Anyone looking for gifts with a strong design input will be rewarded by a visit to Lin Morris, a new online shop run by two friends, Ali Morris and Jean Lin.
Specialising in well-crafted accessories from around the world, Lin Morris also collaborates with invited designers on exclusive limited-edition pieces. Among these are New York-based illustrator Rory Panagotopulos, whose Pop skateboard deck ($65) was inspired by Popsicle sticks, and British accessory designer Eleanor Bolton, who creates sculptural, hand-stitched, coiled cotton-rope wall-pieces and necklaces, such as the Brighton necklace (second picture, $235), made from cotton braid and silver.
Jewellery fans may also be tempted by contemporary pieces such as Garnett’s Oblisk necklace ($45), whose graduated, free-moving pendants hang, fan-like, between lengths of oxidised brass chain. Festival-goers, meanwhile, might well invest in a smart, navy-blue canvas backpack ($130) from Austrian brand Essl, while the aluminium Trekker Kelly Kettle ($56), which fits neatly into a rucksack, is perfect for camping.
But the must-have accessory for summer holidays is surely Kenton Sorenson’s natural leather sunglasses case (third picture, $104), which is big enough to hold a lipstick and credit cards as well as shades.
This small but steadily growing site also offers attractive tableware and textiles. Notable examples include the hand-thrown porcelain Folded Miso bowl (first picture, $40), by Pigeon Toe Ceramics, whose slightly “squeezed” shape appears as if folded between two hands. And British weaver Holly Berry’s Love blanket ($580) is handmade in Scotland from cashmere and merino wool, with a double-sided design spelling out the word “love” in Morse code.
It’s worth noting that stock is based in New York and London (products are marked with their locations), and orders from overseas customers may be subject to local import duties and taxes. But that’s a small price to pay for fresh ideas and great designs.