I know it’s going to sound bizarre, but one of the things I always have to take back to England for my mother when I return from America are pale green washing-up gloves from the classic American kitchen shop Williams Sonoma. She swears point blank that these are nigh on indestructible, the platinum standard of said gloves.
So as a dutiful daughter, I always buy her a pair. This time I also bought myself a set of pretty drying up cloths for my new kitchen in their new blue & white pattern, as all mine look like they’ve been chewed by P Bad. I have to make a quick dash to the Flatiron tomorrow before I leave to pick up some stuff from my stationery suppliers, and I am sorely tempted to pick up the Bundt tins I was drooling over yesterday, when I foolishly arranged to meet Judy in the Columbus Circle branch.
I can’t pretend WS is inexpensive, but it is mighty comprehensive. I have never not found anything I need there, and it’s particularly good on cake baking supplies. There are branches all over America, and in Manhattan the Columbus Circle branch is convenient for Central Park and midtown shoppers, whilst the more downtown-minded can head to 7th and 18th for their fix. (Handily situated opposite my other favourite store, discounter Loehmann’s.) There is also a catalogue which competes with the UK’s Lakeland for covetable household wares.