Furoshiki-shiki Bag, Wallet and Card Holder

The Furoshiki-shiki vinyl bag is made from a single sheet of translucent material that folds up to make a bag. The adhesive nature of the vinyl helps hold everything securely as you trot along to the beach. Also available in a wallet and card holder. There's a little animation showing how it works after the jump.


Laboratory5 is a husband and wife team that makes a nice line of progressive greeting cards, stationary, note cards, and other hand made and unique goodies. I particularly like the note card set "urban pursuit," which is a line of comic like note cards. They're very crafty, and clearly made by a design conscious couple.

Pare Umbrellas

I don't think I've ever really owned a quality umbrella– or an umbrella at all for that matter. If I were to get one, I'd naturally want to get a quality one, and Pare's new Spring-Summer collection definitely gets my nod of approval. Natural Pare is out of Seattle, and they are inspired by the huge unique selection of umbrellas in Tokyo– where an umbrella …