“New Year, New You”. We’ve never liked the saying. Especially as, this year, chances to reinvent yourself are few and far between. There’s only so much character development you can achieve from the comfort of your locked-down home.
But that’s where Gentleman’s Journal comes in. We’ve teamed up with scores of our favourite brands to bring you a competition that’ll banish those January blues. From fashion and accessories to drinks and gadgets, we’ve got something for everyone. See what you could win below, and enter at the bottom of the page. Because we say; “New Year, New Gear”.
Aspinal of London Small Mount Street Laptop Bag
First up, let’s get you organised — because it’s a long walk from your bedroom to your home office, and we don’t want you mixing up your files and folders on the way. Enter Aspinal of London, and the brand’s compact, functional Mount Street Laptop Bag. Hand-crafted from Italian full-grain leather, the spacious interior has dedicated pockets for a phone, tablet, computer, wallet and keys.
Love Brand ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ Swim Shorts
Summer holidays may seem like a distant memory — but the day will soon come when we’re once again sunning ourselves by the pool, mojitos firmly in hand. And there’ll be fewer finer swim shorts to wear than Love Brand’s ‘Eye of the Tiger’ design; with geometric prints, vintage tones and a versatile drawstring.
Oakywood QI Wireless Charger
How about this for a slice of stripped-back design for your home office? With angular edges and a woody construction, Oakywood’s QI Wireless Charger has a sturdy, stainless steel base — and will charge everything from your mobile to your AirPods to your smartwatch. If you want to make working-from-home effortless and ergonomic, this is the desktop gadget for you.
Emma Willis Brushed Cotton Dressing Gown
Another work-from-home hero, the humble dressing gown has hit new levels of popularity during lockdown. And why not? Get one as comfortable as Emma Willis’ Brushed Cotton offering — hand-cut, hand-sewn and finished with hand rolled self piping in the brand’s Gloucester workroom — and you’ll want to stay in your pyjamas all day long.
Bennett Winch Weekender in Navy
Like the Love Brand swim shorts above, some of the prizes on this long and illustrious list will give you hope for the future — and perhaps none more so than Bennett Winch’s brilliant Weekender holdall. Blessed with a with a thoughtfully-conceived interior comprising a series of functional pockets and compartments, it’ll wait in your wardrobe until we’re ready to travel once more.
Chase Cognac Cask Aged Marmalade Vodka
With all this spare time on our hands, it’s high-time for a deep-dive into our drinks cabinets. Forget your standard spirits — we’re after some singular, idiosyncratic bottles to see us through lockdown. Bottles like Chase’s Cognac Cask Aged Marmalade Vodka. A limited, limited edition, the British brand have spent the last three years ageing Chase Marmalade Vodka in cognac casks; with oaky, fresh, candied results.
Portofino Gin 3-Bottle Set
Whether it’s on your mantelpiece, your windowledge or your home bar, line up these three decorative bottles of Portofino Gin and you’ll be whisked away to the beautiful, craggy coast of northwestern Italy. Even better, why not uncork one of the squat, square bottles — and let the taste of luscious lemon, rosemary and iris transport you to Europe instead?
Uniform Standard Series 1 Triple Ghost Suede
Top of our recent list of New Year Style Resolutions was to invest in better footwear — whatever the style. That means seeking out sneakers like Uniform Standard’s Series 1. Crafted in uniquely-named colour ‘Triple Ghost Suede’, these incomparable kicks are built on a low profile cupsole and features a moulded footbed to provide support and comfort.
Secret Speyside Caperdonich 21-Year-Old Whisky
Last year, we tasted the Caperdonich 25-Year-Old Peated, the last whisky of its kind. This, that scotch’s (slightly) younger brother, is just as covetable. Sweet and zesty, it belies its age and wisdom with aromas of lemon curd, barley sugar and poached pear. Pour a glass, add just a small drop of water and enjoy at your leisure. After all, in lockdown, we’ve all got time to savour the finer things…
London Sock Company Simply Sartorial Collection
It’s nice to dress up for work — even if your office is just across the landing. So, if you’re no longer lacing up shoes for your 9-to-5, slip on some statement socks instead. And they don’t get more statement-making than the super soft Scottish Lisle Cotton offerings of London Sock Company. This 15-pair Simply Sartorial Collection boasts colours including Earl Grey, Royal Navy and Routemaster Red.
Sunspel Riviera Polo, T-Shirt and Sweatshirt
Another of our New Year Style Resolutions is to upgrade your essentials. Sunspel, masters of simplicity, are our go-to brand for the basics — from sweatshirts to T-shirts. We’re offering one of each in this giveaway, as well as a tailored Riviera Polo — the design cooked up and cut especially for Daniel Craig’s 007 in Casino Royale.
A case of Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Champagne
With a blend swirled together from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier grapes, these bubbles are a party in a bottle. Decadent, sophisticated and full of fizz, Billecart-Salmon’s Brut Reserve is a light, fine and harmonious champagne, ideal for celebrations, savouring — or just a quiet night in.
Shackleton Escape Expedition Jacket in Navy
Named for the legendary Antarctic explorer, British brand Shackleton have created an expedition jacket as hardy, noteworthy and ruggedly reliable as the adventurer himself. Designed with signature chunky baffles, an oversized detachable hood, fleece-lined storm cuffs and evacuation grab-handle, the Escape Jacket’s responsibly-sourced goose down will keep you snug and sheltered all the way down to -15ºC.
Ripa Ripa Maestrale Rosso/Blu Swim Shorts
The word ‘maestrale’ — which means ‘north wind’ for any of you non-Italians — has been adopted by many people. During World War II, the Italian Navy had a destroyer class called ‘Maestrale’. Scarpa have a ski boot with the name. But, snowsports and ships aside, Ripa Ripa’s bold, beautiful trunks are our favourite product to bear the ‘Maestrale’ name; with fine-mesh interlining, tailored cut and nautical yarn drawstring.
Heath Complete Shower Set (Hair + Body Wash, Face Wash and Shower Mask)
If you’re still trying to wash away the last vestiges of 2020, Heath have the perfect solution. Formulated with organic ingredients including anti-oxidant rich green tea, activated charcoal and zesty grapefruit and lemon, this shower set of Hair + Body Wash, Face Wash and Shower Mask (only usually available at Selfridges) will have you feeling fresh for months to come.
Charles Laurie London Jet Black Card Case
There was never a more sumptuous card case made. From Charles Laurie London, this little leather accessory is made with four individual card slots and one large central slip pocket perfect for a few folded notes. Lined with silk, we’re giving away the jet black option (on the right) — endlessly versatile and effortlessly sleek.
Four cases of MEDA CBD mixers
And, finally, how about calming down? MEDA, masters of mixology, have just the CBD-infused thing. We’re proud to give away almost 100 bottles of the brand’s finest mixers — with the four flavours (Calm, Recover, Glow and Boost) blended using such ingredients as lavender oil, lemon balm and Ayurvedic ashwaganha — along with a healthy dose of soothing Broad Spectrum Organic Cannabidiol.
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