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Exotic Gifts for 'him' this Christmas at Urban Zen Market

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If you're still looking for the picky, sophisticated, man in your life, try looking at Urban Zen Marketplace's world of carefully curated treasures. I picked a few things that will have you running to 705 Greenwich street to snap up the perfect tribute to father, brother, uncle, or ... friend.

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I met the designer Oumar of Burkindy at the press preview. His rugged good looks match the jewelry tat he makes. Uber-masculine leather cuffs with oxidized silver embellishments will look perfect on the wrist of the world explorer in your life. Umar himself is from Burkina Faso. He started out making jewelry for himself, but the pieces quickly garnered attention.

His work was discovered while working at Paul Smith. The buyer saw the jewelry on Umar's arm and immediately wanted it. Oumar eventually started selling at Bergdorf Goodman, and good fortune met Donna Karan, who snapped up the leather cuffs for Urban Zen. Eventually, he'd like to open an arts center back home in Burkina Faso. Burkindy cuffs are $250 to $550.

How's that for a New York story?

For the guy green techie who holds your heart, try the Waka Waka solar smartphone charger. The bright yellow color not only will make you smile, it's pretty darn hard to lose in a cluttered room. It's also a light, so after leavng it in sunlight for one day, you can get 40 hours of light. $69.00

The man on the go needs something more fun than a dull black computer bag. Try giving him a piece of the fire engine that he dreamed about as a kid. Elvis & Kress makes a range of bags made out of reclaimed fire hose. The mini-messenger is $270.

Decorating with your man can be hard, but the tobacco leaf vases from Nomad are just masculine enough for the mancave. Made in Haiti, and benefittng the still recovering artists of the country, the vases are a reminder of the fragility and strength of the natural world. Price available upon request.

For the nesting homme, you might be interested in a gorgeous Carini Lang rug. Determined to preserve the ancient tradition of rugmaking, Joseph Carini has studied in Nepal and Tibet for a full 15 years before going into business. the rugs are made of things like silk, hemp, and mohair using sustainable traditions. Prices are available upon request.

Take part in the 'soulful economy' of the Urban Zen Marketplace until December 31st. They are located at 705 Greenwich Street in NYC, close to public transporttion. The hours are:

Monday to Wednesday 10am to 6pm, Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday 10 am to 6pm, Saturday 11m to 6pm, Sunday 12pm to 6pm. If you need directions you can call them at 631.725.6176.

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