Gifts Most Welcome: It’s a Man’s World
Buying a present for the man in your life is a tricky situation: Do you want to get him exactly what he wants (to wit: an unusually good bottle of scotch) or do you want to try to improve him in some way (perhaps adding a touch of color to a wardrobe you find too severe)?
It might frighten a man to open a box on Christmas morning and be face to face with a sweater in a searing hue. Why not find some common ground with a Charvet knit tie? They’re always the right answer, whether you’re a downtown creative director or on the board of trustees of the Met. And because it’s usually worn under a sport coat, a little color might not frighten Mr. Right.
CHARVET Knit Ties, 212 339 3290
If you’re going to step in the deep end then step toward a vintage Rolex watch. They are coveted by men of many ages in many countries. And remember: every time he looks at it he’ll think of how generous you are. More and more men are coming around to the pleasures of the smoking jacket. Depending on who’s wearing it it can fall on either side of rakish. But Churchill wore one so that should calm the bluebloods among us.
VINTAGE ROLEX WATCHES, 212 339 3290
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Not everybody needs to make a commitment of that nature, nor should they. Tom Ford—who has a definitive smoking jacket, it must be said—also has a way with accessories. From silk scarves to pocket squares he has the right take on pattern that brings a little excitement to those with more typically restrained sartorial strategies. And then there’s the definitive new Lanvin boutique on the Third Floor—with views out over Fifth Avenue and Central Park. From dynamic outerwear to discreet suits to impeccable dress shirts, it’s the way for any master of the universe to look like the best version of himself.
In the end, your man wants to know that you understand him. If that means a first edition from one of his favorite authors that is very fine indeed. Kingsley Amis’s book Everyday Drinking is also a must-have, even for the teetotalers among us. Good tickets to his favorite team will warm any fans heart. And you don’t have to be reminded: when you set the bar high, you man will respond in kind.
Gifts most suitable:
Santiago Gonzalez Card Case
A pair of Alden wingtips
A case of wine from Sherry-Lehmann
Dinner at Keen’s Steakhouse
Charvet knit tie
Tom Ford silk scarf
Kingsley Amis ‘Everyday Drinking’
Garrett Leight sunglasses
Alexander Olch wool tie
Complete Criterion DVD Collection
Membership to Film Forum
A Polaroid camera and film
Truly luxurious gloves
For Alden, Tom Ford, Garrett Leight and Alexander Olch, call 212 339 3251
Gifts most returnable:
A ‘challenging’ necktie
Outerwear in a tropical hue
Anything that requires assembly
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DAVID COGGINS is a regular contributor to Art in America and Artnet. His work has also appeared in Interview, Modern Painters, The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He is currently working on a book for Taschen. This holiday season, Mr Coggins will be elaborating upon the perilous art of gift giving with his weekly Gifts Most Welcome series here on 5th/58th. In addition, he’s our in-house scribe and usual tumblr contributor.
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