Monday, August 16, 2010

Tortoise General Store

This weekend we had friends in from out of town to visit. They were traveling across the U.S. after leaving Prague, their home for seven years. It was great to see them again and catch up. Also amazing is when great friends open your eyes to new ideas, concepts and products. While in L.A. they visited Tortoise General Store in Venice. Owned by a Japanese couple, a large amount of their product selection is Japanese made, including two beautiful tenugui cotton towels that they got us. I immediately looked the store up online to learn more and I am in love. Their assortment is so purposeful, providing you with essential everyday items that don't skimp on style or function. Here are some of my favorites.

Pack and Carry Fire Pit, a genius idea for camping or for your own backyard!
Tenugui, traditional cotton Japanese towels in amazing prints!
Tortoise Grater - handcrafted in Japan
A beautiful Mokusai cherry veneer lamp.