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TT Vol. 118
Men's Gifting Week 2022
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With all the holiday parties coming up - my work’s theme is “sparkle” - I’ve done some homework for everyone looking to get dressed up as you bounce from your brunches to your afternoon teas to your evening soirees. First - re: “sparkle” - I would be remiss not to point out the following Dries Van Noten kit that is available to purchase for a cool $2500 USD. The pink sequins may not be for everyone, but you’ll get a second chance to wear them when Barbie comes out next summer. Looking for something more classic, but still not traditional? How about a Jil Sander statement coat, in power brown and lapels as big as a stocking, all the better to place your vintage brooch. And lastly, nothing says evening wear like patent shoes, but why not add a lug sole like Bottega Veneta has done. Perfect for a snowball fight after the after party.
Maybe I have been reading The Night Before Christmas to Noemi too often (and who seems more interested in the illustrated cats than Santa), but I’ve been inspired by the father figure who is cozily sleeping in a night shirt and cap. I’ve already started traveling with my fancy pajamas, which makes waking up in a hotel bed that much satisfying. But these Tekla night shirts are wonderfully extravagant, reminiscent of Dickens-era London. And you’d be in good company - see Eugene Levy, Elvis and, well, the sleepytime bear.
And if we’re talking about mornings, I still get irrationally excited to get the newspaper delivered on the weekends. Noemi and I “read” the newspaper together, which usually means I dictate one or two headlines before she starts to rip it apart. The WSJ we get digitally, but the NYT we still peruse the old fashioned way. And to really level-up, you can also get the pink-tinted FT weekend edition delivered. We haven’t gone this far quite yet - but it’s the move if you want to channel your inner Industry analyst.
This year, we are testing out an artificial tree, which means no need to trek to the nearest bodega, grocery store or drive upstate to a tree farm. Though I do have very fond memories of this growing up, it’s a lot, plus I’m not sure I would know how to tie a tree to the top of our car. That said, if we WERE going to drive to a Christmas tree farm in Dutchess county, these boots have the right mix of nostalgia and functionality to them, and are something Clark Griswold would have worn in 1989.
Finally, no proper holiday living room is complete without some candles. Raquel has a small holiday village collection she has accumulated over the past few years, and we usually set these out with a few candles on our mantle. Inspired by this watch merch article, consider springing for a gold Cartier to light those votives, or if you are feeling really flush, buying an extremely limited edition Patek Philippe lighter, of which only 200 were made.
Chris & Raquel
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