It's a Cinch
With belts making a big comeback this season, everyone will be watching their waists. Jazz yours up with one of these unusual numbers from Nic Norman ($75), featuring illustrations of hotels, hot rods, and groovy people on a choice of leathers (including distressed).
353 Bleecker Street
96 Orchard Street
Remember those wacky seventies fabrics with larger-than-life mushrooms or equestrian themes? The guys from Patch NYC stumbled onto a stash of them, and a collection was born. Look for thermal cotton scarves with either an Ultrasuede horse head or mushroom ($79), T-shirts ($88), and wrap skirts ($173).
17 Eighth Avenue
Car fanatics take note: Here comes the first Car Design Yearbook in what will be an annual series featuring every new car unveiled (but not necessarily produced) during the year. An overview of trends is followed by an A-to-Z listing of about 130 new automobiles from all over the world, including concept drawings and all specs ($39.95).
Borders Books Music & Cafe
461 Park Avenue, at 57th Street
Barnes & Noble
See bn.com for locations
The words golf fashion used to be an oxymoron, but not anymore. Just check out Bally's new golf shoes. With hardly any white, these are as worthy of the street as of the fairway (more traditional styles are available, too). There are eight styles for men and women; each comes with three pairs of interchangeable insoles ($250–$300).
NY Golf Center
131 West 35th Street
212-564-2255 or 800-437-2526 for stores nationwide
All About Eva
Eva Zeisel, the legendary 95-year-old ceramicist, teamed up with Brooklyn-based pair James Klein and David Reid three years ago. She designs pieces, and they produce them (as well as their own line, KleinReid). Zeisel's latest offering is a pair of very yin-yang nesting pitchers, handcrafted of porcelain with an ivory satin matte glaze ($285).
Cooper Hewitt Museum Shop
2 East 91st Street
199 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn
Battle of the Bands
Flicking plain old-fashioned rubber bands just doesn't do it for today's pint-size sharpshooters. For them, we've found these hip little bands in animal shapes. In flight, they're just as effective as their more ordinary brethren. When flat, they are shaped like ostriches, elephants, hippos, kangaroos, etc. The best part: They can be worn as bracelets on very small wrists ($4.50 for 6, $7 for 24).
169 Thompson Street
The MOMA Design Store
44 West 53rd Street
235 Elizabeth Street
693 Fifth Avenue, near 54th Street