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What AnOther Loves This Week: Utility Chic

A selection of covetable utensils (with a twist) takes centre stage in this week's @anotherloves edit

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When it comes to DIY, nothing motivates more that an inspiring set of tools. What could be better, then, than a sleek wooden penknife with animal characteristics? Including a knife, bottle-opener, nailfile and more, it does everything that your regular Swiss Army Knife can do, but throws a llama, rhino and hippo into the equation (and stands on mini screwdriver legs). The perfect catalyst for any miniature assembly projects you have lying around this weekend.

It's a fact: a great pair of red shoes can make any outfit look fabulous, and this pair of cherry red Mary Janes by French footwear label Carel are some of the best we've seen. "The company was founded in Paris in 1952," explains AnOther's fashion coordinator Chloe Grace Press. "And they've been a go-to for their timeless, chic designs ever since. This style comes in lots of different, equally lovely colours – so if red isn't your shade, you can opt for a pale cream suede or a dusty pink."

Made from copper with black, dipped handles, we defy you to find a more beautiful set of shears than this one by Madam Stoltz. "I don't do much cutting out," says AnOther Lover Daisy Woodward, "But I get the feeling that these scissors would encourage me to seek out my inner-Matisse and get snipping!"

Tuesday marked the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, and in support of this important annual awareness day, we injected the Loves stream with rainbow hues, from an excellent Thierry Mugler vintage leather jacket to this heart-shaped acrylic clutch by Edie Parker: an important reminder that love comes in many colours, each as vibrant, and vital as the next. 

There are certain utilities you don't know that you need until you try them but, after that moment of realisation, you marvel as to how you lived without them. Enter the rotary apple peeler in all its industrial glory. Gone are the days of laboriously peeling, coring and slicing: simply place your apple onto the end of this lathe-like device and wind to your heart's content. Doctors, beware!

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