Retro-inspired: Paul Smith Stripe-Tipped Cotton-Pique Polo Shirt
Here at Gentleman’s Journal, we’ve got a soft spot for retro Riviera chic. From the photography of Slim Aarons, to the enduring appeal of the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc (which, if you’re a fan, it may pay to get a subscription to Gentleman’s Journal to learn more about), we’re on board with anything that is simple, sophisticated and summery.
Paul Smith’s latest polo ticks all the boxes. In a smooth cotton-piqué, it is tipped at the collar, cuffs and sides with the designer’s signature rainbow lines. The polished mother-of-pearl buttons are a nice touch, too.
Paul Smith Stripe-Tipped Cotton-Pique Polo
Globe-trotting: Troubadour Weekender Bag
Summer is the time for spontaneous trips, and whenever you travel, you must travel in style. There are many bag brands on the market and, while some are good and some are bad, there are few with span the formality spectrum quite like Troubadour.
With the ability to slip from business to casual in zero seconds, this weekender is the most versatile holdall you’re every likely to own. Made from waterproof Italian leather with a cotton canvas lining, it’s not only stylish — it’s practical as well.
Troubadour Weekender Bag
Ice-cold: Nespresso Nomad drinks bottle
Just this week, the local cafe to the Gentleman’s Journal offices ran out of ice. And that meant one thing: No iced coffee. With the temperatures pushing 30 degrees, we weren’t keen on our usual steaming orders, so we forwent our caffeine kicks and ground to a halt.
That didn’t stop us finding an alternative, however, and here it is in Nespresso’s on-the-go iced coffee flask. The coffee brand is launching two limited edition coffees available in Vertuo and Original formats, especially designed to be drunk over ice, Ispirazione Salentina and Ispirazione Shakerato. And with double sides to keep your coffee cold over time, the new flask comes with a lid and a built in straw to make sure you keep on going — no matter how hot it gets…
Nespresso Nomad drinks bottle
Layer up: Luca Faloni Cashmere Hoodie
While the warm weather might look like it’s here to stay, we have to remember we still live in Great rainy Britain and the sun never stays out for long.
That’s why having layers can be important. This cashmere hoodie, from our friends at Luca Faloni, is perfect for when the breeze picks up and the clouds start to gather. Plus, as it’s woven from the pure cashmere, you can rely on it for many rainy summers to come.
Luca Faloni Pure Cashmere Hoodie
Light up: The Cigar World, by Cosima M. Aichholzer
If you love the smell and taste of a fine Cuban cigar — and let’s be honest, who doesn’t? — then this book is for you. A dauntingly thick tome, it’s like a good cigar itself; get halfway in and you’ll want to get to the end.
Covering the 2000-year-old tradition, it’s the perfect piece to sit on top of your humidor, and is written by trusted cigar connoisseur Cosima Aichholzer, who offers the inside track on the best brands, cigar lounges and tobacco growers.
The Cigar World, by Cosima M. Aichholzer
Drink up: Le Tribute gin
With an incredibly bright citrus nose and fleshy, fruity body, this is a gin to be savoured this summer. Not short on flavours — lime, lemon, grapefruit and orange all play their part in this delightful Mediterranean gin — it is like a fruit bowl in your glass.
And, if you need something to dream about while you’re sipping, think of what it would be like 50 kilometres outside sunny Barcelona, where this continental spirit is distilled. Sublime.
Le Tribute gin
Kick-off: Exclusively designed World Cup beer mats
With the World Cup in full swing, many of us are spending our evenings in bars and pubs across the country, sipping at pints of craft beer and savouring every moment of the tournament. But what are you meant to do in the less exciting of the 90 minutes, or at half time?
Other than talking tactics with your drinking buddies, why not take a look at these novel coasters? Designed simply on Adobe Photoshop, it’s just a fiver for a pack of 20 and we still can’t decide on a favourite. Better yet, all proceeds go to charity Football Beyond Borders. It’s an easy goal.
Exclusively designed World Cup beer mats
Hard-wearing: Duke & Dexter Blake Boot
Embracing its London roots, the Blake Boot is a shoe designed for all-year wear. Expect eye-catching lighter colours to bring a more summery feel to your outfit — whether you’re sitting at your desk or globe-trotting on a sunny city break.
They’re made from British Suede, with a premium leather sole, and this high level of durability make it a sturdy choice for you. And, designed in England, you can be sure that their construction is second-to-none.
Duke & Dexter Blake Boot
Say cheese: GoPro Fusion
GoPro never disappoint. From their earliest days, these body cams and action cameras have been breaking the mold and offering us fresh, new and — most importantly durable — ways of capturing the more extreme episodes of our lives on film.
The Fusion is the latest way the brand has blown us away. With 360 video and photos, you won’t miss a thing, a VR option offers the choice of creating immersive experiences and then you can share everything through the dedicated app.
Tick-tock: Richard Mille RM53-01 Tourbillon Pablo Mac Donough
As everyone knows, Polo is a gentleman’s sport, however, the elegance it is reputed for by no means cancels out the extraordinary violence of its confrontations between players, or their horses.
As a result, every piece of equipment is subjected to the harshest treatment. As such, this Richard Mille has been architectured for action, and was created to grace the wrist of the best man in the game, Pablo Mac Donough. And, if it’s good enough for him…
Richard Mille RM53-01 Tourbillon Pablo Mac Donough
Flame on: Minimax Big Green Egg
The smallest member of the Big Green Egg family, this portable barbecue retains all of the fantastic innovations of its bigger brothers, without really being that ‘big’. More of a small Green Egg, and that’s how we like it.
So, if you’re looking to cook outside this summer, you can get that barbecue atmosphere at a fraction of the size. And, when winter rolls around, just take it inside so you can enjoy perfect steak at any time of the year…
Minimax Big Green Egg
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