10 CHIC FATHER’S DAY GIFTS 2011
We’ve always admired these very witty cuff links by Verdura, which screw together just like real nuts & bolts–but are much more dashing, since they’re made of solid 18k gold. And any dad who’s had to assemble a jungle gym or repair a bicycle for you or your siblings would probably love them, too.
There are shirts–and then there are shirts by Charvet. And while it’s always worth it to make the pilgrimage to the Place Vendôme, in Paris, for a custom fitting (some men go every year), the ready-made shirts are also very fine.
Your father would probably love to receive an iPad2, by Apple. This second version is thinner and lighter, and boasts things like enhanced graphics, two cameras (for face-to-face video calls) and a 10-hour battery. We want it, too.
Most men have a favorite beverage or two–their old stand-bys–but receiving a bottle of 18-year-old Talisker single malt will spiff up Dad’s liquor cabinet and give him certain bragging rights. This Scotch–voted “World’s Best Single Malt Whisky” at the World Whisky Awards in 2007–is produced in very small batches, and is available only on a first-come, first-served basis.
Every hard-working father needs a chic, comfortable lounge chair designed to help him relax and put up his feet. Fabricius/Kastholm’s “Grasshopper” is a classic example of Danish ingenuity: it was first introduced in 1968, and still looks absolutely right. You can order it through Suite New York.
A. Lange & Söhne is one of the world’s finest watchmakers, but there’s nothing mass about it: it’s very much a connoisseur’s brand. At this year’s Basel watch fair, the company unveiled a revamped Saxonia collection, including this ultra-thin 40 mm dress watch in rose gold. It’s drop-dead gorgeous, and stunningly simple–a super-chic watch to be worn forever.
Dad already knows about Brooks Bros (i.e., the Golden Fleece)–this year, introduce him to the company’s Black Fleece collection. These classics-with-a-twist, designed by Thom Browne, are clever reworkings of old-school basics: repp stripes, butterfly bows, or, in this case, cotton seersucker. If you’re going to give Dad a tie, at least make it something special!
Garrett Leight was literally born to design sunglasses. He’s the son of Oliver Peoples co-founder, Larry Leight, and both he and his father’s brand grew up together. Garrett is obviously tapping into the same, strong 80s aesthetic seen in so much current fashion, but at least he does it particularly well. We think this frame, the Hampton, would make any Dad look chic.
Eau Noire, by Christian Dior, isn’t new–it was launched in 2004, while Hedi Slimane was the brand’s Creative Director for menswear. But, like so many great Dior fragrances (including the classic Eau Sauvage), it’s still one of our favorites, with its smoky, peppery, lavender-laced smell (distinctive and chic). Probably not for every dad–but potentially great on the right one.
Are sneakers ever chic? They can be, especially when they manage to combine cool and casual without looking underdressed. It’s all about design and materials: these Lanvin high tops are made of buttery-soft leather, in a striking color and sleek shape. If your dad’s not afraid to take chances, these will help him to stand out from the crowd. Happy Father’s Day!
–– Mark Grischke