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christmas-selection-hype-means-everything-2Clockwise from left: Isaac Reina leather passport cover (shop), Reel Art Press The Rat Pack Master Edition hardcover book (shop),  Leica M Monochrome (shop), MontblancMeisterstück 149 fountain pen (shop), Smythson small leather notebook (shop), Galerie Perrotin ‘Les Seins Miraculeux” by Sophie Calle (shop), Rimowa multiwheel 68 cm suitcase (shop).

 

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Monsieur Marcel Christmas List

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Our fellow French bloggers at Monsieur Marcel successfully launched their e-shop earlier this year and offer a high-quality selection of crisp products from all around the world: an actual cluster of coolness with an enticing French pitch. As a matter of fact, here is our selection of affordable gift ideas for Christmas (knowing that any order made by the 19th of December will be delivered in time for the big event):

Clockwise from left: SANDQVIST multicolor backpack (shop), PECKHAM RYE Albert Bowtie (shop), LA TAMPONNEUSE ”Approved by Chuck Norris” stamp (shop), MMT  Walnut pocket watch (shop), OSTFOLD iPhone 5S-5C-5 wool case (shop), SUNPOCKET Glacier foldaway sunglasses (shop).

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christmas-selection-hype-means-everythingI’ve decided I wouldn’t spend my next few week-ends running across Paris to find the perfect Christmas gifts, should it be for me or for my beloved ones. Instead, I would just seat behind my desk at home in my PJ and take advantage of some online resellers’ free shipping policies! I’ve started with Mr Porter, which you shouldn’t be surprised about if you’re a regular of this blog. We dudes don’t have much choice when it comes to online shops for proper menswear. If it weren’t for Mr Porter, I’d be short a few shirts and scarves and ties and shoes in my weekly rotations! Stay tuned for daily “wishlist” items in fashion, design, books, skincare, watches and many more until we reach Christmas day!

Clockwise from left:  Tom Dixon scaled-up blackened metal jack paperweight (shop), John Lobb monk-strap shoes (shop), Smythson leather watch roll (shop), Master-Piece leather-trimmed cordura backpack (shop), Aesop Mandarin facial hydrating cream (shop), Czech & Speake leather-bound manicure set (shop).

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How sensational are those limited edition éclairs from Parisian specialist L’Eclair de Genie??? A Mother Christmas printed caramel éclair? A black-on-black éclair with a galaxy print?? And you have to figure that it is as good as it looks… We bought 4 pieces the other day and they didn’t last more than 5 minutes although we were supposed to keep’em for dinner! Absolutely irresistible! There are two more Christmas creations that you can discover in-store but I dare you to try and resist and no try their permanent collection.

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We have asked tech specialist, successful blogger Joffrey from the great blog Geek & Hype to create a special christmas wishlist for all the geeks and hardware nerds you love!
1. Restoration Hardware Gramophone : a vintage product for your most recent gadgets: the Gramophone by Restoration Hardware is probably the best way to combine old with new trends (link). 2. iPad mini : the new Apple iPad mini will make all other tablets jealous. It’s affordable, very slim, and you can carry it in your bag everywhere you go (link). 3. Nest Learning Thermostat : looking for an original gift? The Learning Thermostat by Nest is more than just a traditional thermostat. It learns your habits every time you use it to provide the best heating comfort for your house (link). 4. AIAIAI TMA-1 Studio : headphones made the right way. Beautiful with a great acoustic quality (link). 5. Jawbone UP : more than just a wristband, UP tracks your physical activity and synchronises with your smartphone to gives you a global idea of your sleeping cycles, if your meals are healthy, and everything you wanted to know about your mood (link).  
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Year after year, the problem remains the same: what should I get him for Christmas? A gift he will appreciate is a product he wanted to buy at one point but he eventually did not because he thought it was not worth it or he had others pirorities in mind… All the stuffs we are presenting this week are typically this kind of gifts! We actually made this first selection on MrPorter’s shop:

London Undercover Navajo Umbrella (link) // Aesop Grooming Kit (link) // Cire Trudon Cinnamon Candle (link) // Fine Wines Assouline Book (link) // Lanvin Tie Clip (link) // J. Crew Crocodile Flask (link) // Miansai Leather Bracelet (link) // Anderson’s tricolor Belt (link) // The Sartorialist Closer by Scott Schuman Book (link)

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I know this is a gift giving period but why shouldn’t we think about self-gift-giving ?? On the tabs for the sexiest bag of the universe distinction is the Proenza Schouler PS11 Mini Classic. Totally irresistible and eye-catching in metallic hologram leather. Oh shit. It is out of stock already. Maybe Christmas Father has some samples left ? (link)

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Wantful: “Gift giving is hard— harder than it needs to be— and it’s gotten rote and commoditized along the way. We’re tired of gift cards, stick-on bows, and pre-printed greeting cards. We’ve seen too many forced smiles and poorly suited gifts that never see the light of day. Like you, we’ve struggled with the mechanics of gift-giving: remembering, shopping, wrapping, and delivering. So we’re reinventing the entire experience.” That’s how they present their service: what more can I say? Wantful is the solution to all your recurring gift giving issues, just indicate who the gift is for, your budget and the occasion, Wantful comes up with a list of “fancy-like” gift to add to your list. Link

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J.Lindeberg’s Biannual book, The Documentary and A Dream, has released for Fall/Winter 2011. It is a much expected book in the photography/fashion community. This edition features Patrick Grant, the Creative Director at British label E. Tautz and owner of our “favourite” bespoke Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons, I mean where we wish we had our suits tailored. The limited edition book is already available so you’ll have to be quick if you pick it as a Xmass gift to offer !

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