What Clarence Got Melanie
Fruits by Shoichi Aoki, $14 at Book Thug Nation (100 N. 3rd St.).
He Picks: “She’s into street-style blogs; she checks them every day.”
She Responds: Cool! I check the style blogs obsessively during Fashion Week.”
Annie Costello Brown brass bangle, $95 at Task (100 N. 3rd St.).
He Picks: “She loves bangles, but wears them one at a time.”
She Responds: “I’d wear this with this rose-gold Tiffany bracelet I wear all the time.”
Burning Torch leather jacket, $760 at Task.
He Picks: “I could see her pairing it with leggings and a chunky sweater.”
She Responds: “This looks like Carine Roitfeld, and I love her style!”
Giant chocolate bar, $27 at Mast Brothers (105A N. 3rd St.).
He Picks: “We don’t usually keep chocolate in the house.”
She Responds: “Now, this is a treat I wouldn’t buy for myself.”
What Melanie Really Wants: Gold-plated silver ring, $90, at Lina Lex Design, 85 N. 3rd St.
She Says: “I like the bigness, but also how simple it is.”
He Says: “I love over-the-top rings on women.”
What Melanie Got Clarence
Piotr Woronkowicz Utopia Mies van der Rohe skateboard, $400 at Voos (105 N. 3rd St.).
She Picks: “It’s a skateboard, but it’s also a very limited piece of art.”
He Responds “Um, yeah, that’s dope.”
Levi’s Vintage 1947 501 jeans, $250 at Brooklyn Denim Co. (85 N. 3rd St.).
She Picks: “Clarence isn’t a denim whore, but he’d gravitate toward these: nothing flashy, but clearly special.”
He Responds “I’m not a super jean guy, but these are good: no stains, no shredding, no patches.”
Will Leather Goods Fillmore twisted-braid belt, $165 at Brooklyn Denim Co.
She Picks: “He just broke a leather woven belt he’s had since college.”
He Responds “Good! The Polo belt that I bought in 1992 died last week.”
Carter and Bond natural-bristle toothbrush, $17 at Tommy Guns Salon (85 N. 3rd St.)
She Picks: “When I met him, this was a thing: He really liked natural toothbrushes.”
He Responds: “Melanie was surprised when she met me that I was into this girly stuff.”
Typography Sketchbooks, $55 at Brooklyn Art Library (103A N. 3rd St.).
She Picks: “He’s into typography, logos, and the history of fonts. I think he’ll draw inspiration from this when he’s designing T-shirts for his store.”
What Clarence Really Wants:Typography Sketchbooks, $55, at Brooklyn Art Library
He Says: “I would use this book for inspiration when I’m designing a T-shirt. Or just to have. She’s never going to pick this out.”
She Says: “Knew it!”
Photographs: Danny Kim/New York Magazine