shopping 02.26.08

Made in Brooklyn

Artist Margaux Lange's fascination with Barbie took a turn somewhere, crafting fabulous jewelry made of disembodied Barbies in her Brooklyn, N.Y. workshop. A hand dangles from a sterling silver lariat necklace, those deer-in-headlights eyes peer out from earrings and the doll's perma-smile gets encased in a ring of red resin. It might be something for you; then again, it might something for the SVU.

The world of hooded-sweatshirt design seemed frozen at the skulls-and-rhinestones stage there for a while, but Headhoods' designs are wildly different and completely cool. The big idea: A head other than yours is printed on the side of each hood, and you can choose from the iconic mugs of Elvis, Audrey Hepburn, King Kong, a creepy clown, and more. They're all hand-printed in Brooklyn, N.Y. on American Apparel sweats and they cost about $60 a pop. Guaranteed to prompt double-takes.

What happens when a fashion stylist and a cartographer put their heads together and go green? In the case of Rachel Rheingold and Michael Berick, they create Maptotes, a line of canvas bags screened with sweetly retro maps of places like Los Angeles, Portland and Brooklyn, N.Y. (their own home turf). The totes are ecologically friendly, the prints are reminiscent of the dishtowels and cotton aprons of the 1930s and '40s, and the whole thing will set you back a mere $15.


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