December 5, 2019
Clever gifts that eschew mass production and scream style.
The Foodie: Smeg Dolce & Gabanna Stand Mixer
The ultimate collaboration, this colorful kitchen standout ($1900) by Italian designer Smeg—known for retro appliances—and fashion icon Dolce & Gabanna has it all: iconic midcentury style with decorative interpretations of Sicilian folklore, 10 speeds, a stainless-steel bowl, and a range of accessories including a dough hook. Saluti!
The Cyclist: Allied Alfa Disc
Launched by cycling veterans from Specialized, Orbea, and Guru, Allied is a new-ish label crafting superior carbon fiber frames made in the U.S. (typically carbon-fiber bikes are made in Asia). Nimble, fast, and, of top note, ultra-light, the Alfa Disc ($5,799) will please the most diehard of cyclists—able to race at gran fondos or beat the pack during a Sunday fun ride.
The Adventurist: Alps & Meters Ski Race Knit Patrol
When tackling descents in St. Moritz or Telluride, slope style is a must, and this cozy Lambswool knit ($275) will leave you turning heads during après ski cocktails. Available in red, navy, charcoal, and grey, the classic ski patrol graphic celebrates the steep and deep. What’s more, the fitted sweater is also protective, with padding and ergonomic engineering.
The Shutterbug: Leica M Monochrom “Signature” Edition by Andy Summers
A Leica camera with rock and roll images on the exterior inspired by guitarist Andy Summers of The Police? Yes, please! Leica Camera’s new unique special edition, the Leica M Monochrom “Signature” ($14,995) represents a striking synergy of music and photography. The set is limited to 50 units worldwide, so time is of the essence to snag this clever gift for the photographer in your life.
The Wellness Warrior: Antedotum
CBD-infused products are hitting the beauty market, and Antedotum is the one to have—ahead of the curve and ultra-effective. Concepted by makeup star to the celebs Osvaldo Perez (aka “OP”) and Karina Marconi (both former Chanel execs), Antedotum relies on what we already have—cannabinoids in our skin—to plump, hydrate, and tighten. We can attest—the Vital Face Oil ($145) and Elixir Firming Serum ($125) are favorites, while the CBD Glow Kit ($300) is the perfect holiday gift to combat winter-weary skin.
The Person That Has It All: The New York Times Special Day Book
Losing sleep over gifting that special someone who seemingly has everything? This creative gift ($145) is one that will continually deliver memories and nostalgia. Created by The New York Times, it canonizes any year since 1851, containing the headlines, articles, photographs and advertisements that appeared on the day you select. A unique present for a unique someone, be it a birthday, anniversary, or just because.
The Book Lover: Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me
Written by the uber-talented Adrienne Brodeur—who launched Zoetrope: All Story magazine with Francis Ford Coppola and is the Executive Director of the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Words—this poignant, lyrical memoir ($12.99) has fast become the must-read of the season. And for those who prefer earbuds to bookmarks, Wild Game was also named Amazon’s Audible Book of the Year.
The Fashionista: Capricho Tote
On the hunt for the next “it” bag? Capricho was born during a surf session along the East Cape in Baja, Mexico. While relaxing between sets, stylish Aspenites Laura Kaplan and Nicole Tarumianz discovered a collaborative passion for adventure and a shared quest for the ultimate travel companion: a tote that embraces quiet luxury and elegant endurance. Enter the brand new Capricho tote (from $1200). Crafted with buttery, Colombian leather, built for frequent flying, and finished with an understated logo, it doesn’t scream for attention yet definitely announces its arrival. Launching February 2020; for information call 970.618.0997 or email email@example.com.
The CEO on the Go: Smythson 2020 SoHo Agenda
What to get an entrepreneur with a penchant for power lunches? Smythson’s new chic agenda ($370) is a silk-lined, crocodile embossed leather organizer featuring week-to-week layouts, pockets, and notes pages—perfect for a sophisticate on the go.
The Gourmand: California Caviar Fit for a King Gift Set
Festive and indeed fit for a king, this tasteful set ($529) celebrates Siberian Sturgeon with a stylish horn-and-bowl pedestal server and served with a blini 30-pack and 5 ounces of crème fraiche. Enjoy $100 off your order of $400 or more by utilizing SENTIENTVIP19.
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