This week, we’re bringing summer to you. Because, while we may not be jetting off to far-flung, sun-soaked climes this year, there’s nothing to stop us enjoying the trappings of a Mediterranean getaway from the comfort of our own homes.
So, whether that means buttoning up a light linen shirt inspired by the Italian Riviera, spritzing an evocatively European aftershave or enjoying a cocktail mixed with Portofino Dry Gin, here’s how to take a trip without lifting a finger…
Shifting gears: McLaren Speedtail ‘Albert’ Edition
The Woking-based supercar manufacturer named its first McLaren F1 prototypes ‘Albert’ — after the company’s headquarters on Albert Drive. Now, to celebrate the final few Speedtail coupés (from a limited run of 106), the carmaker has brought back the name, and used it to name this one-off machine — hand-painted in ‘Magnesium Silver’.
McLaren Speedtail ‘Albert’ Edition
Turn it up: Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P6 at Bicester Village
Whether you’re heading off to a festival this summer — or taking a much-needed, well-earned staycation — we’d always recommend packing a quality Bluetooth speaker. With ‘True 360’ sound, deep bass performance and a tactical aluminium design, we can think of no better option than Bang & Olufsen’s Beoplay P6. What’s more, it’s currently available for a fraction of its original price at luxury shopping destination Bicester Village.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P6 at Bicester Village
Raise a glass: Portofino Dry Gin x NIO Cocktail Box
Even if you’re not lucky enough to be jetting off to the Italian coast this summer, Portofino Dry Gin has you covered. In a collaboration with NIO Cocktails, the elegant spirits brand has created a four-strong box of pre-mixed drinks perfect for summer. And, from the Gimlet to the Negroni, Portofino’s rich, aromatic gin is at the centre of every serve.
Portofino Dry Gin x NIO Cocktail Box
Spritz on: Creed Erolfa Eau de Parfum
Inspired by the travels of ‘Créateur Parfumeur’ Olivier Creed around the Mediterranean, ‘Erolfa’ is a versatile scent bursting with evocative aromas of bergamot, mandarin and ginger. There’s a touch of basil here; a soupçon of lavender there — and a sturdy sandalwood base that invigorates and comforts in equal, fragrant measure.
Creed Erolfa Eau de Parfum
Going for gold: Ray-Ban Solid Gold Aviator Sunglasses
2021 marks 84 years since Ray-Ban’s classic ‘Aviator’ design first took flight. To celebrate, the brand have unveiled a limited run (84 pairs, obviously) of solid gold sunglasses. With pure 18-carat gold frames and green lenses, each pair will be numbered inside the temple and come packaged and protected in a luxury black leather case.
Ray-Ban Solid Gold Aviator Sunglasses
Plate up: Gymkhana Six-Course Hunters’ Tasting Menu
From next Monday, Gymkhana is marking the start of a new shooting season with a delectable, inspired ‘Hunters’ Tasting Menu’. Imbued with all the Indian flavour you’d expect from Mayfair’s most exciting Michelin-starred establishment. Dishes include Grouse Tikki Pao, Peanut Ghati Masala and Muntjac Biryani.
Gymkhana Six-Course Hunters’ Tasting Menu
Button it: Luca Faloni Striped Portofino Shirt
If the cocktail box above wasn’t enough to get you into the spirit of the Italian Riviera, perhaps this latest linen shirt from Luca Faloni will do the job. Subtly striped, cut classically from 100% pure linen and finished with the brand’s signature ‘Paramontura’ collar, it’s a surefire way to transport you to the sun-soaked shores of Portofino (even if you’re still working from home).
Luca Faloni Striped Portofino Shirt
Dive in: LOVE BRAND & Co. Staniel Swim Shorts
Since its inception, LOVE BRAND & Co. has committed itself to protecting the environment. That’s why, for every pair of striking swim-shorts sold, a percentage of revenue — not profits — is donated to wildlife conservation. Our pick of the pairs? This ‘Whale Tale’ pattern; realised in a bold, bright blue.
LOVE BRAND & Co. Staniel Swim Shorts
Pop the question: Blackacre ‘Edinburgh’ Engagement Ring
With wedding season in full summery swing, you might well be thinking about getting down on one knee yourself. If you are poised to pop the question, however, make sure you’re suitably prepared. And that means investing in a unique, distinctive ring. From Blackacre, the ‘Edinburgh’ features an art deco-inspired emerald design; flanked by two bullet-cut diamond side stones.
Blackacre ‘Edinburgh’ Engagement Ring
Sitting comfortably: Neal Jones Luxury Executive Chair
If, after a lifetime of collecting ‘claros’ and ‘coronas’, you find yourself sitting on a huge selection of cigars, we’ve got the perfect desk chair for you. From Neal Jones, this nifty, leather-bound design will let you literally sit on your collection — fitted as it is with a hidden humidor drawer. The best part? The compartment is secured with a fingerprint access system, meaning no-one will steal your stogies ever again.
Neal Jones Luxury Executive Chair
Write away: Ettinger Capra Journal
It certainly has been a couple of years to remember. But, if you want to immortalise those memories for good, you’ll need a solid, reliable journal. Thankfully, Ettinger is on hand to help. This luxurious, burgundy-covered journal is crafted from pebble-grained Capra leather — protecting 224 silver-edged ivory pages; all waiting to be filled.
Ettinger Capra Journal