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Fashion books that offer more than good looks

Fashion books usually appeal to the eye with zippy photographs, playful illustrations, arresting typefaces. But the best of them will offer something for the head and heart – a surprising point of view, thoughtful essays, a distinctive style – that makes the experience memorable. Consider these three new books: "John Galliano Unseen" (Yale University Press, $60) by Robert Fairer; "Food in Vogue" (Abrams, $75), edited by Taylor Antrim; and "Items: Is Fashion Modern?" (The Museum of Modern Art, $45) by Paola Antonelli and Michelle Millar Fisher.

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Holiday shopping begins at these markets (tell us more)

In this era of global marketplaces, there’s something special about giving a gift that was locally made. Here are the first markets and events of the season for created-in-the-Carolinas goods, offering more than just holiday-specific stuff. We’ll tell you about more in coming weeks.

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CLT Made: Eli Arenas

What: One of a kind and everyday jewelry. Earrings, brooches, necklaces and bracelets using a sterling silver, brass or copper base and adorned with a range of nontraditional materials such as paper, plastic, tin cans and powder coating.

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Vinyl By Gilomen

What: One-of-a-kind vegan bags and wristlets handmade from recycled billboard vinyl, nylon webbing, solid brass hardware, faux suede and velvet.