2017 CHRISTMAS GIFT ROUND UP
To take some of the hassle out of your Christmas shopping, international fashion buyer Adrian Gibson has put together a capsule guide of chic gifts to give this holiday season. Whether it’s a present for a wife or girlfriend, something for the man in your life, or a novelty prezzie for a co-worker, there should be something here to fit the bill.
For Her - Sir By Mario Testino
Mario Testino’s largest book to date, titled SIR, features a rich collection of more than 300 images taken by the renowned photographer in his search to define the “allure of men.” The book features an essay by Pierre Borhan, an interview with Patrick Kinmonth, and many previously unpublished works from Testino’s archive. Photographs include studies of Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jude Law, David Beckham, David Bowie and more. Available as a signed limited edition (of 1,000) bound in Japanese cloth and encased in a metal slipcase (pictured), or a more affordable paperback.
For Her - Fornasetti L’eclaireuse Scented Candle
Italian painter, sculptor and engraver Piero Fornasetti was famously obsessed with the face of 19th century operatic soprano Lina Cavalieri, featuring it in countless designs for his collections of tableware and home décor. Today, Piero’s son, Barnaba, reinterprets his father’s charming and whimsical art in his own home line, which includes this stunning candle, decorated with gold, which will be of use long after the fragrant scented Robertet candle has been burnt.
For Him - Dries Van Noten Wallet
This beautiful, hand crafted leather snake-effect wallet, produced by Belgian fashion house Dries Van Noten, has the feel and luxurious look of an exotic skin, without the heavy price tag or moral issues attached. Fully lined in black leather, with six card slots, two slip pockets and two note sections, the wallet comes in a designer-stamped box for easy gifting.
For Him - Lorenzi Milano Bar Set
Using traditions which date back one hundred years, Lorenzi Milano produces exquisite, hand-crafted items in Italy, using natural raw materials such as leather, horn, wood and mother of pearl, all selected for their special character. This stunning, show-stopping bar set, finished in bamboo, tan leather and dark-brown suede, comprises a host of mixology essentials and will invariably add a touch of luxury to any bar.
For Her - Christian Louboutin’s Trouble In Heaven Parfum
Not content with being a world leader in luxury shoes, Christian Louboutin continues to push in to new territory with his beauty line. His collection of elegant fragrances includes this Oriental floral scent for women, intriguingly named Trouble In Heaven. The purple and gold glass vessel references the iris flower which forms the basis of the fragrance. Blended with zesty bergamot, fresh rose bouton and warm amber make it the perfect everyday scent.
For Him - Alexander Mcqueen Skull Socks
Alexander McQueen’s iconic skull motif, conceptualised by the late British genius and award-winning designer who was renowned for pushing fashion boundaries, is still incredibly popular and on-trend years after his untimely death. These midnight blue knitted cotton socks, with all over red skull detailing and the McQueen signature on the base, are sure to make the chap who’s wearing them stand out on Christmas Day.
For Her - Tom Dixon Etched Tea Light Holder
As a self-taught designer whose work has been acquired by museums across the globe, Tom Dixon uses a myriad of ground-breaking processes to transform everyday objects into sculptural works of art. Radiating an ambient glow when lit from within, these unique etched metal tea light holders are available in a range of finishes, and are also a thing of beauty when not in use.
For Him - Dolce & Gabbana King Wool Sweater
The famed Italian luxury fashion house continues its regal obsession with this round-neck black sweater with a King intarsia embroidered motif on the front. Woven from a soft cashmere-virgin-wool blend and inspired by Sicilian aristocracy, wearing this statement piece will certainly make your Christmas prince look casually regal on the big day!
For Her - Lisa Crockard Malachite and Silver Earrings
Scottish-born Lisa Crockard was a top luxury goods buyer in London for more than a decade, before returning home to Paisley to establish her own jewellery line. Specialising in hand made techniques as well as CAD and 3D printing, and all of Crockard’s designs are produced in limited editions and small batches making them covetable as well as beautiful.
For Him - David Bowie Limited Edition Print
A leading figure in music for over five decades, it’s still hard for many to believe that famed English singer, songwriter and actor David Bowie passed away almost two years ago. Sonic Editions has produced this wonderful print of the pop icon, looking resplendent in a mustard suit and relaxed, quiffed hair. Shot by Terry O’Neill (one of the world’s most collected photographers) in Los Angeles in 1974, this framed print is limited to a run of just 200.
For Him - Monkey 47 Gin Lovers Set
The perfect gift for lovers of the famous handcrafted Schwarzwald Dry Gin which hails from Germany’s Black Forest, this special set comes with half a dozen bottles of Berlin-made Thomas Henry tonic, plus a pair of ‘Becher’ cups, the official drinking vessel of the Monkey 47 brand. Made of earthenware and turquoise in colour, the Becher will keep your drink cooler and fizzier for longer than a traditional glass high ball or goblet.
For Her - Leowe Silver Elephant Bag
Whilst Spanish brand Leowe has been producing bags since it was founded in 1846, the appointment of British designer Jonathan Anderson as creative director in 2013 has completely reinvigorated the brand. Reworked in metallic silver leather for the 2017 festive season, this mini elephant-shaped statement shoulder bag features perforated eyes, a detachable leather shoulder strap and top zip fastening.
For Him - Star Wars X-wing Drone
A lot of care and attention to detail has clearly gone into this hand-painted and individually numbered collector’s edition T-65 X-Wing battling drone by Propel. With the release of Star Wars’ ‘The Last Jedi’ just before Christmas, no doubt many a hero will be waking up to save the galaxy on the morning of 25th December this year! This drone flies at up to 35mph, fires out laser shots and the special display case plays the familiar Star Wars fanfare when you lift it out of the box.