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Seat and Desist
A step up from the usual summer-soirée seating is Banana Republic’s superchic folding stool. In off-white canvas with white leather trim or red canvas with black leather trim ($125).

To order, call 888-BR-STYLE

The Missing Link
Bottega Veneta’s new woven-leather box offers a stylish solution to the problem of misplaced cuff links. There are eight sections inside for keeping pairs together ($840).

Bottega Veneta
635 Madison Ave., near 59th St.; 212-371-5511.

Best Foot Forward
Summer footwear’s always fun, but it’s cutest in small sizes. Space Kiddets has kids’ flip-flops with billiard balls, Union Jacks, shamrocks, and mushrooms ($18).

Space Kiddets
46 E. 21st St., near Broadway; 212-420-9878.

Puppy Love
The story here is a familiar one—the main character wants a dog; his parents don’t—and it’s amusingly told. But it’s the pictures in William Wegman’s new book, Chip Wants a Dog (Hyperion Books for Children), that really steal the show ($16.99).

Books of Wonder
16 W. 18th St., near Fifth Ave.; 212-989-3270

F.I.T. student Tara Famiglietti’s jewelry is so in-demand she doesn’t need a degree to sell it. Our favorites are these earrings made of 14-karat or 18-karat white or yellow gold with semiprecious stones ($200).

For more information, call 212-860-7222.

Brush With Success
Fans of industrial design will love the new Elgydium Creation ergonomic toothbrush. It’s got sexy curves and feels great in the hand. In purple, green, clear, or yellow ($5).

Bigelow Chemists
414 Sixth Ave., near 9th St.; 212-533-2700.

Buy a String
In India, sisters honor their brothers by tying colorful bracelets on their wrists once a year. Layla (a great store in Brooklyn) has a stash of these rakhi bracelets, ranging from $5 to $10. They’re gorgeous on, but the packaging’s so beautiful you may never want to take them out.


86 Hoyt St., between Atlantic and State Sts.; 718-222-1933.

Drill Sergeant
For the do-it-yourselfer who has to have the latest and greatest, we present Black & Decker’s five-in-one cordless tool. A circular saw, router, sander, jigsaw, and 14.4-volt drill-driver all conveniently fit onto the same base ($129.99).

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Get It to Go
A chic diaper bag doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Just check out these messenger-style versions from Mum Diaper Bags. They’re cotton on the outside, nylon inside, and have a changing pad and loads of pockets. In black, khaki, or red ($110).

Baby Bird
428 Seventh Ave., between 14th and 15th Sts., Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-788-4506.

Pumpkin Maternity
407 Broome St., at Lafayette St.; 212-334-1809.

Fit for a Man
Many men have as much trouble finding a well-fitting suit as women do finding a swimsuit. Sean makes things a bit easier with a new program from Emile Lafaurie. Jackets ($295) and pants ($120) can be mixed and matched and come with a touch of nylon to prevent wrinkles.

224 Columbus Ave., near 70th St.; 212-769-1489.
132 Thompson St., near Houston St.; 212-598-5980 .

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