1 | The Byredo X Oliver Peoples Collaboration
Synesthesia, if you didn’t know already, is a neurological phenomenon where your senses become aligned, so when one is stimulated, so is another involuntarily. It’s this occurrence that inspires the collaboration between California eyewear brand Oliver Peoples and Stockholm-based fragrance house Byredo. And the result is a new pair of sunglasses and a matching fragrance, both inspired by the sights and smells if L.A. The new frame style is available in three lens colours (indigo, champagne and green) which match the colour of the perfume bottle. While the scent offers top notes of Californian lemon and juniper berries, with musks and warm sand accords at its base. “Ben [Gorham, creative director of Byredo] and I have always wanted to do a project together,” says Oliver People CEO David Schulte, “About a year ago he called me and said the word “synesthesia”, which I never heard of. I loved it, of course, and from there we developed the concept of uniting sight and smell around an influence of LA. Oliver Peoples has never done anything but glasses so for us to venture out and do a scent is a very big deal. I can’t think of anyone better than Byredo to do it with.”
Oliver Peoples Frames, £315
Byredo Fragrance, £105
Box Set, £400
All available at Selfridges from May 21st
2 | The Pierre Marcolini X Maison Kitsuné Chocolate Box
It’s 4pm on a Tuesday and you need a sugar hit. You could nip out to the newsagent and pick up a Snickers (other chocolate bars are available), but that doesn’t really carry the sense of style we try to impress here at Esquire. No, the best thing to do is to invest Maison Kitsuné’s new über-chic bento-inspired box of chocolates. Made in collaboration with Belgian ‘haute chocolatier’ Pierre Marcolini, the three-layered, fox-adorned box is elegantly stuffed with chocolates, truffles and fruit-filled hearts. If that doesn’t spark your intrigue then the alternative is two layers of macaroons, and boxes are now available at Selfridges or the Pierre Marcolini website. Incidentally, the chocolatier will open a new store on Marylebone High Street later this year, if you’re keen to go straight to the source.
3 | Something from the new Aesop Store
Lamb’s Conduit Street, one of the most stylish addresses in London, has just welcomed another leading brand to its fold. Joining the likes of Universal Works, Private White V.C. and J. Crew, Aesop has just set up shop at number 50. Established in 1987, the Australian grooming brand is perhaps best known for its minimalist packaging, and the heady aroma that emanates down the street from the many stores across the world. Moreover though, the products tend to be a joy to use. Inspired by Lamb’s Conduit Street’s historical link to water (look it up), the new space is as much an art installation as it is a store. Each of the copper shelves that house the various bottles, pots and packets form part of a water feature that sees a constant level flow descending from top to bottom. Then out the back is the garden room where guests are invited to relax, take stock and sample a few products should they feel inclined. We think you will.
Aesop, 50 Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N
4 | A Polo Shirt from Make Your Odyssey
The premium swimwear boom is in full swing, and the latest name to throw its hat (or shorts) into the ring is Make Your Odyssey. The shorts though, wonderful as they are, didn’t catch our eyes as much as the polo shirts did. Cut from light Italian cotton, they’re open-necked and buttonless, which is just the thing to wear when you hit the tavern after a day on the beach. What’s more it’s essential if you’re looking to channel Dickie Greenleaf, which you should be.
5 | CQP Sneakers
As Mr. Porter’s new shopping page illustrates, sportswear is now a fundamental part of the modern man’s wardrobe. That said, you need a good pair of trainers, and they don’t come much cleaner, much fresher or much simpler than those by Swedish designers, C QP. Offering just two styles, the design-lead company specializes in high-quality, pared-back creations. The quarter-top Tarmac in all-white is our favourite, but the Atrium, C-QP’s newest style is handsome too. They’re both stocked on the brand’s website, but if you prefer to sample you goods before buying, Marylebone’s Trunk Clothier’s will start stocking the collection at the end of the month.