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Libratone’s Loop Wireless Speaker

There’s a never ending stream of new wireless speakers, and we’ll all just have to deal with it, whether we’re still searching for the perfect audio experience or have respectfully decided to be happy with what we’ve got. I belong to the latter group, so it’s hard to get too excited by any wireless speaker nowadays, but this Loop Wireless Speaker is slim, round, and has changeable wool covers, which is useful if you’re into switching up your interior design colors every now and then. You can mount it on the wall or position it on a table or bookshelf with its kickstand support. But what are the audio specs, you ask? Follow the link to the retailer, or read some of them below, because there’s a lot of data that’s better left untouched by the likes of (unexcitable) me.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $499.95
Available from: A+R Store

Axial Mini Messenger

This bag toes the line between man-purse and messenger bag, and that’s its exact magic. No need to carry a bag bigger than you need, after all, and you just look like a dork when you stuff too much stuff in your pockets. Just in case you had a fleeting thought that involved a belt bag (a.k.a. fanny pack) as a solution, let’s just clear things up: yes, you will get punched in the face if you wear one of those atrocities. The fist may or may not belong to me. So, solve the issue safely and keep your face intact with the Axial from Modern Industry. It’s handmade in San Francisco, California, using 10.10oz Martexin Original Waxed Canvas.

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Price: $125.00
Available from: Modern Industry

Beolit 12 Sound System

Yeah, I know you don’t need any more speaker options, but just in case you like to keep up to date, you’ll want to take a look at the Beolit 12 Sound System from Bang & Olufsen. Designed by Cecilie Manz, it has a friendly appearance and feel, and, of course, it’s wireless, and has a rechargeable battery and leather strap for transport. Stream music via Apple AirPlay or connect a device via the built-in 3.5mm minijack or USB port.
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Price: $799.00
Available from: DWR

Photostrap

If you’re semi-serious about photography, you need a good camera strap. And, hey, if you can get one that’s a little more customized to your color preference, and maybe even with a monogram on the shoulder pad, then that’s even better. Should you need further encouragement, 10% will be donated from every purchase to Fotolanthropy, a non-profit that gives portrait sessions and short films to inspiring people who are overcoming adversity.

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Price: $85.00 - 125.00
Available from: Fotostrap

11+ Sound1 Speaker

A bluetooth enabled speaker is a dime a dozen (so to speak) these days, so what’s so special about this pair? Well, for starters, the 11+ Sound1 Speakers have absolutely nothing to offend the eyes, and one could even say they’re aesthetically pleasing. What else? Three things: embedded magnets allow the pair to be joined into one piece for storage or transport, the cables can be stored neatly within each base, and each speaker has a slight angle at its base to allow an optimal auditory experience.
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Price: $85.00
Available from: leibal

Convertible Case for Apple iPad

If you prefer to use a physical keyboard, like the Apple wireless one, instead of the on-screen keyboard for the iPad, this lightweight Convertible Case will make transporting both quite a bit easier. A magnetic closure keeps both the iPad and keyboard protected when closed, and when opened, the case can fold into a stand.

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Price: $49.99
Available from: Belkin

Sandwich on Board Box

Another aluminum lunch box? Can we be so lucky? Apparently so. This handy little lunch box is from black + blum, and, just as expected, it looks to improve upon those sub-par lunch carriers that have left your lunch squashed in the past. It’s aluminum (or, aluminium, if you prefer) with a naturally antibacterial, sustainable bamboo lid that provides a surface for ingredient assembly if needed. Available in silver, lime, or pink.
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Price: $28.00
Available from: black + blum

Aluminum Lunch Box

Why do you need an aluminum lunch box? Who knows. Maybe you’re a little clumsy, and tend to drop your lunch bag repeatedly to the point where your sandwich, fruit, and/or chips are no longer recognizable. And that’s no fun, is it? With an aluminum lunch box you’d be hard pressed to do any damage, unless there’s a car or other heavy machinery involved in your daily commute, in which case I wish you the very best of luck. Too bad this box doesn’t have a handle, though, as that would make it a little easier to carry around, don’t you think?
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Kikkerland

ProTravel Carry-on

You know what’s so special about this backpack? It’s pared down to the absolute essentials- that’s important to those of us that prefer a minimal look- and there’s a few thoughtful design details that makes packing and unpacking a breeze. Sounds good, right? There’s also a feature that hides away the backpack straps for a more professional look so you can go straight from the airport to business meetings. See Minaal’s video below, or visit Kickstarter to learn more and/or back the project.
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Price: $229.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Dock Tray

Also by Objekten, the designer of yesterday’s Swing LED Table Lamp, is this Dock Tray. Featuring a spot to store your cords and other small items underneath, your iPad can rest comfortably on its back or angled in the outer edge, horizontally or vertically. It’s a pretty perfect catch-all plus device stand for a desk/worktop.

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Price: $135.00
Available from: Rypen

Wally Case

When I don’t want to carry a wallet or bag, I use a rubber band to hold a couple of credit cards to my phone. And, yes, I often wonder when that method will fail, because, let’s face it, a rubber band isn’t the most reliable in terms of security/longevity.

So am I interested in the Wally Case from Distil Union, which secures one’s cards to the iPhone via a snap-on hardshell case with a pull-tab action slim pocket? You betcha. However, don’t go thinking you can carry all your cards; it’s recommended that you keep it down to 3 cards plus a folded bill (or two). Back the campaign on Kickstarter for $40 or more to receive a case for your very own.

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Price: $40.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Ollie

I know you don’t need yet another thing to put in your wallet, but what if this extra thing could fit all sorts of handy tools like a bottle opener, ruler, spoke wrench, protractor, metric and standard ruler, metric wrenches, drill guides, and a 1/8″ hex drive, all in one slender credit-card-like shape? Maybe then you’d find some room? Laser cut and etched from 18 gauge stainless steel or titanium, the Ollie arms you with the tools to do all sorts of everyday odd jobs. Back the project for $25 for the stainless steel version, or $35 for the titanium.
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Price: $25.00 - 35.00
Available from: Dragon Innovation

Faraday Tote

A tote that transitions into a messenger bag sounds like a winner. Made from waxed canvas and vegetable tanned leather, Modern Industry‚Äôs Faraday Tote will hold all manner of your gear thanks to its generous proportions. The messenger strap stows away when not in use, and in either formats a 15″ laptop easily fits. There looks to be a limited number in each color available, so don’t dawdle around.

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Price: $325.00
Available from: Modern Industry

Cashmends

September means sweaters, right? And, if you’ve ever found a rather worn spot or a moth hole on your favorite sweater, you know the sinking feeling once you know it’s headed for the donate pile. So, get ahead of any disappointment and get some Cashmends- either in an Elbow Patch or Band-Aid shape (the flowers and moths are a bit too decorative for my taste)- and know that you can fix it right up with a quick iron-on patch. Also, as an alternative, don’t forget about the Woolfiller Kits, as they can provide a less obvious fix option.
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Price: $16.00
Available from: Stella Neptune

Roll-Up by Winter Session

How to carry your various pens and pencils and tools? In an organized fashion, of course. This Roll-up, designed by Winter Session, is the perfect size for small tools and accessories. Maybe your drawing tools will be at home nestled away in the waxed cotton canvas, or maybe your bicycle tools or makeup brushes, it’s your Roll-up, so you decide.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: The Vitrine