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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).
636 Hudson Street/212-414-4138
Does the world really need more lip gloss? Before we saw this Ring Rouge by Anna Sui, 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).
712 Fifth Avenue, at 56th Street/212-247-1100
113 Greene Street/212-941-8406
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 Street/212-229-2292
276 Columbus Avenue, at 73rd Street/212-496-5050
430 Seventh Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn/718-768-4940
Looking for a bit of skin? 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).
99 Prince Street/212-966-2739
91 Fifth Avenue/212-255-4848
30 Rockefeller Plaza/212-765-4227
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 Square/212-375-0500
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