Giving props to the bumper-sticker mantra that the best recovery plan for global economic blight begins at home, all of the products in play this week are of the home-grown variety. Some of these items are available at Memphis-area retailers; others can be purchased easily online. All are très fabulous.
ROCK SOFT: Grand Leader owner/creator Margo Wender Gruen believes in T-shirts. She also believes that great rock lyrics, such as "just a kiss away," are lodged in our cultural subconscious like time-capsule triggers with the power to flood us with memories and emotional responses. Marry the two, and the result is Gruen's line of vintage-style rock T's. This one is 100 percent cotton jersey, garment-dyed, and washed with more than just a kiss of attitude. The number on the back denotes the year the song was recorded. $72. Available at grandleaderonline.com.
SAFE TRAVELS: Not a "travel lightly" person? Neither was Janie E. Sims. After growing weary of spending a disproportionate amount of her vacation time untangling her jewelry, she created the perfect solution. Called the JJ, this travel pouch keeps 20 pairs of earrings and other jewelry untangled. $33 and up at Bella Vita, 3670 Houston Levee.
LOVE MATCH: As a mother, Marilyn Kosten's love for tennis began when her daughters first took to the court. As a designer, that love became a thriving brand and stylish clothing line. One of Kosten's early designs, a tennis dress made for Tracy Austin, hangs in the Tennis Hall of Fame. Now her court gear can be found hanging in the closets of stylish tennis kids all over the country. Kosten's line, Little Miss Tennis, features clothing for girls and boys ages 3 to 14 and is sold at several Memphis locations, including The Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin. Pieces start at $39.
PRIZE WINNER: Joanna Lipman is half of the design genius that is Femme Sud, whose handbags and clutches offer much more than a place to store your lipstick or cell phone — they're mad-darling, OMG conversation starters. The county-fair inspired "Grand Prix" comes in two sizes and five colors. Meanwhile, the bookish "Ex Libris" bags resemble hard-cover novels, with winning titles such as Fame & Fortune. Bags start at $225. Visit femmesud.com to order.
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