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There is a fun, bright, crazy Brazilian shoe company called Melissa, and they often work with well-known designers and artists to make shoes and accessories out of their trademark plastic. I promise you are going to see the shoes in a big way come spring, but what I am getting for the shop is a very, very limited-edition digital watch. It's superwide and chunky and it is embossed with this wavy texture and it's so retro, it's cool. It also happens to be designed by Karim Rashid, and it's one of the nicest things I have seen from him. Anyway, here are a few photos of the watch in black, we'll have only a few pieces in each color, and so far we are the only ones who will be carrying it in North America, so if you are a watch collector or a Rashid collector or you just like spacey, chunky watches, this one is for you. Drop by the shop to see the sample if you like.

New at the shop: cute as pie art print/key hooks from Fluffy Co. in San Francisco. They have silkscreened and painted panels of wood and then attached cup hooks so you can hang up your keys, your dog leash, whatever. Simple and clever!

Also new - a few publications from Napa Books of Helsinki. A little illustration/comics, a little photography, really good stuff.

We are restocked on a bit of the Japanese wood product, and a few of the Coffee for One sets. They are turning out to be the hot gift this year! They are actually neck and neck with the Year of White Pages in terms of hotness.

Finally - we might have a great new product soon for you, it will satisfy many needs at once as it is both decorative and functional and for your wall, which seems to be quite the combo this year. More soon I hope.

Finally finally - design*sponge let the cat out of the bag about the "business lady nights" we've been holding informally this year. I can't have y'all over to my house as we just don't have enough seats, but any interested parties should read that post and contact Grace about joining...and I'll see you next time!

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