There’s a little over a month to go until Christmas, which means now is the prime time to finalise the list – the things that you might like to get for your friends and family or better yet, on the flip side, what you might like to see under the tree with your name on it. We’ve scoured our favourite London haunts, trawled through our go-to purveyors of fashion online and sought out new offerings to delight. From grooming to technology to luxury chocolate and beer, the Candid Christmas List is the only list you’ll need.
Forgo the traditional Christmas jumper and set your sights on solid, warm weather design. Saint Laurent’s Shark Patch Crew (£559) at End Clothing, and the Givenchy Contrast-panel Wool Jacket (£860) and Fendi Face intarsia-knit wool jumper (£415) at MATCHESFASHION.COM are chic choices for this season’s best house parties.
A pair of trainers (or several) will no doubt be on everyone’s list this year and our toppers are Valentino’s Rockrunner mesh and suede low-top trainers from MATCHESFASHION.COM (£380). We've also got our eyes on Maison Margiela's 22 Paint Splash Replicas (£369), Nike Air Jordan 1 RE LO OG Pinnacles and the Maison Margiela 22 Ace Low Vintage sneakers (£439) from End Clothing.
For accessories, you can’t go wrong with the pop-art-infused, colourful striped cravats (£101) from Dublin knitwear specialists Electronic Sheep. Maison Margiela is really hitting the mark this season – what's on our accessories list? The Zip Bangle (£215), the Paint Splash Document Holder (£275), and the Nylon Tote Bag (£735), all available from End Clothing.
What goes under your clothing is just as important as the clothing itself. Uniqlo’s Supima cotton trunks (£5.60) and briefs are a perfect blend of fun meets function, and great for stocking stuffers.
There have never been more choices for grooming than there are now. From shaving clubs to premium hair care and fragrances, here’s what we’re thinking for Christmas 2016: Create water closet envy with the Comme des Garcons Play Limited Edition Eau de Toilette set (£165) at End Clothing.
Eliminate hassle from your daily shaving routine with Cornerstones’s regular delivery (starting at £4) of top-notch shaving products, which come with a bonus: everything is paraben-free, BPA-free and naturally there aren’t any plastic microbeads.
If there is one thing to say about The Clean Sweep from Magnitone (£85), it invigorates. You’re supposed to do it for thirty seconds a day, but we’re addicted and end up going well beyond. The lightweight, handheld, facial brush features Vibra-Sonic™ technology to clean, exfoliate and condition, even if you have facial hair. The increased blood flow will leave you with glowing skin.
Don’t chance your penchant for luxury when you travel, always take the Aesop Jet Set Kit (£27) with you – shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body balm? Check, check, check and check.
Getting merry over the holidays is part and parcel and outsourcing the discovery makes it all the more thrilling. Beer Hawk is an online craft beer emporium with its very own Beer Sommelier. Expert brew, beautifully packaged is what to expect and three of our favourites are: Cloudwater Sorachi Ace Grisette (£2.89), Birra del Borgo Enkir (£2.99) and Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (£3.79).
Moving onto conventional chocolate, R Chocolate (founded by Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, Jessica de Rothschild and Quintessentially’s Ben Elliot) is a brand new chocolate experience in London’s Belgravia that offers a bespoke service – chocolate made personal via initials or an inscripted message. And trust us, you can never go wrong with a box of chocolates as a gift – for Christmas, or any holiday.
Our next print issue – The Art Issue – lands on newsstands in January, so with a nod to twentieth and twenty-first century greats, we’re pining for the Medicom Andy Warhol super alloyed silkscreen [email protected] figure (£139) and famed London illustrator, Daisy de Villeneuve’s new book with the V&A Museum, Fashion Mash-Up (£17.99), which blends her faux-naif illustrations with the V&A’s extensive archive in an interactive hard-back.
Last but not least, stay charged with the help of Griffin Technology. The Survivor Power Bank (£49.99) and premium braided cables (£30 for five feet, £40 for ten feet) will keep you connected in style.
Edited by the Candid Team