upload your own video. I think it’s so smart to include a high-end promotional item like this that can be reused.
Frankly, I have no idea how to value this item. I couldn’t find anything similar for sale online. Has anyone seen anything like this for sale before?
W&P Design Coffee Press
This coffee press was designed for Robb Vices, and it’s not yet available for sale on the W&P Design site. (Fun fact: W&P is the company behind several products that have been featured in subscription boxes. They’re the company behind the Pineapple Tumbler, which was featured in last month’s Robb Vices Box, and the Mason Shaker!) This coffee press has a steel and ceramic lid, and the base is made from Borosilicate, a type of glass known for its heat resistant properties.
The design of this press is beautiful. I love the white ceramic lid and the all-glass base. It also seems to be very well made; the press slides smoothly into the carafe.
W&P Design Ceramic Coffee Dripper
I just broke my pour over coffee dripper, so I’m thrilled to see that Robb Vices has included one in this box! (They even included a few filters!)
I usually make coffee in the morning with either my drip coffee maker or a French press, but drippers like this one are great for times when I only need to make a single cup of coffee.
The dripper is ceramic, and it has a really nice weight to it.
GSI Java Mill– $29.95
This travel grinder has an adjustable ceramic burr grinder and removable handle, and the compact size means that I’ll be able to pack it without sacrificing too much space in my bag. I’m not that into camping (glamping, maybe), but I can definitely see myself packing this when I travel. Freshly ground coffee definitely beats the pre-ground stuff often available in hotel rooms.
Joe Coffee Cadillac House Exclusive Blend– Value $14?
I can’t find this particular blend available for sale on Joe Coffee’s website, so I’ve estimated the price based on the cost of their other offerings. I’m actually drinking a mug of this coffee as I type, and it’s delicious.
It’s a great blend for the morning, I think. It’s smooth with flavors of chocolate, caramel, and spice. I love it.
Robb Vices also included a free drink coupon for Joe’s Coffee, which has locations in NYC and Philly (none in my city, unfortunately). I’m not sure when I’ll be up in New York next, but there’s no expiration date listed on the card so I’ll hold on to it.
Baking Barons Mini Whisky Cakes– Value $10
These mini bundt cakes are incredible. They’re all extremely moist, as if they’ve been soaked in syrup. Yum! I received a Honey Whisky Cake, a Limoncello Poppy Cake, and a Churro Cake.
All three flavors are wonderful, but the Honey Whisky Cake is beyond delicious.
Here’s a picture of my super indulgent breakfast this morning: Joe’s coffee with mini bundt cakes!
The last item featured in this month’s box is a candle from Santa Barbara-based Aquiesse.
When I removed the lid from the candle, I discovered a compartment with a book of matches.
What a clever design!
The candle’s aroma is very fruity, with notes of tropical fruit and melon. I tend to prefer clean and fresh scents to fruity ones, so I may pass this candle along to a friend. My fragrance preferences aside, I have to say that I’m extremely impressed with the potency of the aroma. I haven’t lit this candle yet, but even taking off the lid fills the room with fragrance.
Verdict: Robb Vices absolutely outdid themselves with this box! I’m absolutely thrilled with all of the items I received in the box, and I’m so excited to see which Visionaire art edition I’ll receive. Since the coffee press and drip brewer aren’t yet available for sale online, I’m not sure I can come up with an accurate valuation for this box; however, I’m pretty sure it’s one of the highest I’ve seen from Robb Vices. The retail value of the coffee grinder, candle, cakes, and coffee totals $80, and the least expensive art edition retails for $175. Together that comes to a value of $255, and it doesn’t even include the dripper, coffee press, visionaire gift code, re-loadable LED screen, and free coffee coupon. I’m speechless.
Have you tried Robb Vices? What do you think of the luxuries they sent subscribers this month?