Personal Accessories

Wenger Utility Pocket-Knife

Have you ever seen a nicer looking Swiss Army Knife? This version features a sustainably harvested walnut from Switzerland that would otherwise be discarded. And what else, you ask? The knife includes a large blade, serrated-edge scissors, screwdriver for small cross head screws, flat screwdriver with safety lock system, wood saw, cap lifter, wire bender, can opener, nail file, corkscrew, reamer and a key ring. What else would you need? It’s also worth pointing out this could make a great gift for someone; file it away for when you’re short of ideas.

Measures 8.3 cm/3.2 in

Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: Old Faithful Shop

Goggles Umbrella

This umbrella by 25togo from Taiwan has a goggle-shaped window for seeing (or spying, as is suggested), no doubt helpful when you want to keep dry yet not crash into other pedestrians. Topped off with a periscope-shaped cap, it’s cute enough to get some smiles and funny enough to be admired (no scoffing allowed).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $56.00
Available from: designboom shop

Bkr Bottle

If you’ve still not found a water bottle that meets your aesthetic expectations, take a look at the Bkr Bottle. It’s a glass bottle with a silicone sleeve and has all the bullet points you need (see below) when it comes to a personal drinking vessel. Plus, the label/brand is unobtrusive, so you’ll not be a walking billboard.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00
Available from: mybkr.com

LightCap: Solar Powered Lantern & Water Bottle

Add some solar power to the top of a water bottle and voilà, you have yourself a lantern. FastSolar technology allows for up to 8 hours of light time and the one liter bottle could also double as a waterproof container for your wallet or cellphone. It’d be perfect for camping, wouldn’t it? More details below.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $29.95
Available from: Useful Things

That Blows Hanky set

So, now that most of us have eschewed paper towels in favor of clever/artistic washable tea towels in the kitchen, is it time to convert back to cloth when it comes to our noses? Before paper tissue became de rigueur, everyone had a handkerchief for personal hygiene, and perhaps all we need to return to the old fashioned habit is a little encouragement from this set. I especially like the idea of giving this as a gift to someone going through a semi-tough time (Dear John letter = heartache, Insufficient funds statement = broke, etc.).

Set of 5 hankies: a bad report card, a pink slip, and insufficient funds statement, an actual war-time Dear John letter, and a parking citation.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: House8810

Pencut by Raymay Fujii

Running around with scissors just got a whole lot safer. This pen-like device houses a pair of compact scissors: remove the cap, slide up/out the flexible handles and cut away. Handy addition to a pencil case, I’d say. Green appears to be sold out, but black and pink still have some in stock.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $15.25
Available from: JetPens.com

Source: Cool Hunting

Tattly Temporary Tattoos

You’ve most likely seen or heard of the recently launched Tattly, a site offering decently designed temporary tattoos compiled by none other than Tina Roth Eisenberg, otherwise known as swissmiss. My favorites: Knucks by Frank Chimero, Tattone by Josh Smith, Cursors also by Josh Smith, and Rabbit by Marc Johns.

$5 for a set of 2 or all 15 for $35.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $5.00
Available from: Tattly

Keychain Letter Opener

You must have used a key at some point to open a letter. I know I have, many times, mostly because I misplace the one letter opener I have, and I am too impatient to go and find it. This little guy lives on your keychain, at the ready for any envelope that comes your way.

Purchase Information:

Price: $5.97
Available from: Nood Furniture & Design

SunBRELLI

Sure, there’s the Brelli and then there’s the SUNbrelli (or rather sunBRELLI). The latter will protect you from the sun’s rays as well as the rain, with the same biodegradable plastic canopy.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $59.00
Available from: BRELLI

Split Ring Key (Keybrid)

I posted this key-that’s-also-a-key-ring while back, and now that it’s got a new site/price/info update it’s worth another look.

SC1 Keybrid blank for SC1 keys/locks, $8.99
KW1 Keybrid blank for KW1 keys/locks, $8.99
SC1 & KW1 Bundle, $16.99

by Scott Amron

Purchase Information:

Price: $8.99
Availability: Buy Split Ring Key (Keybrid) here

OMHU Cane

Not that I know much about canes, but these appear to be the best looking ones that I’ve ever seen. Omhu is a newish company aiming to provide well designed objects for those that need help with simple tasks such as walking, bathing, or reaching overhead. Omhu (om-who) is Danish for “with great care”, and the company takes their inspiration from Scandinavian furniture, bicycles and skateboards. The cane you see here is made from a light weight birch laminate with an aluminum shaft and is finished with your choice of six bright colors of American bicycle paint.

Available in three sizes 31″, 34″, 37″ and six colors: purple, green, orange, black, cream, and light blue.

To learn more, visit Omhu’s website.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: OMHU Shop

XL Shoe Horn

Oh yeah? You think you don’t need this? Well, just watch, in a couple of years you’ll be bending over huffing and puffing just to put your shoes on and in some tiny corner of your brain, you’ll think, ‘man, if I just got that darn XL shoe horn, my life would be just a tiny bit better’. Luxury is many things, but comfort is near (if not) the top of the list.

Purchase Information:

Price: $8.00
Available from: UMA

Chairless

You’ve probably seen this around on some of the design sites lately, but now you can buy it at Design Museum Shop. For those of you that are scratching your head, it’s a sturdy strap ‘seating device’ that allows you to sit down and rest without a normal seat or backrest. So, uh, in other words, it’s a strap. Could be handy to have, maybe?

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Purchase Information:

Price: £35.00
Available from: Design Museum Shop

London Undercover Umbrellas

If you plan your outfit right down to your weather accessories, you might have heard of London Undercover. Established by designer Jamie Milestone in 2008, they offer a fair selection of stylish umbrellas to keep you dry, and perhaps best of all, all the umbrellas are made using recycled materials and minimal waste.

Recycled canvas fabric, recycled metal shafts & frames, recycled and biodegradeable handles and recycled packaging and tags.

Purchase Information:

Price: £50.00
Available from: London Undercover

Bamboo Bottle

Finally, someone created a glass reusable water bottle that’s designed properly and looks awesome too. Other alternatives I’ve seen get pretty close, but I feel like this design certainly nails it. Besides the bamboo sleeve adding quite a bit of style, it fully protects the glass interior. Glass provides an always guaranteed safe drink and can accommodate hot or cold beverages. The parts of the bottle easily disassemble for cleaning and are dishwasher safe, except for the bamboo sleeve.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Availability: Buy Bamboo Bottle here