Pettegolezzi

Something’s brewing.

A San Francisco native who grew up in New Jersey, Joey Roth is also a long-distance skateboarder, barbecue enthusiast, and industrial designer who has created items ranging from ceramic speakers to self-watering planters. Last summer, Roth launched version 2.0 of his stainless steel and glass teapot, the Sorapot.

Sleep tight.

After seeing a 19th-century cotton chemise at a vintage menswear stall in London’s Spitalfields Market, Alexandra Suhner Isenberg, a Central Saint Martins graduate, was hooked on the product and, in 2012, started her made-in-Canada sleepwear label, the Sleep Shirt.

Cut, copy.

Created in 1829, its inspiration a Spanish folding pocket knife, the Laguiole (pronounced la-yol) is part of culinary history.

Port of call.

The grapes for Taylor Fladgate’s 1863 port were picked the year Henry Ford and William Randolph Hearst were born and the Battle of Gettysburg took place. It was a stellar year in the Douro Valley.

Australia's boot.

Most of Australia doesn’t get much in the way of snow or slush, but Blundstone leather boots can thankfully withstand both.

Planes, trains, and totes.

Design team and twins Byron and Dexter Peart know that travelling can be a chore—airport check-in, security, compromised cabin leg room. The Ottawa natives created Want Les Essentiels de la Vie, a line of voyageur bags and accessories, in 2006, and this fall, the duo added an accessories collection.

Turn style.

In painter, sculptor, and audiophile Tyler Hays’s handcrafted BDDW design shops in New York and Milan, visitors may find wool tapestries made from yarn as thick as a wrist, and paper-thin ceramics beside vintage industrial wall-lamps.

Knot worthy.

Macramé is often considered campy, not classy (blame those strange owls with the off-putting wooden eyes). Sally England, a Michigan-based fibre artist, is helping to revive and modernize the knot-based craft in a way that even the most discerning design lover could appreciate.

Cultural commune.

An architectural luminary and a fashion-house great will come together in Paris this fall with the opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in a new Frank Gehry–designed building.