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Urban Kraft Paper Bags

Judging by the state of your wardrobe, you might want to wear a paper bag. Whoa, calm down, I didn’t mean that in an offensive way. These Urban Kraft bags are made of paper -really strong paper- and have a look that will appeal to the more discerning eye. There are several different sizes and types of bags and they’re all at a rather reasonable price point. Take a look at the Duffle, for instance. It’s water resistant, easy to carry, a good size at 13″x22″, and comes in just under the $100 mark.
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Price: $8.00 - 98.00
Available from: Urban Kraft

Leoht Tote

A handbag? I know, I know, we don’t normally post handbags, but stick with me here, because this particular one has something that’s worth talking about. It may not be enough to convince you (or the others around you) to abandon your (their) current It Bag, but it does offer some pretty cool technology that we’re hoping will soon catch on when it comes to luxury brands.
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Price: $149.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Senz Windproof Umbrella

In preparation for the upcoming April showers, let’s ask ourselves this: do we have a decent umbrella? And, by ‘decent’ I mean one that won’t upturn at a gust of wind, nor frustrate us with its finicky folding/unfolding. Yep, it’s just as I thought. Most of us could use an upgrade to a Senz Windproof Umbrella.

The Senz has an aerodynamic shape that resists winds of up to 62 miles per hour (let’s hope you’re inside should that occur) and has a strong rib construction that prevents it from inverting. I bet you’ll be the envy of your fellow commuters during the next rainstorm. Maybe even your coworkers will admire your arrival to the office, mostly dry and somewhat happy, and wish they could be more like you… for the umpteenth time, of course.
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Price: $89.00-99.00
Available from: Gessato

Black Ember Modular Urban Backpacks

Do you want to look like you’re on a some sort of urban military mission? That’s what I think of when I see Black Ember Modular Urban Backpacks and the various mag-lock pouches and accessories that may be added. The three packs offered are certainly more sleek and resolved than the previous design, and the modular nature of the mag-lock pouches is a smart way to customize how you carry your gear. Pick your base pack (Slate, TL, or Neoruk), then add on pouches, cases, and accessories to fit all your must-have stuff.
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Price: $180.00 - 212.00
Available from: Black Ember

Banton Frameworks

You’re not going to settle for just any pair of glasses, as you are known for your discerning taste. If only you could design your own… and now you can, thanks to Banton Frameworks. With over 250 combinations of frames and earpieces, you can create the right mix to match your personal preference. High quality materials won’t disappoint, and, best of all, it’s easy to switch the pieces out to change the look as often as you’d like.
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Price: £45.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Aer Fit Pack

Still searching for a simple, functional backpack that holds your workout gear and your laptop stuff? Take a look at the Aer Fit Pack. It’s designed to keep your sweaty stuff separate from the technology and papers you carry around, all in a compact size and style that’s suitable for both men and women. Shoes have a separate pocket, and there’s a handy quick access top pocket for your smartphone or keys.
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Price: $84.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Ortho Remote

This blue hockey-puck-looking-thing is a wireless remote for your sound system. How does it work, you ask? Click it once to start playing music, twist it to turn the volume up or down, tap to pause… you get the idea. It was originally designed for Teenage Engineering’s OD-11 Cloud Speaker, yet it follows universal Bluetooth standard for HID so you can use it with any music player on mac OS X, iOS, or Android. A magnetic back gives you the option to stick it on any metal surface, or make use of the non-slip bottom to keep it in place on your table, desk, or countertop.
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Price: $150.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Wrist Ruler

There’d be no more wondering about exact measurements if you had this ruler around your wrist. Sure, a leather wristband is not for everyone, but for those of us that continually carry around a measuring tape, it could be a smart alternative. Inch and centimeter measurements are engraved on the outer surface with a stud closure, so it’d be easy to take it on and off to get a quick read on smaller dimensions. Notice that I said ‘smaller’ there- it wouldn’t be ideal for measuring a long sofa or a room’s dimensions*, for example.
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Price: $19.95
Available from: iLoveHandles

No Line No Wave Scarf Collection

If you happen to have a loved one that likes scarves and other strange, artistic things, then the No Line No Wave Scarf Collection should be on your list of birthday/anniversary/special event gift ideas. Glasgow-based studio Briggs & Cole invited twelve Scottish creatives to contribute designs, and the result is an odd-yet-wonderous array of silky squares. Be forewarned, though, as each scarf is produced as a limited edition of ten each, sold only in sets of two.
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Price: $600.00
Available from: L'ArcoBaleno

Library Card Tote Bag

Do you recognize the card image on this tote bag? Congratulations, you are officially old and wise. If you don’t immediately recognize it, then I’ll do the patronizing thing and explain it to you as if you were an idiot a child.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1

Whoa. The Artiphon Instrument 1 lets you play any instrument you want with a single device. Huh? You’d best watch their Kickstarter video, as that’s the quickest way to understand the full scope of what the Artiphon offers. The digital interface works with any MIDI-compatible software and the ergonomic design allows you to hold it in various positions- guitar, violin, piano, bass, drum machine, etc.
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Price: $299.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Underfuse Iron-On Reflective Strips

Does your favorite workout gear have reflective strips? Mine certainly don’t, but that’s about to change. Underfuse Iron-On Reflective Strips are easy to apply and will help make sure you don’t get run over by a bus/truck/inattentive driver when you’re out walking your dog or running at night. Iron a few strips on your jacket, bag, or workout clothes and stay visible. Also, Underfuse also has an iron-on pocket for your smartphone and/or keys, just in case you’d like to further customize your clothing.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Tangram Travel Organizer

It’s almost the end of February, which prompts this question: is it time to take a trip somewhere? It really doesn’t matter where, as long as it’s not extremely cold (unless you’re skiing or snowboarding). This Tangram Travel Organizer cleverly folds up in a flat, triangular fold to make packing easy. Unfold at your destination- use the elastic loop as a hook if you wish- to see everything neatly organized.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: Umbra

Amish Scooter

Scoot around town with ease in this Amish Scooter. This version is a scooter-bicycle hybrid and it combines the best of both worlds. A powder-coated steel frame and fenders will stand up to all sorts of bumps and bruises while 16-inch wheels will get you to your destination almost as quickly as a regular bike. There’ll be little to no balance or knee strain issues, yet it’s large enough to tote around a bag of groceries. Plus, it won’t look like you stole a kid’s scooter, which is important for your reputation. A Pennsylvania-based Amish family has been manufacturing these for three generations; they invented the scooter as an alternative to a bicycle, which their church does not allow.
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Price: $320.00
Available from: MoMA Store

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Moment Case

Mobile photography is only getting better as more and more people rely on their smartphones, and, thankfully, the people of Moment aren’t resting on their laurels. They’ve entered the iPhone 6 case market, with a shell that turns your phone into a better camera. The shutter button has half press and full press features, the Moment Lenses can easily be attached/detached, and there’s a strap attachment at the bottom to keep your phone from falling through your fingers right after you’ve taken a great shot. See the video below for more, or visit their Kickstarter page to back the project.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00 +
Available from: Kickstarter