Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2017: 7 Gifts for the Discerning Gentleman

Valentine’s Day is a time to give a nod to the special man in your life. But it can become challenging task when he is sartorially selective. To help you find a gift that is both elegant and something he will actually use, we have put together this list of 7 gifts for the discerning gentleman. These are thoughtful items at several price points to suit your budget and his taste.

From a perfectly fitting, Italian-made wool suit from Eidos to statement monk-strap shoes, there’s a unique gift for him.

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Eidos Basic Lana Wool Suit $1625

Helmed by young creative director Anotonio Ciongoli, Eidos is a line that fuses Neapolitan tailoring and American sportswear. Beautifully crafted in Italy, the Eidos Basic Lana Wool Suit will keep him equally warm and sharp for special occasions during the winter. A simple notched lapel and comfortable silhouette prevent the suit from looking too severe.

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Tom Ford Noir Eau de Parfum $135 for 1.7 oz.

Tom Ford Noir Eau de Parfum presents a captivating duality: oriental notes of Bulgarian rose and Italian bergamot intertwine with softer, classic notes of vanilla and nutmeg. The company describes Noir as a fragrance that “captures the twin facets of the Tom Ford man – the refined, urbane sophisticate who everyone gets to see and the intriguingly sensuous, private man they don’t.” It’s the perfect cologne for cool weather or a night out.

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Kindle Paperwhite $99.99

If he always has his nose in a book, the Kindle Paperwhite E-reader will dramatically multiply his reading options, while lightening the load. The Paperwhite holds thousands of books and features a glare-free screen and high-resolution 300 ppi display. He can easily slip it into his messenger or backpack for the commute home.

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Trunk Club (Price Varies)

No matter his sartorial expertise, when he gets busy it can be hard to make a trip to the store – or spend hours browsing the internet – to purchase new pieces for his collection. That’s where Trunk Club comes in. The subscription service asks him a series of questions to create a style profile. From there, he’ll get matched with a stylist who will help pick clothing that fits his look, size, and spending preferences. Trunk Club carries pieces from Jack Erwin, Bonobos, Ralph Lauren, and Belstaff, to name a few.

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Penhaligon’s Maduro Leaf Candle $135

At the end of the day, there’s nothing more relaxing than lighting a candle and unwinding with a glass of wine. Penhaligon’s makes this ritual even more luxurious with their Maduro Leaf Candle, a triple-wick candle that fills his space with a scent reminiscent of a smoking room in an elegant gentlemen’s club. This warm and comforting scent evokes cigars, soft leather armchairs, and a fire burning in the grate.

Spicy top notes open to a heart of cedarwood, patchouli, and oakwood. Base notes of white musk and amber anchor the fragrance.

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Dovo Inox 5/8” Full Hollow Straight Razor – Olivewood $160.81

An exquisite straight razor, the Dovo Inox 5/8” Full Hollow Straight Razor in Olivewood makes a fine gift for seasoned shavers and novices alike. The 5/8” full hollow carbon steel blade holds its sharpness, while the handle has a one-of-a-kind grain pattern that’ll make his razor uniquely his.

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John Lobb William Leather Monk-Strap Shoes $1300

The John Lobb William Leather Monk-Strap Shoes in Oxblood are for the gentleman who’s looking to step out of the classic Oxford comfort zone. With two monks and buckles, these monk-strap shoes are an adventurous alternative to Oxfords. This pair looks particularly charming in Oxblood. Best yet, he can match monk-strap shoes to casual denim and sharp suits alike.

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Inspired Style: James Bond “Spectre”

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When you’ve leapt from a horse onto the tail end of a plane that’s taking flight, fought an international bomb maker on sky-high scaffolding with impressive parkour skills, and corkscrewed a car over a broken bridge, you might just deserve to have your own day. Today is Global James Bond Day, marking the 53rd anniversary of the release of DR. NO in 1962. Since Sean Connery made his debut as the first cinema version of James Bond, five other Bonds have succeeded him in the iconic spy role.

Spectre, to be released on November 6th , may be Daniel Craig’s last turn as Bond, and so far we know the plot involves a cryptic message from Bond’s past that leads him to uncover a sinister organization named SPECTRE. The movie’s trailers see Craig dashing as ever in his 00 work, charmingly clad in tailored suits and separates, many of which are Tom Ford (who, by the way, also designed a fair number of Craig’s suits in Quantum of Solace and Skyfall). 

Today we’ll take a look at three of our favorite outfits that we’ve glimpsed from the Bond trailers. We may not all be able to have Tom Ford as our personal suit maker, but we can definitely take some style cues from this eternally sharp spy.

The Blue Sharkskin O’Connor Suit

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The O’Connor suit was specifically created by Tom Ford for Daniel Craig in his role as James Bond. The sharkskin version, which is seen in several clips from the trailers as well as on the movie poster above, features a jacket with straight shoulders and a single vent. It’s also closely fitted and is shorter in length. His trousers have narrow legs and are flat in front.

Bond wears this suit with a white shirt with a point collar and a white handkerchief tucked in his breast pocket. A matching navy tie and sleek black Crockett & Jones derby shoes give this suit a classic Bond feel. For a more complete view of the suit, see the Bond movie poster above.

SHOP: Tom Ford O’Connor Base Sharkskin Two-Piece Suit, Navy

The Ivory Dinner Jacket

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The ivory dinner jacket is having a revival of sorts. Made popular in the ’70s  thanks to John Travolta’s career-launching role in Saturday Night Fever, the ivory jacket is now being spotted on red carpets and now on modern-day Bond.

A first for Daniel Craig’s Bond but seen before on Sean Connery in Diamonds Are Forever in 1971, Bond wears the ivory dinner jacket during a scene romancing Bond girl Madeleine Swann (actress Léa Seydoux). Tom Ford, who designed the statement tuxedo, described it as a ‘windsor ivory viscose faille dinner jacket with a peak lapel, single back vent and ivory grosgrain details.’

Bond pairs the jacket with a black cummerbund, a crisp white Tom Ford dress shirt with a spread collar, and a black diamond batwing bow tie.

Bond keeps the focus on the jacket with narrow black trousers.

SHOP SIMILAR: J. Crew Ludlow Dinner Jacket in Italian Wool

The Casual Taupe Suit

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Bond wears a taupe jacket, tan trousers, and a crisp white shirt when he’s in Morocco. His jacket is cut shorter and the shoulders are more relaxed than the other suits he wears in Spectre. Though he wears a tie, its neutral brown color still keeps the look casual.

SHOP SIMILAR: J. Crew Ludlow suit jacket in Italian Houndstooth Wool

For more glimpses behind the scenes of the new Bond film, check out the latest trailer below.

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