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Footloose and Fancy Feet
Now that men are into casual Fridays, can whimsical weekends be far behind? That's the thinking of the folks at Jandreani -- the Italian men's-shoe store -- who carry these silly socks with 3-D ears to add some fun to a guy's most boring accessory. The socks are made in France of cotton, polyester, and spandex, and even the nerdiest, when he crosses his legs, will glom attention ($21.85).
JANDREANI/958 Third Avenue, near 57th Street/212-753-4666
Interior designers always preach that you must start with the floor, so what better way to transform your summery-looking abode into something a tad more fall-ish than with a richly dark, checked rug? It's by Madeline Weinrib, a painter and carpet designer, who brings an earthy palette to her line of reversible woven flat weaves handmade in India. (From $199 for a four-by-six-foot rug to $799 for a nine-by-twelve-foot one.)
ABC CARPET & HOME/881 Broadway, at 19th Street/212-473-3000
Through the Woofing Glass
The droopy-eared puppy with the inquisitive eyes does more than just sit around looking sad: The "eyes" are actually the lenses of ABS-plastic binoculars installed in its plushy innards. They offer 4X magnification, and there's a tiny knob on the pooch's head for adjusting the focus ($15).
E.A.T. GIFTS/1062 Madison Avenue, near 80th Street/212-861-2544
Sure, there are other panoramic frames around, but few are quite this elegant. Nuala (a.k.a. Nuni) and Anne Boylan, the chic sisters behind B & B Gallery, carry these pewter knockouts (designed by Nuala); artisans in Colombia hand-make them. Now your fabulous shot of the Pont du Gard can have a proper home ($68).
B & B GALLERY/601 West 26th Street, fourteenth floor/212-243-0840
Photograph by Richard Berenholtz/The Stock Market
Back to the Grind
When we hear the name Peugeot, we think cars and bikes, but a century ago it was pepper mills and coffee grinders that accounted for the company's fame. Brothers Jean-Pierre II and Jean-Frederic founded Peugeot in 1810 in a tiny French village: Thirty-two years later, they had branched out from producing steel blades to turning out grinding mechanisms, which soon morphed into pepper mills. Until recently, those mills were made of pale-ish woods, but the company has just introduced ultrasleek stainless-steel models. Some have faucetlike tops, others levers, but even the classic now comes in black satinwood and brushed stainless steel (from $40 to $110).
BROADWAY PANHANDLER/477 Broome Street/212-966-3434
GRACIOUS HOME/1220 Third Avenue, at 70th Street/212-517-6300;
and 1992 Broadway, at 67th Street/212-231-7800
ZABAR'S/2245 Broadway, at 80th Street/212-787-2000
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