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Emilia Wickstead

Emilia Wickstead is the picture of elegance and style. She gets quite a bit of that from her mother, Angela Wickstead, who has long had an eponymous line of Italian-made linens that adorn the most elegant tables in Europe. Now Emilia has introduced her own line of housewares, which honors and expands upon her mother’s legacy. The collection includes everything from printed place mats to weighty, small-batch silverware. The dinner plates are faintly Deco in style, while the table linens feature those same floral and nautical patterns as Wickstead’s dresses. We are especially tempted by the glassware, which is handblown in Murano by the renowned glass-maker Giberto Venezia. The voluminous Venice Wine Glass will not only accommodate a heavy pour but also add some gravitas to a table. ($167, —Ashley Baker


La Garçonne

The eminently practical British designer Margaret Howell understands that it’s not necessary to leave the house with an entire alpaca throw wrapped around one’s neck. A scarf should neither choke nor overwhelm, and Howell has proposed an elegant antidote to all those cumbersome yet ubiquitous plaid numbers. Her Narrow Ribbed Scarf is made of sumptuous cashmere that is a joy to wear. It tucks neatly under a collar and adds a bit of jaunty flair while also doing its primary job of staving off the chill. Now, some might suggest that a scarf is a boring gift. Well, not this one—it will earn more than its fair share of gratitude for the next three months, minimum. ($215, —Ashley Baker


Darcy Miller

“Can Darcy Miller really make each party, party after party, so different? So fun? So colorful? And so beloved by all attendees?,” Martha Stewart asks in the foreword of Miller’s book Celebrate Everything! “The answer is, abundantly, yes.” Miller isn’t merely a party planner. She’s a self-proclaimed celebration expert. Emphasis on the expert—Miller has been organizing fabulous events for three decades. She can organize everything from office parties to New Year’s Eve parties, to weddings and pets’ birthdays. Miller is a master of those personal touches that make an evening memorable. Who doesn’t love a cookie with your face on it? If you’re in search of a special space for your next event, Miller can even host you at her Upper East Side office, which is complete with lively wallpaper and a charming terrace. ( —Elena Clavarino


Santa Maria Novella

There are countless luxuries in life that may be deemed as superfluous when shopping for yourself, but don’t let that deter you from bestowing such splendors—big or small—on a loved one. Take, for instance, these striking wax tablets from Santa Maria Novella, the storied Florentine pharmacy dating back to 1221. Molded and hand-finished with delicate pink blossoms, the olfactory works of art can be tucked inside drawers or tied, by way of a satin ribbon, onto closet rods, leaving the lucky recipient’s wardrobe subtly scented with notes of rose and gardenia. There is no stocking stuffer as unexpectedly sweet—or thrilling, at that—this season. ($38, —Zoe Ruffner


Heather Evelyn

London-based illustrator Heather Evelyn kicked off her career working as a housewares-and-accessories buyer for the online retailer ASOS. Back then, the graduate of London’s Central Saint Martins (where she studied art) and the University of Nottingham (where she studied art history) didn’t immediately realize the importance of her evening hobby. Every night, Evelyn would sketch and screen-print her illustrations. In late 2020, she turned that passion into a small online business, selling pretty greeting cards, brightly colored notebooks, and candles annotated with pert phrases. Even with growing demand, Evelyn has kept her methods traditional—she creates the design for every Christmas cracker and gift tag by hand, then uses an 18th-century process called lithographic printing, which requires aluminum plates and ink, to print the designs. Next up, Evelyn is planning a collection of table linens and candleholders to round out her wares. ( —Bridget Arsenault


Westman Atelier

Leave it to Westman Atelier’s Gucci Westman—the makeup artist redefining “clean beauty” with her elevated complexion essentials—to create the most covetable brush collection yet. Handcrafted by expert artisans in Japan, each handle is made with sustainably sourced birchwood from a Forest Stewardship Council–certified forest and topped with cruelty-free, soft-to-the-touch nylon bristles for seamlessly smooth application. Now, just in time for the holiday gift-giving season, the nine-piece collection arrives in a festive, cherry-red canister, complete with a gilded edge and high-gloss finish. Finally, a set of tools that need not be hidden away. ($575, —Zoe Ruffner

Issue No. 179
December 17, 2022
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Issue No. 179
December 17, 2022