A Diaper Bag for Dads

This eco-friendly shoulder bag keeps dad equipped for all manner of duties. (Wink.)
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Conquer the Father’s Day gift quandary with the coolest diaper bag in town: SoDo-based Metamorphic Gear gives new life to old sails and tarps by sewing them into sweet man-totes. Lake City dad Lindsay Lawrence makes the bags with 75 percent upcycled materials; they’re big enough to hold a 15-inch laptop (or about 15 clean diapers and binkies!). A double flap opens to reveal smartly placed pockets, and durable materials make for easy cleanup. Plus, $7.50 of every sale goes toward supporting cleaner oceans.

Happy Father’s Day, Mother Earth! $130–$150; available at Spun Sustainable Collective, Capitol Hill and at metamorphicgear.com.

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

A Seattle-based skin care company brings beauty breakthroughs to your door
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Goodies from a 3B beauty box

Ke Chen, cofounder of 3B (Beauty Beyond Borders), says skin care in Asia is approached the same way the French think about food. “It’s an art form,” she says. Chen, whose Seattle-based subscription beauty box company launched last year, says this “art form” can include a 10-step cleansing ritual and feature innovative, exotic ingredients like bee venom and snail mucus to soothe and repair skin.

 

Chen has found that obtaining these elite Asian skin care products stateside takes time and research, which is why she’s offering them via a home subscription service ($15/month), which delivers a collection of Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese skin care samples, such as the Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion from Taiwan and Leaders’ 7 Wonders Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution Mask from South Korea. When subscribers find a product they can’t live without, they can shop for the full-size product on 3B’s website (the3bbox.com).

Local and national focus groups of bloggers, YouTubers and beauty influencers help Chen keep up on Asian skin care trends and determine what ends up in the boxes. You could say that 3B has skin in this game.