For many people, this Father’s Day might be a reunion of sorts: a visit to the parents’ house while observing social distancing, a perfectly wrapped present and a card in hand, to be perched on a door step for eager hands.
While luxury gifts don’t necessarily have to show your love, respect or adoration, they are nice balms to the time - especially when you can support local brands, add a luxurious touch, or give the gift of a cinematic moment for the backyard summer.
The Irish are prized internationally for our use of textiles and craftsmanship. This Father’s Day, use the opportunity to support Irish brands and offer a father a covetable piece of knitwear. Magee 1886’s slate blue and earthy brown sweater (€149 at magee1866.com) draws on the rugged landscape of the Donegal coastline. The family-run brand has been designing and weaving fabric at their mill in Donegal for over 150 years adding an important, innately Irish touch to these natural-fibre, Irish-made garments.
Inis Meain, based on the eponymous island off the west of Ireland, has become an international hit with press and buyers from the US to Italy and Japan. Buying one of their classic Aran crew knitted sweaters (€295 at inismeain.ie) is a celebration of Irish craft and storytelling but with an elevated spin, try merino wool or silk-mix alpaca blend. This Irish rising star subverts traditional knitwear with a contemporary verve: Robyn Lynch’s beige, knitted crew-neck jumper (€512 at robynlynch.co.uk) comes with a nylon panel and an embroidered logo. The 100% wool jumper is constructed in the UK by Lynch at her London studio.
Lockdown for many picked one of two avenues: inertia and inactivity or fitness kick. For those who like to linger with their morning coffees reading the papers, Derek Rose’s cotton-terry robe (€115 at MRPORTÉR.com) is essential: designed to completely absorb moisture, this luxury touch has the power to enrich any morning.
Looking to brighten the days ahead, turn to The MR PORTÉR Guide To A Better Day (€40 at MRPORTÉR.com ) which covers all aspects of your day featuring practical how-to-guides from exercise, grooming, work, mental health, style and travel, with high-profile interviews from the likes of Tom Ford, Virgil Abloh, Jon Hamm, and how to get a good night’s sleep (something that’s become few and far between for many during the pandemic). What’s more, 100 percent of the net profits will go to MR PORTÉR Health In Mind Fund powered by Movember, a charity arm of the e-commerce platform which supports men’s mental health and physical health.
Bond moment Orlebar Brown’s latest collection in partnership with Eon Productions evokes the style and spirit of the world’s most famous spy: James Bond. Evoke Bond’s glamorous spirit in a linen summer suit inspired by one worn in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, a short-sleeved Thunderball gingham shirt with signature cotton towelling lining, but the standout is Live and Let Die photographic print shorts featuring original film poster artwork (orlebarbrown.com).
A skincare routine is important as ever during the isolation period and Kennedy & Co., the brand from entrepreneur Darren Kennedy, has you covered. The Matt Hair Clay (€7.95) is perfect for any hairstyle and prevents outdated shiny-looking hair or wet-look finish. It also stimulates hair growth, reduces hair loss and increases hair thickness.
The Daily Moisturiser with SPF20 (€9.95) leaves no oily residue thanks to its matte application. It has a caffeine-based formula consisting of three active ingredients of Pro-Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Sodium Hyaluronate, to help tackle fine lines, wrinkles and dullness for a revitalised look.
Use the Purifying Peat Face Scrub (€9.95) which acts as two-in-one exfoliator and a face mask in the shower to help remove dead skin cells and unclog pores leaving skin feeling refreshed and renewed, and the Hydrating Beard Oil (€12.95, all products available at Dunnes Stores, pharmacies nationwide and online at www.kennedyandcogrooming.com) to nourish the skin around the scruff, preventing irritation and “beardruff.”
Fragrance is an incredibly personal experience making it one of the most difficult items to shop for. Men stick to their signature scent as it becomes an aspect of their personal identity. However, Chanel’s Bleu de Chanel Parfum (€129 for 100ml at brownthomas.com) is a reliable choice: an olfactory core defined by the aromatic-woody score of sandalwood that complements the cedar and citrus, lavender and geranium notes. You can never go wrong with Chanel.
Whether tech-savvy or a luddite, the Fitbit Versa 2 (€179 at harveynorman.ie) is worth adding to one’s inventory for burgeoning fitness fanatics or occasional activity dabblers. The health and fitness smartwatch comes with 6+ day battery life, Amazon Alexa built-in and remote Spotify control.
The water-resistant timepiece is built to incorporate into all aspects of your life from setting alarms, checking the weather, and tracking steps, distance, calories burned, hourly activity, active minutes and floors climbed. If you’re looking for a flexible product to make someone’s life more streamlined this could be it.