Trend Report: Study in style
As the end of summer approaches, retailers are rolling out high-design takes on school staples to entice college-bound shoppers. From graphic gadgets to dorm-room decor, these colorful accessories will help you start the semester in style.
The exterior of Amy Butler's
NOLA laptop wrap
, constructed from water-repellent material, is sleek and inconspicuous. Unzip the case, however, and you'll find Butler's signature organic patterns lining the interior. $80 at www.coolcomputerbags.com.
Cool Computer Bags
Discovering a dead battery in your MP3 player or cell phone as you're dashing out the door is frustrating. Stay polished and powered-up with this
Jonathan Adler desktop dock organizer
, which has a compartment for storing charging cords while electronics sit on the dock. $25 at www.seejanework.com.
See Jane Work
Keep track of project due dates, Friday night outings and winter break plans with this 17-month
Paper Source booklet calendar
. Printed on recycled paper, the calendar grids are large enough to jot down a lengthy to-do list. $11.95 at Paper Source stores and www.paper-source.com.
Secure your BlackBerry, iPhone or iPod in style with an
I Make My Case protective sleeve
from Case-mate. Upload your own photo or graphic to the site, or select from an existing gallery of works by several artists. You can customize the artists' designs to create a unique plastic covering. $39.99 for custom cases at custom.case-mate.com/diy.
Skip the standard-issue posters, and upgrade your dorm room decor with Blik's self-adhesive and removable wall graphics. Our pick for walls is the
Eames crosspatch combo
, which comes in a pack of 20 squares. $52 at www.whatisblik.com.
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