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Kids these days! They grow so fast, it's hard to keep track sometimes. These frames will not only put your little ones front and center, they have an age dial that lets you tell the world (or just the office) how old they are. Perfect for proud parents of pets, too ($13).
23 East 20th Street/212-228-2556
169 Thompson Street/212-358-9079
244A Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn/718-789-5262
Photograph of the picture frame by James Worrell.
In the Fold
Ferragamo's Pocket Bag was originally designed in the seventies, but the suede-corduroy wonder, with pockets galore, is very right-now. And very flat -- the bulkiest item it can handle without looking, well, bulky, is a cell phone ($995).
661 Fifth Avenue, near 52nd Street/212-759-3822
124 Spring Street/212-226-4330
Talk to the Palm
For those of us who've given up trying to dial a cell phone while scrolling through a Palm, Samsung has a new two-in-one. The SPH-I300 is the first full-color Palm-phone and weighs only six ounces. With it, you can beam and chat at the same time, look up a number and dial it automatically, and get real-time e-mail. It has 8MB of memory, a cool touch-screen, voice-activated dialing, and a speakerphone. Works with PC or Mac, with an adapter and the right software ($499.99).
109 West 42nd Street/212-944-5686
169 East 86th Street/212-348-6340
www.sprintpcs.com or www.samsungusa.com/wireless
Love black-tie parties, but hate the cleaning bills that come from too many capsized canapés? Check out Ted Baker's Teflon-treated wool tuxedo. It feels like regular wool, but spills wipe off with a damp cloth ($625).
107 Grand Street/212-343-8989
1000 Third Avenue, at 59th Street/212-705-3163
Great Balls of Fire
Unlit, these alabaster votives are elegant objets for your table. Lit, well, throw on some Barry White and you're in business. In small ($25), medium ($30), and large ($40).
MODERN STONE AGE
54 Greene Street/212-219-0383
At last, an MP3 player that's as sexy as your titanium PowerBook. Apple's new iPod weighs 6.5 ounces (including its ten-hour battery), has a 5GB hard drive (with a 32MB memory cache) that holds 1,000 songs, and comes loaded with Apple's iTunes 2 software. Requires Mac OS 9.2.1 or later ($399).
J&R MUSIC WORLD
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