The Hermès Summer Styling Guide

Pairing fresh-off-the-runway treasures with Hermès bags in summertime tones, Quintessentially Gifts have created nine looks to carry you through the social season in style. 

Our exclusive Hermès sourcing service allows you to gain access to the French house’s revered Birkin, Kelly and Constance bags – minus the lengthy waiting time – in an assortment of skins, hardware and colour options.To place a request, email us at or call +44 (0) 845 224 2617. 


MARNI embellished top £980 | LINDA FARROW white-gold and platinum sunglasses £790 HERMÈS Birkin Rose Sakura 25cm £16,900 | GUCCI silk skirt £1,220GIANVITTO ROSSI suede sandals £580 


ELLERY top £385 | FENDI scarf £160 HERMÈS Kelly Rose Jaipur 28cm £15,900 |EDUN trousers £645 | NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD loafers £295 


DIANE VON FURSTENBURG suit jacket £332 and trousers £273 | HERMÈS Kelly Blue Paon 28cm £16,850 MAURIZIO PINTALDI rose-gold and diamond ring £6,800 | GUCCI pumps £420


DOLCE & GABBANA dress £3,450 | LINDA FARROW sunglasses £425 | HERMÈS Kelly White 32cm £14,900 | AQUAZURRA sandals £470


VALENTINO dress £1,960 | NOOR FARES diamond, sapphire and black gold earrings £8,150 | HERMÈS Constance Orange 18cm £12,500 | BALENCIAGA heels £565


ROKSANDA jumpsuit £1,395 | DIANE KORDAS rose-gold and diamond cuff £7,745HERMÈS Constance Mini Rose Sakura £15,000 | JIMMY CHOO sandals £475


FENDI sunglasses £300 | THE ROW shirt £1,320 HERMÈS Birkin Pelouse 35cm £11,000 | MARC JACOBS shorts £430 | SERGIO ROSSI sandals £995


ALISON LOU earrings £2,385 | TIBI cashmere sweater £650 | PROENZA SCHOULER skirt £1,245 | HERMÈS Kelly Jaune Poussin 25cm £14,900 | COMMON PROJECTS trainers £265


MARY KATRANZTOU ostrich feather jacket £2,295 | STEPHEN WEBSTER necklace £1,400 | ELLERY silk dress £785HERMÈS Medor Gris Perle 23cm £7,800 | CHLOÈ sandals £480


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Colour Analysis with Quintessentially Style


The arrival of a new season always calls for a sartorial refresh; refining and re-defining your style, letting go of the old to make room for the new. It can be all too easy to accumulate an excess of unworn clothes, pieces which clog up your closet and ultimately hinder your best-dressed self. Even the most covetable of wardrobes can benefit from a little editing – but on what basis should you begin? The answer is simple: less confusion, more cohesion.

Quintessentially Style offer sessions in Colour Analysis, a process that allows you to overhaul your entire look based on a specific selection of shades. Dressing in hues that complement your natural colouring has been proven to make you appear rejuvenated, illuminating your complexion with a radiant glow. After a detailed consultation, you will receive a report explaining your unique ‘colour season’ along with a precision-dyed spectrum of swatches, created exclusively to harmonise with your skin tone, hair and eye colour.

Understanding your colour season will completely change the trajectory of your shopping habits, enabling you to buy decisively and methodically. In a market that is oversaturated with options, the ability to distill your selection eliminates stress, time wasted, and money misspent. Never again will you have nothing to wear; streamlining your palette means that any ensemble you pull together will be perfectly polished and coordinated.

The result is a cleverly curated wardrobe: sleek, de-cluttered and full of forever pieces.

Part of Quintessentially Gifts, Quintessentially Style is dedicated to delivering an unrivalled styling service for both men and women. To find out more, please contact

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Custom-made shoes by Bionda Castana

The best friends behind Bionda Castana have gained a cult following for their blend of luxurious Italian craftsmanship and effortless British cool…


Bionda Castana, or ‘The Blonde Brunette’, began as a moniker for British-Italian duo Jennifer Portman and Natalie Barbieri when they met at University. Ten years later, the pair quit high-flying careers in the City to translate their business acumen – and their nickname – into a company of their own.

Adored by fashion editors, A-Listers and It-Girls alike, the label offers timeless, beautifully-made shoes with a distinctive youthful sensibility. The ladies champion the distinctive traits of their cultural inheritance when it comes to shoemaking, fusing artisanal Italian craftsmanship with a contemporary British edge.

Each pair is designed in London and handmade in a little town just outside Lake Como, with an emphasis on the finest materials and comfort of wear. Classic silhouettes form the basis of their collections, yet elevated with a twist or two – think contrasting textures, geometric cut-outs and opulent embellishments – in a kaleidoscope of colourways.


You can choose your favourite patterns, fabrics and colours to create your own limited-edition pair of shoes, which will be handmade in Milan and arrive within 3-4 weeks. Please contact to find out more.

‘Carine’ – Black Crepe Satin Pump with Front Tie

‘Lana’ – Silver Calf Leather Geometric Panelled Pump

‘Paulette’ – Multi Colour Stripe Slip-On Pool Slide

‘Mimi’ – Lilac Calf Suede Fringed Ankle Boot

‘Edwina’ – Raspberry Square Print Embellished Flat

‘Letizia’ – Cobalt Calf Suede Mid Heel

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Extraordinary Fine Watches


Unquestionably one of life’s most personal investments, a fine watch reflects our taste, our complexity, our individuality. When choosing a timepiece, one must value both the timelessness of traditional and the excitement of the extraordinary. Quintessentially Gifts have curated a selection of exquisite designs that fascinate with their unique aesthetic. Steeped in heritage yet entirely innovative, these watches pair time-honoured markers of quality with touches of the unexpected. Masterfully and imaginatively crafted, they will provide a perfect partner for those with a discerning eye and a distinctive sense of style. Quintessentially Gifts’ dedicated gifts team are trained in ‘watch sourcery’; the ability to track down the rarest, most sought-after timepieces in the world. To make an enquiry, please contact:

ULYSSE NARDIN: ‘Moonstruck’

Ulysse Nardin was an early proponent of modern celestial watches. This astronomical wristwatch has two moon phases, a second timezone adjuster, and date. Limited-edition of 500 pieces.

• Diameter: 46mm
• Case: Platinum/ceramic case
• Dial: Hand-painted
• Self-winding movement
• 42 jewels
• Water-resistant to 100m
• Alligator strap

PRICE: £90,000



This distinctive watch features St Basil in the Red Square, handmade. Each dial takes one month to create. The solid case back is engraved with the figures of Kosma Minin and Dmitri Posharski, who liberated Moscow from the Polish occupants in 1612.

• Gold Hands and dot-hour markers
• Case material: Platinum
• Case diameter: 40 mm
• Thickness: 12 mm
• Waterproof-resistant to 30m
• Sapphire Glass

PRICE: £109,000

ROLEX: Cosmograph Daytona Platinum

• Automatic movement
• Chronograph
• Oyster, 40 mm, platinum
•  Case Material: 950 platinum
• Dial Colour: ice blue with 11 baguette diamond hour markers
• Engine: Rolex Caliber 4130 (28,800 vph)

PRICE: £55,370


ROLEX: Cosmograph Daytona Everose Ivory/Index

• Polished 18kt Everose gold case and gold-fixed bezel ring with Tachymeter scale; gold screw-down locking crown and chronograph buttons.
• Dial: Ivory/cream colored dial.
• Everose gold rimmed ivory sub-dials.
• Finely printed minute/seconds & fractions of a second track.

PRICE: £21,500

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Pre-Order Mary Katrantzou SS16

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There’s (still) something about Mary. The cult-status London-based designer presented her SS16 collection at Central Saint Martins at London Fashion Week just a few weeks ago, and the presentation, focusing on inspiration around Roma gypsy dress and cosmic stargazing, has taken place as one of the most acclaimed collections of the season. In fact, it made the Business of Fashion’s list of Top 10 Shows of Spring/Summer 2016.

Mary K Ruffles

With couture-like finishes, romantic Spanish ruffles, strong fit-and-flare silhouettes and glistening textiles, it was, as critic Financial Times Jo Ellison points out, simply very very pretty. We’ll go as far as to say it is one of those life-affirming, confidence-inducing collections with pieces you wear to wow.

Mary K line up

Contact us to pre-order pieces from Mary Katrantzou’s extraordinary collection. Pre-orders require full price by Monday, 19 October at 3:00pm.

Expected shipping: 15/02/16-25/03/16.


Holbert Dress Laroy Dress

L-R: Holbert Dress £6,090; Laroy Dress £4,575

Rokina Dress Mira Dress

L-R: Rokina Dress £6,210; Mira Dress £4,590

Mira Top Berdella Top

L-R: Mira Top £3,065 with Berdella Bloomers £730; Berdella Top £3,755 with Berdella Bloomers £730

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Style Icon’s The Fashion Word: MFW SS16: Day 2

Luisa Beccaria SS16 MFW

The Spring/Summer 2016 Luisa Beccaria Collection epitomised a sophisticated beauty inspired by nature and folk repertoire. The set design created by Lucrezia Bonaccorsi included a backdrop of leaves; a natural theme that created a somewhat magical atmosphere complimented by the beautiful sunshine beating down on the runway. Roses and violets were the signature motifs used throughout the collection printed on organza jacquard skirts. The soft texture of light cotton pieces and silk georgette reflected beautifully against the sunshine. The colour palette explored rose pink, lilac and violet tones which enhanced the spring summer vibe of wanting to be care-free. Ethereal dresses highlighted folk tradition with accessories including straw hats fastened with floral scarves, headbands and brooches featuring enamel flowers to blend in, and ankle strap shoes in metallic shades to create a juxtaposition of shinier textures against more subtle tones. A stunning collection for the contemporary woman who is proud and confident.

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Anteprima SS16 MFW

The Anteprima Spring/Summer 2016 was a delight to watch. Izumi Ogino made a play for elegance.The collection highlights classic trends yet again with monochrome as the key look for next season. Anteprima cleverly incorporates its signature diamond-shape panels within various pieces of the collection. Contrasting colours of blue, yellow, black and white remain in keeping with the vibrant mood of spring summer. The collection is very refreshing showcasing midi-length dresses, sheer tops and skirts with vertical stripes that elongate the body shape. Expect lots of playful looks including the playsuit, nudity in the form of sheer fabrics but the key element here is to layer these fabrics with undergarments or a light-weight silk cardigan as seen on the runway. Overall, a modern, wearable collection which is suitable for any occasion. Checkerboard motifs appeared continuously which is set to become another strong look next season.

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Daniela Gregis SS16 MFW

The Daniela Gregis SS16 collection was set in a beautiful garden with a serene atmosphere. The music played in the background felt like you were lost in a secret world surrounded by nature. Daniela’s collection showcased an effortless craftsmanship; quite Parisian in style. Silhouettes were generous for comfortability. The colour scheme consisted of predominately blue, white and red with easy-to-wear fabrics such as linen and cotton. Accessories were dominated by straw hats, quirky, red sunglasses with circular lens, and neck scarves. Checkerboard dresses and jackets prevailed. Most of the female models wore low heels and clogs, and the male models wore their trousers rolled-up at the hem. Daniela’s collection is playful. The designer herself comes across very charismatic with a beautiful spirit. This is portrayed through her collection with shapes and colours that do not require much accessorising.

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Moschino SS16 MFW

Jeremy Scott dazzled, excited and kept his guests at the edge of their seats yet again! This season saw a grand collection comprising of car wash motifs, and references to construction sites which had some kind of symbolic meaning in terms of the fast pace of City life characterised by ‘Beep Beep, Toot Toot’ sounds. Jeremy Scott’s creative genius somehow uses fashion to reinterpret any theme on which he sets his mind taking his audience through a spectacle of models walking through bubbles, a frantic carwash with the latter complimented by dresses with tassels and ‘Dash’ car product imagery. The second part of the show turned our attention to models wearing ensembles characterised by traffic and road sign references. The colour palette was vibrant – blue, yellow and red stood out with black, yellow and orange highlighting the typical mood of a construction site. Jeremy Scott keeps fashion alive and engages us through fantastic visual effects, as well as using models who actually look like they are having fun on the catwalk.

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Written by Natalie Robinson | Photography by Norman Peltier | Moschino Image of Blue & Red Dress by Indigital


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Style Icon’s The Fashion Word: MFW SS16: Day 1

Genny MFW SS16

Genny supports fashion for development. F4D is a platform launched in 2011 by Evie Evangelou, with Franca Sozzani as ambassador, to encourage sustainable growth in fashion and beauty. Her mission statement is to improve the public’s awareness on the quality of products which is imperative for consumers who invest in quality produce.

Genny’s Spring Summer 2016 collection pays attention to fabric and texture. The entire collection echoes the 1970s vibe. Beautifully cut floor-length dresses, plunging neck-lines, shift dresses with sheer sleeves and a classic colour palette exploring white and gold tones, with sequins that give the collection a playful look. High-end glam to the core including catsuits and dinner jackets with androgynous edge! There was a mix of understated sensuality and high-glam! A stunning collection that oozes a powerful sophistication; classy but fierce.

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Simonetta Ravizza MFW SS16

The Simonetta Ravizza Spring Summer  2016 collection was very intricate in terms of style. It is very clear that her focus is on the use of quality fabrics such as leather, suede and fur. Simonetta Ravizza combines these fabrics together to create luxurious looks that epitomise the classic tradition of Italian fashion. Although generous silhouettes dominated the catwalk which can be worn as comfortable day attire, each piece oozes an understated sophistication for the women who loves high-quality pieces but who also wants a clean, and effortless finish. Sheer fabrics are set to be a big trend next season along with animal print combined with an earthy colour palette which Simonetta Ravizza brings to life. Her signature fur bags compliment her ‘burnt’ orange coats which would look great on a curvier shape especially as they cinch in at the waist. She is definitely one to watch.

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Stella Jean MFW SS16

The ‘En Route’ Collection of Stella Jean is a great mash-up of vibrant colours, textures and layers that represent pure creativity and a somewhat magical genius! Her SS16 collection encapsulates  as well as represents, the promise of deliverance – South America, North America, Africa, and Europe. Her garments are a salute to the traditional costumes of the “Ladies of Bahia” and the Brazilian Coast, flowing maxi-skirts, soft short-dresses, striped tunics and bomber jackets; all showcasing ruffles and motifs from life reminiscent of Adean style.

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Les Copains MFW SS16

The new Les Copains Spring Summer 2016 collection is inspired by a modern Madame Butterfly. Stefania Bandiera is behind the collection who emphasises a contemporary geisha. Denim and jacquard embroideries are key looks for next season. It also recalls the natural oriental landscape; natural tones. Knitwear is in the heart of the collection. The classic ‘Made In Italy’ tradition is combined with touches from the Far East, and epitomises true elegance dominated by a classic lady who looks demure and sophisticated. Monochrome is making a comeback. Simple but effective.

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Gucci MFW SS16

Gucci’s new front man is Alessandro Michele. The venue was quite edgy in style having been an exposed brick-walled warehouse; carpeted with Moroccan rugs. Alessandro Michele cleverly uses a mash up of prints and patterns with contrasting colours making the Gucci collection rather majestic. The message intended is to show that Gucci is being taken in a totally different direction. It is still a very classic brand in its on way but now we are seeing a more playful spin on the collection. Next season, we will see some major trends such as colourful prints and Russian inspired brocade which gives Gucci a retro-vintage feel! Very youthful: dainty dresses with ruffles, pleated skirt suits, mink coats featuring vibrant intarsias and a rich colour palette of an unusual mix of mint green, mustard yellow, red and neutral tones dominated the catwalk. Alessandro Michele has breathed new life into Gucci that appeals to the younger woman who wants to look retro-cool in a contemporary way.

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Francesco Scognamiglio SS16

Nudity and all things sheer are set to become a big trend next season! Sheer fabrics such as soft silks, and chiffons emphasis this! The Francesco Scognamiglio collection has a real mythical feel to it. Models are seen with beautiful lace, tulle and silk against the body. Handmade hems create an exquisite finish. The great Italian tradition becomes memory and symbol to then develop into dress and decoration. “I firmly believe in the past and present Italian excellence. clothes and fashion represent a way of making our immeasurable tradition  current and most of all wearable” Says Francesco Scognamiglio

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Written by Natalie Robinson | Photography by Norman Peltier


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Maison Louis Vuitton continues to reinvent and reinterpret its iconic designs through artist collaborations and limited-edition runway pieces in unique colourways. From Stephen Sprouse’s signature day-glo grafitti to Yayoi Kusama’s fantastical patterns, these unique collector’s pieces are perfect gifts for LV devotees.
Louis Vuitton Red Epi Petite MalleLouis Vuitton Black Epi Petite Malle RED / BLACK EPI PETITE MALLE These runway styles feature golden brass hardware, a foldover strap with LV S-lock closure and a removable adjustable shoulder strap. From £5,050


MOCA MURAKAMI NEVERFULL GMMONOGRAM V NEVERFULLMOCA MURAKAMI NEVERFULL GM Coated canvas; designed by Takashi Murakami for the Museum of Contemporary Art. £3,600   TURQUOISE MONOGRAM V NEVERFULL Printed “V” design inspired by Louis Vuitton’s “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez” ads from the 1960s. £1,600

PINK MONOGRAM GRAFFITI SPEEDY 30 ROSE POP MONOGRAM VERNIS ROSES ALMA GMPINK MONOGRAM GRAFFITI SPEEDY 30 Stephen Sprouse Monogram Graffiti Speedy 30 of coated canvas with all over “Louis Vuitton Paris” in neon fuchsia pink. £2,600 | ROSE POP MONOGRAM VERNIS ROSES ALMA GM Coated leather overlaid with bright Day-Glo colored roses designed in tribute to Stephen Sprouse. £3,750

MONOGRAM ROSES NEVERFULL MMMONOGRAM ICONOCLASTS KARL LAGERFELD PUNCHING BAG BBMONOGRAM ROSES NEVERFULL MM Coated canvas overlaid with neon colored roses designed in tribute to Stephen Sprouse. £2,000  MONOGRAM ICONOCLASTS KARL LAGERFELD PUNCHING BAG BB Coated canvas inspired by Stephen Sprouse. £4,750

GRENADE MONOGRAM  V NEVERFULLLIMITED EDITION YAYOI KUSAMA WAVES NEVERFULL MMGRENADE MONOGRAM  V NEVERFULL Printed “V” design inspired by Louis Vuitton’s “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez” ads from the 1960s. £1,600 LIMITED EDITION YAYOI KUSAMA WAVES NEVERFULL MM Designed by Yayoi Kusama made of coated canvas. £2,500

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The Travel Edit: LA, Como, South of France

We’ve sourced the perfect packing picks and original vintage poster inspiration for three classic jet-set destinations. Get in touch with us for details and access.

Whatever your personal taste, travelling to the West Coast calls for a touch of haute-boho…  LA copy
L-R: Los Angeles Original Vintage Poster £395, Amanda Wakeley Montezuma Embroidered Kaftan £1,600, Luxury Holistic Yoga Mats £160, Rachel Comey Suede Clogs £478, The Row Round-Frame Sunglasses £275, Globe-Trotter Candy Suitcase £1,160

A favourite of jet-setters since the 60s, Italy is all about stealth luxury – albeit with a Louis Vuitton cube. Como copy
L-R: Lago Di Como Original Vintage Poster £395, Lisa Marie FernandezWraparound Swimsuit £422, 100% Cashmere Travel Set (blanket, eye mask & pillowcase) £367, Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Sandals £440, Givenchy Antigona Floral Shopping Bag £720, Louis Vuitton Vintage Cube Trunk POA

Tap into the opulent Riviera mood with high-octane designs and ornate patterns…

Nice copy
L-R: Nice Original Vintage Poster £395, Zimmerman Ruffled Swimsuit £565, Louis Vuitton Monogram Classic Beach Towel £335, Sophia Webster Luca Leather Sandals £220, Tonya Hawkes Box Bag £730, Anndra Neen Gold-Tone Cuff £160

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Don’t Forget Father’s Day

Don’t forget Father’s Day on the 21st of June! We’ve handpicked a fine selection of gifts for every father – whether he’s a lover of watches, fashion, wine or sport.
Let us know if you have a specific request or need ideas for the man who has everything.


Make a statement of your wall space with this collection of four Michael Kahn boat prints which exude a sense of culture and refinement.
The black and white photos are accented with coordinating black and silver wooden frames keeping the look utterly chic.

Braided Panama Hat
Nothing signals the start of summer like a panama hat. This version by Yohji Yamamoto is woven from beige straw and features a moulded top and beige and black braided band. An internal black grosgrain band ensures a snug and comfortable fit.
MULO £115
Suede bi-colour slip-on espadrilles
Mulo’s distinctive aesthetic fuses classic espadrille styling with modern British flair. This tonal green suede slip-on style is new for SS15 and combines a skater-style top half – note the elastic side panels – with traditional natural rope midsole.

Square-check woven-cashmere scarf

Savile Row tailor Gieves & Hawkes is known for its timeless style and impeccable craftsmanship. This tonal-blue square-check scarf is crafted in UK from exceptionally soft cashmere – wear it to accent navy tailoring.

Nightingale leather weekend bag
The Nightingale bag has all the sleekness and edge you’d expect from Givenchy. This black leather version has a spacious interior too, making it perfect for carrying daily, overnight or weekend essentials. It comes with two top handles and an optional shoulder strap for easy handling.

Backgammon Set – Smoked Oak £1,500
The natural stripe of stunning smoked oak veneer is highlighted by the triangular shapes on the board offering this backgammon set an on-trend geometric appeal.

Bronze Art Deco Jaguar Sculpture £1,545
Channel the 1920s with the Bronze Art Deco Jaguar. A mainstay of Deco interiors, the piece offers a subtle nod to the iconic style. The roughly hewn form is perfectly imperfect. Its unfinished appeal offers it an artistic appeal as well as exuding a confidently laid-back attitude.

Relaxed linen-twill shirt
Relaxed yet polished, Patrik Ervell’s blue linen-twill shirt will make a versatile addition to your collection. It’s thoughtfully detailed with a button-down collar and centre-back box pleat for a neat silhouette.

LANVIN £1,945
Leather and cotton field jacket
Lanvin has taken the classic field jacket and given it a sleek, urban edge this season. It’s crafted from double-faced khaki-brown cotton, with four safari-style flap pockets and dark grey-brown leather details at the shoulder. It has a high-neck collar which contains an optional zip-away drawstring hood.

Showcased at Baselworld, this amazing Escale Worldtime Minute Repeater is truly a work of art.  Each 38 colour hand-painted dial takes 40 hours to create. The fun part of this particular fashion-forward piece is its straps. The Time Zone comes in an alligator strap. Extra blue, red, and yellow alligator straps can be purchased separately. Ultimate in accessorising!

Shaving Set
Cedes Milano takes all the essential elements of a classic wet shave and presents them in a truly elegant way. This two-piece set comprises a Gillette® Fusion razor, complete with disposable blades and a stainless-steel protector, and a badger-fur brush that creates a thick lather and exfoliates the skin. Each is set with a handmade mother-of-pearl handle and displayed on a chrome-plated stand.

Chic & Sleek
Wonderful hamper for that gentleman in your life.  Complete with nickel shaving set, shaving soap and some extras too!

A Fine Vintage
We have specially created our ‘Fine Vintage’ hampers for the gourmet or wine connoisseur. If you know someone who likes wine, cheese and chocolate, then this hamper will be an absolute treat for him.

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