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The Stylish-Yet-Rugged Dog Leash and Four More Buys

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Welcome to Editor's Picks, a weekly round-up of what we're buying (or at least stalking) this week.

Raw denim and leather dog leash, $55 at Unwashed Denim.

Racked National editor Leslie Price: Tiny NYC brand Unwashed Denim specializes in products made from Japanese raw denim. They just began producing a leash from the fabric that's bound by natural vegetable-tanned sheep leather and hand-set copper rivets; the brass clasp is made in Ohio. It's cool, it's tough, it's totally unique—no other dogs at the dog run will have this leash—and although it's a splurge, at $55 it's not out-of-this-world expensive. The leash is sized for small or medium dogs, but Unwashed Denim will custom-craft larger sizes. It would make a particularly cool gift for the denim nerd dog owner in your life (too specific?). Order yours here.

Salty Dog Sea Spray, $26.95 at Evo

Racked editorial director Izzy Grinspan: My hair is usually straight, but it tends to puff up and lurch off in strange directions when the climate gets too damp. For years, I dealt with this by blow-drying the hell out of it, then trying desperately not to get rained on. But then I discovered Evo's Salty Dog sea spray. Now, instead of aiming a blast of hot air at my head every morning, I'm just schprizting with this delicious-smelling Australian stuff, making a couple curls with my fingers, and going about my day. The result is loose, piece-y "beach hair"—hair worthy of a photo shoot in Aruba, as opposed to what my hair actually does at the beach.

Strut oxfords, $395 at Freda Salvador

Racked SF editor Kristen Philipkoski:
These Freda Salvador shoes made my long days of standing and walking at New York Fashion Week blissfully comfortable. There was no tottering around for me—I was dodging the gawkers and the flaunters clogging up the Lincoln Center sidewalk like a parkour pro. And when someone spilled a full glass of champagne at my feet, the beverage rolled right off the calfskin. The timeless oxfords were designed in my hometown, San Francisco, and are an investment that will keep your feet comfy for life.

Wayuu Tribe Guajira Mochila Bag, $108 at

Racked LA editor Natalie Alcala:
One of my favorite finds at July's Downtown Flea debut was a new LA-based line called Wayuu Tribe. Founded by a California-born sister and brother, the siblings work directly with the indigenous Wayuu people of South America to produce handmade Mochila bags in a variety of eye-catching patterns and hues. The above version is today's pick, but take one look at their colorful inventory and you'll realize that it's hard to choose just one.

Whirly Hanging Candleholder, $4.95 at CB2

Racked Philly editor Julie Davis:
After some searching for an air plant holder, I stumbled upon CB2's Whirly Hanging Candleholder, which proved to be the perfect way to hang my Tillandsia collection next to a window. Priced at just $4.95, the candleholder is a downright bargain (I've seen similar versions on sites like Etsy for as much as $100), but be warned: These things are really easy to break, which I've done on multiple occasions.
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