In this month’s rundown of vital life improvements, we have whisky stones to cool your single malt, detergents with a twist and a back-to-basics cookbook.
Amarelli - Liquorice
Since 1731, family-run Italian confectioner Amarelli has prepared its liquorice using artisanal methods at its small factory in Rossano. Made from Calabrian liquorice roots, the sap is extracted over six hours, cooked at 140C and concentrated into a paste – all overseen bya master confectioner, a position passed down from father to son.
WANT Les Essentiels - de la Vie - Bag
The “De Gaulle” bag celebrates the 2010 Winter Olympics that will take place in Vancouver in the leather-goods brand’s native Canada. Only 47 are being hand-crafted from full-grain Norwegian leather, one for each Olympics (summer and winter) held since the inaugural Games in Athens in 1896. The handles are interchangeable and available in the five colours of the Olympic rings.
Terotorma - Whisky stones
To cool a stiff scotch without diluting the taste, a chilled whisky stone is the perfect night-cap companion. US-based husband and wife team Andrew and Anna Hellman of Teroforma have updated the classic whisky stone historically used by Scandinavians partial to a glass of good stiff single malt or bourbon. One of Vermont’s oldest soapstone manufacturers mills these cubes exclusively for Teroforma using age-old techniques. They can be used time and time again, just rinse and pop them back in the freezer. teroforma.com
Brooklyn - Golf ball holder and score-card notebook holder
Tokyo-based leather maker Brooklyn has an in-store atelier where leather goods are hand-crafted to the highest standards. Headed by a father- and-son team, the Omotesando firm’s latest offering is a golf accessory that will attract admiring looks on the fairways and greens. Leather golf ball cases come in six different colours with neat side-slots for tees. Keep track of your birdies in this smart matching leather score-card jacket.
Alphabet Press - Melbourne Design Guide
The founder of independent publisher Alphabet Press is Australian design journalist Viviane Stappmanns. Her new guide book to Melbourne is an essential companion for design enthusiasts visiting the city. Alongside 60 hand-made maps, the “Explore” section features off-the-radar design destinations while the “Learn” section profiles up-and-coming Melbourne design talent. Restaurants, bars and hotel listings are all chosen by the book’s featured designers. alphabetpress.com.au
Homarus - Cookbooks
Belgian food photographer Tony Le Duc has teamed up with writer Filip Verheyden to create a trilogy of gold-leaf embossed, fuss-free cookbooks. La base covers basic skills such as sauce-making, whereas le produit tells how to prepare vegetable and pescaterian staples from salsify to salmon. Le plat has 150 recipes that reference techniques in the former two books.
The box set is available in German, French and Dutch and la base (the basics) is available in English.
Alumo - Boxer shorts
These boxers are made from 100 per cent two-ply Swiss Oxford cotton and are woven by Alumo, a family textile business in the country's Appenzell region. Alumo is one of the world’s leading producers of high quality two-fold cotton shirt fabric and is certified with the Oeko-Tex Standard 100. Available in six different colour combinations and each with the signature red button, the shorts are designed for use as either underwear or sleeping gear.
Laundry products and scented bubbles Parisian perfumier Francis Kurkdjian has created scents for the greats of the olfactory world including Jean Patou and Guerlain. His own perfume line “Maison Francis Kurkdjian” launched in September with a 325 sq m shop on Paris’ Rue d’Alger. His new concession store in London’s Liberty will open this month. In addition to perfumes, Kurkdjian’s line also includes fragrant laundry detergents and scented bubbles inspired by his six-year-old niece.
Odin - Perfumes
Having successfully cornered New York’s men’s retail market – a third location opened in September – Eddy Chai and Paul Birardi of Odin New York continue their empire-building with the launch of three fragrances. Nomad, Owari and Century are modern takes on traditional fragrance families: an oriental, a citrus and a chypre respectively. “But they have underlying similarities,” says Chai. “So they can be worn together or on their own.