Thursday, November 6, 2008

HOLIDAY GIFT FAIR-THE PRACTICAL AND THE COVETED

Gary’s Loft 28 West 36th Street, 3PM- November 5th

Judith Ecochard-Words and Images and Images from Company Websites

Still buzzing from the Election night festivities, a packed house of fashion types managed to buzz about something else…the most wanted gift picks in a mean economy.

The diverse assortment of companies with their wares on display served up something for everyone.

But we zeroed in on a few that spans the desired spectrum at all price points.


CALLAWAY GOLF:

Tucked away in a corner…the display of women’s of clubs from Callaway Golf had our hearts palpitating, as we are HUGE golfers.

Bummer we couldn’t demo anything but the putter… yet we still loved the feel of the technologically advanced FT (Fusion Technology) Irons, and the all titanium head Big Bertha Driver that’s the first driver designed specifically for a women’s game.

BRAVO:

The Callaway Golf Foundation Women’s Cancer Initiative Foundation-aimed at raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer – has introduced a limited edition (1000 - signed!) teal version of the FT-I Driver ($399).

As noted on Callaway’s website, this driver is “…designed to be the world’s straightest driver” that is forgiving of shots hit allover the club’s face. The physics behind it all is complicated…but trust us, clubs make the difference in the score of one’s games. Plus that 19th Hole is just so much FUN.

Spokeswoman actress Halle Berry is the 2008 ambassador of this worthy cause.

INFO: CALLAWAY GOLF



THE ART OF SHAVING:

Any guy-from Joe the Misinformed Plumber to Mr. Metrosexual will be very happy to see a black box containing anything from The Art of Shaving (like a Tiffany Blue Box).

For the holidays, The Fusion Chrome Collection Power Kit will do. It’s a handsome package of “the world’s most technologically advanced razor, the Fusion Chrome Collection Power Razor”… collaboration with Gilette… encased in a sleek travel kit. ($150).

So why the price tag? The black matte and polished chrome razor is perfectly weighted, has gentle micro-pulses to reduce friction and increase razor glide, and has a built-in spotlight for those under the chin shadows. Cool.
THE ART OF SHAVING

HILLHOUSE NATURALS:

This collection of luxuriously scented diffusers beckoned us from across the room. Seriously

We are naturally picky about aromas and feel so many American products are so yucky artificially enhanced…we might as well be sniffing some toxic chemical brew.

What a delight to discover HILLHOUSE NATURALS- a Kentucky based home fragrance company that was founded by mother/daughter farmers… and has gradually blossomed into an enterprising business that employs the locals.

Heart warming stories aside, the quality of the products and elegance of the festive packaging of the Holiday Living Green Collection of diffusers and natural soy candles ($12-$42)- is what gets to us. We inhaled the essential oils’ laden Spiced Pear (Cinnamon and Clove Leaves)…and we were instantly calmed and revived.

Other scents available are Balsam Wreath (Fir Balsam, Orange Oil) and Cinnabark (Cedarwood, Cinnamon Bark, Olibanum Resin).

We are impressed. Plus an entire assortment of well-priced body creams and cleansers, sachets, parfum, and laundry soaps are available too.
HILLHOUSE NATURALS

LA COMPAGNIE DE PROVENCE-MARSEILLE:

Organic and Eco-Certified (a European standard that is the highest), the made in France LCDPBIO collection of Extra Pure skincare treatments from La Compagnie De Provence MARSEILLE- are made from only the finest ingredients.

The natural vegetable-based soap bars, for example- are made from top quality palm and coprah oils and are free of animal fats and synthetic surface-active agents. Plus moisturizing hand crèmes, body Milk lotions and liquid soaps round out the offerings… and are available in heavenly Lavender or Verbena scents derived from 100% natural organic essential oils. ($11-$28). Any host will welcome these stocking stuffers.


EXTRA: The striking modern packaging is recycle-able. Très BIOCHIC!

INFO: LCPDBIO


CALVIN KLEIN’S EUPHORIA and HARAJUKU LOVERS FRAGRANCES

Granted, buying fragrances for someone else is a tough call.

But there are many reasons to gift EUPHORIA and HARAJUKU LOVERS scents.

With top notes of pomegranate, persimmon and lush green notes, the intoxicating Euphoria is an exotic oriental fragrance that comes in a sexy curved amethyst bottle designed by the famed designer Fabien Baron.

SPECIAL PROMOTION: At Macy’s-in-store customers who purchase the 3.4 oz bottle of Euphoria or Euphoria Blossom women’s fragrance will receive a gift card redeemable for a gourmet box of chocolates from RICHART Chocolates.

INFO: CALVIN KLEIN FRAGRANCE

Adorableness is defined by HARAJUKU LOVERS fragrances aka “A fatal attraction to cuteness”

Super cute in frilly bottles- that are power popped colored personality powered dolls, the five scents are surprisingly sophisticated – not tutti frutti.

Can’t decide what to get---the website has a drop down box quiz to match up the intended with the right aroma.


ADDED PLUS: Each doll is housed in a glossy black on black scallop patterned carton featuring the Harajuku Lovers logo in tones distinctive to each girl.

TAGLINE: ”You got the wicked style. I like the way that you are. I am your biggest fan.”

INFO: HARAJUKU LOVERS FRAGRANCE











JUST-BE™ ORGANIC T-SHIRTS

With a theme of Be____ (Natural, Organic, Kissable, Dignified etc)…this Vermont based line of 100% organic tees and apparel designed by founder Michelle Pratt-Lienhart- aims to create an open online community of caring individuals via her apparel line JB Just Be.™

















Already a hit with concerned celeb parents like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, and Courney Cox and David Arquette, the line of 4.4 oz combed ring spun %100 organic cotton tees or men, women and kids, are super soft and stylish.

Although Pratt-Lienhart herself clued us in that the guy’s Be Green is the biggest seller, we love the Black Be Punk ourselves.

PRICES: $11 for onsies to $20 for T-shirts.

INFO: JB-JUST BE