In 2009, while the Great Recession was in its throes, Peter Buchanan-Smith responded by turning away from his design career — his former clients include Isaac Mizrahi, David Byrne and Brian Eno — and toward the workshop in his backyard. When he came out, he had a hand-crafted axe, the story of that tool and the makings of an American lifestyle brand.

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Now, nearly ten years later, that brand, Best Made Co., offers toolboxes, cast iron pans, notebooks and yes, axes. It’s an impressive collection of general store-style goods that are, in their own ways, equal parts beautiful and practical. We recently had the chance to sit down with Buchanan-Smith to discover the items that he finds a use for on a daily basis, and the stories that go along with them.

The EDC Items We Can’t Live Without

Some favor flair, others prefer practical. The collection of things that gets us through the day-to-day is a mini representation of who we are and how we move through life. Here are the everyday carry items we can’t live without. Read the Story