Father's Day Finds
Go Outside The (Gift) Box
Daines & Hathaway flasks and shotglasses from Atelier360
This year, why not get Pops something beyond the usual tie or bag of clubs on his special day? We’ve compiled a gaggle of gift ideas that just might make things a little easier as you shop in Greenwich for the most important guy in the house.
Travel In Style
Summer means vacations, and Longchamp Paris has just what Pops needs to hit the road or jet away in true French luxury. Dad can fit all his personal-care items inside their nifty, brick-colored Surf Toiletry Case for an overnight stay, and the case itself would sit perfectly in Longchamp’s slightly “rustic” Cavalier Messenger Bag in orange (a splash of fiery summer color). To scoop up all of his travel needs, go with their Surf Duffle: he’ll step out in style without missing a beat. And, if Dad’s off to a rainy place (or is just fresh from the links and a drizzle starts), Longchamp’s signature golf-club-handled Umbrella Autres Lignes makes a bold, yet functional statement: Your father will look dapper and stay dry before he puts that iPhone in Airplane Mode.
Longchamp Greenwich: 272 Greenwich Avenue, (203) 661-1675; longchamp.com
Longchamp’s signature golf-club-handled Umbrella Autres Lignes
If Dad isn’t a digital type, head to Thérése Saint Clair Stationers & Engravers for personalized letterhead, calling/business cards, and notes. The ultimate in ephemera are their KEEP CALM YOU LIVE IN GREENWICH cards—as well as an essential for articulate expression: The Forgetful Gentleman’s Letterpress Correspondence System (available in both wooden and hardpaper boxes). The folks there also offer sensational leather accessories for those calling and business cards with superlative pieces made by Ghurka, items hand-tooled up the road in Norwalk. Oh, and if you’d like to see Long Island Sound set down on Dad’s desktop, St. Clair even sells cards with images of the Greenwich coastline printed on them: Perfect, stylish reminders of home, and ones where you can actually point out your house!
Thérése Saint Clair Greenwich: 96 Greenwich Avenue, (203) 661-2927; theresesaintclair.com
Come Sail Away
If your father spends time on the Sound, then you may want to swing by Ella Vickers and accouter him properly for his time at the helm out on the waves. Their bags and backpacks literally are made of American-made sailcloths repurposed for the purpose of…well, getting on the water (and sparing landfill waste). Dad will stay sharp out on the swells and have room for food, drink and clothes, all with space to spare. We recommend the shop’s Large Excursion Duffle (massive enough to fit towels, a few changes of clothes and, probably, another set of sails…), or the Large Rope and Nautical Flag Totes, both of which are the perfect carry-alls for the Captain to carry on sailing. Head to the back of the shop for some seaworthy accessories Dad will recall from childhood, slightly updated, such as Kiel James Patrick Nautical Bracelets, just to add a little sartorial flair.
Ella Vickers: 85 Greenwich Avenue, (203) 987-3747; ellavickers.com
Kiel James Patrick Nautical Bracelet
If you’re going to be out on that boat with Dad, give him (and yourself) a few pairs of Atelier360’s board shorts. Provided Dad doesn’t need anything to carry his sailing (or surfing) items, he’ll look funky and hip in Riz (UK) patterned shorts—they are ethically sourced, earth-friendly and 100-percent-recycled numbered prints. Father might also know (or look) best in New Canaan-founded Collared Greens’s bow ties, shirts and ties—all made through environmentally responsible means. Now, while each of these is all about the eco-sustainability, Atelier360 also offers , more about wishing Pops fortified good health and long life—so you can toast your dad’s next birthday in genuine English style with a little drinks set that boasts its own sustainability. Cheers!
Atelier360: 113 Greenwich Avenue, (203) 717-1055; atelier360.com
Daines & Hathaway flasks and shotglasses
We all know that you should always listen to your father. But did you ever wonder what Dad needs to listen to, music-wise? No? Bang & Olufsen can help. Whether he’s into Beethoven, Brahms or The Beatles, Pops can pop in the BeoPlay H3 Earbuds or BeoPlay H6 Headphones and enjoy music from any device with intense sound. But…wireless is now the name of the game these days, of course, so if Dad wants to head outdoors or on the boat, he can grab the BeoLit 12 (about the size of a shoebox), and enjoy a completely wireless HiFi experience (if he’s going on the boat, BTW, he could pack it in the Ella Vickers Excursion Duffle!). However, to—literally—shake the foundations of the house, and to go—for—broke, get Dad the BeoPlay A9: A complete Audiophile Streaming Music System that sports different colored covers and is, frankly, amazing and amazingly loud. PS: If you don’t know Dad’s musical tastes, throw in an iTunes gift card with any of these to help out.
Bang & Olufsen: 365 Greenwich Avenue, (203) 769-5500; bangandolufsen.com
Hitch Your (Gift) Wagon
Summer means beach reading, right? True, but think big: You can’t just get your father a single title for Father’s Day to occupy his free time, get him a bookmobile that he can enjoy all summer long. Don’t know what to pick? Let Greenwich’s last indie, Diane’s Books, help: They’ll put together a gift wagon of books catering to all of Dad’s tastes. Does he like cars? Here’s Behind The Wheel, Ferrari and 1001 Dream Cars You Must Drive Before You Die. If Pops digs grittier material, there’s a wagon with John Le Carré’s A Delicate Truth, a new thrill-read titled, The Green Mile and Andre Gross’s No Way Back. What’s great is that there is no finer staff than the booksellers at Diane’s, so just call, go online or stop in and Dad will enjoy a mobile, customized mini-library completely unique, and packaged with a personal touch: a gift NO ONE can match.
Diane’s Books: 8A Grigg Street, (203) 869-1515; dianesbooks.com
For prices, availability and style options for all the above items, call, stop in or visit the shops online.