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Elevated Dad Jeans
When selecting a Father’s Day gift, it’s easy to fall back on certain familiar clothing options: a printed tie that will never be worn, or yet one more jersey or cap from his favorite team. But what a couple of pair of dungarees? Consider the denim belted pants from the cult Japanese label Comoli, that are like dad jeans, only much better: They are available in a textured, high-quality indigo twill and have a soft crease and a really slight taper. I picked up a pair this spring, after a long-unfulfilled obsession with the brand, which is kind of hard to seek out in North America, at Comoli’s only U.S. stockist, Tortoise & Co. in Los Angeles. The jeans’ loose cut has made them invaluable in helping me to maintain pace with the rambunctious toddler in my life who never seems to decelerate — and to look pretty put together while doing so.
Within the nearly twenty years since she launched her namesake jewelry line, the designer and photographer Monica Wealthy Kosann has found that her vintage-inspired lockets and symbolism-heavy pendants were occasionally purchased by women for the boys of their lives, or that men would buy the pieces for themselves. This spring, she introduced her first dedicated men’s wear collection. The launch includes 12 styles, corresponding to a classic, minimalist oval locket in gold or silver that holds 4 photos, and a shield-shaped piece with a black steel chain, a starburst design and sapphire or diamond detailing. “I would like a person to wear these pieces and feel protected by love and inspired by their empowering themes,” says Kosann. “They’re designed to be his day by day armor.” Shoppers can slide in their very own photos or select images for the brand to insert before shipping.
Chocolates From a Father-Daughter Duo
The French chocolatier Thierry Atlan’s résumé was already studded with accomplishments when he moved to the USA nearly a decade ago, including winning the title Meilleur Ouvrier de France chocolatier, marking him as a master of his craft. But after years of teaching, consulting and making confections for others, it took a push from his daughter Julie Atlan — “He’s very humble,” she says — for him to launch his namesake brand in 2015. The 2 have worked side by side since, with Julie handling marketing and branding because the chief operating officer and her father behind the housemade jams and ganaches, delicate bonbons and rainbow of macarons made day by day with fresh almond flour. Their most up-to-date collaboration, the Thierry Atlan store in SoHo, opened last month. Fittingly, there are many Father’s Day presents on offer, corresponding to sleek black boxes that open to disclose rows of striped chocolates and vibrantly coloured caramel domes. For Thierry, working with Julie is the “biggest gift” he may very well be given, he says. “I’m very lucky.”
The Bogotá-based handbag company Hunting Season is thought for its classic shapes meticulously hand-crafted by Colombian artisans using traditional skills. This week, the brand extends its home décor offerings with a series focused around wet-molded leather, a way during which sodden pieces of hide are pulled and adjusted over wood frames to create a desired shape. The objects thus require no additional stitches or interior supports and, after hours of drying, are buffed to a finish that resembles wood or lacquer. “I feel I’m using a chunk with a story, a history, a soul,” says Hunting Season’s founder, Danielle Corona, of the gathering, which incorporates trays, round or rectangular boxes and vases in black, cream and cognac — all of which can be handsome on an evening stand or entryway table. “This, for me, is the final word luxury.”
Hidden behind a translucent wall of Patrick Parrish’s design gallery on Lispenard Street in TriBeCa, on a lower level — and away from his noteworthy assemblage of furniture, lighting and art — is a dedicated latest space to showcase the founder’s other passion: beautiful watches. An avid collector, Parrish is especially taken with pieces from the Nineteen Fifties, ’60s and ’70s, in addition to tool watches, that are constructed with special features to help, say, drivers or pilots (or wearers who can appreciate the detailing of either). Much of his extensive stockpile is now available for purchase, together with some latest timepieces he’s sourced specifically for this shop-within-a-shop. While quite a lot of business brands corresponding to Rolex, Breitling and Omega are on offer, Parrish also hopes to focus on numerous more obscure items, corresponding to chronographs from Wittnauer Geneve and Jack Heuer. Stopping by to peruse is likely to be a special treat for dad; taking one home, an unforgettable gift.
A Recycled (or Upcycled) Backpack
For the dad who’s mindful of his environmental impact and appreciative of multiple pockets, a choice of sustainably made nylon backpacks abounds this summer. Loewe’s roll-top style consists of salvaged preconsumer yarns and trimmed in butterscotch calfskin. The South African line Sealand’s own roll-top is prepared for adventure, with two exterior water bottle pockets. Each of the brand’s bags is made by artisans in Cape Town whose signatures appear on interior name badges (and their bio on the corporate website). Prada has revamped its immediately recognizable nylon backpack via its Re-Nylon initiative, which uses regenerated yarn produced from waste fibers and from recycled, purified plastic trash collected from oceans and landfill sites. The Cincinnati-based Aruna Project’s Rani bags are constructed in a water-repellent, recycled polyester-nylon mix by victims of human trafficking, in the USA and India, who’re offered access to transitional housing and trade development programs — providing sustainable employment along with a lower carbon footprint.
A Show Tracing the History of Tiffany & Co.
A landmark latest exhibition concerning the storied jewelry company Tiffany & Co. provides just a little something for each style of visitor. Titled “Vision & Virtuosity” after the brand’s core principles, and housed at London’s famed Saatchi Gallery, the show is arranged as a seven-chapter journey through Tiffany’s history, with sections expounding on the founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany, appreciating the home’s most enduring designers (corresponding to Elsa Peretti and Jean Schlumberger) and looking out at the corporate’s entanglement with our conceptions of affection and commitment. Over 400 archival objects are on display, including vintage advertisements, an original “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” film script and the 128.54-carat yellow Tiffany Diamond. An exhibition catalog with a foreword by the late Andre Leon Talley is published by Assouline and, within the gift shop, a choice of every little thing from skateboards and hoodies to color markers — the results of collaborations with contemporary artists and types — rendered in Tiffany blue. “Vision & Virtuosity” is on view June 10 through Aug. 19 at Saatchi Gallery, London, saatchigallery.com.
Even in spite of everything this time working remotely, your father’s home office might still consist of a table stuck within the corner of a lounge or bedroom. There are a number of items that may transform such a makeshift desk into something warmer and more appealing, including accessories like a saddle leather desk blotter to define the work area, a lovely brass lighter and matchbox case to light a scented candle or incense and a travertine tray echoing ancient Rome’s hippodrome to corral odds and ends. For the hours spent taking a look at a screen, he may additionally like some blue-light reading glasses, like these tortoiseshell aviators, which look less Sarah Palin and more Steve McQueen.