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Blackwing Pencils, Sharpeners & Journals at WK

Just In, a fresh round of Blackwing pencils, sharpeners and journals at Watson Kennedy. When only the best will do. A bit of history on these iconic writing tools:

Blackwing pencils were originally introduced by the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company in the 1930s. Their cult following included John Steinbeck and Chuck Jones, who proudly used Blackwings to create Bugs Bunny and many other Looney Tunes characters.

Despite this following, they fell victim to cost cutting measures in the 1990s and were discontinued. But, that didn’t stop devotees from paying as much as $40 per pencil to seize unused stock. In 2010, the company drew from nearly a century of experience in the pencil business to access the best materials in the world and bring Blackwing back for a new generation of writers, musicians, and others seeking only the finest writing instruments. Now at $4 a pencil, they are a simple luxury for those wanting to reach for only the very finest when putting your words or images to paper.



 

 

Geranium Plates by Bordallo Pinheiro

Just In, whimsically beautiful geranium leaf plates at Watson Kennedy. Pleased as punch to announce the arrival of our latest order of Bordallo Pinheiro from Portugal. Since 1884, they have been creating cherished heirloom quality tableware to be enjoyed through the generations. We have carried bits & pieces over the years but my fondness and admiration has grown as we use it in our own homes and love it so much. So look for more and more than of it showing up on our shop shelves and vignettes in the coming months.



 

 

Diptyque Valentine Candles at WK

Just In, two wildly yummy new Diptyque candles created in honor of Valentine’s Day. They arrived at the shop the other day and I can’t stop sniffing them, their floral goodness intoxicating. Plus I quite like the colored containers, which filters the light of the flame, creating a lovely moody environment when lit. It is always a treat when these limited edition candles arrive, as they make extra special gifts.



 

 

A Fresh Round of Hugo Guinness Works at WK

Just In, and back from our new framer in Seattle, over 40 new works by Brooklyn artist Hugo Guinness. We house his linoleum cut prints in vintage frames we find on our travels. Both shops have a lovely variety of them. Hugo’s work is collected around the world–his iconic singular image pieces spiff up any wall they grace.



 

 

Cook Like A Pro by Ina Garten

Always fun when the shop gets a big stack of books the day the actual, much anticipated book is released. Such was the case yesterday when Olivia sent me this image from the Home store. Cook Like A Pro by the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, is the latest cookbook in a long line of best-selling books by the much adored author/tv host. She distills recipes down to their very essence, making her cooking always approachable. She is known for testing her dishes over and over again before publishing them, and you can certainly tell. Foolproof is a word that comes to mind. If I am working off one of her recipes, I always know it will be spot on. This is sure to be a winning gift for the upcoming gift giving season.



 

 

Just In, at Watson Kennedy

Just In, all sorts of good things arriving daily at the shops. Some make it onto the website, some not, so always feel free to call or e-mail if you see something you like on the blog but can’t find on the Watson Kennedy website. Many of our most savvy customers from out of town use both to shop creatively. The above vignette of new Hugo Guinness pieces my last task of the day on Tuesday before heading home to pack. All housed in vintage frames, many we find at Brimfield or hunting & gathering when we are at Hawthorne.

This extra large canvas tote our largest bag to stock, to date. It is really big, which I quite like. Sometimes you want a bag that you can put ‘everything’ in when traveling or spending the day out and about. This is what you reach for and look stylish to boot carrying.

Seattle artist Jeanne McKay Hartmann brought new paintings to the shop yesterday and I was so excited to receive these images by way of e-mail from the WK crew. This round has the largest works yet that we have carried. So much goodness in her choice of images she paints. I fall in love with each one and it is always tough to choose a favorite.



 

 

Roger & Gallet, Back at WK

SO happy to report our Market shop shelves are re-stocked with boxes of Roger & Gallet soaps and Eau de Toilette sprays. We have carried these for close to 20 years and we were unable to get them for over a year now. This iconic French brand from Paris is a winner for both men and women. Most of the scents enjoyed by all. I personally love the detail of the tissue paper, each bar wrapped just so. The boxes make for easy, stylish gift giving.



 

 

Two That Caught My Eye

Just In, a few new things that caught my eye yesterday as I was leaving the shop. New goods arriving at a dizzying pace, but these I keep coming back to this pair again & again. Charles Farris candles from England have landed and boy are they swell. We have been burning the above scent this week in town. Loving everything about it, from the sublime scent to the handsome packaging. The below artichoke planter/vase/bowl just so cool looking I can hardly stand it. This filled with an orchid or lemons would be dreamy. Also grand as it is without anything in it at all.



 

 

Spiffy Waxed Bags at Watson Kennedy

Just In, two new bags that I am over the moon to share. I have always loved a waxed bag. They have an instant patina, getting better and better with more use. Quite the opposite with many other bags that start looking tattered over time. A generous sized week-end bag that will turn heads as you walk to your gate. Along with an everyday tote that holds all sorts of things as you go about your day looking spiffy with it by your side.



 

 

Denise Fiedler Ships

Just In, a fresh round of Denise Fiedler ships have sailed into the shops. They found their way up on the wall almost instantly as these gems have been the runaway hit this Summer. They combine vintage papers that she cuts out and then draws on to create truly special one of a kind works of art. The simple thin black frames allows you to prop them up in a bookcase, hang them on the wall or lay it flat on a coffee table as a conversation piece in place of an art book. Stylish and versatile.