Stop what you’re doing! Summer has arrived. And, if we’ve learnt anything over the course of this last, turbulent year, it’s that we should make the most of good things while they last. So grab your swim shorts, drop the top on your convertible and fire up the barbecue — because who knows how long this hot spell will last for?
In this week’s Editor’s Picks, we’ve found new releases from Rolls-Royce, Heston Blumenthal and more leading brands that will help you blaze through summer. So switch on some music (thanks to Bang & Olufsen), pop open a bottle of rosé (Whispering Angel, naturally), and have a wonderful week…
Wrap up: Turnbull & Asser Black Silk ‘Kimono’ Gown
In a sophisticated new silhouette for Jermyn Street-based brand Turnbull & Asser, this black silk ‘Kimono’ gown is one of two Ikat-inspired pieces of nightwear to launch this week. With highlights in crimson and white, it’s the perfect top layer of loungewear for when the clouds (inevitably) regather.
Turnbull & Asser Black Silk ‘Kimono’ Gown
Set sail: Rolls-Royce Boat Tail
Bad name; great car. And the Rolls-Royce ‘Boat Tail’ stands for more than its questionable syllables. The world’s most expensive car — featuring butterfly back ‘deck’, champagne and caviar fridge and crystal-infused paintwork — marks the relaunch of the British brand’s bespoke, ‘Coachbuild’ department.
Rolls-Royce ‘Boat Tail’
Dive in: LOVE BRAND & Co. ‘Sea Weave’ Staniel Swim Shorts
The Nobu Hotel group is world-renowned for coolly blending luxury touches and minimal tradition. LOVE BRAND & Co. has taken this aesthetic and run with it — to create this exclusive pair of swim shorts for Nobu Ibiza Bay. Inspired by the nearby Posidonia seagrass meadows, proceeds will help fund local conservation efforts.
Love Brand ‘Sea Weave’ Staniel Swim Shorts
Turn it up: Bang & Olufsen x Berluti Beosound Balance Speaker
The Danish brand’s Beosound Balance speaker was impressive enough. But, when you wrap that booming, bassy base in the rich burnished leather of Berluti? The blend of stark Scandi minimalism and luxurious Italian influence turns the style factor up to 11.
Bang & Olufsen x Berluti Beosound Balance Speaker
On one knee: Taylor & Hart Custom Engagement Ring
One of the most important purchases in a man’s life isn’t for him at all. It’s an engagement ring; a sign of commitment, love — and taste for some very striking gemstones. Taylor & Hart’s custom service is reasonably priced, incredibly useful and offers fiancée-ready rocks including sapphires and tourmaline.
Taylor & Hart Custom Engagement Ring
Listen in: Astell&Kern KANN ALPHA High-Res Audio Player
If you’re looking to jump — headphones in hand — onto the high-resolution audio bandwagon, we’ve got the ideal gadget to get you started. From market-leaders Astell&Kern, the KANN ALPHA player features 4.4mm balanced output, complete separation of balanced lines and over 14 hours of continuous playback.
Astell&Kern KANN ALPHA High-Res Audio Player
Button it: Private White V.C. Cotton Safari Jacket
No single garment has summer style buttoned up like the safari jacket. At once lightweight and hardwearing, formal and casual, retro and contemporary, this four-pocket design from Private White V.C. is created in Britain to be the best. Expect epaulettes, back pleats and adjustable waist tabs.
Private White V.C. Cotton Safari Jacket
Pass it on: Whispering Angel
It may not be new, but it’s reappeared on our radars for a reason; the heatwave. Unexpected — but warmly welcomed — this sort of lazy, hazy weather calls for a fine, crisp rosé. And that’s just what Whispering Angel delivers; a world-beating blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Rolle that rolls off the tongue with a smooth, lush finish.
Fire it up: Everdure By Heston Blumenthal 4K Barbecue
Because what summer is complete without a good barbecue? This modern machine from Heston Blumenthal looks sunnier than most British barbecuing weather itself — rendered in a bold, bright orange. But it’s what’s under the lid that counts; fast-flame ignition and four versatile charcoal-powered cooking methods; including smoking and pizza baking.
Everdure By Heston Blumenthal 4K Barbecue
Earn your stripes: John Lewis Heather Stripe Slim Fit Shirt
‘Heather’ here doesn’t refer to a colour, but rather the speckled effect of this simple shirt’s stripes. Created by twisting yarns together, John Lewis has created a timeless twist on a traditional look — and reinvented the basic blue-stripe shirt just in time for summer 2021.
John Lewis Heather Stripe Slim Fit Shirt