The perennial, pre-holiday run on boutiques is common knowledge by now: clothes, shoes, cars, and gear fly off the shelves with the speed of all nine reindeer. So, as seasoned shoppers, we’ve sat down and written up a list of our favourite gifts, from colognes to cask-aged whiskies. SHARP‘s editors will gladly take the passenger seat while you test-drive a Jaguar E-type, and help you break in a new pair of Timberland boots after a long day of gift-wrapping. Whether you’re celebrating with the in-laws or visiting nieces and nephews, we’ve got the gear to keep everyone happy.
Prada Duvet Pieces
Since Raf Simons joined Prada as the fashion house’s co-creative director in early 2020, he has worked seamlessly and successfully with the Milanese brand’s matriarch, Miuccia Prada. Together, the two designers have turned out collection after clever collection, surprising us with the many smart-yet-zany creations that have come to typify the label. For Fall/Winter 2023, the duo kept this experimental streak going, blending militaria with comfort and playing with sizing using striking exaggerated proportions. Within the collection, the standout pieces are padded vests and bomber jackets — designs softer and more pillowy than even the most inviting duvets.
But Simons is no stranger to oversized silhouettes such as these, having frequently turned out larger-than-life pieces through his original, eponymous label, which launched in 1995. These more modern spins on the style are decidedly different, though realized in a way that is undeniably Prada-esque, and calling to mind both sumptuous bed linen and the brand’s famous nylon fabric by using a versatile cotton canvas cloth. It’s a masterclass in pairing comfort with style. The vests and bombers are filled with plush goose down, which serves not only to keep wearers warm and protected from the elements but also gives the pieces an almost cartoonish curvature and puffiness that pushes the limits of modern menswear to the extreme. (Vest from $2,100, Jacket from $5,300)
Glenlivet 21 Year Old
There’s magic being worked in the Glenlivet sample room. Located just outside of Glasgow in the town of Dumbarton, the whisky maker’s creative epicentre is a seriously special place, where the distillery’s dedicated team conjures up flavours of the unexpected — and uses the power of complex, unsung casks to do so. The Glenlivet 21 Year Old is one of the latest whiskies whipped up by the Speyside pioneers: a single malt scotch finished in a trio of distinct barrels. And each of the wines or spirits previously held in these warming, woody casks — Oloroso Sherry, Troncais Cognac and Vintage Colheita Port — kindles to life new, exciting notes in the well-flavoured whisky. First up are aromas of silky caramelized pears and the syrupy smack of juicy sultanas. Then, on the palate, a dram-enhancing dusting of nutmeg and cinnamon. Dried apricots come next, giving way to chocolate-coated ginger, before things ease to an end with whispers of soft, smoky peat.
Each of these enchanting flavours is influenced by one of those three scrupulously sourced cask types, but such innovation isn’t new to the brand. The Glenlivet has never shied away from radical methods or measures, and this cornerstone of The Sample Room collection continues in that trailblazing tradition. Even the suggested food pairing for the 21 Year Old — brie with green olive tapenade and toasted almonds — seems almost absurdly specific at first, but like the meticulous, multi-barrel process used to create the whisky itself, there’s some well-informed wisdom behind the decision — and it works like a charm. ($380 at LCBO)
Tudor Pelagos FXD Chronograph
Over the years, we’ve seen a fair few surprises from Tudor, but its new chronograph — created for Alinghi Red Bull Racing — really threw us for a loop. Not only is a chronograph variant of a Pelagos a bit of a curveball to begin with, but having it appear in a fixed-lug FXD case and made from an all-new material is something that took the entire industry by surprise. It marks the first time that Tudor has used a carbon composite case for any of its watches, and the first time the brand’s Manufacture Calibre MT5813 chronograph movement has been used outside of the Black Bay collection. Alinghi Red Bull Racing is a competitive sailing team, staged to challenge for the 37th America’s Cup with Tudor as its main partner.
Timing is a crucial component of any sailing regatta and, as exposure to water is one of the foremost hazards to wristwatches when sailing, the Pelagos FXD Chronograph is an ideal choice. Its carbon case is featherweight on the wrist, and its 200 metres of water resistance ensure safe operation even if a crew member hits the water. On that same list of weatherproof, waterproof functions, the design of Tudor’s FXD case offers yet one more layer of protection. Rather than using conventional spring bars to secure its strap, there is a solid connection between the lugs through which its one-piece fabric strap is looped. Single-piece straps are often used on conventional dive watches to avoid spring bars failing when worn in harsh environments. But, by taking the bars out of the equation entirely, this watch can take a beating in even the roughest conditions — and will never be lost at sea. ($6,350)
Jacques Marie Marge: The Johnny Cash Collection
Jacques Marie Mage doesn’t just make glasses — it crafts them. The California-based brand has transformed the production of spectacles and shades into an art, imbuing every style of frame with a truly unmatched eye for detail. And among the Los Angeles label’s most uncanny, incomparable talents is its penchant for finding the perfect collaborators. Jacques Marie Mage counts folk-chic fashion brand Alanui, actor and singer Jeff Goldblum, and jazz label Blue Note Records among its creative partners, but the brand’s latest inspiration is even more musical — a tribute to the Man in Black himself: Johnny Cash. The famous country singer-songwriter, who died twenty years ago, made sunglasses an enduring mainstay of his monotone look — and that stark, stylish aesthetic informs two new designs in this most recent collection. The styles, both rendered in four colours and limited to between 350 and 500 pairs, include the “Cash” frame, inspired by the spectacles worn by the musician during his arrest in El Paso, Texas in 1965. With bold brows, sculptural temples, and a Johnny Cash signature foil stamp on the inner temple, the design is finished with Jacques Marie Mage’s trademark precious metal detailing.
There’s also the “Quentin” frame, inspired by eyewear worn by an inmate during Cash’s concert at San Quentin Prison in 1969. This style features the same precious metal finishing but also has distinctive paddle temples, cool-coloured lenses, and hatchet front pins. Cash would most definitely approve. (From $1,200)
Dior’s 3D-Printed Carlo Shoe
Kim Jones has never shied away from innovation. The designer has built his career on fierce future-gazing, all the while respectfully paying homage to traditions and styles of the past. Dior’s Fall/Winter 2023/2024 collection showcases his latest coup de grâce with an innovative take on the classic Dior Carlo derby shoe. This futuristic spin on the shoe is a one-piece, 3D-printed design — from the sole to the upper — that has been completely made from recyclable materials and is branded with tonal Dior detailing on the heel. Available solely in all-black, the shoes are polished after being printed, which highlights the ingenious material’s texture and showcases the complexity of its airy structure.
This is just the latest of Jones’s efforts to introduce the precision, virtuosity, and savoir faire that has long defined women’s haute couture into Dior’s menswear space and, in doing so, help define the future of luxury menswear. The 3D-printed Carlo derbies are a formal classic, executed in a way that’s both compelling and appealing to forward-looking men. It’s a break from tradition without totally eschewing established style codes, while adopting a type of technology occasionally used to create sneakers. A slick display of the brand’s innovative intent, the Dior Carlo derbies will be available at Dior boutiques throughout the fall and might very well become one of the Maison’s mainstays for many years to come. ($2,900)
Jaguar E-Type ZP Collection
Time to make some extra room in your garage, because Jaguar’s latest two E-Types come as a pair. Whether you prefer the drophead coupe in Oulton Blue, or the Crystal Grey fixed-head coupe, the British carmaker demands you buy both — with just seven examples of each design going into production for the new ZP Collection. Both of the continuation models pay tribute to a particular moment in Jaguar’s sporting history. The drophead is a homage to a car driven by the legendary Graham Hill, steered to victory at a British Automobile Racing Club meet in April 1961, making it the first E-Type — following the model’s debut earlier that year — to win a major race. Soon after, another E-Type (helmed by Hill’s fellow Briton Roy Salvadori) took the Norbury Trophy at Crystal Palace, and that equally rousing racer serves as the inspiration for the fixed-head model.
Both cars have white roundels, chrome bumpers, and wire wheels with spinners bearing the Jaguar Heritage logo. Additional period-correct touches include beech wood steering wheels (with “golden growler” horn pushes), welded hood louvres, and external lockable bonnet latches. The models are powered by 3.8 litre engines which generate 265 horsepower, feature authentic 1961-style alloy radiators with cooling fans and electronic ignitions, and are connected to polished stainless steel exhaust systems. Modern-day touches include DAB radios, Bluetooth connectivity, and satellite navigation systems. The lucky few owners will also receive a pair of vintage-styled helmets to take along for the ride. Plus, for a final racing flourish, the cars’ anodized aluminum centre consoles have been decorated with unique art panels, engraved with maps of the racetracks around which these models’ predecessors once sped. (Price upon request)
Carolina Herrera Bad Boy Cobalt
Considering the scent’s overwhelming popularity, it can be easy to forget that Bad Boy, Caroline Herrera’s most energizing, confident fragrance, was only launched in 2019. And yet, in just under five years, the eau de parfum has spritzed its way to top-shelf status — bringing brooding, moody sensuality to our morning routines.
The latest lightning-shaped scent to strike from Carolina Herrera is Bad Boy Cobalt. Building on the fragrant foundation established by the original Bad Boy, this new edition introduces a fresh twist of vetiver, truffle, and geranium into the masculine mix. It’s an edgy, electrifying offering from the fashion house, with mineral, earthy qualities capturing the air and atmosphere that follow a powerful storm. “We wanted a scent that felt revitalizing and surprising,” says Carolina A. Herrera, the daughter of the brand’s founder and current creative director of beauty and fragrance.
The notes, which also include lavender, black plum, and pink pepper, can linger on the skin for up to six hours — and will shift and change in character during the course of the day. It’s a fluid, free-spirited quality that is also reflected in the range of ambassadors fronting this fragrance. From Josh Upshaw and Ty Ogunkoya to Aiden Andrews, each member of the “new crew” embodies a different aspect of modern masculinity — but are all united in their use of the brand’s latest fiercely floral scent. ($180, 100mL at Sephora)
Timberland Butters Collection
How do you celebrate the golden anniversary of the gold standard of boots? It’s a challenge that Timberland, a brand that introduced its iconic boot in 1973, faced earlier this year. The footwear company opted to commemorate the milestone with a limited release of its five most famous silhouettes — shoes reimagined with rich, buttery leather; golden metallic accents; and honey lug soles. The 50th Edition Butters Collection honours the brand’s original six inch boots in yellow leather, which have become known as “Butters” in New York and Philadelphia and were entrenched in the hip hop scene of the ‘90s.
The new spin on the classic boot is likely to get the most attention of the new designs (and rightfully so, as it pays respectful homage to the iconic silhouette by staying true to its heritage), but the other offerings in the new range are also well worth lacing up. The 3-Eye Lug Boat Shoe is a particular highlight. Rooted in a menswear classic — the evergreen, preppy boat shoe — but given a sartorial step up, it’s a nice new way to see the recognizable Timberland look deployed. The Euro Hiker plays with the bootmaker’s famous palette by applying it to a more modern design, and the Super Boot sees a fan favourite style recreated in the label’s classic colourway. Offered in a limited run from October 5 — and available online, at Timberland stores, and from specialty retailers — the designs are a hard-wearing, high-stepping way to celebrate a sturdy history. (From $160)
Belvedere 10 Vodka
Sometimes, it takes simplicity to unlock a new layer of complexity. And if that sounds like a contradiction, consider Belvedere’s latest vodka. With the launch of Belvedere 10, the brand has returned to its roots and taken its production process back to basics — stripping anything unnecessary out of its vodka to produce a pure, considered, and exceptionally rare spirit. The simple name is both a reference to a year (1910, when the brand’s distillery first fired up its stills) and to the meticulous 10-step process used to create this latest innovation. It’s a process that begins in a single field in north-east Poland, where organic Dankowskie Diamond rye is planted and cultivated using biodynamic practices. Around a year later, that single field of rye is harvested in one fell swoop and the grains are gently heated over water to create a rich mash. This mix is then combined with unique yeast and enzymes, and quadruple distilled and filtered for clarity. The vodka is rested for 10 months, which allows it to develop flavour, texture, and smoothness before being decanted into a beautifully brutalist bottle; cast in white and faceted, it looks a little like a diamond — a sly nod to the rye varietal.
Upon opening the bottle, a discreet gold ring is revealed, as well as the rich, indulgent aromas of coconut, cacao, vanilla, and lemon. The brand intends Belvedere 10 to be served either neat and chilled or on the rocks, as its opulent mouthfeel and light, honeyed sweetness — with touches of caramel and raw green coffee — are best enjoyed unsullied by mixers. With a smooth finish that offers notes of praline and dark cacao, this is an incredible expression — but one that will only be available for vodka aficionados to try, in extremely limited quantities, in a couple of exclusive Canadian venues as of December. ($349)
Blenheim Forge Kitchen Knife
A good meal deserves great cutlery, yet most of the knives we position around our place settings miss the mark. They’re either too bulky or too delicate. They feel too heavy or not heavy enough. They can be frustratingly dull or so serrated that they shred perfectly cooked portions to bits. But pick up a knife crafted by Blenheim Forge and you’ll realize there’s a better way. The British-based brand may chiefly be known for its carving and cleaving tools, but Blenheim Forge’s latest contribution to your kitchen is a set of four fine steak knives — hand-forged in London after years of planning, prototyping, and testing.
Even before you pick up one of Blenheim’s new blades, you can see they’re special. This limited edition release, for example, features a unique blade with copper Damascus cladding and a carbon steel core, as well as a solid copper handle that has been forged and patinated so that it will become increasingly burnished and buffed with every use. The knives also have a satisfying heft when held, a chunky spine and a razor-sharp edge that isn’t actually serrated. This not only ensures a clean, smooth cut — whether you’ve plumped for a rump or a rib eye — but it also means these steak knives can be used to complete wider cutting tasks in the kitchen. They’re also incredibly easy to sharpen, so you can keep using them for years. Available exclusively through Blenheim Forge this fall, the knives can be delivered globally and arrive in a fumed oak box crafted in East London by woodworker Rachel Elston. (From £190)
Breitling Top Time Deus
Once again flirting with the world of motorcycle culture, Breitling has unveiled a third collaboration with Australian custom shop and lifestyle brand Deus Ex Machina. The latest reference continues the tradition of using the Top Time Chronograph as its base, but is slightly subtler in design, with just a few key details gesturing to the brands’ partnership. The retro-styled Deus logo is perhaps the most noticeable nod, sitting slightly below Breitling’s own. A closer inspection reveals slight lightning bolt shaping on the chronograph’s red seconds hand and the inscription “In Benzin Veritas” on the tachymeter scale — loosely translating to “in petrol we trust.”
These details aside, the reference remains true to the wider Top Time collection, from its modest 41 mm case diameter to its three-register chronograph subdial layout, matte-finished in a reverse panda colour scheme. Beneath this monochromatic dial beats the tried-and-true Breitling B01 automatic chronograph caliber, capable of delivering a 70-hour power reserve and accuracy guaranteed by a COSC certification. So, whether you’re an avid motorcyclist or merely an admirer of the aesthetic, there’s a level of retro-cool at play with this watch that sets it apart. It’s the epitome of that laidback, vintage-tinged style that Breitling has dialled into perfectly over the last few years — making watches that take the best of heritage models and packaging them into pieces that feel fresh and current. Plus, as an added bonus, this latest collaboration is subdued enough to be a perfect daily wearer — without sacrificing any of its style. ($9,950)
Few artists have left quite as indelible a mark on contemporary art as Brian Donnelly. Donnelly’s name is probably unfamiliar to most, but the professional moniker he goes by — and uses to sign each of his well-regarded works — is widely recognized, and has even impressed itself onto mainstream culture: KAWS. Considering the Brooklyn-based artist’s immense impact on the art world, it’s surprising that KAWS has never staged a dedicated museum show in Canada. But that oversight will be corrected this fall, when his latest exhibition, KAWS: FAMILY, opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Curated by the AGO’s deputy director and chief curator, Julian Cox, KAWS: FAMILY showcases a diverse range of the artist’s work, with more than 70 works spanning two decades organized into a series of encounters that groups families of related artworks together — hence the exhibition’s name.
The show will feature works in bronze and wood, on paper and canvas, and sculpted from stainless steel. There’ll be plush toys and the same familiar characters that have recurred throughout KAWS’s career, inspired by Donnelly’s love of cartoons. Among the most notable pieces will be a series of larger-than-life wooden sculptures, with an accompanying augmented reality installation, as well as the exhibition’s namesake work, FAMILY (2021): a painted bronze sculpture featuring KAWS’s iconic COMPANION, the humanoid figure with crossed out eyes; CHUM, a bulbous figure with an inflated, tubular look; and BFF, a fur-covered character that calls to mind the Muppets of Sesame Street. The trio, posed together in the style of a studio portrait, has become a recent calling card for the artist, reimagined in mediums including scale models and screen-prints.
But it’s not all about these figurative characters and anthropomorphized motifs. The show will also display — in an acknowledgement of KAWS’s commitment to making art accessible — a number of his more commercial works, including sneakers, cereal boxes, furniture, and album covers.
Omega Seamaster Ploprof
As part of the 75th anniversary celebrations for Omega’s Seamaster nameplate, an asymmetric legend from the watchmaker’s past has resurfaced. The Seamaster Ploprof was first launched in the early 1970s and was originally rated for 600 metres of water resistance. With this modern edition, that figure has doubled. However, its two crucial innovations remain the same — a button-operated locking bezel and a monobloc case design. The former ensures that the watch’s timing bezel remains secured, unable to be adjusted unless you interact with both its release button and bezel simultaneously. The latter means that the Ploprof’s caliber is dropped in from the dial side of the case, which removes the need for either a caseback or an additional gasket.
The 75th anniversary model also shares its Summer Blue shade with several of its other Seamaster siblings. But each watch in the collection has a different dial from the next, and the Ploplof’s presents a high-contrast fumé design that fades from a light powder blue to an inky navy. It’s a pattern with a deeper meaning: as a proper dive watch, these hues represent the gradual loss of light as divers descend into the depths of the ocean. And the same colours can be found repurposed across the bezel, with paler indices contrasting against the dark blue ceramic bezel insert. But the new colourway isn’t the only thing that sets this Ploplof apart.
Its arrival also marks the first example of a steel-cased Seamaster since 2019 — and specifically crafted from the brand’s lustrous O-MEGASTEEL alloy. It also marks the arrival of a smaller case size in the Ploprof line, something collectors have been quietly demanding for quite some time. It may still be 55 mm across (accounting for the bezel lock and crown guard setup), but the lug-to-lug length of the watch has shrunk from 48 mm to 45 mm. ($14,300)
Aston Martin Valour
Aston Martin has a knack for releasing covetable, limited-run cars that are a struggle to get a hold of. And, for the brand’s 110th anniversary this year, it has rolled out yet another of these elusive motors. The handsome Valour exudes a rich, vintage-inspired energy, and is powered by an engine — a 5.2 litre, twin-turbocharged V12 — that we’d love to see go into mass production. Mated to a six-speed manual transmission, it’s the same mill found in the outgoing DBS Superleggera. In terms of looks, those familiar with Aston’s history will instantly recognize the car’s distinctive profile, which is a clear nod to “Britain’s first supercar,” the original V8 Vantage launched by the brand in 1977. The nostalgic references are everywhere, from the iconic shape of the grille and headlights (now LED units, naturally) to what, initially, looks to be a set of louvers over the rear windscreen. In fact, there is no glass underneath those blades — and any visibility out of the car’s rear is handled solely by an array of cameras.
According to Aston Martin, the customer demand for the Valour has been unprecedented and not something that was planned for when the original production run of 110 examples was announced. Since then, the model has been added to the brand’s online car configurator, raising the question of whether additional Valours — or even a similar, separate offshoot model — may be in the pipeline.
Sunreef Yachts Zero Cat
In the luxurious world of yachting, brands tend to strive for bigger and faster, but Sunreef has changed tack and decided to focus on greener. Such concerns are often afterthoughts in the industry, but if the ocean — and the environment — isn’t protected, it’ll soon start to become untenable for us to safely glide across open water or cut through the waves. As such, Sunreef’s R&D Department has pioneered a sustainable sailing vessel that can convert green methanol into clean hydrogen. The Zero Cat’s bodywork also features built-in solar cells that generate zero-emission energy and the hydrogen and solar energy can together power an electric propulsion system, air conditioning, house loads, water makers, and every electronic device on board.
All in all, it’s a self-sufficient yacht that won’t leave you feeling as if you’ve sacrificed comfort or performance for sustainability. And this sheer lack of compromise is one of the Zero Cat’s main selling points, with Sunreef proudly proclaiming that it has managed to package groundbreaking green technology into a sleek 90-foot-plus catamaran with all of the amenities of a superyacht. It’s certainly a step in the right direction for the yachting industry — delivering an ocean-going beauty that preserves the beauty of the ocean.
Keep reading for a look at last year’s selects
It’s hard to believe that summer is already little more than a memory, and that we’re elbow deep into Q4 of 2022, eyeing the chaos that is the holiday season. Our Fall/Winter Book for Men is on shelves across the country, and our November issue is but mere moments away. The past few months have been a joyful version of chaotic, peppered with countless product and collection launches from our favourite brands from around the world. As we do from time to time, we’ve freshly updated our richly decorated compendium of greatness. The latest finds from the past few months have now been added to this lengthy list of fantastical finds in all our key categories.
Boss Fall/Winter ’22 Collection
It hasn’t been a full year since BOSS refreshed its brand in early 2022, and now it’s doubling down on its youthful, confident take on contemporary luxury menswear. Fronted by an all-star cast including Future, Anthony Joshua, Matteo Berrettini, Lee Min-ho, and Khaby Lame, the Fall/Winter 2022 collection relies on a sophisticated and clean palette of black, white, and camel — BOSS’s new brand code colours. Most interesting is BOSS’s plan to use Future, Joshua, Berrettini, Min-ho, and Lame as more than just the faces of the collection, tasking each with the development of a capsule collection. The result is a sweeping Fall/Winter 2022 BOSS collection that contains everything from comfortable casual staples to refined, elevated menswear must-haves.
Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222
There are watches that never go out of style, and there are watches that get better with age. The Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222 — originally released in 1977 for the maison’s 22nd anniversary — falls into the latter category. And now, in 2022, it’s being reissued with a contemporary reimagining of the 37 mm yellow gold 222 “Jumbo.” Discontinued in 1985, the Historiques 222 was a revolutionary timepiece that ushered in an era of sporty-chic watches. A study in finesse and refined minimalism, this re-edition stays true to the Historiques 222’s legacy, with a tonneau-shaped case, gold-toned dial, and f luted bezel flanked by an integrated bracelet. Vacheron Constantin has, however, updated the integrated bracelet to hide the visible pins at its articulation points, creating a cleaner look while also offering superior comfort. True to Vacheron Constatin’s heritage, the 222 is more than just a handsome watch, and the openworked back offers a glimpse of the meticulously crafted and incredibly precise calibre 2455/2 within.
Bad Boy Le Parfum
Carolina Herrera delivers a provocative and enigmatic new take on the iconic Bad Boy scent, dreamt up to be the perfect olfactory match for sophisticated nonconformists. Bad Boy Le Parfum is full of personality, offering up energizing top notes of grapefruit and hemp that stir the senses. These are followed by spicy, arresting notes of black pepper, sage, and geranium that give way to reveal a final twist: a warm, sensual finish created by notes of leather and vetiver. The unapologetic, irreverent fragrance is bottled in a bold matte black version of Carolina Herrera’s iconic Bad Boy lightning bolt. Perfect for a night out, Bad Boy Le Parfum will make you the man that everybody’s paying attention to.
Timberland GreenStride TBL Turbo Hiker
Take in nature while doing your bit to take care of nature — that’s what Timberland aims to facilitate with the new GreenStride TBL Turbo Hiking Boots. Part of a continued emphasis on sustainability, the GreenStride Hiking Boot taps into Timberland’s classic design language through its use of the brand’s signature wheat colour, while exploring new production methods that are better for the planet, including the use of responsibly sourced leather and fabric created from recycled plastics. Often, sustainability projects are just that — exercises in going green without concern for real-world utility. That isn’t the case with the TBL Turbo boots, which offer up lightweight construction, superior comfort, and water repellency — ideal for both daily city wear and weekend trail treks.
Tiffany & Co. Lock Bracelet
Tiffany & Co. continues to reinvent itself for the modern luxury consumer by introducing gender-neutral bracelets inspired by the maison’s iconic padlock design. While padlocks may not be the first thing one associates with Tiffany, the jeweller has used the motif in money clips, necklaces, and other pieces of jewellery since the 1950s. Dubbed Tiffany Lock, the new bracelet offers a contemporary, functional take on the archival design, with a new swivelling mechanism that allows it to open and close. The bracelet is the latest step in Tiffany’s campaign to distance itself from “your mom’s Tiffany,” and offers up a modern symbol of togetherness that has the potential to become a contemporary icon. Professional skateboarder and actor Tyshawn Jones serves as the face of Tiffany Lock, alongside model Imaan Hammam, a testament to Tiffany’s desire to reach beyond the jewellery customer of yore. Available exclusively through Tiffany & Co. beginning in September 2022, the Tiffany Lock will be available in four styles, fashioned from 18K yellow, white, and rose gold, with the potential to add diamonds to the band. With its sleek, contemporary design, the bracelet can be worn daily or used to commemorate special occasions like weddings, anniversaries, or birthdays.
Prodrive Racing Simulator
Prodrive’s new racing simulator allows you to feel the thrill and excitement of racing from the comfort of home — without feeling or looking like you’re playing a video game. Conceived in collaboration with design and engineering firm Callum, this racing simulator is composed of 16 layers of birch topped with a glossy black finish, a carbon monocoque driver’s seat, a curved 49-inch 5K monitor, a mechanical pedal box, and a Precision Sim Engineering LM-Pro steering wheel equipped with five dials, 12 push buttons, and carbon fibre paddles. Prodrive’s engineers have over 35 years of racing experience and motorsports knowledge.
Having won world championships and raced in most major disciplines, the Prodrive team is uniquely positioned to offer the most realistic recreation of elite real-world racing when combined with a bespoke simulator computer that boasts 16 gigabytes of memory and a 12-gigabyte GeForce RTX graphics card. The combination of clean, curved lines and best-in-class technology make it both an unparalleled simulator and a striking piece of furniture. At 330 centimetres in length and 123 centimetres in width, the Prodrive simulator doesn’t take up too much space, which allows it to be worked into a living space, office, or event venue with ease. Whether you’re a seasoned racing veteran, passionate about cars, or looking for a way to take your gaming to an elegant — and grown-up — new level, the Prodrive simulator checks every box.
Dior X ERL Collab
Kim Jones has long been one of menswear’s foremost collaborators. Whether he’s consulting for Pastelle (Ye’s brand that never really came to be,) joining forces with Nike and even Umbro, or tapping Supreme for a Louis Vuitton link up, the British designer has an unrivalled ability to work with other creatives in a way that’s truly collaborative. As artistic director of Dior menswear, Jones has continued that trend, teaming up with the likes of Daniel Arsham, and, for Spring/Summer 2023, Eli Russell Linnetz. Linnetz (and his abbreviated eponymous brand ERL) is one of the hottest names in fashion’s power circles thanks to his grungy take on Americana infused with Californian nonchalance. That said, guest-designing a collection for Dior marks a major step in his career, and serves as an introduction to a new swath of customers.
The Spring 2023 capsule collection, entitled California Couture, sees Dior reimagined by both Linnetz and Jones. It is, on paper, a curious partnership given Jones’s penchant for meticulous tailoring and double-breasted jackets and Linnetz’s preference for exploring everyday Americana staples, vivid colour palettes, and bold prints. In reality, though, it’s a master class in balancing opposites. Slouchy, relaxed silhouettes reveal precise tailoring and awe-inspiring textiles upon close inspection, while proper tailoring pieces are reworked to look like they’re worn inside out, a nod to angsty American youth. Dior and ERL motifs feature throughout the collection, from the latter’s now-iconic wavy quilted down jackets — this time rendered in water-repellent silk — to the former’s cannage pattern reworked into chunky skate sneakers and glitzy crystal-encrusted trousers.
The collection isn’t entirely about maximalism and decadence, though, as Linnetz and Jones also turned to California’s coast, working with recycled ocean polyester in a move that underscores the challenges and responsibility that the luxury industry faces in the coming years. All in all, California Couture is likely to be the season’s statement collection, one chock full of statement pieces and potential classics alike.
Gaggenau 400 Series Sous Vide Drawer
A must-have for any gastronome, Gaggenau’s new 400 Series sous vide drawer facilitates things for both the at-home sommelier and the at-home chef without compromising the look of their kitchen. The sous vide drawer allows home chefs to prepare ingredients for sous vide cooking — a slow cooking method that uses precisely controlled water temperatures to create tender results with rich flavour profiles, but which requires vacuum-sealed ingredients. Gaggenau has taken things further, though, recognizing that vacuum sealing also offers a solution for another part of a refined at-home culinary experience: preserving fine wine. Any home sommelier knows that letting wine breathe is a crucial step to bringing out the best in it, but too much exposure to oxygen can ruin it. The sous vide drawer’s vacuum attachment can be used on opened wine bottles to extract oxygen and extend their preservation, allowing connoisseurs to enjoy their prized bottles slowly and thoroughly, rather than rush through them.
Akro Awake Eau de Parfum
The world of perfume can often feel a little stale, with the same brands and the same scents everywhere you sniff. Enter Akro, a young, innovative fragrance brand that embraces the taboo scents of our addictions and vices. Led by master perfumer Olivier Cresp, his daughter Anaïs, and her partner Jack Miskelly, Akro taps into unconventional notes like nicotine, hazelnut, cumin, and whisky to create a unique collection of fragrances with brooding, mysterious names: Haze, Smoke, Dark, Malt, Night, Ink, and Awake. Intriguing — and likely polarizing — the Akro fragrances recall our favourite (but forbidden) indulgences, and in the process become new ones.
FRAMA X Hender Scheme
There’s something jarring about Danish design firm FRAMA and Japanese leather goods purveyor Hender Scheme coming together to create vegetable-tanned leather housewares. In a fast paced world where newness is often seen as king, FRAMA and Hender Scheme are slowing things down with meticulously crafted pieces meant to age gracefully in one’s home. Hender Scheme has infused a creative craftsmanship and warmth into FRAMA’s sleek, utilitarian industrial design. The result is a series of minimalist housewares — a wall clock, a stool, a side table, house slippers, catch-all trays, shelving units, and even aromatic oil diffusers — reimagined with natural, vegetable-tanned leather. Leather is by no means foreign in the realm of home furnishings, but the way in which it’s been used to accent these pieces feels novel and unexpected — peculiar, even — while the use of natural, untreated materials stays true to both Hender Scheme’s and FRAMA’s design philosophies. There’s both an industrial coldness and a hand-worked warmth to each offering. Conversation pieces from day one, they’ll become even more distinctive as they develop a patina that’s specific to each environment and use.
Bower Studios Melt Daybed
The Melt collection at Bower Studio is an interesting one, to say the least. Bordering on something that Salvador Dali could have cooked up, had he been a Danish modernist rather than a Spanish Surrealist, the Melt line revolves around minimalist wood frames draped with more fluid forms. The day bed is one of the heroes of the collection, and would look equally at home in a modern minimalist home as it would in a more genre bending industrial space. ($9,850 USD)
Louis Vuitton Pizza Box
In the streaming age, it can be hard to find physical gifts for the audiophile in your life. But this pizza box (that’s not really a pizza box) will blow their minds. Drawing inspiration from music and travel culture, the Pizza Box is a cheeky, luxurious way to transport your favourite vinyl, discs, or accessories. The classic design recalls vintage Louis Vuitton trunks, with a signature Monogram canvas marked with an exclusive Louis Vuitton message. ($2,400)
Modest Vintage Player Retro Leather Heavy Bag
With this heavy bag from New Zealand’s Modest Vintage Player, you can work out without sacrificing style. Does your punching bag need to be a design piece? Of course not, but not everyone wants their home gym to feel like a home gym when not in use. Assembled from durable cowhide leather and hand-stitched, it’s as much a piece of craft as it is an exercise aid. (From $425)
Pioneer x Off-White DJ Controller
Whether he was working with Kanye West or tinkering with Dieter Rams’s Wandanlage hi-fi system, it’s no secret that the late Virgil Abloh loved music — and music equipment. This DJ controller is the product of a collaboration between Abloh’s Off White label, created in partnership with Pioneer. It comes finished in a mix of fluorescent orange and matte white, and its aluminum and acrylic top panel means it’s durable and transportable between gigs. ($1,800 USD)
Richard Mille RM 029 Le Mans Classic Watch
In the world of watchmaking, no one works with materials science and engineering like Richard Mille. Produced in very low numbers, even the most “basic” of the brand’s creations sell for six figures, if you’re lucky enough to track one down. Earlier this year, Richard Mille celebrated the return of Le Mans with the eighth watch the brand designed specially for the beloved race. Limited to just 150 pieces, it is fitted with a skeletonized self-winding movement and (obviously) a 24-hour display . ($176,000 USD)
Calder BMW Art Car (Artist’s Proof)
Ever since BMW launched its Art Car project back in 1975, artists like David Hockney and Andy Warhol have been taking their paintbrushes to rare BMWs, but it was sculptor and painter Alexander Calder that BMW first tapped for the project. While Calder turned a BMW 3.0 CSL into a one-off art piece, he died in 1976 before getting to drive his own. Now, BMW Group Classic and the Calder Foundation have created an Artist’s Proof version of the car, finished with Calder’s go-to colour palette and, much like the original, a 480 hp in-line six-cylinder engine.
Hublot Big Bang Integral Tourbillon Rainbow
Though never one to be shy or subtle with its designs, this is the first time that Hublot has combined all seven colours of the rainbow into a singular watch. Two unique pieces in King Gold or white gold are adorned with the full rainbow spectrum, from bezel to flange and case to bracelet. To echo the seven visible colours of the colour spectrum, the watch comes with 484 invisibly set baguette-cut stones of seven different types: bright red rubies, fuchsia pink sapphires, ultraviolet amethysts, topaz in Klein blue, leaf-green tsavorites, lemon-yellow sapphires, and bright orange sapphires. Hublot has masterfully combined haute horology and haute jewellery in one truly stunning watch. ($988,000)
Arc One Electric Speedboat
Got a need for speed, but wanna protect the sea? Meet the Arc One, the electric speedboat representing a new era in sustainable boating. With a lightweight aluminum hull and a design inspired by aerospace, the 7-metre vessel can reach top speeds of 60 km/h. What did you expect from a team of former SpaceX engineers? ($300,000 USD)
Louis Vuitton Skateboard
This is most certainly not the skateboard you pushed around on as a teenager. Not only does the deck come covered in a watercolour pattern where you’d typically expect to find black grip tape, it also comes fitted with Monogram-engraved wheels and even “Monogram” screws. Skate on. ($3,050)
Tales of The Macallan Volume I
If you’re looking for a star for your home bar, here it is. Tales of The Macallan is a new series of rare single malt Scotch whiskies. Accordingly, Volume 1 is a distinguished single malt distilled in 1950 and bottled in 2021. Encased in a handcrafted Lalique crystal decanter, this exceptional spirit is concealed within an extraordinary almanac book that tells the story of captain John Grant, whose legacy paved the way for The Macallan. Tales of The Macallan Volume I is only available through The Macallan Estate Boutique and the brand’s global network of domestic and travel retail boutiques. ($80,000)
Rimowa x Fendi Classic Cabin Suitcase
Fendi and Rimowa have teamed up for an exclusive version of the German luggage-maker’s Classic Cabin Suitcase. It’s finished with the famous FF motif printed across the bag’s aluminum exterior and supple Cuoio Romano leather handles. ($3,980)
Arflex Marenco Sofa Collection
A lesson in the power of proportioning, the Marenco modular sofa system was conceived by Italian designer Mario Marenco back in 1970 — but it hasn’t aged a day since. Whether you’re seeking to build out a more retro-fuelled lounge space, or just to complete the cozy den, this sofa easily answers the call. (From $6,955 USD)
Rivian R1T Camp Kitchen x Snow Peak Package
Like going off-roading? Your new electric R1T from Rivian can now come fitted with a portable kitchen from Japanese outdoors brand Snow Peak. How? The R1T includes a “Gear Tunnel” — a storage space that spans the vehicle’s width — that can house a pullout kitchen that includes, among other things, a two-burner induction cooktop that runs off the car’s battery. (From $5,000 USD — add on)
Leica Q2 Daniel Craig x Greg Williams Camera
Let’s just admit it: we all want to be James Bond. You can dress like him, drink like him, and now, you can shoot like him — with a camera, at least. In working together on the Bond franchise, Craig and Williams bonded over a shared passion for photography. Learning of their mutual admiration of the Leica Q2, a plot was then hatched to partner with the brand to create this special edition of 750 units in subtle matte black and gold trim. The end product reads very mission-ready. ($6,995 USD)
De La Espada Frame Bed with Arms
Sleep soundly knowing that your bed is not only this beautiful, but it’s also crafted at De La Espada’s solar-powered factory in Portgual from sustainable solid woods. (From €6,895)
Welcome to Bang & Olufsen’s first truly wireless earphones with Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation. Made for daily use, these earphones effectively eliminate the surrounding noise of everyday life, and are designed with comfort and durability in mind. They also feature first-class call clarity thanks to beamforming technology, so they’re great for working from home, commuting, or travelling — the perfect pocket earphones for blocking out the din of urban living. ($530)