The Quintessential Gent’s Most Wanted

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Williams Formula One team, Oris have created a limited edition chronograph, based on the original 1970s Chronograph.

The Williams 40th Anniversary Oris Limited Edition features the iconic Formula One team’s colours and logo. And comes in a special leather pouch and includes a grey NATO textile strap, a strap-changing tool and an antistatic watch-cleaning cloth

Since 1904 Oris has been known for its flawless craftsmanship and yet again have created a real collector’s piece. But hurry because this piece will be limited to 1,000 pieces only.

 

The Quintessential Gent’s Most Wanted

Statement sweaters don’t come much more statement than this Shetland wool sweater by Prada.

Famed for its bold and iconic designs, and drawing inspiration from times gone by. Made from 100% Shetland wool and using 13 different colours, it’s clear that Prada was inspired by classic Swedish prints and the retro era of the 70’s.   This sweater is clearly a future classic and definitely on my Christmas List

Stockist information

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The Quintessential Gent’s Most Wanted

Since 1895, socks brand Falke have been providing the world with stylish and classic style socks.

Perfect for the stylish gentleman, Falke has produced this limited edition sock made from rare Peruvian Vicuña.  Known for it is fine, dense wool the Peruvian vicuña is considered to be one of the most rarest and most expensive wool in the world.

After the vicuña has gone through the traditional shearing proces, the softwool hairs of the fleece are carefully separated from the coarser guard hairs and submitted to an elaborate hand-washing and drying process. The final step is to spin the yarns.

The socks will be crafted personally for you upon request and shipped in an elegant wooden box and priced at €860 per pair.

To order your own personal Falke vicuña socks, tailored to your foot. Click https://www.falke.com/uk_en/luxury-line/finest-vicuna for more detail. 

Watch and Jewellery Week at The Royal Exchange

The Royal Exchange is one of the City’s most iconic landmarks. With a history spanning nearly 500 years, this building was once the home to the City’s brokers and merchants. Now its home to the world’s most desired retailers and placing it, once again, in the thriving centre of commerce. So, of course, it’s only fitting that The Royal Exchange are hosting their fourth annual Watch & Jewellery Week (22 -26 May).

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Celebrating luxury, heritage and craftsmanship, with exclusive preview previews, expert talks and entertaining events will showcase the creative and technical craftsmanship at the heart of horology and fine jewellery.

Bremont, Georg Jensen, Halcyon Days, Omega, Tateossian, Tiffany & Co and Watches of Switzerland, among others, will be showcasing exclusive collections and offering in-store experiences to showcase the creative and technical craftsmanship at the heart of horology and fine jewellery. Guests will also have the chance to win a pre-owned Rolex Submariner (worth £4,350) from Watchfinder & Co. or enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime flight in a Spitfire, courtesy of Bremont.

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22-26 MAY

Enjoy £5 espresso martinis at Royal Exchange Grind & Co, exclusive in-store promotions at Georg Jensen and Tateossian, and special offers from many boutiques throughout the week.

 24-25 MAY

Visit the Bremont boutique to witness a watchmaker at work.

24 MAY

Add a personal touch with custom engraving at Halcyon Days available from 12-8pm.

24 MAY, GQ READERS’ EVENT, 6.30-8.000PM

Robert Johnston, fashion director at GQ will host a Q&A with Robert Tateossian, founder of Tateossian London, about watches and accessories.

To  view  the  full  schedule  of  events  happening  at  The  Royal  Exchange  or to receive further details on the exclusive previews and talks, please visit

 

www.theroyalexchange.co.uk 

The Quintessential Gent’s Guide to Weekend Bags

This weekend begins the first of many long sunny bank holidays. And while some of us will be staying at home, some of us may take advantage of the warm weather and go away for the weekend. Whether you are staying with friends, visiting family or staying in an idyllic bed & breakfast we always make sure to pack appropriately. But we always forget about our luggage. Unless you are going to a music festival, carrying your old rucksack covered in dried up mud is probably not the ideal bag to carry your belongings. We all choose bags based on what works for us as a modern traveller. Some of us choose bags that are functional, versatile, stylish, and spacious or something that will last a lifetime.

So check out my top five picks below:

BENNET WINCH

The Weekender

 

The Weekender bag from luxury British accessories brand, Bennet Winch is the ideal bag for long weekends away.  A modern take on a classic bag, the Weekender is both aesthetically pleasing and functional.  Each bag is handmade from waterproof canvas and leather and full of compartments. This includes two compartments for shoes, perfect to keep them separate from your other belongings

TUSTING

The Explorer Medium Blue Holdall

The Explorer bag from Tusting is perfect for the demands of the modern lifestyle and the ideal bag for weekends or short breaks and good. It is available in three sizes and made from tough new denim blue canvas. This bag is sure to last a very long time, whilst retaining that distinctive and classic look that Tusting is so well known for.

TED BAKER

Cronos Leather Holdall

The Cronos leather bag from Ted Baker is the ideal bag for a stylish gent. It’s incredibly sleek and sophisticated and made from leather with a secure yet chic padlock fastening. You’d be hard pressed not to be noticed with this bag as you’re travelling companion.

FRED PERRY

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Famous for its classic barrel bag, Fred Perry has reconstructed the classic from tough, woven fabric to give it a strong, durable, high-shine, and rich colour finish.  With small details such as a bomber stripe tab, a subtle reference to Fred Perry’s tennis bomber jacket, this bag is perfect for a light or sporty weekend away.

BARBOUR

Barbour Wax Holdall

Known for its quality and classic British country style Barbour’s waxed cotton holdall.  This spacious and versatile bag has been made using cotton coated in rich wax, protecting it from the weather and giving it more character over time as it ages. A bag that can be used for years to come. 

 

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The Luxe Sportswear Edit

Sportswear is now totally acceptable for any non-gym based occasion lunch; with friends, school runs, and even the office. Luxe Sportswear is all about pulling off a chic, high-end look that must also be multifunctional. But how do we make sure that your sportswear look is more luxe than football casuals?

Men’s Cashmere Lounge Pant in Navy

Sunspell Cashemere Track Pant in Navy

Invest in a nice pair of track pants. If you want to take your Sportswear Luxe look seriously then these navy cashmere pants are perfect. Both comfortable and stylish these track pants are perfect for being multifunctional.

 

Linen Studio Polo Shirt

Linen Polo Shirt

To add a sense of refined sensibility, team those Cashmere pants with a long sleeve polo shirt, linen is best.

 

Pink Boucle Textured Wool Rich Smart Bomber Jacket

Pink Boucle Textured Wool Rich Smart Bomber Jacket

Bomber Jackets have never been more on trend but finding the right one can be difficult. Avoid bold prints, certain fabrics, and cuts. Fabrics to avoid include silk and denim. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with a good bomber jacket.  I’m a big fan of this pink bomber jacket from Topman, crafted from a wool-rich looped boucle yarn for a heavily textured finish, its bang on trend for Spring/Summer ‘17 and extremely versatile.

Stan Smith Leather Sneakers

adidas Originals Stan Smith

Finally to finish off the look, a classic pair of Adidas Originals Stan Smith sneakers.

 

The luxe sportswear trend is here to stay, so rather than ignore it its times even I embraced it. A trend that is perfect for the gents who lives a fast past life. A life where we wear clothes that must be comfortable enough to wear on the morning commute, yet still stylish enough for after-hours engagements.

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The Quintessential Gent’s Christmas Gift Guide

With less than two weeks to go to Christmas, it’s about time you start thinking about gifts. Whether you’re gift browsing for someone else or want to treat yourself to a little something special,  here is The Quintessential Gent’s Christmas gift guide, that every true quintessential gent needs.

THOMAS BEAR IN CHECK CASHMERE

 THOMAS BEAR IN CHECK CASHMERE£395  – Burberry

DANCING ELEPHANT POCHETTE

DANCING ELEPHANT POCHETTE£90 – Ettore Bugatti

WOOL CABLE CREWNECK SWEATER IN IVORY

j-crew-jumper£98 – J.Crew

 

OLIVER PEOPLES & BYREDO

OLIVER PEOPLES & BYREDO

£398 (frames) £60 (Candle) – Oliver Peoples 020 7730 0085

NEW SLIM DOCUMENT CASE – NAVY

THE SLIM DOCUMENT CASE

£155 – The Cambridge Satchel Company

THE CLASSIC SLIM WRIST WATCH

THE CLASSIC SLIM WRIST WATCH

$249 – Brathwait

MR PORTER GROOMING KIT, WINTER 2016

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£75 – Mr Porter

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MR PORTER Grooming Kit, Winter 2016

19.95 –  Reiss

TELEPHONE & POST BOX BOOKEND

Telephone & Post Box Bookend Pair

£160 – Modern Souvenir

FOX SHAVING BRUSH

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£60 – English Pewter Company

DAILY LIFE: STYLED PLANNER – BLACK & GOLD

Life Styled Planner

 £45 – LIFE Styled Planner

 

ELLIOT LAPEL PIN

elliot-lapel-pin £95 – Alice Made This

BURWOOD BOOKFINDER FUME 

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£450 – Church’s

LOCK X BORSALINO FEDORA
Lock x Borsalino fedora

£395 – Lock & Co Hatters

BLACK & WHITE HOUNDSTOOTH WOOL & LEATHER GLOVES
BLACK AND WHITE HOUNDSTOOTH WOOL AND LEATHER GLOVES

£185 – Turnbull & Asser 

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£49 – Tabl

PANASONIC LUMIX DMC GX80

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX80

£549 – John Lewis

FORTNUM & MASON – THE GENTLEMAN’S PARTY HAMPER

FORTNUM & MASON The Gentleman's Party Hamper

£250 – Mr Porter

DAY OF THE WEEK UNDERWEAR GIFT BOX

DAYS OF THE WEEK' UNDERWEAR GIFT BOX

£285 – Hamilton & Hare

Have a Quintessential Christmas

Q.G

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Sock Monkeys to raise money for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital

One of my favourite sock brand London Sock Company has teamed up with world-renowned photographer Alistair Morrison to host a silent auction of their iconic sock monkeys, signed by some of Britain’s most recognised figures with all proceeds will be donated to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
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The sock monkeys have been signed by British household names including brand ambassador and model David Gandy, television baking star Mary Berry, legendary singer Dame Shirley Bassey and actor Rufus Sewell; each of whom have signed – and been photographed with – one of the brand’s iconic sock monkeys.

 

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This charitable fundraiser is inspired by Alistair Morrison’s ‘Great Britons’ legacy photography. A photographic collage of 90 famous Britons, unveiled in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday, a unique photograph, littered with British icons from all walks of life

The silent auction will close on Wednesday 21st December 2016. So pull your socks up and bid online via the following link www.londonsockcompany.com/monkeys  to win a one-of-a-kind signed London Sock Co. sock monkey accompanied by a Polaroid photograph of their chosen celebrity with the exclusive prize.

 

Q.G

 

 

 

 

Northampton Sneaker Co

When you think of the finest quality men’s shoes in the world you think of Northamptonshire.  Well regarded all over the world for skilled workers who make incredibly beautiful shoes for brands such as Loake, Crockett & Jones and Church’s. All of these brands came from very humble beginning but are now world renowned. But now Northampton has a new kid on the block. A shoe brand with a twist, they make sneakers.

Enter Northampton Sneaker Co, a shoe brand created by two sneaker designers, who wanted to create something unique. A modern style and comfort of sneaker and infuse it with high quality of traditional British shoe making.

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The sneakers are made from start to finish in Northamptonshire, sourcing incredibly skilled craftsmen and women, as well selecting leather from local suppliers of high quality European leather, like most of the finest Northamptonshire shoe factories do. Each pair takes two days to make and goes through 200 separate operations, including a traditional technique called Goodyear Welted. This technique involves stitching the sole and upper together rather than gluing, which is how most traditional sneakers are made. To give the sneakers a nod to history the sneakers all receive the delicate punched ‘brogue’ details.

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In a few short years Northampton Sneaker Co, will no longer be just another humble shoe brand from Northampton but a well-renowned shoe brand all over the world.

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Available to buy from Northampton Sneaker Co website (please click on images to be redirected)

 

The Quintessential Gent’s Guide to Winter Coats

Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are not the highlight for Autumn/Winter season. The real highlight is packing your spring/summer wardrobe and unpacking your Autumn/Winter wardrobe again. Out pop the sweaters, scarves and of course those thick winter coats. Winter coats are my addiction and a vital part for every true gentleman’s wardrobe. It’s the last thing you put on when you leave the house and its the first item of clothing someone will notice when you walk in anywhere. So of course the winter coat has to be perfect. However a lot of men make the ultimate mistake by buying a cheap and dull coat and then when the season is over it ends up in the bin. A winter coat should be an investment as well as stylish, so why not spend a little extra money and buy something that you can wear for years to come. To help you here are my top  perfect winter coats. 

REISS

BRADLEY FAUX FUR COLLAR COAT

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Crafted from pure wool for a robust yet luxuriously soft handle, the Bradey green double-breasted coat is an elegant outerwear option which is ideal for wearing over formal tailoring.

ZARA

STUDIO OVER COAT

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Herringbone Studio coat with classic lapel is what I call the wow factor coat. I included this coat because I can see it being an ideal investment piece.

 
TOPMAN

LUX GREY MELANGE WOOL RICH COAT

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This coat may look more like a bathrobe but having seen and tried on this coat I have to say this beautiful wool rich coat, with blue and grey flecks for a blended melange finish feels extremely luxurious. Wear over light tailored trousers and roll neck sweater for a relaxed yet formal look.

BURBERRY

DOUBLE-BREASTED TAILORED CASHMERE COAT

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Burberry I have to admit makes some of the best coats ever. In fast this entire guide could have featured Burberry coats but I whittled it down to two coats. The first is this double-breasted coat cut from plush cashmere with a soft handle. The tailored design is detailed with peak lapels, button cuffs and flap pockets, reinforcing the coat’s sartorial credentials. Wear over jeans and knitwear for a polished off-duty look.

JIGSAW

WOOL ALPACA COAT

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 This coat is part of Men in Motion, a new collection this season with a fluid and luxurious aesthetic to form the foundation of a contemporary wardrobe. Knitted from a heavyweight wool alpaca blend supplied by prestigious British mill Fox Brothers, design features include a single breasted two-button closure with notch lapels and full lining. Further characteristics include patch pockets, notch V detailing at the cuffs and centre back vent.
 

BURBERRY

THE CHECK TOPCOAT 

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Burberry yet again, a quirky piece this double-breasted check topcoat in soft double wool, Designed as an ultra-warm outer layer, the piece has a long silhouette and a back vent. Peak lapels and flap pockets lend the coat a sartorial look.

So there you have it Gentleman, my guide to the perfect winter coats, just remember coats are an investment not something to be thrown away at the end of the cold season.

Q.G

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