We’re feeling particularly patriotic this week. Not only has Aston Martin screeched onto the scene with its new sportster, new details have also emerged about the new James Bond film — and we’re fresh off a Wilderness weekend that showcased the very best in British talent.
So, to keep these country-centric celebrations going, we’ve rounded up some of the best British products to be found for this week’s Editor’s Picks. Paul Smith’s new sunglasses make an appearance, as does a special edition timepiece from Harrods — as well as some English-made luggage and the best mustard money can buy. Read on…
Zip it: Bennett Winch Leather Commuter in Brown
If you’re looking to tool up for the battle of the boardroom, this is one zipped-up, super-stylish, full-grain leather weapon you’ll want in your arsenal. From British luggage wizards Bennett Winch, the Leather Commuter comes with a detachable waterproof pouch, secured laptop sleeve and a level of sophistication that will take you from the gym to the office to your home in inimitable style.
Bennett Winch Leather Commuter in Brown
Call time: Harrods X Breitling Stainless Steel Navitimer
Harrods Green is up there with British Racing Green in the annals of iconic English colours. This new Navitimer from Breitling, a timepiece that has been the world’s most highly regarded pilot’s watch since 1952, has borrowed the signature emerald hue for its latest limited edition. Expect an alligator leather strap, rose gold-toned stainless steel and a 38-hour power reserve. A true high-flyer.
Harrods X Breitling Stainless Steel Navitimer
Leg it: Patrick Mavros Octopus Swizzle Stick
We’ve all seen Patrick Mavros’ famous monkey swizzle stick. But, if your leanings are a little more nautical, why not wrap your sea legs around this oceanic offering. Dreamt up just off the Mozambican coast over a couple of Dark ‘n’ Stormy cocktails, this is the latest accoutrement to grace our cocktail cabinet — but then, we’ve always been a sucker for good barware.
Patrick Mavros Octopus Swizzle Stick
Fine wine: iFavine iSommelier Pro Smart Wine Decanter
There’s something exciting about a digital screen — especially when it tells you how far along your vintage is. This futuristic wine gadget is designed to filter out impurities and aerate wine, enhance the flavour and generally make your kitchen a lot, lot cooler.
iFavine iSommelier Pro Smart Wine Decanter
Raise a glass: Suntory Haku Vodka
We’ve heard of Suntory’s whiskies. We’ve even got a bottle of the Japanese brand’s Roku gin in the Gentleman’s Journal drinks cabinet. But now, the Far Eastern brand is pushing things further than ever before with its first vodka — subtly floral and created using white rice and bamboo filtration.
Suntory Haku Vodka
You've been framed: Cutler and Gross X Paul Smith Adler Sunglasses
A more modern approach for Paul Smith eyewear, the British legend has partnered with Cutler and Gross for an extensive summer collection. Our favourite frames? These Adler aviators. With double nose bridge detailing, they are understated yet contemporary — and are available as either sunglasses or spectacles.
Cutler and Gross X Paul Smith Adler Sunglasses
Spread it thick: Liberty London Traditional English Mustard
Is there anything more British than a generous dollop of mustard on your Sunday roast? We’d wager not — although bastions of British retail Liberty London certainly come close. Thank the lords of condiments, then, that the two have united in one fell swoop, jarring their respective magic with this Lake District-made mustard.
Liberty London Traditional English Mustard
Feeling blue: Tom Ford Midnight Blue Tuxedo Jacket
Everyone needs a good tuxedo. And, with James Bond returning to Tom Ford suiting for the next film, who better to help upgrade your dinner jacket? Tailored in Italy from a midnight-blue grain de poudre wool and mohair blend, this tux is trimmed with lustrous black satin and has lightly padded shoulders for a flattering profile. We know a certain superspy who would definitely approve.
Tom Ford Midnight Blue Tuxedo Jacket
Want more great gear? Check out last week’s Editor’s Picks here…