Best Bet: Christys’ Crushable Fedora

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For all its virtues (sun combatant, outfit enhancer, frizz controller), the summer straw hat makes an impossibly inconvenient — and easily crushed — travel accessory. Christys’ Nimbin fedora ($48 at Catbird) eliminates that packing predicament completely by marrying stylishness with smashability. Made of pliable raffia and sporting a modest 1.5-inch brim, the hat can be repeatedly mashed, sat upon, or haphazardly folded, and it miraculously springs right back into shape. Plus: a punchy poolside chair, a kitchen tool for salsas and salads, and more in this week's issue. [NYM]