It’s a Wonder

November 2, 2012

It’s a Wonder
This Saturday, C. Wonder opens its signature lime-green lacquer doors to shoppers in search of quirky gifts such as enamel bangles ($38), neon-striped totes ($88) and velvet slippers with embroidered hearts ($128, shown). The New York City-based home and clothing shop (founded by Tory Burch’s ex) may become your best friend for holiday gifts (Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, Va.; Cwonder.com.)

Knit Wit
DeNada Designs, the D.C. knitwear brand founded by University of Maryland alum Virginia Arrisueno, has been keeping us chic and cozy since 2005. Its new collection at Redeem (1734 14th St. NW; 202-332-7447) stars wintery colored weaves such as a wave-pattern white hood ($58, shown), a plum-colored braided cowl ($58) and gray leg warmers ($32) way more elegant than their ’80s ancestors.

Italian Lessons
Known for its sleek sofas and sculptural chairs, Italy’s Calligaris furniture line outfits spaces like Milan lofts and Tuscan palazzos. The contempo brand just opened its first local outpost (5252 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-244-5544) in Chevy Chase, trotting out mod designs such as the Bloom tub chair (shown, $350), groovy, mid-century style vases and the glass-topped, expanding Orbital table ($7,800) which could serve up to 10 dolce types for Turkey Day.

Cool Running
Whether you heart Obama or believe in Mitt-mentum, chances are you’ll be watching election results until late in the evening Tuesday. And since all signs point to a nail-biter, you might be imbibing, too. Nicecubez‘s silicone ice-cube trays ($10 each, A Mano, 1677 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-298-7200) let you drink up while cursing Paul Ryan or Nate Silver.

Diss Guys
Fans of the naughty-named but never dull Tumblr [Expletive] Yeah Menswear can say “Heck yeah!” to a new book of the same name from its editors ($20, Touchstone). Mock raps accompany pics of fetching fellows (“Henry David Theezy, in Red Wings” satirizes a man camping) while parody buying guides (your old man’s old Oxford) tickle those who see highfalutin fashion as a joke.

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