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Contrary to what you fashion types might think, bamboo isn’t just for bag handles. These big bowls (the small one is ten inches in diameter) are food-safe and come in six colors. Just treat them as you would any wooden salad bowl – hand-wash only (small, $30; medium, $38).
1000 Third Avenue, at 59th Street
Printmaker turned jeweler Lori McLean’s Tile bracelet is made of bright resin squares set in sterling silver. She describes the color scheme as “Palm Beach,” but we’d say the effect is decidedly more New York ($550).
THE CLAY POT
162 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn
We love rag rugs because they’re fun, foot-friendly, and machine-washable. Perfect for the summer share, this one is also available in blue and mango, in sizes ranging from a small mat ($16.95) to a hefty eight by ten feet ($195).
CRATE & BARREL
650 Madison Avenue, at 59th Street
Forget wild, patterned ties – pocket squares are a much more sophisticated way to stand out in a crowd of suits. Paul Stuart’s hand-stitched silk ones, in two sizes, are made in Italy and come in blue, pink, orange, lavender, and khaki ($39.50).
Madison Avenue at 45th Street
Kept in Stitches
Elizabeth Powell’s totes, bags, and wallets are all handmade in Brooklyn – and are sweet, homespun alternatives to the stuff you’ll find on Madison Avenue. Some come with silk-screened patterns or funky color combinations (purse, shown here, $190; wallet, $120).
805 Washington Street
369 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
Annieglass’s martini tray has a lime floating on it instead of the expected olive. It’s a silk-screened photo that’s fused onto the glass during firing, so it won’t chip or peel. The result is dishwasher-safe. There are also similarly embellished trays, salad plates, and chargers, with a choice of lime, grapefruit, lemon, or orange images ($92).
MICHAEL C. FINA
545 Fifth Avenue, at 45th Street
Bowling shoes have been the rage for a few seasons now, but Bally’s latest are brighter and springier than most. They come in your choice of cactus (pictured), black, navy, brown, white, or Riva red (women’s, $195; men’s, $225).
628 Madison Avenue, at 59th Street