June 12, 2013Posted by Bernard Baskin
Father’s Day is nearly upon us, and we’ve scoured the globe to track down fabulous gifts from unique retailers to spoil your Pops with. Read on for our top picks.
For discerning debonair Dads who like to smell their best, a bottle from the renowned Omani perfume house Amouage is a very special treat. The brand was launched by the Sultan of Oman in 1983, who wanted to bring back traditional Arabian perfume making traditions. Opulent, potent and indisputably masculine, the first fragrance, Amouage Gold, contains frankincense, myrrh and civet. Hop onto your magic carpet Daddy, you’re in for a scent-sational ride…
A dapper Dad should never be without a hat. And Brent Black’s custom-made, hand-blocked Montecristi Panama hats are the real deal; he works directly with Ecuadorian master weavers to preserve age-old traditions. (No, Panama hats are not from Panama, surprise, surprise.) So how does one gift a hat from afar? You send a package with a style booklet, set of instructions and measuring tape, after which Dad can chat with Brent to determine style selection, ribbon color and width, crown height, brim width, etc. Daddy dearest will love channeling his inner Clark Gable/Gregory Peck. Or is that Mom’s fantasy?
Era Ora’s pocket squares are wearable art pieces depicting surreal cityscapes and old world maps. Encourage Pops to pimp up a staid suit or jacket with a flash of silk. Colors range from acid-bright neons to monochrome for the more Demure Daddy. Tres chic. They are also eco-friendly using organic dyes, and each style is limited edition, so get clicking.
squarestreet in Hong Kong is the brainchild of two Swedes who hand-craft leather goods and accessories. They use locally sourced leathers with a beautiful wax finishing that improves with age. The SQ27 Full Leather Briefcase and chocolate brown SQ05 Macbook Pro 13” case are both exceptionally well-made pieces; durable and sleek, guaranteed to please the pickiest of Papas. They also carry a selection of shoes, home ware and eye wear.
For the practical Papa, browse useful everyday staples with a twist at Izola. Think grooming products with tongue-in-cheek packaging, quirky stationary, fishing tackle and antique-style shoe brushes, alongside collectibles like this vintage Dunhill ice bucket with cocktail shaker and coaster. Everything has a nostalgic theme like Maritime, Scout, Apothecary, Sport, Powder Room and Great Plains, and prices range depending on the article, so you could put together a bespoke goody bag.
Fredricks and Mae
Playful Papa’s will love pressies from Fredricks and Mae, who make beautiful tools and games like this 3 piece Backgammon and Checkers Box Set. Since summer is coming up, you might also want to consider the silk-screened kites and beach tennis set. Or a game of bocce on the lawn is always a civilized family affair. Boys and their toys, eh? Some things never change.
North Sea Clothing
Ahoy there, sailor! The perfect sweater for boating enthusiasts comes from North Sea Clothing, who use specially treated wool to keep out brisk winds and chilly waters. They supplied the British Royal Navy in both World Wars, and the hardy ‘Submariner’ jumper is still in production today, along with accessories like tote bags and wallets. You can even get your hands on a small collection of vintage Barbour and Belstaff motorcycle jackets, email them for more info.
Ed et Al
Ed et al started as a one man show producing bespoke men’s leather dress shoes, and has since grown to become one of Singapore’s premier shoemakers. You can choose from existing styles made to order, a completely custom-made pair or shop off the rack. Hand painted, hand stitched, hand everything for the best pair of patent leather brogues, suede driving loafers, ostrich skin double monks Dad has ever had the pleasure of slipping his tootsies into.
KORIN Fine Japanese Tableware and Chef Knives
Dad hoping to audition for the next season of Iron Chef? Then this is the right place to shop for him. Korin is packed to the brim with everything any aspiring kitchen Samurai could possibly need; but it’s knives that reign supreme here. From Garasuki butcher knives to knives dedicated entirely to slicing tuna (Maguro knife) poultry boning (Honesuki knife) and more, you can bet that if it’s sharp and shiny, you’ll find it in here. The one I bought for my dad literally brought tears to his eyes. (He accidentally cut his thumb with it.)
Terrapin Stationers & Engraving Co
For nearly a century, the Harrington family have been purveyors of fine stationary. These days they maintain the same high quality paper and engraving, but have taken on a cheeky, irreverent tone, with printed cards that say YOLO (You Only Live Once) or ‘Thanks for all the shit you do.’ (Hint: Dad might want to write something to Mom on that letterhead.) Or how about a WTF wax seal? Manhattanites might like ‘Made in New York Fucking City.’ Plus they do custom anything and everything if you’d like to print your own witticisms…
Leather Head Sports
In a former life, Paul Cunningham was an avid sports fan and photo editor for Major League Baseball. Having always possessed a penchant for leather crafting, he decided to marry the two and form an artisanal outfit called Leather Head Sports. The footballs are put together by hand, using leather from American tanneries and can be laser engraved or even branded with a custom branding iron. They also produce handsome baseballs and medicine balls. This is the ideal present for NFL and Major League loving Dad’s.