But taking a cruise around the rest of Beepart's shop, I found a treasure trove of vinyl goodness that you can adhere to your walls, your laptop, even your Trapper Keeper. I've picked out some of my faves in the retro geek/robot categories below. Check them out, and I dare you to try to not click "Buy."
Summer is the perfect time to head out for a nice sunny day picnic with a few pals. The downside? You gotta have the tools of the trade to make it work — a picnic basket, plates, utensils, napkins, the works — which can be a hassle to acquire, wash, and store for later. Boxal solves all of these problems with its eco-chic and totally retro Urban Picnic Box set ($35) that comes with everything you need to create a picnic of champions in the park or in a street-wise urban setting.
Everything in the box is compostable and recyclable — including all the cups, trays, and utensils — and even comes with a compostable trash bag so you can wrap it all up when you're done. Of course, you can reuse again if you're so inclined, but just don't get the box itself wet — it's a strong cardboard that can hold up to 20 pounds of supplies (like drinks, sandwiches, and the like), but it's still cardboard. Now all you need is your real life boom box and you're good to go.
The mini speaker wristlet bags are back! When I mentioned them way back when, most of you were digging their retro hip style. . . except they quickly sold out and only came in aqua. Well now the MoMA store is rocking them in peach and royal blue hues ($25). For newbies to the boombox bag, it holds all of the essentials — cell phone, lip gloss, keys — and you can even hook it up to your iPod for personal jam sessions. If you like these, be sure to have a peek at the Podblaster too.
When I first saw that this iSymphony Boombox was iPod compatible, I assumed that you could dock your iPod directly on it. Unlike standard docks, the top lid of this boombox opens so you can lay your iPod and a CD in the top of it— kinda like the music version of a DVD/VCR combo. Featured on 7Gadgets, the player is said to hold almost any MP3 device and comes with an AM/FM stereo. It definitely is one of the more stylin' portable 'ghetto blasters' I've feasted my eyes on. Choose from sleek black or chic white. Priced at $58 each.
Many a trend are inspired by street style. Hold on because brights are passe and acid brights are in full force. From the NY club kids of yore to the British invasion of Boombox, these colors scream fashion anarchy. It's time to decide: are you ready to screw being a wallflower and shout it out loud? Channel your ex-raver self (guilty!), dormant party girl, or closet glam rocker, and dance the night away in these acid brights.
Sony unveiled their latest clock radio and boombox at a special “Holidays in July” event held in New York yesterday and while the concept for both devices isn't revolutionary, the designs are sleek and certainly nightstand worthy. Both models will let you listen to your iPod or MP3 player without headphones.
Designed to work with most iPod models, the ICF-C1iP clock radio accommodates standard iPod adapters, but does not require their use. An adjustable backstop mechanism ensures that the iPod fits snugly and securely to the clock radio's 30-pin connector. An included wireless remote control provides full access to the iPod's menu, as well as to radio tuning and volume functions. It can also charge your iPod while it's docked and you're sleeping.
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