If you hadn’t noticed already, the festive season is looming large. The signs are everywhere; the streets are awash with autumn colours and every crunch of a leaf underfoot is a step closer to winter; the season of mulling everything, blustery walks, knitwear… and Christmas. Yes that’s right, Christmas means Christmas and to make a success of it, a concerted effort to buy the right gifts is something of a necessity. For some, the festive shop is about as appealing than a second helping of Brussels sprouts, but that is to forget the charm of the festive scenes of a London street in the twilight months of the year. A trip to The Royal Exchange could be all it takes to change your perceptions. A stone’s throw from Bank in the heart of the city, this architectural marvel is steeped in nearly five centuries of history and houses some of the most iconic luxury brands in the world. There are few more inviting environments in which to do your Christmas shop, and with the time-pressed shopper in mind we’ve picked out the must-have gifts of the season for the discerning gent in your life, all of which can be found at The Royal Exchange.
Leica Sofort Camera – £250
There is nothing sentimental about cloud storage, so don’t let those magical Christmas moments disappear by depending on never-seen-again smartphone photography this December. Leica’s Sofort Camera is a quirky, compact instant camera with all of the benefits of digital. Nominate yourself (or someone else) as the designated photographer and remember the best bits of Christmas this year.
Crockett and Jones Cavendish Tan Loafer – £550
This anniversary design by Crockett and Jones harks back to the firm’s archives and blends classic styling with outstanding craftsmanship. The polishing process is carried out by hand, creating a unique colour and patina.
Orlebar Brown Bulldog Le Saint Geran – £225
If the thought of darker nights has you, or the gentleman in your life, dreaming of sunny skies, Orlebar Brown has the answer. These tailored swim shorts feature a print from the azure North-Eastern coast of Mauritius. Don’t head for the winter sun without them.
Tateossian Montecarlo Bracelet – £165
Taking inspiration from the cars of the famous racing event in Monaco’s capital, translucent enamel on the carbonfibre effect clasp meets sterling silver and black Italian leather for a neat and elegant accessory from Tateossian.
Georg Jensen Koppel – 41mm Quartz Watch – £895
If another Christmas and New Year means a new timepiece is in order, then Georg Jensen’s Koppel watch should be on your list. Uncluttered design and sharp colours make this an investment that is sure to stave off the test of time.
Bremont ALT1-C Cream Watch – £4,595
If you’re looking for a timepiece slightly further up the echelons, then this Bremont is something to behold. The ever-so-slightly retro cream deal and contrasting brown leather strap evokes the aeronautical inspiration behind the Bremond brand, and gives it a distinctly British feel.
Article by Menswear Style