PERSONAL

Cashmends, Tweedmends

We’ve featured Cashmends before, but they’re just too good to forget. We all have favorite sweaters, and it’s so very sad when they get worn spots. Cashmends are iron-on patches that spruce up the elbows (or other areas) so you can continue wearing your warmest garments. There’s now Tweedmends as well, so you have the opportunity to upgrade an older blazer or jacket as well as your sweaters. Personally, I’m tempted to buy a few just to make some boring sweaters a little more interesting (a la Chinti and Parker). Elbow patches!
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Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00 - 16.00
Available from: Stella Neptune

CO.ALITION Smart Backpacks

A smart backpack? That sounds like a godsend to anyone who has ever had their phone, tablet, or laptop die away from home. CO.ALITION Smart Backpacks have an integrated power and a wireless hard drive built into their packs, so you can charge all of your devices and back up your important data (or watch movies) wherever you go. There’s enough options to make your head spin, so check it out and consider funding their project to receive one of your very own.
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Price: $199.00+
Available from: Indiegogo

Aaden Battery Charger

Does your keyboard/trackpad/mouse always seem to need a battery recharge at the most inconvenient times? Keep a fresh set ready to go with the Aaden Battery Charger. It plugs directly into your computer’s USB port, no extra electrical outlet needed- that means less searching around behind/underneath the desk. (It looks like a tiny version of the Apple TV, doesn’t it?)
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Price: $19.95
Available from: Bluelounge

Grovemade Brass Key Ring

Now this is a handy key ring. It hooks quickly onto your belt loop, yet it’s smaller and way less obnoxious than a carabiner. If you just thought to yourself wait, a carabiner is obnoxious?, I’m so, so sorry to be the one to break the news to you*. If you think a carabiner is the bomb, and are clutching yours right now very, very tightly, we’ll let you go this once, for functionality’s sake.

Oh, and this key ring opens a bottle too. Hooray! Available in Brass, Black Oxide, and Stainless Steel.
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Price: $39.00 - 59.00
Available from: Grovemade

Booksleeve by BFGF

Maybe you like your books and magazines rumpled with their corners bent from being stuffed haphazardly in your bag, but for the rest of us there’s the Booksleeve by BFGF. Made of hand-painted cotton canvas, each pouch has simple illustrations by Lilian Martinez that are sure to catch the interest of anyone interesting whenever you pull it from your bag. Who’s that person, they’ll ask themselves, and where did they get that booksleeve?
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Price: $50.00
Available from: BOOK/SHOP

Tech Dopp Kit

So many cords and chargers, what’s a person to do? Well, you could swear off gadgets, maybe go off the grid permanently, or you could get something like this Tech Dopp Kit from This is Ground. The zip-up organizer offers plenty of spots to keep your cords and adapters strapped down and tidy, so you can easily grab whichever one you need without untangling it from all the others while shouting out profanities. An internal zipped pouch keeps smaller items separate. The larger grande size has room for headphones, while the regular size will keep your basic essentials.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00 - 199.00
Available from: This is Ground

The Bouclier Visor

Commuting or running errands on your bike is good for the environment and good for your health- except when all that time out in the sun results in your face soaking up dangerous UV rays. Protect your face with the Bouclier Visor. It fits onto your existing helmet with two peel-and-stick helmet mounts- super easy and detachable- and once on, you can pivot it up and down as needed. It shields your entire face from the sun, so there will be no need to reapply sunblock (or age prematurely). Back the project over at Kickstarter.
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Price: $49.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Screwdriver MINI +|-

Do you remember the Screwpop Screwdriver? Here’s an even tinier version called the Screwdriver MINI +|-. It’s about 2/3 the size and weight of the original, yet has the same strength and function. Stick it on your keyring and be at the ready with a bottle opener and micro screwdriver whenever and wherever you might need it.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Mindful Dock

How can you concentrate with all those texts and notifications? In the past 20 minutes I’ve received no less than 5 texts, and I’m not even all that popular.

The Mindful Dock aims to give you a distraction-free zone; just slide your phone into the dock to avoid peeking at its screen every single time it dings/rings/buzzes. It charges your phone too, of course, but it’s more of a displayed intention of concentrating on the task at hand. After all, those cat videos that your friend keeps sending are super cute, but your work/love-life/sleep will suffer if you keep picking up your damn phone. You know I’m right.
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Price: $98.05
Available from: Kickstarter

Orée Wireless Wood Keyboard

Is that a wood keyboard you see? Yes, indeed it is. And why do you need the Orée Wireless Wood Keyboard? For the warmth or for the novelty, you pick. It’s completely wireless and connects via Bluetooth with up to 5 devices. Notice that the wood grain matches on all the keys- nice, right? Pick from three different fonts and two different woods, and also be sure to check out the multi touch wood trackpad and numerical keyboard ($190) as well, as it would make a nice companion piece.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $190.00
Available from: Design Boom Shop

Emotional Baggage Tote from The School of Life

Yes, you carry around emotional baggage, but at least you’re honest about it. As The School of Life says, “Everyone has it; the trick is to carry it elegantly.” Put your issues out in the open (along with your educational approach to mental health) with this heavy-duty canvas tote. No one will accuse you of hiding your less-than-appealing hang-ups, that’s for sure. Also, if the tote resonates with you, do check out their Psycho Box, which includes the tote along with a ‘How to Stay Sane’ guide, Nietzsche & Freud Notebooks, and Psychoanalytic Pencils.
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Price: £35.00
Available from: The School of Life

The Fly Pry – Titanium Multi Tool

This little tool is about the size of a zipper pull, and can you guess what it does? Sure, it’s a bottle opener, but it can also be used as a can opener, small pry bar, hex bit adapter, box opener, and a hook screw driver. Attach it to your keychain or as a zipper pull to a jacket or bag and you’ll have the smallest multi tool at the ready whenever you should need it.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Kickstarter

One Off Goods by Dino Sanchez

You’re super picky, so one-of-a-kind leather accessories might just suit your style. Dino Sanchez offers a small collection of individually made items- no two pieces will be alike. Laptop sleeves, wallets, key fobs, take your pick, and know that your item will be distinct.
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Price: $50.00 - 285.00
Available from: Dino Sanchez

Cinqpoints Badges

Less is more. Form follows function. Shout your beliefs from the rooftops or maybe just quietly wear a badge so those with similar tastes will know they’re not alone. Maybe you’ll even make a few more friends that believe in the Bauhaus or modern architecture. Wouldn’t that be nice?
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Price: $6.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Ostrich Travel Pillow

You might need this Ostrich Travel Pillow. Actually, let me rephrase that. You NEED THIS TRAVEL PILLOW. Sure, it looks a little neck-bracey, but it’s going to change your life. Use it as a combined eye mask and head pillow during your commute or on a long journey, or, hell, even while you’re at your desk. Naps can improve mood, alertness and performance, after all. The super soft cover contains lots of silicone micro-beads that support your head, block light, and muffle sound. Perfect. Amazing. Life-changing. And I’m only half-way kidding about the last one.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00 - 40.00
Available from: MoMA Store