The Objects are a collection of exclusive edition collaborations made by the creators and cultivators featured on Stories + Objects. Each artisan gift has been handmade, handcrafted or hand-harvested to the highest standards in each destination and offered by S+O as a souvenir to complement the storytelling experience.
These featured double weave ikats were crafted by the women of Sumba. The first selected design depicts the fabled Sandalwood Arabian horses, found only on the island after first being introduced by Arab traders who brought them in harvesting the trees which were once found throughout the island. The second ikat's pattern features skull trees, a depiction that harkens back to the island's nearly abandoned culture of head-hunting. The chosen designs are rarely found on the island and were hand selected by S+O's founder on her trip to the island. Ten percent of the ikat sales proceeds to benefit the Sumba Foundation. Additional designs can be sourced by inquiry at firstname.lastname@example.org
These fique mochila bags were woven by the women of the Kogi tribe living in the Sierra Nevada of Northern Colombia. The process for making the bags starts with the extraction of the fiber from the maguey fique plant and the preparation of natural dyes by members of the community. Each bag is woven by hand and is said to carry the positive desires that the woman imparts into it during its creation. Stories + Objects journeyed into the mountains with offerings to the tribal members to be granted permission to witness their workings and to sell a limited edition selection of fifteen mochila bags available exclusively through S+O. Designs may vary slightly from images shown.
DIMBULA DISTRICT, SRI LANKA
This single origin black tea was exclusively harvested and processed on the Dunkeld Estate, four thousand feet above the Castlereagh Reservoir in south central Sri Lanka. The estate specializes in high grown teas, including this Ceylon Broken Orange Pekoe, or B.O.P. for short, and is considered to be one of the most sought after grades of tea available in the world. Available exclusively through S+O in a limited edition of twenty five 250 gram bags. Starts shipping in early March.
Sourced directly from the traders at Salalah's famed souk. This frankincense blend contains the two highest grades, Hoojri and Najdi, both harvested in the green mountains and rocky deserts of the Dhofar region by traditional methods used by local Bedouins for thousands of years.
A rich and fragrant body oil made from the fabled argan kernel and accented by the rich floral notes of neroli and jasmine. This body oil was formulated exclusively for S+O and Atelier Doré in a limited run of two hundred two fluid ounce bottles.
This Santoku all-purpose culinary knife was created by the Kikuichi Company following long-standing traditional practices of Japanese knife craftsmanship. Using the highest quality grade of blue carbon steel, this knife was meticulously constructed in sixteen steps by the artisans of Sakai and Nara. Exclusively available on Stories + Objects in a limited edition of fifty knives accompanied by a wooden box for storage and camellia oil for maintenance.
These mochilas Arhuacan are made from natural sheep wool in three traditional tribal designs taught by mothers to daughters and granddaughters in Northern Colombia. Each mochila is knit-woven by one artisan and purchased directly from their local cooperative for S+O. Objects are handmade by individual artisans and may vary slightly from shown image.
CABO DE LA VELA, COLOMBIA
These one of a kind mochila bags were woven by the women of the Wayuu tribe in Cabo de la Vela, Colombia. Once made exclusively for members of their families and community, the graphic patterns and often vibrant coloring of the mochila have become an increasingly coveted carry-all for stylish women around the world. Currently available on Stories + Objects in brown, black and white color ways only in large or small zig zag and arrow patterns. Objects are handmade by individual artisans and may vary slightly from shown image.
These Buddhist alms bowls were made by hand in the village of Ban Bat located in the old city center of Bangkok. S+O presents two types of artisan crafted bowls representing the bowls commonly used by both sects of Thai Buddhist monks. Forged by hand, the Maha black lacquered bowl is seven inches in diameter at the rim while the Dhammayut stainless steel bowl is nine inches in diameter at the rim. Each bowl is paired with a wooden base for display. Starting at $225.
These cotton peshtemals were woven by father and son, Turgut and Ahmet Efeoğlu, in the town of Buldan for Stories + Objects. Traditionally used in the Turkish bath, these lightweight towels are also perfect for the beach and poolside. Sold in a set of two oversized towels with a S+O signature canvas duster bag.
This hand-painted and hand-sewn Japanese maiwai hanten jacket was created by maiwai master, Kosuke Suzuki and his son, Riki, for their family owned atelier named Suzusen. The Suzuki family are one of three families continuing in the tradition of making these boldly colored statement jackets and kimonos worn as a festival garments by Japan's highly esteemed fishing community. Each hanten jacket is made to order for Stories+Objects in a process that takes two to three months.
TAHA'A, THE SOCIETY ISLANDS
These vanilla beans were farmed on the Vanilla Isle of Taha’a where nearly eighty percent of Tahitian vanilla is produced. This organic vanilla, of the highest culinary quality, was grown in the open air and allowed to naturally dry under the South Pacific sun. Each vial contains two beans harvested in late 2016 in a numbered edition of fifty.
FAKARAVA , TUAMOTO ATOLLS
This Tahitian black pearl pearl necklace features a singular large cultured pearl sourced from the UNESCO biosphere reserve, Fakarava, by a family of pearl farmers using the traditional cultivation techniques introduced to the Tahiti islands in the Sixties. The pearl is strung on a matte black rubber strand for an understated, modern feel.
This pure Persian Rose Water was made from Mohammadi roses, the local name for Rosa x damascena. The roses are cultivated near Kashan, Iran by traditional farming and double-fired copper distillation methods, producing the highest quality rose water in the world. This 30ml bottle can be used as both beauty tonic and for culinary purposes.
An exclusively formulated Turkish Rose Oil made from organically harvested Rosa x damascena in the Isparta Province. The precious rose oil is too potent on its own and therefore has been expertly blended with other highly beneficial oils of macadamia, apricot kernel, sweet almond, and avocado. The 30ml bottle of luxury skin oil is only available through Stories + Objects.
YUCATÁN PENINSULA, MEXICO
The Mayan Cacao Bar was created by ki’ Xocolatl founder Mathieu Brees using ingredients from the Tikul plantation on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. This artisan chocolate bar was exclusively formulated for Stories + Objects to include organic Criollo Cacao, Mexican Vanilla and Melipona Honey harvested from stingless bees indigenous to the region.
Handmade in the Moroccan city of Fès by leather artisans following exacting methods passed down from generations. It is designed to be a versatile, sturdy day bag that is supple and light enough to be stored within another bag when one desires an extra option. The black leather tote bears the name of the tannery in a beautiful Arabic script to honor the legacy of craftsmanship that made its design possible. The crème leather tote has been recommissioned in collaboration with Atelier Doré with the Doré logo embossed in gold instead the arabic tannery inscription. Approximate Dimensions: Height - 39cm Width - 36cm Depth - 13cm Handle Drop - 16cm
Handmade in the Mauléon atelier of the recently retired Basque shoemaker Jean-Jacques Houyou, these naturally constructed espartinak, or espadrilles in French, are fashioned from jute, cotton and rubber. This striped canvas design was notably worn by tileworkers, but reached iconic status due to early twentieth century artists and bons vivants who adopted the style.
Pinar Del Río, Cuba
Exclusive Edition Cigarro Puro Humidor in fragrant Spanish cedar and stone clay. Designed for Stories+Objects by Marie Perrin-McGraw and Jacob Van Vranken, each cigar humidor comes with a souvenir cigarro puro hand-rolled in the illustrious tobacco region of Pinar de Río, Cuba.
Île De Ré, France
Gros Sel, or coarse salt, consists of large crystals transpiring a light grey color due to their interaction with the nutritive clay earth. It is hand-harvested by salt workers in Île de Ré, France and has a subtle flavor and crisp texture that makes it perfect for cooking. The Gros Sel is presented in a hand-thrown porcelain salt jar commissioned for Stories + Objects by master ceramicist Roberto Carrillo. The 250g of Gros Sel is available exclusively through Stories + Objects in a numbered edition of one hundred salt jars. Now available in a 250g refill portion starting at fifteen dollars without the signature salt jar.
Île De Ré, France
Fleur de Sel is a pure white finishing salt hand-harvested by sauniers in Île de Ré, France under precise conditions in the summer afternoons. The fine granules harbor an explosive taste that enlivens the palate. The Fleur de Sel is presented in a hand-thrown porcelain salt jar commissioned for Stories + Objects by master ceramicist Roberto Carrillo. The 250g of Fleur de Sel is available exclusively through Stories + Objects in a numbered edition of one hundred salt jars. Now available in a 250g refill portion starting at twenty-five dollars without the signature salt jar.