The “white tree” had long been a decorating tradition in Germany, reminiscent of “ice and snow and fire” and embracing both the old pagan and Christian symbols of light in the winter. Our glass Christmas tree decorations – Lauscha glass baubles and figurines – are part of this tradition. A New Shine. Christmas Decorations
Since 1962 the Copenhagen watchmaker Ole Mathiesen has been crafting watches whose clean-cut appearance has long been held up as a peerless example of superb Danish design. Indeed, one of its exclusive outlets is the shop attached to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. We now offer the OM8 watch, which Mathiesen – who for a while only used quartz for this model – has now equipped with a hand-wind mechanism specially designed for us
Genuine stuffed animals made in Bad Kösen are collector’s items; but what they are actually made for is life in a nursery. Up to 100 parts are necessary to make a Kösen animal with securely fastened safety eyes and a stuffing of non-flammable silicone hollow fibre. Unlike many other manufacturers, who mostly use materials made in Asia, they stick to plush that was weaved in Germany, Belgium and France. It has a firmer quality and can thus be sewn more tightly – ultimately the reason for the animals’ durability.
Kösen Polar Bear
There’s no risk of this jacket ever going into mass production! It’s made in central Finland from raw materials whose stock is (by nature!) severely limited – not to mention the superlative finish that one associates with all Finnish garments. The reindeer suede that we use comes from the Ahlskog tannery, established 1920 and in fact the oldest Finnish leather manufacturers, using the traditional vegetable tanning method.
Brandt Suede Reindeer Leather Jacket
This hip-length fine-knitted jacket is of dense (Nm 17/2) 2-ply camelhair yarn. It’s round-necked and has 9-cm wide, stretch arm- and waist-bands in 2/2 ribknit. Both collar and button front have been given neat narrow bands, and the button front has a backing tape in a discreet shade: in addition it has an unusually high number of buttons (mother-of-pearl) to make sure it lies smoothly.
Ladies’ Knitted Camelhair Cardigan
Real badger hair is the benchmark for shaving brushes. Its ultimate feature includes the fine silver tip badger hair, which is significantly finer than normal badger hair and provides, with the fine-pored creamy foam, a gentle shave for the skin. Through proper handling and maintenance, the badger hair bristles can remain in use for a good 10 years. Lasting nearly forever, the shaving brush’s horn handle is derived from the horns of Argentinean buffalo and manufactured in Sachsen. The grip is hand sanded and polished.
Silver Tip Buffalo Horn Shaving Brush
A solid, relatively heavy pen; with a fine nib it’s perfect for making quick, accurate entries in calendars or notebooks. The pen is of polished stainless steel, with a stainless steel nib. The srew cap extends the shaft when writing – even though it fits in any pocket, the pen is comfortable to use. With its length – 11 cm only when closed! – it can be an ideal travel companion.
Fits in any Pocket.
Stainless Steel Pocket Fountain Pen
The name 'Frankfurt' isn't an accident. It indeed refers to the busy city on the Main, where it's been established for years as 'the' shoe made by Red Wing. It's the perfect footwear for professional people who have to spend long hours out of doors. It looks as good as new after 20 years – but the best part is what you can't see from above, namely the 'supersole'. It's petrol-, chemical- and heat-resistant; it's wonderfully shock-absorbent (helped by the soft Poron insole) and 'holds the road' well thanks to its aerated rubber. Everything's been done to ensure foot comfort. Originally of tough red leather, our more recent model is in stylish, big-city black. The Red Wing ‘Frankfurt’ Shoe
Neither a revival of an old model nor a piece of homage to the good old days, this watch will not only attract admiring glances but will serve your work-day needs for many decades. We mean ’work-day’ literally: this watch has been the number one choice for Finnish lumberjacks since 1952 – since when its features have been continuously improved. It’s exceptionally robust: the casing for example is of hardened stainless steel, not of soft precious metal. It’s has a hand-wind Unitas 6497-1 mechanism and is equipped with Incabloc® shockproofing . It’s pressure resistant up to 3 bar, a value normally reserved for wrist watches. Its single hand, like the hour and minute hands, is of polished rhodium. Swiss Pocket Watch 1952
In 1905, a small perfumery was founded in Paris. Since then, the name Detaille has become famous and is now held in high esteem in royal families as well as in the world of couture. The ‘Escrimeur’ eau de toilette comes with accents of lemon, bergamot and orange, an aromatic hint of rosemary and lavender and a sophisticated base note with accents of vetiver, cedar and sandal wood. It is discretely spiced with cardamom and a trace of musk.
Eau de Toilette Escrimeur
Extra warm socks and stockings, gloves, mittens and also scarves make winter bearable – and they add colour to a grey and rainy winter day, like our bright and colourful Fair Isle accessories. Knitted from two-ply Scottish lambswool yarns these are really fit to keep you warm. Thick and soft and warming are our socks and stockings knitted from camel hair or pure new wool.
From the Masters of Their Craft. Gloves, Mittens, Scarves, Socks
Our Christmas candles are hand-made from pure unadulterated beeswax. They either come in natural colours or are deep-dyed red – red being a classic Christmas colour. All candles are handcrafted especially for us in handicapped persons’ workshops in Bavaria and in Westphalia. We recommend the smaller red ones for your Christmas tree – as an atmospheric replacement for the usual modern-day electric ‘fairy lights’. Christmas Traditions. Hand-made Candles
The market leaders – you can see them in any airport – come in various combinations of nylon, polyester and other synthetic materials. Ours are quite different! Apart from being more sturdy and being made of natural materials, our travelling bags have the great virtue of looking really good: plus, they’ll look even more exclusive with use. The outside is made of dense, closely woven pure cloth canvas: undyed, and neither coated nor proofed, in other words, natural. The inside provides enough room for everything you might need on a holiday visit to the family.
Linen and Leather Travelling Bag
Strong, fine alpaca wool with its special soft glow has ‘hollow’ fibres, as they are called, which adapt to great ranges of temperature: after all, the wool comes from animals that live in the desert and mountain regions of South America! The baby alpaca we use is a particularly fine micron 19-23 wool and comes mostly from the first shearing – quite a rarity. The result is both light and warm – and incredibly soft. We’ve had two scarves made of this on hand-looms giving a nice woven edge and natural fringe.
Although the scarves are two-toned, they appear to have three, thanks to the special weaving process employed to give more variety. Gentlemen’s baby alpca scarf
There’s cutlery and cutlery – just knives, forks and spoons, or – and this is what we offer – minor masterpieces of engineering. For example: a nice feeling of balance is always important. Another example: knife-blades - these should be slightly pliant, never rigid. Knives themselves should never be made of one piece (monoblock) but always of two parts, handle and blade. Plus, a good knife is never heavy, which can only be achieved with a ‘hollow-handled’ knife, in which the rear end of the blade is carefully fitted into a handle made of two separate parts, upper and lower. 24-piece Chambly ‘Baguette’ table cutlery set
We’ve had in in our range for years – the “Giannina” espresso maker, which the company, founded by Carlo Giannini in Cellatica on the southern edge of the Alps, has been producing for more than 40 years. Now, the model is equipped with a base suitable for an induction stove. Beyond that, the caffettiera has hardly changed its external shape; form and material have remained the same (polished stainless steel instead of aluminum). The handle, cast with stainless steel and functioning simultaneously as a locking brace, is larger and therefore easier to grip than before. Giannina Induction Espresso Maker
Climbers confined by bad weather conditions to base camp in the Yosemite National Park, California (the legendary ‘Camp 4’) started to look for a sensible way of passing the time till the next ascent. Balancing practice seemed a good idea, and people tried this out on the ropes and belts in their climbing kit stretched out between trees or posts. In the 1980s someone came up with the more professional idea of the purpose-made 'slackline': a special belt that could be stretched to a variety of different tensions by means of a ratchet. Slackline
The leather we use is of hide cut from the neck – the sturdiest part that the animal needs in order to cope with continual movement and daily strain, and which in turn ensures that the neck hide has a particularly robust texture. Our specialist Westphalian manufacturer uses vegetable-tanned leather from French cows to make these briefcases based on classic models from the 1930s to 1960s. They have two outside front pockets and an adjustable all-round belt. The leather’s deep brown colour comes from the cask-dye process using special fats to keep the surface grain ‘open’ and clearly visible. Manufactum Leather Briefcase
The town of Morioka is closely associated with the traditional production of cast-iron kettles and is also home to Iwachu, a family business of some 90 years now. The kettles are made using an ancient sand casting process. The finished products are sand-blasted and polished by hand.
This teapot is an unusual addition to any table - but that is not all. As it is made from cast iron, this teapot can also be used directly for boiling water and, by leaving it on the stove, it can also be used to keep tea warm. Initially, this takes a little bit of getting used to: fill the teapot only two thirds full of water.
Japanese Arare Teapot
The Bonnat firm was founded in 1884. Today it still maintains personal contact to the cocoa farmers that supply the beans and imports them directly, avoiding middlemen. No outsourcers either: the whole production is in-house under one roof. Bonnat don't mix cocoa beans from different regions, preferring to preserve the typical character and flavour of each type of bean. Only the best ingredients are used – cocoa that's been slowly and carefully 'conched', cocoa butter and sugar, with light-coloured Indonesian beans for milk chocolate and with additional powdered milk for full milk chocolate.
Bonnat Full Milk Chocolate
We firmly believe that one of the most nonsensical innovations in household appliances has been the introduction of electronic kitchen and personal scales. Firstly, users and with them the environment face the burden of disposing of batteries. Given the flickering hesitancy with which they LCD the results, you could be forgiven for suspecting that they have resorted to guesswork rather than computation. Our mechanical scales perform better, are certainly more durable, and are far more environmentally friendly. And they simply look better. We offer good, solid mechanical letter scales (and personal scales, too, by the way). No frills: just a silent and highly visible dial, along with a sliding beam or a spring balance. Hema Commutable Scales
The following shoes and the all-weather boots are all perfectly suited to withstand the rigors of winter weather in any situation. Gallusser leather gives a surprising softness and suppleness to this otherwise big, solid boot. The natural 10% fat content of this leather has been retained (for water-proofing purposes), and the whole high leg of the boot is of one piece of leather attached to the front with a minimum of well-placed stitches. Our all-weather packboot, on the other hand, is made of natural materials only, and comes from South Germany, where it is hand-made. The foot is of natural rubber lined with cotton mesh, and the leg is of sturdy, waxed, oiled canvas. Weather-proof. Winter Shoes
At your service! Our big desk organizer provides enough room for just about anything the busy desk worker needs. It is put together on the unit construction principle – and how else, considering it has been designed by an architect. And as far as the writing goes – if you are among the few who are still sending out actual letters (on paper and handwritten with a pen, not just typed on a computer and forwarded via electronic mail!), check out our writing utensils and the ‘Original Crown Mill’ writing paper from Belgium. In Your Study. Organising and Writing
Different options available: our classic nesting box comes in parts of pinewood for easy assembly. Othe nesting boxes, ready-built and suitable for direct use in your own garden, include models of larch wood, plaited fern, sea grass and coconut, or even breathable timer concrete. Squirrels and birds will always have something to nibble with our food dispensers – choose from a range of feeders made of wood, frost-proof terracotta or ceramics.
This famous traditional model has been in recent years really hard to get – the makers offering a variety of excuses, the usual one being that the machine tools used in their manufacture were too expensive to replace. But – we got Graef to repair the machine tools, and the hand-operated slicer with its 190 knife came back into production. Today, the machinery is still there, but has (for the usual reason: cost) been relocated from Germany to China. At any rate the heart of the ‘big Graef’ – its big, serrated knife –is still made in Solingen, Germany, and the slicer itself is assembled in Germany, too. Graef Hand Slicer
Welsh Mountain Blacks are a hardy race of small, unpretentious animals that inhabit the bare Welsh uplands – and which provide the wool for this warm pullover. The natural colours of the wool are particularly well brought out in this pullover, which is close-knit to enhance the warming qualities of the wool without impairing its breathability. No dyes or chemical processes have been used – meaning that the original high lanolin content of the wool has been preserved: you'll notice the extra 'give' when you wear it. Also how wind- and rain-resistant it is! It's been reinforced at shoulder and elbows with colour-coordinated suede patches. Black Sheep Cardigan
Nigel Cabourn is a man who’s devoted his career in England to making sensible working clothes based on original patterns. The indestructible jacket we offer here is a good example of his work, as it will not only give its wearer complete protection from wind and weather but also plenty of space for carrying ‘tools of the trade’ – including easily breakable things. The Jacket is made of two different materials: tough woven cotton with a layer of natural ‘Macintosh’ rubber in the top part and heavy weather-resistant wool twill from Fox Brothers of Somerset in the lower part. Roomy pockets leave enough space for things you need during the working day. Cameraman’s jacket
The notebook offers more than six square metres of writing surface – hard to envisage, perhaps, but we’re talking about enough room for recollections and observations over many years. The India paper we’ve chosen weighs a mere 50 grams per square metre, meaning that the notebook remains a notebook and doesn’t mutate into a monster – indeed, it’ll fit pretty easily into the inside breast pocket of your overcoat. The notebook is fitted with two tape bookmarkers, and the cover is of tough, deep black leatherette; good-looking, in other words, and washable. Notebook or notepad
These bags and pocket-cases are made for us by the southern German firm of Sonnenleder. Sonnenleder stand for meticulous care, traditional methods, and sensible shapes and styles. The cow-hides used are vegetable-tanned and air-dried. The tanning brew is a mixture of various tree-barks, roots and fruits. The whole process takes from 6–12 weeks, in 12 pits. Following the tanning process, the hides are air-dried and greased by a traditional method exclusive to the firm. Dye is not used. In this state the finished leather acquires the characteristic light reddish-brown shade you can see in the illustration – varying slightly with each article – which is why we call it ‘naturally red-tanned’. Ladies‘ Bags
They make a perfect gift (and not just for children). Genuine stuffed animals made in Bad Kösen, a small town in Saxony-Anhalt, East Germany, are among the finest you can find – not only in workmanship but also in design. Each one is handcrafted from up to 100 parts, and for every model, thorough studies of anatomy and movement are conducted in the animals’ natural environment or at the zoo. View our Kösen Collection here.
More Than Just a Collector’s Item. Kösen Stuffed Animals
For afternoon tea (or coffee) – our ‘Flora’ service is a classic in France. It has been produced there ever since 1826 and is still used widely in bistros all over the country – and maybe in your home now? Add a classic touch to your afternoon snack with our Alsatian cutlery. The ‘Baguette’ knives, forks and spoons (and pastry forks, for that matter) are all made of stainless steel according to historic models from the mid-19th century.
French Porcelain and Cutlery
The Caban is an old Breton garment used by the local fishermen there for centuries as a work jacket. It was originally white (‘kap gwenn’ means in Breton ‘white cloth’), but changed over to blue in the early 19th century. In this colour it was adopted by the fleets and merchant ships of various European countries, and came to be the ‘ultimate’ piece of sailors' clothing. Our Caban is made in Quimper by Armor Lux: in both material and finish, it's the genuine article!
Gentlemen's Breton Caban Jacket
We’ve had Chrysalis of Corby make this classic duffle for us for many years now. It has four loop-and-toggle fastenings. The toggles, of waxed horn, are attached by leather loops. The hood has a button-up neck flap. The sleeves are lined, allowing the coat to be slipped easily over a sports jacket. Two outside patch pockets. French seams with piping.
Ladies' Elysian Duffle Coat
Mühle moved to the east German town of Glashütte – a name world-famous for precision engineering – in 1869. Hans-Jürgen Mühle, the great-grandson of the founder Robert Mühle, re-established the family firm there in 1994 following the political ‘turn’ in 1989. In this new era the firm has remained true to its old tradition of high-precision nautical instruments (and has rapidly made a name for itself here) with an additional specialty of mechanical wrist watches. These stand out from their modish contemporaries by virtue of their absolute 100% reliability and uncluttered faces with easy-to-read digits. Watches
Made by us in the long tradition of lanterns – that is, outdoor lights with a protection casing. Our lantern has a frame of cast aluminium and steel supports with crystal glass panes. Ideal for lighting spots where there is little space for projection. Changing a bulb is easy – just open the top.
Plenty of shops stock leather jackets, but only ours has got what it takes. Only European cowhide is used, aniline-dyed following complete mineral drum tanning. Afterwards the leather is naturally greased, also by drum – not artificially painted over to hide the natural irregularities as is the case with cheaper leathers. In this way the leather retains its natural character and above all its grain – the distinguishing mark of real nappa leather. Using this fine material Hack, the well-known Cologne firm, have made us a jacket that looks relaxed and casual – but which was anything but casual in the making! All you need to do is take a closer look at the details. Ladies’ leather Jacket
Petromax was developed at the beginning of the last century by Berlin councilor of commerce, Max Graetz, named “Petroleum Maxe,” of Ehrich & Graetz. With all of its accessories it is much more than simply a continually operating emergency light: due to its impressive light output of 400 watts, it can serve as an energy independent, truly high performing light source for gardens and patios (the German military and the Federal Agency for Technical Relief use the lamps as work lights during their deployments), and the separately contained cooktops reliably replace camping stoves with gas cartridges.
Petromax High-Powered Lamp
The company of Triptis Porcelain, located since 1891 in Thuringia, produces this dinnerware, with blue, hand painted edges, solely for us. The set – consisting of dinner and soup plates, bowls, sauce boat and platter – has been part of our range for many years now. Thuringia, already popular as the “green heart of Germany” in the late 19th century, has a long-standing tradition in the porcelain trade.
As “collapsible garment hangers,” foldable wardrobes like this one were already used in the 1920’s – as wardrobes for tightly spaced areas in the hallway and bathroom, for airing out and drying clothes or towels. This variation, manufactured in Germany and made of aluminum and maplewood, due to its flawless workmanship and extremely robust construction, does not break under pressure when maximally extended or completely covered.
Maplewood Foldable Wardrobe
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