The New English
BIG Heart $90
The New English's BIG Heart sculpture is a romantic symbol of the emotional heart you lend someone. Hand-crafted from Fine Bone China in Stoke-on-Trent, and hand gilded in 22kt gold, this display piece is as honest and eccentric as it is well-designed. It can stand alone or even function as a single-flower vase.
Walter Battiss Ceramics $220+
Greatly inspired by archaeology and rock art, the late South African artist Walter Battiss beautifully fused indigenous stone markings with abstract painterly concepts to become one of the country's premier painters. Battiss was dubbed "the Bushman Painter" in the 1950s for making a home in southern Africa's Namib Desert (an area almost completely uninhabited by humans), which provided a strong foundation for the 10 books he would write in his lifetime. Battiss' art is now celebrated in a range of tableware by Mervyn Gers, a highly talented ceramicist who creates his own shapes, colors, glazes and decals. A percentage of profits from each sale are donated to the Walter Battiss Museum.
Blood and Tears
Martinique Sunglasses $250
Bored with spotting the same styles across faces in NYC, Holland-born Alex van Klaveren and Washington native Zoe Nightingale took their mutual obsession with shades to launch The Monocle Order. Their limited edition, Martinique frames in fantastic blue on blue are handcrafted in Turkey using zyl acetate (a renewable resource) from Mazzucchelli—a company long known for its investment in plastics R&D. They use a technique which injects pigment into the plastic, meaning they're that much more brilliant and will last that much longer.
Sex Oil $18
Sex Oil from Toronto-based Province Apothecary doesn't hide behind any vague adjectives or cute lingo. The name is as clear as the oil's list of ingredients, blending coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, evening primrose oil, GMO-free vitamin E and more—a blessing for those with sensitive skin. This personal lubricant can also be used a body oil—it dries to a satin finish and doesn't need to be washed off.
2x2 Stripe Hat $60
All Knitwear is lovingly made by Annie Larson, a blogger and knit enthusiast, who operates on a made-to-order basis. It's a rarity to find a fashion label that truly stands out for originality and design, and even less common to find one that is made by the name behind the brand. Her 2x2 stripe hat is knitted from 100% ringspun cotton and comes with a handmade pom for extra zeal.
Creel and Gow
Amethyst Bowl $1,500
February's birthstone is the amethyst and it couldn't be more appropriate for the month's signet holiday with its deep, voluptuous purple textures. Said to ward off drunkenness and promote clear-headedness, this pure amethyst bowl suggests a raw, natural earthiness as well as high-minded luxury. Best of all, each is one of a kind and hand-picked by the house's sculpture experts.
Witness Company USA
Magic Church Key $75
Witness Company—a Brooklyn-based jewelry label founded in 2013—aims to marry form and function through a range of solid brass and sterling silver accessories. This handmade keyring isn't just a sweet love heart, it's also a bottle opener complete with an all-seeing eye to ward off evil.
Gravel & Gold Goods
Boob Tote $87
Gravel & Gold is a San Francisco-based shop of kitschy wonders that's serious about knowing (and supporting) the artists behind the wares they stock. Their in-house line G&G Goods is nothing to scoff at either. Bare it all with their hand-printed and -sewn canvas Boob Tote, which adds a little thrill to those routine activities, like the commute to work or venture to the grocery store. Details like an interior pocket and heavy red leather straps make the bag as high quality as it is provocative.
Embrace Cuff $155
Handmade in NYC, the Embrace Cuff is a striking piece of polished arm candy by Brooklyn-based designer Rebecca Mapes, who manifests her love for antique and vintage jewelry into bold, modern designs. Like the wrist that bears it, the solid brass will also change over time by developing a rich patina through use. The sterling silver version sports ten champagne diamond bracelets on each "hand" for even more eye-catching bling.
Ambre Bubble Bath $51
While many companies take to the modern ideal for a clean aesthetic, Côté Bastide's commitment to their Provençal roots is a refreshing reminder that winsome packing can still project a sense of simplicity. Just a dollop of their amber bubble bath will fill the air with fresh tinges of vanilla and rich, Old World antiquity.
Lange & SÃ¶hne
Lange 1 $30,637
This stunning watch is one of just 5,000 produced each year by the holy grail of Saxon watch making. Originally founded in 1845 by Ferdinand Adolph Lange, A. Lange & Söhne shuttered during the post-war Soviet era, only to be reborn in 1990 following the collapse of the East German government. The LANGE 1 was one of the first designs to be re-released, and features Lange’s characteristic oversized date and asymmetrical displays, along with the groundbreaking mechanics and hand-finished perfection for which the iconic manufacturer is so well known.
Chilote House Shoes $79
Keep your feet warm in colder months with Chilote's naturally insulated house shoes, a pair of slippers that are as sustainable as they are cozy. Each is handmade by women in Chili with wool from free-range Patagonian sheep and upcycled salmon leather.
Applying his signature irreverent style to a beautifully hand-thrown platter by master ceramicist David Bogus, Brooklyn-based illustrator and artist James Victore created a one-of-a-kind dish fit more for your wall than kitchen table. Emblazoned with "Eros"—the Greek god of love—across the top, the unique, collaborative work of art is one for the ages.
U-Lock Holster $34
Handmade by Montreal-based industrial designer Jesse Herbert, the vegetable-tanned leather U-Lock Holster keeps the cumbersome-but-necessary U-Lock neatly tied to the back of your bike while you ride carefree to your next destination.
Geometric Platter III $84
South African stylist Alexia Klompje's range of Geometric Platters add a sophisticated and artistic touch to serving. Each glazed porcelain platter is made by hand, and features a punch of gold lustre.
Segment Clock $92
The Segment Clock is handmade from birch wood by New Zealand-based independent designer Nikolai Sorensen. By dividing it into 12 geometric sections and painting a select few, Sorensen creates a clean yet statement-making timepiece that will brighten up any room. Because no numbers are inscribed, the clock can be rotated in any direction you choose, moving the position of the colored segment. The final part of the design lies in your own personal touch.