1. Kirk Originals’ new collection is a made in England success story
Kirk Originals is an eyewear brand with an intriguing past. Founded in 1919, it was at one time one of the largest makers of glasses in the country, but like so many British manufacturers, production was moved overseas in the ‘90s. Now though, the brand has returned to its roots and designed a collection of archive inspired sunglasses that’s entirely made in England. In fact, this new collection is being made by the very same workshop where the brand produced its last range of British-made ‘Originals’, bringing the story full circle.
There’s a lovely sense of authenticity that underpins this new collection. Each frame is made from high-grade natural resin acetate, shaped and polished for 72 hours. They feel substantial, smooth and present beautifully soft lines throughout. Put a pair on and you’ll sense you’re wearing something that’s been made with care. £425, shop now
2. The Monkey 47 Winter Lodge is a haven for gin lovers
One for fellow booze-hounds. If you’re after a civilised drinking den to warm-up in while the weather’s at its most grim, the Monkey 47 Winter Lodge at the Rosewood London is just the thing. Inspired by the quirks of the Schwarzwald dry gin brand’s founder, Commander Montgomery Collins, the lodge offers a cosy alpine retreat in the hotel’s central courtyard. With its exclusive cocktail list, including a number of delicious hot gin serves (try Oma’s Secret – it’s excellent), don’t miss the chance to visit for a drink after work when you need to wind down. It’s a thoroughly comforting experience.
Open 7am till late throughout January and February, rosewoodhotels.com
3. You could win the Junghans Max Bill Annual Edition 2018
Junghans has set an exciting precedent. Following its coveted Annual Edition 2017 Max Bill, the German watchmaker has released another Annual Edition for the year ahead. True to form, the 2018 design retains its purist Max Bill dial (which dates to 1961), with its fine hands, well-balanced proportions and slim numerals. Moreover, this edition is inspired by the Sicherheit, an art work from Bill’s famous Bauhaus graphic series, which is meant to visually deconstruct his artistic process. The green used in the watch’s date window and calfskin strap reflects the green used in Sicherheit itself, which is also reproduced on the watch’s case-back. It’s available via Watches of Switzerland, but Junghans is offering you the chance to win one, too. Visit the website for more information. £490, enter now
4. Preppy style is in this spring
Right now, it seems that Kent & Curwen can do no wrong. The brand’s presentation at London Fashion Week Men’s AW18, just yesterday, was one of The Jackal’s highlights this time around, but equally exciting is the arrival of its new spring collection in store and online. Building on the current season, expect quirky mid-century sportswear, impressive summer trenchcoats and its signature striped rugby shirts aplenty. We’ve got our eye on this vintage striped bomber, a clever piece that blends sartorial college stripes with a sporty silhouette. Pair with navy cotton chinos, white sneakers and a charcoal rollneck for a sharp weekend look. £485, shop now
5. You’d be mad to miss the BFI’s Ingmar Bergman season
Culture vultures take note, the BFI’s Ingmar Bergman season is in full swing. Part of his global centenary celebrations, the Institute has curated a comprehensive programme of screenings, re-releases and immersive experiences to celebrate the filmmaker’s extraordinary contribution to twentieth century cinema, theatre and television. The season is showing everything Bergman wrote for the screen and perhaps his most striking work, Persona, is on this week. Made in 1966, it’s a confounding tale that pits individuality against duality, as an unstable actor and her nurse struggle to deal with her condition. It explores everything from female sexuality to the vampiric nature of art and the difficulty of communication. Like much of Ingmar’s work, though it’s far from simple, there’s something in it for everyone.
Until 18 January, £8-25, whatson.bfi.org.uk