Just as life is full of choices, it is full of surprises. And yesterday, after swerving off Perry Street and on to Bank Street to avoid a former coworker (one of those people in her 20s by whom this speech was inspired) I ran into my old pal Malcolm. Malcolm is one of those people who it’s really fun to get a laugh out of, so I told him all about the catalogue challenge, and he was in fact duly amused. As a little something to cleanse my palate, he suggested I check out Manufactum, a beautifully edited European site featuring items for the home and garden, as well as clothing, accessories, beauty products, office supplies and more. Sort of like the most highly evolved iteration of the SkyMall catalogue imaginable.
Is this not one of the most beautiful satchel bags in the history of ever? It comes from Provence, is handmade, and was apparently originally used to transport food on hikes in the countryside. I want and I want.
The notion of drinking coffee out of a bowl always seems so impossibly twee. But this particular bowl also makes it seem impossibly appealing.
Everything on Manufactum is so attractive that you find yourself thinking: I could probably really use a good stainless steel bucket.
Apparently, you put this stuff in the wash with your whites and it makes them whiter. Mostly I just like the super-old school packaging.
Similarly, I’m not certain I care if what of these soaps smell like, so pretty are they to look at.
How have any of us managed to live this long without an Italian naval blanket?
This is a cardboard suitcase with wood strips, made by a Czechoslovakian company and said to be quite sturdy. Checking it through baggage might be too dodgy a proposition to consider. But how great would this be for storage?