Skulls might be last year's thing but to me they transcend fad, and I know I'm not alone. This little mouse skull is made of oxidized silver and cast from a found original. Crafted in Brooklyn by Andrea Gentl and India d'Arthenay of Thorn, it comes on a 22" chain. It's $218 from Active Endeavors, but if you enter the coupon code: COOLHUNTING you'll get 20% off this or anything else they're selling.
Tokyoflash has always brought us great gadget watches flexing new time-telling muscles, but this time, you'll rip flesh trying to determine how late you are. The all-stainless steel Biohazard Alien Detection Watch has an advanced multi-color LCD display. The top row has 12 helix bars, each lit for the hours of the day, the bottom row of blue blocks represent five minute increments, green are one minute each and, more than just a gimmick, the animated "Alien DNA" calculation in the middle determines the date by the percentage shown (12.04% = December 4th). With free shipping, the Â¥15900 price converts to approx $138 US. Fun for the whole spacefleet!
Everyone has a T-shirt wearer on their gift list. These picks combine eye-catching original design with high-quality cotton shirts for tees a step above vintage reproductions and wink-wink-nudge-nudge one-liners. This mesmerizing Dots Tee (pictured left) is made by Brooklyn based T-shirt designers Rise and Fall. The cotton T-shirts are hand-printed and custom-dyed making each one unique. Available for $38 from Urban Outfitters. The Elio-Tree T (pictured center) has a asymmetrical screen-printed design inspired by traditional Japanese graphics. The 100% cotton T-shirt is available in women's small, medium and large online for £23 from More T Vicar. Momimomi, one of our favorite tee companies that aims to treat the t-shirt "as a billboard for the body, not the other way around" is offering a new monthly T-shirt subscriptions service that they're calling Tea Party. Subscribers will receive a original custom-dyed silkscreened t-shirt in the mail once a month. Subcriptions are available for 3 months ($120), 6 months ($210) or 12 months ($360).
You chose that board as much for the beautiful graphics as for its ability to carve up powder, right? So this is for those boarders who get really sad when they have to put their board away after getting home from the slopes. Vitamin Livingâ€™s Powder Seat is a great way to display your board all the year round, not to mention a space-saving way to store it during off-season. The Powder Seat is simply a base that suckers onto the underside of the board making it into a sturdy seat. There are two different base designs available, the Trident, with two sleek metal tripod legs (pictured), or the Blade, which is a streamlined single metal structure. Â£99 from Vitamin Living.
Minus the mania of other traffic-heavy NYC hoods, Atlantic Ave is Refinery29's current front-runner for civilized gift-getting. Plus, you don't technically have to live here to shop hereâ€”many of the proprietors offer e-commerce as well as shipping options, so that one perfect thing in Brooklyn can be yours in L.A., too. At Bark your gift-giving journey may come to a halt. Stocked with so many eclectic housewares (funky flasks), accessories (Gerard Tully rings), and cool gadgets, you're sure to be stumped over what to get grandma. Our pick: Winter warmth to be found in their colorful, luxe blankets (from $170-$780). To order call Bark at 718-625-8997
Over a year in the making, this Chain Tape from Salvor Kiosk will add an extra sense of security to your gift wrapping. The "paper bondage" tape comes in two additional designs, Rope and Webbing, and is available online from Salvor Kiosk for $13. Also on Cool Hunting: Salvor Kiosk: Mexico, Salvor Kiosk .
Perhaps you didnâ€™t have a chance to check out Steve Powers' Street Art show on the corner of West Broadway and Prince Street last month. The artist, graffiti writer and book author sometimes known as ESPO had a sale of his art on the street along with all the other vendors. His â€œboothâ€ was between the hot dog and scarf stands. You canâ€™t get much more street than that! He still has a few prints left, including â€œYou and Meâ€ (pictured) and â€œPuzzle,â€ both limited editions of 50 that cost $1,000 each. Order from his site before 20 December 2006 to get them in time for the Christmasâ€”a perfect gift for the graffiti aficcionado.
Refinery29 takes us to the Brooklyn outpost for men, Hollander and Lexer where shopping for the most stylish guy in your world is a cinch. Those at the top of our wish list are a classic H and L tweed tie ($75) or decide between some of the best men's bags in town like the Billy Kirk Leather satchels (pictured, $325). To order call 718-797-9190.
Launched earlier this year, the limited edition version of the Signat AttachÃ© Case, a collaboration between Samsonite Black Label and British fashion designer Matthew Williamson, is finally available online just in time for gift giving. Also re-released in orange, yellow and pink (see images here), the effort celebrates Samsonite's classic 1960's Signat AttachÃ© Case. For the limited edition version, Williamson accented the cream exterior with a silver and flourescent pink leather sleeve for over the shoulder carrying. The interiors follow the same color scheme mixing pastel colors with fluorescent pink for contrast and combines two prints, one floral and one geometric. Both patterns were designed by Williamson and were featured in his Fall/Winter 06/07 apparel collection. Featuring an organized divider, an interior cosmetics pouch and a key charm, the limited edition bags (only 250 will be sold) are available online from Samsonite for $360.
Sometimes the best gifts aren't made to last. Everyone appreciates a useful consumable gift that won't add more clutter to their lives. This Soap Rock has the beautiful color and shape of a geological specimen without the permanence. Made from all natural ingredients, extracts and minerals the hand hewn soap rock is available in Amethyst, Turquoise, Aquamarine, Aqua Geode, Watermelon Tourmaline and Lapis Lazuli styles for $12 each online from Auto. The delicate floral design of Joseph Schmidt's Chocolate Bowl may look like fine tableware but it's actually completely consumable. Made from dark chocolate with a hand-painted white chocolate interior, the Chocolate Bowl is great example of Joseph Schmidt's artistic innovations in the medium. Available exclusively from Dean and Deluca for $45. What better way to say "Peace on Earth" than with this Hand Signal Candle? Also available in other hand signals, such as "rock horns" and a much less polite gesture ("bird"), the candles are $16 Urban Outfitters.
The French Lessons Panties from the erotic boutique Kiki De Montparnasse (covered in Haute Sex II) are printed with suggestive French phrases (and their English translations in fine print). The instructional panties read mange-moi (eat me), Balse-moi (fuck me), aime-moi (love me), fesse-moi (spank me) and attache-moi (tie me up). Screen-printed on white cotton panties with a delicate black trim, these French lessons are perfect for that person aiming to expand their repertoire of French word beyond the "Voulez-vous coucher…" cliche. Available online for $325, including complimentary gift wrapping.
Today's Refinery29 pick for CH's 2006 gift guide comes from Butter, a Brooklyn boutique renowned for their well-edited collection of hard-to-find designers. A trip to Butter makes scoring the right gift for the ladies in your life a piece of cake. The vintage coral studs are an affordable luxury, and one of Butter's braided wool hats designed by Local ($98) is the perfect marriage of function and fashion for the frigid months ahead. To order call Butter at +1 718-260-9033.
If you've ever seen a plucky dog make its way on three legs then you'll appreciate the affectionate humor of this I Heart Tripods tee. The shirt is part of New York-based writer Sonia Zjawinski's efforts to raise funds for her dog Lulu's bone cancer treatment. (Click image for detail.) Designed by a friend after Lulu lost her leg to the disease, the proceeds will go toward her ongoing chemotherapy treatments. Eventually, Sonia hopes to raise more than she needs so that she can start a fund for other dogs with the same condition who also can't afford treatment and she's blogging her experience here. Printed on Alternative Apparel's incredibly soft heather grey PE tees, I Heart Tripod shirts cost $40 and the design is available on a tank top and a tote bag as well. For an extra $10, you'll get a mix CD of music about animals or by bands with names that reference animals.
During the weeks leading up to the holidays, everyone's To Do list is as long as their To Buy list, and too much to choose from can often be as paralyzing as too little. Refinery29 has taken the guess-work out of holiday shopping by priming Cool Hunting readers with the coolest and most diverse giftsâ€”short and sweetâ€”to be found in one of our favorite new neighborhoods, Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. First up is unconventional greenery from Dig. It might seem simple, but the right plant just screams festive, and it's just the thing for the impossible to please. Dig doesn't specialize in standard wreathes; instead they've made topiary holiday dogs (from $100-$280), aromatic rosemary trees, and offbeat Poinsettia arrangements the new host gift (and you'll need plenty). Call 718-554-0207 to order.
LaCie's new Huby USB and FireWire Hub hooks up your computer with plenty of ports for your cup warmer, ultrasound and Availabot, chargers, drives, cameras, music players and other gear, and keeps them all at arm's length on the 8 flexible arms. It also comes with a fan to keep you (and your gear) cool. Designed by Ora-Ito (aka Ita Morabito), it adds a bit of style to the clutter. Available for $80 from LaCie. The Multipot (below left) is a light that doubles as a storage bin for all of your chargers. The cables that connect to your devices fit neatly through a cut out in the top of the pot, keeping all of the clutter hidden away, with just a single cord to plug into the wall. Designed by Dante Donegani and Giovanni Lauda for Rotaliana, the Multipot helps solve the problem of where to putâ€”and chargeâ€”all of your devices. Available for $179 in multiple colors from Design Within Reachâ€”the silver version has the added bonus of reflecting back its surroundings making it "invisible." Visit the Multipot site for more details and vendors outside of the U.S. Harry (above right) keeps your gear organized by gently grabbing it with its flexible coated wire hooks. Mount it next to your door and you'll never forget your kit on the way out. Available for $30 from Formila.
Winifred Burkeman started to sell her handmade beauty products after all her friends kept asking what she used on her flawless skin. Named after her mother, her two year-old line of products, McBride Beauty, uses the same natural blend of ingredients that her mother had made years before to keep her sensitive skin healthy. Winifred makes the essential oil-based face and body natural beauty products at her home in Brooklyn using entirely natural ingredientsâ€”no chemicals or artificial colorsâ€”and they are not tested on animals. Now everyone has a chance to have beautiful and healthy skin like the McBride ladies. For Cool Hunting readers, Wini is offering a great deal. You can get a set of all five of the products: Avocado Oil & Wheat Germ Night CrÃ©me, Rose Water & Vitamin C Face CrÃ©me, Grapefruit & Sandalwood Astringent, Cucumber Body Lotion and Milk & Honey Soap for $90 instead of the usual $120, if you mention Cool Hunting to her when you order by emailing wini [at] mcbridebeauty [dot] com. Otherwise, you can find McBride Beauty products at Steven Alan, Bird, Bark and other stores around New York City, at The Darling Room in Kansas City and online from New London Pharmacy.