- Location: San Francisco, CA
- Website: urbanmercantile.com
egg & the Urban Mercantile have an organic, art-and-design-conscious style that springs directly from the eclectic tastes and sensibilities of its owners, Marisa Lin (egg) and Bradley Burch (Urban Mercantile). For several years now this duo has been quietly retailing a beautifully-curated selection of contemporary home accessories, including software, tableware, glassware and lighting, a small selection of unique furniture pieces, and paintings and ceramics by local artists.
Prices are also very decent. Considering the expertly-edited feel of the merchandise, we find it gratifying that Burch and Lin did not just set out to foist their excellent taste on people with money to burn.
Burch says: We take our price points seriously and really consider our customers and their presumption of a fair price. We try to have something for everyone, and we know that most people are conservative when shopping (given that many people are fine buying housewares from Ikea for fractions of the price in boutiques.
Deeply-hued towels and bath mats in shaggy, thirsty terry range from $12 to $72. And in the not-strictly-housewares department, egg & the Urban Mercantile also sell beautiful letter-pressed paper goods, jewelry, children's clothes, books, and nursery bedding.
Under the Urban Mercantile calling card Burch and Lin also take on interior decoration and consultation, product design and development, wholesale to other retailers, e-commerce, and artist
(Edited from this post originally published 04.27.06 - CB)