Forget about hideous jumpers - here's a round-up of proper designer clothing - and accessories - for Christmas
Christmas! It’s the time of year when normally sensible people with impeccable taste go temporarily insane and decide to foist the most awful clothes imaginable upon their friends and family. Naff knitwear, horrible socks, unspeakable slippers… sadly few of us will get through the festive season without having to pull a grateful face and claim that the most revolting jumper ever seen is absolutely perfect, while wondering whether it’s destined for a charity shop or the cat’s basket. To help prevent such scenes from playing out up and down the country, the latest instalment in our yuletide round-up’s all about the clothes and jewellery, complete with ideas from top designers. Read on…
“I have a lot of winter hikes planned this Christmas,” says Jeffrey Bowman, “And these beautifully crafted hiking trousers by Fjall Raven are the finest trousers any outdoors man could need.”
You get to tell everyone that ‘Life is Good’ and you appreciate modern illustrated type with this striking orange tee. Not keen on orange? Don’t worry – other colours are available. The orange one’s great, though.
Brixton Guild Wallet
“Not strictly clothing,” says Steven Bonner, “But this wallet from Brixton is fantastic.” It’s definitely the first wallet we’ve ever seen that has a special pocket for your guitar pick. Is that a thing these days?
Keep your head – and your brain – warm this winter with this stylish take on the classic snowball hat. Made from 100% acrylic, it’s available in blue/white or black/brown.
Jessica’s designer wishlist
“I can never afford the clothes I'd love to own,” admits Jessica Walsh, leading into a sizeable sartorial wish-list. “I love this shaggy pullover from La Garconne ($460) to get me through the winter, and I love these Alexander McQueen boots ($510), and this jacket (£880).”
Is that all? “And this ring (£265).” We’ll see what we can do.
Deer and Butterfly eyelashes
Taking Chinese paper-cut to the next level, these exquisite, intricately cut paper eyelashes from Paperself will certainly make sure you’re noticed. Especially if you’re a man.
Carhartt Heritage Irvine Coat
Here’s Steven Bonner again, gazing at his dream jacket. Tell us about it, Steven! “The Heritage line by Carhartt is amazing and this jacket is the king.” A classic workwear-inspired piece brought up to date by Carhartt's Heritage team, it's made from heavy duty canvas with applicated leather on the shoulders and elbows.
Fancy an inspirational message on your finger 24/7? Well, don’t get a tattoo, get one of these rather cool TypeRings. We had ‘It’s wrong to be right; it’s right to be wrong’ on ours. Who said that?
Our old pal Al Wardle, erstwhile Art Editor on Computer Arts Projects, drops us a line to inform us that his Any Forty streetwear store’s having a bit of a Christmas sale. “It’s the perfect site for ladies to hit up and get their fellas a bargain Christmas gift,” he tells us. “We’ve got tees for £15 and hats for £20,as well as calendars, travel card wallets, leather wallets, crewnecks, and keyrings.” There are some great collaborative designs in Al’s Versus range – take a look.
Janine Basil headbands
London-based headwear queen Janine Basil has set Etsy alight with her tongue-in-cheek handmade headpieces. Check out her website for everything from embroidered brains to glittery, embellished dollar-sign styles.
FoxRiver Ragg Wool and Leather Gloves
“Toasty!” says Steven Bonner of these serious-looking gloves. Can’t really argue with that. Check out the deer leather palm and fingers – perfect for making snowballs without getting your hands soaked and frozen.
Pilo-Pilo is the perfect antidote for designers wanting a snooze during the day – being a ring with, er, a small pillow attached. Additionally, it doubles up as a knuckle-duster for those who
don’t like violence.