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Andrea Racey is the designer behind chic, cozy women's line Helena Quinn. A graduate of Columbia College—and a Chicago pizza fanatic—Racey really understands her Windy City girls. Who better, then, to design a snuggly fall coat with a touch of Red Riding Hood? The Julia hoodie comes in a rich crimson wool and has pinstripe-silk lining. Plus, its exaggerated hood helps fend off Chicago's notorious weather—even when it's doing its best impression of the Big Bad Wolf.
Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag, $495
Racked NY associate editor Nicola Fumo.
Told you so! We wrote about Mansur Gavriel in the spring after the new bag line had secured accounts with a few of New York City's most ahead-of-the-curve boutiques, predicting that the designs would sell like hotcakes. They have since all but sold out locally, and are difficult to track down online, even after Net-a-Porter and Need Supply Co. picked them up. Can you blame the hungry fashion masses for devouring these beautifully utilitarian bags? I'm personally craving the refreshingly minimal bucket bag, which is available in a handful of exterior and interior color combinations. The bag should be back in stock in black on Steven Alan's website toward the end of the month. Get that clicking finger ready.
Large French Claw Clip, $20 at J.Crew
Racked Philly editor Julie Davis.
Because my hair spends most of its time pulled back in a ponytail, black hair elastics are pretty much my go-to. Recently, I decided to shake up my routine a bit and pick up a French Hair Clip from J.Crew. The clip is pretty to look at (it's made by hand in France, after all), and it's easy to put in, but more importantly, it keeps my hair in place. It's the epitome of effortless chic that J.Crew does so well.
Binchotan toothbrush, $7 on theline.com.
Racked National editor Leslie Price.
Before I even read the descriptive text that accompanied this Binch?tan toothbrush, I knew I wanted it. It's so sleek and cool. But the brush's extensive backstory was what sold me (because I'm a sucker like that). According to the description on theline.com, a specific type of charcoal—made of Japanese oak branches burned by artisans in Japan's Kinshu region—was blended into its jet-black bristles to help fight bacteria and scrub away plaque. In a travel-friendly bonus, the special bristles mean it's effective with or without toothpaste.
Structure Dress $42.99 (was $52) at Need Supply Co.
Racked National associate editor Kenzie Bryant.
If it were cost-effective and I had a personal dry-cleaning service, I would throw out my entire wardrobe and wear just white. (You heard me, Marc Jacobs. All white.) Instead of that, I'm incorporating the non-shade into my fall and winter closet as much as possible starting with that sweet dress you see above. I plan on wearing it with cropped sweaters for a warm look, long sweaters for a weekend look, a turtle-neck tops for a '90s look, belts for a look that proclaims to the world, "Hey look, everybody, I totally have a waist," etc. The dress also gets major bonus points for being on sale and for not being see-through.