Bennett Winch ‘The Brief’ Briefcase in Sand, £650
Versatility is key to a good bag. Given that there’s barely anything The Brief can’t do, it has that box ticked in bold. The fact that it’s from British leather specialists Bennet Winch ticks pretty much all the rest. Slimline in design yet deceptively roomy, it works with laptops, luggage, on the shoulder, off the shoulder, business, casual and everything in-between. It’s exhausting. It’s also available in a few different colourways but the sand canvas, with its high contrast leather trim and brass fittings is the coolest of the lot.
Available at Bennett Winch.
Glenfiddich x MR PORTER, £300
Speaking of… this sartorially inspired bottle combines the classical Scotch profile that’s been the hallmark of Glenfiddich for centuries with the sartorial expertise of online menswear brand MR PORTER. The complex 20-year-old whisky is smooth, silky and solera-aged to combine three different types of cask. Suited and booted in a bespoke, crisp white number with a monogrammed interior, this is the best dressed Scotch in the world. With just 1,500 bottles worldwide though, you might want to get in there quick. High street this is not.
More details at Glenfiddich.
Tom Dixon Whisky Glasses, £60
Copper and glass is a combination that’s been helping define Tom Dixon’s interior designs for years, the kind you’ll find in luxury hotels, apartments, you name it. Now anyone with an appreciation of that ultra-luxe look and equally high-end whisky can combine the two with this handsome pair of copper-banded glasses. Mouthblown for a sculptural effect, they’re definitely a cut above your traditional cut-crystal. Classic Scotch need not apply.
Available at Selfridges.
Norlha Striped Felted Yak Blanket, from £911
Even if you’ve not been able to travel much recently, you can let the world come to you. Case in point, this hand-felted blanket from the Tibetan Plateau. Sourced from the first ever yak khullu workshop in the area, this is about as authentic as these things get, not harvested but collected from when the animals malt. In vibrant red and yellow, its low environmental impact is offset by its high visual appeal, offering a slice of ancient hand craftsmanship a world away from the mass-produced. You can be pretty sure you won’t see another quite like it.
Available at Norlha.
Edward Green Cadogan, £965
Like puppies, Edward Green shoes aren’t just for Christmas, they’re for life. Unlike with puppies, that’s actually a good thing. And if you’re going to have a pair of perfectly-crafted British shoes around for that long, you’ll want to stick with the classics – a category the Cadogan semi-brogues fall neatly into. With their rounded, traditional profile and thick, dark brown antique leather, they’re built to age as well as a fine wine. They’re particularly accommodating of wide feet so if your usual shoes pinch a bit, you’re welcome.
Available at Edward Green.
Serengeti Lenwood Sunglasses, £230
Gloriously glamorous in champagne acetate, this pair of sunnies is good for more than pretending you’re sunning yourself on the Riviera. The anti-reflective, gradient lenses are specifically aimed at drivers, blocking light coming from above but leaving a clearer picture of road level. They’re also tempered against wear and tear to keep them effective season after season. The fact that these lenses come in a warm, vintage brown almost hides the fact that they’re about as cutting-edge as sunglasses can get.
Available at Serengeti-Eyewear.
Fope 18K White Gold Eka Bracelet, from £2,660
You’ll have probably wandered past Fope’s Bond Street boutique at some point, but now there’s reason for the more masculine among us to head inside the Italian jeweller. The brand’s new men’s line translates the key tenets of the brand into a new range of modern, manly pieces. Take the Eka, for example. Combining a flexible bracelet with a black rhodium-plated hexagon set with black diamonds, it’s high jewellery with an urban, industrial twist. It has the same quality as the women’s pieces of course, but it marks a distinctly different era of everyday luxury.
Available at Fope.
BaByliss Super-X Metal Series, £120
Looking good’s not all about the clothes and it’s about time you pruned that unruly hedge you’ve been cultivating over the past few months into some semblance of acceptability. Consider this professional-standard trimmer set the follicle gardener of your dreams. The BaByliss Super-X 15-in-1 trimmer comes with a full set of comb guides, a Japanese steel precision trimmer and a fast-charging lithium-ion battery in case you forget to plug it in overnight. Whatever facial hair you aim to grow, this is the perfect tool for the job.
Available at BaByliss.