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The Perfect Bread Knife Is Courtesy of the Bread Queen of LA

As if I need more of an excuse to load up on carbs.

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Welcome to Window Shopping, a weekly exercise in lusting over home products we want in our homes right the hell now. This week: really expensive candles, small batch canned coffee and more.

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1 Nancy Silverton Bread Knife
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Made In madeincookware.com
$169.00

Nancy Silverton didn't invent sourdough bread, but she sure as hell contributed to its rise in popularity over the years. And just like Silverton, Made In didn't invent knives or carbon steel pans, but it is arguably the hottest direct-to-consumer cookware brand these days. Silverton had been popping up in Made In's Instagram a lot, and now we know it's been leading up to this: a limited-edition bread knife made in collaboration with Silverton. The extra-long 14-inch knife (with a 9-inch blade) is the ideal length for getting the perfect slice of bread with hacking it to shreds. The attention to detail — from the ivory handle to the custom rivets — elicits the same eye for the minutiae that Silverton brings to baking. 

2 Coupe Dinnerware
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Parachute Home parachutehome.com
$180.00

Jono Pandolfi has made the dinnerware sets for some of the country's most sought-after restaurants, such as New York City's Eleven Madison Park. His New Jersey-based team of artisans also make dinnerware for the common folk. The latest collection of plates and bowls is made in collaboration with one of our favorite bedding brands, Parachute. But what does a bedding company know about dinnerware? Parachute applied its minimal aesthetic and eye for soothing colors to Pandolfi's Coupe line to craft the exclusive ink colorway. Because each piece is handmade, expect slight imperfections that make each piece absolutely perfect.

3 Fred Segal x Yowie
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Fred Segal x Yowie fredsegal.com

Fred Segal's new collection made with Yowie is the east coast-west coast collaboration I didn't know I needed. Yowie is a Philadelphia-based lifestyle store that touts goods and designs made by independent and up-and-coming designers. The 19-piece collection, on sale at Fred Segal's Sunset Boulevard store and website, features one-of-a-kind ceramics, apparel and other home goods. In my cart is the Shine Succulent Planter, the Wavy Tumbler and the Mental Massage Tee. I have a feeling some of these pieces won't stay in stock for long, especially this hand-dyed long-sleeve tee.

4 Blue Label Candle
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D.S. & Durga dsanddurga.com
$70.00

It's a collaboration you didn't know you needed. Prominent olfactory brand D.S. Durga partnered with Johnnie Walker to create a candle that's as top-of-the-line as the scotch brand's Blue Label whisky. You can even head to Reserve Bar to get the candle along with an actual bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label ($299). With notes of the salty island sea, peat and oak casks, I imagine this is what it smells like to live at a distillery. I wonder if D.S. & Durga will turn this into a fragrance. Probably not lest you want to walk around smelling like you've been drinking since 8 in the morning.

5 Aganice Aromatique Candle
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Aesop aesop.com
$110.00

I guess I just have a thing for expensive candles. Aesop released a trio of candles, each named after a prominent ancient astronomer. The vessels are also emblazoned with quotes unrelated to the namesake of the candle scent, but impassioned nonetheless. And with such a sleek ceramic container, I'd keep it long after the wax is all used up. 

6 Honey Shantawene
Elemental Beverage Co.
Elemental Beverage Co. elementalbeverage.co
$40.00

We fawned over Elemental Beverage Co. when it first came out in 2019. In 2020, they're proving our admiration was in the right place. First, the brand specializes in snapchilled canned coffee — that is hot-brewed coffee immediately chilled to lock in the flavors released from brewing with hot water. Its first offering from the new Small Batch Series is Honey Shantawene, which is a honey-processed coffee from Ethiopia. According to the product description, expect notes of violet, jasmine and ripe papaya (I can confirm these are accurate tasting notes). The six-pack is $10 more than the brand's permanent offerings, but it's worth it. The coffee bean importer, Catalyst Trade, works with farmers to improve their operations and to better the livelihoods of those who live in the Shantawene village.

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