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Helvetica Brooches

If you’re one who likes monograms, this simple Helvetica brooch may fit the bill.

[posted by kris]

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Price: $112
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Griffin Aircurve

Okay Iphone owners, how many of you have slept through your alarm because the tiny speaker wasn’t loud enough to wake you from your hibernatic slumber? The Aircurve from Griffin is designed to acoustically amplify the sounds from the speaker without the need for any electricity.

AirCurve is designed with a pass-through slot that allows you to charge and sync your iPhone by inserting a Griffin Dock Cable (available separately) or the dock cable that came with your iPhone. And AirCurve’s see-through translucent polycarbonate body lets you appreciate the graceful curves inside that do all the work.

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Price: $19.99
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Flashlight Battery

Here’s a handy little gadget:

“Here’s a bright idea! This super compact LED light attaches to any 9 Volt battery to create a portable light source. Awesome! Operates in regular and strobe modes. Imported. Wipe clean.”

  • Includes: LED lamp, 9V battery
  • 1″w, 2.5″h, .5″d
  • Plastic, electronics

$8.00,
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Price: $8.00
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Brillo Toothbrush Travel Set

Check it out- this toothbrush flicks open like a switchblade and has a nice leather carrying case so you can travel in style.

A journey by plane, train or automobile might not be the swift and sexy ride it once was, but that doesn’t mean we can’t at least make a stylish effort. The Brillo toothbrush by Chaki Murata for Metaphys in Japan is the perfect antidote. The ergonomically compact form acts like a switchblade, the brush head flipping out of the body with just a flick. When not in use, slip it into the well-constructed leather case. Ready for gifting, each black box comes equipped with three replacement brushes. The black brush holder comes with a white case; the white holder’s case is natural.

$56.00,
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Price: $56.00
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Schuhschein Brush

This ‘Schuhschein’ Brush is a clever idea…

This handy shoe shine bag and brush is all you need to keep your shoes looking their best. Convenient and beautifully handmade, the attached linen bag will hold polishes and buffers, while the attached natural beech and horsehair brush can be used to wipe dust and grime off of shoes prior to polishing. Made in Germany.
Located in the former Home for the Blind in Berlin, the workshop which produces these brushes employs 15 blind individuals using traditional craft techniques that the Institute for the Blind developed over the last 120+ years.

MATERIALS: linen, wood, horsehair
11″ L x 7.75″ W x 2″ D
$75.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $75.00
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KRINK Laptop Sleeve 15

This sleeve is too cool.

“Incase’s KRINK Sleeve is a limited-edition collaborative effort between Arkitip, Incase and street artist KR, creator of KRINK – a line of handmade inks and markers. This laptop sleeve provides complete notebook protection, has original foil-stamped KRINK Artistry and soft poly-satin interior lining.”

$79.00,
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Price: $79.00
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The Gypsy Belt

Whoa. Here’s some hardcore self protection:

The French Tsigane gypsies were known to handcraft belts similar to this for protection against other gypsy tribes and unsympathetic authorities. I have re-shaped the blade into a traditional dagger, and given the buckle a brilliant nickel-plated finish that really brings to life this stunning and unique piece. The Gypsy Belt comes with TWO BELTS.

Shown above: Nickel-Plated Finish – w/ Plain Black Latigo Leather Belt
Other finishes and colors available.
$125.00,
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Price: $125.00
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MagWear® – Handyman’s Helper Magnetic Wristband

For anyone who’s dropped a screw or nail while at the top of a ladder, this magnetic wristband is a dream come true. Sure, it’s a little bulky, but you’ll be wearing it for various ladder-climbing chores, not a fashion show.

If you’re tired of holding nails in your mouth and waste entirely too much energy climbing up and down ladders to retrieve fallen screws…then Handyman’s Helper is for you. The ridiculously strong magnet in this “magwear” holds onto hardware, small tools and other metallic objects…it’s so strong you can actually pile the hardware on in layers. Perfect for working on ladders, in crawlspaces, hanging pictures, under cars, or in any situation where you don’t want to loose your stuff. Velcro strap can accommodate even the thickest of wrists. Available in Coral Red, Sage Green, Construction Site Yellow, Perwinkle Blue and Grey. Comes packaged in a decorative box for easy gift giving. Magnetic area is 3″ x 4″ square; 3/4″ deep.

$19.95,
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Price: $19.95
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Billet Travel Folders

These have me itching to organize all sorts of important papers and documents.

Designers at the Japanese graphic firm Billet originally designed these stylish French-inspired folders for their own personal use. Now they are available to you for containing correspondence and other essential papers while traveling, at the office or in the home. The small folder is just the right size to store 4×6 photos, receipts, recipe cards or passports; the medium folder makes a handy extension to a wallet for safekeeping long items like theater tickets; the large size organizes important 8″ x 10″ documents and oversized photographs. Each paper folder is handcrafted in Japan.

Small, $10.00
Medium, $10.00
Large, $15.00
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Price: $10.00
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Travel Shoe Bags

I swear by shoe bags. That sounds funny, but I mean it.

“This handsome shoe bag is great for protecting clothes from getting soiled in a suitcase and so much nicer than carrying shoes in a plastic bag from the supermarket. . The bag is made from a sturdy cotton with a heavy duty cotton cord drawstring. One bag will hold a pair of shoes. Machine wash and dry.”

Measures 16″ L x 11″ W.

Golf Shoe Bag, $13.95, Buy it here.
Gentleman’s Travel Shoe Bag, $13.95
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Price: $13.95
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Diode watch

The impressive thing about this watch is that it was originally designed way back in 1975.

LIP watches have been around for over 150 years but were unavailable in the United States until very recently. The company has reintroduced some of their most important models from a modern collection that was first unveiled 35 years ago. In the 1960s and 1970s, LIP enlisted a handful of creative architects and designers to design contemporary watches. Among them was the prolific Roger Tallon, who designed everything from high-speed French TGV trains to the 1964 Helicoid Staircase (part of the MoMa Design Collection). Tallon’s LIP designs include the iconic Mach 2000 series.

materials:mineral glass, stainless steel case, leather strap
$380.00,
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Price: $380.00
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Bahia Toiletry Case

Here’s an excellent case for you to keep your liquids, gels and creams right where you want them.

A modern take on the on the go-anywhere dopp kit. Large compartment, lined with plastic to keep liquid safely stored inside away from the items in your bag. Features a handy pull out pocket insert, which can be unsnapped to take a few necessities along when you head out for the day or night.

Dimensions: 8” x 8 x 3.2
Materials: Nylon, Polyurethane
100% vegetarian
Color: Black or Silver

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Price: $90.00
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Alex and Chloe Fawn Necklace

Another great acrylic piece from Alex and Chloe, and it’s 50% off.

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Price: $27.00
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Electronic Calculator M by Naoto Fukasawa

Perfectly simple solar-powered calculator by Naoto Fukasawa.

No matter how complex your calculations may be, the Electric Calculator M was designed to make things a bit more simple. With easy to read numbers, a slightly elevated display section, and uniform color on both body and keys, any elements of complexity have been scaled back as much as possible. The idea of doing work has suddenly become a bit more attractive…

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Price: $69.00
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Top Ten American Beaches

If you’re planning any road trips this summer, you might consider checking to see if any of these beaches are on the way to your destination.

From wejetset magazine:

Dr. Stephen Leatherman, coastal expert with Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research, has recently published his 18th Annual Top 10 American Beaches ranking. Click Read More to view the ranking and our tips for turning a beach visit into a healthy excursion.

top ten american beaches

1. Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin/Clearwater, FL
2. Hanalei Beach, Kauai, HI
3. Siesta Beach, Sarasota, FL
4. Coopers Beach, Southampton, NY
5. Coronado Beach, San Diego, CA
6. Main Beach, East Hampton, NY
7. Hamoa Beach, Maui, HI
8. Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks, NC
9. Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, FL
10. Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, SC

Fifty criteria were used to evaluate the beaches, including water and sand quality, facilities and environmental management. The top spot went to Caladesi Island State Park. According to Dr. Leatherman, “Caladesi’s real attraction is its powder white sand, warm, crystal clear water and beautiful nature, all making it the number one beach to enjoy and decompress”. -wejetset magazine