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December 28, 2010

DKNY Shaped Down Jacket
Alexander Wang Rocco DuffleBarney's SocksMaison Scotch Toggle Poncho
Mariage Fréres Lapsang Souchong TeaRestoration Hardware Cashmere HandwarmersLili's Truffles
Tretorn Snow JoggerShel Silverstein's Falling UpKanoodles
top: DKNY Shaped Down Jacket
first row: Alexander Wang Rocco Duffle, Barney's Socks, and Maison Scotch Toggle Poncho
Second row: Mariage Fréres Lapsang Souchong Tea, Restoration Hardware Hand-warmers, Lili's Truffles
Third row: Tretorn Snow Jogger, Shel Silverstein's Falling Up, and Kanoodles

Oh Santa! I almost forgive you for that flu you plagued YZ and I with this Xmas, what with all the juicy gifts you lugged down our chimney along with it. All in all, the 25th was a veritable indulge-fest, with everything on my list neatly wrapped in recycled paper under the tree. Top that with a visit from our niece Lir – who also benefited from being more nice than naughty this year – and her parents, a magnificent brunch orchestrated by YZ, and an all-out blizzard (albeit a day late) – 2010 was a keeper in the Book of Holidays.

1DKNY Shaped Down Jacket$2295

DKNY Shaped Down JacketNot that I didn’t love my very loud Burton pixel jacket, it was high time for a new winter coat. And, seeing that there’s a bun in the oven (just going to slip that one under the radar), I needed something with a wee bit of room to grow. DKNY’s classy collection of outerwear was just the place…

2Alexander Wang Rocco Duffle$875

Alexander Wang Rocco DuffleI don’t want to tell you how much time I’ve wasted drooling over the Alexander Wang Rocco bag. And now it’s mine. Santa searched high and wide for the exact model I wanted and found it at a Barney’s in Chicago. It did come with a Claus(e) teehee: no more bags ’till next Christmas. That’ll be tough.

3Lots ‘o’ Socksvar.

Barney's SocksAnyone who knows me is aware of my weakness for loud socks and this year I got a massive dose of the accessory. Thanks to Itamar & Nessa for the stunning Vivienne Westwood over-the-knee pair and to Santa for the Barney’s and Happy Socks numbers.

4Maison Scotch Toggle Poncho$93

Maison Scotch Toggle PonchoI’m a sucker for big, knitted sweaters and usually find some greats in the men’s department of some of my favorite chains. But, for a change, this Fair Isle Toggle Poncho from Amsterdam’s Maison Scotch has all the snuggle factor with a bit more femininity.

5Mariage Fréres Lapsang Souchong Tea$9.50

Mariage Fréres Lapsang Souchong TeaIf you’re a tea lover like YZ and I, then you know that any old Twinings just won’t do. And, when you’re plowing through the holidays abstaining from all the tasty Champagne, wine, Hot Toddies, and Egg Nog, it’s good to know you have the very king of tea purveyors – Mariage Fréres – to keep you warm.

6Restoration Hardware Cashmere Handwarmers$10

Restoration Hardware Cashmere HandwarmersJust in time for the big blizzard, these snuggly cashmere-covered hand-warmers from Restoration Hardware are the perfect remedy to walking in a winter wonderland. They’re still available in four of the original colors and at half price – just $10 a pop! You can also purchase replacement gel packs.

7Lili's Truffles

Lili's TrufflesI think we can all agree that Christmas and homemade goodies go hand in hand. We can always count on or favorite neighbors Lili & Thomas for a sampling of Lili’s scrumptious truffles. Check out one of our favorite foodie blogs, Smitten Kitchen, for a hazelnut/chocolate version.

8Tretorn Snow Jogger$75

Tretorn Snow JoggerI’m a total Tretorn junkie – been wearing the same style sneaker for years now – they’re just too comfy. So, it came as no surprise that these Tretorn Snow Joggers are the most foot-friendly pair of winter boots I’ve ever donned. Go on weather. Show me what you’ve got.

9Shel Silverstein Booksvar.

Shel Silverstein's Falling UpIn anticipation of our Summer bundle of joy, I’ve taken a head start on building the little one’s personal library. Alongside several Coralie Bickford-Smith designed editions, Pipsqueek will of course need all the Shel Silverstein classics. So, under the tree we found Runny Babbit and Falling Up.


KanoodlesKanoodle is the most addictive game since I first set my paws on Tetris. Colorful, compact, and with two puzzles to solve – one 2D and one 3D, this will provide you with hours of fun. Perfect for all those airport delays and that long trip back home.

Big Screen » Spread the Word, Brooklyn is the New Mission Control.

December 16, 2010

Aside from being visually breathtaking (and goosebump-inducing), this film pretty much showcases some of the best things in life: science, nature, education, experimentation, and… good times with the fam! The film documents the build, release, and recovery of a video- and iPhone-rigged weather balloon that, in the span of a wee 70 minutes, managed to climb nearly 100,000 feet (hitting the upper stratosphere) before bursting and frantically dancing its way back to earth — landing in a tree a mere 30 miles from the launch site!

The project was spearheaded by cinematographer Luke Geissbühler of Helvetica, Objectified, and Urbanized renown. Of course, he had the giddy help of his 5-year-old son Max and some other intrepid astronomers from the Brooklyn Space Program… If you’re as in love with the project as we are, sponsor it by buying one of the hilarious tees illustrated with the stingray-esque body of the invention. To eternity and beyond!

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…

T-Shirt Tuesdays » Out of Print? Not Anymore!

November 23, 2010

top: The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
bottom: Animal Farm by George Orwell and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

We’ve been big fans of the Out of Print tee series ever since we first stumbled upon the site. Then, about a month ago we saw this book design gem over on Mikey Burton’s Flickr stream. Thus, when we saw that Out of Print and Mikey hooked up to make the tees above, well, it was like a fairy godmother had read our diary! But, the perks just keep coming with the gang at OoP. Not only can you snag some seriously highbrow tees from their collection — something any bookworm would LOVE for x-mas BTW — they’re serious literary do-gooders too! For each tee you buy, the company donates one book to a community in need through their partner, Books For Africa. Go on! Tackle your whole holiday list with one well-versed swoop.

“Each shirt is treated to feel soft and worn like a well-read book.” — OoP

top: The Hound of the Baskervilles by A. Conan Doyle and 1984 by George Orwell
bottom: Final Blackout by L. Ron Hubbard and Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Big Screen » Big Crush on Marcel

November 22, 2010

“One time I looked at a diamond and it gave me a sunburn.” — Marcel

Eeek! Big fat thanks to Nami for putting a little shell named Marcel on the Lo’s List’s radar! This stop-motion animation (by Dean Fleischer-Camp and SNLer Jenny Slate) is a cornucopia of quotidian wisdoms and life questions. He’s not just a funny little Gastropod, though. Marcel has a flair for fashion: donning neon pink sneaks and, at times, a lentil hat. He also loves long walks through the apartment with his lint-dog Alan and hang-gliding. Just don’t call him Marshell. He really hates that.

Fashion Scout » Metallic Oxfords? Check.

November 19, 2010

Heutchy for Richard Chai Metallic Oxfords

Lo’s List got a sneak peak at Heutchy’s Spring 2011 line on Monday, and the brand’s fetching footwear for men has been dancing through our minds ever since. Classic at their core yet modern in detailing, Heutchy shoes expertly meld timeless silhouettes with a touch of contemporary brio. Perhaps most noteworthy among the Spring styles, though, are the designer collaborations. CFDA’s 2010 Menswear Designer Winner Richard Chai partnered with Heutchy to create a footwear capsule collection. Introducing three new looks — military boots, lace up oxfords and a twist on the Teva sandal (hmmm) — Chai pushes Heutchy beyond its comfort zone without forsaking the brand’s made-to-wear ethos. Our surefire favorites are the metallic oxfords (for us ladies) shown above. Oh, if only we could get our paws on them before the holidays! Artist Danny Roberts also joins the party by designing an abstract print for Heutchy’s canvas high top Casey sneaker and imbuing a little streetwear vibe into this diverse and artful collection!

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!

Duck Duck Goose » The Plush Menagerie

September 15, 2010

top: Ross Menuez Lynx and Panda Mini Cushions at Areaware
bottom: Ross Menuez Duck and Fawn Pico at Areaware

We heart Areaware, the artist collective based in New York. And on their roster of crazy cool product designers is Ross Menuez, who’s been popping up on our radar time and again. Menuez loves any vehicle that can carry a graphic and he’s decorated clothing, bags, accessories, plush toys and pillows. First we got wrapped up in Salvor, his brand of silkscreened scarves and separates with digital graphics and swirls of bright color. Lately, though, we’ve been doing cartwheels for his line of petite animal playthings. Each “Pico” pillow is shaped and screen printed with an adorable animal that begs to be squeezed. The organic cotton collection includes a zoo of animals — from bunnies, poodles and squirrels to falcons and lynxes — all priced under $30. Purrrfect — or grrrrreat — for home décor.

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

Big Screen » Just a Few Words…

September 3, 2010

We mentioned Lo’s List’s soft spot for podcasting gem Radiolab in our Complete Carry-On post from last year but the love just keeps growing for Jad and Robert. For those of you who aren’t up-to-snuff with the program’s format, the premise is as follows: each episode dissects — whether scientifically or philosophically — a topic, from Parasites to Parabolas, Mortality to Morality. If you’re familiar with their colleague Ira Glass and his wee program called This American Life, you could say Radiolab is the geeky, science-y little brother of the WBEZ star.

“Radiolab believes your ears are a portal to another world. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. Big questions are investigated, tinkered with, and encouraged to grow. Bring your curiosity, and we’ll feed it with possibility.”

One of our favorite episodes was a recent, heart-thumpingly moving piece called Words. The first story, centering around the experiences of Susan Schaller and a 27-year-old deaf man, shows the full, philanthropic capacity that humans can have. The whole episode just makes you want to run out into the world and so something really effing good… Just because they’re cool like that, the Radiolab team joined forces with off-the-charts-talented production company Everynone to create an accompanying Words video (seen above). Scored by Keith Kenniff of Unseen Music, this clip (the third that the Everynone threesome has produced for the radio show) will surely pull at your heartstrings as it seamlessly captures all the humor, weakness, care and wonder in the world spinning around us.

Fashion Scout » Mara Hoffman’s Kaleidoscopic Spring/Summer 2010 Collection

August 26, 2010

We’re lamenting August’s dwindling days because it means no more crazy beautiful Mara Hoffman silk dresses! Her spring/summer collection seriously wowed, with wild florals, tight geometric patterns, a kaleidoscope of colors and inventive silhouettes. Add to that some rad netted and braided detailing on an open back and we’re fainting from hotness. Not temperatures, obvi. Lo’s List is taking comfort in the fact that Hoffman’s phantasmagorical leggings can take us through fall. Plus, we hear she has some major prints up her (sartorial) sleeve for next season… Find pieces from the designer’s spring/summer 2010 collection at ShopBop and Revolve Clothing!

T-Shirt Tuesdays » Top Ten Transitioning Tanks!

August 24, 2010

top: T by Alexander Wang Paneled Stripe Tank
middle: Kiki de Montparnasse Garter Tank and Alexander McQueen Chained Skull Racer Tank
bottom: Adam Embellished Silk Crepe Tank and My Theresa Foil Accent Cotton Tank

End of August or not – these past few days in Tel Aviv have felt like the doggiest days of summer yet. I know autumn is around the corner but 45ºC? Really? What to do when nothing you own is cool enough but you don’t want to blow all your hard earned cash on what should be your fall/winter wardrobe? Um… multitask of course!

Example: the biggest gripe I have about cold weather season in NYC is the overzealous indoor heating to counterbalance the chilly outdoors. The only thing to do, therefore, is to follow the layering philosophy, right down to a slinky tank under the long sleeved tee, sweater, coat, scarf, mittens, et al. Tanks, the very inside layer of this winter fashion onion, are currently ON SALE. Yes, it’s a veritable win-win shopaholic’s two-fer-fest and here are our top ten transitional tank picks! As usual, we’ve got the Lo’s List color of choice: grey, paired with some bling, shimmer, and super sexy, club-worthy styling.

top: Salvor Projects Cashmere Jersey Geode Blouse
middle: Loomstate Bodega Tank and Stella McCartney Horse in Daisies Tank
bottom: Nike 6.0 Luxe Pocket Tank and Vanessa Bruno Double Layered Tank Set

Big Screen » Mary and Max.

July 14, 2010

Although I wouldn’t call Mary and Max. (the latest claymation flick by Adam Elliot of Harvie Krumpet renown) a feel-good flick, it certainly pulls at your heartstrings while simultaneously causing some ROTF laughing. Not only is everything about the feature aesthetically spot-on, the script is ingeniously written with little dialogue gems like the following:

“Unfortunately in America, babies are not found in cola cans. I asked my mother when I was four and she said they came from eggs laid by rabbis. If you aren’t Jewish, they’re laid by Catholic nuns. If you are an atheist, they’re laid by dirty, lonely prostitutes. So this is where babies come from in America.”

The characters are flawed, pitiful, and desperately in need of each other. Mary, with her birthmark the color of poo, has horrid parents, schoolmates that pee on her lunch, and a crush on the dapper neighbor boy. Max has an eating problem, terrible anxiety, and busies himself by making up new words like “comfuzzled, which is being confused and puzzled at the same time, snirt, which is a cross between snow and dirt and smushables, which are squashed groceries that you find at the bottom of the bag.” In their exchange of letters, chocolate, and other tchotskies, they try to find solace.

Shot over the course of a year with an average of 24 seconds of animation produced each day, the film is based on the real-life, 20-year penfriend of the director:

“He is such an interesting person and the creation of this film will be a testimony to him and the archetypical underdog that so many audiences around the world engage with. He, like Max, has Asperger’s and I have spent a long time researching this syndrome. My aim is to not just enlighten the world to ASPIES, but to demystify the many misconceptions others have about these people (even the so-called experts).” — Adam Elliot

A must see.

World Cup Fever » Arkitip + Chinatown Soccer Club

July 7, 2010

Foosball illustration by Dan Funderburgh

Starting to worry about how you’ll fill your days once the Cup is over? With just two games left to enjoy, you might be wondering: “how will I live without my daily dose of soccer?!”. Well, to help you transition back to the real world, order a copy of Arkitip’s Issue №0055 (the World Cup special edition), done in collaboration with Chinatown Soccer Club. It’s 100% football meets design — cover to cover.

The issue features graphic design, photography, and writing from CSC’s talented collective, including a series of killer soccer club crests by Justin Fines, a photo-reportage on the soccer scene in Haiti by Alessandro Zuek Simonetti, and a riotous feature about FC St. Pauli photographed by Kevin Trageser. With 160 pages of World Cup-inspired content, a free Adidas / Arkitip / Chinatown Soccer Club scarf and a slick double-sided poster, you’ll be sure to keep that one-track-football-mind happy for at least a few post-Cup days!

Each issue comes with an Adidas / Arkitip / Chinatown Soccer Club scarf and an 18″x24″ double-sided poster designed by Dan Funderburgh

Papercuts » Happy 4th!!

July 4, 2010

Vintage “Standard” fireworks poster found on Flickr

Well, as miffed as I still am that the NYC fireworks display somehow crept over to the Hudson river three years ago and hasn’t returned to the east side since, it still was a lovely night on our roof here in Bushwickburg with the expected 360º firework bonanza provided by neighbors and local pyromaniacs and the occasional glimmer of the Macy’s explosions from behind our beloved skyline. I hope you all had just as lovely of an evening, BBQ-ing, noshing, etc… We’ll be back on the World Cup train tomorrow as we prep for the next round of footie madness!

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