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Macon and Lesquoy Pins (new)

Even if you’re not the type to pin a pin onto your hat/bag/shirt, these pins by Macon and Lesquoy will tempt you to change your ways. Yes, we’ve featured them before, but there’s a new batch out, and, come on, how could I resist not sharing a Radish, Pipe and Smoke, and Bicycle pin? Or an Apple, Crab, and Peapod pin? Do you not have an urge to pick a few and group them together artfully on a canvas tote? I have a curious urge to find a jean jacket* just so I can have a designated spot for a few favorites.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00 - 58.00
Available from: GreenerGrassDesign

Vessyl

Vessyl is a cup that can detect and keep track of just about everything you drink throughout the day. It’s able to detect the nutritional content (and even in some cases, brand) of beverages you drink from the cup, all the while keeping track of your hydration and consumed calories, sugar, protein, fat and caffeine.

Early bird pricing 50% off.

Syncs with iPhone.
Designed by Yves Behar.

Purchase Information:

Price: $99 now, $199 after launch
Available from: Vessyl

Aecraft Peak Laptop Cover

Here’s a case with a leather cover that integrates a small stand for your laptop. So what? Well, pivoting your screen at an angle helps your wrists be more comfortable and just might improve your posture (sit up straight!). Oh, and, of course, it looks pretty sleek with its “100% imported natural South African Merino wool felt and premium Norwegian vegetable-tanned leather” as well, and has an easy snap-shut closure to keep your device secure.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $205.00
Available from: Leibal

Runbell

You know how frustrating it is to be running along a crowded pathway, dodging pedestrians who have little clue you are running super fast (and looking good while doing so, I might add) and about to overtake them? Yeah, you could shout out ‘On your right!’ or ‘On your left!’ every single time, or you could have this Runbell to pleasantly alert those in front of you. Ding ding! Take a look at the video below, or go to Kickstarter to back the project (5 days left).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Backpocket Phone Wallet

We’ve discussed minimalist wallets before, and this Backpocket Phone Wallet should join the list. The silicone sleeve sticks on to the back of your phone or phone case for a secure spot to store some cash and/or credit cards. It appears to work better than a thick rubber band (raise your hand if you’ve tried that before) and it’s almost as cheap. Well, okay, it’s almost as cheap as a bag of heavy duty rubber bands.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $4.99
Available from: Perpetual Kid

Impossible Instant Lab

Just one more thing today from the Kickstarter at MoMA collection, I promise. The Impossible Instant Lab is now available, and you’ve got better self restraint than most of us if you can resist the temptation of having your own photo lab at your fingertips. Here’s how it works: select a picture from your device using the Instant Lab iOS App, place it on the Instant Lab, and wait a few moments. You’ll see an analog photo appear and develop, just like the Polaroids from way back when. High five to the Impossible Lab for making this project a reality.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Gigs 2 Go USB Flash Drive

MoMA Store + Kickstarter = empty wallet. MoMA is showcasing a few select projects, one of which is the Gigs 2 Go USB Flash Drive. The palm-sized collection is comprised of four tear-away thumb drives (8 gigabytes each) made from recycled paper pulp. So, when you need to transfer files quick and easy, and don’t want to mess with cloud storage, you’ll have a flash drive on hand. Write a quick note of contents, then pass along to your friends, family, or coworkers.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Maple iPad Sleeve by Grovemade

Geometric wood veneer and premium German wool lining sounds like the right ingredients for a cool iPad sleeve, don’t they? Add in a leather and brass pull strap (no grabbing/tugging required) and you’ve got our attention. Choose between Eastern hardrock maple or Oregon black walnut. Will they have the right size for your precious device? If you have an iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Mini with Retina Display, and/or 13″ MacBook Air, the answer is yes.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $79.00 - 89.00
Available from: Grovemade

Chelsea and Fabrika Scarf

If you are still searching for a Mother’s Day gift, you know you only have a few more days, right? Check out this scarf by Shonquis Moreno. Digitally printed on 14-mime silk twill, the Chelsea Scarf features an image abstracted and manipulated “down to the core color in pixels.” Sounds good, and looks even better.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Leather iPad Sleeve

Still searching for a respectable sleeve for your iPad? Don’t forget about the selection of full-grain leather sleeves from Defy Bags studio in Chicago. Measured and cut by hand, the sleeve’s joints are triple-stitched for added strength. It certainly ticks the ‘rugged sophistication’ box, if that’s the look you prefer.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00 - 210.00
Available from: Defy Bags

Ringtool

Nice! The Ringtool is a compact toolkit that lives on any standard keyring. Hardened stainless steel (strength + corrosion resistance) means it’ll withstand a rough and tumble world. It has five different Hexheads, a Flathead and Phillips Driver, a Torxhead, and two Spoke Wrenches, so it’s a good choice for any cyclist that would rather not lug around a bigger toolkit.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00
Available from: Reductivist

T.J. Wilcox In the Air Silk Scarf

If you pay attention to the art world, you might have heard of T.J. Wilcox and his panoramic film installation In the Air, 2013, at the Whitney Museum of American Art. If you haven’t, don’t worry, as that’s not a prerequisite to purchase a still printed on this 100% silk scarf you see above. However, do feel free to dazzle anyone who appreciates the scarf with your knowledge of the installation- they could probably use a little more ‘culture’.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: Whitney Shop

Stellé Audio Bluetooth Speaker by DwellStudio

What in the world is this thing, you ask? Well, put on a decorator’s/designer’s hat and admit that some speakers are not very pleasing to the eye, and, in fact, a bit of an eyesore at times. If you’d rather a speaker blend in amongst your other items in a bookcase or tabletop milieu, then take a look at the Stellé Audio Bluetooth Speaker by DwellStudio. Maybe it’s not perfect for your interior- or maybe it is- but I think we can all agree we like the idea of improving technology so that it may blend into a room when desired instead of sticking out like a sore thumb.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Available from: Stellé Audio Bluetooth Speaker by DwellStudio" target="_blank">DwellStudio

Walnut Jewelry Box plus $100 GC to KM

Fit for a lady or gentleman with a select collection of jewelry, this hand-hewn Walnut Jewelry Box has a removable tray with four compartments for rings, cuff links and smaller items. Suede lining in each compartment helps protect contents, and when the lid is snugly on top, the box measures a perfect 6″ square.

And, good news, we’re teaming up with the retailer, Kaufmann Mercantile, for a cross promotion: sign up for emails from both BLTD and Kaufmann Mercantile and you’ll be entered to win a gift card for $100. That $100 could go towards many a great things from Kaufmann Mercantile, or help you save some dough on one very nice thing (like this jewelry box).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $259.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Slow Factory Scarves

What do you get the person who loves cosmology and/or fashionable things? One of these scarves from Slow Factory, of course. The 30% Silk/70% Cotton scarves start at a reasonable $80, while the 100% silk scarves go up to the $200 price point. Might be a nice Mother’s Day gift, perhaps? Or a reward for doing your taxes? Hmm, bookmark it in either case.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $200.00
Available from: Slow Factory