Gene Kelly’s umbrella, James Bond’s lighter, Michael Caine’s glasses or Gianni Agnelli’s watch; the list goes on of
accessories which are remembered for their role in building up a character. Because accessories, apart from being
obviously practical, offer the wearer another outlet to express their individual style in subtle yet interesting
ways. Whether using a jovial pocket square to lighten a business suit or wearing your Grandfather’s ring imbued with
sentimental value, an accessory can add as much or as little to a look as needed. Here are a few of The
Rake’s top choices to start your collection.
Tom Chamberlin, Editor
I thought it best not to speculate this week and choose items from the list that I actually own, and can attest to
their usefulness in my daily life. Though there may be nothing intrinsically life-changing about a wallet, a scarf
and a cigar case, it is important to remember that reliability in life is everything, and these are nothing if not
reliable to me every time I leave the house. Also, the fact is that each of these, once you look past their purely
functional properties, are indeed special and different. The Russian reindeer hide is idiosyncratic because of its
origins (shipwrecked for two centuries off the coast of England), the hyper-eccentricity of the Rubinacci scarf is beautiful to behold, as well as perfect in all seasons,
and the Fallon keeps your cigars healthy and ready for ignition in a way that no other case has managed to do.
Altogether it is a holy triumvirate of accessories.
Charlie Thomas, Deputy
Not just reserved for summer, a good pair of sunglasses always comes in handy for the low winter sun. Don’t let the
name put you off this Bespoke Dudes pair, which is carefully constructed in Italy; they are lightweight, made of
brass and feature a pleasingly rounded lens design. Forget fedoras. When it’s cold, wear a beanie. It is the 21st
century. Armour Lux’s nautical blue and white striped example is an excellent homage
to the Breton T-shirt, in hat form. The only other
accessory desperately required is a simple wallet or cardholder. Try G. Lancelot, whose Lohty bi-fold is made from a
rich brown grain calfskin that’ll age beautifully.
Jessica Beresford, Managing Editor, Online
Dressing for the cold is one of those tasks that very quickly loses its novelty, and with frosty temperatures still
plaguing much of Europe into March, its exciting sartorial possibilities have well and truly diminished. New
accessories are an easy way to renew enthusiasm for harsh conditions: a fresh pair of gloves, to keep the frostbite
at bay; a bandana, as an alternative to all those roll necks; and a handy, hold-all bag, to make carrying all those layers a
little less daunting.
Anna Prendergast, Online Editorial
In the last two months, I have misplaced my wallet - twice - on public transport. By some miracle, it’s been returned
both times, thanks to my Rake business cards being found inside, and the kindness of strangers. I’m pinning
my hopes on Ettinger’s bright red card holder to catch my eye
next time I (inevitably) drop it somewhere on the Central line. I’ll also be zipping it tightly into Frank Clegg’s
chestnut backpack, which is my favourite thing on the website at the moment because it reminds me of one that I had
years ago and – you guessed it – lost.
Browne, Online Editorial Associate
Apart from my keys, wallet and phone, I never leave the house without my watch,
sunglasses and jewellery. I can’t pretend to own the limited edition Bvlgari for Revolution but, boy, do I wish I
did. It’s sleek, lightweight and monochromatic, plus it has a ridiculously clever movement. Whether it’s sunny or
not, sunglasses provide the perfect excuse not to talk to someone deplorable who you just so happen to bump into.
Oliver Goldsmith, in my opinion, rules supreme as its frames come straight out of the history books, but are very
contemporary with colourful acetate and toned lenses. Finally, I’m all for man jewellery,
but simplicity is key and Alice Made
This definitely knows that.
My father always says that the one day you leave for work without an umbrella is the one day the heavens will open up
and, funnily enough, he's been spot on. The George Cleverly umbrella from
its coveted Russian Hide collection serves its purpose splendidly, whilst also making the awful weather seem less
so. Other entirely practical and easy-on-the-eye accessories to keep your ensemble on top form is the Mark/Giusti
leather documents cover and, of course, a pair of Aedle aluminium and leather headphones to offer some much-needed
respite from a busy working day.
Natasha Drax, Online Editorial
Accessories are useful for one of two reasons: their practicality, or their ability to enhance an outfit. Frank Clegg’s navy leather backpack, however, combines both functions. A
deep interior and a buckled front flap pocket allow plenty of space for anything from a laptop to a change of
clothes without sacrificing on aesthetics, while the smooth tumbled leather ensures it's suitable for smart
occasions. A well-chosen pair of glasses will give you a refined sophistication for business meetings, and this
leather case will keep your cherished Montblanc pens in place as you dash between them.