This Father’s Day, we are celebrating the pillars in our lives with gifts that reflect our gratitude. In curating our favourite gift ideas, we’ve looked to the original tastemakers who shaped today’s discerning elite. From fashionable to adventurous, here are our editorial picks for what to get for fathers this June.
A HANDSOME PAIR OF SHOES
Parisian-based company LodinG was founded in 1998 by Michael Gozlan, previously known as the creator of the fashion brand Mario Dessuti. With a vision of providing luxurious menswear at affordable and fixed prices (and we mean fixed; LodinG products never go on sale, as retail prices are carefully and fairly assigned from the beginning), Gozlan established a line of fine shoes, garments, and accessories like belts and ties. This Father’s Day, treat dad to a pair of shoes that will make him feel like the gentleman he is. LodinG carries a wide range of options, from Oxfords and Derbys to Monks and sneakers, each with fine details such as velvet calfskin heel lining, all-leather lining in the interiors, careful stitching, and shining buckles. With so many customizable options when it comes to patina, colour, and style, you’ll have no problem finding dad the perfect pair of shoes.
LUXURY SHOE CARE KIT
Of course, if you’re going to treat dad to a sleek pair of shoes, he’ll need a luxury shoe care kit to keep them in mint condition. Swedish-based shoemakers Davidsons Skomakeri, one of the few shoemakers in the world with master’s letters, pride themselves on old-school techniques and traditional craftsmanship. The Box Kit Connoisseur comes in a gorgeous wooden case made from cherry, walnut, peach, or zebrano. Inside, dad will find an array of products suitable for both leather and suede. For an added touch of luxury, the kit also contains one satin pillow cloth.
A TEST DRIVE IN AN EXCLUSIVE ASTON MARTIN
Help dad live out his James Bond fantasy with a test drive in 007’s car of choice. Aston Martin is one of the sexiest luxury carmakers in the world, and given the impressive 2018 line-up, there couldn’t be a better time to treat your father to an afternoon behind the wheel. Sleek and sporty options like the Vantage, Rapide S, and DB11 will have him feeling like the hero of his own action film. The Vanquish, christened by the company as a “super grand touring machine,” comes with a price tag starting just south of $300,000 USD, and a spin through the city in this vehicle is the perfect way to treat your personal hero. Follow the test drive with James Bond’s signature drink, of course!
A BUCKET LIST TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Let’s face it: sometimes travel dreams are forced to take a back seat to parenting. Looking for a gift for the father who always postponed adventurous holidays due to dad duties? Now’s the time to show your gratitude and treat him to a journey that will get his blood pumping and heart sailing. Black Tomato offers numerous journeys that have been carefully and expertly planned by its team of adventurers. Options include a bespoke wildlife adventure through the jungles of the Congo, an epic ski adventure across Svalbard, a Heli-bike adventure through New Zealand’s Southern Alps, and mountain treks through tribe-inhabited regions of Papua New Guinea.
DINNER IN AN ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECE
Sure, taking dad to dinner is standard fare when it comes to Father’s Day celebrations — but how about taking him to dinner in an iconic American architectural masterpiece? Located in Connecticut, the Glass House was designed by prolific architect Philip Johnson. This glass structure provides uninterrupted views of the surrounding landscape, and the dinner — seated for ten guests — also includes a private tour of the studio and world-class art collection. Father’s Day dinner in this unique building is sure to provide a one-of-a-kind experience that dad will remember for years to come. The only downside? Figuring out how to top the experience next year!
A VINTAGE PAIR OF CUFFLINKS
For the well-dressed dad, cufflinks are a wardrobe staple. Complement his collection with a unique vintage set steeped in timeless elegance and a nostalgia for the styles of times gone by. This gold-mounted pair of Cartier Stirrup Cufflinks is set with square cabochon-cut sapphires and hinged stirrups. Made circa 1950, this gift is perfect for the dad whose style icons are mid-century Mad Men. An added bonus if your father loves an afternoon at the races: this gift is the perfect, subtle accessory for equestrian fanatics.
A RARE WATCH
We’re continuing to ride the retro train with classic watches from auction house Phillips. There’s something thoughtful and endlessly cool about finding those luxurious products no longer in production, and a rare timepiece will have dad proudly flashing his wrist at work or on the golf course. Philips offers unique and limited edition offerings from some of the world’s finest watchmakers and jewellers, like Rolex (the watch pictured above sold for nearly $2 million!), Patek Philippe, Zenith, and Longines.
A GREAT LEATHER BAG
“The clue is in the name with this Berluti briefcase,” promises the brand. “It’s called ‘Un Jour’ because it’s suitably sized for a day’s work.” Make dad feel like a CEO with this Italian-crafted bag made with Berluti’s signature Venezia leather, which has long been coveted for its unique patina. The dark green patina of this bag is created via a process of working layers of rich pigment into the hide in stages. Inside the Un Jour, multiple pouches, pockets, and slips will help keep him organized — and effortlessly stylish.
A CUSTOM-TAILORED SUIT
A well-tailored suit is the star of any man’s wardrobe, though it can be hard to find that perfect fit. Enter Garrison, Canada’s leading name in custom tailors. The brand has carved out a niche for itself in designing suits for “the most challenging of body types”; clients have included athletes from high-profile sports teams like the Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, and the TFC, and Garrison’s custom suits fit all of those muscular builds perfectly. The brand has even landed on a Signature Garrison Cut, which combines a sleek silhouette with comfort and mobility, and this won’t slow dad down as he walks into those business meetings feeling like a million bucks.
Developed by barbers with decades of experience, the London Grooming Company is specifically designed in the tradition of the well-groomed Englishman — but updated for the twenty-first century. The Father’s Day Gift Set contains everything dad needs for his morning grooming routine: shaving cream, aftershave, skin moisturizer, and cologne…and, as an added bonus, a handsome pair of socks. According to the company, all products spent years in development as a carefully curated team of experts created the perfect formula compatible with all skin types. So even if dad has sensitive skin or allergies, this kit will treat his face gently.