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006 Qwstion Backpack

Those of us that prefer to avoid ‘i-am-carrying-a-backpack-and-i-am-SPORTY’ look can now breathe easy for this backpack has the look of a regular bag. A side handle gives an option to carry/hold it in briefcase mode, and a Neoprene protection cover keeps your laptop safe and sound. Take a look at the photos to see how the bag opens up completely.

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Price: $245.00
Available from: wejetset

Kii: Compact Charger-Connector

This Kii compact charger-connector fits handily on your keychain for convenience. No need to search through your bag for a charging cord- just pull the Kii from your keychain and plug in and sync your device to any laptop via the dual-sided connector. Note that I said laptop there; the connection would not be a wise choice on a usb port on the back of a desktop machine, as it’s meant for a flat surface for stability. See photos below and/or visit Bluelounge for more info.
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Price: $19.95 - 39.95
Available from: Bluelounge

Bivi Bike Hook

Does your bike still not have a proper storage place at home or at work? You’re probably getting tired of stumbling into it every time you come in the front door (or leaving it lonely and awkward in a weird place at the office) and you need a better solution. Here’s yet another bike hook to consider and it’s very no-nonsense, as it is made from one long steel plate and one simple hook. The Bivi Bike Hook attaches to the wall or to the end of a Bivi bench (which makes it perfect for the workplace).

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Price: $135.00
Available from: Turnstone

Folded Paper Furoshiki

Furoshiki are a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloths that can be used as scarves, gift wrapping, or even as a wall hanging. You know this, of course, if you’ve seen any of the offerings from the Link Collective (etsy shop: LINK), as they have quite the collection. There’s also a Leather Carry Strap ($20-$28) that allows you to use a Furoshiki as a bag.
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Price: $48.00
Available from: thelinkcollective

Tablet Portfolio

Whoa, quite a big sale on this vegetable-tanned leather portfolio. It’s hand stitched with nylon thread and has a long, leather strap to keep it securely closed. The handmade feel gives a nice balance to the technology it protects. Fits iPad, iPad2, and similarly sized readers.
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Price: $sale: 104.50
Available from: DWR

Mika Bag

If you’re fond of Issey Miyake’s faceted bags or, more specifically, the Geo Pillow by Mika Barr, then you might just want to check out this bag from Kisim. It’s made in collaboration with Barr (hence the name of the bag), so you can have the same 3D fabric functioning as a carry-all for all your essentials.
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Price: $325.00
Available from: SFMOMA Store

The Pocket Reflector

What fits in your pocket and makes your next selfie look better? No, it’s not a flask filled with a strong inebriant, it’s this Pocket Reflector, that’s what. And, don’t worry, I say ‘selfie’ in an ironic sort of way, because goodness knows you’re much too busy to take a photo of yourself in your latest outfit/hat/sunglasses, much less with the right sort of lighting. Of course this would be for taking more professional-looking pictures of friends and family, riiight? The Pocket Reflector has a silver side to reflect bright concentrated light and a white side for softer, more natural-looking light. It measures 12″ in diameter and folds up to fit into a 5″ carrying case.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Photojojo

Izola Zipper Pouches

If you’re not in need of a some kind of a zipper pouch for travel needs, desk supplies, or to keep your bag organized, then you need to write some kind of book on minimal living. I won’t buy it, of course, because I’m planning on buying a couple of Izola’s zipper pouches to tuck away all manner of miscellany, thus solving any clutter in my bag or suitcase, not to mention my everyday work surface. Also, there are Dopp Kits done in the same color/material with appropriate text if you need to update yours.
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Price: $28.00
Available from: Izola

The Square by Clean Bottle

Don’t you feel better using your own water bottle? It’s better than sending a bunch of disposables to the landfill, that’s for sure, but there’s the tiny issue of keeping it clean. That’s where the The Square by Clean Bottle comes in. Both ends unscrew for easy cleaning and drying. It’s leak-proof, opens and closes quickly and the square shape won’t roll away if it tips over (it fits in most cup holders, don’t worry). The stainless-steel bottle won’t affect the taste of your water either.
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Price: $44.95
Available from: REI

FastFit Bluetooth® Wireless Keyboard Case for iPad Mini

Keen eyes will detect an iPad Mini above, and the keenest eyes will see that, yes, that is a wireless keyboard case attached. How excited are you? Probably a little, at least if you own an iPad Mini, because now you just might have found a decent keyboard to type out all those thoughts swimming inside your head. The specs are listed on the retailer’s site, but here’s a quick rundown:
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Price: $79.99
Available from: Belkin

Distil Union’s Wally

Among the many varieties of wallet/iPhone cases is Distil Union’s Wally. It’s an attachable leather pocket that keeps your credit cards close at hand, with a pull-tab that conceals/reveals contents. It won’t hold all your George Costanza-like receipts and such, as there’s just room for around 3 cards, so maybe it will force you to only keep what’s necessary. The Wally attaches directly to the iPhone (and most cases) with an adhesive backing.
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Price: $39.99
Available from: Distil Union

Small Zebrawood Speaker

It might be difficult to discern the tiny Zebrawood speaker amongst the pencils and parquet boxes in the image above, but it’s there, and it’s tiny- three inches by three inches, to be exact. And why do you need a tiny, Zebrawood speaker? Who knows, but my best guess is that you’re looking for bluetooth compatible, wireless speaker that has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and if it happens to blend in well with your oh-so-spectacular d├ęcor, then that’s a definite bonus.
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Price: $88.00
Available from: Jayson Home

The Crankerator

Photojojo is, as always, full of great photography gadgets and such, and among their newest crop of items is this Crankerator, a.k.a. the Boost Turbine 2000. It’s a source of extra energy for your smart phone or tablet, and is charged via the crank handle or by plugging it into your computer or a wall socket. A full charge on its 2000 mAH lithium battery will fully charge your phone, allowing you to take those extra photos on a weekend hike or even make important calls during an emergency situation (it doesn’t hurt to be prepared, does it?). Also, check out Photojojo’s newsletter if you haven’t already- they send out photo project inspiration and DIY tips.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Photojojo

Musguard

If you ride a bike, you need a fender, and if you need a fender, you probably will like the Musguard, a removable, rollable, polypropylene bicycle fender. Simple as can be, the Musguard is lightweight (35 grams) and easily attached: unroll, fold the seam, and tighten the Velcro strap. Remove it whenever you want by undoing the strap and rolling up for storage (see what I mean by easy?). Now on Kickstarter; see video below for demonstration.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Kickstarter

11+ Felt Case for iPad Mini

We’ve posted the 11+ Felt Case for iPad and Macbook Air, but this one is specifically for the iPad Mini, so you Mini Minimalists can now high five each other as you’ve found your perfect felt case (for $45, no less). The polyester felt with its slim pockets will protect and organize your iPad Mini and other papers and accessories without too much bulk, and that means you can slip it in your briefcase or bag and still look appropriately svelte.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Leibal