Reliability. It’s the most important aspect or attribute of any product we buy. And so it should be. We don’t want shoes that fall apart after single steps, watches that stop ticking after a year or luggage that can’t take the thwacks and whacks of the baggage carousel.
Thankfully, every item included in this week’s Editor’s Picks is exceedingly well-made. There’s a tough T-shirt from Plain & Simple. We’ve got a pair of hardy Crockett & Jones boots. Even Bennett Winch’s black leather folio was created to survive the most taxing commutes. Add to that an electric motorcycle with a ridiculously far-reaching range and a Bluetooth speaker with a Kevlar subwoofer, and this could be the most reliable collection of products we’ve ever rounded up. Take a look…
Buckle up: Ralph Lauren Plaid Wool Jumper Jacket
There’s no better way to wrap up tight than with a belted jacket. Buckled and bundled up, Ralph Lauren’s new wool ‘jumper’ jacket is as timeless as it is stylish; combining a utilitarian silhouette with a worsted wool construction — and finished with a classic ‘Glen’ plaid pattern for a truly toasty, dashing piece of outerwear.
Ralph Lauren Plaid Wool Jumper Jacket
Light work: Bennett Winch Black Leather Folio
How’s that return to office life treating you? It can be tricky keeping things organised when you’re not commuting to the kitchen table anymore — but we’ve found the perfect streamlined solution. The Bennett Winch ‘Folio’ is big enough for a 16-inch MacBook, is lined in suede and features uniquely placed brass poppers to keep it secure.
Bennett Winch Black Leather Folio
Bright spark: 2022 Zero SR Motorcycle
Zero has been leading the charge in electric motorcycling for years. But this new release, the 2022 model of the brand’s ‘SR’ bike, is the most pioneering yet. Our favourite feature? The new ‘Power Tank’ accessory. Replacing the glovebox in the faux petrol tank, it increases the two-wheeler’s range to a whopping 227 miles per charge.
2022 Zero SR Motorcycle
Out of the blue: Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar
Limited to 100 pieces, this new stainless steel perpetual calendar from Glashütte Original is designed with some seriously striking colours. First up, there’s that galvanised rose opalin dial, featuring a clear layout of weekday, moon phase and panorama date. But the masterstroke? The vivid blue, coating everything from the railroad chapter ring to the elegant hands.
Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar
Stamp out: Crockett & Jones ‘Chelsea 11’ Boots
The Northampton-based shoemaker has created some colossally good Chelsea boots in the past. Our favourite of the bunch is likely the ‘Chelsea 5’. This new design, however, the ‘Chelsea 11’, bulks up the previous boot and cuts it in a fine slate suede. But don’t worry, thanks to a Dainite rubber sole and storm welt for added water resistance, it’s still up to the wintry weather job.
Crockett & Jones ‘Chelsea 11’ Boots
Sleep tight: SIRPLUS ‘Krasner’ Pyjamas
Based on the popular 1985 scarf designed by Liberty London Fabrics, these bold, bombastic pyjamas for sustainable brand SIRPLUS come with an open collar, chest pocket, drawstring trousers and mother of pearl buttons. Playful, printed on ‘Tana Lawn’ cotton and so soft you’ll never want to get out of bed, they’re a colourful treat for these darker, drabber evenings.
SIRPLUS ‘Krasner’ Pyjamas
Aprés-ski action: ’Gstaad Glam’ Coffee Table Book
Can’t wait to hit the slopes this winter? You’re not alone. The good people at Assouline — creators of the finest coffee table books — are equally excited, and have pulled together a snow-dusted title celebrating one of the world’s premier resort towns; Gstaad. Filled with flurries of members-only restaurants, high-fashion boutiques and chilly celebrities, it’s an alpine delight.
‘Gstaad Glam’ Coffee Table Book
Zip it: Luca Faloni Zip Cardigan
The best style is simple style — as Luca Faloni knows. The Italian designer, committed to craftsmanship and quality, has more premium sweaters and cardigans in his collection than you can shake a knitting needle at. One of our top picks is the utterly versatile ‘Zip Cardigan’, a practical layering piece knitted using two-ply cashmere from the renowned Cariaggi ‘Fine Yarns’ collection.
Luca Faloni Zip Cardigan
Turn it up: Astell & Kern ‘ACRO BE100’ Wireless Speaker
Earlier this year, we made some noise about high-definition audio players. This month, the loudest voice in that sector, Astell & Kern, has moved into the Bluetooth speaker market. And the ultra-stylish and interior-friendly ‘ACRO BE100’ from the brand delivers room-filling, hi-fi calibre stereo sound that belies its compact profile.
Astell & Kern ACRO BE100 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
Down to a tee: Plain & Simple Premium Organic T-Shirt
Made to be re-made, the affordable T-shirts from Plain & Simple are as economical and eco-friendly as fashion can get. This £15 option, cut from premium weight 7.1oz cotton, is dense, durable and comes with a lifetime guarantee. Note the slightly thicker collar and durable stitching; subtle hints that boost the garment’s longevity.
Plain & Simple Premium Organic T-Shirt