Rake Commends: Christmas Special

From DJs and tech to cars and games, THE RAKE has curated a selection of the most beautiful gift ideas for the festive season. (You may need a bigger stocking for the car.)

Rake Commends: Christmas Special

Motorbike — Norton 

There is no name more evocative in motorcycling than Commando. The new Norton Commando 961 channels the same flavour as the original, which was released in 1967, with its parallel twin-cylinder engine and classic roadster looks. But it ups the ante with parts handcrafted from solid blocks of billet aluminium, as well as Ohlins shocks and a full Brembo brake system. 

Shirt — RRL 

You could spend a lifetime trying to track down the perfect denim shirt, or you could go straight to this one by RRL. Made from a textured, lightweight Japanese cotton linen denim, it promises to age as gracefully as Mr. Lauren. Sanforized to avoid shrinkage, it comes with two front flap pockets and a versatile tailored fit, which works both open and tucked in. 

Tech — Leica Sofort 2 

With its Sofort 2 camera, Leica have combined the pleasures of analogue printing with the reliability of digital shooting. It’s got a large screen, so you can see what you’ve captured before you print, and its minimal design and sharp 28mm F2 lens ensures it’ll work just as well on your travels as it will on Christmas Day. 

Watch — Panerai Radiomir Annual Calendar 

With close ties to the Italian armed forces, Panerai’s Radiomir has long been among the best-looking military watches. This latest one comes with a platinum alloy case, a forest-green, graduated dial, and, true to its functional heritage, one of the easiest-to-read calendar complications we’ve seen in some time. 

Tailoring — Thom Sweeney 

When it comes to soft, comfortable tailoring, few do it better than Thom Sweeney. Cut from a deep navy velvet, this dinner jacket comes with generous silk lapels, a single-button front, and the house’s signature cut, which is soft-shouldered and feels more like your favourite cardigan than traditional eveningwear. 

Household — Alexandra Llewellyn backgammon set 

Constructed with a sustainable eucalyptus wood base and lid, this winter-themed backgammon board has a beautifully made, printed leather-wrapped playing surface. It’s something that’s particularly rare for its larger size, and it allows for a quieter playing experience you’ll be able to enjoy late into the evening. 

Fashion — Barbour x Baracuta 

Can you have too many pockets? This collaborative piece between Barbour and Baracuta proves that the answer is most certainly no. The coat takes inspiration from classic fishing jackets, with Baracuta’s Creative Director and engineered garments founder, Daiki Suzuki, giving it his trademark utilitarian flair. 

Shoes — Crockett & Jones

There isn’t a more decadent footwear option for the festive season than a pair of velvet slippers. Crockett & Jones’ trademark house slipper is a classic choice, and one that is only improved by the addition of an embroidered tree and train set. 

Car — Polestar 3 

Driving a Polestar for the first time is akin to experiencing next-gen motoring. The state-of-the-art, all-electric 3 model is the brand’s first S.U.V., but aside from its sleek, futuristic design, it’s the little details that stand out — frameless, auto-dimming mirrors; acoustic rear windows to reduce wind noise; and One Pedal Drive, which will make Christmas travel an effortless experience. 

Discover the Rake Commends Christmas Special in Issue 91, available now.