BAGS OF STYLE
London Tote in Deep Shine Ivory Soft Croc, £650, Aspinal of London
Aspinal of London’s London Tote has been reimagined in Ivory for the summer season. Hand-crafted from Italian full-grain leather, it’s a soft but durable shopping companion, with A-stitched side panels that will hold its elegant structure no matter how full you pack it – be that with shopping spree purchases or picnic food. Its long top handles will sit comfortably on your shoulder while you enjoy heading out on escapades once again.
ON THE SCENT
Halfeti Leather Eau de Parfum, £178 for 100ml, Penhaligon’s
In celebration of the end of lockdown, Penhaligon’s has brought forward the release of its Halfeti Leather perfume. A new interpretation of the iconic Halfeti fragrance, Halfeti Leather is a more intense and enveloping scent, which combines the warmth of amber, oud and leather with fragrant notes of plum and bergamot to create a powerful and long-lasting impression.
SUMMER OF LOVE
Classic Discs Bracelets in black rhodium with black agate, sodalite or tiger eye beads, £195 per bracelet, Tateossian
Channel the hippie vibes of yesteryear with Tateossian’s beaded bracelets, crafted from black rhodium and semi-precious stones. Choose your favourite colour, or mix, match and stack together to create your own unique combination. Bohemian style and individual expression never goes out of fashion.
IT’S A DATE
Luxury Chocolate Dates, £16.50 for eight pieces; Rococo Fresh Limited Edition: Strawberries and Cream Chocolate Truffle Tub, £25 for 16 pieces, both Rococo Chocolates
Rococo Chocolates has been busy inventing new concoctions during lockdown, including these indulgent chocolate-dipped dates. Head chocolatier, Mireille, spent a year searching for the right dates, settling on three different varieties – Wanan, Kholas and Khidri – each encased in a shell of chocolate specially selected to complement its flavour. The Rococo chocolatiers have also captured the British summertime dessert synonymous with Wimbledon in its limited edition strawberries and cream chocolate truffles. The tennis may have been cancelled this year, but at least we can console ourselves with these.
NOTE TO SELF
Ballpoint Pen Writers Edition Homage to victor Hugo Limited Edition, £675, Montblanc
If you are one of the many who took up journaling during the lockdown, why not keep up the habit with a special writing instrument from masters of the craft Montblanc. Whether you opt for one of its world famous Meisterstück fountain pens or an extra special limited edition such as the newly released Homage to Victor Hugo ballpoint, pictured above, it will make writing your daily diary entries a pleasure; and encourage you to keep an account of your post-lockdown activities.
CARRY ON CLEANSING
While rediscovering the wider world is undoubtedly enticing, health and safety must remain a top priority. Jo Malone London has released larger 500ml versions of its aromatic body and hand wash liquid soaps, to keep up with the increased demand on this homeware staple, while Bamford’s alcohol-based CBG Hand Cleansing Spray will keep you confidently sanitised while out and about.
EYES ON THE PRIZE
Trinovid 10X42 HD binoculars, £1,000, Leica
There are many reasons you might want to own a pair of binoculars. Whether it’s for wildlife watching or spying on your neighbours, Leica’s Trinovid HD binocular range is dependable and durable in all weather and light conditions. The rugged yet lightweight and compact design makes them the perfect hiking or lookout companion, affording you state-of-the-art macro vision whatever your environment.
Nato straps in polyamide and stainless steel, £130 each, Omega
Omega’s new three-stripe Nato straps come in a range of colour combinations, meaning you can now have fun customising your wristwatch to suit your more casual summertime attire; and enjoy a lighter look and feel. The stainless steel clasp and keepers lend a contemporary aesthetic to the retro inspired wraps.
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