For the first time in many weeks, we’re excited about summer. Now, we know, we shouldn’t be getting ahead of ourselves — but, from stocking up on rosé wine to finding the perfect pair of shorts, these sunny days have us excitedly firing up the barbecue every other day. And we’re not alone.
We know that you’ve got your eye on a summer of fun and friends, too. So, if we are allowed to throw open our front doors and enjoy the rest of 2020, it’ll pay to invest in some top notch gear. From a cracking retro convertible to the shoes you’ll wear to drive it, here’s what we want this week…
Drop-top: Mercedes R129 SL60 AMG
Who else is on the search for some summer sun? As we slowly and steadily get back to normal, this handsome silver Mercedes is the perfect seasonal motor. And it’s anything but slow and steady. With a ferocious yet smooth 6-litre V8 tucked away under the bonnet, it’s got quite a kick to it – and, thanks to that nifty drop-top, your hair will be ruined in no time.
Mercedes R129 SL60 AMG
Less is more: Chopard L.U.C XP 40MM
If there’s one thing Chopard can do better than anyone else, it’s simplicity. How this L.U.C XP manages to look so sophisticated, so chic, when it has so few elements bothering that silver-toned dacron dial, we’ll never know. But, with the sleek steel case, and pops of colour thanks to those large blued numerals and blue cashmere strap, it’s certainly caught our attention.
Chopard L.U.C XP 40MM
Catch the sun: ClarinsMen Super Moisture Lotion
If there’s one change your bathroom cabinet needs this summer, it’s a new moisturiser. But not any old hydrating cream, balm or salve – you need a moisturiser with SPF. This way, your skin will stay protected from any errant rays, and wrinkles will become a thing of the past. Even better, this Super Moisture Lotion from Clarins is also enriched with bison grass and sea salt.
ClarinsMen Super Moisture Lotion
Drive-in: Aurélien Beige Driving Shoes
You’ve splashed out on that drop-top Merc above, but what are you going to wear behind the wheel? We’ve got just the slip-ons for you; a pair of elegant Mediterranean driving loafers from Aurélien. With a luxuriously soft suede construction, exposed hand stitching, a front tie and the style’s iconic rubber pebble sole, these are your new classically casual kicks for a summer of adventure.
Aurélien Beige Driving Shoes
Raise a glass: NIO Cocktail Boxes
It’s been tricky to honour World Cocktail Day this week. With no bars being open, we’ve had to resort to mixing our own – with, ironically, incredibly mixed results. But NIO – it stands for ‘Needs Only Ice’ – has been on hand to ensure we celebrate in style. With various sized boxes available, the brand will send you pre-mixed Old Fashioneds, Manhattans, Boulevardiers and more straight to your door. We’ll drink to that.
NIO Cocktail Boxes
Leading the charge: Oakywood QI Wireless Charging Pad
One of the only silver linings of self-isolation was the whole charging situation. Never had we been closer to a plug socket or handy USB if our phones were running low. Gone were the days of 1% battery worries! But now, as the world re-opens, the stresses return. So it’s time to invest in Oakywood’s handsome walnut charging pad – the perfect desktop companion that’ll wirelessly charge everything from your headphones to your smartphone.
Oakywood QI Wireless Charging Pad
Full throttle: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
Last year, Royal Enfield brought the roadster back to life, with the Interceptor 650. A parallel twin retro-styled pair of wheels, we can’t even steal a squint at the Interceptor without thoughts of long summer road trips popping into our heads. And, with colours from Ravishing Red and Silver Spectre to Orange Crush available, it’ll turn just as many heads as the scenery it speeds through.
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
Double shot: Joy Resolve Barisieur Coffee Alarm Clock
Every morning since the lockdown, our Barisieur has been making it easier to roll out of bed. As the alarm goes off, a fresh coffee is poured – and thus we begin our day. We’d thoroughly recommend this knockout piece of bedside kit. And, for any tea enthusiasts out there, a new model is soon to be released, the Immersion Edition Bari, that promises the perfect English Breakfast brew.
Joy Resolve Barisieur Coffee Alarm Clock
Frame it: Cubitts Herbrand Sunglasses
Because nothing marks the start of summer like a pair of brightly coloured sunglasses. You might go green, you may prefer purple – but we’re firmly in the yellow camp with these Herbrand frames from Cubitts. Expertly hand-crafted in Italy, the honey-hued design is tempered by bottle green lenses – and comes together to create the perfect summer style statement.
Cubitts Herbrand Sunglasses