Japanese DECO clay, these orchid lapel pins from Vanda Fine Clothing are something special for the guys. As a belated birthday gift (I totally slacked this year!) I plan to get one for Nick. He loves to get dressed up and this is a little something that will make him feel extra snappy when he does.
Photo: Vanda Fine Clothing
I’m a minimalist..
Copper Turtle Grater
when it comes to kitchen gadgets (clothes and shoes are a whole different story), but the copper turtle grater seems like a neat thing to have around. The sharp, hand carved blades are perfect for grating raw wasabi, ginger and I would imagine vegetables and cheese as well. The tail of the turtle can be used to hang it out of reach of little hands, while also showing it off as a fine piece of kitchen decor. Turtles symbolize longevity and stability in many cultures and this Japanese product is said to represent omotenashi, which is the idea of gracious hospitality carried out effortlessly. Form and function at its best.
Photo: The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt
Free & Easy Magazine
Free & Easy a few different places now, but the new-to-me contemporary Japanese men’s lifestyle & fashion magazine has been around for awhile. I’m unable to gather too much information, especially since I don’t speak Japanese, but it does seem like a great place to go for inspiration. The features are all about classic American style, and you can pick up the most recent issue at Need Supply Co. If you’ve got extra bones to spare, check out The Rugged Museum, a store where you can score some goods from the pages of the magazine.
Photo: Need Supply Co.
Shirayuki towels that only get better over time, can’t say that about many things. These beautiful towels are made from fabric used to make mosquito nets, also called “kaya”. They make lovely hand, dish, wash cloths and best of all wonderful gifts . They can be found at a shop called UGUiSU, a great go-to for all things unique. We’ve mentioned the paper balloons from UGUiSU but they’ve got such an amazing assortment of Japanese goods, like washi masking tape, origami paper sets and all other kinds of bits and baubles, so it’s definitely worth another shout-out.