What to buy for the person who has everything? With the click of a mouse, enter Kaufmann Mercantile, an online general store with a serious slant towards the luxe and the curious. The boutique stocks everyday objects of discernible quality; think cherry birch knife sets, Maine wool blankets, or pewter candlestick holders. And for those with a natural inclination towards specific items of, say, leather, beeswax, or enamelware, shoppers can even tailor their site search by material. Kaufmann Mercantile has an accompanying blog called References, which acts as a working library of original articles related to history, production, design, and material fabrication of many of their featured products—an ideal crash course for a well-thought-out, well-bought gift.
November 26, 2013