Chameleon Comfort

Even the most casual of men draws the line at turning up to the office in “dressy” sweatpants, with their sporty cuts and high price tags. Wearing sweats, even the fashionable kind, outside the gym or home environment makes one feel somewhat exposed—it’s a bit like wearing an undergarment in public.

But if athleisure itself is considered to be dubious, it’s definitely having a wider impact on style—one that could make dressing for work a little more inviting. Designers have heeded the call for comfort, recognizing the need to make men’s clothing, from suit jackets to office wear-ready trousers, more adaptable, breathable and wearable while ensuring that the design retains a degree of fashion gravitas.

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This new approach might be dubbed “covert comfort,” given that the comfortable aspects of the clothes are not immediately apparent. These easy pieces don’t resemble workout gear but have a kind of stealth coziness. Think formal silhouettes in plush textures that make you feel more like a tech mogul (minus the hoodie of course) than a corporate clone.

Good looking jackets and shirts imbued with performance attributes—thanks to sturdy stretch or fibers that wick away sweat—that don’t look out of place in the conference room and no one will know the secret to your unflappable demeanor.

The Perfect Whisky Glass

Whisky drinkers are always on the hunt for great new sources of their favourite tipple. Often overlooked is the vessel into which they pour it.

Made by master craftsmen in Bohemia from mouth blown lead crystal, Richard Brendon’s Diamond Double tumblers have a deeply satisfying heft. They also exude a contemporary elegance thanks to the simplicity and restrained distribution of the diminutive hand-cut diamonds, which are confined to the lower third and base. Sometimes less really is more.

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Ornate Cufflinks Are In

In the world of men’s jewellery three signature items stand out: signet rings, watches and cufflinks.

Ornate vintage cufflinks from exclusive jewellers such as Bulgari, Buccelatti and Cartier are having a moment among the cognoscenti from Rome to LA.

Here is a selection we’ve found from Ebay, 1st Dibs and Ruby Lane. Of course you could go always go the whole hog and commission your own bespoke design.

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Customize Your Swim Shorts

Orlebar Brown, the high end men’s swimwear brand,  is offering a  new “design your own” service where their trunks can be customized online by turning your favorite photos into luxury swimming shorts. Their SnapShort 2.0 app allows you to take your favorite Instagram photo and transform it onto your own Orlebar Brown trunks. It doesn’t need to be a photo of a beach scene; you could choose a drawing, a pattern of something you’ve discovered, even graffiti, or a family snap. Even a selfie if you fancy showing off your own mug on your own lap!

The new app is an updated version of SnapShort, that allowed monthly contest winners to design their own swimmies. Now anyone can do it, for a price. Depending on the size you select, the shorts start at $595.

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