The William Henry Studio is devoted to the vision of designing and building the finest tools possible. Founded in 1997 by partners Matthew William Conable and Michael Henry Honack, the studio has grown from a one-man shop to a 20 person company that has established a new benchmark of excellence. The seamless integration of classic natural materials and state-of-the-art alloys is a hallmark of William Henry's work - no compromises, no shortcuts, and exceptional quality. Each component is precision machined to tolerances reserved for aerospace level work, often measured at 0.0005", or one twelfth the size of a human hair. The final fit, finish, action, and sharpness of each knife are achieved entirely by hand, employing the irreplaceable craftsmanship developed by generations of master cutlers. Every pocket knife the studio crafts is a distinctive heirloom-quality testament to the art of knifemaking. Each piece takes more than seven months to produce, and incorporates the work of more than 30 artisans across 800 individual operations.
Montblanc’s distinctive “White Star” logo is recognized around the world as the mark of deluxe writing instruments and fashion accessories. Montblanc pens are known primarily for their high precision, specially crafted nibs. While the company still offers its classic fountain pens, they also feature an extensive line of high-end ball point pens and mechanical pencils. Montblanc pens are highly collectible and many of their antique classic series have proven to be more than worthy investments with great appeal to collectors. Montblanc has also pioneered the development of a technology that they refer to as “precious resin”. Montblanc pens made from this material have a unique, luxurious sheen to them. Owning a Montblanc has been compared to joining an exclusive club. Owners take note of the richness of handcrafted resins, the soft gleam of gold and platinum plated accents, the perfectly balanced weight and proportion, and know they are in possession of a truly remarkable writing instrument.
Discover a world of emotion, beauty and creativity in Lladro figurines. Lladro figurines are hand-made fine porcelain by highly skilled artisans in Valencia, Spain. Each sculpture goes through a meticulous process to ensure perfection down to the smallest details. Soft, pastel colors, fine shimmering glazes, and impeccable attention to every detail — these are the trademarks of Lladro figurines, created to pass down through generations. Recall special memories of baby's first steps or the moment she walks down the aisle with a beautiful, hand-made Lladro figurine. As evocative moments rendered in exquisite detail, from the passion of a tango to the tenderness of a guardian angel, Lladro figurines grace both home and heart with a magical sense of wonder and delight, celebrating the remarkable moments of life.
Jay Strongwater created his own niche: the jeweler turning his meticulous eye and art on a world beyond a woman's wrist, neck and ears. "I'm fascinated by the idea of taking our everyday belongings - frames, boxes, clocks - and turning them into a beautiful collage of metal, enamel, and crystals". Strongwater collectors often say they feel the hand of the artisan behind each design. That almost tangible sense is the result of the 125 highly trained artisans in the designer's New York atelier and his production workshop in Rhode Island, where most pieces are brought to life. Over the years, Jay's formative vision has matured into a remarkable lifestyle collection of furniture, lighting and decorative accessories. The collection's appeal is perhaps best explained by the designer himself: "I find that when you hold one of my designs, you begin to appreciate the integrity that goes into each piece. The materials are superlative. The weight of the metal feels authentic. The stones dazzle. The color is lyrical. The craftsmanship is impeccable."
Waterford was originally established in 1783 on land adjacent to Merchants' Quay in the heart of the Irish harbor town that is its namesake. the company's founders were two brothers, William and George Penrose, who were important developers and principal exporters in the city. Their mission was to "create the finest quality crystal for drinking vessels and objects of beauty for the home". More than two hundred years later, the reputation they established for creating glass of unsurpassed beauty and quality lives on. Craftsmanship, stunning design, an unrivalled dedication to quality - these have been the guiding principles, which have, for over two hundred years, ensured that Waterford Crystal has come to be recognised as the finest in the world.
The French luxury brand has been a world renowned crystal maker since 1764, when King Louis XV gave permission to found a glassworks in the town of Baccarat in the Lorraine region of eastern France. Baccarat is famous for its wonderful crystal paperweights, its superb crystal glass tableware, for beautiful decanters and bottles, and for superb lead crystal sculptures of animals and birds. The technique of embedding cameo sulphides in paperweights was raised to a fine art by Baccarat in the early 19th century, and continues to be used today. Every piece Baccarat produces is instilled with a combination of craftsmanship and technology for timeless appeal. Baccarat perpetuates the image of a cosmopolitan lifestyle in the great French tradition, reflecting 'modernity with roots'.