Friday, December 17, 2010

Porta' Eyes...INVENTORY *Gift Guide Survey10/11

The Porta'seyes...

*Gift Guide Survey



-Gift guide-
December 2010/January 2011

In this month's rundown of vital life improvements, From wallets to money clip, cameras to memo pad, World best product to our favorites local Item...etc to find in the Monocle Christmas gift guide edition and our PS. cosy stocking want to share a few of our favorites to get you gift guide in the day leading up to Christmas through the coming year.


Moleskine Color-A-Month Set

New from Moleskine is the Color-A-Month set, which includes a different color planner for each month and labels so you can neatly organize your books by month. It's the perfect gift for your most OCD friend for the upcoming year.


Moleskine Color-A-Month Set

Maxx & Unicorn Wallets

Handmade in Brooklyn, these wallets from Maxx & Unicorn are of excellent craftsmanship. They consist of a single cut of the best quality denim-backed leather, livening up everyday cash transactions.


iPad Portfolio

Handmade by Wisconsin native Kenton Sorenson, he cuts and sews each piece of fine leather in his Wisconsin workshop--a very chic way to carry around your iPad.


Tegu Tints

A new line of colorfully magnetic building blocks crafted from sustainably harvested tropical hardwood, reflecting the Honduras-based toy company's commitment to creating imaginative projects while giving back to the community.


Marimekko Polku Hanger

Conceived by Finish designer Mikko Laakkonen for Marimekko, these off-beat wall hooks are perfect for organizing your closet without cramping your style.



Naoto Fukasawa, naturally a well known name here at Minimalissimo, collaborates with ONAO, a Japanese paper company, creating a new line of products called siwa・紙和.
The bags are composed of wood pulp and polyolefin using washi-suki paper, a method developed by ONAO, which is extremely strong and resistant to water, despite its paper appearance.

Sol Moscot Sunglasses

A global lifestyle brand driven by nearly 100 years of eyewear expertise, Sol Moscot's "rounder, nerdier" number has served as the calling card for generations of thoughtful, free-spirited intellectual and artistes--from Buddy Holly and Truman Capote to Johnny Depp.


J Press Money Clip

From a century-old NY menswear maker known for high-level craftsmanship, this rectangular money clip is minimalist and at an accessible price point.


Behance Dot Grid Journal

Workplace innovators Behance have teamed up with New Leaf Paper in order to create these sustainable and useful journals in both dot grid and action formats. Each notebook is made with 100% sustainable materials, including 100% recycled paper. Stock up on notebook essentials by buying the CH Journal Gift Pack, including two action notebooks (one blue, one orange) and one dot grid journal.


Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York

New York’s storefronts constitute the city’s vernacular architecture, shaping the look and feel of the five boroughs no less than more celebrated elements of the skyline. These unfussy, elegant, and richly colored photographs of butcher shops, bakeries, fabric wholesalers, cuchifritos stands, stationery and sporting-goods stores, laundromats, groceries, and dive bars give connoisseurs of signage, folk typography, and ambient erosion much to pore over. Shops that opened in the nineteen-seventies now look as ancient as those dating back to the twenties. The tone is elegiac as much as it is celebratory; interviews with shop owners make it clear how close to extinction many of them stand, and the photographers report that nearly a third of these businesses have gone under in the time that it took to make the book.

Pop Culture Pencils

These quirky pencils boast catchy comments, asking all of the hard pop culture questions before you even start to write.


hoechstmass 'PICCO' Roller Tape Measures

Flexible pocket-roller tape measure in mini form with keychain. Compact. Patented automatic go-stop function. With practical keychain. hoechstmass Ltd. is a professional manufacturer founded in 1895, the German major. Has been a favorite around the world from its ease of use and reliability.

Malin + Goetz Rum and Lime Gift Box Set

These very popular hand washes by NYC's modern toiletries company, Malin + Goetz, make a great gift set. Featuring rum and lime scents, keep it in mind for hostess gifts or other hardworking associates who could use a little everyday pampering.


Death and Texas Handlebar Bag

This blue-and-white striped bag straps onto bike handlebars, includes a long strap for shoulder use or can be toted as a clutch. The adorable three-in-one accessory is handmade by Dallas/Brooklyn-based Death and Texas using brass studs and hand-dyed vegetable-tanned leather.


Mercy Cards

A box of 24 calling cards that you can give out to anyone, these read different sayings appropriate for an array of situations, such as, "Shut up and take your clothes off," "I was wrong, you were right," "I'm being a jerk and I'm taking it out on you" and so on.


Teroforma Serving Boards

When a beech tree falls in New England, Teroforma hears it. Individually crafted by Breakfast Woodworks from fallen, urban-salvage, or reclaimed beech wood, these sleek and simple serving boards make a sustainable addition to any kitchen.


It's Nice That Issue #4

An ultra-compelling and inspiration read from the London-based publication It's Nice That. Issue #4 features the works from a host of up-and-comers as well as interviews with established artists and designers like Neville Brody, Nick Knight, Troika and more.


Sco Body Wash

Sco Body Wash will purify and soften your body while the mild formula will nourish, hydrate and exfoliate the skin--good for all skin types.


A Perfume Organic

Exquisitely crafted perfumes blended from the finest USDA certified 100% organic botanicals, hand-poured locally in Manhattan in small batches to maintain purity.


Bowery Lane Bicycles

Designed specifically for the urban cyclist, Bowery Lane Bicycle's elegant Dutch-inspired Broncks bike is made in New York City, with 30% of the factory's energy source coming from renewable solar energy.


Hermés Perfume

Iris Ukiyoé is the ninth fragrance in the Hermessence collection. Inspired by a haiku, the fragrance's strength lies in its simplicity, yet it embodies many emotions. Hermés's in house fragrance team has come up with a floral scent, more specifically the iris that is lively and delicate, and a little more sophisticated.


Klik Klik Kit

Science meets art in Klik Klik, Al Kelly and and Kellar Williams' new magnetic jewelry kit. Each kit comes with 300 nickel-plated neodymium magnets in three different shapes--216 polished metal spheres, 56 cubes and 28 wands to be exact. Mix and match at will, or follow one of the provided patterns, to create custom bracelets, anklets, necklaces, chokers, armbands, rings and more.


Krochet Kids International Beanies

By 2050, Africa will be home to almost a quarter of the world's urban population--the altruistic friends behind Krochet Kids International hope to empower the women of this rapidly growing continent by providing them the entrepreneurial skills involved in hand-crocheting beanies. The beanies come in a variety of styles and colors, but all of the wool and acrylic-blend hats bare the name of the women who stitched it and a "Love Africa" tag. Check out their campaign, Give the Gift of LOVE, where the goal is to sell 10,000 hats in the month of December.


Blue Blue Handkerchief

Hand Printed in Japan, H.R. Market have collaborated with Blue Blue, one of the worlds best textile houses on these cotton gauze handkerchief. The accessory is screen hand printed with hand rolled edges. A variety of colors and patterns are available.

Shoes A-Z

If shoes are your fetish, this book is your bible. Curator of the Bata Shoe Museum, Jonathan Walford has put together an eclectic book of sketches, photographs and advertisements highlighting the very best of shoes and the history behind them.


Feed Sac Basket

Made of 100-percent Sisal linen and made in Kenya, the baskets are the perfect size for running errands or hitting the beach and come in brown or natural colors.


Japanese Animation: From Painted Scrolls to Pokémon

This book bridges the gap between pop culture and art history in the Japanese world. From its historic roots to present day illustrations, take a fascinating journey through the Eastern world of art.


Giles and Brother Leather Lashed Key Ring

Featuring Giles and Brother's signature leather wrapping, this handy and fashion-forward key wrangler consists of a brass hook and antique gray leather lashing and makes a terrific gift for loved ones prone to misplacing keys.


Tumi Just in Case Tote

Debuting in February 2010, this stylish tote by Tumi can also roll up for convenient storage. It comes in a variety of colors and looks sharp with brown leather accents.


Fine & Raw Chocolate

We love Fine & Raw's raw chocolate confections because they please both chocophiles and vegans alike. Selections range from the Chunky Coconut Bonbon to their various gift boxes.



Artist Seonna Hung's children's book features beautiful images and pop-up features to tell the story of a young girl's encounter with an unfriendly dog and how she learns to face the sometimes unfriendly world around her.


P'kolino Art Set

New from P'kolino, this art set includes 12 markers, 12 triangle crayons and 16 hexagon colored pencils. They are made in Europe by Jovi and are non-toxic, low odor and use food dye inks, making them safer for children. The colors are vivid and very durable for your drawing pleasure.


New York Cooks: 100 Recipes from the City's Best Chefs

Step into the kitchens of some of NYC's most popular restaurants with this book, which features brief stories and multiple recipes with each chef. Highlights include The Little Owl/Joey Campanaro, Annisa/Anita Lo, Allen & Delancey/Neil Ferguson, and Casa Mono/Andy Nusser. By Joan Krellenstein and Barbara Winkler.


Mast Brothers Chocolate

Williamsburg-based Mast Brothers Chocolate is the only bean-to-bar chocolate maker in New York City and one of only a few artisan chocolate makers in the USA to tackle the complex process. A variety of ten bars, which include Dark Chocolate with Fleur de Sel, Dark chocolate with Cocoa Nibs, two seasonal creations and others, are selected by the chocolate makers and packaged for you. It's always in the snack drawer at CH HQ.


Missoni Home Jocker Throw

T&J Vestor, the leading Italian home-textiles producer, was established in Golasecca (Varese) in 1921. The initials T&J stand for the owners' surnames, Torrani and Jelmini, the third generation of whom are still at the helm.


Piece of Mind Gift Card Set

A great gift to give the person who always has a list of things to do, Paperfinger will create a handmade little box of to-dos that you have already accomplished and comes nicely packaged—giving the recipient Peace of Mind. For example, you might have "sharpened your knives," "organized a drawer" or "browsed Cool Hunting's Gift Guide for a gift for your mom."


Albert Maysles Glasses

Designed after the legendary Grey Gardens and Gimme Shelter documentary filmmaker's own glasses, the new Albert Maysles frames are the thing to transform any look this season. Maysles sent in his own 1960s frames to designer Barton Perreira to reproduce in updated lighter frames, available in white, black, and cloud. A percentage of proceeds benefits the Maysles Institute.


เรื่องเล่าของดอกไม้ (A story of a flower)

โดย รักษิตา สำนักพิมพ์ฟรีฟอร์ม

Flower is a symbol of beauty, happiness, hope and inspiration. In this world no one likes flowers. If, in favor of love and commitment that it Can be transmitted out the delicate deep "love Kasit eye" is a woman. A unique ability to distinguish personal identity and bring flowers. Training is a full text with the imagination. Word of her wonderful sweet harmony and unity with Shiva painting of the "lotus-pin chord Dit Valley," another woman with flowers as a part of life. Like a line flower watercolor Art pieces she makes this book perfect.

A wonderful memories of the two girls with variety of beautiful fresh flowers, love for reading with a smile of joy. Wait for you readers feel the same then.

Photo Shower Curtain

A great way to personalize your bathroom, you can choose the picture that you love the most and upload, email or mail the image to the site. The curtain is washable and will not fade or shrink. Gift certificates are also available.


Jack Spade’s Tarpaulin duffle

Jack Spade's Tarpaulin is an unline industrial grade material designed for water resistance and maximum durability. All styles are detailed with a screened address label, custom Jack Spade die-cast hardware, #5 molded plastic zippers, and nylon webbing.

001 Tarpaulin Dry Duffle

Lomography Lomo LC-A Camera White-02

Lomography has released their original Lomo LC-A+ in a beautiful limited edition white version. Only 1000 of these cameras are available worldwide, and can be purchased through Comes with the matching embossed leather case. Great gift.

Grid-It Organizer

This organizer provides a place for all of your devices and will hold them tight. It's great for traveling and has a convenient pocket for extra storage. Multiple sizes and cases to suit every storage need.


Kiehl's Argan Oil Products

Among our favorite products this year, Kiehl's line with Argan oil ranks near the top of the list. Argan trees are found only in Morocco, and the oil from their nuts has been used in the kitchen and in skin care products for centuries. Limited editions of the Superbly Restorative Body Lotion benefit the Waterkeeper Alliance charity.


AIAIAI’s Track Headphones

AIAIAI's Track Headphones are inspired by the design of the headphones paired with the old iconic walkman. The 40mm speakers offer a full spectrum experience from the deepest bass to high frequency tones. Also, the slider connecting the ear cup & brace comes in three sets of colors (black, vanilla & peach) for customization. Ear cups disassemble for easy packing. This item includes a carry bag.

002 Track Headphones Orange

Blackwatch Zipper Cigarette Bag

While smoking is so passé, we can't help but love this Mad Men-inspired cigarette case comprised of waxed canvas. It's large enough to hold a camera and other smaller items making it perfect for traveling. One of the many items now available at the new ACL store.


Striped Tokyo Tote - Red and White Horizontal Wide Stripe - Natural Leather Straps

The tote is lined with cream organic cotton with contrast striped bias trim (really cute) and natural undyed full grain leather straps that will become more beautiful with time.

This bag is very roomy and fits quite a lot. This tote is perfect for daily city use or a day at the beach!

Fuji Instax Instant Camera

Brand new from Fuji comes a new camera that produces photos in minutes. Similar to the Polaroid the Fuji camera is stylish, compact and easy to operate.


Bamboo Cases

Bamboo is tough, beautiful, and environmentally friendly, so what better material to encase your iPad, iPod, iTouch or iPhone with? It has full screen access and has a UV and moisture-resistant coat over it for protection.


Missoni “Funny” Blanket Pure-wool blanket with stitched

Own or give furnishings by Missoni to create living spaces that excite emotions and curiosity. Founded on the free association between forms and colors, materials and motifs, aesthetics and technology, these designs blur the distinction between interiors and exteriors; sparking memories while setting new directions. Your essential choice for balanced, subtly organized, versatile schemes that make entertaining a joy for hosts and guests alike.

Badou-R Leather by 45rpm

Made with a luxurious leather bag. Japan has made shiny leather bag technique in Japan. Tanned leather surface has been using vegetable tannin, and soft, is characterized by a sense of unique Shibo surface. Sewing fabric edges and the second graft is more Kagatsu by hand. Without all the accessories and fittings are finished in leather, like the tears I put the flap in the luggage. Possession is also able to shoulder length. The size 500ml bottle with its side, into the size of just two. Available in unisex.

My Rugged 211 by Minoru Onozato

Free & Easy Editor Minoru Onozato has, for over 40 years, searched for, found and collected what has amounted to a vast collection of what he calls rugged style. If you're at all familiar with Free & Easy, the word rugged recurs quite frequently. Hell, there's a "museum" in it's honor. Sparked by a youth spent playing Rugby, Onozato was set on a path, a lifelong pursuit of "unfashionable fashion" and "My Rugged 211", as he states in the forward, "is a record of this quest". Here's an extremely abbreviated look inside. Available at J.Crew.

Sula Paint & Peel Polish

By foregoing the need for nail polish remover all together, Sula has created the most eco-friendly nail color yet. Wear it for a couple days and simply peel and reapply. The fun, addictive shades won't harm your nails when removed.


Giles and Brother Pied-de-Biche Cuff

This simple brass cuff adds a classic equine aesthetic to any outfit. Giles and Brother offers the bracelet in brass, sterling silver, and silver with brass, as well as with free custom stamping.


Timex x J. Crew Military Watch

This Timex Military watch stands out among J. Crew's recent collaborations. It's perfectly balanced, has a nice retro vibe and is both practical, stylish and affordable. The red second hand and 24 hour dial seal the deal. It's also water resistant to 50 meters.



More Fall Season 2009 "Gaijinmeido" We started handling.

Brand is attracting attention as an Hariuddoranchimaketto brother.

And while the basic trend has been adept at incorporating elements of oriental and ethnic items.

Sense of this material is still noteworthy.

Ino Tsuyoshi uneven weave atmosphere, fine colors. . . Scent drifts stateless.

Kokorashiku producing countries, MADE IN THAILAND.

Tanner Goods Lanyard

Our Lanyard is the perfect companion to the Workman Wallet, securing it to your belt or belt-loop. It is constructed from 9/10 oz vegetable-dyed English Bridle leather.
The Lanyard features a single snap closure for securing around your belt loop and a nickel-plated trigger clasp that attaches to the wallet. Each Lanyard is dyed, burnished, waxed, and branded by hand.
Hand-built in Portland, Oregon.


These are another folding frame made by persol ratti.
I posted a few style of foldings but these model are quite rare to see them.
Most of persol folding models are aviator shape but these are square shape.
Available in M sunglasses collection

Common Projects Original Achilles Low

It’s hard to get any more understated than Common Projects. With a brutal line of monotone classics, without any advertising or marketing strategies, they have still managed to win the world over, just by being as simple as it can be. So behold the GREY power of Common Projects. Common Projects is a partnership between designers Flavio Girolami and Prathan Poopat who are long time friends, inspired by architecture found in everyday objects, each product is infused with tailored approach using the finest materials and processes. The Common Project shoes are currently made in Italy using the finest leathers and materials. The shoes are hand stitched to the sole as opposed to vulcanized.

Pear Memo Pad

These clever sticky notes were created by Japanese design company D-Bros. Also available as an apple.


Porter Classic

Yoshida Katsuyuki launched his son Porter Classic Akira Tsuyoshi yes or slowly, but surely moving. What are you starting to slow or to accelerate rapidly, or have a zigzag or are straight, but do not know what to handstand how to walk, father and son, family, friends, customers, craftsmen, Manufacturer's, and "human" connection with that it is spreading. Yuki Takashi said that his broken body, and it reached a sixty triggered, what makes you want to go back to the basics, Mr. Akira Tsuyoshi, "without any means" when the mind of going out in the blue car began to roll It. Classic Porter is something through which to tell whether they want to know, but that it "must do" is motivated by the feeling that started. Mr. Akira Tsuyoshi, want a variety of notice that rather than tell, that I think. I feel that alone I feel put off by his willingness to see what people not in the mood, because he will rebuke you.


Monocle's editors have scoured the globe for Christmas gifts to make your loved ones happy. From a suitcase that doubles as a chair to virgin wool US blankets to snuggle up in the cold, all bases are covered.

Monocle's editors have scoured the globe for Christmas gifts to make your loved ones happy.

Matt's gift guide for guys!
Hi folks, it's Matt, Lizzie's husband, the guy who's personal life has been spewed all over the internet since 2006—without ever having been asked a single time if it was okay. (I love you too, Lizzie.) Year after year, holiday season after holiday season, I've been begged and pleaded by my crazy/stylish (yes, I meant crazy AND stylish) wife to put out a men's holiday gift guide; unlike prior years, currently I have bigger, more dangerous battles to fight rather than deny her request (Baja 500 here I come!), hence the first-ever possibly-annual men's gift guide has finally arrived. Alright, in the spirit of honesty and transparency, there was no begging or pestering, this is just the first time Lizzie has ever felt confident enough to allow me to grace the pages of DESIGNwatcher on my own accord. I guess after 8 years of unrelenting stylistic critique, she finally felt I wouldn't make a fool of myself. I have to preface this gift guide by saying that I'm neither a huge fan of video games nor gadgets. They certainly make great guy gifts, but I'm in no position to be giving any advice on either. Alright, with that out of the way, let's get going.

Bonobos candy cane cords ($125) are fun and only moderately flamboyant; Republic BikesFischer Space Pens ($20) are pure engineering genius, and I also like Steve McQueen's folding Persols ($310) for the exact same reason; Davidoff Special R cigars ($49 for three) great quality and a quick smoke; Wilson Surge Paddle ($99) best accessory for my new favorite winter sport; Hario coffee dripper ($25) isn't for everyday use, but ideal for a weekend morning when coffee is more about quality than necessity; Kershaw pocket knifesKisses' Heart of the Nightlife LP ($25) just saw these guys live before they went to Japan, definitely worth a listen; Monster Beats In-Ear Headphones by Dr. Dre ($150) speaking of listening, I have no idea if these are good, but they travel light and look cool; Lizzie is obsessed with feathers and arrows, makes sense that I'm obsessed with Softsoled Moccasins ($38); King cube ice trays ($10) make giant ice cubes, just one is enough for any cocktail; Brooks Brother's custom dress shirts (Prices start at $130) make up the majority of my wardrobe; Burton ski/snowboard socks ($25) are perfect when neither workout nor dress socks fit the bill; Life by Keith Richards ($17) will make any dude feel cool for reading; Lizzie thinks Oban scotch ($75) tastes like gasoline, therefore I get the entire bottle to myself for once; Hartford long-sleeved shirts ($150) are comfortable and stylish, my weekend go-to; Quoddy Grizzly boots ($410) are made in Maine so they're real ass-kickers; Lizzie here: Matt has lost one of almost every pair of cuff links I've ever given to him, therefore he does not deserve these Airship cuff links ($295); Elevate tongs ($12) are good for keeping drops of "Matt's famous burgers" off the counter; when your wallet is too bulky and a rubber band doesn't cut it Leffot fold wallets ($95) are the perfect option.

- designwatcher


I searched for the new and noteworthy. Added a few classics. And revisited some of our favorite gift ideas from the site. Almost everything is available online to make your holiday shopping as painless as possible. Check back often as the guide will be updated daily.

*In Addition: I do realize a lot of blogs have to get traffic and actually rely on making money for their job. So personal accounts and thoughts might not have a place. There is a balance, and it can be tough.



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