*notcot - 01.26.07 , 23:41 - 6 Notes

CARE - Stella McCartney

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CARE by Stella McCartney is a new line of skincare ~ that is Ecocert-certified. CARE is “a unique luxury line of certified organic skincare, formulated with 100 percent organic active ingredients and zero percent petrochemicals or silicones.” While she isn’t necessarily the first eco/organic line out there (my old time favs is still Neal’s Yard Remedies) - it is really interesting to see this transition of luxury and eco merging… also, i am a big fan of her logo, and sleek design/packaging. There is even a discovery kit of travel sized testers to give the new line a try.

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*notcot - 01.24.07 , 14:17 - 0 Notes

Fahrer = Mobility

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Fahrer stands for Mobility, and appeal to my love of things made from recycled truck tarps, boat covers, etc… (see my extensive Recycled Bags List). These “MeinBands” by Berlin company Fahrer are a great new take on reflective bands and straps to keep your pants from getting caught/dirtied while biking, etc. (via BigChief)

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*notcot - 01.18.07 , 17:37 - 4 Notes

Karen Walker Jewelry

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Karen Walker Jewelry ~ heads up the flashy popuppy site pained me, but the photography for the jewelry is breathtaking… in that slightly creepy stylish taxidermist sort of way. Noticed this over at Sub Studio.

*notcot - 01.13.07 , 15:25 - 4 Notes

PNUT Jewelry

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It’s been a little while since my latest weapon based jewelry find… but gun lovers or not, the quality of these are impressive… and oh so cute. Love the shark bomb and the grenade especially - and something so fun about the snub nose, and the pirate pistol, and the silencer… PNUT Jewelry.

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*notcot - 12.23.06 , 14:32 - 1 Notes

Bad Shannon

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Skulls and cross bones may be overdone for the last few seasons, but history certainly proves our obsessions with the core of our bodies will not be going away anytime soon. That being said, the unfortunate thing is the inundation of terrible skulls all over… so a good skull is hard to find!

Check out these skull and bone rings and cufflinks by Brooklyn designer, Bad Shannon. There’s something perfect about the curvature and faces thats kind of fun…. she also has a cheeky line of meat jewelry (yes, like T-bones on a chain), some great ants, and a fun Coral Rose ring i’m liking. More images below.

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*notcot - 12.15.06 , 16:58 - 0 Notes

String Republic

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Designer artsy panties and boxers? I must admit i never did fall for those espadrilles with the rest of the net when i first heard about The String Republic, but this new line… i want. Imagine how fun those skullz peeking out of the back of a low riding pair of jeans might be? So here’s a fun little something to drool over for a Friday post… and my other favorites below. via oO on the ThisNext/NOTCOT tags…

p.s. feeling creative? you can even have DIY undies….

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*notcot - 12.11.06 , 16:14 - 0 Notes

DB Clay and Bro for Sis

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Holiday tees that are edgy. Who would have thought it was possible… or who would have thought you’d ever see festive holiday wear on notcot?!?! Well consider me completely smitten, and craving this green Christmas Camo tee. I think we might have just found the best holiday present … even comes in a great box - is one of those insanely soft, perfectly flattering, long tees… and they are all hand printed and unique due to the fact that “All of these shirts were printed flat with oversized screen print. Expect the screen print to be placed in a different spot every single time so expect the shirt you order to vary slightly from image above. No two are the same.” - and they have nice printed “tags”, and that extra little something, in the form of a nice pinned on Brother for Sister tag as well as a “small, square & plaid holiday ribbon stitched on the backside hem” for that extra festive touch. (Pictures of all and more below)

But wait - there’s more? The story behind this duo is quite adorable as well. As the tag explains so nicely “Year round, db clay produces uniques wallets called pocket art & Shade offers top quality women’s apparel that’s cut to fit-well & cover the body. Brother for Sister festive tees are the first collaboration between these two home grown brands. The founders of db clay & Shade are literally brother & sister.” And the shirts are all limited to 500 prints. They sent over the red Peppermint Crook and the white/creme Branches with Bows ~ and they really are a great tee ~ but that green one is something special.

p.s. for all the screen printing types - Brother & Sister has a gorgeous blog with really fun images of their printing facility and a lot of behinds the scenes of the shirts…

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*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!

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*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.

*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.

*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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