Fish of all shapes and colors inspired Italian designer Paola Navone’s latest collection of tableware and furniture for Crate & Barrel (stores and crateandbarrel.com). Swimmingly cool pieces include bright, Nemo-like ceramic chopstick rests (shown, $3), chairs with scale-like, woven backs ($380) and laminated placemats ($9 each) with sardine-in-a-can graphics. Use the stuff to serve up — what else? — a nice seafood dinner.
“So, a chocolate bar and a bowl of cherries walked into a bar in Rome …” The end of this romance could be Bodrato’s Boero truffles (12 for $20, Cork Market, 1805 14th St. NW; 202-265-2674). Each oozy, boozy Italian treat holds a cherry that’s soaked for months in grappa before being dipped in sugar and dark chocolate. It’s hard to tell whether the rapture we experienced eating them was mere intoxication or true love.
In his main job, Skyler Javier fights blazes for the D.C. Fire Department. In his spare time, the College Park, Md., Native Designs menswear with futuristic flare (nativedanger.com). His debut Native Danger collection just launched with spring-appropriate styles like slim-fitting sweatshirts (shown, $200) and lightweight shorts ($100, shown)
Your black pumps get you where you need to go. But they’re likely also made with synthetic materials in a far-flung country. Swap ’em for Julie Bee’s (myjuliebees.com) chic-yet-eco-friendly shoes, made in the U.S. from veggie-tanned leather. The Atlanta designer hosts a series of trunk shows at the St. Regis from Friday through Sunday (923 16th St. NW; starwoodhotels.com/stregis).
Safari Chic, In the Bag
Straight-from-the-Savannah patterns star in Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch’s spring collections. We’re also into tribal fashions actually made in Africa. New “Tamaduni”-patterned bags crafted in Kenya just landed at Amani ya Juu (3166 Mount Pleasant St. NW; 202-536-5303, amaniafrica.org). Styles include a cross-body purse (shown, $24) and a drawstring tote ($42).