August, that time of year when Italians log-off from work and hit the beach for four solid weeks of sunshine, wine and socialising – not a care in the world about their failing economy or public debt of 132 percent of GDP.
Us Brits meanwhile slowly roast away in sticky offices, doing our bit for the country’s productivity (a beefy 0.2 percent). If that’s you, then you deserve a treat; why not spoil yourself with a purchase or two from this week’s Editor’s Picks.
Master smart casual: Brunello Cucinelli slim fit polo
A long-sleeve polo shirt is ideal for wearing with tailoring, or for those all-too-tricky smart casual invites over the summer. This light cotton number is from the house of Brunello Cucinelli, a man who describes himself as “part businessman, part philosopher and part monk”. That gets a thumbs up in our book.
Slim-Fit Cotton-Piqué Polo Shirt from Mr P
Tee off: The Classic Amateur tournament at Terre Blanche
Ahead of the Ryder Cup in September, heading to France for the first time in its 89 year history, the Terre Blanche hotel in Provence is hosting a special edition on its celebrated Classic Amateur tournament.
All participants have the opportunity to compete on the hotel’s two 18-hole championship golf courses, before retiring to the Michelin-starred restaurant for a glamorous awards ceremony. Or there’s the luxury spa, where you can get all that tension and anger out from that missed birdie on the 4th.
Terre Blanche Hotel & Spa
Roll some patriotic dice: Pickett Backgammon
Feel a pleasant pump of patriotism coursing round your veins when rolling the dice on this leather backgammon games board. Made in England, like all of Pickett’s fine leather goods and accessories, it’s a welcome addition to the company’s recently launched 30th Anniversary Burgundy Collection.
Large backgammon set
For a spot of peacocking: Van Cleef & Arpels cufflinks
Cufflinks provide the perfect opportunity for a gentleman to peacock: that one flare of flamboyance in an otherwise conservative outfit. Made of 18K gold with glistening rubies for eyes this wild cat pair are a guaranteed conversation starter.
Van Cleef & Arpels Ruby Gold Wildcat Cufflinks
Make it pop: Andy Wahol’s Magnificent Seven
Created during the American artist’s pre-fame years, his 1950s hand-drawn books are considered coveted jewels in the pop art master’s crown. This portfolio contains reprints of all seven books, with memorable images such as a cat admiring a woman’s behind, all presented in a beautiful accordion case.
Andy Warhol. Seven Illustrated Books 1952–1959
Hit the Kings Road: Luca Faloni Summer Pop-up
Before you set sail for the Med (or maybe just another hot day in the office) be sure to pop in to the pop up of the summer: Luca Faloni on the King’s Road. Offering timeless Italian menswear for all occasions, the store is in place on the Duke Of York Square till September.
Luca Faloni Summer Pop Up, 23 King’s Road
Feel 40% more handsome: Malin+Goetz face moisturizer
We all know the importance of protecting our skin from the lovely but all-too-deadly sun. That doesn’t mean though we should accept having greasy, uncomfortable skin. MALIN+GOETZ makes it easy with this light moisturiser that offers soothing hydration plus broad spectrum SPF30.
Malin+Goetz SPF30 from Mr P
Toughen up your footwear: SWIMS Wing Tip Boots
Swims is a Norwegian footwear brand that dares to tread where others won’t and can’t: mixing clean-cut style with all-weather functionality. The Motion Collection takes classic designs and enhances them with tough hi-tech materials; a good choice for the fjords or the city.
SWIMS Wing Tip Boots
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