Best Bets - Week of September 15, 2003

Clay Date
Vintage collectible tiles by French ceramist Roger Capron were used to make the limited-edition Avila lamp ($1,200 for small, $1,300 for large).

357 Lafayette

Wrap Stars
Lilla P’s supersoft combed-cotton scarves are 67 inches long and come in nine color combinations ($51).

The Otter Sleek
361 Bleecker St.

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Square Deal
These heat-resistant seven-inch silicone squares can act as pot holders, hot pads, or trivets. They’re also dishwasher-safe ($24.95).

Crate & Barrel
650 Madison Ave.

Waist Product
C. J. Laing’s skull belt is the ultimate in preppy-meets-rock-and-roll ($50).

C.J. Laing
30 E. 74th St.

Alphabet City
Milton and Shirley Glaser have teamed up on a new kids’ book called The Alphazeds (Miramax Books). Each character is a letter taken from a different real-life font ($19.95).

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One For The Road
Car coats are the ultimate multipurpose jackets. These are cotton canvas, lined in fleece, with a cute corduroy interior pocket. In two colors ($38).

Old Navy
300 W. 125th St.
144-150 W. 34th St.
610 Sixth Ave.
503-511 Broadway
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Fashion Plate
Jonathan Adler has licensed his ever-popular designs to make them more accessible, price-wise, to his legions of fans. His stripe pattern is available in three color combinations on full place settings and accessories including a pitcher and chip-’n’-dip. (From $12 to $63).

Barneys New York
600 Madison Ave.

Bridal Emergency Kit
Everything a bride needs to avoid a wedding-day meltdown—including stain removers, hair pins, nail files, deodorant, even a “novelty” wedding band ($60–$75).

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Ceiling Beauty
Mesmerize your kids (or yourself) with a colorful modern mobile ($27 ).

Metropolitan Museum of Art Children’s Shop
1000 Fifth Ave.

Tee Party
Saks Fifth Avenue’s annual shopping event to benefit cancer research is September 17–20, with a percentage of all sales donated to cancer-research centers. Buy a Danskin T-shirt designed by Stella McCartney ($29), and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated.

Saks Fifth Avenue
611 Fifth Ave.

Color Commentary
A set of mini colored pencils, with sharpener and eraser, is a great gift for creative types on the go ($8)

Saks Fifth Avenue
611 Fifth Ave.

Photographed by Andrew McCaul.

Best Bets - Week of September 15, 2003