The Wish List
I’m not the type to throw money at multiple purchases every week/month. I take my time to research a product. I find out where it’s made and what it’s story is and if a month or so passes and I still want it, I’ll invest without hesitation. For me it’s about surrounding myself with items I really love.
These are the pieces that (after careful consideration) I’ve added to the top of my Spring/Summer wish list.
Stagg Pour Over Kettle
I’ve got a bit of a matte black obsession going on of late – brought on in part by the release of the latest Menu JWDA lamp. As with a lot of the products I covet, I first came across the Stagg Pourover Kettle on Instagram.
Produced by San Francisco based company Fellow, the Stagg is a kettle designed by coffee lovers, for coffee lovers. It’s brew range thermostat, counter-weighted handle and precision pour spout offer a slow intuitive pour, every time.
£79 at Fellow Products
Maison Kitsune Oxford Shirt
The oxford shirt is an essential part of my Spring/Summer wardrobe. The classic silhouette of the humble oxford lends itself perfectly to my need for a smart casual ‘uniform’.
The Maison Kitsune oxford shirt reflects the brands approach to creating timeless products with minimal styling. This particular button down features Kitsune’s tri-colour embroidered fox logo; offering a simple way to display some personality while remaining smart enough for office life.
£195 from END Clothing
Uniform Wares M40
I’m not and would never claim to be an expert in timepieces. I’ll admit that when it comes to mechanical versus quartz movement I’ve not got the first clue. For me, a watch is very much an accessory; an extension of my personal style.
There are plenty of minimal watch designs on the market but for as long as I remember, I’ve had my eye on this beauty from Uniform Wares. The brushed brass m-line case, minimal face and brown leather strap mean the M40 is similar to my 01-B from Instrmnt but I feel as though the lugless nature of the case will make for a nice addition to the rotation.
£320 at Uniform Wares
Ajoto Pen & Case
Manchester based design studio Ajoto are inspired by “the greatest of human endeavours: The Journey”. Step one in the journey is the concept/design, while step 2 is the precision engineering and hand finishing of each product. Step 3 is your journey with their product.
Each Aluminium Pen is precision machined from a solid bar of Hi-grade Aluminium using state of the art manufacturing techniques then finished and polished by hand
I’ve had my eye on an Ajoto pen for the longest time but felt that I didn’t use a pen enough to justify the investment. That has changed of late and the humble pen has become a firm staple in my everyday carry. Perhaps it’s time to take the plunge?
£180 from Ajoto
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1
As Tag Christof said in his article for Need Supply, “In the history of industrial product, only a handful of brands have ever become shorthand for good design.” Founded in Denmark in 1925, Bang & Olufsen are one of those brands.
I bought a Sonos PLAY:1 a few months ago and while the sound quality was excellent, I ended up having to return it due to connectivity issues with the Wifi in my building. Since then I’ve been researching Bluetooth alternatives and the B&O A1 seems like the perfect replacement.
£149 at Peter Tyson
Universal Works MW Chore Jacket
David Keyte started Universal Works in 2008 with an aim to make real, honest clothing based on fit and good design, though never over designed. As the company has grown they’ve remained true to their ideals, championing skilled, small scale production – working only with factories they trust, admire and are proud to be associated with.
The Universal Works MW (stands for Military Workwear) Overshirt is produced using high quality, medium weight 100% cotton twill, making it the perfect transitional layer going into Spring/Summer.
£115 at Universal Works
The weekends are for relaxing and that starts with the fit. When it comes to Saturday morning I swap out the tailored trousers for something with a little more ankle room. There are some great options to choose from but the Assembly pants in ‘Field Green’ have really taken my fancy.
Assembly Pant made up part of Folk’s seasonal offering for AW16 and saw the label introduce a more cropped silhouette to the collection. Cut to sit at the ankle, the trouser is crafted from a midweight canvas and comes styled with a zipped fly, front pleats, angled pockets to either side and further pockets to the back.
Currently Out of Stock (Fingers crossed it makes a comeback)
Ami Embroidered Heart Logo Tee
With Summer just around the corner (hopefully) I’ve been looking to add some quality t-shirts to my wardrobe. Paris fashion house Ami was started in 2011 with a view towards creating timeless wardrobe essentials that blur the boundaries between casual and chic.
Made in Portugal, this pure cotton construction tee plays host to the brands signature “A” embroidery to its chest, neatly finished with a ribbed crewneck, cuffs and hem.
£75 from END Clothing
Veja V10 Sneakers
Veja make beautiful sneakers. I knew that much. What I didn’t know until I started to research the brand is that Veja’s footwear are made with completely sustainable materials including a range of vegetable tanned leathers, organic and Fairtrade cotton, recycled plastic, wild rubber, jute and hemp. They are also ethically produced in their Brazilian factory.
The V10 silhouette have been on my wish list for a while. I actually placed an order for them last month but thanks to a mix up with their courier Veja were unable to deliver my order. Unfortunately, it ended in my order being cancelled. A new order will be placed soon.
£125 at Veja.
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