This week, we’re back in black. All of the products that have caught our collective eyes in the last seven days just so happen to be cast in this coolest of colours — and made more deep, dark and mysterious as a result. So, from a jet-powered surfboard and pair of leather Oxfords, to a BMW painted in the ultra-dark Vantablack, come and join the dark side…
Jet set: Lampuga Boost Jetboard
Let’s start outlandishly. This customisable carbon-bodied jetboard might be the ultimate summer toy — and we’re upset we’re discovering it with mere weeks of warm weather to go. Elegantly designed and astonishingly speedy, Lampuga’s Boost will offer you precise controls, dynamic manoeuvring and endless hours of fun.
Lampuga Boost Jetboard
Lace up: Church’s Consol Black Leather Oxfords
These are a little more sensible than a jet-powered surfboard — but no less impressive. From Church’s, the Consul Oxfords should be a mainstay of your work wardrobe. They’ve been crafted from St James calf leather, built around the brand’s iconic Last 173 and Goodyear-welted for good measure. Solid, dependable, sophisticated.
Church’s Consol Black Leather Oxfords
On camera: Leica D LUX 7 Premium Leather Case
Almost as impressive as the camera it contains, this premium leather case from Leica promises to add a touch of retro chic to your summer snapping. And it’s not just sleek style this case will give you — the high-quality leather construction also ensures optimum protection and will keep your camera safe from knocks and scratches.
Leica D LUX 7 Premium Leather Case
In the black: BMW 6 Series in Vantablack
There’s black, and then there’s Vantablack. Developed by Surrey Nano Systems, this unique colour absorbs more than 99 percent of visible light, and BMW has put it to good use by slapping it all over its new 6 Series. It looks almost like an optical illusion with its light-tricking Batmobile styling and, although it would presumably be incredibly dangerous to drive at night, we still really, really want one.
BMW 6 Series in Vantablack
Close shave: Czech & Speake No.88 Shaving Set & Stand
Available on the Gentleman’s Journal store, this sleek shaving set from Czech & Speake is how we ensure every day gets off to a smooth start. Crafted from matte black anodised aluminium, the stand and razor combine classical elegance with a minimalist, contemporary edge — perfect for bringing some swagger to your morning routine.
Czech & Speake No.88 Shaving Set & Stand
Black out: Tudor Black Bay Ceramic One
Set your matte black, ceramic watches for November 9 — and the biennial Only Watch timepiece auction. This year, Tudor’s offering for the block sees their classic Black Bay darkened down even further — using unique matte black titanium and stainless steel to create one of the most striking, unconventional dive watches of the year.
Tudor Black Bay Ceramic One
Frame it: Cubitts Seaford Sunglasses
We love Cubitts’ British-made sunglasses for many reasons; but chief among them is the sheer simplicity of the designs. Unisex, pared-back and fashioned from the finest materials, they are dependable, versatile and effortlessly cool. Just look at these Seafords; jet black, thin-framed and without any frills, bells or whistles — they’re the ideal simple shades with which to see out summer.
Cubitts Seaford Sunglasses
Electrifying: Charge Automotive Mustang
Earlier this week, we explored the buzzing world of electric classic car conversion. From Jaguars to Aston Martins, it’s an electrifying business, but our favourite four wheels roll in the form of this resurrected Ford Mustang from Charge Automotive. Created using an officially licensed shell, and fitted with a battery pack from EV pioneers Arrival, this is a blast from the past; powered for the future.
Charge Automotive Mustang
Dark N’ Stormy: Kraken Black Rum
Rum gets a hard time of it. Overlooked thanks to other dark spirits such as whiskies and brandies, it is often left to gather dust in the drinks cabinet. But with such excellent, artisanal bottles as this on offer, we’re not sure why. Perhaps it’s time you expanded your cocktail repertoire with some dark rum recipes — and we can’t think of a better bottle with which to do so than Kraken’s limited edition ceramic offering.
Kraken Black Rum
Button up: Chester Barrie Cavalry Twill Coat
Buy yourself a statement overcoat immediately, by order of the Peaky Blinders! Earlier this week, to celebrate the show’s storming return, we looked at the best tailoring tips to take from the sharply dressed Blinder boys — and high on our list was to invest in a long, trusty overcoat. Believe us, you’ll have that slow motion Peaky walk perfected in no time…
Chester Barrie Cavalry Twill Coat
Want more of the best gear money can (or can’t) buy? Check out last week’s Editor’s Picks here…