It’s no secret that Valentine’s Day is my birthday and that I absolutely adore Duran Duran but let it be clear that this post is NOT a plea for Duran Duran related birthday gifts!
As I’ve gotten older, instead of ditching the Duran Duran fan memorabilia type of collecting, I seem to have gotten worse. Diehard fans know that there’s always great stuff to buy at the Duran Duran Official web store via CreweIssueUK and the Duran Duran Collector’s Mega Store but I’ve gone off the beaten path for some of my collecting and figured I’d share what I’ve found.
Here are my top fun and funky finds that might delight your favorite Duranie this Valentine’s Day.
1. Duran Duran Phone Case:
This classic pose from the 1984 cover of Rolling Stone Magazine is one of my favorites (I have it on my business card holder as well). I had this cover in white and now I have it in black.
You can also find some cool double D Duran Duran phone designs (~$20), a modern band line up case (8.99 in Pounds Sterling via a British website), a single member black and white photo case by David McKenna ($35) or a variety of shots via YesMyIdol (not sure about this site but the variety drew me in to search).
My phone is rarely out of my hand and being able to see Duran Duran often makes me smile.
2. Duran Duran Jewelry
Etsy stores have been very, very good to me in terms of Duran Duran paraphernalia. The first thing I bought on Etsy was a glass SLB pendant. This obnoxiously big pendant goes along with me to many conferences and it has often have it as my Facebook avatar.
The Etsy store where I bought it has since disappeared but it looks like a new Etsy store, RetroactiveStyle, has a few options for $4.99+ of John Taylor, Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon or these group options:
There are quite a few cute options like a mini Rio album necklace ($10), a “Hungry Like The Wolf” pendant ($16) and even a sterling silver interlocking double D necklace ($69).
If you’re a runner or fitness enthusiast, you might also enjoy creating your own Motivate Wraps, Suede Cuffs or Foot Notes from Momentum Jewelry. I adore my Duranie Forever Foot Notes. They’ve gotten me through a number of hills and valleys in fitness.
3. Duran Duran clothing
All fans usually have Duran Duran t-shirts from concerts or find vintage stuff on eBay but finding something unique is always kind of fun!
I found Nicole of Rainbow Alternative on Etsy (it really is a treasure trove) and fell in love with her idea of “social change through wearable art”. The hand stenciled and spray painted t-shirts, buttons, accessories and even baby onesies of Rainbow Alternative features a mix of politics and pop culture.
I’ve worn my RA Duran Duran tank top a million places and always get compliments on it. See what the Rainbow Alternative Etsy store has in stock now.
I mentioned on Tuesday that I just bought this vintage shirt made into a tank top from Time Travel Tees:
and for all of the John Taylor fans out there, this tank via ShirtByHome is available on Etsy ($14.99):
Many die-hard Duranies are eagerly waiting the re-opening of Patty Palazzo’s Punk Masters shop soon for additional fun t-shirts!
4. Duran Duran Computer Accessories
Maybe you don’t want to use that vintage Duran sticker on your computer but you do want the world to know your love of your favorite band, you can utilize the Skin Trade (computer skins, that is – bad Duran Duran pun, I know but I had to go there).
For $30 you can add some flair to your lap top with this computer skin via Redbubble. It features all the members of the original band (except Andy) and is definitely unique.
If an iPad is more your thing, you could order the above Redbubble design for $45 or if your pocketbook is a little deeper ($170), you could go classic and sleek with this Rio iPad cover via Vindicated Vinyl:
Maybe you want to cover your Nook, Kindle or iPad mini, there’s always this $30 Seven and The Ragged Tiger option from ThreeRDesigns:
4. Duran Duran Pocketbooks/Bags:
If you want to carry your love for Duran Duran in something other than your heart, there are a few handbag/pocketbook designers willing to help you out.
and this is their clutch ($18):
Musicpurse.com has a mini Rio bag ($20) and a full sized Seven and the Ragged Tiger bag ($50). Examples featuring the self-titled album, Arena and The Reflex, are also featured but unavailable per the website at this time.
Bandinmyhand.com also has a record shaped Seven and the Ragged Tiger purse for $60. I recently stumbled upon Dayna’s Duran Designs (Facebook only) and her bags are amazing! Dayna is exceptionally creative – just check out her Come Undone shoes below. I’m dying to work with her on something soon!
5. Duran Duran themed books
Anyone Duran Duran fan who tells you that they don’t want the Denis O’Regan book, Careless Memories, is lying. I want this book desperately but 250.0o Pounds Sterling is a bit above my pay grade – even with the Valentine’s Day Golden Ticket drawing available to meet the band during the 2015/2016 tour!
— Denis O’Regan (@TheDenisORegan) February 3, 2015
Instead, I think I’ll finally get myself Beautiful Colors ($75) by Andrew “Durandy” Golub.
Durandy is known within the Duran Duran community as the curator of all Duran Duran posters available and when this book was put together most of die-hard fans ran out and got the book. I’ll admit that I’ve been behind the 8 ball on this one. I’ve conversed with Andy via email but he not only seems like a really nice guy but his dedication to Duran Duran memorabilia is admirable!
If these books aren’t in the cards for you, there are many Duran Duran themed books out there including:
Katy Krassner’s Would Someone Please Explain
John Taylor’s autobiography, Into The Pleasure Groove
Andy Taylor’s Wild Boy: My Life in Duran Duran
There are tons of other books as well such as
- Careless Memories of Strange Behavior – My Notorious Life as a Duran Duran Fan by Lyndsey Parker
- Friends of Mine: 30 Years in the Life of a Duran Duran Fan by Elisa Lorello
- Talking To Girls About Duran Duran by Rob Sheffield
- Mad World by Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein
- Duran Duran inspired fiction: Bring Me Back and Back Forever by Friday’s Featured Female, Karen Booth.
6. Duran Duran Art
How about some Duran Duran inspired art? These are some of my picks:
There are a million more things if you really looked that are Duran Duran themed but DarkDiva on Crafter.com takes the cake IMHO:
What I’m really waiting for are some Duran Duran fitness clothes – a tech shirt, tank, capris or a headband – anything really. Why they haven’t been made yet, I’ll never know. When someone makes those, I’ll be the first on line to buy them.
I’m sure I missed more than a few Duran Duran unique collectible sources. Which ones do you love?
One more thing!
I’m trying to #breaktheinternet for my birthday on Saturday.
Won’t you help with #stachingonthevalentine?
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post but there are Amazon Affiliate links within this post. If you buy anything after clicking some of the links above, a few pennies toward my Duran Duran 2015/2016 Tour Fund (or Careless Memories book fund) will be earned (and greatly appreciated).