This week, we bring you a mix of seasonal style finds, a Cuban drinks party and a quirky rooftop pop-up you’ll not want to miss. Read on for your latest round of summer must-dos.
1. Call in on some of Europe’s finest artisans – for 10 days only
Simon Crompton’s Permanent Style (for those who aren’t already familiar) is one of the most influential websites covering classic style and artisanal menswear. But, Mr Crompton’s not just a writer, he’s also something of a curator and regularly hosts pop-up shops, talks and symposiums to bring together some of the craftspeople he most admires. His next pop-up opened last week on the menswear floor of Fortnum & Mason, no less. It’s well worth calling in to admire the wares on show, if nothing else. There’s Edward Sexton’s legendary Hollywood trousers, Kirk Originals’ superb made-in-England sunglasses, Luca Faloni’s finest Italian linen shirts and plenty more besides. With so many Jackal favourites under one roof, stopping by this week is a no brainer.
For full details, visit permanentstyle.com
2. Freshen up with a citrus scent
If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll hopefully have heeded our Style Director’s timely advice. Choosing a fragrance in summer is no easy thing – particularly because your skin will react differently to individual ingredients and blends in different temperatures. In hot weather, a strong but balanced citrus scent is not only refreshing, but has suitable staying power, too. With this in mind, we’re smitten with Czech & Speake’s elegant collection of colognes, which all pack a punch in the heat. Citrus Paradisi is perfect for weather like this, with its piquant blend of Californian grapefruit, clary sage and smooth oakmoss. Alternatively, try Neroli, which blends soft floral and fruity notes of orange blossom with heady notes of ylang-ylang. Both will keep you feeling fresh, fragrant and sophisticated – even on the muggiest of days.
£75 for 100ml, shop now
3. Bored of navy? Try forest green instead
Paul Smith’s tailoring is pin-sharp this season – having caught our eye multiple times during the spring and summer. The first suit we spotted was a cobalt blue two-piece, but this forest green mohair tonic suit is just as cool. Tonic suits take their name from the original ‘Tonik’ mohair cloth that was woven in the 1960s by Anglo-French woollen mill Dormeuil. It was called Tonik thanks to the natural gloss added by its kid mohair content, which was mixed with worsted wool. Tonic suits are both a practical and elegant choice in warm weather; the mohair is crisp, resists creasing and is more airy than conventional lambswool, which helps the suit to breathe. With its subtle sheen, deep colour and trim cut, this is versatile alternative to navy that’d do well at smart-casual weddings, garden parties or evenings out on the town. Dark tailoring is in next season, too, and this suit will layer as easily over a rollneck in the autumn, as it will over a powder blue linen shirt and knitted navy tie now.
£270 (from £540), shop now
4. Go on holiday (in Bloomsbury)
Fitz’s, the rather swish cocktail bar in the newly opened Principal London hotel is in a summery mood. This week ushers in the first of a series of week-long takeovers, bringing the spirit of Cuba to the heart of Bloomsbury. Welcome then, to Fitz’s Havana Social Club, which celebrates Cuban history, music and of course, cocktails. Call in any time this week to sample a special cocktail menu, with the Hotel Nacional Special topping the list. A mix of Havana Club Three rum, Merlet apricot brandy, fresh pineapple and lime, this cocktail isn’t for the faint hearted, but tastes true to the original from its namesake hotel bar in 1930s Havana. The highlight of the takeover is this Wednesday evening (July 25), when Fitz’s will play host to a raucous Casa Libertada party, with jumping Latin music from Cuban band, Sugar Kings. Call in with your dancing shoes on and prepare to be swept away.
5. Get outdoors – play croquet at Tobacco Dock
Summer will disappear soon enough, and when it does, I guarantee you’ll regret every missed opportunity to soak up some sun. So, when word of Skylight’s quirky set-up reached our ears, we thought it best to pass it on. Essentially, Skylight is a temporary concept in Tobacco Dock that mixes all our favourite things: a rooftop, booze, burgers and croquet – yes, croquet. Book yourself a table and you can enjoy any combination of the above to suit. Head there for a relaxed evening drink and superb view of the City across the Thames, grab a bite at one of the rooftop’s eateries, or make use of the temporary croquet lawn to while away a lazy afternoon with friends. If you’re after something a little different to do this weekend, Skylight is just the thing.
Book via skylightlondon.com