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Shopping — Unisex

Opening Ceremony Bandana Jacket

I pulled this on off of Opening Ceremony’s Instagram feed. Love this jacket, but do you think I’d get flack wearing it around the city?

My hardest city affiliations are with an East Village gay bar, a gymnastics gym I haven’t been to in two years, and Popeye’s on 14th Street. I think I’d be in the clear?I think?


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Notabag 1

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I love the concept of Notabag — it’s a convergence of a reusable shopping bag and a backpack.

Companies like, most prominently, Apple, make convergence look easy, but I think it’s really difficult on any level. Things tend to get overly complicated, when merging the functionality of two objects really needs to be kept as simple as possible — think of how many ways you could merge a shopping bag and a backpack and how many ways it could turn into a disaster. Seeing this simple and really useful bag makes me happy. (I could totally use one for travel.)

Notabag is a Kickstarter project by Adnan Alicusic, so if you like it and would like to see it go into production, help fund their project here.


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I was just doing some Christmas shopping, so naturally I got distracted and found a bunch of stuff for myself.

I LOVE this world map by These Are Things. I’ve been looking for a good map for my office space as a nod to this past year of travel and design. I’ve been looking for a vintage map this whole time, but after seeing this I think I may go vintage-style print.


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Yield Picnic Bag Blanket

I just bought one of these Yield Picnic Bag Blankets as a Christmas present for my sister-in-law (I really hope she doesn’t read this).

It’s a great design and is domestically manufactured, but I also think it’d be great to use as a bring-along playmat / toy carrier for my 19-month-old niece. Check out the video if you get a chance.

(via SwissMiss)

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Fab.com Prep Work

Fab.com has some fab.gear. (Think of it as Gilt, but for design-centric stuff.) We’re super, duper honored that our Short Order Designer Notepads are part of their Perfect Workspace sale from September 21 – 28!

If you’re a member, come check it out. These pads are hot and discounted, so snatch up a few while you can!

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Wunder Blunder 1

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After designing some notepads for retail and dabbling in leatherwork, I’m always looking for the next simple, clever consumer product idea. This here Wunder Bundler, by Poler Stuff, is definitely a Wish-I-Thought-of-That project.

Warm beers: global issue? No. Warm beers: first-world problem? YES! Love it.

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Carrera Helmet

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Now that fall weather is here, I’ve been doing a little bit of biking (I just can’t bring myself to workout in the summer … back sweat … mouth breathing … it’s not pretty).

I have an oddly-shaped cranium, so this cool helmet design by Carrera is right up my alley. I like the added benefit of it fitting more easily in a bag. Clever design in action.

(via Gizmodo)

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Every year I resolve to improve my posture, so at first I thought this RISR device that works with your smart phone was pretty cool. RISR is “a wearable sensor network that teaches you how to improve your body language through vibration feedback.”

Interesting right? Something that can help you actively engage the right muscles to improve your posture? Neat!!! Except — the video gets really creepy.

– Apparently the nodule right below your neck acts as a sensor. Creepy.
– The sensor is intended to read your selected target. Creepier!
– You pick a mode in the app, such as “Attraction Mode” and the app will guide your body language in that selected manner. CREEPIER!
– Then “the  target will be permanently tracked, and the vibrations give feedback on how to position yourself.” F***ING CREEPY!!!

I think they basic concept of the device and app are really neat, but this thing really went from zero to creepy super quick. I just can’t get around the fact that it has a camera that tracks targets … and it’s kind of weird how they imply at the end that he’s going to have sex with his “target”. What’s he going to do when he takes his shirt off? Well, I’d actually like to see that part. How hard do you think she’d slap him when he explained what it is?

This actually seems like what could be the beginnings of “Sight” by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo:

(RISR via Gizmodo; Sight via Towleroad)

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Planet Lollipops

Love these Planet Lollipops — available on Etsy by Vintage Confections.

(via Highsnob)

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(via Buzzfeed)


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Wood&Faulk Bag

I’m obsessed with this Wood&Faulk bag. Great for carrying a portfolio perhaps?

Wood&Faulk is easily one of my favorite new sites. Their projects are super fun and have made me completely interested in sewing leather. I’ve already made my first passport holder.

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This is great design in action. Stackable dressers.

I want one. And a variation for shelving a growing liquor bottle collection.

Thanks, Gizmodo.

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