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Hello Kitty skull ring and skull necklace

 

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RocketNews 24 (byPreston Phro):

You think you’re metal? Well, we bet you’re not half as metal as these silver Hello Kitty skull accessories!

Of course, you don’t have to be a metalhead, goth, or punk to enjoy a Hello Kitty skull ring or necklace, but we bet it helps! Regardless of what your preferred music is, these accessories help you bring the perfect blend of cute and badass wherever you go.

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Produced by JAM HOME MADE, the rings cost 31,320 yen (about US$264) and come in five different sizes. With a rhodium-plated surface, the skull are equipped with Kitty-chan’s distinguishing features — namely a red ribbon and a cute yellow nose. They also have dark black eye holes, perfect for staring into when someone else is hogging the abyss.

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If the ring is a bit too pricey for you, you can always opt for a necklace instead, which costs 17,280 yen (about $145). Though the pendant is smaller than the ring, it still offers the same ribbon and nose and comes with a 45-centimeter (17.7-inch) chain.

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Prices listed above include tax and shipping is free — if you live in Japan. For those of you outside Japan, you’ll have to use a reshipping service, since Jam Home Made doesn’t accept international orders. If you’d prefer to make your purchase in person, you could try going to one of Jam Home Made’s locations in Osaka or Tokyo when the accessories officially go on sale January 30.

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Stussy & JAM HOME MADE usher in the Year of the Monkey

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After ringing in the year of the sheep, Stussy and JAM HOME MADE have come together once again — this time to celebrate the year of the monkey.

Highlighted by a trio of bracelets in Onyx, Red Tigers Eye and Howlite, the collaborative collection for 2016 is capped off with a yellow-lined black leather wallet. Like last year’s drop, the collection sees each piece decorated with an interlocking “SS” logo that’s been specially designed for the year at hand.

Retailing for ¥9,500 JPY (approximately $79 USD) and ¥24,000 JPY (approximately $199 USD) respectively, the bracelets and wallet will soon be available from Stussy chapters, the Stussy Japan web store, and ZOZOTOWN.

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These $700 lifelike cat handbags are the latest fashion craze in Japan

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For the cat lovers in your life this Christmas: cat handbags… And no, they are not made from actual cats. The handbags made to realistically resemble cats by Japanese artist Pico are handmade from plastic, fake fur and spray paint, according to InStyle.

Getting one will cost you, however. The bags, which first gained the adoring attention of Twitter users, are only available through Yahoo Auctions Japan, where they can go for $700 or more.

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Porter-Yoshida & Co (Japan) 80th anniversary Golden Capsule Collection

Head Porter (Japan) 2015 Autumn/Winter “Stellar” Series

Japanese luggage expert Head Porter are set to release an updated version to their popular “Stellar” series of bags and accessories. Enlarging the stars originally found on past releases, the design remains clean and stylish but now with a more dramatic look. The line continues to use soft nylon for construction, while pockets both internal and external provide ample storage. The series releases on July 11 which includes a set of shopping bags (large and small), day pack, large and small wallet, grooming pouch and zipper-enclosed key case.

Check your local Head Porter retailer for pricing and availability or shop Head Porter Online.

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hobo x BEAUTY&YOUTH UNITED ARROWS (Japan) White Basics Series

Japanese contemporary label hobo has teamed up with another iconic Japanese brand, BEAUTY&YOUTH UNITED ARROWS on a series of bags. The collection features three all white bags in different styles, including a backpack, a fanny pack and a messenger bag.

Inspired by practicality, the bags are versatile with multiple compartments for organization. Constructed of a lightweight polyester material, the bags are durable and feature hobo’s branding. The series will be available June 9, with prices ranging from ¥10,000 JPY for the fanny pack to ¥13,000 JPY for the backpack and messenger bag.

Head over to its site for more details.

Porter (Japan) celebrates Yoshida & Co.’s 80th anniversary