Payday’s creeping up, so best start planning how to spend your hard-earned. Before decamping to the pub, cast an eye over the objects that will actually make you feel better the next day. Some could even double up as Christmas gifts. For your loved ones. Maybe.
Nike x Fragment Design Leather Tennis Sneakers
Luxe trainers are going nowhere. Whether you’re a card-carrying sneakerhead or finally transitioning out of brogues, clean design coupled with high-end materials is always a winning formula.
Enter Nike’s highly anticipated collaboration with Japanese label Fragment Design, which limits the branding to a swoosh punched-through buttery, claret leather. Wear them everywhere but the tennis court.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £125.
Topman LTD Core Zigzag Lambswool Roll Neck Jumper
If your visits to Topman expired with your student ID, then welcome the return of its LTD core collection for the new season.
Ditching the directional stuff for well-made classics, the range offers everything you need to refresh your capsule wardrobe, including this 1970s-leaning roll neck. Sling under an oversized overcoat to give retro a modern spin.
Available at Topman, priced £50.
Richard James Savile Row Eau De Toilette
It’s not just suits at British tailoring institution Richard James. The brand has relaunched its Savile Row fragrance just in time for Christmas, to give your stockings the scent of success.
Bursting with floral notes and rich undertones of leather, wear anywhere you would one of its namesake’s suits, from a morning pitch to the evening’s toast to its success.
Available at Richard James, priced £76.
Tom Dixon Glass Decanter
Copper’s trending, and it’s thanks to Tom Dixon, though here the British designer limits the metal to this decanter’s stopper. You want to see what you’re drinking, after all.
While we’d of course advise reserving it for only your cellar’s finest, when your ticked-off wishlist means money’s tight, it’s amazing how much nice glassware improves corner shop plonk.
Available at John Lewis, priced £95.
Clarks x 6876 Desert Trek Shoes
Desert boots tend to get relegated to the back of the wardrobe in winter (or, ideally, stowed carefully as per our instructions) but Clark’s has taken its classic off-piste this season, entrusting it to contemporary menswear label 6876.
The result is a deconstructed design, with thick seams, a raw chunky sole and subtle branding, making the icon rather more seasonal.
Available at Hanon, priced £109.
Reiss Maverick Faux Fur Collar Coat
If Starsky and Hutch were given a makeover by A.P.C.’s Jean Touitou, they’d probably end up in something like this equal parts retro and on-trend coat.
If you’re not feeling the 1970s influences – or just fancy wearing it to the office – then the faux fur collar slips off. As will you, if wearing it tempts you to slide across the bonnet of a car.
Available at Reiss, priced £295.
Made Grid Desk
The style. The colours. The organisation possibilities. This desk by Made.com is a neat freak’s dream, with a rainbow of modular nooks that trump a desk tidy in both the form and function stakes.
If your boss won’t stump up for an upgrade, and your flat lacks a dedicated office, then it also doubles as a sideboard for stowing crockery, books, or whatever else fancies a home upgrade.
Available at made.com, priced £599.
UTC00 Military Canvas Rucksack
Formed by a supergroup of designers who cut their teeth at fashion’s biggest names, UTC00’s accessories nail that sweet spot where style meets practicality. Which means its bags are crafted from fabrics that shimmer like quicksilver, but also keep your stuff safe from the vagaries of weather and clumsy crowds. Beauty and brains.
Available at Lane Crawford, priced £285.