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Topsy Design

From an originality perspective, if you can't go bespoke, perhaps the next best thing is a well preserved vintage number. (Though we have an incredibly low tolerance from trolling through racks of motley cast-offs). The solution comes from two transplanted New Yorkers with their Los Angeles based online collection of gorgeous finds at Topsy

Sacred Sands from TOPSY on Vimeo.

It comes as no surprise that couple and co-curators, Jared Frank and Samantha Jacober come from a background in film, behind and in front of the camera respectively.  Their collection looks like the greatest hits of a stylists-closet-meets-the-set-decorator's-trailer.

The Topsy Design collection is displayed in an elegant and stripped down blog format, so grab their RSS feed and plug it into your favorite reader to stay up-to-date on their most recent finds.

Over at the Dandy and Wit HQ we've been eyeing this Walrus Hide Bag.


walrus hide bag
13" height, 19.5" length, 7" width

Island Cruisers

As the wheels of change push ever farther with lighter, stronger and more hi-tech, we also find ourselves yearning for some of yester-year's better creations. Enter Landmark Vintage, a welcome addition to the many new bicycle shops popping up throughout New York City ready to equip commuters in the current climate of rising gas prices. 


sportscar2.jpgSome day soon, you'll see dazzling new sports cars totally unlike today's concepts streaming down the colored highways! A flash of line and color. A deep throated roar of nuclear power. A boldness fleetness of style and utility both inside and out. That's the car for your tomorrow!

Powered by nuclear energy, this unique vehicle has no moving parts in its engine! Instead, a self-contained atomic reactor transmits motive power to the rear driving wheel. And there's no need for servicing -- for the entire atomic fuel unit in the rear is simply rented from the manufacturer, and exchanged periodically for a fresh unit!.

We came across this incredibly practical nugget in GENTRY, a cool men's culture magazine from 1953. This helpful how-to, is for the world travellers and weekend warriors alike. We hope to find or make more like this and start a great reference series inspired by and pulled from, the classics.


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