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The Jackal Recommends: Connolly, Bremont and Tom Hanks’ first work of fiction

This week, Connolly’s new collection at Fortnum’s, Bremont’s latest limited edition watches and London Literature Festival

Words by
Aleks Cvetkovic

1. Connolly has popped-up at Fortnum & Mason

Connolly, men's style, The Jackal Recommends

Quite frankly, it’s as British a pairing as scones with clotted cream. Connolly is a British heritage brand of the best sort, with a thoroughbred pedigree and sumptuous collections that combine driving clothes, tailoring and casualwear. It’s won the hearts and minds of just about every stylish man who’s walked through its doors on Clifford Street and now it’s won over Fortnum & Mason. The store’s newly opened Connolly boutique sits on the third floor at Fortnum’s and offers sophisticated Jermyn Street shoppers a curated range of the house’s driving and leather accessories, perfect for a quick Christmas shopping pit-stop. connollyengland.com / fortnumandmason.com

2. Bremont’s 1918 Limited Editions are here

Bremont 1918 Limited Edition watches, The Jackal Recommends

There’s no two ways about it, these are very fine watches. Launched last week, the Bremont 1918 Limited Editions are named in honour of the founding year of the RAF and incorporate subtle design details that nod to the airforce’s most iconic fighting machines; the Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane and Bristol Blenheim. Moreover, the rotor of each watch will include material from four exceptional historic aircraft which fought with the RAF during major campaigns of both  world wars. It’s is available in white gold, rose gold or stainless steel in a healthy 43mm case size. It incorporates Bremont’s beautifully finished BE-16AE chronograph movement and a telemeter, should you need to measure the speed of an approaching missile. As with Bremont’s previous limited editions, a percentage of each sale will go to charity, namely the Royal Air Forces Association, a noble endeavour. Visit bremont.com to register your interest.

3. There’s a Diwali party this weekend and you’re invited

Dishoom Diwali party, The Jackal magazine

This coming Sunday, Dishoom will be throwing its annual Diwali party and it promises to be a very tasty affair. Diwali (for those who, like me, are hopeless at remembering religious days) is the Hindu festival of light and it marks the triumph of good over evil as the days draw in. People of all faiths and beliefs are welcome to celebrate the festival with a menu that includes Dishoom’s Pau Bhaji, Bhel and Far Far, as well as a variety of cultural activities and performances, including a re-telling of the story of Diwali by the Sujata Banerjee Dance Company. There’s also henna, face-painting and Rangoli (colourful floor art classes) for your entertainment. It’s on at the Camden Centre between 1:30 and 4:40pm and tickets are available here. £12, dishoom.com/diwali

4. Believe it or not, Huntsman is collaborating with Reebok

Huntsman Reebok, The Jackal Recommends, men's style

Another of Savile Row’s finest is jumping on the streetwear bandwagon, first, we had Henry Poole X Adidas Originals, now we have Huntsman X Reebok. Huntsman is a Savile Row stalwart founded in 1849, and it has more of a sportswear pedigree than you might think. It was originally an equestrian tailor, making riding coats and breeches for the great and the good of Edwardian Europe. Now, the house will be the first bespoke tailor to cut a suit in Flexweave, Reebok’s new hi-tech performance fabric, for American footballer Brandin Cooks. Whether you like it or not, the collaboration challenges the idea that Savile Row is stuffy and shows a fun, fresh, active side to Huntsman. We love it. huntsmansavilerow.com

5. London Literature Festival begins this week

Tom Hanks, The Jackal Recommends

And it’s aiming to impress. This year the festival has been extended to open with the 50th anniversary of Poetry International and the list of speakers is thoroughly impressive. Topping the bill is Hillary Clinton on her latest memoir What Happened, which takes the reader down the inside track of her presidential campaign, filled with its breathtaking highs and lows, stranger-than-fiction twists and allegations of sexism. Following her, there’s an evening with Tom Hanks on offer too, who’s coming to London to talk about his first work of fiction, Uncommon Type, a collection of moving short stories. Add to that everything from workshops on the Norse Sagas to a wall of scribbled dreams composed by Greek refugees in the Southbank Centre’s Square, and you’ve got a week that’s guaranteed to get your mind racing. From 13 October, southbankcentre.co.uk