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Beading could surpass knitting as the hobby-of-the-moment -- and it's a lot easier to pick up. All you'll need to start is a "Notions" kit from French General, available in two sizes and six different colors. The small kit ($30) has ten notions and will make up to eight necklaces; the large ($45) has sixteen and will make twice as many.
35 Crosby Street
Go for Baroque
Designer Justin Giunta's intention with his new lamp was to blur the distinction between art and design, old and modern. And he's done just that. The base is made of industrial plastic, but it's carefully accessorized with old chandelier crystals that Giunta has found in his travels. The result is a refreshing move away from the superminimal styles of late ($300; $200 for sconce).
805 Washington Street
Yoshitomo Nara's famous sculpture "Dog From Your Childhood" has been re-interpreted by the Japanese artist for Bozart Toys. The resulting "Puppy Bookends" feature the same dog, now made of porcelain, nestled in his doghouse ($40).
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The latest designer to get in on the sneaker game is John Varvatos, whose limited-edition series of two Converse classics just hit stores. The Varvatos-ized Chuck Taylor All Stars and Jack Purcells are available in two cottons, distressed leather, and felt, and should be on every guy's must-have list for fall. Prices range from $95 to $125.
149 Mercer Street
Spice Things Up
Big on flavor but short on space? Soho Spices magnetic shakers are just the ticket. Buy them empty and fill them with spices or anything else, then stick them on any steel surface. No surface? No problem. Panels are available in three sizes. Five-pack "speed rack," shown, is $44, with stainless-steel rack.
19 Christopher Street
Dads often bemoan the diaper-bag dilemma: They want to help but don't want to carry a girly bag. Tumi to the rescue! Its new diaper bag looks like a messenger bag (black nylon with leather trim) but has all the standard features: interior mesh pockets and zippered compartments; a snap-out wet-dry pouch; and spaces for a bottle, a cell phone, credit cards, and pens. A changing pad fits into a back zippered panel ($325).
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