In an age when Daft Punk's rallying cry of "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" seems to guide our daily lives, Venice Beach-based Tortoise General Store provides a refreshing counterpoint, offering housewares crafted with a slower lifestyle in mind. After a decade spent working in Japan's design industry, founders Taku and Keiko Shinomoto left their jobs and traveled for two years, exploring the country's rich natural landscapes and meeting new people. The trip revealed to them a new way of life, one in which thoughtfulness, balance, and fulfillment were more important than iPhones.
After relocating to Venice Beach, they decided to open a shop on Abbot Kinney and landed on the tortoise—a symbol of longevity in Japanese culture—as a fitting mascot to embody their new mantra. Each item in the store is crafted using Japanese techniques that have been honed for centuries, resulting in beautiful, simple, high-quality pieces built to last for generations.
Here, sales associate Emma Tsuchida takes us through five of the shop's coolest kitchen items.