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LOWER MANHATTAN—In a landscape full of garish, blaring, probably-lying-to-you liquidation signage, it's the rare discount store that strives to be as honest as possible in its advertising. Lost City found the ad above, in which a downtown shoe shop hedges its bets. [Lost City]
EVERYWHERE—LA-based bag company Hammitt has released a line of purses inspired by HBO vampire soap True Blood. The timing on this is a little odd, as True Blood isn't coming back until June, but the show does inspire serious devotion among fans. Styles range from a dove-gray pleated purse named after heroine Sookie Stackhouse to a black-leather studded contraption named after undead Viking heartthrob Eric Northman. Prices range too, though they're all expensive—Sookie's bag is the cheapest, but it's not exactly easy on the wallet at $395, while Lafayette's is the most expensive at $675. [Styleite]