Leather Shoppers

I know the plastic shopping bag has been used as inspiration for many things the past couple of years (see: Jeremy Scott), but I kinda love this new take on them by Cast of Vices. Called their Corner Store Shoppers, these totes are made from hand stamped leather in Los Angeles.

I’m also loving their silver and gold molded wristbands.

 

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General Curtiss Lemay’s Silver Wing Box

From the Wilson History & Research Center:

“This silver box featuring pilot’s wings belonged to United States Air Force General Curtis Emerson LeMay (1906-1990). LeMay organized the strategic bombing campaign in the Pacific Theater of Operations during WWII (1939-1945), organized the Berlin Airlift (1948) and restructured the Strategic Air Command of the United States.”

I think LeMay had an eye- this box is great. I hope the polish stays away because this patina is beautiful. It’s worth clicking on these photos for a closer look.

Eily ‘O Connell Rings

Really beautiful rings by Eily ‘O Connell, mostly made from glass and enamel.

Dan Grayber’s Mechanisms

These are pretty great, from sculptor Dan Grayber.

via today and tomorrow, who found it via BLDGBLOG

http://bldgblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/machine-vitrine.html

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Telephone Wire Bracelets

When I was a kid I loved messing around with our phone system.  For those of you that don’t know it, phones operate on 80 volt DC current that is pumped out by the phone company. I remember that voltage well, and that I loved the colored wire.  NYC based designer Jono Pandolfi has created these bracelets from phone wire.

American Silver

American Silver. Sugar Bowl from Providence, 1790. Fancy sugar.

Summer Camp Collection

I have been loving Lizzie Fortunato jewelry ever since I actually stopped a woman in the store (I’m a creep by the way) to ask her who made the cute cloth flower necklace she was wearing.  What I really love about their jewelry though is the inspiration behind each collection..  I feel like each season is exactly in tune with things I love.

This collection, based on summer camp, is called Live Long Summer and uses found and recycled objects like belt buckles and vintage charms.  The pieces are braided, knotted, and tied, using sun-faded fabric and craft-tent-like beads.  Love!

J Crew Fall 2010 Lookbook

When I first moved to NY (almost a decade ago, yikes!), I remember everyone telling me how great summer in the city was.  And to this day, I still don’t get it.  It’s hot, humid, and there’s this dirty grime that seems to hang in the air.  Anyway, it’s been over 100° for days now and I am left literally counting the days until Fall.

I recently ran by the J Crew Lookbook for Fall 2010, and got so excited in anticipation, I saved every image.  It’s like a girl who’s away at summer camp just rolled around in her suitcase and decided to keep every piece of clothing and every accessory on.  I’m in loooooooove.

P.S. Anyone wanna teach me how to do a fishtail braid?

pics via Fashionindie

Vice & Vanity

I have to say, I’m not typically a huge fan of Art Deco style in general.  But sometimes when it’s used as inspiration and new elements are thrown into the mix, you can just forget that I ever made that previous statement.  There’s something about these metal and leather pieces by Vice & Vanity that I just love.. especially since they can be worn in more than one way!

Animal Rings

Handmade plastic and metal rings by Haoshi Design Studio.  Love!

Summer Brooches

I was doing a little research on jewelry when I came across these two pieces from Catbird, located here in Brooklyn.  I really love quirky brooches, and I’m always picking them up at thrift stores and whatnot as a way to dress up my boring collection of white Ts.  For some reason I feel like these beetle and stingray tail brooches would be the perfect addition to a simple, breezy summer dress..  in that Lily Munster, Wednesday Addams sort of way.

Both available at Catbird

Sweet Straight Razor

I think I might need one of these Hart Steel straight razors, but for $345 I think I’ll just admire it from afar.  Made in Northern Michigan, you can buy one from Baxter of California on June 16th.

Two Coffeepots One Teapot

All American, from NYC ca 1700s’s. Via the met.

Zedel Engine Ca 1910

In one hundred years we have learned how to squeeze more power out of a cubic centimeter of cylinder volume than many in 1910 would have thought would ever be possible, but we have not become much better at making engines pretty. Via yesterdays.

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