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Lately, I’ve been really feeling the idea of a blue suit—not navy or royal, exactly, but something between. Basically exactly what Shades of Grey is doing here. —erica

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Japanstagrams: 14 Tokyo Spots That Claire’s Still Talking about, 2 Months Later

I’ve found that trying to explain my intense attraction to Tokyo (the first and longest stop on my honeymoon) is surprisingly challenging—it’s such an overwhelming city that distilling it down to something digestible feels like a crazily daunting task. So here’s my best shot at it: the 14 spots I’m still forcing everyone to listen to me talk about over and over again. —claire

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RAAGF Bunny Cafe
The cat cafes in Tokyo get a lot of love, but bunny hang-time is much harder to come by. Here you’ll pay to have tea with some rabbits for half an hour, and, if you’re a good friend, you’ll shell out some extra yen to take home a rabbit-sized kimono for your business partner’s pet Patsy.

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Higashiya Ginza  
This place embodies so many of the things I love about Japan into one little shop—beautiful ceramics, exotic pastries presented like fine art, delicious teas prepared with ceremonial flourish, and a prime example of Japan’s unique brand of hospitality.

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Sacai
The Japanese are big into presentation, and the retail stores are no exception. Brands like Commes des Garçons and Issey Miyake tend to dominate the high-end retail areas, and they feel as much like contemporary art museums as shops (a motif that’s echoed in their strict “no photos” rule). Cult indie-brand Sacai’s flagship is a smaller and more concentrated take on a similar theme—both the architecture and the clothes are striking and uniquely Japanese. 

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246 Common
In a nutshell: Tokyo’s take on Smorgasburg. It’s an outdoor beer garden and food court with shipping containers for seating areas and ping pong tables as dining surfaces, packed with super-social 20- and 30-somethings. It all feels very Tokyo-does-Brooklyn, and not just because Brooklyn Brewery is the beverage of choice. 

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LOFT Shibuya
Head straight to the basement level of this place, where I spent too many hours and too many dollars on their incredible collection of stationery and pens, which were totally unlike any I’ve seen at home. It brought me straight back to my days of sticker books. 

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7-Eleven
Yep, that 7-11. The convenience store. Not kidding when I tell you it was one of the most intriguing shops we visited. The items I deemed worthy of suitcase space: many varieties of rice balls, Mike popcorn, and green-tea-flavored Kit Kats.

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Nakameguro
This shopping and residential neighborhood feels most akin to Venice, California. Situated along a gorgeous riverbank, it’s super-hip, laid-back, and full of tiny and well-curated boutiques and vintage shops. The don’t-miss spot here is Taste and Sense—grab lunch at the cafe and browse the attached retail spots while you digest.

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Hakusan Porcelain
I left Japan with a major ceramics obsession, and this place is at the root of it. The company is over 400 years old and specializes in simple porcelain dishes. I fell hard for their patterned, mismatched rice bowls, and since Jamie and Kevin had given us a check as our wedding gift and instructed us to buy something on our honeymoon with it, these seemed like an obvious choice.

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Omotesando Koffee
A beautifully designed hole-in-the-wall shop serving meticulously made cups of coffee. Treat yourself to the mocha version.

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Maisen
This is a veritable institution that’s been serving the same delicious food for years and years. The thing to get here is tonkatsu, a lightly breaded and deep-fried pork cutlet smothered in a completely addictive curry sauce. (N.B. If you were ever going to make an exception to your meat-free, gluten-free diet, this would be the place to do it.)

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Golden Gai
A singularly unique bar-hopping experience, Golden Gai is a handful of alleyways filled with teeny-tiny drinking establishments, each with its own theme. The largest ones are big enough for about 10 people, but most fit only four to six. The proprietors and patrons are all super-friendly, and our night spent sipping sake alongside them taught us more about Tokyo culture than most other activities.

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Gyoza Ro
The best dumplings in Tokyo, served in a totally unassuming setting at wonderfully low prices. The entire menu fits on a 5-by-7 card, and you should order everything on it twice—especially the little vegetable dishes like miso cucumbers and pickled cabbage.

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Park Hyatt
Come for the views, the Lost in Translation vibes, and the bircher muesli on the breakfast menu. Leave with a pretty comprehensive sense of how the Japanese do luxury and hospitality.

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Kappabashi Shopping District
After a few days in Tokyo, you’ll be dying to know where to find the stunning ceramics and lacquerware all your meals are served on. Head to this restaurant-supply neighborhood to get it all at shockingly low prices. This is also where you’ll find Kamata, a world-famous knife shop. (Just don’t try to pack your new blades in your carry-on.)

We have a lot more travel ideas, if you’re looking to do a deep-dive.

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Search Party: We’re Looking for Super-Talented Of a Kind Interns!

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This just in: We’re on the hunt for some sharp, diligent, and driven people to fill the following 4 roles: Social Media and Marketing intern, Editorial intern, Operations intern, and Graphic Design intern. Any of those sound like your bag? Then check out all the deets below and hit us up, stat!

Interns have to…
+ knock our socks off.
+ be straight-up passionate about Of a Kind.
+ live in NYC.
+ be available at least two full days a week from September through December.
+ have experience in and enthusiasm for merchandising, PR, marketing, editorial, operations, and/or graphic design.
+ be able to BYO laptop (sorry).
+ be able to get school credit (sorry again).

And you should know that we…
+ really depend on our interns—so you get to do a lot.
+ really depend on our interns—so we expect a lot.

If you’re interested, email internships@ofakind.com with…
+ your resume (bonus points if it’s one page!).
+ links to your blog, Tumblr, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.
+ a cover letter that gives us a legit sense of your personality—if you dare “To Whom It May Concern” us…
+ your 5 favorite emerging designers—and why!

P.S. If you’re in the market for a spring semester internship, hit us up about that too!

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Can you even with this Anna Sheffield ring? So weird AND classic. —erica

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In Character: Selina Meyer

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No offense, pantsuits, but Selina Meyer wants nothing to do with you—as far as she’s concerned, you’ve got about as much appeal as Jonah Ryan. Here’s how she makes her #2 look #1. —erica

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A L’Agence shirt that gives any outbursts a feminine flair.

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A gold cuff from Winifred Grace to keep her company on the book tour.

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A slick red Jonathan Saunders dress—one of Gary’s very favorites. 

More of this! Get into it.

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Athena Bangle by Katie Diamond Jewelry for Of a Kind

BUY / 50 of a kind / $104

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Double Take: Chilled-Out Confetti

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This Moving Mountains credenza is the ideal piece for storing entertaining supplies—it looks ready for a party (but a restrained, big-kid one that’s more like “yay” than “YAY!!!!!”). And if you need some cheering up the morning after, Leif’s buttering board will perfectly complement caffeine and toast (or a bacon-egg-and-cheese, even). —alex ronan

More home ideas, right here.

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Move over, blue suede shoes. There’s a blue suede *jacket* (from Todd Snyder!) in town. —erica

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Weather Vain: Oxford, Mississippi - 87 and Clear

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Just because schoooool’s out for the summer doesn’t mean today isn’t a stellar day to hang in one of the best college towns in the U.S. of A. Here’s what to wear—and do—in Oxford. —erica

+ Charlotte Stone sandals, comfortable (and cool) enough to stand around at City Grocery's upstairs bar.

+ An Ace & Jig dress ready to laze around on the wraparound porch at 512 once the sun goes down.

+ A smiley bracelet from Bing Bang that will make you almost as happy as caramel cake from Honey Bee Bakery.

+ The sort of Collette Ishiyama earrings ready for a trip to Memphis if the mood strikes.

+ Sunglasses from Dusen Dusen that are big and bad enough for the brightest summer days.

+ A Jerome Dreyfuss bag big enough for a copy of Light in August.

"Weather Vain" insanity! Ahh!

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Watch Katie Diamond’s Cooler-than-Cool Bracelet Come Together

It’s made of malachite, which is definitely as cool as it sounds

“Making jewelry is one of the first things that felt really natural and easy for me,” says Katie Diamond. But for those of us who don’t have the skills to conjure up turquoise-and-diamond rings or lapis hoop earrings in their DNA? Katie’s here to show us the way. See how her designed-in-Jersey, handmade-in-India bangles came together. –olivia seely

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"First, I do a detailed sketch with precise measurements. I keep several sketchbooks that I doodle new designs in constantly. Every so often, I go through my sketches and decide which pieces I’ll actually make. This one is the Cree Bangle. For most of the pieces I design, I tend to also design custom stone cuts."

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“For this bangle, we chose a malachite stone. I absolutely love its color variation and the natural banded pattern. These stones are all custom-cut in Jaipur, India. I love the cone shape, which is a signature shape for me. I like to cut it as small as possible to balance its edginess. Here you can see our settings—they are cast in brass and then pre-polished.”

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"We then shape the wire into an open bangle using a mandrel."

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"Then we solder the settings to each open end of the wire bangle."

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"The stones are set, the piece is polished and plated, and it’s sent off to Of a Kind!"

See that bangle up there—that could be sittin’ pretty on your wrist!

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