Yes, it’s Father’s Day next weekend

Sofia and francis Ford Coppola by Bruce Weber for Vanity Fair

Dads are supposed to be a nightmare to buy for but it seems like there are so many more options of ‘good design’ these days. Maybe it’s to do with the advent of online (although, come on, ecommerce has existed for nearly 20 years now) that means the good stuff is more easily accessible. Let’s just say Mr Porter has a lot to answer for.

If in doubt, go for simplicity. I love A.P.C. and AMI for elevated tees and knits that aren’t out of reach price-wise. If on a budget then a grooming item that’s a pleasure to use is always a safe bet. Who doesn’t love Aseop or a classic cologne? On the other hand, if you’re looking for something super-special, maybe for a recent first-time dad (congratulations!), and money is no object, then a good watch is always a winner.

If the dad you’re buying for is a fan of the small, artisanal producer, you should check out the selection at The Garnered. The craft-based e-tailer has a great mix of different wares, from Anthony Peto straw hats to these handmade fine bone china espresso cups by Feldspar. On a similar, more utilitarian tip is Native & Co, selling beautifully made Japanese and Taiwanese products online or from its Notting Hill store. How about a Japanese ceramic tea pot (why are guys obsessed with ceramics all of a sudden?) or a wabi-sabi teacup

On the other hand, if he’s an experiential kinda guy, then scoop up the family and head to the museums. Pink Floyd at the V&A is a good option, or California at the Design Museum. Get him the Leica instant camera and you can all get happy snappy in the nearby parks afterwards…


WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
MAIN IMAGE: Bruce Weber for Vanity Fair
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