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Brave Brown Bag

It looks like an ordinary paper bag, right? But it’s not; it’s weatherproof cotton. Better make sure your friends and family know to keep it away from the recycling pile.

Each carryall is hand-constructed in Canada from 100% cotton which has been treated with a special oil and wax glaze, making it weatherproof for everyday carrying. The Brave Brown Bag is lightweight, looks and folds like its classic paper ancestor, but has remarkable strength.

Designer: Charlotte McKeough, 1996
Materials: Waxed Cotton, Mylar, Kevlar; 12″x15″x7″

(Member Price: $135.00) $150.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $150.00
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MOOF Bicycle

Talk about a sweet ride. This bicycle has some very nice touches- check out the integrated headlight (solar powered of course) and the leather seat/grips.

MOOF improves the basic functionality of the urban Dutch bicycle by combining a beautiful extruded aluminum frame with integrated solar powered head and tail lights. This single speed sleek and smooth urban cruiser is both smart and conscientious.

Designer: Sjoerd Smit
Dimensions (inches): 72 x 36 x 22 inches

$600.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $600.00
Availability: Buy MOOF Bicycle here

Wrap Wrap

It’s nice to see a simpler (in the way of craft) wire management tool. The natural material provides a little bit of balance to the tech/gadgetry.

Wrap wrap is an innovative wire management tool that brings an element of simplicity and craft to the concept. Created with beautiful walnut or oak, Wrap Wrap keeps your ipod or mouse cables under control. Designed by Naoto Yoshida for to.mo.ni of Japan.

Finish: Walnut or Oak
2″ long

$15.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $15.00
Availability: Buy Wrap Wrap here

Lexon Design Luggage

If you appreciate under-the-radar design, take a look at Lexon’s collection of bags and travel accessories. No flashy labels or extraneous design makes for an especially clean look.

Toiletry Kit, $35.00, Buy it here.
2 Panel Toiletry Bag (with canisters), $22.00, Buy it here.
Design A4 Binder, $42.00, Buy it here.
Design Garment Bag, $109.00, Buy it here.
Design Suitcase, $99.00, Buy it here.

Also, check out the Airline Document Bag and Airline Garment Bag.

More information:

View Lexon Design Luggage here

Magneat

If you have headphones you know how frustrating the tangling issue can be. Enter in the Magneat, which keeps the cord right where you want it by utilizing magnets (take a look at Magneat’s site to see how).

…a new way to manage headphone wires from any mobile device. Featuring a patented magnet solution to be fastened to almost any clothing, the Magneat solves one of the most annoying elements of portable technology like no-one has done before. The Magneat lets you adjusts the wire to acceptable length, minimizing the risk of tangling and reliefs the ears of the weight and motion from the wires. It keeps the wires close to your body and reduces the risk of unwillingly hooking and pulling it out of your ears or PMP (even when tying your shoelaces). Other benefits are the easy storage and untangled retrieval.

around $10.00, Buy it here or here.

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Price: $10.00
Availability: Buy Magneat here

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‘I Am A Key’ 8GB USB flash drive

Hmm, is it worth it? Maybe? It looks pretty darn thin and very key-chain compatible.

“It’s shaped like a key, thin like a key, sturdy like a key and goes on our-you guessed it-key chain. It’s got all the bells and whistles you’d imagine (Hi-Speed USB 2.0, works on a Mac and PC, 8GB of storage space, ReadyBoost compatible) but it’s the fact that it’s so thin, so rugged and water and scratch proof, that makes it special! No more worrying whether something might happen to it, done, forget about that, this one is built to last.”

Purchase Information:

Price: £21.99
Availability: Buy ‘I Am A Key’ 8GB USB flash drive here

Pantone Bags

For you Pantone crazies (that’s said in a loving way) here’s some bags that you just might have to have.

Pantone Messenger Bag, $88.00, Buy it here.
Pantone Book Bag, $44.99, Buy it here.
Also not shown: Pantone Big Wallet ($39.99) and Pantone Passport Holder ($23.99).

More information:

View Pantone Bags here

Map Laptop Case

Maybe this would be better if it wasn’t vinyl? On the other hand, vinyl is rather durable and easier to clean than cloth.

Feeling jet set? See the world through your laptop! Map Laptop Case is a perfect way to show off your international flair. World map printed on vinyl. Fits laptops up to 15″. Padded and reinforced with piping.

$39.99, Buy it here.

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Price: $39.99
Availability: Buy Map Laptop Case here

Map Handkerchief

Never be without a map-slash-handkerchief (let’s just hope you aren’t lost when bad nasal allergies kick in).

Paris (out of stock), London, Tokyo (out of stock), or New York
Size : 20.9 x 20.9″

$7.65-$8.50, Buy it here.

More information:

View Map Handkerchief here

Samsonite by Alexander McQueen

Uh, do any of you remember this post? Where this luggage was priced at $775?

Material: Exterior: 100% ABS / Leather, Interior: 100% Polyester

$318.00, Buy it here.
(note: these are available through Gilt Groupe, which is an invitation only site, and it’s got some really good prices on some nicer clothing labels (i.e.”coveted fashion and luxury brands”).)

Purchase Information:

Price: $318.00
Availability: Buy Samsonite by Alexander McQueen here

Hookeychain Magnet

Such handiness! I’m tempted to get one of these myself.

Just simply put it against the fridge or any metal desk/cabinets when you come home and this “hookeychain” magnet will eliminate your need to look for your keys in the house for good! You can even attach a memo behind it to remind you of things to bring when you leave the house!

Comes in 3 colors, Gold, Silver, and Black.

$16.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $16.00
Availability: Buy Hookeychain Magnet here

Akanbe Folding Basket

A basket that becomes a rug…you can’t say that for all those wicker versions out there, but you can for this little guy. Seems like it would be really handy for toting around a little one’s toys and miscellany; unfold it and it becomes a play surface, fold it back up and it’ll corral everything all over again.

A cute basket made of felt (polyester 80%, rayon 20%). It has a cute face, but it’s sturdier than it looks! Spread it out and you can use it as a mat/sheet/rug as well. This Akanbe Folding Basket has many uses: arranging magazines, storing children’s toys, shopping, outdoor picnic and much more.

Package Size: 47cm x 3.8cm x 47cm
Mat/Rug Size (when open): 1050mm x 1000mm x 3mm

$128.50, Buy it here.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $128.50
Availability: Buy Akanbe Folding Basket here

Studio Leung

Two notable items from Studio Leung: a body sponge that rains on you in the bath and a pencil case fashioned from a traditional Chinese calligraphy mat.

Pencil Case, £5.00
Cloud Sponge, £4.00

Buy it here.

More information:

View Studio Leung here

Clever Covers

Clever, indeed! Now you’ll not have to worry about any embarrassment when reading your questionable material (though you might run into awkward moments where someone asks you about physics or the Japanese language, and then you’ll have to explain that you’re not actually reading what it looks like you are, and then the interested party might think you’re really weird or pervy to cover up whatever it was that you were reading, then you’re back to square one, if not at a negative 4 or 5, on the impression scale).

An intelligent book cover that hides your fluffy novel. this cover was designed specifically for those who have a thirst of the UnShakespearean variety. Simply slip over your book and go out into the world with no one ever knowing. No more disapproving looks, just respect from those around you.

Clever Cover (Book Size): Titled “Complete Japanese For International Business,” $8.00CAD, Buy it here.
Clever Cover (Magazine Size): Titled “Advanced Quantum Physics,” $9.00CAD,
Buy it here.

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Price: $8.00
Availability: Buy Clever Covers here

Plamodel DIY Camera

If you’ve got a lot of extra time on your hands, and need to occupy said hands, here’s a kit to make your own camera.

the perfect gift for a budding photographer? how about a genuinely working do it yourself camera? the plamodel camera by japanese design house superheadz is a snap together kit that allows even the not-so-mechanically inclined to assemble their own 35mm camera. available in either black or custom Moriyama special edition model (images and color options reflect packaging color only).

camera type: 35mm, lens: 28mm

$17.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $17.00
Availability: Buy Plamodel DIY Camera here