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kar'ikter focuses on European flair. Nestled around Union Square, kar'ikter specializes in two main areas: European childhood characters and innovative design products. What may seem like a strange mix lends itself to an eclectic gift store able to please dad, mom, and children alike. For those who grew up in Europe, kar'ikter focuses on children's characters that are dear to your heart. Tin Tin, Asterix the Gladiator, Babar, Madeline, and Le Petit Prince, are just a few of the characters in which they specialize. Transformed from simple book characters, they are now marketable sundries for every part of your home. In need of Le Petit Prince porcelain plates, a Tin Tin wall clock or a Barbar rug? Look no further. kar'ikter also has high-end European design products like the clear polycarbonate Louis Ghost armchairs, Troika stainless steel office products, and Stelton metal bowls and platters.
- Excerpt from "Sophisticated Kitsch" by Cliff Samaniego