Hunting down unique, art-driven gear requires the sort of intense online scouring that only a twittering team of unpaid fashion interns could accomplish. Courtesy of our interns: check out Night-Lab instead
Run by a designer/former art mag editor, newly launched Night-Lab culls the best of independent artists' exclusive products from all over the world, presenting you the wheat, even as the hideous chaff lands on piles of "Mies van der Rohe-influenced" cashmere hoodies. Their picks include a narrow swath of tees (notably, a graffiti'd Bob Ross affair from ICON), photograph-emblazoned wallets, and graphic ties featuring images of zebras, octopi, and other animals so wild, they would trample/sucker you to death for putting them on a work-mandated neck-noose.
Additionally, N-L sells style-forward novelties like the Snap-A-Party, an all-in-one kit with a dinner plate, utensils, and chopsticks that snap out, model-car-style -- a feat of efficiency your penniless research team'll appreciate even if the gorgy purpose confounds them.