It’s that time of year again, chaps - time to dig out the fountain pen and renew your acquaintance with your old pal Father Christmas, with a polite missive asking after his health and if he’d be so kind as to send a few little nik-naks your way come Christmas Eve. There’ll even be a drop of brandy and a mince pie in it for him.
Which begs a very good question - what are you going to ask for this year?
We know that regular readers of this blog are discerning types who care about looking their very best. So, with just a few weeks to go until Chrimbo is upon us, we’ve put our heads together and come up with five of the smartest accessories a gent could ever wish to have, each one perfect for exasperated relatives asking ‘so what do you want this year?’ And for telling Santa, of course.
Real wood smartphone case
The modern man of the world cannot be without his smartphone, but let’s face it - the people who make the things are thinking less urbane, more urban when it comes to case design. If you are worried about how your handset looks with your suit, fear not - a polished hardwood case, something classical like walnut or rosewood, is the very definition of debonair for any device.
Leather driving gloves
Back in the days when you could tell what type of car a gentleman drove by the scent of the petrol fumes he carried about with him, few cars had roofs and windows. That meant driving could be a rather chilly business, especially in winter. So, to protect the hands on the steering wheel, driving gloves were born. We still think that a well-made pair of leather driving gloves ooze class. If you haven’t already got a pair, do your hands a favour this Christmas.
Shoe shine kit
Once upon a time a gentleman who wanted his shoes polishing at Christmas would have looked for a cheeky young urchin on the street and thrown him a tuppeny bit for his troubles. Quite rightly, those days are behind us, not only because child labour is wrong, but because it is right and proper that the modern gentleman takes responsibility for keeping his own accoutrements in ship-shape condition. If you are practically minded, there is something therapeutic about polishing your favourite brogues until you can see you face in them. Ask for a kit that comes in its own wooden box with a shoe support on top, they look great.
Sterling silver cufflinks
As we hope regular readers of this blog are the kind of gentlemen who consider a suit everyday attire, we also assume you will have a satisfactory collection of dress shirts to go with them. In that case, it is our opinion that you can never have enough cufflinks. If people insist on buying you socks every Christmas, you might as well stick a pair of cufflinks on your wish list every year, too. It is still hard to look beyond a well made pair of Sterling silver cufflinks, if you have relatives who think you are worth it.
Finally, just as the wristwatch falls out of fashion - notwithstanding the attempts of clever tech companies to revive it in a ‘smart’ form - we believe it is about time a classic of gentlemen’s accessories was revived. There can be few things that finish off a smart tailored suit quite like an equally well-made pocket watch - long before gold chains, this is what the sophisticates of yesteryear did for bling. We are sure it is only a matter of time before they are absolutely on trend again, so why not get ahead of the game and ask for one for Christmas this year?
Speaking of tailored suits - how is your Christmas wardrobe looking? If you feel you might need a new outfit to see you through the festive season, don’t worry, there is still time to get measured up and kitted out in time. Contact us today to book an appointment.