T-Shirt Tuesdays » Shark Attack!

November 20, 2012

Givenchy Shark Tee

I am absolutely jonesing for Givenchy these days (oh Antigona…). And I can just add this painterly statement tee to the lengthy list. My closet is already a veritable shrine to the men’s tee, with my favorite look being a half-heartedly tucked-in tee, some skinny jeans, a pair of exuberant socks and my trusty Tretorn sneaks. Any more fuss than that and I’m wasting precious time. But that doesn’t mean it’s careless. With my carefully curated tee collection, I always find just the right design for any day’s mood. This toothy shark? Mondays, for sure.

Go for the Gold » Grin and Bear It

August 5, 2012

Frédéric Perigot Gold Bear Bag Large Shopper

Just the right size for a heptathlon
of Olympics-watching treats!

Care about the planet? Might as well be cute about it. Let your green credentials shine with this golden shopping bag by French designer Frédéric Perigot. It tucks away adorably into a little matching golden bear when not in use. We’d bust it out to shlep around our farmer’s market provender – or, better yet, to hold a heptathlon of Olympics-watching treats: Ritter Sports bar, Kind snacks, Volvic, TJ’s trail mix, watermelon, gum and Ella’s Kitchen squishies for the little guy.

The Perigot site is definitely worth a perusal, full of utilitarian-gone-chic household wares and minimalist bags made from one of our favorite materials, Tyvek!

Go for the Gold » Sunnies that Shine

August 2, 2012

Miu Miu Noir SunglassesMiu Miu Culte Sunglasses

Dazzling gold peepers that make all other sunglasses look lackluster by comparison

Nothing says style champion like a pair of Miu Miu sunnies, and their recent eyewear designs are pure gold. No, really: both their 2012 Spring/Summer and Resort collections included pairs of dazzling gold peepers that make all other sunglasses look lackluster by comparison.

It’s not only their bright gold color that makes these glasses stand out (though the glitter of the Noir is rather spellbinding). It’s the unique shapes Miu Miu pioneers that put these specs in a league of their own. The Culte frames are pentagonal and grow dramatically thicker at the temple, finished in brushed gold with brown gradated lenses. Showy yet chic. Think Jackie O with a futuristic twist. Or simply look to Rihanna, snapped on a yacht off Saint Tropez wearing them this very weekend. Need we say more?

If the super-sized geometric shape is not really your steez, try the Miu Miu Noir instead. The Noir takes the classic cateye frame and amps it with a more extreme arch. Featuring skinny metal arms that give a bug-eye effect, you add the gold glitter and basically get a 1940s Hollywood ingénue on the cusp of catastrophic mega-stardom. Wide-eyed beauty gone haywire…in a good way.

Of course, both pairs of handmade in Italy with 100% UV protection and custom fitting. But these sunglasses already got the gold – all that is just gravy.

Duck Duck Goose » Get a Grip!

January 27, 2011

top: Collégien Fête Blue Stripes and Red Polka Dots
bottom: Collégien Fête Babushka and Fauvette Redhead

The history of this company is almost as wonderful as the products they make. Located behind a little church in the French town of Tarn, the Guille family factory has existed for nearly 150 years, and has been churning out socks for about 80 of those. In 1947, the company launched its Collégien brand – a selection of sock-shoe hybrids perfect for those little tots who’ve just learned to walk and are now slipping and sliding all over the wooden floors of your apartment. Each pair is made with soft cotton knit and perforated rubber soles. Choose from a huge selection of patterns and novelty styles as well as calf and knee-high versions. Oh, and for all you envious old-folk – they have parent-sized socks too.

Gift Guide » Buy the Best for Your Bookworm!

December 7, 2010

Blurb Gift Card
Established & Sons Landmark Table LampCampomaggi Leather Messenger BagTarget's Fish Bowl Bookends
Knock Knock Personal Library KitCustom Embossed Monogram SealMontblanc Fountain Pens
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David MitchelliBride Junior Polar Bear BookshelfOut of Print Tees The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
top: Blurb Gift Card
first row: Established & Sons Table Lamp, Campomaggi Messenger Bag, and Target’s Fish Bowl Bookends
second row: Knock Knock Personal Library Kit, Custom Embossed Monogram Seal, and Montblanc Pens
third row: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell, iBride Junior Polar Bear Bookshelf, and Out of Print Clothing’s The Catcher in the RyeTee

For some of us, the holiday season is about one thing and one thing only. Ok, two things. Ok, a bunch of things—all nicely wrapped and book-related. Because there is nothing more satisfying than winter reading, whether it’s the classic you know almost by heart, the novel everybody else already read six months ago, or the thriller you’ll never admit you couldn’t put down.

So check your friends and family. Who’s been stacking books around the chair beside the radiator? Who keeps slipping away for chapter-shaped intervals? Take note—and give them something from this list.

1Blurb Gift Cardvar.

Blurb Gift CardEverybody has a story to tell. Whether you’re sharing yours with someone you love, or you just want to give that gifted nephew his first chance to see himself in print, Blurb makes it easy to edit your own oeuvre.

2Established & Sons Landmark Table Lamp$835

Established & Sons Landmark Table LampGood books on winter nights require a good lamp. With the Landmark Table Lamp, Established & Sons sheds a whimsical light on even the most serious page. And should your eyelids flutter and your hand get heavy, guess where you can rest your book?

3Campomaggi Leather Messenger Bag$725

Campomaggi Leather Messenger BagTrain platforms, airport waiting rooms, the sticky chairs in take-out restaurants, the benches outside dressing rooms: the world is full of places where you’ll want a book. Have one always at hand in this elegantly rumpled messenger bag from Italian designer Campomaggi.

4Target’s Fish Bowl Bookends$30

Target's Fish Bowl BookendsWhile we applaud the idea of propping up Moby Dick with a goldfish, we’d probably repurpose these Fish Bowl Bookends from Target as terrariums, leaning a collected Keats against selected titanopses. Kudos to Target for always having something design-savvy at a super-reasonable price!

5Knock Knock Personal Library Kit$16

Knock Knock Personal Library KitMost of us have lent or borrowed books that never made it back. This
kit by Knock Knock is no guarantee that your set of Boys Own Adventures will remain whole in the future, but it may serve as a gentle reminder to some close, forgetful or unscrupulous friend that you know exactly where that volume’s gone…

6Custom Embossed Monogram Seal$66

Custom Embossed Monogram SealAnd even if you’ve resigned yourself to lending books that end up gifts, at least you can leave a subtle and distinctive mark on the flyleaf. There are endless sources on the web where you can have a custom seal made – just Google it! Or click here…

7Montblanc Pensvar.

Montblanc Fountain PensOf course a pencil usually does the trick. But sometimes we just give in to the pleasure of an extravagantly well-made thing. We all choose our excesses: mine’s a Meisterstück Le Grand rollerball: warm in the hand, smooth on the page, an engagement present from my fiancée.

8The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell$13

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David MitchellIn this case you can safely ignore the old chestnut about books and their covers. It looks and reads beautifully. Set in turn-of-the-19th-century Japan at the first, tentative point of meeting between Dutch traders and an isolated island nation, this new book is David Mitchell’s masterpiece.

9iBride Junior Polar Bear Bookshelf$1882

iBride Junior Polar Bear BookshelfFor readers of every age, a bookshelf (like this one by iBride) properly stocked is an object of wonder and adventure. We’re glad to see that, at last, form is following function. Two suggestions to start off a collection here: Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez and The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.

10Out of Print Clothing’s The Catcher in the Rye Tee$28

Out of Print Tees The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. SalingerNot just another crummy t-shirt. Our favorites from the collection include The Catcher in the Rye, 1984, The Hound of the Baskervilles (priced six shillings) and, dare we say it, the Hardy Boys classic The Mark on the Door. More about Out of Print Clothing here…

Papercuts » J’adore Paris vs. I ♥ NY? To Each City its Own…

November 3, 2010

It’s the City of Lights against The Big Apple – and this battle is a sight to behold! We’re talking, of course, about Paris Versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities, the charming blog started recently by Paris-based art director and graphic designer Vahram Muratya. He calls it “a friendly visual match” between the two cities, comparing their details, clichés and contradictions. The simple side-by-side graphics demonstrate the cities’ differences — from the look of la façade to the shape of le pain. It’s a quirky, delightful tribute to two beloved cities – and quite frankly, Lo’s List can’t get enough!

Since the kickass crew at Cool Hunting first mentioned it, Paris Versus New York has been winning internet fans the world over. The infant site has been inundated with love notes and suggested comparisons — and there’s also been more than a few requests to make Muratya’s work available for purchase. Yesterday he noted on the site that Paris Versus New York will be “printed soon, in some way or another.” Whether that means posters or booklets, we’re not sure. Just get them to Gotham so we can show some hometown love! Bisous!

Welcome Home » Pining for Powder-Coated Steel

October 28, 2010

top: Peter Johansen Minis Side Table and TPV Chair
bottom: Peter Johansen LD Table and D9 Stools

For ages now we’ve been singing the praises of powder-coated steel to anyone who would listen, and we love what Copenhagen-based designer Peter Johansen has been doing with this lightweight and flexible material. He perfectly commands its functional whimsy. His colorful, distinctly modular Metro stool, for example, has a shape that recalls the branchings and intersections of a subway map, combining visual intricacy with a pleasing simplicity of form. We’re also seriously coveting the stackable Roses stool and the Chicago chairs (both shown below), whose spare, classical profile wouldn’t be out of place in the Tuileries — in green, of course.

These are the perfect October chairs: chairs that put in their best days of service standing brightly outside on a garden terrace under scooting grey clouds — or hung with droplets after a shower and hastily dried off so you can catch that last half hour of a nippy autumn sunset.

top: Peter Johansen Tee Tables and Chicago Chairs
bottom: Peter Johansen Gibi 01 Chair and Roses Stools

Fashion Scout » Castelbajac’s Medieval Models

September 30, 2010

Eccentric Parisian designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac has traded Muppets and tropical adventures for a darker fairy-tale this Fall. His collection had the look of medieval times, replete with Robin Hood garb, woodland creatures, and dresses inspired by stained glass and knights.

Not one for subtlety, Castelbajac used these themes quite literally, opening the show with structured shoulders and touches of chain mail before presenting capes, high necks, leather buckles and hoods. And then Bambi came prancing down the runway! The iconic Disney deer – who is forced to find his way in the wild after his mother is killed – gave Castelbajac a signature cartoon and played up the ominous forest motif at the same time. Bambi could be found on slinky shirts, suit jackets, dresses, shoes, and – oh yes – there were antlers galore.

As the collection finished with gleaming armored mini-dresses and stained glass embellishments, Castelbajac had Lo’s List feeling much like Maid Marian.

Welcome Home » Hitting a Wall? Just Wallpaper it!

September 22, 2010

top: Minakani Copenhague Wallpaper
middle: Minakani Peacocks and Animals Wallpapers
bottom: Minakani Cloudy Carpathes Wallpapers

I don’t know whether it’s the post-summer doldrums or just that it’s — ugh — Wednesday but I am feeling in a funk! My solution for such ruts is pretty reliable though: a good scrub of the house (mmm… Mrs. Meyers basil) and some heavy redecorating! What better way to give your digs a massive makeover than kicking your wallpaper up a notch with a made-to-order Minakani print? The Parisian creative duo has quite the knack for creating surface designs that are at once minimalist and equally pack a punch. Even the kid-centric patterns have a refined edge to them, giving you all the more reason to hang out in Junior’s room reading Asterix comics!

Bookworm » It’s Never Too Late…

September 20, 2010

Zoologique and Presque Tout by Joëlle Jolivet

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood, as our dad likes to say—and indeed, having discovered Joëlle Jolivet’s lusciously illustrated children’s books, we’re about ready for a second helping. We’ve been aware of Jolivet’s work for some time now: while browsing our favorite librairies we’ve admired her covers for Flammarion, Seuil and 10-18 — but her boldly colored (or strategically black & white) linocut style comes into its own in the large-format illustrations of her own books.

In Presque Tout (Almost Everything) and Zoologique (Zoological), inspired by the pages of old dictionaries, she assembles a visual encyclopedia of the world: of houses, big and small creatures, fruits and vegetables, musical instruments, striped or spotted animals. The illustrations convey a sense of bustling simultaneity, and we can just imagine Junior’s little brain popping open with the possibilities of each revelatory page.

top: Coloriages by Joëlle Jolivet
bottom: Oups! Written by Jean-Luc Fromental & Illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet and Vues D'Ici by Joëlle Jolivet & Fani Marceau

The same impression of expansive potential appears throughout Jolivet’s coloring book Coloriages, where, from cover to cover, the intricate designs of her linocuts and the thousands of empty cells of feathers, leaves and leopards’ spots all call out for your old set of Faber-Castells. We say ‘your old set’ because it’s unlikely you can surrender the pleasure of completing this tree of birds or royal pair to even your beloved offspring.

Easier to share with others, perhaps, are the chaotic scenes of Oups! or the single, panoramic landscape of Vues d’ici. A favorite of ours is the less exuberant but energetic compositions of Vues d’Ivry.

PS! You can find Jolivet’s works translated to English on

Vues D'Ivry by Joëlle Jolivet

Welcome Home » It’s Not That You Need It: Kiosk Store

September 14, 2010

top: On/Off Switch from Mexico City, Mexico and Plastic Pocket Flask from Lohja, Finland
bottom: Cotton Kite String from Kowloon, Hong Kong and Zinc Plated Wire Basket from Texas, USA

We’ll be the first to admit it. Blogging at Lo’s List, it’s sometimes easy to get carried away in the pursuit of the top ten next best things. It’s easy to get caught on the twin, sophisticated prongs of design & marketing. Luckily, just when we need it, a site like Kiosk Store will pop up on our radar and rebuke the faster-better-brighter habits of our industry.

The Kiosk Store is probably best described as a curation of objects from around the world that you might, unexpectedly, like. Although most of the objects have some enduring history of localized production, no single style, source or category dominates here. Among the featured items you’ll find toy submarines from the States, wire dish covers from Provence, kite string out of Hong Kong and Finnish candles. While some of them might be recognizably iconic, these are not the objects you never knew you ought to want, or things you have that someone’s re-perfected. Kiosk’s presentation of plastic flasks and on-off switches is an extended paean to the persistence of the well-enough and simply made thing.

It’s also a disarmingly straightforward reflection on the links between the stuff we buy and use and the places we go. Its arrangement of products and geography feels sweetly nostalgic but honest, and its embrace of a more homely, ‘anonymous’ design-aesthetic invites us to write our own history onto the every-day things we use. Sound like a stretch? Ok — then just admire this shrimper or this wax book!

top: Beechwood Cheese Slicer from Norway and Plastic Diving Submarine from Washington, USA
bottom: 10" Wire Plate Cover from France and Beeswax Candles from Lintula Convent, Finland

Fashion Scout » Unforgettable Fall Favorite!

September 1, 2010

top: Forget Me Not Chione VI and Morphe III Scarves
bottom: Forget Me Not Morphe I and Morphe II Scarves

Well, it’s September 1st, which means the kids are back-to-school and the weather should start changing soon (hurrah!). Although I really do love all seasons, there’s nothing quite like autumn in New York. You’ve got crisp cold air blowing in off the Hudson, leaves whirling down the midtown canyons and sharp and slanting afternoon light — the perfect backdrop for that bold new scarf you’re wearing! Oh, you don’t have a new scarf? Well, grab one of these unforgettable silk numbers from Forget Me Not and head off for a blustery stroll in the park.

Forget Me Not’s scarf collection has all the beautiful linear detailing and depth of an Hermès number with a slightly younger, indie sensibility. At a whoppingly oversized 42″ x 42″, this is a great accessory to transition from crisp to cold weather (and to wrap around your neck at night when suffering from a scratchy throat — my little french granny’s trick). Coco, the designer behind Forget Me Not, has been illustrating for fashion rags like Vogue, Elle, Nylon, Bon, and Muse, using her elegant combination of pen and ink and watercolor techniques. Her playful subject matter ranges from fairytale-forest creatures to geometric space scenes. You can still snag some of her brightly colored Spring/Summer 2010 pieces here but we suggest picking up one of our four favorites from her latest Fall/Winter 2011 collection seen above and below!

top: Forget Me Not Chione VI and Morphe III Scarves
bottom: Forget Me Not Morphe I and Morphe II Scarves

Do-Goodism » Europ’Africa Deco

August 19, 2010

Europ'Africa Deco’s Multicolor, Yellow, Pink, and White Spotted baskets

While perusing the child-centric wares of one of my favorite Tel Aviv shops, Carousella, I came across these oversized baskets by Franco-Senegalese company Europ’Africa Deco. Always a fan of elegant storage solutions, these colorful, handmade containers are a stellar way to tuck extra linens or baby’s toys neatly out of site. Each basket is handmade by one of the 2000 Senegalese women employed by the company (thus supporting about 2000 Senegalese families) and a portion of all profits go towards NGA’s including Prométhée Humanitaire, an organization dedicated to creating shelters for 3rd world street children. The baskets run from about 40€ (for the small size) to 100€ (for large).

World Cup Fever » Flip Flops for Fanatics

June 30, 2010

Ahhh.. the good life! Not only is it World Cup time, summer is also in full-swing (at least, in our neck of the woods), making these Havaianas just the perfect thing to complete that head-to-toe hooligan look you’ve been going for. The Brazilian beach shoe legend launched their first World Cup flip-flop for the ’98 series which, with the little Brazilian flag on the strap, bolstered their already comfortable status in the beachwear world to one of epic, global proportion. Now, 12 years later, they’ve added 17 new World Cup styles to their arsenal, including footwear for die-hard US, South African, Argentinian, Australian, English, Paraguayan, German, French, Japanese, Italian, Mexican, Dutch, Spanish, Nigerian, Portuguese, Cameroonian, and yes, Brazilian fans! Choose from womens or mens styles…

World Cup Fever » Jump Around in Happy Socks!

June 28, 2010

Happy Socks’ World Cup Series designed by Wong Wong: England (left) and France (right)

The World Cup bonanza continues here at Lo’s List with one of our favorite brands, Happy Socks! Tickle your toes with national pride by donning a pair of these socks designed by Wong Wong especially for this year’s tournament. Choose from the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, South Africa, or the United States. With socks like these you’re going to be tempted to sport the 80’s jeans pinch-roll just to let this footwear get the attention it deserves!

Happy Socks’ World Cup Series designed by Wong Wong: The Netherlands (top left), Argentina (top right), Germany (bottom left), and Brazil (bottom right)

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