There’s no question that there’s something special about objects that are handmade. Or about objects that are made with exceptional care and attention to detail. Our five recommendations this week are all bound together by an appreciation for the finest materials, traditional skills, and the desire to make something as finely as humanly possible. If that’s not worth celebrating, we don’t know what is.
1. E.B. Meyrowitz’s made-in-England sunglasses
Big news from Britain’s quirkiest purveyor of eyewear. E.B. Meyrowitz is some 143 years old, and prides itself on designing truly refined glasses, with a definite nod to those iconic styles that have punctuated its rich history. It’s an optician first and foremost, so perfecting its opticals has taken up most of the brand’s attention in recent years, until now. For the first time in over a decade, the house’s boffins have released a new collection of sunglasses – and they really are something special. They’re made in England from the very best Italian cellulose acetate money can buy. It’s reassuringly thick, polishes beautifully and lends itself to frames that can take either razor sharp edges or smooth curves, meaning these frames feel as robust as they look. They’re exclusively available at the house’s Royal Arcade boutique (which is worth a visit for it’s idiosyncratic character alone), and although an investment, each pair is a satisfying work of handmade-in-England goodness.
2. Moynat’s high-flying leather goods
Moynat is as chic as Parisian brands get. A luggage maker and leathersmith founded in 1849, the maison was revived from a period of dormancy under the artistic direction of Ramesh Nair in 2011, and hasn’t looked back since. It’s best known for its iconic Limousine trunks, designed with a concave bottom to sit cleanly over the rear of vintage motorcars, but it also offers a collection of contemporary bags and small leather goods. Moreover, Moynat’s collection has just landed in Selfridge’s for the first time, allowing us Londoners to get hands-on in an all-new gallery. Stop by to check out the new range of wallets and accessories that have been designed specifically for Selfridges, all of which feature playful aeroplane motifs that allude to Louis Blériot’s landmark 1909 aeroplane journey across the English Channel. Following his successful landing, Harry Gordon Selfridge displayed Blériot’s plane in his newly opened department store, so these two brands are tied together by more than a mere appreciation of quality, but by pioneering firsts, too.
3. Anderson & Sheppard’s sartorial swim shorts
It turns out that Clifford Street’s long-serving haberdasher has a strong line in colourful swim shorts. Perhaps best known as one of the most traditional tailors on Savile Row, Anderson & Sheppard’s second outpost, around the corner from the bespoke shop, is the place for the sartorially-inclined man to visit, to be kitted out with everything else his wardrobe could possibly need – from breezy linen shirts to brushed cotton utility jackets, scarfs, knits and velvet slippers. For summer, A&S has curated a chic range of swimmers, made in a classic fit from refined materials, featuring a selection of summery prints. This pair in bright orange with a subtle blue teardrop paisley is a fun choice to show-off by the pool. Pair with a proper panama for a riviera-worthy holiday look.
4. Vacheron Constantin’s vintage exotica
Now, I’ll admit these watches might not be everyone’s idea of a summer wardrobe update, but they’re worth taking note of, regardless. Vacheron Constantin is the world’s oldest watchmaking manufacture (it was founded in 1755), and this summer, 20 rare reconditioned vintage timepieces are to be unveiled and made available for purchase in London, paying homage to the manufacture’s extraordinary past. Labelled Vacheron Constantin Les Collectionneurs, these watches have been painstakingly sourced, serviced, tested and awarded certificates of authenticity, making them about as collectable as can be. Highlights include pocket watches manufactured between 1923 and 1949, and wristwatches manufactured between 1927 and 1969. If you’re the kind of aficionado that likes your timepiece to come with quite the story, you’ll be hard-pressed to do better than invest in one of these.
Exclusively for sale at the Vacheron Constantin Old Bond Street Boutique between 4 – 30 June, vacheron-constatin.com
5. The Bluebeards Revenge charitable hair gel
As the name suggests, this stuff has guts. The Bluebeards Revenge makes a witty range of high-end grooming products, designed specifically to offer style-conscious men an alternative to cheap mass produced hair-goo. Its products are formulated ‘by real men, for real men’ with ethical and social considerations to the fore. Now, to chime with the start of Mental Health Awareness Week (more on that to come), the brand has released this new water-based hair gel, formulated to offer chaps with tricky barnets a matte, workable hair style and subtly textured finish – dispelling the myth that hair gel’s only good for a wet look. Moreover, this gel’s been created in collaboration with men’s mental health charity The Lions Barber Collective. 50p from each pot sold is donated straight back to the Collective; helping it to raise awareness for and prevent male suicides all over the world. In other words, its more than earned its spot on your bathroom shelf, or in your travel bag this summer.
£9.99, bluebeards-revenge.co.uk / thelionsbarbercollective.com