Chic Holiday Gifts for Men: New York

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Men can be very particular when it comes to wardrobe, making it somewhat tricky to pick the perfect gift. Items like sunglasses need to fit just right and suits require measurements and tailoring, so it’s best to select high-quality pieces that are easy to wear. Here are some chic holiday gifts for men:

Shoes and Accessories

Known as “the finest shoe in England for a discerning few,” Edward Green handmakes each pair. The shoes take several weeks to create and many craftsmen are involved. The results are second to none. Edward Green has a selection of beautiful ready-to-wear styles, though their shoes can be made to order as well. (a.)

Sutor Mantellassi is another extraordinary label. Their shoes have been handmade by expert craftsmen since 1912 when two master cobblers opened the original shop in Florence. Though their collection of styles is extensive and varied – from loafers to car shoes and half boots – they are all incredibly chic. (b.)

A more youthful and edgy suggestion is John Varvatos. His calfskin Motorcycle Boots, in particular, are very cool. Great for casual occasions or kicking about town. (c.)

For neckties, E. Marinella is the top choice. Each tie is cut from a square of silk printed in England by a company that has supplied the label since 1914. All of the sewing is completed by hand, making no two Marinellas exactly the same. (d.)

Timepieces

A watch is a very personal accessory for men, but here are three models that are undisputed in their excellence and appeal:

Panerai is an exceptional Italian watchmaker, and our pick is the Luminor Marina Automatic. It’s a classic dive watch with a clean, simple face that is less show and more chic. (e.)

The Hublot Aero Bang is the premiere novelty watch from the famed luxury label. Its movement is visible through the skeleton-like cut-out dial, giving the chronograph a new depth. Combining an 18-karat red gold case, a black dial and a bezel in black ceramic, this timepiece is a unique beauty. It features the signature Hublot black rubber strap, and only 500 have been produced as part of a limited edition collection. (f.)

The latest version of the limited edition Roadster by Cartier has a walnut burl face and accents built into the stainless steel watchband. In the world of watches, it has been called “a true collector’s item.” The design, performance caliber, and universal appeal to possess a Roadster make it the ultimate gift. (g.)

Wine and Spirits

The 1973 Islay Single Malt Scotch by Bruichladdich is an extravagant scotch for real aficionados, and this vintage is limited to only 4200 bottles. (h.)

A bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1998. Château de Beaucastel is regarded by many as one of the top estates of Châteauneuf du Pape, in the Southern Rhône Valley of France. This is the grand vin of the estate, and the 1998 is said to be the best in many years. It’s ready to drink now – perfect timing for the holidays. (i.)

Wardrobe and Fragrances

If you’re looking to gift new outerwear, we suggest the Wool Cashmere Storm Jacket by Loro Piana. It’s both chic and versatile, made with natural fabrics and featuring a detachable vest for seasonal use. The winter months are cold here in New York, and this is the best way to survive them without compromising style. (j.)

Tom Ford’s Private Blend Roller Ball Set. The famed designer calls the Private Blend Collection “his own scent laboratory…designed with the true fragrance connoisseur in mind.” The 12 scents of this recent line are available packaged in a gorgeous collector’s box, with each blend in little black apothecary bottle. It’s a great gift that allows one to discover each of these rich fragrances. (k.)