The ultimate Christmas gift guide

Start ticking off your Chirstmas list with this luxury gift guide.

By Michael Stahl, Steve Colquhoun, Megan Dye, Georgina Safe, Christian Barker, Susan Skelly, Bennet Ring, Jeni Bone 19/11/2018

Inspired choices: For those hard-to-buy-for friends, family, colleagues, neighbours…

VEUVE CLICQUOT GOUACHE LIMITED EDITION
Yellow Label Gouache $80, Rosé Gouache $100, thechampagnecompany.com

French champagne house Veuve Clicquot takes the artistry of its trade to another level with the Gouache edition, presenting a bottle of its trademark Yellow Label, or the delicate Rosé, in a container shaped like a paint tube (gouache is a type of artist’s paint). A beautiful keepsake for any true artist – although with the distinctive container also able to keep the precious liquid chilled for up to two hours, there’ll be no judgement from us if this gift doesn’t make it past New Year’s Eve.

MONTBLANC MEISTERSTÜCK LE PETIT PRINCE SPECIAL EDITION
From $960 to $2400, montblanc.com

The storied German pen maker celebrates one of the most globally loved children’s books, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince, with a range of pens based on its famous Meisterstück range. Graphic elements etched into the case symbolise key characters and powerful messages from Le Petit Prince, the enchanting tale of a chance encounter between a pilot and a little prince from a distant planet, which has been translated into more than 250 languages.

AL NASSMA CAMEL MILK CHOCOLATE
From $13.50, gourmetlife.com.au

You could preach the health benefits of camel versus cow milk: the former, slightly saltier in taste, carries five times the vitamin C and 10 times the iron, and lacks the proteins that cause many dairy allergies. Or impress with the fact that camel milk is seven times more expensive. Then describe the logistical effort in creating fine chocolate, with zero additives or preservatives, in the 50°C summers of Dubai. Or you could just let Al Nassma chocolate, the first of its kind, speak for itself. It’s available in white, milk or dark varieties, with a choice of authentic fillings including dates, pistachio and coffee. The wooden casket gift box ($98) and 700-gram camel figure ($119) provide the perfect presentation.

JAGUAR E-TYPE – 50 YEARS OF A DESIGN ICON
$74, jaguar-merchandise.com.au

Enzo Ferrari once famously said: “The Jaguar E-Type is the most beautiful car ever made.” More often described simply as “sex on wheels” (and going at it again in the ’90s as Austin Powers’ ‘Shaguar’), the E-Type’s significance in both automotive and popular culture is celebrated in Jaguar E-Type – 50 Years of a Design Icon (FP Creative). It’s a fascinating and fitting tribute to a car that was as technically advanced as it was beautiful.

MUNGO AND MAUD PET ACCESSORIES
From $205, mungoandmaud.com

Inspired by primary colours and elementary school, British brand Mungo and Maud’s newest collection is the perfect way to spoil your dog this Christmas – in advance of next winter. Mungo and Maud strive to ensure that style is not sacrificed for practicality, as is effortlessly demonstrated by the beautiful Quilted Coat (small, around $205; large, around $240) in navy blue – a simple cotton-blend fabric coat, uplifted with a chic, chintz finish. It is water repellent, with a Velcro closure and underbelly protection. No less dignified is the Beetle Coat (around $260-$278), cheerful in cherry red, but also available in grey and olive. It has button detailing and a sporty puffer finish; your pug will be snug as a bug.

LARK DISTILLER’S SELECTION 500ML TASMANIAN WHISKY
$170, larkdistillery.com

Australia is gaining a well-earned reputation internationally for its beautifully crafted whiskies. But supply is running far behind demand and it’s tough to get your hands on anything truly special. This bottle hails from the very cradle of Australian whisky – the Lark Distillery in Tasmania, presided over by Bill Lark, the man who started it all. Lark Distiller’s Selection is sweet and fruity on the nose, with smooth chocolate and salted caramel across the palate and a big oak finish. Presented in a beautiful gift box, it’s Tasmania in a bottle.

Style statement:The most covetable fashion and accessories with which to stuff stockings.

FENDI LOGO PRINT PIECES
From $1750, fendi.com

If you like your fashion with a capital F, make a statement this summer in one of Fendi’s playful twists on its logo. The colourful Heart Print Shirt ($1750) is a flattering pyjama-top style in teal and gold, while the F Print logo trench ($7300) and Logo Off The Shoulder dress ($4800) come in classic Fendi brown and tan. The three pieces perfectly showcase the mix of wit and heritage that has come to define the Italian brand jointly helmed by Silvia Venturini Fendi as creative director of accessories and menswear and Karl Lagerfeld as artistic director.

SARAH & SEBASTIAN EARRINGS
From $1590, sarahandsebastian.com

Once best known for its barely-there delicate jewellery, Sydney brand Sarah & Sebastian has recently begun exploring larger statement pieces. The New Tidal earrings ($1590) feature an organic, warped silhouette with a sandblasted textured finish, and the colourful Double Prism earrings ($2800) in nine-karat yellow gold with semi-precious rainbow stones are perfect for Christmas Day and beyond. Wear them with everything from a breezy white summer dress to a glamorous cocktail gown for functions over the entertaining season.

CDLP SEA ISLAND BOXER SHORTS
From £70, matchesfashion.com

The Stockholm-based brand CDLP has the perfect Christmas gift – its limited-edition Sea Island Cotton Boxer Shorts (from £70). Sea Island Cotton is one of the rarest and most luxurious in the world, accounting for just .0004 per cent of the world’s cotton supply. With silky lustre and a fine uniform texture, these boxer shorts are luxurious and extremely comfortable, thanks to cotton grown in the West Indies and handcrafted by textile artisans in Portugal. The shorts are modern and elevated in design, with a slim silhouette. They are sure to be a Christmas favourite.

LOUIS VUITTON SHAWLS
$605, louisvuitton.com

While summer days are long and warm, the evenings can turn chilly, making a shawl
a smart as well as stylish accessory. Louis Vuitton’s Monogram Shine Shawl ($840)
with an ombre-effect monogram pattern has a subtle shimmer thanks to the use of a soft-shine yarn, while its Pop Monogram Square ($605) is a playful twist on the house’s iconic patterns. The central Monogram Flower comprises a joyful mix of straps, locks and chains in a riff on the historic leatherwork codes of the house, and the addition of dots and stripes give a fresh update to the much-loved Louis Vuitton monogram.

BOTTEGA VENETA INTRECCIATO BUTTER CALF BACKPACK
$4190, bottegaveneta.com.au

Speaking of house codes, Bottega Veneta’s Intrecciato leather weaving technique is as iconic as they come. This Intrecciato Butter Calf Backpack ($4190) features a panel showcasing the Intrecciato technique on the front and has a top handle and adjustable backpack straps. With a front zip pocket, interior zip pocket and three interior slip pockets, there are plenty of clever storage options, making it easy to keeptrack of documents and essential items. A perfect travel companion, the made-in-Italyaccessory is ideal for an active lifestyle, or simply for anyone who appreciates clever and refined design.

LOCK & CO. ROLLABLE PANAMA HAT
$450, lockhatters.co.uk

Costing anywhere between $400 for a very good example to $25,000 for the finest, at either level, a quality Panama hat represents something of an investment. It’s also quite tricky to travel with and prone to being crushed, which is why we recommend the natty, easily transported rollable style. Lock & Co. of St James’s, London, the oldest hat shop in existence (established 1676), stocks and ships internationally an excellent entry-level rollable Panama. Priced at £250 ($450), it’s of sufficient quality that you’ll be able to hold your head high, but not so eyewateringly expensive that you’d shed too many tears should it happen to be swept away by the Caribbean breeze. For the fearless aficionado who laughs in the face of tropical squalls, however, Lock also purveys a rollable Superfino Panama, handcrafted in Montecristi, Ecuador and priced at £1195 ($2160).

BERLUTI FAST TRACK TRAINERS
From $1700, matchesfashion.com/au

Be bold this Christmas with Berluti. The Parisian fashion company has expanded its men’s shoe collection this season with the Fast Track Trainer Shoe (from $1700); a beautiful hybrid of the Oxford shoe and a sports trainer. It is a uniquely contemporary dynamic that breaks the rules. Each shoe is Italian-crafted from Berluti’s Mogano leather with decorative perforations, a two-hole lace-up front and a tan-brown, white and black rubber sole. Available through MatchesFashion, this shoe would be the perfect gift this Christmas.

LOEWE FLAMENCO KNOT TOTE BAG
$2495, parlourx.com

Loewe demonstrates its meticulous craftsmanship this Christmas with the gorgeous caramel leather Flamenco Knot Tote Bag ($2495). It is both surprisingly spacious and wonderfully stylish. It is accented with the Loewe debossed anagram logo while the rolled leather top handles thread through the sides of the bag, with the trademark flamenco knots enriching the otherwise smooth silhouette. Crafted from soft natural calfskin, it features a suede lining and black lacquered edges. The colour, size and shape of the bag make for the perfect everyday companion to a classic, yet contemporary, wardrobe.

A pink Christmas: Pink diamonds are extremely rare and up to 20 times more valuable than white diamonds and the Argyle mine in Western Australia produces around 90 per cent of the world’s supply. They have been treasured throughout history by royalty (the 23-carat Williamson diamond is currently owned by Queen Elizabeth II) and are also favoured today on the red carpet by celebrities from Mariah Carey to Blake Lively. Dare we say it: an eternal gift.

VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
vancleefarpels.com

The fairytales of the Brothers Grimm provided the inspiration for the new Quatre contes de Grimm high jewellery collection by Van Cleef & Arpels. The French luxury brand reinterpreted four tales – The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Golden Bird, The Three Feathers and The Town Musicians of Bremen – in a series of pieces featuring the birds, animals and princesses that inhabit the stories. The collection continues the house’s tradition of taking inspiration from art and culture, in particular the worlds of ballet and dance. Charming examples from this collection are the Princesse Eos, Princesse Danica and Princesse Hemera clips, each representing one of the 12 princesses from the brothers’ tales.

PINK KIMBERLEY DIAMONDS
pinkkimberley.com.au

An Australian family-owned company, Pink Kimberley Diamonds was founded in 1967 with a vision for prestige and exquisite jewels. From the company’s Pink Kimberley collection, the Chantilly ring ($157,731) was a finalist in the Red Carpet category of the recent Diamond Guild Australia Jewellery Awards. Other breathtaking pieces include the Corowa earrings ($19,780), the Cybele pendant ($30,461) and the Peyton ring ($66,696).

FAIRFAX & ROBERTS
fairfaxandroberts.com.au

Fairfax & Roberts first opened for business in 1858 on Sydney’s George Street, initially as a watchmaker and soon after, a creator of fine jewellery. Today the company is renowned for its customdesigned pieces, often featuring pink diamonds. Current pieces include a ring in 18-karat white and rose gold with a fancy orange pink pear-cut centre diamond and an Argyle Pink Diamond halo ($138,600); a platinum and diamond pendant featuring a pink diamond centre and 22 round brilliant-cut diamonds ($17,800); and a ring in 18-karat white gold with a 3.51-carat cushion centre diamond and two heart-shaped pink diamonds ($168,900).

J FARREN-PRICE
jfarrenprice.com.au

In Muzo Emerald Colombia and Argyle Pink Diamonds, two of the world’s most prized stones come together in this collection sold by J Farren-Price (a founding
member of the Diamond Guild Australia). The collection, which includes an 8-carat pear-shaped ring and a 15-carat emerald-cut design, is the second J Farren Price collection to marry the seductive qualities of both diamond brands. Other Argyle Pink Diamond pieces include a stunning jade and Argyle Pink Diamond dress ring and a matching necklace, and a number of rings, of which an emerald-cut Argyle Pink Diamond Ring ($725,000) and a round-cut Argyle Pink Diamond and white diamond ring ($538,000) are particularly spectacular.

PASPALEY
paspaley.com

Paspaley is renowned for its South Sea cultured pearls – which are among the most beautiful in the world – but the Australian jeweller also incorporates exquisite stones into many of its pieces. At the heart of each collection is the bounty from the Pinctada maxima pearl oyster, found only in the Kimberley but pink diamonds are regularly sprinkled through each collection. Examples include a pair of earrings with pink diamonds of 1.459 carats, two 15mm Paspaley pearls and 32 white diamonds of 2.186 carats ($93,800); and a necklace with pink diamonds of 0.8 carats, white diamonds of 1.09 carats and a spectacular 17mm baroque Paspaley pearl ($92,800).

MONDIAL
mondial.com.au

Australian jeweller Mondial began when Fred Neuman and his wife Maria opened a jewellery store named Carina Jewellers in 1962 in Sydney. In the ’70s the Neumans shifted their focus to jewellery wholesaling, during which time they developed a love of coloured gems – and today they lavish that love specifically on pink diamonds. Mondial in Sydney’s Queen Victoria Building is a treasure trove of pink beauties, including a ring featuring a radiant-cut Argyle Pink Diamond of 0.89 carats surrounded by eight ovals of 3.67 carats ($POA), and a classic feminine engagement set with an Argyle Pink Diamond ring and matching pink diamond wedding band ($26,000 for the set)

Marking Time: Both practical and aesthetically pleasing, timepieces make the ultimate lasting gift statement

ULYSSE NARDIN EXECUTIVE SKELETON TOURBILLON HYPERSPACE
$70,000, ulysse-nardin.com

First gaining renown in the 19th century as a trusted purveyor of marine chronometers to seafarers, Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin’s latest timepiece takes inspiration from ships of another sort — spacecraft. Encased in ultra-light titanium, the Executive Skeleton Tourbillon Hyperspace, which debuted at the recent 2018 Cannes Film Festival, draws cues from the Millennium Falcon piloted by Han Solo in the Star Wars saga. Its open-worked design, and less-is-more UN-171 manufacture movement with a flying silicium ‘hyperspace’ tourbillon is redolent of the stripped-back aesthetic of the famed starship that “made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs” (or
so rakish smuggler Solo claimed). Available in three colourways, the force is strong in this one.

TAG HEUER FORMULA 1 LADY
From $2700, tagheuer.com

In a recent interview with Robb Report Australia & NZ, watch industry legend Jean-Claude Biver (who retired from a highly successful run as TAG Heuer’s CEO in September) remarked: “There’s a new generation that is coming, and we have to work to address and to communicate with this generation. Because if we cannot get them attracted to the idea of a watch when they are 18, 25 or 30, how can we sell them a watch later?” With its easily interchangeable straps, fashionable ‘luxeathleisure’
aesthetic and accessible price point, TAG Heuer’s new quartz-powered Formula 1 Lady will undoubtedly appeal to this new customer. Once again, Monsieur Biver comes up with a winning formula.

VACHERON CONSTANTIN FIFTYSIX DAY-DATE
From $16,700, vacheron-constantin.com

A handful of other watch companies can lay claim to having been registered at
earlier dates. However, as each of them paused production for a time, it is Vacheron Constantin – established in 1755 – that holds the title of world’s oldest watchmaker in continuous operation. While best known for its traditional timepieces, the storied manufacture asserted its contemporary bona fides with the new FiftySix range launched at this year’s SIHH watch fair. Though elegant and classic, the line is nevertheless squarely aimed at a new, younger customer. While FiftySix prices start at an amazing $16,700, if you’re feeling particularly generous (to the tune of $48,000) towards a millennial this Christmas, may we suggest considering the beautiful FiftySix Day-Date in 18K pink gold?

JAEGER-LECOULTRE ATMOS 568 CLOCK BY MARC NEWSON
Available from J Farren-Price, from around $40,000, jfarrenprice.com.au

Perhaps the ultimate gift for the lover of late-20th century design, one of the
dozen or so examples of Marc Newson’s iconic Lockheed Lounge will set you back
more than $3.5 million, if recent auction results are any indication. Sound a little extravagant? Fortunately, Jaeger-LeCoultre has provided a more affordable route to installing a Newson rarity in the home of your nearest-and-dearest design aficionado. JLC’s latest collaboration with the famed Sydney-bred creative genius sees Newson again reinterpret the Atmos clock — a veritable perpetual motion machine, powered by changes in atmospheric pressure, and encased in curvaceous Baccarat crystal.

A home run: Add to list … Sculpture, storage and safe-keeping

GIOBAGNARA SCULPTURE
$3300, beckerminty.com

Noble materials, graphic lines … Interior architect and designer Stéphane Parmentier began his career working for Karl Lagerfeld. He’s now the artistic director of Giorgio Bagnara’s design outfit, Giobagnara, and this season’s creations include Tabou Sculpture 3, a 72cm tall study in leather, suede and bronze. Parmentier’s work borrows from Greco- Roman antiquity, Puglian landscapes and Japanese artistic restraint, but still manages to convey that Italian art of living.

DEDON FEDRO CHAIR
From $1395

Call it a rocker (it balances on two skids), a beach chair or a picnic
essential, the stackable ‘Fedro’ seat from homemakers Dedon has all the colour and charisma of a Costa Rican rainforest. Its weatherproof, colourfast woven fibre is stretched over an aluminium frame and has a comfortable quick-dry fabric headrest. Designer Lorenza Bozzoli took her cue from something right in front of her nose – a son playing a video game on TV while balancing on the seat of a chair without legs. Fedro borrows its colours from three birds of paradise – the flamingo, the hummingbird colibrí and the quetzal.

VERSACE HOME TREASURES
palazzocollezioni.com.au

Everyone needs a treasure chest. And no one is going to do one quite like Versace. ‘Medusa’ ($1700) announces itself with a signature Versace 24-karat gold-plated clasp, a case in aqua cow leather printed with a crocodile-skin pattern and a fabric lining with signature opulent black and gold Barocco print. Assuming you have change left over from shopping our pages, here’s the porcelain money box to hide it in. ‘Break the Bank’ ($272) is new from a gift collection by
Rosenthal meets Versace, which says it all. Both belong to the Versace Home range, on show in Sydney in Waterloo and at Sheraton on the Park.

COCO REPUBLIC FINISHING TOUCHES
cocorepublic.com.au

Coco Republic is a one-stop shop when all your friends are homemaker types. The candles, cushions and vases won’t be re-gifted. So let the hankering begin … with a sumptuous Timothy Oulton faux fox throw ($415), which looks inviting whether tossed over an armchair or the edge of a bed. It’s incredibly soft and snuggly, and no foxes were harmed in the process. Also to love is the 15-kilo Frye table lamp in clear crystal with a cap of vintage brass sheeting cut to look like a dripping candle; the shade is white microfibre ($1210).

Kitted out: For the technocrat in your life, only the latest and greatest will do

HASSELBLAD X1D FIELD KIT
$24,995, hasselblad.com

If you’re looking for the ultimate camera for your travels, you can’t go past this starter kit from the fabled Swedish brand Hasselblad, whose long-lived H-series captured some of the most iconic images on earth (and off it, as NASA’s official camera of the Apollo missions). At the heart of this field kit is the brand’s new-generation X1D-50c camera, which here comes with a Pelican carry bag and three different lenses: XCD 3.5/30, XCD 3.5/45 and XCD 3.2/90. There are also a couple of batteries so you never run out of juice, and a plethora of cleaning accessories to keep the dust and grit away while on safari.

CHILLI ISLAND
Approx US$15,000, chilliisland.fr/en

Chilli Island is a motorised floating deck chair that can comfortably accommodate two people for a leisurely float/ cruise, with no boat licence required. Measuring approximately 2.5 metres in diameter and weighing 300 kilograms, it comprises a fibreglass internal frame and polyethylene body. Overhead, adjustable palm fronds provide shade and there’s a built-in ice bucket, cup holders, 80-watt sound system, LED lighting and an underwater camera. Chilli Island is propelled by a Torqeedo electric motor, available in 0.5kW and 1kW options, with a pair of 300Ah batteries that keep it operational for up to six hours. The fun begins by creating your custom Chilli Island via a dedicated app.

DJI MAVIC 2 DRONE WITH DJI GOGGLES RACING EDITION
$3358, store.dji.com

Five years ago, a drone of this quality would easily have set you back at least $15,000 – so it’s quite incredible to see DJI push the envelope so quickly. The Mavic 2 is by far the best consumer drone on the market, and the crystal-clear Hasselblad 4K camera can take images up to seven kilometres away thanks to a 31-minute flight time. We’ve seen this drone hit altitudes above 1500 metres, and the new auto tracking technology means you can just throw it up in the air, set it to follow you, and then let it do its work. Add in a pair of DJI Goggles and it’s like being in the
drone; you can even control its flightpath with head motion. An amazing, must-have piece of technology.

BANG & OLUFSEN BEOSOUND EDGE
$5000, bang-olufsen.com/en

B&O is renowned for delivering stunning audio quality on a larger scale, but this wi-fi-enabled speaker dials things down a notch. It’s relatively small, with a minimalist circular aluminium design and a circumference of just 50cm. But crammed within is an active 10-inch woofer design with bass port, twin threequarter- inch tweeters, twin four-inch mid-range tweeters and six Class D amps. Expect this small disk of Danish design to punch out seriously loud and clear music. Best of all it has touch controls and motion sensors, and you can adjust the volume by rolling it up and down the wall, where it’s held in place by an invisible mount.

TECHNOGYM SKILLBIKE
$5995, technogym.com/skillbike

Indoor cycle trainers don’t really mimic the exact performance of cycling, but the Technogym SKILLBIKE changes all that. It’s the first indoor bike with real gears, known as ‘Real Gear Shift’ technology, which replicates the challenges of uphill riding. This is tied to the ‘Multidrive Technology’ that allows riders to flick between a power-based routine to authentic hill climbing situations. It may look like a light-cycle from Tron, but the ergonomic design perfectly represents real riding position, while the seven-inch LCD monitor provides a wealth of information, from heartrate to distance travelled (including vertically). And even better, there’s no worry about near-misses with inattentive drivers.

HUMMINGBIRD E-BIKE
£4495, hummingbirdbike.com

British company Hummingbird – which produces the world’s lightest folding bicycle, at 6.9 kilos – has outdone itself with an electric version weighing just 10.3 kilos. That’s still lighter than the average commuter bike, but the Hummingbird’s lithium battery can propel it at up to 25km/h for a range of 160 kilometres, recharging in just two hours. The accompanying Bitride app lets you access online diagnosis, navigation and mobility stats, and even remotely lock the rear wheel for security. Assembled by Prodrive, which designs, builds and races cars for Aston Martin and others, this serious piece of precision engineering is made from the world’s most advanced composite technologies.

DENON AVC-X8500H AMPLIFIER
$5999, au.denon.com/au

You name it, this amp does it – from packaging top-of-the-class components to deliver room-shaking audio so clear that you’ll hear the guitarist plucking and squeaking each string, to handling up to 13.2 channels of audio. That’s because it has to, thanks to its support for the latest Dolby Atmos surround technology, which allows
for the installation of speakers in your ceiling– perfect for capturing that true cinema soundscape. We could list the supported specs if we took another whole page, but trust us; if there’s a sound spec out there, the Denon AVC-X8500H amplifier supports it. It’s potentially a panacea for all your audiophile’s ills.

DYSON SUPERSONIC 23.75-KARAT GOLD HAIR DRYER
$699, dyson.com.au

We’re fairly confident in saying there’s never been a hairdryer quite like it.
Conceived by British billionaire inventor James Dyson, the Dyson Supersonic 23.75-karat gold hair dryer uses a traditional hand-gilding process to apply pure gold to its signature ‘ring’ component. Dyson’s team of 103 engineers went through some 600 prototypes in refining the gilding process. After exploring mainstream industrial processes and techniques, the engineers determined that the gold coating – comprised of five gold leaves, each just 333 atoms thick, sourced from Florence – was best performed by hand, by a skilled craftsman. Aside from its hand-applied elegance and rarity, the light weight Dyson Supersonic has many practical features, including an intelligent heat control system, fast and efficient drying and quiet operation.

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The Tod’s SS25 Men’s Collection in Milan Was a Showcase of “Artisanal Intelligence”

It was also the debut men’s collection by creative director Matteo Tamburini.

By Josh Bozin 20/06/2024

Earlier this week, Tod’s presented its SS25 men’s collection at the Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea (PAC) for Milan Fashion Week, where all eyes were fixed on Matteo Tamburini and his debut menswear collection as Tod’s newest creative director.

Striking “a balance between tradition and modernity”, was the former Bottega Veneta designer’s intention, and indeed his showcase offerered a spotlight on the quality, materials, and detailing that are central to the Tod’s wardrobe.

“The collection is more about subtraction rather than addition, highlighting the very elevated, timeless and relaxed materials,” says Tamburini via a statement.

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In line with Tod’s restrained design codes, the garments presented were characterised by timelessness, unmistakable Italian flair, yet a casualness appropriate for everyday wear. Only the best leathers were used in the collection—thanks to the Pashmy project, which Tod’s unveiled in January to champion high-end Italian materials—used in creating garments like the Tod’s Bomber, the Gio Jacket, the Shirt Jacket, the Di Bag sack, as well as footwear staples, like the Tod’s T-Riviera.

Of course, the iconic Gommino driving shoe wasn’t without an update, too: you’ll find a new sabot interpretation, as well as the Bubble Gommino introduced in a new boat model with the T-bar accessory.

“Craftsmanship” was at the forefront of messaging, with chairman and chief executive officer of the Tod’s Group, Diego Della Valle, reiterating the message of honouring artisanal arts in an increasingly digital-first world.”[It’s] important to uphold artisanal intelligence, keeping under control artificial intelligence as it is now developing rapidly and powerfully,” he said via a statement.

“Individuals and artisanal intelligence at the centre, with its traditions and values, will contribute to keep artificial intelligence in check. Our Italian craftsmanship and supply chain can be an example of the combination of tradition and the new speed of artificial intelligence.”

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Pitti Uomo’s Best-Dressed Men Cut Through the Noise With Personal Style

From vintage gems to tasteful tailoring, attendees of Florence’s biannual tradeshow brought their best sartorial selves.

By Naomi Rougeau, Lorenzo Sodi 20/06/2024

Whether or not you’re well versed in the ins and outs of Pitti Uomo, the biannual menswear tradeshow in Florence that brings together buyers, press—and, naturally, a vast ostentation of peacocks—the chances are that photos from the gathering are still making their way into your newsfeed. You might even smirk at the mention of it. To be sure, you’ll encounter plenty of “overdressing” strolling through the main venues but by and large, great personal style manages to cut through the noise.

Part of what makes the Pitti scene so exciting is that menswear moves relatively slowly. It’s less about seeing something earth shatteringly new but rather gradual shifts and discovering fresh ways to put things together. Menswear regulars such as Alessandro Squarzi, owner of a considerable vintage archive that influences his Milanese boutique Fortela, can be relied upon to provide inspiration on how to make tried and true staples and silhouettes feel modern.

Speaking of new old things, vintage fashions made their way into the chat in a big way this June, whether in terms of rare finds or sustainable efforts via upcycling, fabric development and natural dyes (Paris-based De Bonne Facture achieved an ideal medium brown using coffee, for instance). At the heart of the conversation was another bona fide vintage guru Maurizio Donadi who made a case for the timelessness and democratic nature of indigo with his centuries-spanning exhibit of antique garments from around the globe.

Below you’ll find a dozen of our favorite looks from Pitti Uomo 106, lensed by our eagle-eyed street-style photographer Lorenzo Sodi. We hope they inspire.

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A lesson in simplicity and the power of a classic palette—good quality vintage accents such as a turquoise embellished belt buckle add interest to timeless workwear. Ray-Ban’s universally-flattering Wayfarer sunglasses are the perfect finishing touch.

Lorenzo Sodi

Sans suit and shirt, the neckerchief (of which there were many at Pitti), adds a welcome dose of colour to a white tee and relaxed jacket and proves that sometimes one choice detail is all it takes. A well-loved, slightly-too-long belt and canvas Vans contribute to the casual harmony.

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Whatever the weather, you’ll find Douglas Cordeaux, from Fox Brothers, looking immaculate in shirt and tie… and a suit made of one of Fox’s many fabrics. British elegance, embodied.

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Relaxed elegance is the foundation of the Brunello Cuccinelli brand. Here, the maestro himself shows us how it’s done in a double-breasted linen ensemble featuring a few personal flourishes.

Lorenzo Sodi

Designer Alessandro Pirounis of Pirounis offers a masterclass on the rule of three with a contemporary twist, subbing the usual jacket with an overshirt of his own design.

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A renaissance man takes Florence. True to his roots, US Marine veteran, Savile Row-trained tailor and photographer Robert Spangle blazes a sartorial trail that’s all his own.

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Cream trousers are an essential element of elegant Italian summer style. Designer Nicola Radano of Spacca Neapolis channels one of the greats (Marcello Mastroianni) in a dark polo of his own design, collar spread wide across his jacket’s lapel for a welcome retro lean.

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Proof of the power of tonal dressing, that can create an impactful outfit just by sticking to the same colour family. A chic ensemble and in some ways an elevated version of the double-denim look, every element is working hard in service to the whole.

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UK-based stylist Tom Stubbs has long been a proponent of blousy pleats, lengthy db jackets, and statement-making neck scarves and here, in vintage Armani, he embodies the louche, oversize look that many designers are just now catching up on.

Lorenzo Sodi

A tailor splitting his time between Berlin and Cologne, Maximilian Mogg is known for his strong-shouldered, architectural suiting. Yet in Mogg’s hands, particularly with this non-traditional colour scheme, the effect is always modern and youthful.

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If Max Poglia’s relaxed Hawaiian shirt and suit combo is any indication, summer has truly arrived. But it’s an excellent example of how to wearing tailoring in more casual fashion. This cream db would look perfect with shirt and tie at a wedding in August and just as chic here with slippers and a laid-back shirt.

Lorenzo Sodi

Another example of how tailoring can be laid-back and breezy for summer, from a dude who looks no stranger to enjoying the best of the warmer months. Jaunty pocket square, sandals, untucked linen shirt…go forth and emulate.

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The 13 Best Watches From Pitti Uomo, From Rolex to Patek Philippe and Piaget

Each year in Florence, Italy, men walk the streets in the finest fashions, and they pair their watches perfectly.

By Allen Farmelo, Lorenzo Sodi 20/06/2024

Pitti Uomo is a major fashion gathering in Florence, Italy where brands bring their best to buyers and fashion editor alike. But, perhaps more interestingly, Pitti Uomo transforms the streets of Florence into an urban runway on which guys from around the world with more than a passing interest in style go about their business—even if in some cases that business seems just to be hanging around waiting to be photographed—in their best threads and, of course, some excellent watches.

We pondered the relationship between men’s fashion and watches in more detail earlier this year, and what’s fascinating about the intersection of fashion and watches is how to situate the timepiece within an ensemble. To give you a sense of how that plays out, this year we saw a tonal pairing of a tasty vintage Rolex GMT Master Pepsi (red and blue) with rose and mid-blue summer plaid, and we saw high-waisted military green Bermuda shorts paired intelligently with a beat up old Elgin field watch with a matching green strap. Both looks were killer, the watches working as perfect accents, and there are many more great pairings to consider below.

As is often the case at fashion shows (including Pitti Uomo in previous years), Rolex dominated. Horological snobs might look down on this choice because the Crown is so often the default choice for so many, be they collectors signalling their access to rare references or those just getting into this obsession. But a more nuanced read on this tendency is that Rollies are fabulously versatile watches that one can rock with each new outfit—which some men will swap throughout the day. Breakfast might call for a casual look, lunch something more daring, and dinner that perfect summer suit. What better than a Rolex for all occasions?

But it wasn’t just Rolex at Pitti Uomo this week. The urban catwalk brought out Paiget, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and Cartier, as well. But our favourite watch was a vintage Tudor Sub on a turquoise bracelet.

Below are the 13 best watches from Pitit Uomo 2024.

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The 10 Best Omakase in Sydney

Sydney’s best Japanese chef’s-table dining experiences.

By Belinda Aucott-christie 06/06/2024

In Japan, where food is a cultural art form, omakase stands for traditional Japanese foods made with seasonal ingredients. A good omakase meal, prepared with purity and mindfulness, can make an unforgettable imprint on the culinary memory. Yet in a land defined by seasonal traditions, omakase is a relatively new concept.

Omakase originated in Japan in the 1970s as affluent Japanese began to dine more regularly at first-rate sushi counters. Bowing to the expertise of the sushi master, omakase loosely translates to “I’ll leave it to you.” In a setting where money is no object, letting the chef decide was designed as a chic way to take the awkwardness out of ordering.

In Australia where there’s an abundance of fresh seafood, omakase menus have experienced a recent rise in popularity. Today omakase is any series of small dishes served directly by the chef to the diner. Each part of the meal is presented on beautiful ceramics and lacquer wear, with a great —and somewhat— intimidating reverence for elegant details. It’s a chance to see a chef’s knife skills up close and get a feel for their cooking style.

Omakase menus are based on whatever is freshest at the market and can be influenced by the chef’s mood, expertise, and response to the guest. They can be slowly paced like a ceremony—hushed and reverential—but they can also be rowdy, humorous, and personal.
Here we give you 10 of the best to try in Sydney.

Yoshi’s Omakase at Nobu Crown Sydney

Crown Sydney, Level 2/1 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo. Open: 12–3 pm, 5:30–9:30 pm Phone: 02 8871 7188 Reservations: F&B-SYD-Nobu@crownresorts.com.au; $380 per head (including matched wine and sake). Crownsydney.com.au

Sushi Oe

16/450 Miller St, Cammeray; Tue – Sat. SMS only 0451 9709 84 E: jizakana16@gmail.com Phone: 0426 233 984 $230 per head. jizakana.com.au

Kisuke with Yusuke Morita

50 Llankelly Place, Potts Point; Tuesday – Saturday: 17:30 – 10.45 (closed Sunday/ Monday) $185-200 per head Kisukepottspoint.com

Haco 

102/21 Alberta St, Sydney. Lunch, Friday to Saturday 12 -2:00 pm Dinner, Tuesday to Saturday 5:45 pm – 8:1 5pm (closed Sunday & Mondays) P: 0408 866 285                                     E: haco@hacosydney.com.au; $150 – $210 Hacosydney.com.au

Kuon

Shop 04 2/58 Little Hay St, Sydney, Lunch: Fri-Sun 12:30 pm. Dinner  Tue-Sun 5:15 pm or 7:45 pm sittings.  Reservation via SMS at 0488 688 252; $220 per head @kuon.omakase

Sokyo 

The Darling, Level G, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont. Open dinner Monday to Thursday from 5:45 pm P: 1800 700 700 $300 per head Sokyo.com.au

Kuro

368 Kent St, Sydney; Open Tue – Wed – Thur: 6 pm Fri & Sat: 5:30 pm P: 02 9262 1580, reservations@kurosydney.com $220 per head. Kurosydney.com;

Choji Omakase

Level 2, 228 Victoria Ave, Chatswood —upstairs from Choji Yakiniku. Every Monday to Wednesday at 6.30 pm. One seating per day only. $295 per head. Chojiomakase.com.au

Gold Class Daruma

The Grace Hotel, Level 1/77 York St, Sydney; 12–2:30 pm, 5:30–9.00 pm Phone: (02) 9262 1190 M: 0424 553 611 booking@goldclassdaruma.com.au·$120 – $150 per head Goldclassdaruma.com.au

Besuto

Besuto Omakase, Sydney Place precinct, 3 Underwood Street, Circular Quay. Omakase is available to book for dinner – Tuesday to Saturday. 5:30 pm & 8pm sittings. From $250. Besuto.com.au

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is no soy and wasabi offered during my omakase meal?
Even though sushi and sashimi are being served, the chef is serving each piece of sushi so quickly and directly that the chef is applying the wasabi and soy to the sushi themselves. Watch as they brush the top of the fish with soy and dab a tiny amount of wasabi on the rice, under the fish. You should not need to add extra, and in fact, it can be insulting to the chef to add more. Bathing the bottom of the rice of your sushi in soy sauce is considered bad manners, as it is seen as detracting from the flavour of the fish.

Nobu, Sydney

Can an omakase experience accommodate my dietary needs?
Although there is often little variation once the chef has set the daily menu, some customisation is possible. Advise the restaurant when you book and remind them of allergies or aversions again as you sit down. They will let you know when you book if your allergy is possible for the chef. Japanese menus feature a lot of seafood and dashi so accommodating a no seafood request can be genuinely tricky.

What are the golden rules for chopstick etiquette?
Use your chopstick holder in between eating, rather than putting chopsticks on your plate. Don’t use your chopsticks to gesticulate or point; if offering food to someone to try, never pass food directly from your chopsticks to theirs. Rather place the food onto a small plate and let them pick it up.
Never touch communal or shared food with your chopsticks. The longer, slightly larger chopsticks are like sharing cutlery, never put these in your mouth.

Without a menu, how can I know what I am eating during omakase?
Omakase is often a no-menu situation, and you are expected to try new things. Attending an omakase experience with an open, trusting mind yields the best results.
There are Wagyu and tempura omakase that reflect the chef’s personal predilections and training, but in a standard luxury omakase, the format will include a lot of freshly caught seafood and will usually kick off with a delicate appetiser. This will be followed by a sashimi and sushi course, a savoury egg custard (chawanmushi) with meat and seafood, a cooked or blow-torched market fish, a soup course, and dessert.

Can I talk to the chef during omakase? What is the protocol?
Guests at an omakase experience are welcome to ask questions of the chef; in fact, interacting with the chef is part of the experience. It is considered polite to ask questions or inquire about the food so they can explain.

What is best to pair with omakase  in terms of drinks?
In general, wine and sake are a perfect match for omakase. Aged fish and vinegar have strong umami flavours so depending on which course you enjoy, different wine and sake will pair well. Dry chilled sake is a great choice. Amazing sakes are imported into Australia, so trust the restaurant to advise you and take you on a sake journey at the same time.  If you don’t like sake, drinking chardonnay, a crisp young riesling, or even a dry complex Riesling is also totally acceptable. All three styles help bring out the flavour of the fish. Champagne can also be good. Try a blanc de blancs— 100% chardonnay —for a great way to start the meal. As you progress, remember that sake is good for dishes with a strong taste, such as uni and eel.

Nobu, Sydney

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The Sonos Ace Headphones Are Music to the Ears

The audio giant has (finally) revealed its foray in the personal listening category.

By Josh Bozin 20/06/2024

In the ever competitive market for premium headphones, few brands have captured the hearts (and ears) of audiophiles, professionals and enthusiasts alike. Bowers & Wilkins, Bose, Sony, and even Apple come to mind when debating great audio brands in 2024. Then there’s Sonos.

For over 20 years, the American audio manufacturer has been lauded for its high-end capabilities, particularly in a home setting; Sonos changed the game for the integration of home entertainment. But it had yet to venture into the realm of headphones.

Until now. Earlier this month, the company marked its long-awaited entry into the personal-listening category, with the launch of its highly anticipated Sonos Ace over-ear headphones.

“Fans have asked us for years to bring the Sonos experience to headphones,”says Patrick Spence, CEO of Sonos, “and we knew our first foray into the category needed to champion the type of innovation and sound experience Sonos has become synonymous with.”

Sonos

On paper, the Sonos Ace is an enticing proposition: a premium over-ear headphone featuring lossless and spatial audio, intuitive Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), and Aware Mode. Most appealing, however, might be its new immersive home theatre offering; the Sonos Ace can pair to compatible Sonos soundbars with just a tap of a button. The new TrueCinema technology, which arrives later this year, will precisely map your entertainment space and then render a complete surround sound system for an unparalleled listening experience.

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Retailing at $699, they aren’t exactly cheap, and there more affordable headphones that compete with Sonos in terms of audio output and high-fidelity sound. But where Sonos thrives is in the details. Available in  stealthy black and pure white, the Sonos Ace are sleek and stylish right out of the box. Sure, there is some resemblance to the Apple Air Max Pro—arguably its greatest rival in the over-ear headphone segment—but Sonos has also added its own design touches, and it’s clear the Ace was made to look and feel as good as it sounds.

Its distinctive, slim profile elegantly blends metal accents with a sleek matte finish, and thanks to the use of lightweight, premium materials like memory foam and vegan leather, you get an airy fit that isn’t overbearing, even after extensive use. The design of the Sonos Ace is also intuitive; tactile buttons make controlling the headset a cinch, and pairing with Apple or Android devices is also straightforward. The dedicated Sonos App is also helpful for customising (somewhat) your listening experience, from altering EQ to turning on certain capabilities, like Head Tracking.

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It does fall short on a couple of key fronts.  I was expecting more from the Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) for over-ear headphones of this price point; there’s no way the ANC as it stands will filter out the sounds of a plane engine, for example. I also found the Sonos Ace has an issue, albeit subtle, with the mid-bass, which can sound muddy and lack punch at times.

But these are small nits. The Sonos Ace only adds to the company’s impressive standing as an unimpeachable innovator in the audio industry.

For more information, visit Sonos.

 

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