Who says it’s hard to shop for men?! There are plenty of gorgeous Christmas gifts out there… we’ve rounded up some modern, some traditional and some with a bit of both
Prices correct at time of writing.
The best engineers, scientists, designers and pilots have combined over the years to produce cutting edge machines that were designed for the crucial purpose of a country’s defence. This collection of timepieces seeks to honour both the aircraft and the airmen and engineers who brought these incredible machines to life.
The case of the Hawker Harrier II watch is a Solid 316 L stainless steel that features an anti-reflective sapphire coated mineral lens for durability and visibility. On the underside of the watch a jet turbine carved case back makes clear the leitmotif of the 4056. With a coloured anodized aluminium chronograph pusher and matching detail on the crown the strong circular lines of the case are complemented with appropriate yet finessed detailing. Measuring 43mm in diameter the case fits snug thanks to the articulated polished lugs.
Price: £230 from avi-8.co.uk
Established in 2012 by London based brothers Benjie and Hugo Davis, Hugs&Co came about through their shared passion for design and creativity. The TS1 driving loafer sees upcycled tyre tread combined with Italian leather and British design to create a line of environmentally conscious luxury footwear.
Millions of scrap tyres pile up every year. Designed not to degrade they are often burned giving off toxic fumes. Alternatives for disposal are burying or highly costly and energy-consuming methods to break them down. The TS1 repurposes this material and the simple process produces a tenth of the CO2 that new soles would use to make.
Price: from £120 at www.hugsandco.com and also available at Harvey Nichol’s.
Made from the finest Italian leather, this holdall is designed to be as lightweight as possible when packed. Made from a classical tan and navy leather, the reinforced bottom and foot studs provide durability. The interior is lined in navy cotton and possesses both a large zip and pouch pocket and a smaller zip pocket on the exterior.
Fairfax & Favor was established by childhood friends in 2013 and they’ve been trying to redefine the term quintessential ever since. The focus is on craftsmanship, innovation, commitment and ability to create timeless investments that will make you smile today, tomorrow and years from now. This is a brand built on friendships and very British-qualities; going from rural Norfolk to the mountains of Spain in search of premium quality and the finest details possible.
Price: £585 available at www.fairfaxandfavor.com
In need of a jacket that will take you through the winter racing season in non-tweedy style? Proudly manufactured in the UK, crafted from eco friendly wadding and fully water resistant, the Penzance has you covered – whatever the weather. Available in two classic colours, with an oversized fit and featuring block colour stripes.
Ellie Wales founded Whale Of A Time Clothing in September 2016 with the aim of designing a go-to British lifestyle brand. Her vision was to provide fun, affordable casual wear with a retro-inspired twist on timeless pieces.
Price: £149.95 from www.whaleofatimeclothing.com
For a less traditional waistcoat to wear as an extra layer on winter racedays, this super light down vest will fit under a coat and keep you super warm.
Designed by Massimo Rossetti, the AW19 collection promises winter ‘athleisure’ with capsule collections catering to both the city dweller and adventurer alike, focused on functionality and tech elements. Boasting classic silhouettes, some with a gritty and updated sophisticated look, the brand promises style and functionality all in one.
Price: £251 from www.parajumpers.it
If the man you have in mind is always on the go, this washbag is the perfect travelling companion! Designed with complete practicality in mind without compromising on style, it is handmade in smooth Cognac or Black Italian calf leather, to be hard wearing, splash proof and water resistant. Inside, every pocket is lined in a durable, water resistant fabric for ease of cleaning.
When closed the wash bag is compact in style with a 3/4 length carry handle on the back and the front is easily secured with two magnetic snap closures. There is even a handy leather bound mirror that has a snap closure allowing it to be attached to the bag for use whilst shaving. It can be personalised with initials as well.
Aspinal of London designs beautiful, elegant and refined products of superior quality – to enjoy for a lifetime. Each piece is created in the heart of The National Park of West Sussex Downs, handmade by genuine leather craftsmen and women, to bring to you at an affordable price and great value.
Price: £225 from AspinalofLondon.com
For a gift that can be worn every day as well as for winter racedays, it’s hard to beat the Dorset-based ‘home of urban country chic’, Maude & Fox. Made with a fresh coloured tweed with a subtle orange and yellow wide overcheck, the tweed of the Romain coat is impregnated with teflon – great if you get caught out in a shower. Designed with a neat fairly slimline fit with a satin lining with moleskin facing. The Romain has handwarmer style pockets without bulk so they do not ruin the line of the jacket.
Sue Longmore, founder and head of creative at Maude & Fox comments: “Using our signature British tweed, all these pieces are made to flatter whilst also being comfortable & easy to wear. Maude & Fox sets itself apart from the crowd by being completely British in tweed, design and attitude.
Well, what’s Christmas without a new jumper?! A cold-weather staple, the Lambswool ¼ Zip Jumper in Damson is the ultimate protection from chilly days. The ¼ zip style looks smart casual when paired with a shirt or upgrade to smart by adding a blazer over the top. Available in other colours.
As Schöffel was founded in 1804 in Bavaria, Germany, they know a thing or two about keeping warm in all weathers!.Over the past seven generations they have combined innovation and technology with a passion for superb styling and outstanding quality. It is at present run by Peter Schöffel, the 6th generation of the family.
Price: £99.95 available at www.schoffelcountry.com