Do you have a difficult time on Valentine’s Day picking out a gift for the guy in your life? Or is it that you want to spread the love – not COVID – to the loved ones in your life? Either way, a brand new luxury accessory, or fine fabric to gift says you love someone enough to care for their convenience and quality of life – just a little bit more. You can keep it moderate and give someone a thoughtful item that resonates with them or skip the budget and splurge with care on someone you care for.
Not every luxury item comes from brands that we know of, and often are not what we think of usually. Handmade items, 1-of-1s, recycled materials, new designs, and aesthetics, may require a seasoned style eye to notice such differences in fast-fashion and luxury-inspired items. Fashion has changed in the past two decades, and even fast-fashion markets have positioned themselves as elevated basics, Eco-conscious, and more refined than typical brands.
Menswear and lifestyle products are more complex these days and enlighten consumers. Luxury comes in streetwear aesthetics, sustainable materials, locally designed jewelry, wellness products, and even thoughtful purchases that may change your daily habits and your environment. After consecutive years in a pandemic, and spending an uncomfortable amount of time together, and at home, luxury should be granted. Finer materials are an aesthetic in elevated thinking, affording convenience for those who partake, and for those around them.
Here are some gift ideas for quality living and efficiency. These items should make life a little more interesting.
Luis Steven, the designer-owned brand turns premium pebble leather imported from Italy into magnificently constructed carrying bags for all your things large or small. The Laptop Pack can hold up to a 15” device and come in a rainbow of colors, lined with a natural suede. The vertically oriented “briefcase-style” leather backpack is versatile in how you choose to carry it. Finished with nickel zippers and hardware, the backpack has concealable straps for a clean, professional look. Bags like this are great for travel, as well as those days you head into the office.
The provocative oud unisex fragrance is blended with rare ingredients that are intense and distinct. The lostinflowers blend is a part of this new kind of smell that is intoxicating and profound with sharp floral essences. Lostinflowers take cues from jasmine, the euphoria of champaca, the alluring power of gardenia enfleurage, and rich saffron. Lead by creative director and former supermodel Helena Christensen, stranglove fragrances are the spice you can add to your relationship.
TijN Wiley Sneaker: $63
TIJN is an eco-friendly label using sustainable processes and materials. 95% of the shoe line uses vegan leather while the Walkon shoe collection is produced with recycled material. The Wiley shoe is a casual and sophisticated shoe that can be dressed up, for a reasonable price, finely made with soft and breathable recycled knit.
The M Jewelers Daylight Bracelet in collaboration with model, artist, photographer, and influencer Alexander Roth, comes in 14-carat gold vermeil, or sterling silver. Pearls set into the links give the bracelet a softer personality than the full gold link wrist accessories we are used to for men. The cache behind this brand comes straight from the streets of New York; starting at the Diamond District, and now with a new flagship store in Soho.
These trainers are engineered with high shock absorption and an ‘energy return’ feature for additional power in every stride. Circuit II Echo Cross-Trainer is a science-driven performance-enhancing kind of footwear to increase your return on your workout and health investment. It’s breathable and lightweight with two interchangeable insoles for an added cushion for intense training. Hylete is solely focused on fitness apparel and designed with input from their health-conscious community.
Made from 100% french terry cotton, the minimal logo design and deep red are Valentine’s Day appropriate if you’re planning on dining out. Sonder New York was born in the Big Apple and has delivered a minimal aesthetic for sophisticated streetwear enthusiasts.
The Shinesty underwear brand is a highbrow pair of briefs. They use a patented technology, designing The Ball Hammock Underwear line for comfortability, breathability, and no sticking. These undergarments are smooth to the touch and should spice up your Valentine’s night.
LAKE Pajamas has great nighttime options for getting comfortable and cozy with your significant other. The navy bamboo lounge pants are made of 95% bamboo and 5% spandex for maximum ease in wearing. The bamboo is great for your skin and won’t catch any leg hairs when wearing them. True to size fit, LAKE was founded by a duo in 2014 to clean up the loungewear and pajama aesthetic.
Ele Keats founded her namesake in 2004 years after joining her mother and sister in a spiritual journey at age 17. Keats was born in Paris, raised all over Europe and both coasts of the United States, and was living in Europe when she would fall in love with the tools of her friend’s goldsmith mother. An emerald set in 18k gold, is a classic water element stone of love and romance, with healing power. This gift is for that special someone who has earned your best energy and is confident it can be reciprocated.
The Lost Pattern 100% Mulberry silk satin is a top tier on the silk market. It is a stronger, smoother, and lighter more durable thread of silk and the NYC-based brand wants these bandannas and scarves to be worn. Lost Patter offers different style scarfs for various wearing aesthetics. Lost Pattern bandannas have hand-rolled edges and a hand-stitched finish.
This 100% Mongolian cashmere from Leret Leret is beautifully designed and crafted with a relaxed silhouette. The heart-to-heart design is the perfect ‘choosing-signal’ for your lover. And the ribbed cuffs, collar, and hem, of these limited, named only in number, sweaters are easier to wear than those button shirts in the back of your closet. Founded by Andrea and Edouard Leret, this label is designed in New York City and specializes in only making cashmere sweaters.
SNS Collabs Jacket x Giani – $249
New York City streetwear brands SNS and Giani have come together to create a collection of products for the urbanite savvy enough for modern street culture. Besides rugs and a disposable camera up for grabs in the capsule, the SNS x Giani collaboration has a custom bomber jacket, each spray-painted with the Giani mascot on the jacket as well as the reverse side. The design is made so the spray paint art will fade and chip over time for a unique and personalized look.
The classic Udele Sport Slide from Coach comes Valentine’s Day ready, covered in hearts with matching items and accessories. Can’t really go wrong with gifting slides to your favorite person, and these slides will be a reminder of who you love. The rubber footbed and outsole have proven to be a sturdy pair, especially in Coach’s Signature coated canvas.
The Gala wallet is made from 100 apples, upcycled into a vegan leather material. These products from the gala collection are all made from apples and are designed for modern-day men. Stylish and smart, these wallets offer an alternative to the usual leather wallet and give a sustainable cache to your significant other’s fashion and accessory choices. This product line is USDA certified for a bio-based material, PETA certified, and WFTO certified, and free of harmful chemical substances.
The Fall 2022 collection of MONFRÈRE luxury denim epitomizes the slim style jean in stark designs and prints. The Preston Coated Chocolate cargo denim is a sweet treat for the guy in your life. The denim is made in Japanese sateen for stretch and soft feel. Co-founders Sean Rudes and Steven Dann have worked on many variations of the MONFRERE denim out of their Los Angeles studio and have been favorites of entertainers and athletes.
This bar soap by Dr. Squatch smells like chocolate and strawberries. Doesn’t get much more romantic than a man who smells like your favorite sweets. These bars are blended with a blend of red wine, cocoa butter, Ylang Ylang, as well as Yohimbe bark, keeping your masculine exterior supple and moisturized after use.
Redken Redken Brews Thickening Shampoo: $8 – $30
It’s very sexy for individuals to be self-aware these days. And for men, that may mean living your truth that your hair might just be thinning. You should most definitely take action in any case. It’s the definitive tell of youthfulness in men. So take care of your mane with Redken Brews Thickening Shampoo to start your journey – or recovery, or preservation – wherever you are in it.
Gillette, the leading shave accessory company, has teamed up with the high-powered Bugatti automaker. This new electric shaver is boasting sophisticated design and award-winning technology. When activated, the razor instantly starts a soothing warmth on your skin for a comfortable shave and delicate sensory experience. Get used to a clean, sharp, shave with soft skin to follow.