Rake Commends: Valentine's Day
We have curated the most appealing unisex items of the moment so you can make a generous gift to your significant other... or, you know, keep it for yourself.
The new Triumph Scrambler makes its case as the ultimate retro on- or off-roader. The British brand’s signature 1200cc parallel twin provides an addictive soundtrack, while the X iteration comes with a lower seat height, making it accessible for taller and shorter riders.
Tailoring: Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren sport coats have long been among the most desirable of all ready-to-wear items. This RL67 jacket takes its inspiration from a vintage blazer that’s been in Mr. Lauren’s personal wardrobe since 1971. It’s cut from an exclusive Magee checked wool and comes with large button-flap pockets, suede elbow patches and soft, natural shoulders.
Luggage: Bennett Winch
Bennett Winch typically take a while before they put a product on the market, and for good reason. Each design is engineered to offer exceptional looks and outstanding functionality. The suede Weekender is a case in point, with its expandable capacity, military-grade brass zippers, and soft, waterproof suede offering all the practicality and style anyone could need.
Tech: Bang & Olufsen
For music lovers with an eye for aesthetics, Bang & Olufsen are hard to beat. The Beosound Balance is one of their latest creations, and with its sculpted looks and powerful, 360-degree sound, it’s among the brand’s best speakers yet
The Explorer was one of Rolex’s first Professional models, built first and foremost as a tool. While a 40mm-sized variant was unveiled most recently, the classic 36mm case remains the first choice for most wrists. Taking inspiration from the original Explorer watches of the 1950s, the current line-up features a similar case design with a flat bezel and elongated lugs, as well as an updated ‘3’, ‘6’, ‘9’ dial for ultimate legibility.
This luxurious Dior overshirt, which is made in Italy, was designed in collaboration with the Scottish painter Peter Doig — the French house borrowed from Doig’s celebrated colour palette. Cut from a soft wool-blend twill, its oversized check, boxy cut and twin chest pockets offer a modern take on classic utilitarian outerwear.
The Caterham Super Seven 600 looks as though it’s straight out of the 1950s. While it harks back to the original Lotus Seven designed by the legendary British engineer Colin Chapman, this particular model is new. It’s the marque’s smallest model to date. Throwback touches include flared front wings, chrome bodywork and Smiths analogue gauges.
Leather: Louis Vuitton
Featuring a subtle, monochrome take on Louis Vuitton’s Damier Ebene checkerboard pattern, this discreet cardholder is ideal for travelling, or for times when a compact wallet is required. Made from a coated canvas and with a calf-leather lining, it’s built to last, too.
Shoes: Brunello Cucinelli
Taking its design cues from early 20th century hiking boots, this Brunello Cucinelli pair comes with an insulating, impossibly soft shearling lining, a robust commando rubber sole, and a deerskin upper. Noted for its soft yet durable finish, the leather’s grain adds a further rugged edge to these go-anywhere boots.