Everyday items made by fashion designers

Basics don’t have to be boring, thanks to these designer takes on utilitarian objects from Marc Jacobs, Cynthia Rowley, Orla Kiely, Shoshanna Gruss and Diane von Furstenberg.

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The creative talents of fashion designers aren’t limited to clothing, shoes and accessories. Household names such as Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Cynthia Rowley, Orla Kiely and Shosanna Gruss have given everyday items, including pencils, notebooks, bandages, soap and toothbrushes, their stylish treatments.


  • Photograph: Mathew Zucker

    It’s no secret that wrap-dress queen Diane von Furstenberg is a fan of the High Line (she has donated $35 million to the public park through her Diller–von Furstenberg Family Foundation). So it’s only appropriate that she be the first fashion designer to create merchandise for the former elevated railroad. The limited-edition collection includes men’s and women’s T-shirts, scarves, hats, totes and magnets; but our favorite offerings are these patterned notebooks, adorned with DVF’s original doodles and the phrase "Dreams come true on the High Line" in script. Knowing that 100 percent of the proceeds support the High Line’s ongoing maintenance should get your creative juices flowing. Diane von Furstenberg High Line notebook set, four for $29, at thehighline.org/shop

  • Eco-friendly soap brand Method has tapped Irish womenswear designer Orla Kiely to dress up its signature curvaceous bottles in her instantly recognizable retro prints. The limited-edition foam and gel hand soaps, dishwashing detergent and all-purpose cleaner come in four scents, with corresponding patterns: primrose, covered in rosy flowers; vanilla chai, embellished with multicolored swirls; bay leaf, adorned with green blades; and pear-ginger, featuring its namesake fruit. Not only do the cheerful cleaning products look great sinkside, but they make sudsing up infinitely more enjoyable. Method Orla Kiely limited-edition foaming hand wash, all-purpose cleaner and gel hand wash, $4 each, at Target, locations throughout the city; visit target.com

  • Following the success of her first fashion-forward collection for Band-Aid, NYC designer and avid surfer Cynthia Rowley has created these beach-inspired waterproof styles. The adhesive strips feature eight oceanic images, including waves, sea horses and neoprene wet suits, and allow you to relive warm-weather days even though they’ll likely be concealed beneath boots and sweaters. The kit contains 20 bandages and four single-use packets of Neosporin, all of which comes in a resealable plastic pouch that you can toss in your bag for tending to cuts on the fly. Band-Aid Brand Beach Sport kit, $12, at Cynthia Rowley, 376 Bleecker St between Charles and Perry Sts (212-242-3803, cynthiarowley.com)

  • Leave it to trailblazer Marc Jacobs to give basic yellow pencils a modern upgrade: He’s emblazoned the standard writing instrument with cheeky phrases such as "Chew here" and "Old school texting," making us seriously consider taking up crossword puzzles and Sudoku. Bookmarc No. 2 pencils, $1 each, at Bookmarc, 400 Bleecker St at 11th St (212-620-4021)

  • Print doyenne Shoshanna Gruss applies the same eye-catching patterns that adorn her women’s swimwear to this limited-edition collection of Reach toothbrushes. Each style is inspired by one of her favorite travel destinations (Capri, Palm Springs, Morocco and Montauk), allowing you to brush up on the jet-set lifestyle. Shoshanna for Reach by Design toothbrushes, $4 each, at drugstore.com

Photograph: Mathew Zucker

It’s no secret that wrap-dress queen Diane von Furstenberg is a fan of the High Line (she has donated $35 million to the public park through her Diller–von Furstenberg Family Foundation). So it’s only appropriate that she be the first fashion designer to create merchandise for the former elevated railroad. The limited-edition collection includes men’s and women’s T-shirts, scarves, hats, totes and magnets; but our favorite offerings are these patterned notebooks, adorned with DVF’s original doodles and the phrase "Dreams come true on the High Line" in script. Knowing that 100 percent of the proceeds support the High Line’s ongoing maintenance should get your creative juices flowing. Diane von Furstenberg High Line notebook set, four for $29, at thehighline.org/shop


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Atiqur S
Atiqur S

The fashion designers always need to be creative and up to date with the new trends. Pretty good design has been presented here.
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