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Recycled Billboard Banner Macbook Sleeve

There are some great graphics on these recycled billboard banner Macbook sleeves. My favorites are below, but there are a bunch more to choose from. All sleeves are padded with 6mm/0.25-inch of PE foam on each side and come with a velcro closure.

Shown above: 13″ Macbook Sleeve No. 64

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Purchase Information:

Price: $64.00
Available from: NottyPooch on Etsy

Rain Level Boots

These rubber boots are printed with playful “rain level” gauge graphics, perfect for galoshing around the city on rainy days and finding the largest puddle to jump in. Or, for just looking really cool and turning a few heads. Designed by Stefano Priovano and manufactured in Italy.

Purchase Information:

Price: €69.00
Availability: Buy Rain Level Boots here

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The Steven, Laptop Case

Uh, a crocheted laptop case that empowers people to rise above poverty? Sign me up. Using materials sourced from local vendors, this thin laptop sleeve will do all sorts of good for your computer and, of course, for the people of Uganda. And hey, if the stripey red sleeve above isn’t your sort of thing, no worries, check out the uber cool black sleeve below.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $39.95
Available from: Krochet Kids International

Leather Writing Case

If you still prefer the pen/pencil writing method rather than the clickity clack of keyboard strokes, take a look at this beauty. The case is crafted from Bavarian cowhide and comes complete with a lovely assortment of writing tools (see below) that will no doubt add ceremony and purpose to your works. Also, if you already have your own tools, the case is available on its own without contents for £51. Could be a great gift for a writer friend or family member maybe. (Also, can I just say how many wonderful things Manufactum carries? I get lost on their site every time, adding loads of things to my shopping basket only to remind myself that I shouldn’t spend £300 on office supplies and miscellaneous brushes.)

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Purchase Information:

Price: £91.80
Available from: Manufactum

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Newspaper for Rain Bag

Right now it’s raining here in London (cold, windy, etc.) and on the streets just below my window I’ve seen two people so far that are trying to keep soggy newspapers above their heads in hopes of keeping some part of themselves dry. More than several are without any protection whatsoever, and the elements have soaked them through and through. Now, silly them, if only they had something like this handy bag here, they’d be better off for sure.

So, yes, it’s a bag that looks like a newspaper and unfolds as a newspaper would when you’re caught in the rain. Reminds me of the Newspaper print laptop bag by mitemite that I posted a while back (and bought). Just one thing to note, though, there’s no zippers on the tops of the compartments, so if you do hold the bag above your head, watch out that you don’t spill your contents all over the sidewalk.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $68.00
Available from: Yanko Design Store

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

Very Awesome World Tote Bags

Do you remember the post a while ago on Dallas Clayton’s Awesome Book for kids? Well, now he has some equally awesome tote bags.

Shown above:
Good/Bad Tote
PMA Tote

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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: AWESOME STORE

Jawbone Jambox

You in the market for a bluetooth speaker? This one is a tiny bit larger than 6″ long and weighs less than a pound. Frequency range of 60Hz-20kHz with an output level of 85dB @0.5m… also has 3.5mm audio. Available for pre-order.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $200.00
Available from: Jawbone

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Canvas Zipper Bags

Can you ever have enough canvas bags to hold all your odds and ends? I’m certainly not sure, especially after seeing these three zippered bags from the Museum of Useful Things. The set of three costs just under 20$, and pretty much anything that motivates a good organization of the workspace is worth that much.

Paper Clip Bag: 8″ long x 4″ wide.
Clothes Pin Bag : 10″ long x 5″ wide.
Scissors Bag: 11″ long x 7″ wide.

Purchase Information:

Price: $18.00
Available from: Museum of Useful Things

Pinch Stand

Raise your hand if you’re liking all the recent smattering of nice bicycle storage (‘nice’ being something a bit more refined than what you pick up at your local hardware store). This Pinch Stand is made of two halves of wood laminate which uses the weight of your bicycle to lock the rear wheel in place. You just lift your bicycle out of Pinch and the halves separate. The stand is adjustable, and can accommodate a variety of wheel sizes. See a quick video over at ClankWorks to see it in action.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $89.00
Available from: ClankWorks

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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

State of the Obvious Tote

The S/O/T/O (State of the Obvious) collection from Mash Creative caught my eye the other day when looking through Magma Books shop. In addition to this tote, there’s also a Mug (£13.50, shown below), Notebook (£9.99), and T-shirt (£25.00). All items simply ‘State the Obvious’ of what they are, thereby creating the brand image.

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Purchase Information:

Price: £11.99
Available from: Magma Books

William Wallet

Yes, those of you searching for a thinner alternative to the regular bulky wallets can now breathe a sigh of relief, for Kristen Wentrcek (of Wintercheck Factory) has designed a solution to your problem. Two aluminum panels are held together with a Shock Cord, enabling your bills and cards to be protected whilst keeping a very compact profile. A micro fine matte texture makes for a slick yet non-slippery finish and a top corner notch makes for easy loading/opening.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $42.00
Available from: Wintercheck Factory

PadFoot by Michiel Cornelissen

If you’re still in search of a stand for your iPad, then you’ll be thrilled to see another option hit the retail market. Able to use in either portrait and landscape mode and weighs less that 15 grams.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Shapeways

Wallee’s iPad Case and Wall Mount

Are you wanting to attach your iPad to the wall with something a bit more sturdy than industrial strength velcro? Check out Wallee’s iPad Wall Mount. It has a patented wall plate with an integrated locking ‘X’ mechanism that allows for either portrait or landscape view. You can also get additional plates for multiple mounts throughout your home or workplace.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $56.00
Available from: A+R Store