Tis the season, as they say (whoever ‘they’ are), and websites, blogs, newspapers, magazines and our television screens are filled with end-of-year lists, best-of’s, and gift guides or recommendations for the New Year. We’re resisting the trend, and while we can share a few ideas about gift giving, we’d rather thank our readers and followers for supporting us in this our first year of existence.
On the subject of gifts, while cash is king it is also gauche, unless you’re giving to charity or a college kid (isn’t that the same thing?), or giving so much that it will make a big difference in the recipient’s life; less vulgar is the gift certificate—but the most thoughtful is the present that the recipient would never buy for himself (or herself) but is very happy to have. That means, of course, that you must know the person very well. Some of the items we’ve featured this year, whether apparel or accessories, from socks to penknives and from watches to gloves or to card cases, would make the perfect gift, but you know your loved one, so you be the judge.
As can be seen in our posts (and our mosaic of some of our favorite things), we’ve featured brands that we like and stores we patronize, but there are many more out there. We would still, however, like to give a special thanks to GQ magazine for its ongoing support and to the venerable merchants Brooks Brothers and Bergdorf Goodman for their early endorsements. One could do far worse than visiting them or their sites and buying a thing or two, for yourself or as a gift.
2014 will bring many more posts—and new collaborations that will be featured in our General Store. Look out for the sunglasses—pictured in the mosaic bottom right—as our first in the New Year. Oh, and a very Happy one to you and yours…