1. The day of The Jackal returns
The Jackal returns in print this Wednesday evening at 5pm (March 28). Find us outside Tube and Overland stations across central London (find out where here) and pick up your copy as you begin your commute home. Expect the usual mix of stories for stylish minds – Martin Freeman lends his talents to our cover ahead of the release of Ghost Stories next month; The Jackal’s new-season style and watch edit sets you up for spring; and your need-to-know guide to London’s theatre scene is full of stage hits. Meanwhile, our columnists explore individualism, teetotalism and whether technology is killing the truth. On top of that, we explore the capital’s start-ups, argue that beige is a cultural phenomenon (it is), and bring you the story behind an assassination attempt that nearly changed the course of history. Oh, and Maxine Peake speaks up. Loudly. Don’t miss it.
2. Turnbull & Asser has perfected the travel shirt
One of Jermyn Street’s foremost shirtmakers has just launched a clever new capsule. Called the Journey Shirts, it’s comprised of 11 versatile designs cut in luxurious, crease resistant cloths designed to travel effortlessly. There’s no jargon to see through, no hidden synthetics at work and no implausible explanations – they’re just shirts made in top-notch Italian shirting fabrics that remain naturally clean and crisp. They come in plain linen or classic Oxford button-downs, finely checked twills with spread collars and button cuffs, or in plain extra-fine twill. In a range of classic pastel colours for summer they’re sartorial, understated and indispensable if you spend any time at all on the move.
£195, available in store and at turnbullandasser.co.uk
3. Marylebone has a new drinking den
You’ll want to try this one. Yosma is a buzzy, feel-good restaurant and bar serving up Instanbul-inspired sharing plates, plus meyhane, mangal and raki cocktails. Moreover, the bar’s just had a redesign and released a new cocktail list. Inspired by the best of Turkish cinema, the decor is eclectic and glitzy, with contemporary Turkish artwork lining the walls, and a relaxed, sociable feel. Yosma’s built around the concept of a Çilingir – the name given to an informal evening of food, raki and socialising in Turkey – and it shows. Head there in the afternoon for coffee or Çay, stay for dinner and see in an evening DJ set. While you’re there, give the Silver Bullet a try; a zesty mix of dry gin, Kummel, lemon, and almond liqueur. Put simply, it’s packed to the rafters with Turkish delights (get it..?)
4. About time
Best of Basel lists will pick out the records, new models and revisited icons (ours did), but the show also threw up some interesting line extensions that are unlikely to pick up much heat, despite their real-world importance. One of those was Nomos Glashütte’s ‘Update Series’, which introduces 40.5mm versions of the brand’s long-serving Tangente, Ludwig and Orion models. Why does this matter? To date, these have topped out at 39mm in diameter, which has always felt a bit small for a largest model in the line. The new Orion neomatik 41 Date (our pick) adds some muscle to the brand’s most versatile model, although really muscle is the wrong word. It’s still slim, fluid and elegant, and now powered by Nomos’s own DUW 6101 calibre, an automatic that provides the watch with its large date. No bigger, though, please Nomos – the perfect simplicity of the design couldn’t sustain it.
5. Words don’t matter in politics today
So argues a new exhibition at the Design Museum, Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18, which analyses Western democracy’s changing relationship with political graphic design. In today’s polarised landscape, Hope to Nope posits that it’s internet memes, placards and posters that shape our democracy the most powerfully, more so than policy debates and traditional speeches or press conferences. Put this theory to the test and explore over 160 objects and installations that paint a provocative picture of democratic systems shaped by slogans and symbols. Follow real-time social media conversations around political leaders and even Have your fortune told by the All-Seeing Trump – if you dare…
28 March – 12 August, designmuseum.org