About Us

Kaufmann Mercantile is a New York based online store for carefully selected, long-lasting, and well-designed goods. We also write and commission a library of essays on the history of materials, various how-tos, and Q&A’s with artists and designers.

We launch new products every Wednesday and Sunday and articles every other week. To stay updated, subscribe to our newsletter and follow us via RSSTwitterFacebook or Pinterest.

Kaufmann Mercantile chooses products that are manufactured with equal importance given to functionality, durability and aesthetics. Materials should be chosen for their longevity. Design should marry both function and beauty. Most of our products are handmade, and we never sell cheaply made, mass-produced versions. We encourage still-functioning heirlooms, not fodder for landfills.

We put a lot of thought and research into everything we sell. Purchasing goods for your everyday life ought to be an opportunity to choose durable and high-quality items made under ethical and environmentally safe circumstances.

Please contact us if you have any questions or comments.

We offer free shipping on all orders of $75 or more within the U.S. We accept returns on all unused products within 90 days. Return shipping within the U.S. is always free. You can read more at our FAQ page. 

References is an expanding library of original articles on production, design and materials explored through short essays, how-to's and interviews. The ideas, objects and people we profile are those we look to for inspiration and knowledge. We refer to them. And by cataloging their existence, we hope to create a working library for others to refer to as well. 

Writers who would like to submit article ideas, please email

Our offices are in Brooklyn, New York, and our products ship from our warehouse in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Founded in 2009, Kaufmann Mercantile is the creation of Sebastian Kaufmann, a German expat with a great appreciation for design, art, cooking, science, and the outdoors.

Photos are by Matt Kashtan, unless otherwise noted. All words are edited by Alex Redgrave. The intricate process of researching, testing and selecting products for our store is directed by Nathan Needle. Prasanna Malla works to improve your experience on our website. Ms. Lauren Dilkes is there to answer your calls and emails when you need us.

Press interested in finding out more about Kaufmann Mercantile should contact Alexis Shubin

Click here for our Shipping Policy and here for our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions.
  • USA
  • Free shipping in the USA for orders $75+ (UPS or USPS).
  • $8 UPS Ground/USPS Priority for orders $25 - $75.
  • $5 USPS First Class for orders under $25.
  • UPS 2nd Day $29.
  • 90 days on all unused items.
  • Free return shipping in the US.
  • NY & NC.
  • Kaufmann Mercantile has partnered with BorderFree to offer shipping around the world. During checkout BorderFree will estimate charges for shipping, customs, and duties as applicable depending on the destination for your order.
  • Click here to read our terms and conditions.



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International Shipping

Kaufmann Mercantile now ships worldwide

Kaufmann Mercantile offers international shopping in your preferred currency –
even if it doesn't match the currency of your shipping destination. Your order total
is guaranteed at the exchange rate when your order is placed.

Borderfree is our global e-commerce partner. While Borderfree handles
your international order and transaction, Kaufmann Mercantile
directly handles all your customer service needs.

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