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Hawaiian Shirts, Clutch Cafe
Formal enough to be worn at the bar, breezy enough to be worn at the beach, a Hawaiian shirt is a staple of any summer wardrobe. Clutch Cafe is your go-to place in London for vintage Americana and its beautiful boutique located off Oxford Circus is well-worth a visit.
From £60, clutch-cafe.com
Bang & Olufsen A1 portable Bluetooth speaker
Like many of Bang & Olufsen’s other products, these portable Bluetooth speakers are not only stylish but pack some serious hardware. Impressively, it is the very first Bluetooth speaker to include a fully integrated Alexa voice assistant, which can be activated up to 5 metres away. Fully waterproof up to one metre deep, dust and sand resistant, with up to 18 hours of listening time, the A1 is hot on our list of summer essentials.
Saunders and Long's ‘The Long Weekender’
The brainchild of London salon Lockonego founder Jonny Long and film producer Nick Saunders, this industry-first product was expertly crafted with Steve Musumeci, who was chief chemist at Kiehl's and Bumble & Bumble. The trio's hero product is "The Long Weekender" – a five-in-one shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shaving cream and styling cream. A soft shaving foam is created by applying the product in circular movements to the skin; a small amount applied to dry hair helps achieve a weightless finish while simultaneously nourishing and grooming the hair. As essential as travelling with your passport.
Bennett Winch Washbag
Featuring a clip out wet compartment for storing beard clippers or razors, this made in England wash bag also carries a zip secured internal pocket. With a wide opening for easy access and Swiss RiRi zippers to secure all of your toiletries, the Bennett Winch wash bag is the ultimate ally for carrying your essentials, coming fully lined in Italian nylon and crafted from the finest full-grain Tuscan leather.
Connolly Handmade Trunks
Originally supplying the finest hides to Bentley, Aston Martin and Ferrari, among others, Connolly is the quietly confident British brand that has always emphasised small production and quality – its swimming trunks are no exception. Handmade in Naples, these trunks are made from quick-drying material with a cotton mesh lining. Featuring an elasticated waistband and drawstring waist which keeps the shorts flexible while swimming, the trunks come in an array of stylish patterns each with a practical flap pocket at the back.
Thanks to their durability and style, Mahabis Flow provides the best of both worlds as the perfect transitional footwear choice. The design expertly melds the wearable pleasure of a slipper with the practicality of a shoe. Wear them as easily to the beach as in your lounge with their breathable perforated lining for continuous airflow. They’re the slippers you never want to take off.
Dover Street Market T-Shirts
When every other guy on the beach is wearing a t-shirt from Gucci, Balenciaga or Givenchy (you know which beach clubs we're talking about) wear something a little more unique from DSM's huge array of t-shirt brands. Pair them with white linen trousers and you've got yourself a proper look.
From £35, doverstreetmarket.com
007 Limited-edition Carbon Fibre Carry-on Case
You don’t have to be in MI6 to feel like Bond. Inspired by the features of vulcanised fibreboard this Globe-Trotter case, limited to 700 pieces worldwide, features a new carbon fibre material that reduces externally applied stress without buckling due to its flexibility and elasticity. Super lightweight and strong, it's the ultimate material used in the manufacturing of travel cases, along with aluminium.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin 41mm
Gerald Genta’s design for Audemars Piguet has stood the test of time – the Tourbillon addition a fitting (and very expensive) refresh to the 48-year-old icon. Powered by Audemars Piguet’s in-house calibre 2924, it is 4.46mm thick, beats at 3Hz and boasts a pretty decent 70-hour power reserve so you can spend less time manual winding, and more time bragging at Nammos Mykonos that your watch is the only Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra Flat to be produced in the combination of rose-gold and steel.
How To Read The Night Sky, by W.S Kals
"Is this just the kind of pretentious bullshit Americans always say to French girls, so they can sleep with them?" "God, sorry. Thought I was doing pretty good." As much as we commend Leo's efforts in The Beach, he would have done extra well if he'd read Kals' hugely engaging book on how to read the night sky. From how to find north using Polaris, to identifying the super constellations, this 150-page book will give you a lifetime of joy should you ever find yourself under the night sky – alone or with company.