It’s an odd time of year. We’ve all wrapped up our Christmas shopping (What? You haven’t? Best have a look here…) and we’re waiting for the festive season to come-and-go. Beyond that, we don’t know what’ll happen. Will 2021 see a return to lengthy commutes, an office-bound 9-to-5 and the daily grind? Or will it be more of the same?
Whatever happens, it’ll pay to be prepared. So, from grooming gadgets and versatile style to some of the best timepieces 2020 has ticked out, here’s how to brace yourself for a brave New Year…
Close shave: Czech & Speake No.88 Shaving Set & Stand
Self-care and grooming hasn’t been chief among anyone’s priorities this year. But even the ugliest Christmas jumper won’t distract friends and family from a hideous straggly beard. So, if you haven’t reached for the razor since late summer, it’s time to pick one up and primp yourself ahead of the festive season. Our choice? Czech & Speake’s elegantly curved, anodised aluminium shaving set and stand.
Czech & Speake No.88 Shaving Set & Stand
Bag it: Aspinal of London Small Mount Street Laptop Bag
But let’s look beyond Christmas gatherings. Come January, we’ll all be returning to work in earnest. And, even if that doesn’t mean rolling back into a bricks-and-mortar office just yet, you should be approaching 2021 with a good dose of optimism. That means preparing for lunch meetings and boardrooms once more — with something like Aspinal of London’s compact, functional and full-grain leather laptop bag.
Aspinal of London Small Mount Street Laptop Bag
It’s cold outside: Canada Goose Dunham Down Jacket
Has a down jacket ever been so versatile? From Canada Goose (master of the thermal), this ‘Dunham’ jacket is slim-fit, down-filled and ready to take on dress codes and the elements alike. It’ll look just as good under a thick parka as it will over your shirt and tie, and those articulated sleeves made from stretch fabric will give you unequalled ease of movement — whether you’re toting an attaché case or a snow shovel.
Canada Goose Dunham Down Jacket
Watch out: A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Outsize Date
The date window may be uncharacteristically large on A. Lange & Söhne’s latest Saxonia — but the rest of the watch is quiet and understated. Little will others know that its dial is actually crafted from solid silver. They’ll be unaware that those alpha hands and beveled baton indices are hewn from white gold. They won’t even know that the in-house L093.1 handwound movement has a hefty power reserve of 72 long hours. A modest delight.
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Outsize Date
Get over it: Tommy Hilfiger Houndstooth Stand-Collar Coat
It’s overcoat season once more. But, while we’re still working from home, we’ve got no need for those luxurious cashmere options or tailored offerings. Instead, we need a reliable, stylish overcoat that walks the line between formal and casual with confidence. Enter Tommy Hilfiger — and the storied designer’s stand-collar take on the style.
Tommy Hilfiger Houndstooth Stand-Collar Coat
Turn back time: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano
As the iconic Reverso approaches its 90th anniversary in 2021, Jaeger-LeCoultre has reinterpreted one of its most admired models. Issued in a limited edition — complete with burgundy-red dial and pink gold case — the Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano pays tribute to a design beloved by watch enthusiasts across the world. The strap, created by world-famous Argentinian polo bootmaker Casa Fagliano, is a lovely nod to its sporting heritage.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano
Tough as boots: Le Chameau Key Ring & Card Wallet
You’ve got your Aspinal of London laptop bag. You’ve buttoned up your Tommy Hilfiger overcoat. You’ve even had a smooth, smooth Czech & Speake shave. So what’s left to prepare you for 2021? How about Le Chameau’s matching key ring and card wallet set? Tough, rough and ready, the French brand has mastered utilitarian luxury — and these affordable accessories (which you can personalise with up to four initials) will ensure you remain organised for months to come.
Le Chameau Key Ring & Card Wallet
At sword’s point: RBT Champagne Sabre
But let’s not overlook the festivities just around the corner. Yes, 2021 may be on everyone’s minds — but we’ve got Christmas and New Year to ring in before then. And what better celebratory centrepiece than RBT’s impressive champagne sabre? Ergonomically designed and coloured gold, this sleek, chic modern design will add a swashbuckling flair to your festive season.
RBT Champagne Sabre
Check it out: Percival Navy Windowpane Workshirt
Based in East London’s Hackney, Percival knows a thing or two about practical flair. This flannel workshirt, for example, may be cut from a warming heavyweight wool and peppered with welt and patch pockets — but it also looks every inch the stylish part, thanks to that bold navy windowpane check. Fashionable and functional, it’s just the latest striking piece from a brand that’s known for subverting the classics.
Percival Navy Windowpane Workshirt
Mist it: Creed Silver & Black Atomiser
Every wanted to put a little more ‘spritz’ into your splash bottles? With Creed’s cylindrical silver atomiser — encased in embossed black leather — you can. It’s the perfect addition to your bathroom cabinet; equal measures intriguing and elegant. And, when it comes to filling it? The choice is yours — with everything from Green Irish Tweed to the best-selling Aventus as an option.
Creed Silver & Black Atomiser
Leading the charge: Onyx RCR Electric Bike
During 2020, Onyx has been hard at work. The engineering brand took its existing 2019 electric motorcycle — then revamped and redesigned it into a scrambler fit for the future. A new battery that doubles the range, the front fork is now hydraulic and those rosewood panels give it a new sophisticated flair.
Onyx RCR Electric Bike