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Messenger Bag Black with Black Handles

Barnes & Noble recently expanded their inventory to include home items and other miscellany, and look what had me looking twice- this elegant messenger bag made from natural recycled leather for $56 buckaroos. This same style is also available in the orientation of a regular briefcase for $59.00: Buy it here.

Hand crafted in Fabriano, Italy, this handsome Messenger Bag boasts a simple yet striking design. With a retractable handle/shoulder strap and enough room for folders, magazines, portfolios, etc., it’s the perfect combination of functionality and style. Plus it’s made from natural recycled leather, a rugged, environmentally friendly material that is used for furniture and other heavy-duty applications. Easy to care for and extremely resistant to stains, wear, and tear.

by San Lorenzo International, Inc.
Also available in Cognac.
12.5″ x 10.5″ x 2″

$55.95, Buy it here.

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Price: $55.95
Availability: Buy Messenger Bag Black with Black Handles here

Postalco Travel Wallet

I’ve yet to find an inexpensive travel wallet that I like, but in the meantime here are two that are nice to look at.

This wallet contains three sections, to keep your travel documents from traveling around…Postalco began in Brooklyn, New York. Curious about the international transport of mail, their logo is the carrier pigeon.
Carefully considered and beautifully handmade in Japan, their accessories simply cannot be improved upon.

Designer:
Mike Abelson

$215.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $215.00
Availability: Buy Postalco Travel Wallet here

LightWedge

You know those clip on book lights that look sort of silly? Well, this does the same thing but looks a bit better.

The leading book light for nighttime reading. Patented LightWedge technology directs all the light only on the page you are reading, without bothering someone sleeping next to you. The larger-sized LightWedge Original is ideal for hardcover books and large paperbacks. Whether reading in bed, reading on a plane, or reading in a car, the LightWedge book light is the perfect accessory for all readers and an ideal gift for travelers.

Mini LIght: $14.95,
Buy it here.

Original size: $34.95 each, Buy it here.

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Price: $34.95
Availability: Buy LightWedge here

USB Air Conditioned Shirt by Kuchofuku

With all the USB-powered accessories out there, this was bound to happen sooner or later.

The USB Air Conditioned Shirt is a fantastic invention for hot days! USB- fans blow fresh air into the shirt, powered solely by your powered USB drive. Great for any hot office or room, or even for portable action with a laptop or other device. There’s simply nothing else out there like it!

$169.00,Buy it here.

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Price: $169.00
Availability: Buy USB Air Conditioned Shirt by Kuchofuku here

Cardboard Ceramic Cup

Along the same lines of the “I Am Not a Paper Cup”, this cup gives you the look of a to-go cup in sturdy ceramic.

Now you can have your art and drink it too with Michel Harvey’s porcelain interpretation of a to-go cup. With careful attention to detail, Harvey has captured the uniformity of the ridged cardboard sleeve that has become an iconic part of our morning coffee routine. Handmade in Canada.

MATERIALS: ceramic
NOTE: dishwasher safe
SIZE: 3″ dia. x 4 1/2″ H; 8 OZ

$15.00,Buy it here.

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Price: $15.00
Availability: Buy Cardboard Ceramic Cup here

Alphabet Bags

You can’t go wrong with a one letter tote bag.

Each heavy weight cotton tote bag measures 16.5 by 14 inches and has been lovingly screen printed and stitched in the UK. Our bags have mid-length straps which are ideal for being carried by hand or over the shoulder!

£10,Buy it here.

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Price: £10
Availability: Buy Alphabet Bags here

SWIMS (Galoshes)

Galoshes updated to protect your shoes (and feet) during inclement weather:

SWIMS allows you to wear your favourite shoes regardless of weather conditions, while also providing a classy look. Slip’em on before walking wet or muddy streets and slip’em off when you arrive. Enhanced comfort is assured and your shoes will stay shiny and clean.

– Pull on & pull off loop – Intelligent fit and great stretch ensures a good fit – Our unique inner lining serves many purposes: Low frictition when slipping on & off, moisture prevention, insulation to keep feet warm in cold weather and a unique polishing action. – Extra traction helps for better grip on slippery surfaces – Shock-absorbing heal – Tear-resistant – Waterproof. The SWIMS Mobster is an overshoe much like the SWIMS Classic, but has an additional upper gaiter attached.

SWIMS Classic, 93,75 EUR
SWIMS Mobster, 123,75 EUR
SWIMS City Slipper (shown lower left), TBD (new)
Buy it here.

(apparently they’re also being sold at select Saks and Bloomingdale’s, but I had no luck with finding them on either website)

More information:

View SWIMS (Galoshes) here

Feather Pins

I do believe the adjective ‘jaunty’ would apply to these feather pins.

The traditional gamsbart, which is what this pin is based on, is typically worn on the hat of hunters in the Alpine region of Europe. In theory, the size of the gamsbart reflects one’s manliness. Franz Blumtritt and Sons was established in 1923 and the founder’s granddaughter Regina Erb now runs the company. Grandfather Blumtritt started by following traditional patterns from the Alps; time passed, and in the ’50s one of his sons took some creative license and developed the collection they have today. The pieces are made in the workshop building adjacent to their home in the Black Forest. Ms. Erb works with a team of women, as she says women have the natural touch for the delicate work…

Manufacturer:
Franz Blumtritt and Sons, Germany

$40.00,Buy it here.

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Price: $40.00
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Thomas Paul Tree Tote

If you’re going to have a tote, you might as well make it a graphic black and white one with green handles.

Inspired by nature, tradition and the outdoors, each tote is sure to get you noticed. Fill one with groceries, your everyday essentials or both! Hand screened 100% cotton.

14 W x 16 H

$36.00,
Buy it here.

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Price: $36.00
Availability: Buy Thomas Paul Tree Tote here

Money-Band

Custom manufactured to be exactly the right size for your cash and credit cards, this rubber band will minimize bulk and prevent pick-pockets (the rubber creates resistance, so you’d feel it being lifted).

Money-band is the original rubber band wallet replacement. More versatile and slimmer than a money clip. Many times slimmer and more ergonomically correct than your George Costanza hip-displacing leather variety.
If you’re tired of rolling with a junk-filled hunk of leather, then Money-band is the way to simplify and keep a tight hold on your cash and cards.

$3.99,
Buy it here.

(Thank you James for the link.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $3.99
Availability: Buy Money-Band here

Laundry 101 Bag

For those of you that have to lug your laundry to and fro (or know someone who does), this bag looks like it would make the job a bit easier.

…heavy-duty denim laundry bag, printed with Lindy Sue’s most popular stain-fighting tips and universal laundry symbols. Bag can be carried as a backpack and includes a zippered pocket for change and keys for those trips to the laundromat (or home).

$38.50,
Buy it here.

More information:

View Laundry 101 Bag here

Little Big Statement

This are cute little necklaces that can be worn together (for ultimate confusion) or separately.

[posted by kris]

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Availability: Buy Little Big Statement here

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Helvetica Brooches

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

[posted by kris]

Purchase Information:

Price: $112
Availability: Buy Helvetica Brooches here

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.

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.99
Availability: Buy Griffin Aircurve here

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,
Buy it here.

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Price: $8.00
Availability: Buy Flashlight Battery here