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Map Totes

There are oh-so-many of these totes to choose from…trust me, it’s hard to pick just one. I think they would make great gifts for friends too.

Shown above (not in scale):
Hobos Tote (San Francisco & Boston), $20.00
Natural Grocery Tote (Tokyo & Seattle), $15.00
Everyday Tote (Manhattan & Paris), $20.00
Beach Tote (not shown), $40.00

Made in the U.S.A.

Purchase Information:

Price: $17.00 - 40.00
Availability: Buy Map Totes here

MyPaperBag (Leather)

Hmm…a leather bag masquerading as a paper bag. Interesting.

‘My Paper Bag’ was designed by Ramon Middelkoop of Rotterdam. It is made from 100% leather, is vegetable tanned and produced by the Fair Trade Certified Crafts Resource Center in Calcutta.
The bag is a Cradle 2 Cradle (C2C) certified product, meaning if you don’t want ‘My Paper Bag’ anymore, you can return it and receive 10% off the purchase of another product when purchasing from the site. This is an act of sustainability, so that all raw materials are re-used and put to good use. All C2C products are Fair Trade certified and ecological. (quote from trendhunter.com)

€ 64.95, Buy it here.

[via notcot.org]

Purchase Information:

Price: &euro64.95
Availability: Buy MyPaperBag (Leather) here

Ninja Umbrella

Because it has a carrying case and it’s funny.

You too can bring honor to your family with the ninja umbrella featuring a samurai sword handle. Comes with carrying case for dramatic effect (and easy transport).

MATERIALS: nylon
SIZE: 24″ canopy

$30.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Availability: Buy Ninja Umbrella here

Blue Q Zipper Pouch and Coin Purse

I kind of love this pouch and coin purse (note: they’re not to scale in relation to each other.)

This Economy Sucks Coin Purse, 4″w x 3″h, $3.99, Buy it here.
Sorry Zipper Pouch, 9.5″w x 7.25″h, $5.99, Buy it here.

(another note: the Sorry Zipper Pouch reminds me of Adam McEwen’s Untitled (Sorry) and Untitled (Closed), 2005 tiny signs…which I was tempted to post but didn’t for fear of offending some of your sensibilities.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $3.99
Availability: Buy Blue Q Zipper Pouch and Coin Purse here

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Fiction Passport Covers

Now, how weird would it be if a man, woman and child were seated next to each other and they happened to each have these passport covers?

Collaboration with Ben Greenman.
Limited Edition.
“EACH STORY OFFERS A GLIMPSE INTO THE MIND OF THREE STRANGERS �A MAN, A WOMAN, AND A CHILD� WHO FIND THEMSELVES SEATED NEXT TO ONE ANOTHER ON A PLANE.”

Man, Woman or Child.
Dimensions: 4″x5″

$60.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

No longer available.

love ring by chutapat wittaya

I love the design souvenirs series from Design Boom. It’s a great way to get an interesting piece for relatively inexpensively.

Available in high polish silver plated finish and yellowish gold-color finish.

One size only!
Handmade finish, internal diameter slightly different for each ring:
it varies from 16,5 to 17,5 mm

[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $69.00
Availability: Buy love ring by chutapat wittaya here

More Destination Seoul

More Destination Seoul from MoMA. (btw, I ended up buying the 18L Gold Bag and love it.)

Tea Mug, $18.00, Buy it here.
Spoon and Chopsticks Napkin Set, $3.00 set of 30, Buy it here.
Cloud Mug, $35.00, Buy it here.
Recycled Denim Tote, $95.00,
Buy it here.
Fairytale Bookmark Set, $18.00,
Buy it here.
Folktale Flowers Notebook, $8.00,
Buy it here.

[posted by katie]

Bullet Pen .375 Magnum

The pen is mightier than the…bullet. Hrm. Not sure how this will make your life better other than just enjoying the peculiarity, but, I should warn you, if you plan on taking this pen to work, be prepared for some alarmed looks (and a possible body slam or two) if you tend to fidget a lot at your desk.

This ballpoint pen is an actual .375 H & H Magnum Shell. Inside is a lacquered Fisher Space Bullet Pen. The pen’s ink cartridge is pressurized, so it doesn’t rely on gravity to write.

$30.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Availability: Buy Bullet Pen .375 Magnum here

Matt & Nat Bags

Yes, it’s true. Lo and behold, these bags are vegan. No leather was used in these products and they’re stylish. Excellent.

It started with a challenge, almost 2 decades ago, to forego animal products for thirty days. Unbeknownst at the time, a chain of events was set off culminating in the founding of MATT & NAT: a collection of design-centric, fashion-forward accessories that is also vegan…Spring 08 saw the launch of a nylon collection made entirely of recycled plastic bottles. For Fall 08, the recycled plastic bottles have been converted into felt.

100% vegan

bags start around $300 and smaller items like wallets are around $80. Buy it here.

More information:

View Matt & Nat Bags here

Faceted Jewelry

The faceted surfaces of this wood ring and leather pendant make for interesting accessories. Unfortunately, the key pendant (which is not faceted, but had to be showcased anyway) is out of stock, but maybe if we all email our demands (i.e. requests) for more they’ll replenish their supply.

Embrace & Cherish Rings: $30.00, Buy it here.

Dark wood carved into smooth and light rings. Available in 3 styles. Size note: The Embrace and Cherish styles are wider at the base and thus run a little small.

Leather Pendant: $100, Buy it here.

Large glass gems or metal keys are handsewn into a black leather casing. Each object is a slightly different shape. Suspended from a 18″ oxidized silver chain. Beautifully gift boxed.

note: Key Pendant: $84.00, Buy it here. (Out of stock)

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Availability: Buy Faceted Jewelry here

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Newspaper Bags, Totes, Wallets

Maybe if we all buy a whole bunch of these totes and wallets it’ll save the newspapers from going out of business. Or, (!) maybe newspapers should print the news directly on totes! (If you work for a newspaper, take note of this brilliant business strategy.)

Recycled Newspaper Market Bag (shown upper left, lower right), $52.00, Buy it here.
Obama Newspaper Tote, $64.00,
Buy it here.
Recycled Newspaper Bi Fold Wallets, $30.00, Buy it here.

Wheelie Flight Deck Luggage

In preparing for an upcoming snowboarding trip, I realized I needed to update/replace my carry-on luggage. What luck that this little guy was on sale. It’s a pretty compact size, yet it has such great organizational compartments that it seems you’d be able to fit in more somehow. My favorite part is the inside mesh zippered ‘halves’ of the interior; it’ll help with zippering it close when it’s stuffed full…looking forward to using it.

Volume-enhancing CRAM zones around the zippers allow for overstuffing when you pick up an extra magazine and snacks for the flight, and front pockets make it easy to access your wallet and boarding pass. Strap your daypack to the main compartment with the Hideaway Snakestack attachment. The Wheelie Flight Deck meets most airline carry-on restrictions, and a removable storage section lets you keep your essentials close at hand after you store the main bag in the overhead compartment. This product is available for US shipment only.

22.5 x 13.5 x 10in

$179.95 $134.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $179.95
Availability: Buy Wheelie Flight Deck Luggage here

Merino Moustache Gloves

Oh my goodness, just the words ‘hold finger under your nose and enjoy’ is enough to explain why these gloves are terrific.

Italian Merino Wool Glove features two different styles of moustache sewn on the interior of each forefinger. Hold finger under your nose and enjoy.

Grey or Red.

$95.00, Buy it here.

[via HI + LOW]

Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Availability: Buy Merino Moustache Gloves here

18L Gold and Banner Street Bag

Check out these super cool tote bags from MoMA Store.

18L Gold Bag, $16.00 ($12.80 Members), Buy it here.

An alternative to using plastic bags, this gold-colored tote bag is easy to fold and carry around. The 18L graphic symbolizes 18 liters, the volume of the bag. Made of polyester.

Street Banner Bag, $6.00 ($4.80 Members), Buy it here.

Made entirely of materials gathered from collecting used street banners in Korea, these stylish bags are ideal for carrying groceries and other items. When not in use, they can be folded up easily and carried in a bag or pocket. Because every bag is made from cleaned, recycled materials, each one is unique.

[posted by katie]

Dallas Luggage Collection by Bree

This luggage collection looks seriously snazzy (in a good way).

dallas 6 trolley by bree, $395.00,
Buy it here.

zip closure, 2 handles, telescopic handle; inside zip compartments, drawstring bag, cross straps. comes in 2 colors, mocca and grey. dimensions: width: 18.5”, height: 26.8”, depth: 9”

dallas 5 trolley, pilot case by bree, $320.00,

velcro fastener, handle, telescopic trolley handle; inside front pocket and compartment, utility pockets, laptop compartment. comes in 2 colors, mocca and grey. dimensions: width: 18”, height: 15.7”, depth: 8”

[posted by katie]