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Nantucket Red Dopp Kit by Matt Singer for Of a Kind

BUY / 80 of a kind / $90

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Gifted Program: Fire Starter

What do we think you should gift this season? Something Of a Kind—I mean, OBVIOUSLY. If you’re looking to double-down on the special, we’ve conjured up some stellar present pairings—our “Gifted Program,” if you will—that we’ll be serving up over the next couple weeks. (And ok, fine, if this doesn’t satiate you, we have a slew of ideas up in our Pinterest, too.) —erica 

The pairing: Matt Singer’s so-cool leather lighter covers ($40) + Catbird’s smells-like-campfire candle ($12). You know that guy you’re kind of seeing but not in serious way? Done and done—card that reads “light my fire” or some shiz is optional.

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Tripping: Matt Singer Knows the Best Grub on Shelter Island

In honor of summer (it’s here, it’s here!), we’re asking some of the designers we heart to play travel agent. Ok, they’re not going to book your flight or anything, but they will tell you about vacations they took recently that shouldn’t be missed. Here, the always-charming Matt Singer shares his fave close-to-NYC escape.

Snaps from Matt’s getaway.

It’s difficult to get away-away these days, so most of my travel tends to be somewhat close. But I kinda have the luxury to get away in the middle of the week—which helps avoid crazy crowds on the weekends. Last summer, a group of friends and I went out to Sunset Beach in Shelter Island for a few days and had a super relaxing time…minus the one crazy champagne-sponsored boules tournament that took place at the hotel one afternoon. We snuck off to Vine Street Cafe for the day to lay low, and I can’t say enough nice things about this restaurant. I had the miso salmon, and everything we got was really good—striped bass, duck, diver scallops…” —matt

More travel tips can be had over here…

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Play Your (V-Day) Cards Right, Take 4

You know when you’ve been dating someone for that weird amount of time when you feel like you have to celebrate Valentine’s Day but have no idea how the F to commemorate the occasion without feeling straight-up lame? Well, this little pairing is your answer. —erica

The gift: The lighter covers that Matt Singer made for us make such a cute couple! JUST LIKE YOU GUYS.

The card: This little Kate’s Paperie number hits just the right note (heh): It’s quippy and says next to nothing.

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The Insider: Jason Polan

If you’re looking for Jason Polan on a Wednesday night, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find him at the Taco Bell on 14th Street, where he and his buddies (and fellow illustrators) Evan Forsch and Victor Kerlow host the Taco Bell Drawing Club and Jason sketches many a subjects for his “Every Person in New York” project. Yes, it is just what it sounds like: He’s trying to draw everyone in the five boroughs. Here, the artist—who’s also responsible for the barber-shop booklet that came with our Matt Singer dopp kit—tells us all about it. —jiayi

Q: What made you start “Every Person in New York?”

A: I came up with the title first and then tried to figure out how to go about doing the project. I wanted to interact with a lot of people, and I thought a blog was an interesting way for people to follow the progress of the drawings. The project is also something I set up for myself to become better at drawing people. I feel like as long as I’m in New York, I’ll be working on it—there’s no end date to it, really.

Q: How many people have you drawn so far?

A: About 17,000. Some days I draw only a couple of people, and other days I might do a hundred. It’s pretty random. If somebody is wearing something that’s interesting or leaning against something in a certain way—that’ll make me want to draw them. I also like to draw celebrities. I drew Kevin Jonas the other day. I saw him get into a car, and thought, “That looks like one of the Jonas brothers.” I had to Google which brother it was. 

Q: It’s pretty tempting to liken you to an illustrator version of Bill Cunningham. Would you say you have a very recognizable look, too?

A: Fashion is something I do appreciate, but my knowledge of it is close to nothing. I usually wear a T-shirt, maybe a coat, and some khaki pants. Sometimes I’ll wear a sports hat—I try not to stick out much at all. I feel like it would make me nervous if I noticed someone drawing me—so I don’t want anyone to be uncomfortable when I draw them.

Q: How did you meet Evan and Victor?

A: They’ve both been Taco Bell Drawing Club members for a long time—I’ve been doing this for almost seven years so far. Victor does a lot of work for the New Yorker and The New York Times, and I actually met Evan at the New Yorker because we both used to submit a lot of cartoons to the magazine. Evan had more luck than I did with that.

Q: What else do you work on?

A: I show work in galleries and also do a lot of projects with 20x200. I like that I can interact with a lot of people through 20x200, and that the work they sell is pretty accessible. I think that Jen Bekman, the founder, and I have similar views in terms of the distribution of art—who can have it and who gets to enjoy it. I’d say the answer for both of us is everyone.

Picture by Melanie Flood.

To read more about the awesome things awesome people are doing, scoot on over here.

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S/He: Makr’s Round Backpack Makes a Case for Gender Neutrality

Look, Ma, no hands! Makr’s round backpack is made of natural canvas that really nails the whole effortlessly cool thing, and it’s outfitted with ergonomic padded leather for optimum—maximum!—comfort. In short, Makr has got your back, and here’s how both boys and girls can make the most of that. —sunny

Clockwise from top left:
+ Patrik Ervell coat
+ Matt Singer for Of a Kind lighter covers
+ Baron Wells for Of a Kind T-shirt
+ Piombo pants
+ F-Troupe shoes
+ Makr backpack 

 Clockwise from top left:
+ Mary Meyer for Of a Kind scarf  
+ Thomas Sires for Of a Kind shirt
+ Tsumori Chisato cardigan
+ Robert Clergerie shoes
+ Cacharel pants
+ Makr backpack 

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"28 Holiday Gifts for Guys" Daily Candy, November 29, 2011

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Look at the cinemagraph we got for our birthday! In case you missed out on Clare Vivier’s leopard wallet today and are still jonesing for some animal-print leather, might I recommend Matt Singer’s rad lighter covers? —erica

fromme-toyou:

I’ll never break up with you

Happy Birthday to Of a Kind, it’s been a great year of working together and I couldn’t cherish our friendship any more than I already do!

(Source: annstreetstudio)

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"Stuff We Like: Matt Singer Printed Leather Lighter Covers" GQ, November 8, 2011

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"Matt Singer Lighter Covers" Cool Hunting, November 8, 2011

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