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01-Watering can


Shop and gallery Mjölk was founded in 2009 by husband and wife John and Juli Baker. The timeless crafts in its portfolio include a winsome set of indoor gardening tools, produced with Norwegian designer Anderssen Voll. Handmade in Toronto, it includes this brass-bodied watering can.

02- Enamelware

Mini Moderns

Founders of interiors brand Mini Moderns Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire say that vintage toys and childhood memories often inspire their new patterns. Their collection of Scandi-influenced enamelware is great for grown-up tea parties.

03- Book

The New Nordic

Chef, food stylist, photographer (and Monocle contributor) Simon Bajada’s cookbook is a welcome resource for anyone with a taste for Nordic nosh. From recipes to a glossary of hard-to-find ingredients, this is a sumptuous introduction to the region's storied fare.

04- Bags


Founded in 2014 by designer Kazuhiro Taguchi, Makkamon’s bags cater to cyclists. The Suzaku range is made from durable hanpu material and is treated to be weatherproof.

05- Pens


Lamy first made a mark in the 1930s when C Josef Lamy launched the firm in Heidelberg. By 1966 he had created the Bauhaus-inspired 2000 model and this Dialog series is a modern extension of the line. The ballpoint, fountain pen and rollerball form an award-winning trio characterised by sleek lines and elegant titanium and palladium finishes.

06- Whiskey

Tincup Whiskey

Named for the vessels used by gold-rush era prospectors Jess Graber's whiskey brand Tincup is made when grains from the Mid-West are cut with Rocky Mountain water and aged in American white-oak barrels.

07- Toiletries


It takes 100 hours for Tokyo-based firm Matsuyama to process the additive-free raw materials that make its soaps. This long-loved collection is complemented by a yuzu-fruit toothpaste.

08- Perfume

Frédéric Malle

Launched in time for the opening of its first London store, Frédéric Malle's heady Cologne Indélébile perfume has taken Malle and industry-revered nose Dominic Ropion three years to perfect. It is an olfactory delight that proved irresistible to Estée Lauder: the French powerhouse acquired the firm this year.

09- Travel guides


The first of writer and editor Taylor Bruce's six Wildsam travel guides appeared in 2012. These idiosyncratic editions weave local history with biography to offer vivid snapshots of their chosen cities.

10- Candles

Vancouver Candle Co

In 2014, San Diego-born Nick Rabuchin bought a designer candle that burned poorly. That purchase led Rabuchin to develop a long-burning candle of his own, which doesn't contain any of the toxins prevalent in mainstream alternatives. His candles are made from a soy wax blend and perfume-grade fragrance oils and topped with cotton wicks.

11- Vodka

Bessie Starkman Prohibition Vodka

Named after the bootlegger Bessie Starkman, this Ontario-made vodka is a tribute to the high quality of its namesake's prohibition-era products.

12- Socks


After buying roles at the menswear departments of COS and Albam, Richard Jeal launched his socks-by-subscription service this March. Delivered quarterly in batches of three, the socks are made from Italian cotton.

13- Jewellery stand

Zoë Mowat

Canadian designer Zoë Mowat, established her studio in 2010. Inspiration arrives in many forms but it was a documentary about the bowerbird, which decorates its nest with colourful titbits, that sparked the idea for this sturdy brass-and-wood stand.

14- Dog bowl

Cloud 7

For the past five years Cloud 7 has kept Berlin’s most pampered pooches in leather collars and travel beds. “The idea was to design products of the highest quality, made from organic, untreated materials,” says owner Petra Jungebluth. The colourful Jamie dog-bowl collection is made by a family-run Berlin ceramics firm.

15- Honey and olive oil

PS Lambis

Barrister Marios Lambis’s yearning to create his own products came to fruition in 2012. Within two years he had launched the Oso range, including this oil made from Koreineiki olives and a Cypriot honey.

16- Fragrance

Maison Louis Marie

Marie du Petit Thouars’ decision to found a fragrance-and-candle brand was rooted in an long-held interest in botany. “Since I was young I had a love for fresh tuberose in the garden and the smell of pine deep in the forest,” she says. With notes of lemon, nutmeg and eucalyptus, the new fragrance, No.10 Aboukir, pays homage to Thouars’ descendant who fought for Napoleon in Egypt.

17- Document wallet

Noise Goods

Designer and craftsman Pedro Fernandes started Noise Goods in 2013 in response to the cheap and poorly made accessories he saw on the market. What began as a simple coin purse grew into a line of bags and accessories, including this indigo, vegetable-tanned leather folder.


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