1. Timberland X Eastpak
Good luggage is hard to come by, but we've been road-testing this backpack from Timberland's new collaborative capsule collection with knapsack experts Eastpak, and it's excellent. Loads of pockets and compartments, a padded laptop sleeve and best of all, the whole front of the bag opens up so you packing is done with the minimum of fuss.
2. Ace & Tate
This stylish older dude is actor and model is David Gant, and he, like many people, needs spectacles, or more pertinently, varifocal spectacles. Rather than hiring a hot young thing with 20/20 vision, eyewear company Ace & Tate enlisted the help of septuagenarian David to tell people that its entire eyewear collection is now available with the dual prescription lenses, and also show that age is just a number.
3. Byredo Unnamed Fragrance
It doesn't have a name – that much is up to you, courtesy of the stick-on letters that come in the box – but it smells damn good, we can assure you. It's a little early to be thinking about Christmas, but it would make a good stocking filler for a lucky someone. Or, you could keep it for yourself and give it a smutty name, which is what we intend to do.
4. River Island Style Staples
Your wardrobe needs a core, we've told you about that before, right? If you're not au-fait, what we mean is that it's a good to have a base of dependable, super versatile pieces on which you can build looks. White Tees, Oxford shirts, simple slim denim, crew neck knits etc. To help you out, River Island has just unveiled its 'Style Staples' collection, a range of menswear fundamentals that will never let you down. We like your thinking, River Island.
5. Levi's 505CT
In light of the recent success of the 501 CT, Levi's has decided to give the same customized, tapered treatment to the 505, which first appeared in 1967, and subsequently becoming the jeans-du-jour of New York's punk scene a few years later. Punk not be cool right now, but good denim never goes out of style.
6. Farer Automatic Watches
The more accessible end of the watch market is expanding ever faster, and one of the name's we insist you keep an eye on id Farer, especially as they have just unveiled their first automatic watches. Fitted with a very impressive ETA 2824-2 movement, they are designed in Britain but made in Switzerland, which might just be the perfect horological combo.
7. Original Penguin Bomber Jacket
A good suede bomber is a beautiful thing - not to mention one of the most timeless pieces of menswear you can find - and this one from Original Penguin's new Blue collection is just the ticket. Simple, sleek and understated, you can't really go wrong.
8. Albam Field Jacket
The Esquire offices are just around the corner from Albam's Soho store, so we op in from time to time to gawp at the workwear–inspired clothing and coo over the heavy twill fabrics and sturdy outerwear. Now though, thanks to the newly revamped website, we can look at pieces such as the new khaki Travel Jacket from the comfort of our desks, which is good. Right?
9. New Carhartt WIP Store
If you're in Covent Garden at all this weekend be sure to stop into Carhartt's new store. If you're not familiar with the brand, the aesthetic isn't vastly dofferent to that of Albam, but a touch more streetwear in vibe. Baggy trousers, graphic jersey pieces, five panel hats and the like. Go see for yourself.