Finding the perfect present for a stylish woman is no easy feat, and a fashion-conscious guy is an equally tricky beast to buy for. But before you give up and opt for the ubiquitous voucher, check out this selection of stylish Christmas gift ideas, hand-picked by The Cultured Traveller’s Fashion Editor ADRIAN GIBSON, and let’s tick some names off your list!
Comme Des GarÇons Wallet ♂
Founded in 1969, cult Japanese label Comme des Garçon is renowned for avant-garde designs and unusual fabrications. This zipped cowhide wallet is finished in a striking black and shiny silver checkerboard design. Inside is contrasted with a finer pattern and includes five credit card slots and a snap fastening coin pocket to keep your money organised while also making a bold yet fun statement.
Hendrick’s Orbium Gin
Often credited with kick-starting the great revival of mother’s ruin, whilst Hendrick’s has taken its time to launch a new gin it has almost certainly been worth the wait. While the original uses Bulgarian rose and cucumber to add flavour, Orbium is unusually infused with extracts of quinine and wormwood, the latter usually a key ingredient in vermouth. But it is the final ingredient of blue lotus blossom which adds bright floral notes to the mix. The now synonymous apothecary bottle has been re-coloured to deep cobalt blue, and although Orbium is delicious with tonic, serving it with soda really lets the gin’s flavour shine through.
Cdlp Boxer Briefs 3-pack ♂
Swedish colleagues Christian Larson and Andreas Palm, who were often on business trips together, realised there was a gap in the market for stylish, sophisticated men’s underwear. After two years of design and development in Stockholm they launched CDLP understated premium gentleman’s underwear. Fashioned in Portugal from luxurious Lyocell – an organic fibre made from sustainable wood pulp, with natural breathing and moisture wicking properties – CDLP’s understated, durable and supremely comfortable boxer briefs are smoother than silk, softer than cotton and finished with a stylish logo waistband.
Pendleton Chief Joseph Blanket
Uniquely woven into Native American communities, Pendleton Woollen Mills continues to uniquely share traditional indigenous design and artistry with the world. Originally designed by Pendleton in the 1920’s and made in the U.S.A., this Chief Joseph 82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton blanket is inspired by and named after one of the Northwest’s greatest Nez Perce warriors, Chief Joseph. The arrowheads in the pattern, which point in all directions of Mother Earth, symbolise bravery. Cuddle up in this blanket on the sofa, or throw it over a double bed.
Martin Grover Screen Print
Royal Academy-trained South London artist Martin Grover works in both mediums of screen printing and acrylics on canvas. An accomplished and inventive screen printer, Grover uses photographic and digital techniques, and creates his unique prints by hand painting his stencils directly onto the screen. Taken from his “Record Portraits” series, this breathtakingly realistic cover of iconic Beatles 7” single All You Need Is Love is one of a limited edition of just 14 numbered prints signed by the artist.
Paul Smith Dreamer Shirt ♂
If you’re looking for a statement shirt for the party season, renowned British fashion brand Paul Smith may have the answer. The Dreamer Print was inspired by a book Sir Paul’s wife gave him many years ago, filled with fairytale-like illustrations by French artist Edmund Dulac. The book subsequently became the inspiration for Paul Smith’s AW18 collection. Crafted in Italy from a lightweight viscose and wool-blend, if you look closely at this long-sleeve slim-fit shirt, you’ll be able to spot various animals in psychedelic colours, including frogs, beetles, snails and leopards, infusing the print with a sense of fun and optimism.
British Boxers Farne Socks ♂
Founder of the brand, Deborah Price, used to be a London fashion buyer, but in 2013 she decided to leave the rat race and launch her own underwear and sleepwear brand. Named after her great, great, great grandfather (the first World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Jem Mace), Price prides herself on using British manufacturers wherever possible. New for this winter are a range of classic Country Fairisle patterned socks re-coloured for the modern gen. Produced by renowned English sock makers Pantherella from fine merino wool in a chunky knit, giving these will make a delightful change from boring sock presents!
Fendi Mania Clutch ♀
In a market saturated with fashion collaborations, it’s exciting to see two diverse but powerful brands get together. Conceived by talented London-based illustrator and graphic artist Reilly, Fendi Mania combines the luxury of the renowned Italian fashion house with the sporty playfulness of vintage sports brand Fila to create a fun capsule collection for AW18. This eye-catching, multicoloured calfskin clutch, marries the luxury of Fendi’s leather heritage with a fresh youthful appeal, making it one of the season’s hit bags.
Homebody Kimono Dressing Gown ♀
In 1999, Beverley Calvert was looking for the perfect pyjamas for her husband but was unable to find anything she liked. So, after taking an evening fashion course and developing designs and fabrics, Homebody was born. The collection was bought by luxury department store Harrods and proved to be a sell-out. Women’s and kids ranges were soon added. Fabrication is key to Homebody and everything is made in the U.K.. This stylish, Japanese-inspired kimono dressing gown is made from the company’s super soft signature Modal-Sens fabric and comes with a unique 365-day returns policy.
Ralph Lauren 50 Years Book
From humble beginnings of selling silk ties for men, it’s hard to believe that this year Ralph Lauren has been celebrating half a century of being in the fashion industry. Lauren’s formula of affordable but instantly recognisable mid-range to luxury goods has helped propel his brand into almost every fashion category. To commemorate his fiftieth year in the business, this hardback coffee table book has been updated and expanded to include 965 images and drawings, some from Lauren’s personal collection, as well as key advertising campaigns. A must have for any Ralph Lauren fan, the book comes in a stylish, commemorative RL tote.
Anya Hindmarch Lip Balm Candle ♀
Cutely balancing elegance with unmistakable British humour and taken from her first collection of home fragrance items ‘Anya Hindmarch Smells’, this eye-catching candle is hand poured in the UK and reflects her quirky trademark style. Designed to evoke memories of first kisses, it is scented with French dark cherry, plum flesh, pomegranate seeds, night-blooming Egyptian jasmine, tonka bean, Iris from Florence and Japanese cherry blossom. Contained within a glossy black vessel, it is finished off with a fun cherry motive reminiscent of teenage doodles. Also available in a super large size.
Roxanne Assoulin Enamel Bracelets ♀
Enamelled jewellery is currently very on trend. Whilst New York designer Roxanne Assoulin has been in industry for nearly four decades, and she has designed for Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta amongst others, her current collection was almost inspired by accident, while she was playing with some mosaic tiles for another project. Inspired by her favourite French bistro chairs, these stretch bracelets come in three different variations and are made from monochrome enamel beads. The ‘Argyle’ is decorated with lapis cabochons. Buy one, two, or the set of three for USD270.
USD80 – USD270
Holly Fulton Skyscraper Sweater ♀
Holly Fulton studied fashion design in Edinburgh before completing her masters at London’s Royal College of Art. Famous for her complex graphic embellishments and witty twists, Fulton has become a firm favourite in the contemporary womenswear market since launching her eponymous label in 2009. For the AW18 season, she collaborated with British luxury knitwear brand, John Smedley, to produce to some fun and graphic pieces, including this striking sweater inspired by Fulton’s long-distance love affair with the Empire State Building. Finished in Smedley’s extra fine merino wool, it will surely make a stylish addition to any lady’s weekend wardrobe.
Fenty Beauty Mini Glittering Puff ♀
Rihanna’s runaway success beauty line Fenty was created to include all women everywhere, regardless of their skin tone or type, driven by her desire for women to ‘have fun with makeup, take chances and dare to do something new or different’. For Christmas 2018, this fun, limited-edition mini glittering puff is pre-packed with superfine iridescent pink shimmer powder to add some extra seasonal sparkle, and is packaged in an ornament that’ll look as festive dangling on a tree as it does on the skin.