The 2018 Holiday (or anytime) Gift Guide
Happy holidays to you dear readers! It is somehow that time already. Gift guides galore have been bestowed upon all of us for weeks and weeks at this point and I am fully aware of just how many of these you have likely received. In fact, this year, I planned on skipping my usual holiday gift guide due to the fact that I feel inundated with guides this year myself, but also since I feel as though I basically pitch gift ideas with just about every post I write. Instead of this being a holiday gift guide at all, I think we will call this one just a general guide to gifting, anytime! Why not? I hope you enjoy and happy holidays to you and yours.
Designers Ivan Pericoli and Benoît founded Asteir de Villatte in 1996. They are one of the only studios to keep the traditional artisanal ceramic product in Paris still going after beginning in the 18th century. Known for their one of a kind ceramics, each is constructed in Paris from black terra-cotta clay and finished with a soft white glaze. They partnered with John Derian, of John Derian Company, who has three retail stores located in New York City. This collection is filled with John’s most beloved images paired perfectly against the crispness of the tell-tale white finish of Astier de Villatte ceramics.
The Appointed is a Made in America brand that’s looking to bring luxury and utility together in your desktop products. After searching for chic and refined desktop products and coming up inconclusive, they built The Appointed. They are crafted in the US using the best materials meant to elevate your work experience.
Set out inspired, “to make it feel like a makeup artist is doing your makeup.” Gucci Westman has years (and tons of celebrity clients) under her belt to perfect the brush. She’s channeled these years into a namesake brand, Westman Atelier, designing the collection to feel homemade, and has thought of anything down to the details. Shorter handles for easier control and feel, personal favorite color combination of matte black, all packaged under white, cruelty-free nylon bristles, to which she uses as a reminder: clean your brushes!
The Vetro Vero Coloring Book projects pages on pages of designs inspired by Vetro Vero including illustrations of glass objects and vessels. Made for those of any age, the composition of illustrations are layered, manipulated, and cloned to create interested and kaleidoscopic designs. Get lost in the pages and inspired by the glass, color, and design.
Yves Spinelli founded Spinelli Kilcollin in 2010 as a luxury jewelry company based solely out of Los Angeles. In the beginning of his design journey, Spinelli was searching for a minimal take in a world of ornate jewelry. Inspired by an architectural standpoint, he created these set of linked rings in different weights to be worn a handful of different ways- stacked or spread across the fingers.
Clara Malloy and her husband John have always associated fragrance with more than just a scent. That is why they founded Memo Paris in 2007 to focus on fragrances that are seen as journeys, and reminiscent of dreamy destinations and the raw materials found there. She as the Parisian poet, and he as an Irish traveler, their desire for travel and discovery has been the essence of themselves and the brand. The motto “The Journey is the destination” holds true through Memo’s four collections, each ingredient and sensation unique to places around the world.
Alexandra Senes created a french brand named aptly Kilometer Paris. It ranges as a embroidering collection done by Indian or Mexican artisans. Every piece is unique and inspired by destinations or memories, those amongst a community that can share inspiration from a trip. A fair trade brand, they exemplify craftsmanship quality with simplicity and stories to share with embroidering across pillows, scarves, and blouses.
The pencils responsible behind the famous cartoon Bugs Bunny and other Looney Tunes characters has a cult following for a reason. Blackwing pencils, known for the square eraser, were first introduced in the 1930’s by the Eberahrd Faber Pencil Company. They were a hit instantly by authors, animators, and illustrators. But even famous pencils face cost cutting measure, and in the 1990’s they were discontinued. This caused unused pencil stock to soar up to $40 per pencil. In 2010 they took this as a sign and reintroduced Blackwing pencils using the best materials in the world. They proudly donate a portion of sales to music and arts education to help inspire a new generation of writers and creatives.
Two surprising iconic brands came together together this season. Bernard Meisner, master calligrapher, and OM NYC a profound leather goods brand, collaborated an exclusive collection which was a creative stretch for both of them. Meisner, known for his intricate and delicate artwork, carefully inspected each of Profound’s mastery to transform these leather goods. The results are playful, beautiful, and unique range of purses and wallets.
In need of more time with Mother Nature? That is exactly what The Outside Institute sets out to do. Founded in 2017 in the Upper Delaware Valley, they wanted to connect more people to nature and inspire joy with land. Their programs include forest bathing, foraging, nature walks, field trips, and workshops all year round. Bringing in experts to collaborate on plant dyes, natural cosmetics, botany, and mixology there is something there for everyone. They also incorporate food into most of their programs, locally frame for foraged in the valley region. If you’re unable to make it up there for a class, they offer certificates for easy gifting this holiday season, or any season!