Quitokeeto is a curiously named e-boutique with cool cachet. Based in California, it offers a mix of design collaborations and one-off products by small producers for the kitchen and home – from rare honeys and antique French knives to beeswax perfume and hand-thrown ceramics. “We aim to stock a very short list of the sort of things that last, are special, and make your everyday better,” says co-founder Heidi Swanson, author of award-winning cookbook Super Natural Every Day and long-running recipe journal, 101 Cookbooks.
The idea for the site was born after Swanson was regularly asked about the items that appeared in her shoots, and decided to partner with Wayne Bremser to share her favourite pieces. “We tend to source from friends and producers here in California,” she continues, “or bring back items we’ve discovered on our travels – in the past we’ve offered vintage soup ladles from France, Puebla bowls found in a Mexico City flea market, and beautiful chocolate moulds.”
Highlights include olive-blossom honey ($58, about £38, second picture) harvested from a single northern-California olive orchard, delicate strawberry mint (about £8), and a handmade Coltellerie Berti chef’s knife (about £196) with a smooth, white Lucite handle that will age beautifully with use. Mason Studio aprons (about £79) are made from washed Japanese cotton twill in a soft shade of oyster, while Iris Hantverk brushes (from about £9) are bound by hand to a birch handle with stainless-steel wire, before being cut to uniform length.
Small-batch and one-of-a-kind ceramics (first picture) by local artists including Colleen Hennessey, Malinda Reich and Sarah Kersten – her fermentation crocks are wonderful for experimenting with sauerkrauts, kimchis and fermented drinks – sell out fast, so sign up to the site’s mailing list for updates to get the pick of the crop.