Exquisitely made, with a strong history dating back to 1671 in San Miguel Allende, Casa Dragones is a brand steeped in tradition and craftsmanship. With those valuable qualities in mind, we set out to select beautifully crafted, covetable and practical products made in Mexico, from the country’s central highlands to CDMX and even Oaxaca. With a range of prices for all budgets, each has been thoughtfully made and reflects local artisan techniques.
Tequila Casa Dragones Joven
A sophisticated and exquisitely crafted drink, Casa Dragones Joven ($285) is a small-batch, master blend of 100% Blue Agave silver and extra-aged tequila. This liquid is complex and nuanced, but soft, smooth and satisfying; ideal for sipping slowly on its own or paired with food. With notes of citrus, florals, spice and vanilla, it’s a bright and elegant tequila. Not only is the liquid impeccably made, but each signed and numbered crystal bottle itself is handcrafted and engraved by Mexican artisans.
Blue Otomí Tablecloth
This beautifully made tablecloth ($1250) celebrates traditional craft and design, through the style of embroidery that was revived in the 1960s by indigenous Otomí women—when their predominantly farming region faced difficulty caused by severe drought. The dynamic, intricate embroidery includes animal and plant motifs, each symbolic in its own right. This images are said to be based on cave paintings, memories and dreams. Measuring 68 inches in diameter, this glorious tablecloth is finished with a linen border and is almost too pretty to cover up with dinner settings.
Floral Bouquet Candle
Each one of these glorious and intricately designed candles ($28) is made by hand in Mexico City, so no two are identical. Its bright yellow hue is cheerful and striking, and it stands at approximately four inches tall. ARO focuses on items made by independent and emerging designers and artisans, and these beautifully made wax bouquet candles are evidence of that.