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PHAIDON

Art and Queer Culture

$75

Edited by Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer, the lush PHAIDON tome “Art and Queer Culture” is a comprehensive exploration of 125 years worth of everything from fine painting to scrapbooks and activist posters. With queer culture its central focus, the art within spans themes pertaining to gender, identity, eroticism, pornography and so much more. Including 290 images, several essays, and numerous documents, this book is a fascinating look at a very significant and ever-evolving culture.

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DivvyUp

Customized Socks

$24

For those who really miss their pets when on vacation (or even just at work for the day), DivvyUp offers a way to bring your dog, cat or bird with you everywhere you go by incorporating their pretty little faces onto a pair of custom socks. Their very cute, very kitsch personalized socks have an added feel-good factor too—with every pair purchased, a set is given to those in need.

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Acqua di Parma

Colonia Pura Deodorant Stick

$33

Intended for men, but certainly wearable by all genders, Acqua di Parma’s “Colonia Pura” deodorant stick is subtle but offers notes of patchouli, white musk, jasmine and orange—uniting for an ultimately fresh scent. Ideal for sensitive (or just-shaved or waxed) skin, it’s alcohol-free and applies smoothly. Price is in Euros.

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Parley for the Oceans + Soma

Limited Edition Bottle + Ocean Plastic Sleeve

$30

Soma, Parley and Starbucks have teamed up for an environmentally friendly and ultimately pragmatic product: a reusable BPA-free glass vessel and an accompanying sleeve made from recycled ocean plastic. Available at various Starbucks locations, the limited edition item is shatter-resistant and holds up to 17 liquid ounces. With a bamboo cap (made from renewable resources) and the special pale blue Soma/Parley sleeve, it’s clean, minimal and useful.

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Hohner

Melody Glockenspiel

$45

German manufacturer Hohner has over 160 years of experience in producing instruments like this bright, durable glockenspiel. Made from renewable mango wood, the musical toy tracks along the C-major scale. The sound produced is crisp and clear, so little maestros can begin to equate keys with notes.

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Little, Brown and Company

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

$20

Author of the excellent essay collection “The Empathy Exams,” Leslie Jamison has written a book that’s part memoir, part literary criticism and part cultural history study in “The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath” (out next week, but available for pre-order now). The story proves that our understanding of addiction is narrow, and that the road to recovery can be as tumultuous (if not more) than the dramatic throes of addiction itself.

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Polaroid

96 Cam

$190

’90s nostalgia continues, this time with Polaroid’s new (but old) 96 Cam—an original Polaroid 600 camera from 1996 but updated in two new colorways. With a close-up lens, lighten/darken slider and automatic flash (with override), it has all the features of the ’96 version.

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Dripkit

Pourover Coffee Packets

$30

Every pack of Dripkit pour-over coffee contains 14 grams of La Basa coffee, a small-batch and single origin medium roast ground bean from Guatemala. And each pack makes one single cup of coffee in an innovative new way, as the pack itself transforms into a notched strainer that rests on top of any mug. It’s the most convenient way to enjoy pour-overs without making too much (or too little). No quality was sacrificed here and the ground, roasted beans lead to a superb brew. Also available for subscription, a 10-pack is $30.

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RxArt

Daniel Heidkamp Tote Bag

$25

Over 17 years, RxArt has been working on projects to benefit sick kids—helping them heal through art. One way to support the organization is by purchasing their new Daniel Heidkamp-designed tote, made in collaboration with Lexus. All proceeds go to RxArt and their efforts to assist kids who need it.

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Sunnylife

Beach Pillow

$14

Available in three colorways, Sunnylife’s beach pillow makes reading (or snoozing) outdoors comfier. The cover is a heavy 100% combed cotton, while the insert is inflatable and waterproof. Measuring 16 by nine inches, it has a soft velour feel and is appropriate for people aged 12 and up.

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Breville

The Barista Touch

$1,200

Entirely foolproof, Breville’s Barista Touch has an intuitive touchscreen display that means making your morning brew is super-simple. With a three-second heat up time, built-in grinder, automatic milk texturing, and a pre-programmed coffee menu, it’s an efficient and speedy machine that delivers quality coffee every time.

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Maple

Suede Pen Holder

$120

Elevate your desk game with this 100% cow leather pen holder by Canadian brand Maple. Made with two ply suede, it’s soft but sturdy—and roomy enough for more than just pens and pencils. Made in Canada, it’s a subtle desk accessory, available in two colorways. (Price is in CAD.)

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Slow Down Studio

Perry Throw Blanket

$230

Available now for pre-order, Slow Down Studio’s Perry throw blanket is designed by Melbourne-based Claire Ritchie and woven with 100% cotton. Measuring 54 by 70 inches, the colorful rainbow motif throw can be used on the couch, as an outdoor beach or picnic blanket or hung up as wall art. (Price is in AUD.)

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Carne Bollente + Opening Ceremony

Romeo Cap

$45

Opening Ceremony teamed up with Carne Bollente for a collection of NSFW apparel and accessories that, at first glance are fairly innocuous, but look closer and you’ll see couples engaged all kinds of sex acts. This cap is a little safer, with a topless “Romeo” holding a rose embroidered on the front. This six-panel 100% cotton cap also comes in a navy “Juliet” version.

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Personelle

“March for Our Lives” Coin Pendant

$30

After the Parkland shooting, NYC-based designer Sarah Magid decided to make something tangible that supports March for Our Lives. Inspired by ancient Roman and Greek symbolism, she created a recycled bronze coin pendant which reads “We Demand Change” on one side and “March for Our Lives” on the other. With 25% of profits going to MOL, this coin is the first product in Magid’s new line called Personelle, which will donate to various organizations with each product.

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Greats

Storm System Royale High Cadet Sneaker

$260

One of Italy’s oldest and most prestigious mills, Loro Piana’s not one to bask in their history. Rather, they continue innovate with technologies like the Storm System wool that’s now made its way to high-top sneakers. Water-repellant but breathable, these dynamic sneakers by Greats—which use Loro Piana’s new fabric—can handle tough conditions and still remain soft to the touch.

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Corkcicle

Invisiball Ice Kit

$40

Elevate your entertaining game with perfectly spherical ice balls, free of bubbles and impurities, made in your own kitchen. The clever Invisiball Ice Kit is super-easy to use: simply connect the two silicone halves of the mold, fill the tumbler with tap water, put the kit into the freezer and wait about 24 hours. All the impurities filter to the bottom, bubbles escape at the top, and the result is a crystal clear ice ball for your drinks.

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