Hunting for Hostess Gifts
Via Coquina located at 32 Via Mizner, Palm Beach
Where to Find the Best House-Warming Wares on the Island
Via Coquina, a jewel box of a store on Worth Avenue’s Via Mizner courtyard, is known for being a global emporium stocked with the finest artisan gifts. On the hunt for the most unique finds throughout the Mediterranean and beyond, owner Cara Polites Ferro personally travels the world to source for her charming shop. From Greece to Morocco, Italy to the Republic of Guinea she brings back beauties that will bring joy to the most discerning hostesses. Via Coquina’s success in Palm Beach has been so marked that Ferro plans on opening a second store in the Hamptons this summer. In season, Ferro is often at her Palm Beach store eager to share the stories behind each necklace, candle or handblown glass vase. “I love getting to know the craftspeople behind every curated piece and sharing the unique story with my guests,” says Ferro. “Every visit is a new experience,” says Palm Beach regular, Marzia Precoda, “Cara has done an amazing job in selecting the finest artisans. My go-to place for unique and tasteful gifts.”
OLIVE OIL, SALT, PEPPER AND A SQUARE OF LINEN
Oracle Olive Oil, a delicious, rich, fruity, green and organic olive oil made from Koroneiki olives, is sourced from a collective of seaside olive farms in the Peloponnese. The extra virgin oil is packaged in seductive navy-blue bottles designed by L.A. artist Alejandro Cardenas. They are UV-coated to prevent any oxidation. “A new batch literally just arrived today,” says Ferro. “This is such an in-demand house-warming gift, I’m not sure how long they will last.”
TURN OF THE MILL
Available in copper and brass, these elegant metal mills are designed based on a coffee mill that was used by Greek soldiers in the early 20th century. They are manufactured by a small, family-run company in Greece and come in two sizes. And aren’t they beautiful to behold? They’re even more fun to use.
Forget the stack of vulgar paper napkins. Linen is not only chic, but environmentally sound. Enter a family-owned linen company that has been creating the loveliest linens using block-printing techniques passed down from generation to generation for over a century. Based in Northern Italy, a team of 20 artisans use hand-carved pearwood stamps and vegetable dyes to turn out squares and rectangles of useful whimsy
Cara will be inviting some of these talented artisans from across the Atlantic for exclusive receptions,
please email us if you would like to be included in our special events this season.
32 Via Mizner
In the meantime, if you can’t make it to Worth Avenue, visit their website to view and shop their complete collection
Via Coquina is a proud member of 1% for the Planet.