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Staff picks: what we want for Christmas

The items on our festive wishlists...

Stumped by what to buy your loved ones this year? Us too. But while you fend off the furore at your local high street when searching for the perfect present, remember to also treat that number one person in your life: yourself. Need some inspiration with that too? Why not take a look at what a few of the staff at Gentleman’s Journal are after for Christmas? From a refurbished Jaguar E-type to a speaker system by Bang Olufsen, this is what we Santa to snag…

Naby Brera polo shirt by Luca Faloni

As requested by Joe Bullmore, Editor

Staff picks: what we want for Christmas

Hand-crafted in Bergamo from lightweight Italian cotton pique and designed in a versatile navy colourway, the Naby Brera polo is the perfect item to take you from beach to bar during your weekend away on the Amalfi Coast. To give your ensemble a touch of sprezzatura, pair with some slim chinos and tortoiseshell wayfarers.

Why it’s on my wishlist:

“It’s just a lovely piece of kit.”

Staff picks: what we want for Christmas

Naby Brera polo shirt by Luca Faloni

£110

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Christmas Cracker food hamper

As requested by Antonio Wedral, Head of Digital Marketing

Staff picks: what we want for Christmas

If you want to make the most of your season’s eatings, then a gourmet hamper stuffed with all sorts of gastronomic goods will certainly help you out, and not many come better than this gargantuan offering by the Fine Food Store. Overflowing with Tonada Merlot red wine, Walkers Glenfiddich mince pies, Coles Brandy Butter and much more, this is the holy grail for all gourmands.

Why it’s on my wishlist:

“Because food and drink have a particular place in my heart that no human could replace...”

Staff picks: what we want for Christmas

Christmas Cracker food hamper

£134.95

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Jaguar E-type Reborn

As requested by Jordan Murphy Doidge, Head of Creative Partnerships

Staff picks: what we want for Christmas

Dubbed “the most beautiful car ever made” by Enzo Ferrari, the Jaguar E-type is without doubt one of the most famous automobiles of the twentieth century. And, to the joy of petrol heads, this four-wheel beast has been restored and now boasts some additional mod cons. The elegant, curved exterior remains, but inside there’s been a digital makeover, with a dial set that’s replaced the gear stick and a centre touchscreen being favoured over analogue dials. Performance-wise, the 40kW battery and motor allows you to hit 62mph in just under six seconds.

Why it’s on my wishlist:

“… because it’s an E-type Jag…”

Staff picks: what we want for Christmas

Jaguar E-type Reborn

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The Sherpa Trucker jacket by Levi’s

As requested by Jonathan Wells, Features Writer

Staff picks: what we want for Christmas

A Levi’s Trucker jacket is a wardrobe essential that’ll never go out style. Now, this iconic menswear item has been given a seasonal update with an additional Sherpa insulation and a soft quilted lining in the sleeves, making it the perfect thing to slip on and off all winter long.

Why it’s on my wishlist:

“There's nothing warmer than a fur-lined jacket, and no better brand than Levi’s to rely on for denim. A classic look, but with navy fur to stand it a little bit further from the crowd."

Staff picks: what we want for Christmas

The Sherpa Trucker jacket by Levi’s

£120

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Trigenic Flex shoes by Clarks

As requested by Joseph Sinclair Parker, Art Editor

Staff picks: what we want for Christmas

Although you may associate Clarks with smarter, more formal footwear, this pair of futuristic kicks will make you think again. Fusing a classic moccasin style with modern technology – including a three-part Vibram sole unit that offers unrivalled support – the Trigenic Flex is the ultimate hybrid shoe that’ll keep you stylish and comfortable all throughout the year.

Why it’s on my wishlist:

“I’m after something unusual and retro: this fits the bill exactly.”

Staff picks: what we want for Christmas

Trigenic Flex shoes by Clarks

£110

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Navy blazer by Huntsman

As requested by Alexander Cordle, Commercial Manager

Staff picks: what we want for Christmas

Like a pair of oxfords or a quality leather wallet, a single-breasted navy blazer is a must-have. Why? Because of the simple reason that it hits the formal-casual sweet spot; it’s smarter than a bomber, but more relaxed than a herringbone suit jacket. This doeskin cashmere option by Huntsman is one of the best on the market thanks to its butter-soft feel and durable construction.

Why it’s on my wishlist:

“Who wouldn’t want a navy blazer made from the finest materials from one of the finest tailors? I wear a blazer every day, so it’s needed as much as it’s wanted.”

Staff picks: what we want for Christmas

Navy blazer by Huntsman

£2500

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Beosound Shape by Bang & Olufsen

As requested by Henry St Leger, Production Editor

Staff picks: what we want for Christmas

This stylish modular wireless speaker is as much of a piece of wall art as it is an audio system. Based around a unit of individual hexagonal tiles – behind them is an amp, speakers and foam acoustic dampeners – which clip together seamlessly, the Beosound Shape is a unique and powerful piece of kit that’ll blend in with most interiors. And, thanks to a special Bang & Olufsen algorithm, the sound remains centred no matter where you stand in the room.

Why it’s on my wishlist:

“Because they’re quality speakers that double as décor.”

Staff picks: what we want for Christmas

Beosound Shape by Bang & Olufsen

£960

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Bronze corduroy jacket by Percival

As requested by Barns Furr, Designer

Staff picks: what we want for Christmas

Cut from corduroy and available in bronze, this jacket has a certain throwback vibe that’ll elevate any outfit. However, thanks to its slim-fit shape, it’s anything but dated. For maximum impact, wear with plain marl grey T-shirt and black jeans.

Why it’s on my wishlist:

“It's a smart-looking retro jacket with a hint of modern styling.”

Staff picks: what we want for Christmas

Bronze corduroy jacket by Percival

£175

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Leica Sofort

As recommended by Josh Lee, Contributing Editor

Staff picks: what we want for Christmas

Thanks to its retro Seventies aesthetic and user-friendly functions, the Sofort by snap master Leica is the finest instant-film camera on the web today. Better still, thanks to its bijou build, it’s the ideal accessory to slip away into a holiday holdall.

Why it’s on my wishlist:

“I need something to stop me from constantly using my smartphone camera. That, and because my friends can’t afford to gift me a yacht.”

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