Should you be looking to treat someone (or yourself, for that matter) this giving season, our selection of luxury gifts is full of inspiration. Menswear writer Aleks Cvetkovic picks out some favourites.
At the risk of chiming in with the endless stream of clichés penned elsewhere, things are going to be a little different this festive season. At the time of writing, there’s a question mark over what freedoms we’ll be permitted by the time Crimble rolls around, and certainly it seems that many of us will be enjoying an altogether quieter, simpler holiday time than we are used to this year.
At a moment like this, tactile clothes come into their own – particularly as gifts. Unwrapping a cosy winter sweater, buttoning-up a velvety brushed cotton shirt, or even pulling on a pair of colourful wooly socks is a soothing experience best enjoyed with close friends and family, before curling up on the sofa in your new spoils. In other words, this is the perfect time to invest in some truly comfortable clothing, whether you’re treating yourself or someone else.
With fashion’s continual slide into ‘Zoom-chic’ this year, plush fabrics like corduroy and flannel have dominated this autumn/winter season with good reason. And if Santa is listening, I hope I’ve been a good enough boy to warrant a pressie like the Drake’s Brown Corduroy Games Coat, which is more-or-less the perfect lockdown jacket – soft, warming and rugged enough to wear out for long Boxing Day walks while still feeling ‘dressed’. That, or else the Brown Patchwork Heavyweight Suede Five-Pocket Chore Jacket, please Santa. Those earthy colours are easy to wear, whether you’re dressing it up with a roll neck and flannels or down with a brushed Shetland and washed jeans. The suede itself is pleasingly robust and its tonal ‘fun’ design is a treat to behold.
And while I’m milking this festive line of thought, the other piece that meets this same brief is the dark green suede and shearling zip-front vest, which is positively naughty with its thick shearling interior. Pieces like these are luxuries in the truest sense of the term; ageless garments for the wearer to work on over time, which will only soften and improve with each wear.