1. SPIRIT AND ADVENTURE
Hiking through the Scottish Highlands is no walk in the park and you need a good pair of boots to avoid getting mired in the, well, mire. Oliver Sweeney’s Talisker collaboration is just that and more. As well as being a handsome pair of practicalities, the boots include an equal necessity to brave the cold Scottish winds: a miniature hip flask just waiting for your favourite warming snifter. It doesn’t need to be Talisker, but given the sliver of barrel buried in the heel, it probably should be.
2. A REAL HARDCASE
We all know the horror stories of baggage handlers gone wild, yet even the most aggressively stupid of airport staff would have a hard time damaging Tumi’s 19 Degree aluminium case. Not only is the lightweight metal surprisingly rugged, the inbuilt contours help shrug off impacts. It’s bulkier than you might expect from a weekend case, but if you plan on taking any valuables it might be best not to rely on a holdall. In metallic blue or silver you also won’t miss it on the carousel.
3. PLAYER PIANO
A touch of sci-fi goes a long way, particularly when it’s the kind of pink you’re only likely to see in the neon-drenched cities of Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell. At the very least, it’s not something you expect to see on a world-class Edelweiss piano. Still, there’s no mistaking designer Dio Davies’ bespoke coral piano with its LED-lit Perspex. Set it to self-play and you’ll swear the dystopian future has arrived looking cooler than ever.
4. STEP UP A GEAR
The Hummingbird doesn’t look like your usual bike and at just 6.9kg it doesn’t feel like one either. It is, in fact, the world’s lightest folding bike, which isn’t that much of a surprise, considering. Makers ProDrive are more associated with the fast-paced world of Formula 1 than a sedate cycle through town. From the frame to the tyres to the high-performance carbon fibre used throughout, there’s no excuse not to have an eco-friendly commute – and if you do come up with one, the Hummingbird folds in less than five seconds.
5. SOUND IDEA
Following the trail of epic audio manufactures going tabletop, Martin Logan’s Crescendo X is everything an audiophile could need and still fit through the door. It’s not the electrostatics they’re famous for, but dual tweeters and a 5×7-inch mid/bass woofer for a deep, bass response. It can also wirelessly stream throughout the entire house. In case the picture doesn’t paint it well enough, it’s also fantastically sleek. It seems there might finally be a reason to invest in Tidal.
6. A DIFFERENT SHADE
Summer’s coming to an end, so you’re already likely to have some decent sunglasses, but if you’re looking to change up your eyewear, look no further than Lunetterie Générale. The French artisan’s Vault collection is a modern twist of the Mafioso stylings of the 1920s without the need for double-breasted jackets and cement shoes. In shaded brown acetate, the classic pantos-style shape and gold hardware just beg to revisit the Riviera – perhaps for a bit of autumn sun?