Kartel Kendrick Watch
Balmy days in beer gardens call for a cool, unfussy watch; but one still reliable enough to get you home on time before being banished to the spare room by your other half. Sound familiar? Scottish watch company Kartel has got you covered with its recently launched Kendrick model.
In addition to a high precision Japanese movement, stainless steel caseback, discreet date window and genuine leather strap, the watch face uses words in the place of numbers. Just in case it was more than “just a quick half”.
Available at Kartel, priced £85.
Mr Porter x Saturdays NYC
New-York based Saturdays NYC started out as a surf brand, so you’ll forgive the sneer when we heard they dropped an exclusive collection at Mr Porter capable of take wearers from beach to boardroom.
Cue 10 minutes browsing the 18-piece line-up and realising Saturdays NYC has been transforming itself into a complete fashion and lifestyle brand. So along with block-colour swim shorts and cotton-jersey vests there’s an unstructured cotton blazer and a crisp white Oxford shirt. That shut us up.
Available at Mr Porter, priced from £60.
Nigel Coates Faretto Table Lamp
Getting your head down at work doesn’t have to mean working in a bland space that’s more ‘waiting room’ than ‘waiting for promotion’. Transform your desk with a few key pieces that show you mean business, like this sculptural light from prolific English architect, author and designer Nigel Coates.
The man behind Jigsaw’s flagship London store in Knightsbridge has produced a whole family of lights that use the same downward illuminating design. Our pick is the Faretto table lamp, with its mix of chromed steel structure and mirrored polycarbonate.
Available at Nigel Coates, priced £280.
Great John Street Hotel, Manchester
Summer months make for the perfect time to soak up a weekend in the UK’s coolest cities (without it feeling like a budget holiday). Manchester, the place that gave us the Harrington jacket, Rolls-Royce, and Marks & Spencer, is also home to some of the best rooftop hotels.
The Great John Street Hotel, a Victorian school transformed into a chic town house, is ready to reopen its roof garden for business. When not enjoying the room’s twin baths or the late night Oyster Bar, head up to make the most of the large hot tub, city skyline and heated veranda with loungers. Did we mention some rooms have views of the Coronation Street set? Eh up, now that’s stylish!
Rooms available at Booking.com, priced £240 per night.
Brooks Brothers Button Down Shirt
US outfitter Brooks Brothers was already a pioneering brand, known for introducing America to ready-to-wear suits, by the time it invented the button-down collar shirt in 1896. The now classic wardrobe staple was originally designed for polo players to help keep their collars from flapping in the wind. Fast forward 120 years, polo isn’t as widespread, but the style is every bit as natty.
It’s welcome news, therefore, that the brand has reintroduced the historic piece. Maintaining all the authentic details – gently rolled collar, mother of pearl buttons – while adding tweaks such as a softened fabrics and three distinct fits.
Available at Brooks Brothers, priced £145.
I Dynasty Yacht
Not short of a few million and looking for a mode of transport that shows just so? You really have two options: helicopter or yacht. In the interest of being able to pilot for a while before popping outside to enjoy the views (you really can’t do that with a helicopter) we’d go with a yacht.
Fresh on the market, the I Dynasty from stylish superyacht builder Benetti is a near 60-metre maritime marvel. She features enough room for 14 guests and, in case having a yacht isn’t enough to impress them, boasts a luxurious main saloon, sundeck, ornate elevator, jacuzzi, sauna, bar area, games table and large screen.
Oh, it’s also got a touch-and-go helipad. May as well get both, then.
Available at SuperYachtsMonaco, priced €30m (£23.6m).
Pocket Sized Projector
Londoners can’t get enough of rooftop cinemas (there’s even one where you sit in a hot tub). But what do you do if you live outside the capital and want to partake in some communal film-watching? You whack out a pocket sized projector, obviously.
The Pico-Projector can display an 80″ picture, straight from almost any device including smartphones and tablets over Wi-Fi. It weights 132g (about the same as a pack of digestive biscuits – we checked) and measures just 85mm x 85mm x 17mm despite packing a punch with built in stereo speakers and a 20-hour battery life.
The best feature? Not having to listening through 90 minutes of people “shh”-ing each other, checking their phones and walking off to the bar in front of you. Stupid London.
Available at Amazon, priced £288.