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WHAT’S HOT IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA (September/October 2021)

Sep 07, 2021 05:00PM ● By GINA BIRCH

TIMELESS BACKPACK The Panama Zip Around is a classic backpack from Smythson, a company known for its functional, stylish bags, cross-grain leather and high-end clientele. Fabric lined, and with adjustable straps, this backpack also has convenient zip compartments and a padded laptop pocket. $1,445; 


STAIN-FREE DRESS SHIRTS For men on the go, &Collar dress shirts are fashioned with stain-free, wrinkle-resistant material that is sustainable. Each shirt is made with the equivalent of 15 recycled plastic bottles. Let the coffee and the sweat roll right off for a fresh look from morning to night, even when traveling. $40, 


BEACH BLANKET This colorful, soft, plush beach towel from Scout is generously sized and comes rolled in a cotton band with Velcro closure for easy packing and carrying. For the perfect gift set, add Scout bags and drinkware in the same or coordinating patterns. $34.99; 


LUSH LINENS Add color and whimsy to your table with the Nature Urbaine (Urban Nature) linen collection from Le Jacquard Francais. Geometrical and floral patterns are mixed with interlacing leaves and vivacious flowers for a look that can be enjoyed every day or as an added splash when entertaining. $90-$385; 



DREW’S DESIGNER DINNERWARE Created by actress Drew Barrymore, each piece in the Botanical Watercolor Dinnerware Set has a unique design that all come together for a playful, colorful table setting. Made from ceramic, the 16-piece set has dishes and bowls in two sizes. $60; 


TABLETOP BBQ Designed for convenience, this tabletop grill from BergHOFF is ideal for picnics, tailgating and beach days. The sturdy steel grates can accommodate burgers, vegetables, sandwiches and more. Carrying straps hold the grill in place, making it easy to take anywhere. $229.95; 


KETTLE COOKER The ultimate kitchen gadget for limited counter space, this stainless steel kettle cooker from Buydeem does everything from boiling water for tea to slow-cooking soups and making yogurt. With a lift-out tea basket, the cooker has built-in temperature programs that offer endless cooking options. $ 


DECO DESIGNS Inspiration for the new CYO series of faucets by Dornbracht comes from the 1960s. Giving your kitchen or bath a sleek, architectural touch, the timeless C-shaped spout comes in a variety of colors and finishes, with matching accessories. Price: Upon request. Local retailers: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Fort Myers or the new  The Collection by 


ELEGANT UMBRELLAS Built for performance as well as luxury, Tuuci umbrellas are made in Miami from marine-grade material crafted to endure Florida heat and humidity. Meticulously engineered for easy open and close, they come in numerous styles and colors to suit your outdoor decor. Starting at $995, available at Elegant Outdoor Living locations in Southwest Florida;

DREAM CLOSET Turn your closet into a showpiece with the beautifully crafted, European-built cabinetry and fixtures found at Richlin International in Naples. The design company specializes in exclusive European products that can be customized to fit any home and budget. Starting at $575; 


INVISIBLE INSERTS Soul Insole inserts are made from clear gel, making it possible for you to wear them unnoticed with sandals and flip-flops. The memory gel helps guide feet into proper alignment to relieve foot and back pain. Easy to remove, and washable. Starting at $26; 


WINE CHIPS A decadent combination of potato chips and cheese, Wine Chips are made with wine pairings in mind. A perfect addition to any cheese board or party aperitif, Smoked Gouda chips are delicious with sparkling wine, while Asiago complements pinot grigio or zinfandel. Flavors also include Manchego and Blue Cheese. $7.99, Golden Rind Cheese and Wine, Fort Myers;