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September 17

Seeking Hide
This season there are so many jackets to choose from: the biker kind, the equestrian kind, or the David Soul-in-his-Starsky and Hutch-days kind, as interpreted by J.Crew. They call this an antique leather field coat; we call it cool. It's lined in cotton moleskin and has leather buttons, plus a very groovy back belt. Put it on and you'll be transported to 1975. In two shades: antique brown and cognac, shown here ($375).
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Buggin' Out
Look like a bug — see like a bug! Not only will these crazy glasses make your little angel (6 and up, please) resemble a menacing praying mantis, their small prismatic lenses actually let him see like one. The lenses flip forward for critter vision, then back for clear. And who knows — real bugs might be scared of your child-size insect and vamoose ($12).
Big Fun Toys
636 Hudson St., at Horatio St.

Lip Service
Does the world really need more lip gloss? Before we saw Anna Sui's Ring Rouge, our answer might have been a resounding "no." But this bold, black plastic cocktail ring is alluring all on its own, and even more so when you realize the top flips up to reveal a pot of lip gloss. Available in twelve shades ($12).
Henri Bendel
712 Fifth Ave., at 56th St., 212-247-1100
Anna Sui
113 Greene St., between Prince and Spring Sts., 212-941-8406


Cash Cow
Architect Alice Park has a secret: She's got a shoe and bag "problem," and dreams of designing both. But she's starting small — with deceptively simple leather wallets. "I noticed that a lot of my male friends don't carry a standard wallet," she said. "Just a wad of cards and bills with a rubber band around it." Her slot wallet, which looks like a piece of origami, is a stylish alternative that's also extremely functional. It holds bills without bulging (though users may have to downsize the number of cards they carry). Available in two styles and fifteen colors ($65).
805 Washington St., between Horatio and Gansevoort Sts., 212-229-2292
276 Columbus Ave., at 73rd St., 212-496-5050
430 Seventh Ave., between 14th and 15th Sts., Park Slope, 718-768-4940


Mod Squad
James Elkind seriously scored on his last trip to Scandinavia. The booty: a large stash of never-worn jewelry from the late sixties and early seventies that he is now selling at his store, Lost City Arts. There are rings, tie clips, pendants, and bracelets; all are sterling silver, some with opals or tiger's eyes. Prices range from $45 to $125. Ring ($45) and bracelet ($110) shown here.
Lost City Arts
18 Cooper Sq., at 5th St.

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Photos: Antonis Achilleos.
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