It was a vibrant turquoise etched glass pitcher that first drew my attention to Kindred Black, a new e-boutique full of design and fashion items in unexpected shapes and sizes. The striking jug ($78, with a glass) is made in Mexico from recycled glass by Rose Ann Hall Designs and is typical of the site’s eco-centric offerings, which range from leather accessories crafted in New England to artisanal skincare from Spain to a 1950s vintage Rolex watch. The common thread is the criteria for which they were chosen: nearly all the products are handmade or are manufactured locally, they often incorporate natural ingredients and feature low-waste packaging, some are pre-owned and many are of heirloom quality.
In the Home Goods section, brass U-shaped candleholders by London-based Minimalux ($325) pair beautifully with exquisitely simple Lobmeyr tumblers ($550, fourth picture) in ethereal sea glass and cerulean hues, while small decorative objects – a piece of dainty mushroom coral ($75) or sculptural yet practical ebony and hog-bristle basting brushes ($65) – add to the intriguing mix. Beauty finds abound too, with an array of colourful scrubs, salves and tonics, including the yuzu-scented Sake Kasu facial soap ($15), Perfumera Curandera’s Jungle Rose oil ($90) and Kindred Black’s own Organic Iranian rosewater ($25, second picture).
On the fashion front, the sleek and simple vegetable-tanned tote bags ($730) by Lotuff are stylish yet sturdy enough for a laptop. And Kindred Black’s One-of-a-Kind section is a definite highlight; here you might find a bold, two-tone Venini hourglass ($2,500, first picture) from the 1950s, or a 1970s Patek Philippe ($12,000) in 18ct gold, or even a rough, textural 2,000ct opal boulder ($4,000, third picture).
In short, Kindred Black is a sumptuous, environmentally friendly shopping experience – and as a member of the 1% for the Planet alliance, it also gives something back, with one per cent of all sales supporting sustainability initiatives.