There’s always room to refine the finer things in life. And, this week, we’ve figured out the best ways to do so.
Got a British-made supercar you’d rather be a hypercar? We’ve got you sorted. Fancy taking a wristwatch and making it that little bit more exclusive? Consider it done. Want to make your whisky that much richer and more complex? Read on to find out how…
Storm in a tumbler: Talisker Storm
Could there be anything more Scottish than a storm? Full of patriotic passion, this tempestuous bottling from Talisker is a downpour of peppery fruit and warm, spiced notes. First released in 2013, it’s easily a nine on the Beaufort Scale, going big on flavours of oak, smoke and brine. Best sipped wearing an anorak.
Take off: Flyte Lyfe Levitating Planter
Because who hasn’t said: I need more floating plant pots in my life? We know it’s a thought that pops into our heads every time we look at our sorry, lacklustre earth-bound planters. Thankfully, Swedish brand Flyte have hovered onto the scene with our gently magnetic salvation — the Levitating Planter.
Flyte Lyfe Levitating Planter
Riviera chic: Chopard L.U.C XPS Azur
It’s said that many great artists were inspired by the Riviera; Pablo Picasso, F Scott Fitzgerald — even James Norton seemed to like it. But Chopard, partners to the Cannes Film Festival for over two decades, have shown their adoration with this 10-piece limited edition L.U.C — with an azure blue hand-guillochéd dial.
Chopard L.U.C XPS Azur
In the pink: North 89 No-2 Pastel Pink Sneakers
Summer calls for style. Loud prints, big collars and chunky frame sunglasses. But admit it, you’re still slipping on the same pair of dusty espadrilles or crusty boat shoes, aren’t you? It’s high time to remedy that with North 89’s sleek, sporty No-2 sneakers. Breathable, bright and bold, you’ll be in the pink in no time.
North 89 No-2 Pastel Pink Sneakers
Join the band: Apposta Denim Linen Band-Collared Shirt
We’ve got no time for a collar during the long summer months — but we still love a button-down. Enter Apposta, an Italian brand bringing custom shirts to the masses. In cotton-linen from Albini, this denim shirt is our new office go-to. And, to stop you getting hot under the collar, it’s done away with one altogether.
Apposta Denim Linen Band-Collared Shirt
Start your engines: Lotus Evija
Britain’s first hypercar hat in the automotive ring, the unpronounceable Evija (it’s actually said eh-vee-ya) is purely electric, insanely styled and will have a starting price of £1.5 million. That’s quite high — but so are the car’s specs; with a top speed of over 200 mph, 1,972 bhp and a charge time to 80% of just 12 minutes.
Bubble over: Aarke Carbonator II
If you’ve ever wished that your Perrier could be on tap, Aarke have answered your prayers. You’ll have to source your Southern French ‘Mineralité’ from elsewhere, but this sleek bronzed carbonator has an easy-to-use mechanism and will bring those all-important bubbles into your kitchen. Just think of the cocktail possibilities.
Aarke Carbonator II
The big smoke: Turnbull & Asser Navy Velvet Smoking Jacket
Is there anything more sumptuous than a smoking jacket? How about a smoking jacket made in Britain from plush navy velvet, featuring a formal tailored fit and its very own, dedicated cigar pocket? That’s what we thought. So head down to Jermyn Street today, and pick up one of Turnbull & Asser’s very best.
Turnbull & Asser Navy Velvet Smoking Jacket
Pour a glass: The Macallan Estate
Gentleman’s Journal was given an exclusive taste of this latest whisky from Macallan, and we can confirm that the spirit is as refined as the bottling — who doesn’t love a wax seal? Containing home grown barley, hence the name, it’s got a conkery hue, homely notes of cinnamon and wood spice, and a sweet citrus twist to finish.
The Macallan Estate
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