20 Valentine’s Day Gifts For The Person Who Has (Not Quite) Everything, Part II

His, hers… and stuff you’ll fight over.

Mackage Sage Coat In Army Green

Those wearing a Mackage coat – if you’ve not had the pleasure – feel the kind of warmth offered by military-grade outerwear that would keep hypothermia off the agenda in a polar vortex, and yet the garments are light, luxurious and stylish in the extreme. We’d recommend no brand more emphatically when it comes to parkas, puffers and other jackets that keep you cosy when the mercury really drops, and yet have a flattering, chic silhouette.

The Sage model in army green, a new offering from the Canadian brand’s Spring/Summer collection, will appear on the site by the end of the month – and will be very warmly received (pun intended) by stylish women who love tailored haute couture with a sporty aesthetic.
£650, BUY SOON

Black Forest Skis Designed By Florian Kohlbecker

Those who move in serious skiing circles will know the name Florian Kohlbecker: an architect from Germany and passionate race skier who, having founded handmade ski maker Black Forest Skis in 2006, applied his background in carpentry and engineering to the creation of freeride and carving skis.

Made from meticulously selected white ash wood, glass and carbon fibre, then heli-ski tested on untouched powder in remote locations the world over, his products have garnered cult status amongst the most serious of freeride skiers. The pair you see here, though – the Walnut and Poplar Wood Carver 178 – is also suitable for competent skiers who prefer on piste action (they’re 178cm with a turn radius of 17.1m).

And, even if you can’t go skiing as much as you’d like, Black Forest Skis, thanks to the decorative facilities involved with the brand’s custom design offering (think everything from company logos to artworks and personal symbolism), hold their own as ornamental pieces between ski trips to the slopes.
€790, BUY NOW

British Airways x Globe-Trotter BOAC Limited Edition Carry-on Suitcase

It might seem an overtly pragmatic choice for a Valentine’s gift: but is there anything more romantic than a beautifully crafted reminder that being stuck in our homes is only a temporary existential setback? A hint at shared experiences to come?

This piece from British Airways and Globe-Trotter – which have a history of collaboration going back to the 60s, when the Mayfair-based luggage maker was the brand of choice for BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) crew – is a toast to the retirement of the Boeing 747, and takes inspiration from the livery (dark blue and white with the golden ‘Speedbird’ insignia) worn by that very crew.

Fashioned from high-gloss vulcanised fibreboard, which has an appealing white shimmer, the case has navy leather trim on the corners and handles and a gold Speedbird insignia hand-painted onto the exterior.

Open it up – and this is a lovely touch – and owners will see a fragment taken from a decommissioned 747, an aircraft that was synonymous with the glamour of long-haul travel in the 60s and 70s, affixed to the inside of the lid. Act fast: only 150 have been made.
£1,935, BUY NOW

Turnbull & Asser Red & Teal Madras Check Linen Face Mask With 3 Viroformula™ Filters

 Can the blocking of pathogens ever be romantic? Well, yes, when they’re also a practical style statement that slots neatly into the zeitgeist and helps keep a loved one safe.

Commendably, Turnbull & Asser (along with its Jermyn Street neighbour Budd) set its workshops to the task of making protective equipment  for frontline and key workers once the pandemic broke out, so it should be no surprise that this face covering – made in England from the finest Italian fabrics and ergonomically designed to fit the contours of the face – has medical credentials: the Viroformula poplin filters, developed by T&A’s partners Albini, filter out viruses and kill bacteria on their surface within minutes.

Turnbull & Asser is donating £5 from each UK sale of each mask to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.
£45, BUY NOW

Thom Sweeney Chunky Shawl Cardigan

The eminently likeable Thom Whiddet and Luke Sweeney – “London’s de facto kings of cool”, as Robb Report contributor Aleks Cvetkovic has succinctly described a tailoring brand known for its clean-cut sillhouettes and luscious materials –  are firmly established in the capital’s bespoke scene, but their ready-to-wear repertoire should never be overlooked. In fact, any visit to their new(ish) Mayfair townhouse would be incomplete without serious perusal of the floor devoted to off-the-peg.

Just one of many garments that will offer men huge solace for the remainder of winter (whenever their partners aren’t ‘borrowing’ it) is this fine merino button-through cardigan, a layering staple that’s fits in with ensembles along a generous stretch of the formality spectrum.
£595, BUY NOW

Dictador Capitulo Uno Rum

When is rum not from the West Indies? When it’s from a much larger country, on the South American mainland, to the west. An award-winning producer of rare Colombian rums, Dictador is founded by the forbears of Severo Arango y Ferro, who was a key trader of exotic sugar cane spirits in the 18th century.

These days Hernan Parra – who is from the third generation of the family – is the master blender and Capitulo Uno, a limited amount of which is available in the UK, is his latest creation. It features Dictador’s signature rum aged in American oak, with finishes across different styles of casks including port and sherry from the years between 1996 and 2000.

A  stunningly nuanced expression which serves as both aperitif and, for rum connoisseurs or scholars of Colombian history, a talking point too.
From £105, BUY NOW

Richard Anderson Bespoke Single-Breasted Red Leather Jacket design

The man behind the eponymous Savile Row establishment – one of the most accomplished and skilled tailors on the street, as well as the most congenial – didn’t see the last lockdown as an excuse to kick back: instead, he went back to the drawing board and reimagined his iconic house style (one-button with a neat, structured shoulder and no rope to the sleeve head) as a striking bespoke single-breasted red leather jacket.

In the women’s version, the line is elegant, comfortable and practical, using traditional couture techniques with additional darts for a flattering silhouette.

For both genders, the jacket will feature Anderson’s typical high arm holes for ease of movement: it’ll be interesting to see how that works in leather (which, by the way, all comes from by-product hides, sourced from world renowned tanneries).
£5,686, BOOK AN APPOINTMENT NOW

Traditional Fondue From Baur Au Lac’s Kitchen In Zurich

You can offer your other half a top-notch European meal at home this Valentine’s Day, thanks to this innovative offering from the double-Michelin starred kitchen in Zurich’s grand dame hotel.

Available to order anywhere in the UK, this batch of traditional Swiss fare is easy to prepare (heat 1.6 dl white wine with pressed garlic in a fondue caquelon, add the contents of the fondue kit (32 CHF, or around £26) and cook for 4-5 minutes while stirring constantly; add a dash of Kirsch “Gut Mädikon” and ground pepper and Bob’s dein Onkel.

Dessert takes the form of Baur Au Lac’s in-house Swiss chocolate “1844 Chocolat Baur au Lac” (18 CHF, or around £15), available in three different flavours.
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Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak in Inky Black Ceramic

The story of the Royal Oak is etched on the brains of dedicated horophiles: for the uninitiated, though, at the 1972 Basel watch fair, with the industry being ravaged by the Quartz crises, Audemars Piguet unveiled a steel watch designed by the legendary Gérald Genta, inspired by a diver’s helmet. It was some creative tangent for a brand celebrated for its classical dress timepieces: and yet almost half a decade and a wealth of iterations later, the Royal Oak is considered the sports watch achievement by which all others are measured.

This inky descendent of that stunning 1972 original, the Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked has a 41mm case framing a black dial (both ceramic), with all that natty noir emphasised by pink gold-tone hands and double balance wheel mechanism (and, via the clear case back, a 22-carat pink gold weight).

Inside ticks a self-winding Calibre 3132 movement with 38 jewels and 48 hours of power reserve.
£76,900, ARRANGE AN ONLINE APPOINTMENT NOW

Joshua Ellis Primary Blackwatch Wide Scarf in Navy, Khaki & Tiger

 

A design archive containing 30,000-plus archived fabrics to use as inspiration; an obsession with garments and garment makers being (figuratively speaking, in the case of the latter) cut from the best cloth; collaboration with only the finest dyers and spinners in company’s local area of Huddersfield, an epicentre of fine wool fabrics; obsession with attention-to-detail-based artisanal craft (every cashmere scarf they manufacture goes through over 25 different processes)….

There are several factors behind the fact that Joshua Ellis make the very best cashmere and woollen scarves available. This, an iconic garment from the brand’s broad repertoire is a stunning accessory in 100 per cent cashmere and, given its sheer tactility and generous dimensions (35cm x 190cm), your better half will find it hard to take it off when gearing up for a night in front of the TV too.
£149, BUY NOW

 

 

 

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