1 | The Côte&Ciel Backpack
The humble backpack has been overdue a makeover for some time now, and French brand Côte&Ciel has done just that. Their goal was to ‘create a range of minimalist and intuitively easy to use accessories’, and with the Isar Alias bag, it looks like they might have achieved it. Cast from soft Italian leather, the bag expands to fit more contents, and its shape has been designed to offer maximum ergonomic comfort. There’s a 15” laptop pocket and two zippered inner compartments, but more than anything, it just looks really, really cool.
2 | The Stance Socks
When it comes to socks, some of us like to keep it simple, and some like to make a statement. If you’re part of the latter group then Stance is the brand for you. One cursory glance at the website and you see the near inexhaustible array of colours, graphics and patterns, so no matter how eccentric your tastes, you’re sure to find something that meets the needs of your unique tootsies. Thanks to the elastic arch support, seamless toe closure and combed cotton, they’re comfy too.
Phoenix Socks, £13.99, Stance.com
3 | The Filson X Shinola Watch
On the whole, collaborations are good, but they’re even better when it’s between two perfectly matched brands. Filson has been making seriously hardwearing, all-American clothing and accessories for its loyal followers for over 100 years. Whilst Shinola has almost single-handedly put Detroit industry back on the map with its watches, bikes, leather goods and other accessories, all handmade in the city. The collaboration has given birth to Filson’s first collection of watches, which are all made in Shinola’s state-of-the-art factory. As you might guess, they are all super durable and super manly, but they pack a horological punch too. Of the two styles on offer, the Mackinaw Field Watch is our favourite, but the Journeyman Chronograph wouldn’t be a bad choice either.
Mackinaw Field Watch, £600, Filson.com
4 | The Burberry Duffel Coat
It feels like winter has had its chilly grip on us for ages, but it’s still only February, so there’s a good few weeks of foul weather to get through yet. With that in mind, this bottle green duffel by Burberry, exclusive to Harrods, is just the tonic. It’s light, but still very warm, and thanks to its mix of wool and cashmere, it’s joyfully soft. We particularly like its big patch pockets and roomy hood, which are just what you need when that great British wind sets in.
£1695 at Harrods
5 | The Shave at Pall Mall Barbers
Ding dong, the beard craze is over. Praise the lord. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you rocking a little face fuzz – if you have an extra chin or two, it’s probably a good idea – but these days, the trend is for a clean shaven jawline. You could do it yourself (our grooming section is packed with advice), but it’s much more pleasurable to let someone else do it. Pall Mall Barbers is one of the oldest names in the biz, has two central London outposts and a small army of super-skilled stylists. Our tip? Ask for Erin, the manager of the Trafalgar Square flagship.