It’s not often a pair of salt and pepper shakers can have you yearning for the high life. But, this week, a pair of Soho Home’s new salt and pepper shakers — silver plated, don’t you know? — inspired us to seek out some more of the finer things. And, from a velvet tuxedo from Lanvin, to the diamond-embedded cuff below, we found plenty…
Shine on: Alex Orso 3.5MM Gold and Brown Diamond Cuff
There’s nothing cooler than a subtle hint of class. Without shouting in anyone’s face, this simple cuff by Alex Orso is an education in sophistication. You can’t see the diamond? Look closer, it’s set into one end, discreetly flush. Now that’s what we call elegance.
Alex Orso 3.5MM Gold and Brown Diamond Cuff
Dive in: Frescobol Carioca Aman Tailored Swim Shorts
The exclusive Amanjiwo resort in Java is flocked to, year-on-year, by high-end holidaymakers. Now, even if you can’t make it to the other side of the world, Frescobol Carioca’s new collaboration uses local batik textiles as an inspiration for the traditional shapes and greens of their new patterned swim shorts.
Frescobol Carioca Aman Tailored Swim Shorts
Grind away: Soho Home Audley Silver-Plated Salt and Pepper Grinders
Here they are: the aforementioned gilded grinders. If only everyone could justify having something so beautiful on their kitchen table — every meal would feel like fine dining. There’s also a co-ordinating coffee set if you’re feeling particularly profligate. And let’s be honest, aren’t we all?
Soho Home Audley Silver-Plated Salt and Pepper Grinders
Seeing red: Lanvin Claret Slim-Fit Satin-Trimmed Velvet Tuxedo
If there was a more stunning scarlet jacket for sale, we’re sure it would have grabbed out eye. As it is, the only bright red satin-trimmed tuxedo jacket is this eye-catching number from Lanvin. Impeccably cut in Italy and slim-fit to keep you looking trim, can you think of a better uniform for a hot summer soiree?
Lanvin Claret Slim-Fit Satin-Trimmed Velvet Tuxedo
Tighten up: Paul Smith Woven Leather Belt
There’s something about a normal belt that means it just doesn’t cut it over summer. Add an intricate weave, however, and you’re onto something. With Paul Smith, your waist is in good hands — behave — and this will add texture, interest and a whole lot of summer style to any outfit.
Paul Smith Woven Leather Belt
Top gear: 1975 BMW '02 TII
It may not scream sophistication, but this vividly yellow BMW ’02 series is high-end in its heritage. Designed in 1975 by the reassuringly Germanic-named Helmut Werner Bönsch, this was the first car that really caught driver’s attentions internationally. We can attest that it’s doing just as good a job almost fifty years later.
BMW 2002 TII
Drink up: Macallan Rare Cask Black Steven Klein
We’re partial to a travel exclusive bottle of whisky here at Gentleman’s Journal. There’s something about picking up a limited edition bottle as you drift through duty free that makes you feel like a man of exquisite taste and lifestyle. Macallan’s Rare Cask Black, created in collaboration with photographer Steven Klein, is one such bottle.
Macallan Rare Cask Black Steven Klein
Slip on: Duke + Dexter Sky Suede Loafers
Not all formal shoes have to be too tight and leathery to wear over summer. Take Duke + Dexter’s Sky Suede Loafers as a case in point. With supple blue suede uppers, and a design as effortless as the rest of your hot weather wardrobe, these pastel loafers were made for cocktail parties held at the height of summer.
Duke + Dexter Sky Suede Loafers
Tied up: Sir Plus Indigo Noragi Jacket
You’ve seen their Nehru jacket, but this is a different beast altogether. An alternative, modern taken on traditional Japanese kimono-style workwear, it’s essentially a Far-Eastern overshirt. But, unlined and with a soft-dropped shoulder, it’s considerably comfier, endlessly edgier and more versatile that you’d believe.
Sir Plus Indigo Noragi Jacket
Flame on: Weber Smokey Joe Portable Charcoal Barbecue
Bright red, this portable charcoal barbecue offers you the choice to travel with your grill without resorting to one of those godawful paper and tin barbecues that half-cook food then spontaneously set on fire. It’s a higher class of grill. And, what’s more, it matches the Lanvin tuxedo jacket — if you want to really overdress for your next barbecue…
Weber Smokey Joe Portable Charcoal Barbecue
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