Southampton Shopper in Italian calf from Twenty Seven East: Taigan CEO Elizabeth Nichols was carrying this when we had lunch a few weeks ago and I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. The leather will only get better as it ages and I love that it has structure, which would make it easy to find things you’ve stashed inside.
Sailor’s bracelet by Adesso: Wear it everyday. It can go solo for a minimal look or be grouped with other bracelets for a more artful approach.
100% Capri Boy’s Suede Sandals: There’s nothing juvenile about these child-sized sandals. If you start them off young, they’ll be stylish for a lifetime. Molto elegante!
Simon Pearce bowls: These beautiful bowls are striking enough to leave out on the counter and functional enough (they’re oven safe!) to actually use for cooking.
Gervis Design Studio’s Leather and Chain Wrap bracelet: The combination of matte and sparkly finishes is alluring and will look so delicate on the wrist.
Herringbone Stripe guest towels from Scents and Feel: With the look of traditional Turkish towels, they’ll add a whiff of the exotic to your powder room without overdoing it. They’d also make an excellent gift for your favorite hostess.
Found’s Resin champagne bucket: The pairing of the warm leather handles and chalky, freeform resin is what makes this piece so compelling.What a gorgeous alternative to traditional silver or glass!
Handmade pottery, also from Found: I’m a sucker for anything handmade. You can feel the mark of the artisan on this beautiful vase, but it is still so sophisticated.
Maroc Design’s Floating Tahitian Pearl ring: Perfectly pared down—I’d never take this off.
Paige Campshirt dress for girls from Miss B: This is the best girls’ dress I’ve seen in years. It hits all the right notes: it’s stylish without trying too hard and the denim screams comfort and practicality. It reflects American style at its best.
Leslie Fendig’s Druzy Quartz cuff: I love the gutsiness of this piece and the fact that you can dress it up or dress it down.
Wood Tassle & Spicula earrings from Marion Cage: Glamorous and earthy all at once.
Iris & Co.’s Braided Jute mat: I’m a big believer in the idea that everyday objects should be just as beautiful as everything else in your life. What a nice housewarming present!
Graduated Lucite Balls necklace by Amanda Pearl: A great modern take on a string of pearls—you can wear it with everything.
And George’s Round Basket with Four Handles: A good looking, holdall basket is the best-kept secret in every decorator’s arsenal. This one is perfect for stowing recycling or holding firewood. Every house should have one.
Berti Knives Ox Horn carving set: There is nothing pretentious about this beautiful set, handmade by a single artisan. Classic and made to last a lifetime, it would make a lovely wedding present.
Handblown drinking glasses from 100% Capri: I actually own these and use them for red wine, cocktails or just plain water. They feel so good to hold and I love how each glass is unique—at a party, you always remember which glass is yours.
Wok Style Wrought Steel fire pit from Fire Pit Art: What could be more beautiful than a sculptural form that is also so romantic?
Esencia’s Carla Mary Jane baby shoes: These are adorable without being precious, and so practical for little feet because with the front strap, they will actually stay on!
Fouta Bicolor Regular Stripes towels: The black and white one will look perfect as a sarong over my black bathing suit. And with all the black and white we are seeing on the runway this year, it’s also spot-on.
Martina Percale sheets from Anichini: Nothing says luxury more than crisp white sheets, and these manage to strike the perfect balance between tailored AND pretty.
White Engraved Floral notes With Return Address by Dandelion: Thanks to a neutral palette, these lovely engraved notecards are sweet without being saccharine. I’d love to have them for myself, but they’d make the perfect gift for any woman, young or old.
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Photo Credit: Melanie Acevedo