Browsing the Best Made Co., an independent store based out of New York, is a little bit like browsing a Wes Anderson movie prop list. Steve Zissou’s red beanie and survival kit– check; Moonrise Kingdom’s boy scout badges and campfire tools– check. Since it was founded in 2009 by Peter Buchanan-Smith, a down-and-out guy who had just lost his dog, his house (and his wife to a divorce), the former graphic designer has grown the online store into a charming selection of treasures from just one single product– a beautifully crafted axe. After his hand-painted axes landed their own exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in 2010, Best Made Co. was formed, embarking on a noble search for fellow designers and manufacturers that shared the same care and pre-mass production attention to detail for making great things– kind of like the world of Wes Anderson.
So go, on, check out this beautiful little corner of internet retail. Here are a few of my favourite products (or gift ideas for real-life Wes Anderson characters)
Discover the Best Made Co. or visit the New York shop on 36 White Street, Ground Floor.