Japan is currently suffering from an appalling natural disaster, with many people rushing to help in any way possible. Paris store Colette has joined in the efforts, teaming up with a variety of designers to produce a 'Save Japan' range, with all profits going to help support rescue efforts in the country. This Keith Haring x Case Scenario 'Save Japan' iPhone 4 case is one of the products being sold.
As you can see, it's case for your iPhone in white with a classic '80s Haring design in the back in black and red. It gives your smartphone some old school cool. But more importantly, 100 per cent of profits goes to the Japanese Red Cross.
Grab one online for £17.35. More products will be added to the store's range over the next week, so keep checking back.
Find out more at the Colette website
Ok, this has come about because of a train of thought. Back in 2006, we did a piece on Nissan's retro car range, something I was reminded of when I spotted the bizarre Nissan S-Cargo on eBay. But this isn't flagging that vehicle up, it's flagging up the altogether more common, but equally eye-catching Nissan Figaro.
We're flagging up one example on eBay, but right now there are between 70 and 80 examples of the limited edition retro-styled sports car on eBay – so if you're reading this post a bit late, keep checking as they are always plentiful and in all the colours. Something to suit all budgets if you like.
Original and extremely rare, these vintage cotton pearl earrings with leverback hooks are elegant and glitzy, adding retro class to any outfit.
The earrings are 3cm long, and 5% is 14K gold. Made in Japan, circa 1940, and decorated with lacquered brass floral beadcaps, they are 3cm long.
These vintage treasures can be yours, in white, lilac, lemon or mint, for £45 from Passionate about Vintage.
Yesterday, I was discussing with regular RTG correspondent Andrew the difficulty these days of finding good space age design at a decent (aka cheap) price. A point summed up well by this Welltron Model 2002 space age ball radio.
It's a stunning piece of space age design, playing AM/FM radio in stereo sound from that ball-shaped unit, throwing in some eye-catching sliders and chrome-clad controls. it even has the original magnetic stand included.
Condition is described as 'unrestored' and 'very good above', with only marginal wear from age and of course, it works. It's the kind of thing that would have turned up in junk shops some years back and would have cost a few quid even then. But certainly nothing like the £399 being asked here. Although you can make an offer. See the listing for lots more photos.
Find out more at the eBay website
An interesting book from 40+ years ago is getting a reissue very soon – Take Ivy by Teruyoshi Hayashida.
Originally released in Japan in 1965 (and sought after since by collectors of the style), the book is a unique collection of photos of Ivy League students and as such, a superb reference guide to the Ivy look in its prime over the 142 pages within.
Back then, it kicked off an Ivy obsession in Japan and as the look is very much back in 2010, it might well do brisk business this year too. You can pick up Take Ivy from 14th October, with Amazon doing discounted pre-orders of the hardback book for at £11.69.
Find out more at the Amazon website
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It's a stunning item, but the Buco 1950s helmet bag will set you back a serious amount of cash.
Originally designed for bike riders from the 1950s to the 1970s to carry helmets (as you might have guessed), it can be used for that today or indeed, double up as a very hip weekend bag. It's been remade for the Japanese market in steer hide, with talon zippers, a nylon lining and inner pockets and in very limited numbers, a smaller number of which have made it to the UK.
Two colourways available, each selling for £345.
Find out more at the Superdenim website
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