Of a Kind

SHUT UP with this Manimal bag. Can we cast a Moonrise Kingdom 2 with smaller, even more precocious children?! —erica

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Of a Kind

All you non-leather-wearers out there: Manimal is now makin’ vegan versions of her ridiculously comfy moccasins. So you and your toes can both feel good. —erica

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Mother Lode: The Manimal Designer Unearths the Snuggliest Mini Knits

Theo, the teensy son of Manimal mastermind Kristen Lombardi, is set in the shoe department: His mom makes shrunken-down versions of her grown-up moccasins perfectly suited for boys his size. But to get that kid clothed, Kristen has to do some recon. This is her fave source that she’s happy to share with other Mother’s Day honorees.

I am madly and deeply in love the new knitwear line Misha and Puff. Truth be told, Anna, the designer, is one of my good friends—we went to college together and shared an apartment in Boston years ago. Theo is lucky enough to have a few little things from the line, and everything about this knitwear is spot on. The looks are sweet, of course, but they also wear so well…no pilling, no seams to pull open. They are heirloom pieces—I’ll save the outgrown styles for my grandchildren.” —kristen

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Occupy a Yurt

Oh, what’s this? Just Claire workin’ out of our yurt at the Warby Parker Spectacle Bazaar. We commissioned glasses cases from The Hill-Side, Dusen Dusen, Manimal, and Fort Makers for the occasion and asked Annie Larson of ALL Knitwear to make a fresh run of limited-edition knit hats—all only available from our temporary set-up at 45 Grand Street in NYC that the peeps behind the schmazing glasses company let us take over. COME SEE US. We’re here all week. —erica

Warby Parker Spectacle Bazaar, 12-8p through January 8, 45 Grand St. between Thompson and West Broadway

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Alumni News: Meet Manimal Designer Kristen’s Baby, Theo

Kristen Lombardi, the woman behind our super-cute Pouch Belt, is a mommy! Here, Theo at five-months-old—he’s now a much more mature seven months—shows us his already-stellar pattern-mixing skills, wearing the heck out of those signature Manimal moccasins. And that’s just the beginning: Dude will be making his official modeling debut in his mom’s fall lookbook, because the kid’s just that pro. —jiayi 

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Oh, You Need a V-Day Gift, Do You?

We think our editions would make splendid Valentine’s Day gifts for all sorts of people. In fact, just to give you as sense of their versatility, we did a little shopping for a few of our favorite personalities, including a future princess and a part-Veela witch. nathalie gorman

 

Fade Out Necklace by Cursive Design

To: Jane Eyre

Love: Mr. Rochester

We think Mr. R. would be well advised to purchase this necklace for his ladylove. The subtle elegance of the dyed lace combined with the delicate nature of the chain would suit Jane to a T.

Universal Striped Leather Vest by Veda

To: Miss Catherine Middleton

Love: Prince William

After you give a woman an engagement ring the whole world is jealous of, coming up with a suitable V-Day gift is a challenge. This striped leather is so distinctive that it would attract almost as much attention as her rock—and would look adorable paired with her fave jeans-and-boots combo. Bonus points: Since there are only five in the whole wide world, it’s nearly as exclusive.

Crystal Ship Necklace by Lizzie Fortunato Jewels

To: Fleur Delacour

Love: Bill Weasley

Fleur Delacour may have been the snootiest of the Triwizard Champions, but we love her and her style—and so does her wizard husband Bill Weasley. This necklace would look amazing with her phoenix-embellished wedding gown if she ever decided to bust it out again, and, furthermore, it’s obvious even to us Muggles that this piece is magic.

Pouch Belt by Manimal

To: Natalie Portman

Love: Benjamin Millepied

Not only is this belt super cute, but it’s also adjustable—making it the ideal present for the most adorable pregnant woman in the world. Yes, it’s leather, and she’s a vegan—but so is the woman who made it.

 

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Of a Kind

We’re sending you some goodies in the (e)mail tomorrow. But if you’re not signed up for our newsletter they’ll never make it to you. That would be sad. —claire

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I am a sucker for anything Native American-inspired, and when you throw some utilitarian accents into the mix, I’m pretty much sold. So you can imagine my joy when I discovered this teensy Wendy Nichol cross-body bag that can also be worn around your waist. Also: Doesn’t it look like the dark, brooding cousin of the pouch belt Manimal designed for us? —rachel

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Riddle me this: How many boring belts do you own? Well, this would not be one of them. Kristen Lombardi of Manimal designed this sucker just for Of a Kind. The leather and suede are so soft that we want to craft a pillow out of them, and the pops of color offset the neutral camels and taupes so nicely, we think. —erica

BUY / 10 of a kind

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A Case for…Reasonably Sized Shoulder Bags

Recent epiphany: It is not necessary—or at least not necessary every single day of the week—to carry three magazines, a pair of flats, a scarf, eight lip products, and the receipts for everything you’ve purchased since June on your person. In light of this revelation, I’ve become obsessed with purses the size of paperbacks, and these eight are ones I admire not only for their pared-down chicness but also for the positive effects they promise to have on my posture. —erica

1) Khirma Eliazov camera bag: If only the point-and-shoot inside was so sleek.
2) Wendy Nichol leopard satchel bag: Yes, yes, leopard is very of-the-moment, but this shape is timeless. As in, you’ll actually carry this sucker next year.
3) Sang A grid bag: Embroidered leather gives it a texture somewhere between a pot-holder and a pie crust. Please note that those are both very positive associations.
4) Manimal purse: The fresh, slightly girly spin on fringe overcomes any hippy-dippy vibe.

The term handbag originated in the early 20th century, referring to smallish luggage carried by men.

1) Tila March Bonnie bucket: The buckle makes you want to flip this bag on its side—to inspect it at every angle.
2) Clare Vivier Le mini sac: This is the kind of purse you long to find at a vintage store but never do.
3) Collina Strada Victorian: Floral-printed canvas? Um, genius.
4) Meredith Wendell boxy python: If I had the power to, I would name this wonder “shades of greige.”

Shoulder bags first became popular during World War II (with more women going to work) and didn’t have a comeback until the seventies—thanks to Jackie O and her namesake Gucci hobo.

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