An expert picks THE sofa to spend your money on, plus 10 other forever items to invest in

Think nothing is built to last any more? Think again - here are a selection of W&H’s favourite 'Buy less, buy well' things – gorgeous, durable and design classics.

THE SOFA

Matera three-seater sofa in butter-soft tan leather. Beautiful and oh-so comfortable, from £2,499

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THE COOKING POT


Le Creuset Dutch Oven, £160.

Tara says, “This was the pot that inspired BuyMeOnce. Beautiful, classic and great at its job, it’s a natural heirloom.” Choosing just one is like trying to pick your favourite grandchild. They come with a lifetime guarantee in a range of lovely colours.

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THE MIXER


Magimix, CS 4200 XL, 252.00

This has a 30-year motor guarantee as it is the ultimate piece of kitchen equipment. You don’t really need anything else.

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THE KETTLE


Stellar stove top kettle £67 

“Electric kettles are amongst the most unreliable of appliances,” says Tara. “Instead, try a stove-top one like this, made with highest quality steel. It comes with a lifetime guarantee.”

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THE EARPHONES

RHA Audio MA750 Noise isolating high fidelity, £79.95

“It’s unusual to have a long warranty on earphones, but at three years this is one of the longest available,” says Tara.

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THE MAKE-UP BRUSHES


Eco-tools, £9.99

“These brushes use bamboo, recycled metal and cruelty free bristles,” says Tara. “No brush lasts forever but you can extend their life by washing them gently without soaking.”

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THE TWEEZERS


Tweezerman tweezers, £20

Our beauty department’s favourite: sturdy, easy to grasp and with a lifetime of free sharpening. Just send them off to the address on their website www.tweezerman.co.uk

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THE TUMBLERS


Duralex Picardie Amber Glass, £14.99 for six

“Virtually unbreakable, these are thermal and shock resistant,” says Tara. “In the unlikely case that a glass breaks, it shatters safely leaving no jagged edges. But you’ll have to try really hard!”

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THE TRAINERS


Veja Wata Trainers £74.99

Gorgeous – we want these trainers now. “Vega uses local supply chains, organic and fairly traded cotton, fair traded rubber and recycled plastic bottles to create their technologically advanced but classic-looking shoes,” says Tara.

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THE KITCHEN KNIFE


Wüsthof Classic Ikon Utility Knife, £66

Don’t want several knives? “This is a particularly versatile size, “ says Tara, “and it keeps its edge for double the time of a normal blade.” Also has a lifetime warranty.

Buy now.

Words by Anna Maxted.

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