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For this week’s Don’t DillyDally, we showcased a range of items we’re sure will be sold, including a Harlem Candle Co. candle to celebrate the Met’s new Afrofuturist era room, posters vintage reissues from Herman Miller and a university jacket co-created by Tommy Hilfiger and Timberland.
To celebrate the Met’s exhibition “Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room”, the museum collaborated with Harlem Candle Co. on a limited edition candle. The candle, called Seneca, imagines a world in which Seneca Village – a historically black village that was destroyed to make way for Central Park – still exists and thrives. Apparently, a modern day Seneca Village smells of spicy black tea. It’s also mixed with the scents of today’s Central Park, which has hints of wild thyme and cedar leaf, and ends with a scent of incense, cloves, birch, vetiver, and powdery concrete. The exhibit opens on November 5, but the candle is currently available for purchase – which you can burn while you wait.
Herman Miller resurfaced some of his archival posters – which became vintage collectibles in their own right – in a 15-piece collection that spans works created from 1949 to 1979. Offerings include this piece designed by Armin Hofmann in 1962, which transformed the Herman Miller chair into an abstract yet recognizable work of art.
Zerina Akers, by BeyoncÃ© Black is king fame, partners with Nordstrom x Nike in a Black-owned marketplace that is currently available to buy locally. The curated collection includes designs by William Okpo, Brandon Blackwood, Sammy B and L’Enchanteur. There are a lot of choices – like the striking green false– leather headbands, silky jackets and a few variations of Brandon Blackwood’s ubiquitous trunk bag. This fluffy pink sheepskin design is especially fun and will ship from November 9.
Nordstrom SPACE has also launched an exclusive children’s collection with Beijing-based YanYan, a brand known for its whimsical and comfortable approach to knitting. These plaid pants stand out, with handmade ribbon trackers and contrasting yellow and blue yarns, and made from Scottish lambswool.
Knix, maker of ultra-comfortable underwear and wireless bras, recently collaborated with print designer Anna Sui. The result is the brand’s signature florals applied to bras, panties and sleepwear. The LuxeLift Pullover Bra, recommended as a solid wireless option for people with large breasts, is now available in four limited edition styles. That includes this black and blue floral, inspired by an Anna Sui print from 1995. And if you want to make it a set, you can also grab the underwear (available in a range of fits).
Parachute and clean skin care brand Osea is teaming up again. This time the two released a shower mist meant to bring the spa to your shower. There are two scents available – “calm” and “energizing” – which respectively smell of ginger, lime, orange and Bulgarian lavender. You can buy each separately or buy the duo, allowing you to try both scents for less than the price of a full-size bottle.
Still on the skin care front, Ellen DeGeneres launched her Kind Science skin care line, which focuses on “positive aging.” The offerings include anti-wrinkle serums and creams, as well as exfoliators and cleansers to lighten and tone the skin. The Firm and Hydrate duo (which includes the moisturizer and firming serum) is already sold out, but other sets – like this Polish + Lift + Brighten trio – are still available for purchase.
Stoney Clover, who makes Nicky Hilton’s favorite monogrammable bags, recently released a collection with American Girl. The collection includes pouches and bags inspired by the patterns of the dolls’ original outfits. These would make great gifts for the obsessive old American Girl in your life or the newly brainwashed one. But things are moving fast. Some doll collections – like Kit and Felicity – are completely sold out. But there are a few things, mostly related to Addy and Josefina, that are still in stock. Chances are these will go quickly too, so if you see something you like, don’t get bored.
In more bag news, Baggu has teamed up with LA-based artist Joonbug on two bags, which feature two original prints – Solo Skate and Group Skate – inspired by ’60s four-wheeled skate culture. and 70. Either, we think, would make a worthy lunch bag or gift.
Tommy Hilfiger and Timberland have come together on a co-branded collection just in time for chilly temperatures. There are Tommy logo Timbs, co-logo tees and a bright yellow sweater that looks like a vintage find. The star of the collection, however, is this reversible varsity jacket, which is inspired by pieces from the Tommy Hilfiger archives.
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