The king of prints.
What: The iconic shoe brand pairs up with Finnish print-crazy design house for five bold geometric designs ($75-$85) from the 1960s to electrify the classic high- and low-top silhouettes.
Why: The slip-on has two faces — purple and blue battle for attention with orange and black spots.
Where: Online at converse.com.
Nidhi Chanani Art Prints
What: The San Fran-based, Calcutta-born artist creates dreamy, Tim Burton-meets-anime designs ($25) that are both sweet (interlocking giraffes) and sad (a forlorn girl sitting alone).
Why: They’re cute but not cutesy and work on any wall from nursery to den.
Where: Online at e-nidhi.com.
The BFW Crow Watch
What: The new wrist clock ($50) has no time for subtlety. Its seven color options (including neon yellow, green, and red) combined with a large face and numbers help you stay on track as you’re springing forward.
Why: It’s a Beautiful Freakin’ Watch.
Where: Online at crowwatches.com.
Built by Wendy Coats and Jackets
What: Quit outsourcing your outerwear. Designer Wendy Mullin’s guide ($16) can help even the most basic of sewers master a few patterns (fitted and basic jacket, straight coat) to customize 23 looks.
Why: Styling tips, shortcuts, and directions that actually make sense.
Where: Online at amazon.com.
What: The leather experts extend their sale of up to 50 percent off all fall 2010 styles for DC readers thru Feb. 25.
Why: Leather is leather, but at least these gloves, tuxedo blazers, and trenches are all made from grass-fed, free-roaming Argentine cows already destined for, well, you know.
Where: Online at hareandhart.com.
|Refer to our leather guide to find out how to style a head-to-toe look that doesn’t chafe.|
Photo: Courtesy of Converse