Plus quality casualwear and cool pyjamas
In the bag
Eastpak’s collaboration with Timberland manages to be modern without being pretentious, and practical without looking like something you’d heave over the Himalayas. The backpack (above), £70, has leather detailing, a neoprene sleeve to protect a tablet and an accessory pocket on top (timberland.co.uk).
Brand watch: Vince
The ‘small’ company that keeps getting bigger
Vince was formed in 2002 by Christopher LaPolice and Rea Laccone who – after travelling constantly to stay on top of fashion trends – had it in mind that there was room for a small, personal company designing clothes they would like. And they’ve not done badly. Designed in Los Angeles, with a head office in New York, Vince is carried in 2,400 stores across 39 countries and Liam Hemsworth, Aaron Eckhart (above) and Miles Teller wear its designs. The clothes aren’t cheap, but quality is high, as it should be with a down-filled quilted gilet at £337 and worsted wool reversible bomber jacket, £390 (vince.com).
Desmond & Dempsey is a new company making pyjamas you’d actually want to wear. It’s added tailoring to the shirt, uses button-close pockets on its trousers and you can choose between brushed and lightweight cotton. Shorts are £75, trousers £85, and shirt (with or without collar) £90. (Long set, £165, short set, £150; desmondanddempsey.com.)
5 reasons why we love…Braun Series 9 shaver
1. It’s a very sophisticated bit of kit that reads the density of your beard … 2. … and adapts to it 160 times a minute. 3. Apparently it’s been “torture tested” on three-day beards. 4. Its cut trimmer has a titanium coating which reduces friction and should last for up to 50,000 shaves. 5. The head has a 40-degree swivel adaptation to navigate the contours of your face (from £270; uk.braun.com).
‘I was a bum who never worked outside of scratching on my guitar. But when I went to work, I put on the clothes of my father.’