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The best reason to wear French cuffs ... Shoes that grow with your kids .... the ultimate glamour accessory.


Winning Combination

The best reason to wear French cuffs is that you get to accessorize with fab cuff links. Kenneth Cole's Lock and Roll is a fun alternative to silver studs or silk knots ($45).
Kenneth Cole
107 East 42nd Street, 212-949-8079
610 Fifth Avenue, at 49th Street, 212-373-5800
95 Fifth Avenue, at 17th Street, 212-675-2550
353 Columbus Avenue, near 77th Street, 212-873-2061
597 Broadway, near Houston Street, 212-965-0283

Growth Spurt

Why didn't anyone think of this before? Shoes that grow with your kids! INCHworms "grow" in half-size increments. Just push a button on the side of the shoe and pull the toe to lock it into the next size up. They're offered in sizes from kids' 10–11 to adults' 2–3. There are eight styles, some sold at Paragon. All are shown on the Website ($40).
Paragon Sporting Goods
867 Broadway, at 18th Street, 212-255-8036

Baggage Handler

For quick weekend trips or other occasions that necessitate toting a freshly pressed outfit, forgo the plastic dry-cleaning bag for an option that will last much longer. Dobre Goods' Cirque Garmento has a colorful geometric design based on a vintage Eastern European print, is water-resistant, and easily holds two suits ($75).
Evil Sugar
345 East 12th Street, 212-460-0022
Environment 337
337 Smith Street, near Carroll Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, 718-522-1767

Glove Me Tender

Gloves like these are the ultimate glamour accessory. Embellished with contrast stitching and sexy zippers, the unlined beauties come in two lengths and five colors (red, burgundy, brown, camel, and black) ($119).
Sigerson Morrison
242 Mott Street, 212-941-5404

Musical Chairs

There's nothing worse than shelling out upwards of $100 for theater or concert tickets only to find yourself in the Broadway version of a nosebleed seat. Consider Seats New York (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books; $10.95) preventive medicine for said malady. It includes clear, easy-to-read seating plans for 150 popular venues in the New York City area, including theaters, concert halls, and stadiums.
Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
211 West 71st Street, 212-496-7511
Drama Book Shop
250 West 40th Street, 212-944-0595

Back in the Saddle

Cole Haan's new collection of timepieces includes ten styles with the choice of a leather or stainless-steel band. Prices are a mere $155 to $245. We love this harness-inspired women's version. It comes in red, maple, and black calfskin, and in a custom leather box ($155).
Cole Haan
620 Fifth Avenue, at 50th Street, 212-765-9747
667 Madison Avenue, at 61st Street, 212-765-9747

Come Unhinged

Kata's new Duplex glasses are hingeless wonders, handmade in Japan and available in gray, blue, teal, butterscotch, and cherry. The secret to their success? A wire-titanium core covered with rubber, which makes them superflexible and extremely durable ($300).
Morganthal Frederics Opticians
399 West Broadway, 212-966-0099
699 Madison Avenue, near 62nd Street, 212-838-3090
944 Madison Avenue, near 73rd Street, 212-744-9444