Editor’s Picks: Hydrogen Hypercar, Gibson Guitar and Biometric Safe
From a portable grill for springtime barbecues to a pair of swim shorts for summer getaways, this is what we want this week…
Feeling blue? We certainly are — but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. From the light blue hue of Bamford’s new titanium watch to the deep, dark navy of Aubin’s latest jacket, we’ve splashed the cool colour all over this week’s Editor’s Picks. Alpine’s hydrogen hypercar shines sapphire, Love Brand & Co’s most recent swim shorts are suitably aquamarine and the LED light strip on Space’s futuristic safe buzzes electric blue.
Elsewhere, we’re firing up a portable barbecue, buttoning a light linen blazer and sipping the latest experimental gin from Monkey 47. Take a look at these bolts from the blue below…
Kick it: Uniform Standard 'Series 1’ Sneakers
Now spring has sprung, it’s finally safe to wear a lighter shade of sneaker. No longer do we have to live in constant fear of spring showers, or unseasonal thunderstorms. No! We can lace up our brightly-coloured kicks with pride and confidence — which’ll be even easier if you opt for these handsome ecru trainers from Uniform Standard. What’s more, the recycled materials used to create them also mean that they’re incredibly eco-friendly.
Uniform Standard 'Series 1’ Sneakers
Mint condition: Monkey 47 ‘Experimentum Series’ Gin
Only 300 bottles of this quirky, spirited gin are available in Britain (it can be found at Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge). From the forward-thinking folks at Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin, the ‘Experimentum Series 2y06’ release takes its inspiration from a Sunday roast staple; mint sauce. It may sound odd, but the condiment-inspired concoction is a velvety treat, brilliantly blending the sharp tang of vinegar with the sweetness of honey.
Monkey 47 ‘Experimentum Series’ Gin
Feeling blue: Bamford Titanium ‘B347’ Wristwatch
New to the burgeoning Bamford family, the British brand’s well-received ‘B347’ model has had an overhaul for spring. Now cast in rough-and-ready titanium, the case sits on an aqua blue strap (the signature colour of the company) and is complemented by a dial that darts between this trademark shade and a deeper, darker navy.
Bamford Titanium ‘B347’ Wristwatch
Pan out: Le Creuset Cast Iron ‘Grillit’ at Bicester Village
Is it a brazier? Is it a pan? No, it’s a skillet! Or, to give Le Creuset’s signature cast iron creation its true name, a ‘Grillit’. Devised by the brand to lock in flavour and drain away fat — and available for just a fraction of its original £140 price at Bicester Village — this handy pan is perfect for health fanatics and gastro aficionados alike.
Le Creuset Cast Iron ‘Grillit’ at Bicester Village
Zip it: Aubin ‘Quibell’ Harrington Jacket
Last year, British brand Aubin smartly relaunched in the menswear market — and this subtle spin on the classic Harrington jacket is its best launch yet. Made from cotton twill and lined with poplin, the modern twist on the icon features gold zips and flap-patch pockets. Our favourite feature? That cord-top collar; perfect for popping.
Aubin ‘Quibell’ Harrington Jacket
Pitch perfect: Gibson ‘Elvis Dove’ Acoustic Guitar
With Baz Luhrmann’s cinematic spin on The King of rock ‘n’ roll hitting cinemas this summer, brands around the world have begun tuning up and churning out collaborations with the estate of Elvis Presley. This, the ‘Elvis Dove’ acoustic guitar, has been handmade by the expert luthiers and artisans of the Gibson Acoustic Custom Shop in Bozeman, Montana.
Gibson ‘Elvis Dove’ Acoustic Guitar
Button it: New & Lingwood Double-Breasted Linen Jacket
This week, with The Godfather celebrating its 50th anniversary, we took a look at the style lessons we could learn from the film. Top of the tips were double-breasted duds, such as this sharply tailored jacket from New & Lingwood. Trim, slick and sophisticated, it’s cut from lightweight linen — breathable enough for even the most searing Sicilian heat.
New & Lingwood Double-Breasted Linen Jacket
Locked down: The Space Safe
Gone are the days of combination dials and crackable security; the smart safe is here — and it’s a slick-looking bit of kit. The ‘Space Safe’ was a crowdfunded creation, and features impact-proof glass, electric tamper sensors and an in-built 1080p camera to detect any would-be burgling. Thanks to a hidden backup battery, it’ll even work during a blackout, or if the power is cut.
The Space Safe
Fire power: Wild Grill ‘Hex’ Barbecue
Sufficiently strong to withstand the same heat as a firepit — and designed to be flat-pack, practical and portable, this striking barbecue from Wild Grille is a stroke of summer genius. It sits at the perfect height for camping chairs, and even features a bottle opener built-into its stainless steel construction. What more could you want?
Wild Grill ‘Hex’ Barbecue
Shifting gears: Alpine A4810 Concept Hypercar
Introducing Alpine’s future flagship; the hydrogen-powered, hypercar-redefining A4810. Designed for the French brand by students at the Turin-based Istituto Europeo di Design, it’s got an almost organic look; with rippling curves bubbling up along its low-slung length. The domed cockpit is particularly futuristic — and that rear end looks more fighter jet than road-going racer.
Dive in: Love Brand & Co. ‘Staniel’ Swim Shorts
You can always rely on Love Brand & Co. to stand up for the environment. And, with these new ‘Staniel’ swim shorts, that eco-mission continues in well-cut, blue-hued style. Over half of the soft mesh-lined, chlorine-tested, quick-drying material used here is sustainably sourced or recycled — and that subtle, playful elephant print makes them perfect for far-flung getaways this summer.
Love Brand & Co. ‘Staniel’ Swim Shorts
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