Brand watchLast of England
At the end of 2013, Tom Heber-Percy came across what he thought was a new cashmere sweater of his dad’s, and rather fancied it. When he discovered it was 30 years old, it struck him that they really don’t make them like that any more. And so his menswear label, Last of England, was born.
He works with traditional British textile companies such as William Lockie’s cashmere mills in Hawick, Scotland. Actors Matt Smith and Tom Cruise and (Bryan’s stylish son) Otis Ferry are fans of the brand. Latest pieces include a field coat made in Halifax with breathable cotton, £400, and the Moss Stitch cashmere sweater, £205 (lastofengland.co.uk).
All a chap needs
Cult men’s magazine The Chap has launched its own accessories store, Kit & Kaboodle. Not surprisingly for a magazine championing traditional menswear, pieces include burgundy and brown braces, £18, from Darcy Clothing, Exmoor Country Hose long socks from John Arbon Textiles, £16.50, and the Crowder watch with either a beige leather or striped cloth strap, £149 (thechap.co.uk).
5 reasons why we love…B&O Beoplay H5 wireless earphones
1. You get seven pairs of eartips and the housing of the earphones is made of textured rubber and polymer to resist sweat, so is good for new-year training sessions. 2. The cable is encased in braided textile, which makes them comfortable, and they look cool too. 3. The earpieces have magnets, so you can click them together round your neck when not in use … 4. … and they automatically power down so you don’t waste battery life. 5. You can adjust the sound through an app, or pick from five preset sound profiles (£199; beoplay.com/h5).
Donmar slippers look as traditional as you get. But they also use modern technology in the form of DREAM step, a gel-infused memory foam, and J.U.S.T. Guard, which builds in stain protection and water resistance. £48 in the sale (justsheepskin.com).
“I’m glad I’m bringing a ray of sunshine to an otherwise dull day, being imagined eating fritters shirtless.” Benedict Cumberbatch