Editor’s Picks: Persol Sunglasses, Taylor’s Port and Mercedes‑Maybach

From a pair of super-soft slippers to an overshirt from Bicester Village, this is what we want this week…

Are you sitting comfortably? We certainly are. And that’s chiefly thanks to this week’s Editor’s Picks — a soft, snug, laid-back bunch of leisurely gadgets and gear designed to keep us as cosy as practically possible. 

There’s a pair of super-soft slippers from MULO, a versatile mid-layer from Reiss and Mr Marvis’ latest trimly-tailored shorts. Add to that the final luxurious Mercedes‑Maybach designed by Virgil Abloh, a pair of ultra-shady sunglasses from Persol — and a bottle of the richest, deepest, most comforting port money can buy. Raise a glass, and read on…

Spin the wheel: Vagabund 'KTM 350 EXC' Safari Motorcycle

Motoring to two-wheeled life in Austria, Vagabund is a design studio dedicated to tricking-out existing motorcycle models. The latest release rolled out is this; a striking, ‘Safari’ bolt-on kit for the ultra-capable KTM ‘350 EXC’ — with a new tank cover, tail section, modified Husqvarna fender and Alcantara skateboard seat.

Editor’s Picks: Persol Sunglasses, Taylor’s Port and Mercedes‑Maybach

Vagabund KTM 350 EXC Safari Motorcycle

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Check it out: Reiss ‘Cortez’ Overshirt at Bicester Village

Spring can be a tricky time for a modern man’s wardrobe. Thankfully, Reiss is on ever-dependable hand to deliver a truly transitional mid-layer for the season. The ‘Cortez’ shirt is woolly enough for winter, lightweight enough for spring — and is currently available at luxury shopping destination Bicester Village for just a fraction of its original £128 price.

Editor’s Picks: Persol Sunglasses, Taylor’s Port and Mercedes‑Maybach

Reiss ‘Cortex’ Overshirt at Bicester Village

£56.00

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Going green: Grand Seiko ‘Summer’ Flow of Seasons Mechanical Watch

The hallowed Japanese watchmaker has a particular affinity for nature. The unique ‘Flow of Seasons’ collection charts the subtle shifts in the country’s climate — and this new ‘Summer’ timepiece is said to reflect the “leaves turning dark green at the end of summertime, and the light breeze signalling that autumn is on its way”. 

Editor’s Picks: Persol Sunglasses, Taylor’s Port and Mercedes‑Maybach

Grand Seiko ‘Summer’ Flow of Seasons Mechanical Watch

£4,150.00

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Monkey around: Mr Marvis 'The Goodalls’ Shorts

Following in Mr Marvis’ past trimly-tailored footsteps, these finely-patterned shorts are well-cut and inventively-named. Previous designs from the brand have been dubbed ‘The Milkshakes’ or ‘The Mojitos’, but these new stretch gabardine strides are ‘The Goodalls’; so named for the pioneering anthropologist and adorned with tiny primates. 

Editor’s Picks: Persol Sunglasses, Taylor’s Port and Mercedes‑Maybach

Mr Marvis 'The Goodalls’ Shorts

£109.00

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Shifting gears: Maybach by Virgil Abloh

Slick, suave and sophisticated, this fully-equipped, limited-edition Mercedes‑Maybach S‑Class S680 is the culmination of the late Virgil Abloh’s partnership with the motor manufacturer. Boasting a unique two-tone colour scheme, high-pile floor mats and a glossy piano black centre console, each of the 150 cars made will come with a 1/18 scale replica of the limited-edition limo.

Editor’s Picks: Persol Sunglasses, Taylor’s Port and Mercedes‑Maybach

Maybach by Virgil Abloh

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Raise a glass: Taylor’s Platinum Jubilee Very Very Old Tawny Port

Of all the brands to hold royal warrants, Taylor’s is perhaps the richest, deepest and most decadent. To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, a new ‘Very Very Old Tawny Port’ has been bottled; drawn from the brand’s extensive reserves of the finest wood aged wines. Expect notes of cigar boxes, roasted coffee, pressed rose petals — and a good whiff of patriotism. 

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Taylor’s Platinum Jubilee Very Very Old Tawny Port

£350.00

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Turn it up: Aerosystem ‘AeroFrame HD1’ Wireless Speaker

As futuristic as it is technically impressive, the ‘AeroFrame HD1’ is in a class of its own. Currently reduced in price at Selfridges, the walnut and chrome speaker-cum-sculpture works with any Bluetooth wireless audio source and is guaranteed to turn your guests’ heads — even before you turn it on. 

Editor’s Picks: Persol Sunglasses, Taylor’s Port and Mercedes‑Maybach

Aerosystem ‘Aeroframe HD1’ Wireless Speaker

£1,299.00

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Bag it: Bennett Winch Backpack in Navy

As any avid reader of Gentleman’s Journal (or avid watcher of the James Bond films) will know, Bennett Winch is chiefly known for its innovative ‘Suit Carrier Holdall’. But the brand’s other offerings are just as worthy of your wallet’s time. This; a handsome, handy backpack, is a prime example — fitted with a double zip, padded laptop pocket and detachable waterproof compartment.

Editor’s Picks: Persol Sunglasses, Taylor’s Port and Mercedes‑Maybach

Bennett Winch Backpack in Navy

£550.00

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Kick back: MULO Suede Sheepskin Slippers

What’s life without a good pair of comfortable slippers? Since lockdown, we’ve become loungewear connoisseurs — and MULO has managed to win us over with these sleek sheepskin slippers. Cut from Italian suede and hand-stitched around an Oxford last, they’re lined with natural sheepskin for top-tier, toe-wriggling comfort. 

Editor’s Picks: Persol Sunglasses, Taylor’s Port and Mercedes‑Maybach

MULO Suede Sheepskin Slippers

£145.00

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Bright future: Persol ‘Protector’ Sunglasses

The famed frame-maker’s latest campaign stars talented trailblazers from the world of contemporary culture; from tattooists to songwriters. But it also stars this pair of newly-minted sunglasses — the adventurous ‘PO2496SZ’ frames. Inspired by the world of motoring, the silver arms are fitted with retro-styled detachable leather blinders. 

Editor’s Picks: Persol Sunglasses, Taylor’s Port and Mercedes‑Maybach

Persol ‘Protector’ Sunglasses

£271.00

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