*ShadeElaine - 12.06.06 , 01:41 - 1 Notes

RedStart Design

redStartJewelry.jpg Remember the “Subtle Safety Ring” by RedStart? It’s the ring that folds out into a brass knuckle-like formation. I saw it awhile back and wanted it so badly but never got around to actually buying it. Well now the ladies at the San Francisco-based jewelry design company have a new version of the ring that’s part silver, part red acrylic, and I have to say I’m a little tempted to get it even though it doesn’t appear to fold out. (I can’t seem to find the all silver version anymore and I wonder if it’s because of laws about brass knuckles..?) This ring ranks very high up there on my list of jewelry that has a dangerous side. They also have a sweet collection of jewelry called the Bone Series whose pieces “call attention to the body, its curves and bones.” I love the bracelet!

*notcot - 12.04.06 , 03:42 - 0 Notes

Gaultier Hats

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Fashionline’s covered the Paris shows, and Jean Paul Gaultier’s line caught my eye in particular. Well his hat hair more than anything. Yes, terrible pun, but how can anyone resist… top hats are one thing, crazy hair is another - but this takes it to a creative level even the mad hatter in alice in wonderland doesn’t seem capable of pulling off. I’m not sure if i’m impressed or horrified, but there’s something rather mesmerizing about that hair (and i can’t help but wonder if there’s a real hat in there somewhere)… and that Christine Suppes managed to avoid mentioning it in the write up.

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*notcot - 11.28.06 , 15:09 - 0 Notes

Peeps Like Us

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Nothing rings in the holiday season quite like a redesign! and new shirts! and new printing styles! and new packaging! and the prospect of HOODIES! I’ve fallen for this gold fish. Kintoto - Nanami Cowdroy
(Sydney, Australia). People Like Us Collective.

*notcot - 11.17.06 , 14:27 - 0 Notes

Single Speed - CANVAS

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Canvas Messenger Bags from Timbuk2. Hot out of the inbox, Timbuk2 just announced their new Single Speed line of bags: 6 bags; shown above are the Courier and Laptop Courier ~ there is also the Musette (modeled off the bicycle racer feed bag, thin and taller than it is wide), Relay (fatty musette thats more squarish), Slant (your asymetrical bike bag), and the Toe Clip (a large square messenger bag).

Ok, so i might have gotten a little link happy there. But i’m excited about their new line ~ finally something different in the messenger bag genre… Although part of why i love these so far is that they are a nice throwback to the old army surplus bags (i had a black one in high school i LOVED, until the canvas finally tore from the weight of everything). Also, this one doesn’t have velcro like my Chrome and the other Timbuk2s… so quieter during meetings… a bit hard to tell how these Toe Clip’s work though. Also i wonder how this would hold up in weather? I’m almost surprised there isn’t a hemp version. Anyhow, will get back with more info when i see one of these in person someday, But nice first impression.

*notcot - 11.16.06 , 20:38 - 0 Notes

Cyberoptix Ties

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Somedays i can’t believe how fabulous the Fabulist is. They pointed me to Cyberoptix… a fine line of beautifully darkly illustrated hand screen printed 100% charmeuse silk or poly-blend based ties. These are the brainchild of Bethany Shorb, who holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and has dabbled and excelled in disciplines ranging from sculpture, to fashion and graphic design, to photography, to multimedia and music. She has an impressively wide range on her background… and Jermacide is in need of a tie. I think these might be the perfect gift.

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*notcot - 11.15.06 , 02:37 - 0 Notes

Lorem Ipsum Cuff

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RUGenius posted this brilliant Lorem Ipsum Cuff by Veer on .org earlier today, and i’ve been wishing i had it all day while doing site mockups. I also wish it had magic powers - magic, like bluetooth, such that somehow whenever i needed to insert some random text, just a flick of the wrist and it would instantly fill my text space with not a word too many.

Also love their product description: “Life is better unscripted. Face the unknown wearing this wide stainless steel bracelet, laser-etched with centuries-old lorem ipsum scribed in Grad. For the designer who wants to say everything, and nothing, with a heavy dose of style.” So true.

Random tibit: I just noticed lipsum.com has a ranking of 7,628 at the time this was written… i just didn’t expect it, actually i didn’t know what i’d expect.

*notcot - 11.10.06 , 13:38 - 0 Notes

Blonde on Main

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Blonde on Main Street, that that heavenly sliver of LA that exists on the border of Santa Monica and Venice Beach, is one of my favorite boutiques, and last time i was in there i discovered this amazing map. Retro, i know! But one theme you could always find in my UX and Design concepts and ideas was transcending our digital layers that are taking over, and bringing it back to the physical. Well Chris and Amber (an adorable husband and wife team) have been running Blonde since 2000, and just launched their online presence (part store, part community, part vlog). So this map in the back room is where they’ve been sticking a pin for every order that has come in (Chris said they haven’t found the right world map yet, so don’t think its US only). Other than their awesome map usage, the main reason i wanted to highlight their new online shop is that they aren’t trying to compete with LA Celeb plastered Kitson and Shop Intuition, but have actually managed to convey through their cute videos of the store and latest fashions ~ that chill laid back boutique vibe you get when shopping higher end boutiques. So for international readers especially, you can get your real LA fix if you can’t come shop it in person, but via phone and email they’ll make you feel like you were here with us.

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*notcot - 11.06.06 , 22:50 - 2 Notes

Worn Free

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Worn Free ~ “New Vintage style tee shirts as worn by: John Lennon and Frank Zappa and designs by John van Hamersveld”. Love the page design, for a one page website, its fun and playful in all the right ways. Also great shirts, see my favorites below. (especially love the Lennon “This is not here” shirt)

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*notcot - 11.02.06 , 18:37 - 1 Notes

O Rokr + Thump 2 Reviews

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You’ve been hearing that wearable tech will be the next big thing for a while now, and some impressive design projects come out, but its certainly not something we see/use everyday yet. On the forefront of wearable electronics, Oakley’s Thump 2 and O Rokr have made some waves, and after hearing all the hype and grumbles, we have a pair of them in the studio… (lots of pictures of packaging, details, etc below!) - and they are really fun. With the holidays around the corner, these definitely fall into the category of perfect gifts for the active tech savvy one that has everything… The Thump 2 I’ve tried out holds up to 1gig of music, top secret files, etc. (connects via USB). The O Rokr is the Oakley/Motorola collaboration which “gives you absolute wireless freedom, digital stereo fidelity and patented optical clarity.” in other words it’s both your bluetooth headset and streams music from your ipod, while still having the high quality of Oakley’s optics. More below for my impressions of the two.

First design detail to jump out at me? The ear buds have T-rex arms! Not sure how else to describe them they are surprisingly flexible, and with 3 joints with the ear buds on the ends, they really will fit in your ear, hang just outside of it, rotate away when you want to hear something else…

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*notcot - 10.26.06 , 17:06 - 0 Notes

Artefacture Design Ts

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Artefacture’s line of design oriented tees speak for themselves. Love them. “I will pay for good design” “Design will save the world” “Design Elevates Experience” … there is also a “Hard Disc Jockey”

*notcot - 10.24.06 , 23:32 - 1 Notes

Toby D Doodles

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Toby D (named after grandmother - great story of how this company came to be after the jump) is a line of limited edition tees with original silk screened artwork by emerging illustrators, graffiti artists, designers, and painters. This collection of Doodle Tees are by Ardith Ibanez. These birds, buildings, and people doodles have such a charming quality to them, and the cut of the shirts looks so flattering.

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*notcot - 10.23.06 , 20:19 - 0 Notes

The Paul Smith Story

paulsmithstory.jpgWho is Paul Smith? Other than the man with the stripes? Well when i heard The Paul Smith Story, i was first taken by the interesting bottle ~ book shaped in both box and glass form… and the website is actually quite interesting (although super flashy)… And the adverts show the character of the Paul Smith Story writer… who is apparently “has the look of someone who’s profession - infact, his passion is writing. He is studious. Slightly geeky, even. A classic portrait emerging from a haze of type.”

*notcot - , 02:08 - 1 Notes

Birch Bands

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Ever wonder what it would feel like to have bark? Yes, like tree bark… on your arm. Well check out these bracelets which are actually cast from birch bark. These are by Twig and Heather who say “There’s nothing quite like the detail found in the bark of these trees. Cuff bracelets and rings can be light or heavy, big or small.” Also their twigs and acorns that have been cast in silver are adorable and woodsy yet the silver gives them that extra something. Also check out the great bunny leaping bunny below.

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*notcot - 10.22.06 , 11:16 - 0 Notes

Anna Corinna City Tote

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My purse hunt for something lush black and leathery came to a momentary pause when i found this new bag. Being my latest obsession ~ it felt like a sunday kind of post. Anna Corinna mini City Tote (the far right picture shows the larger version)… but the leather is so supple, and the size just perfect to throw in wallet and such and use the shoulder strap as the bag flaps over on itself like normal purse size - yet for the days i need to throw a bit more in there like my larger sketchbook and ipod and digicam and cables and more ~ fits perfectly and its comfortable to grab it as a tote bag.

*notcot - 10.18.06 , 18:13 - 4 Notes

Scrimshaw

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Over at Barney’s Co-op in SOHO this weekend came across Jessica Kagan Cushman’s Scrimshaw bangles… and was torn… thinking she was still doing them on pre-ban ivory. They are beautiful pieces of fossilized mammoth ivory with engravings of quotes and phrases from movies, literature, and more. Fascinating part? “As the daughter of renowned furniture designer Vladimir Kagan and needlework queen Erica Wilson, design runs in her veins. Having learned scrimshaw from her father, who took up the craft in the 1960’s in Nantucket, Jessica has taken the artform to a new (and slightly un-orthodox) level - creating scrimshawed antique ivory bracelets that lie somewhere between a tattoo and a bumper sticker.”

Read the comments - Jessica left us a really nice note explaining the humane nature of these bracelets, further explaining how fossilized mammoth ivory is obtained as well letting us in on the secret that she will have resin bangles coming soon exclusively to her website!

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