Week of September 29, 2003

Express’s faux-suede coat is soft, furry, perfect for layering and guilt-free ($128).

Multiple locations. See store profile.

Stone Age
A big lapis, coral, or turquoise stone makes an incredible statement, for a fraction of the price of a diamond. Pomellato’s Capri rings are set in 18-karat white gold with diamonds ($2,185–$2,690).

Bergdorf Goodman
754 Fifth Ave.

Saks Fifth Avenue
611 Fifth Ave.

By The Book
Inside Art Up Close: From Ancient to Modern ($19.95; Chronicle Books) are 23 of the world’s greatest masterpieces. Your kid’s job is to find specific details in each painting, as directed on each page. Stumped? There are helpful hints at the back of the book ($19.95).

Geppetto’s Toy Box
10 Christopher St.

Puma gets kicky with yet another shoe in honor of the Women’s World Cup soccer tournament. Shudoh Tang, as it’s called, was created in partnership with Shanghai Tang and features an Asian-inspired fabric ($200).

The Puma Store
521 Broadway
212-334-7861 or 888-565-7862

Best Western
Urban cowboys will love these new belts by Rafe. They come in three styles ($80).

Rafe New York
1 Bleecker St
212-780-9739 or 800-486-9476

Your Serve
Pass over paper plates for Janna Weinstein’s handmade ceramic platter-and-small-plate combination. It’s like a treat for your table ($180 for the set).

Cog and Pearl
190 5th Ave, Brooklyn

Into The Fold
Forget the Krypton lock. The only way to make sure your bike doesn’t get stolen is to have it with you at all times. Which is easy to do when it folds down to a size that can fit under your desk, in a closet, or in the trunk of a cab ($280).

Urban Outfitters
Multiple locations. See store profile.

Or, check out urbn.com.

Double Duty
Mandarina Duck’s new Pop collection does double duty—each nylon bag can be folded or unfolded to turn into a different bag. A weekender (shown) becomes a messenger bag, a backpack shrinks down to a fanny pack, and a shoulder bag can be expanded to double its capacity. Priced from $168 to $338, in café or black.

Peter Hermann
118 Thompson St.

Gee Wiz
Can’t get enough of those Gucci G’s? Now you can get into bed with them. The fashion house’s new home collection includes logo sheets (priced from $195 for standard shams—$895 for a quilt), cotton towels ($40– $145), and even logo wallpaper ($75/roll).

685 Fifth Ave.

Go To The Mat
Messy eaters and nice place mats don’t always go together. But these deluxe-feeling Ultrasuede place mats, by Archipelago, are machine-washable. (In 40 colors, $40 each).

38 Walker St.

Leading Ladies
Did you know that Barbara Bush’s hair went prematurely white after she lost a daughter to leukemia? Fandex First Ladies—more than 50 color cards offer the biographical scoop on each First Lady ($9.95).

Available at workman.com.

Photographed by Eric Piasecki.

Week of September 29, 2003