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CodeFebruary 2018

Valentine’s Gifts for the Rakish Man in Your Life

Hoping to get swept off your feet this Valentine’s? Treat the rakish man in your life to a few of these must-haves, and enjoy free shipping on all orders until the 14th.


There is nothing more comforting than cocooning oneself in an oversized sweater, so what better gift for your loved one than something you can surreptitiously borrow yourself? This grey ribbed roll neck sweater by Enlist is crafted from Merino wool, making it a plush and incredibly soft knit to cosy up to, and its gently ribbed texture keeps the silhouette modern and sophisticated. Gauging someone’s taste can be hard to do so you can’t go wrong with one of Naked Clothing’s long-sleeved polo shirts and a pair of linen boxer shorts from Emma Willis to keep him comfortable from top to toe.

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Valentine’s Day often comes with a range of garishly bright red and pink novelty items, which will most likely never see the light of day again. This printed linen pocket square from Italian brand Calabrese 1924 has a decorative design with hand-rolled edges and is a much more understated and subtle nod to the romance of the day. Mark/Giusti’s card holder will keep a gentleman’s business cards in check and a pair of deep red cufflinks are a generous, touching gift. Choosing his accessories in complementary colours also demonstrates a degree of care and thoughtfulness.

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Buying a gift for a man who has everything can be near impossible but a new product for his bathroom adds an element of excitement to a dull morning routine and will always be appreciated. The wooden bowl and brush handle of Thomas Clipper’s heritage shaving set is made from a 300-year-old British chestnut tree, a remarkable detail, and the handmade soap from Norfolk provides a fresh, natural scent. Antica Barbieria Colla has developed a clean and refreshing cologne and its earthy notes of rosemary, lavender and citrus would pair well with 58 Lifestyle’s fennel and jasmine body wash.

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Natasha Drax

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