Lunch On the Rocks

For an evening outdoor concert or a day at the beach, this is a picnic basket with a twist.

As director Luis Bunuel once said, "If you were to ask me if I'd ever had the bad luck to miss a daily cocktail, I'd have to say I doubt it; where certain things are concerned, I plan ahead." So he'd be quite pleased—and so were we—to discover this limited-edition "bar basket" by G. Lorenzi, the wonderfully discreet Italian personal and home accessories company. "We were inspired by English gardening sets," says Mauro Lorenzi, owner of the company his grandfather started in 1929. "The beauty of our objects is in their quality." Clearly. Individual artisans produce each part: One weaves the red reed wicker of the frame, another works the Italian wild-boar leather of the interior, still another crafts the Japanese bamboo into the handles of the 12 utensils.

"The bamboo wears well by the sea, so it's good on a boat or at a beach house. Or, of course, at a garden party," says Lorenzi.

"What I like about it," says Bergdorf Goodman's merchandise manager, Richard Bowes, "is that it works. I like things that work and are not just for show. Everything in it is there for a reason." Cocktails, anyone?