Shopping Guide: July 2009

We're back with yet another installment of our monthly Shopping Guide column. As always, our staff diligently searched far and wide across internet and retail stores to find and feature some of the coolest items to purchase this month, and here we have them.

The Great White Woven Jacket (Crooks & Castles)
Price: $106
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Crooks & Castles continue to prove that they know what is hot. This new jacket is proof of that. The Great White Woven Jacket is made from lightweight 100% cotton, and features a zip-up front with logo metal zipper pull and two buttons at the collar, a shark fin print pattern throughout, two vertical zip-up chest pockets, two side pockets with a logo label on the right, a large Crooks and Castles screen print on the back, and ribbing at the cuffs and hem. Get one. Yea, it's summer, but who cares...


Quirky Split Stick (Double-sided USB)
Price: $19.99
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The double-sided USB drive was designed by Quirky's online community in just one week. The USB is designed to distiguish files for two different categories -- his and hers, home and away, business and personal ... however you'd like. It's sleek, slim, and comes in several different colors. Each half allows up to 2 GB of data, and for just $19.99, it seems like a cool deal.


Le Cool Guidebooks
Price: $25
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If you're planning to go to Europe this summer, the Le Cool guidebooks are a must-have. The city guides are a more stylish, weirder version of regular guidebooks. The NY Times describes the series as "the travel guide for the been-there, done-that set." Le Cool works with local editors, writers, photographers, illustrators and designers to create unique books that truly reflect the experience of each city. Whether you're smoking in Amsterdam, shopping in London or having a siesta in Madrid, Le Cool introduces you to the coolest places to get the most out of your stay.


Swatch Billy The Artist Morning Glow Watch
Price: $65
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Since 1983, Swatch has produced colorful, quality Swiss watches made of plastic. Right from the start, Swatch connected with contemporary art, and for 25 years, world famous artists, musicians, filmmakers and fashion designers have collaborated with the company to create unique art for the wrist. The new collection features two eclectic timepieces by Billy the Artist -- a colorful Limited Edition watch, Morning Glow and an eye catching black & white watch, Afterdark. Each are available in limited quanity, so cop one while you can.


The Swagger Tee (Bepriv Paris)
Price: $32
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It was clear no one on the corner had swagger like T.I. and Weezy, but Bepriv Paris stepped their game up with this dope shirt. BePriv, an urban luxury brand created by Sarah and Ilane (two young French fashion designers), recently presented its first collection at KarmaLoop. Creators of exceptional clothes for various artists of the French and international scene; they give the possibility to a wider public to carry an "urban unique" garment. BePriv develops a smart and a street universe in a palette of funky colors and playful printed matters.


Know1edge KNLG Jacket Magee White/Red
Price: $81
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When it comes to fashion, knowledge is key! How to wear a look, how to distinguish quality, and how to mix it up. The Know1edge clothing brand, out of Hong Kong, eliminates the hesitation. They give a distinct style and quality to their products. Their look is street wear with a raw uncut twist. It's carried on online retailers such as KarmaLoop, but for some reason don't carry this jacket. Luckily, 8FIVE2SHOP, known as Hong Kong's first authentic street fashion/skateboard shop, introduced these casual chique jackets.


Know1edge The Shoulder Bag
Price: $83
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This cool bag comes in two colors, black and brown. The one pictured above has a black canvas and light brown leather composition; and features a padded strap, an outer side pocket with metal lock, leather logo patch on the opposite side, a main flap with hidden zip pocket, embossed leather logo detail, and magnetic and slip-in leather straps closures. The inside features a logo patch, 4 pockets including a cell phone pocket, two pen slots, and a lightly padded laptop sleeve. Very nice...


The LA Wolf Pendant (Han Cholo)
Price: $48
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The LA Wolf Hand Pendant features a metal twist woven chain and a black metal pendant of two creepy wolf hands making "LA" with their fingers, a concept originally depicted in a photo taken by famed Los Angeles based photographer Estevan Oriol. It comes in either black or gold.


Okay Alrite Okay Classic Shirt
Price: $25
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Okay Alrite is an independent brand based out of Philadelphia, PA. The brand carries quality goods, released in limited quantity. By converging bold graphics with quality apparel, Okay Alrite aims to create classic clothing that will stand the test of time. It is conceived in Philadelphia and manufactured in Brooklyn. All shirts are 100% ringspun cotton. Their first collection features nice graphics and although they play it safe with the color schemes, we expect to hear more from these guys in the future.


Akomplice X Wemoto Bad Times Shirt
Price: $27
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Akomplice Clothing keep it international with this Wemoto collaboration. The message behind the shirt? Quit complaining about the economy. The shirt comes in three colorways; white, green and black. The fashion heads among us that attended the Bread & Butter fashion trade show in Berlin earlier this month must have ran into German based brand Wemoto, who shared a stand with our friends over at Dream Team Clothing.