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Wristwatches and beaches don’t necessarily mix. First, there’s the whole waterproof-versus-water-resistant drama; then there are issues of tan lines and theft – it’s all way too much to think about while relaxing. The fairer sex can find a solution in Swatch’s new, one-size-allegedly-fits-all string bikini. It comes with a waterproof watch strung to the bottom, so you’ll always be on time, even if topless ($80).
5 East 57th Street/212-317-1100
100 West 72nd Street, at Columbus Avenue/212-595-9640
640 Broadway, at Prince Street/212-777-1002
438 West Broadway/646-613-0160
Paul Frank’s iconic Julius monkey has appeared on everything from clothing to leather goods and sold like mad. Now Julius’s smiley likeness is splashed across Paul Frank’s latest introduction, a baby-blue 35-mm. camera. It’s plastic, multiuse, and comes loaded with a roll of film that, when developed, yields pictures with the famous monkey face centered in each shot ($30).
46 East 21st Street/212-614-3235
We used to laugh at people who gave their pets Evian. Now purified water for pets is a cottage industry. The latest entry into this market is Dog Water – purified water in an airtight, reusable bowl with a lid that doubles as a Frisbeelike toy. The water is fluoride-enriched and free of chlorine, lead, and sulfites. Now, that’s something to bark about ($3.99).
969 Madison Avenue, near 76th Street/212-737-5561
43 Greenwich Avenue/212-352-8591
At first glance, this plastic-encased wonder gives off a somewhat adults-only vibe. But inside rests a sleek, silver, Marc Newson-designed flashlight called Apollo. When asked what inspired him, Newson explained that “Apollo is the god of light, and the Greek ideal of manhood” ($95).
146 Greene Street/212-226-2190
1755 Broadway, at 56th Street/212-581-4400
Poor trolls – they get such a bad rap. Teased, tormented, and tossed about, à la The Full Monty. A couple of years ago, Philippe Starck gave trolls a design boost by creating a stool in their likeness. Now Restoration Hardware takes things a step further with this new sprinkler. The troll’s head pops up and water spews forth from its neck, hitting distances as far as 72 feet ($69).
935 Broadway, at 22nd Street/212-260-9479
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