In the big-box, prime-shipping, one-click shopping world we live in, sometimes it’s refreshing to engage in the lost art of tracking down a gift so unbelievably unique. It speaks to both giver and receiver. Worth Avenue in Palm Beach Island is unrivaled terrain for exercising those purchasing muscles. Don’t forget a hand-written note with monogrammed stationery from Il Papiro!
Cara Polites Ferro’s vision of an emporium of curated artisan treasures from the Mediterranean and beyond fits perfectly with this island’s sensibility. Some of our favorite finds to bring to your next dinner party include an octopus decanter, glass blown in Italy in the style of ancient Venetian master glass makers, organic olive oil made from 100% Koroneiki olives sourced from a collective of seaside olive farms in the Peloponnese, a serving platter made in Greece from the finest porcelain or a collection of candles produced in Sicily with transporting scents such as fig and cedar, amber and musk or orange blossom.
The Silver Fund
No two finds are alike in this pretty palace of mid-century objects d’art and furnishings. Recent favorites include a pineapple lucite ice bucket with tongs to keep the champagne and conversation flowing and a pair of circa 1950s seashell dishes. Of course, we won’t tell if – while shopping for your friend – you snag a pair of 70s table lamps or a rattan swivel chair for your own abode!
Stubbs and Wooten
Here’s a gift that can be worn solely in the home or taken all over the world. If you know your hostess’ shoe size, she’ll be tickled with a pair of coveted slippers from this venerable brand that began on Worth Ave. but now includes stores in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. The spring Raffia Luggage Slipper, with its grosgrain trim is surely going to be the underfoot spring sparkler among the tony Palm Beach set. Other spring favorites include the Dune Slipper and Honeysuckle Marlin.
And that’s how we step up our housewarming gifts in Palm Beach!