|In 1853, Hiram Hutchinson, who would later start his eponymous rubber company, famous for their high quality bicycle tires, established Aigle Boots, the first American company to manufacture in Europe. Handcrafted in France for over 150 years, and made with 100% natural rubber, these boots are perfect for any weather. We have just received two styles of their classic sailing boot, the Malouine and the Glenan Botillon.|
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Late last summer, a few months after we opened, Yumiko Sekine, the designer of Fog Linen Work in Japan, came to our store. After meeting her that day, we kept in touch, and have been slowly expanding our selection of Fog Linen products ever since.
When Yumiko started her company in Japan in 1993, it was as an importer of American and European housewares. But the more she hunted, the more she realized that she could not find the type of simple, everyday linens she was looking for. The well-made, affordable textiles she had grown up with were no longer widely available, and the centuries-old traditions of spinning and weaving linen were in danger of disappearing. So Yumiko found herself a mill in Lithuania, a country with a long history of high quality linen production, and began producing her own line of linen household items. And are we ever glad she did.
We are very excited to have finally received our order of Iris Handverk brushes. These beautiful brushes are handmade in Sweden from local wood and all natural fibers. Traditionally, in Europe, visually impaired craftsmen and women would make brooms and brushes by hand. Iris Handverk has continued this craft, designing brushes each with their own individual function.
These are the most comfortable, effective brushes we have ever used, and the fact that they are part of a centuries old tradition only makes them more desirable. The type of wood used for the handle and the natural fibers used for the bristles are chosen based on the designated purpose of each brush, so you can be sure that you are getting the best possible tool for your specific job.
Get your pan brush here.
Get your glass brush here.
Get your vegetable brush here.
Get your hand broom here.
Get your bath brush here.