Sailing Ship Kite

by Grace Bonney

My dear friend and co-worker Amy Azzarito has been hunting down a hanging ship for as long as I’ve known her. Each year we trek to Brimfield and I find her gently pushing aside boxes and frames looking for a hidden sailboat figure she can hang from her ceiling. I can’t remember the original inspiration for the project, but I think it’s such a beautiful idea and it feels quintessentially ‘Amy’ to have something so beautiful and whimsical drifting overhead. We were in Catbird the other day when we saw this incredible sailing ship kite from Haptic Lab and it seemed like it might be the perfect fit. Then I saw it in person again at the Brooklyn Flea on Sunday and was blown away seeing it in action and up close in detail. Each handmade kite is a certified Fair Trade product, made in collaboration with Balinese artisans exclusively for Haptic Lab from locally-sourced bamboo and nylon. They definitely fly (they’re not just to display, although you certainly can) and each kit comes with a kite handle, flying line and easy assembly instructions to get you up and flying in no time. I’m completely smitten with the indigo version of the kite, but all three colors (white, green and indigo) are beautiful. Click here to check them out in more detail and order online ($40 each)- they’d be so sweet in a child’s room that had an ocean or sailing theme and of course they’d be right at home in an adult’s home as well. xo, grace


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