What: A wardrobe packed full of classic, stylish pieces is what every gentleman needs – but if the man in your life has neither the time nor the patience to trawl the mall for a crisp shirt and perfect pair of jeans, he’ll love the Trunk Club. After speaking with an expert stylist, he’ll receive a hand-curated selection of some of the sharpest threads out there on his doorstep, as seldom or as often as he wants. Maximum style, minimum fuss!
Who: Trunk Club, the Chicago-based one-stop shop for smart-casj weekend wear, whose trump card is its network of 125+ savvy stylists.
Why: With brands from Eton to Lacoste to Earnest Sewn, and a 10-day try-on period after which you pay only for what you keep, it’s a win/win model. Pack your trunk!
How much: USD 100-5,000
What: Forget iPods, iPads, iThis and iThat – this Christmas, we’re giving the gift of old-school music. We’re loving Crosley’s range of retro turntables, cleverly combining nostalgic aesthetic with all-mod functions like a USB interface so you can convert your old albums to digital format, plus AM/FM radio and programmable CD player to boot.
Who: Crosley, the American household brand that first introduced the $7 ‘Harko’ radio to the masses in 1920
Why: So you can dust off the vinyl and blame it on the boogie – why else?!
How much: USD 299.95
What: Far from your average fruit basket, this deluxe Christmas hamper is not only choc-a-block with indulgent goodies like vintage Dom and Delpeyrat foie gras, it even comes with a 3-hour Italian cooking class experience voucher, plus cookbook, utensils and many more tasty treats. For the foodie in your life!
Who: Gift Hampers HK, with a staggering selection of seasonal baskets that’ll have your gifting list sorted, stat.
Why: ’Tis the season for feasting and toasting… and a bottle of premium champs plus gourmets goodies sure make for a good start!
How much: HKD 4,400
Dear hearts, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we’re back with our annual All I Want For Christmas column, bringing you personal gifting picks from the LUXE team. Ready to get spendy, Wendy?
What: Every gal needs a statement holiday accessory, and this ultra femme take on Mulberry’s trademark satchel style, complete with shiny postman’s lock clasp, is top of our list. And once we laid eyes on the pillar box red hue and stroke-worthy calf hair – sound the fashion klaxon!
Who: Mulberry, the Brit-born purveyor of luxurious leather goodies. Who else?
Why: An elegant but sassy bag to brighten up the darkest of wintry wardrobes.
How much: GBP2,500
What: Natural goatskin luggage for men, so handsome you’ll be arranging a rendezvous with it under the mistletoe. Oh, and soft navy lining plus a padded iPad compartment means it’s beautiful on the inside too – dream!
Who: Those dapper tailoring boffins over at Smythson, of course.
Why: Yes, it’s a one-purchase solution to travelling in ultimate style, but honestly, do you really need a reason? It’s gorgeous!
How much: US$2,190
What: A head-tilt and squint-inducing, optical illusion-printed, canvas and leather iPad sleeve for the cyber stylista.
Who: Dandy after our own heart-y, It-designer Pierre Hardy.
Why: Who said being tech-savvy meant also being daggy? Thanks to Pierre, geek = chic!
How much: US$210
What: Not just useful for ensuring the fire stays lit this Christmas, this solid brass match striker handmade in India also makes a stunning decor piece and ignites conversations as deftly as redheads.
Who: Estee’s (who else?) granddaughter Aerin Lauder, now famous in her own right as the stylish eye behind eponymous luxury lifestyle brand Aerin.
Why: It’s chunky, it’s shiny and it screams luxury.
How Much: US$190
What: The ultimate in loungey footwear, these luxurious shearling slippers will have you reaching for the robe, quaffing port and puffing stogies like you’re Hef – just add bunnies!
Who: Mr. Americana, Ralph Lauren. He’s been at it since ’72, so you could say he knows a thing or two about seasonal style.
Why: All jokes aside, it’s getting darn cold. Your tootsies need a colourful, chic, chill-abating caress, just like the rest of you. Get on it.
Where: ralphlauren.com and in stores worldwide
How Much: US$175
What: A collector’s edition, bespoke set of Loewe’s Domino Gold, with each of the 28 sycamore and metal pieces hand carved in Spain.
Who: Turns out Madrid’s legendary leather goods brand ain’t so bad with wood either. Their set of Dominoes (along with chess and checkers) is part of the board game component of Loewe’s exclusive ‘Made To Order’ series. Swank!
Why: It’s a truly unique present to gift (or receive), especially for lovers of the game. You can finally throw out the crumbling cardboard box original – if you can bring yourself to break these precious pieces out of the luxe suede bag they come tucked in, that is!
How much: US$3,785
What: A winter getaway to Northern Italy’s dazzling Dolomites, where a 4-night stay in one of Lagacio Mountain Residence’s 24 fully-stocked apartments also gets you a romantic ride in a horse-drawn sleigh, access to a wine tasting, and exclusive entry to the San Cassiano and San Martino museums.
Who: A ‘small town, big style’ mountain lodge with divine food, plentiful snow, and prime Alta Badia posi for ski bunnies.
How: Book online at lagacio.com (current package on offer through February)
Why: Hitting the slopes high in the Alps, heading straight for an apres-ski hot toddy or a relaxing spa sesh, having dinner at 2 Mich-starred St Hubertus nearby, then settling into your cosy cabin. Really, what’s not to like?!
How much: Megalodonte Suite €419 per person/night, Donella Suite €629 per person/night