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Out of the Woods

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Apparently, Best Made Co.’s business model—selling $180 artisanal axes, among other high-end urban-lumberjack ­essentials—was just crazy enough to work. After four years operating online only, the brand, helmed by native Ontarian Peter Buchanan-Smith, has expanded its Tribeca workshop into a storefront opening May 8 (36 White St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 646-478-7092). The former factory space is awash in curated camping gear: archaeologist-grade compasses ($168), twine knives ($19), and World War II–style can openers ($5). Best Made’s own designs feature heavily, of course, and include duck-canvas ditty bags ($124), camp blankets buckled in leather slings ($184), and myriad axes, drop-forged in North Carolina and packed in handmade wooden crates.


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