Chic Father’s Day Gifts
Father’s day is this Sunday so it is only fitting to provide you with a guide to some last-minute finds that will make chic gifts for any father.
Tom Ford’s name is synonymous with luxury and his cologne is a fittingly heady, masculine scent that I just adore. It is faintly sweet and light, but not feminine. With notes of basil, Leatherwood, Violet leaves and Tobacco leaves in the bottle, any man would feel more luxurious and powerful by spritzing this on. It is available at Saks and other fine department stores, but head over to the boutique on Madison Avenue if you’re interested in also sampling the designer’s Private Collection of higher-end fragrances (and Ford’s velvet loafers).
Organizing a last minute trip to Paris for a visit to the elegant Charvet store may not be feasible, but buying one of their gorgeous ties stateside is. Made in an assortment of stunning colors, Charvet’s silk ties are simply stunning, not to mention steeped in tradition.
Speaking of fabulous silk accessories, Hermès pocket squares are an affordable trifle that instantly upgrade any suit jacket or sportcoat. Choose one in a gorgeous horse bit motif as pictured above and relish the beautiful iconography and exquisite detail – not to mention that it is an immediate heirloom (an ulterior motive for sons with an eye on their father’s style?).
To cap off the perfectly accessorized suit, invest in a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo leather drivers. Your father will be the best-dressed man in town. Available in supple suede and even high-fashion crocodile, Ferragamo drivers are the perfect complement to suits or sportswear.
If you’re looking to give a gift with a little more substance then I highly recommend the Mulberry Piccadilly bag, from the renowned British leather goods company. It’s a sophisticated oversized weekender bag that’s style is versatile enough that jealous wives will want to borrow it on weekends. Great for travel as well as toting around town in lieu of a briefcase, the Piccadilly is my idea of an ideal men’s bag.
Italian auto magnate Lapo Elkann is well known for his eccentric style. If your father has similarly bold tastes in fashion then I suggest you invest in a pair of sunglasses from Lapo’s Italia Independent line. They come in an assortment of slightly odd shapes and colors, the perfect soupçon of quirky for a discerning father with style.
I was delighted to find this chic alternative to often ill-designed computer accessories on men.style.com. The eGo hard drive looks just like a flask, but inside that leather-bound exterior you’ll find files, not alcohol.
Last but not least, for the technology aficionado father, Apple’s new iPhone is a must-have. Available July 11, the second generation gadget is more business-friendly, not to mention slimmer and faster. How chic.