Before we get started, let me explain to those of you who don’t know about The Royal Exchange. It is a luxury destination in the heart of the City, offering an unrivalled collection of boutique shopping. One of London’s most historic buildings stands in front of you as you exit Bank station and inside you’ll find the perfect place for a Dapper Chapper to shop and dine.
There are plenty of brands that will catch your eye but here’s a summary of my five favourite gift ideas for a gentleman.
1. The Smythson Soho Diary
Swap blue light for gilt-edged featherweight blue paper. This Symthson Soho diary bound in supple goat leather will keep a gentleman’s affairs in order without the risk of a technology hangover. For the gentleman who values exquisite craftsmanship and the fine arts of writing and organisation. £155
2. Penhaligon’s The Tragedy of Lord George Fragrance
A fragrance for the gentleman, Penhaligon’s The Tragedy of Lord George blends notes of brandy, shaving soap and tonka beans for a masculine and elegant effect. Made in England, the distinctive bottle adorned with a gold stag embodies the eccentricity and charm of the English countryside. One for the bathroom shelf of every aspiring Lord of the Manor this Christmas. £180.
3. Bremont Solo 37 Black / Silver
Bremont is a brand we champion, as one of the only high-end watchmakers taking on the dominance of the Swiss brands. This watch has a polished steel case that will undergo hardening treatment, providing high impact resistance but still retaining its polished surface finish. A good looking piece and at £2,895.00 a far more cost-effective option to its swiss-counterparts.
4. Opperman’s Palissy 25-hour Cognac Bag
A thing of beauty. The Palissy 25-hour by Opperman operates as both a large day-to-day and travel bag. It has the appearance of a briefcase, yet is spacious enough for overnight adventures. It retails at £445 and is available for personalisation.
5. Leica Sofort Camera
The new Leica SOFORT combines the world of Leica inspiration, creativity and expertise with the fun of instant film photograph.
Leica was already established as the ‘cool-kids’ camera in the blogging circuit and this product launch now makes the brand even more accessible to the mainstream consumer. Small and sophisticated, this versatile camera was only released last month and is available in a choice of three contemporary colours: orange, mint and classic white, and will retail at £230.