My Dad asked me what I fancied for Christmas last week to which I gave my my standard annual request, which happens to be the same thing I’ve requested my entire adult life to date, ‘err … just some cash will do’.
But then I thought, no, not this year. This year will be different. This year I’m turning over a new leaf. This year I will not be pissing my entire Christmas gift up against a wall before the clock strikes midnight on boxing day. This year I’ll show restraint and have something left to show for my old mans generosity other than fear, self-loathing and a baron wallet. This year is the year for change. This year is about handsome stocking fillers (and no I don’t mean those satsuma’s that have been sat in the fruit bowl for the past fortnight). This year is about gifts fit for a King; Folk, Fjallraven & Myrrh, and this year is about contemporary accessory gubbins from Portobello’s prime menswear moguls ‘The Garbstore’ …
1. Uniform Wares – 203 Series Calendar Wristwatch Gun
Ok, so unless your either Mark-Francis Vandelli and that toothy witch he knocks about with on MIC, £260 isn’t your average stocking filler spend. Although seeing as it’s one of the most functional and downright lush timepieces I’ve seen this year, I just couldn’t not include this Uniform Wares 203 Series Watch. For those with deep pockets!
2. Contemporary Menswear Book -Thames & Hudson
Steven Vogel, Nicholas Schonberger & Calum Gordon take an in-depth look at over 50 independent designers, brands, stores, websites and blogs that’ve helped shaped what’s commonly regarded as contemporary menswear. I’ve not had chance to get into the book to give you my personal verdict, but if you’re keen on a heads up, I would recommended checking out these two sterling reviews from Proper Mag and Well Dressed Dad.
3. Hikaru Noguchi – Watermarks Large Stripe Scarf Red & Green
Japanese Graphic Design graduate Kikaru Noguchi delivers this Watermark Stripe Scarf that features the finest blend of colours and textures your likely to see. And the clever bit is that it’s knitted in quality spun 100% lambswool, which helps creates micro air pockets to keep out that cold winter air. Well scientific!
4. Anonymous Ism – Fair Isle Socks
A pair of socks used to be a present I’d have turned my nose up at. Not anymore (unless our Aunt Barbara has purchased me 4 for a tenner from Primark). I’ve recently been told by some knowledgeable hipsters that a decent patterned sock is widely regarded as a statement of creative expression. Well if that’s the case then what do these belters from ‘Anonymous Ism’ say about me? Other than the fact I’m rather partial to Fairisle and have an unhealthy appetite for fine Japanese knitwear.
5. Il Bussetto – Zip Wallet – Tan
We featured the Il Bussetto Zip Wallet on the blog back in September and on receiving mine in the post I was taken aback by it’s quality (mainly due to the fact it set me back a mere £55). The vegetable tanned leather construction results in a super soft finish and features include a canvas lined coin pocket, external card sleeves and a leather zip toggle. A decent compact wallet that comes in tan, dark brown and chocolate.
Pick up all these and more up over at the Couverture & The Garbstore