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A Summer Shop

Caftan, check. Sunscreen, check. Chambray checkerboard...

Yes, you need one.

Introducing cloth board games from A Summer Shop, based in NYC.

Perfect for a day at the beach or a picnic in the park, the games are printed on drawstring bags, which also hold all the pieces. You simply pour out the wooden tokens, smooth out the bag and start playing.

Games include backgammon, chess and checkers, but which material you choose depends entirely on your style. Backgammon or checkers players can go for burlap ($22) or canvas ($25). Chess stars can opt for double-printed canvas ($38).

But as quaint as those fabrics are, how can you not drool over Japanese selvedge chambray? Score both backgammon and checkers in anchor print, star print or plain ($78).

We love our iPhone games as much as the next girl, but when an old-school throwback fits into our new bucket tote, it?s a win-win.

Find A Summer Shop at local stores like Story, 144 Tenth Ave. (at W. 19th St.), and Jack Spade, 400 Bleecker St. (at W. 11th St.).

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