ShortList’s style director Adrian Clark contemplates the future of espionage fashion
Modern-day Bond requires “Flexible pieces with fabrics that perform in the most demanding of conditions,” says Rake co-founder Clive Darby. We opted for a sleek jacket in an 80 per cent wool and 20 per cent cotton blend, with an incredibly tough 60 per cent wool and 40 per cent mohair mix in the trousers.
This limited-edition attaché (exclusive to Harrods) is crafted from a (near) indestructible revolutionary polypropylene thermoplastic composite called Tegris and boasts a false bottom designed to keep your documents hidden, with a handcuff ring and ’tracer’ digits that are stamped on to a silver plate.
Grey jacket £1,680 by RAKE LOUNGE AT MATCHES; matchesfashion.com. Black trousers £475, white pleated shirt £295 and black bow tie £95 all by RAKE AT MATCHES; matchesfashion.com. Tegra-Lite Bulletproof attaché (exclusive to Harrods) £5,995 by TUMI AT HARRODS; 020-7730 1234. Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer £7,500 by IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN; newcavendishjewellers.com. Duo T-bar cuff links £175 by LINKS OF LONDON; linksoflondon.com. ‘Orwell Struzzo’ shoes £675 by MR HARE; 020-7495 4200. Black ‘Tiago’ socks £12 by FALKE; 0800-123 400
IWC Pilot’s Worldtimer features a soft-iron inner case protection against magnetic fields and glass secured against displacement by a drop in air pressure. Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer £7,500 by IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN; newcavendishjewellers.com. Duo T-bar cufflinks £175 by LINKS OF LONDON; linksoflondon.com. Grey jacket by RAKE LOUNGE AT MATCHES (as before). White pleated shirt by RAKE AT MATCHES (as before). Laser projector keyboard £295 by DUNHILL; dunhill.com
The Riviera Martini is a contemporary update on 007’s favourite tipple, incorporating 15ml Lillet Blanc, 15ml Campari and 40ml No3 London Dry gin. It was invented by Rocio del Moral at the Renaissance St Pancras Hotel, London.
The Riviera Martini £14; marriott.co.uk. Grey jacket by RAKE LOUNGE AT MATCHES (as before). White pleated shirt and black bow tie both by RAKE AT MATCHES (as before). Duo T-bar cuff links by LINKS OF LONDON (as before)
Valextra’s new travel collection is waterproof, anti-stain, lightweight and has wheels with Pirelli tyres. ‘Avietta’ case £3,910 by VALEXTRA; 0800-123400
The lightweight, Italian ‘Orwell’ lace-up shoe allows for style and practicality. ‘Orwell’ shoes £395 by MR HARE; 020 7495 4200. Wool tuxedo £1,200 by Z ZEGNA; zegna.com. Black ‘Tiago’ socks by FALKE (as before)
Acqua di Parma’s Colonia Essenza is a true modern classic, as it blends refreshing citrus notes with white musk and vibrant woods. For the man who wears the fragrance and not the other way round – it’s not so brash as to dominate when you enter a room, but noticeable enough to create a lasting impression.
Colonia Essenza eau de cologne £105 for 180ml by ACQUA DI PARMA; 01932-233861. Ebony handmade shaving brush with synthetic hair £54.95 and ebony razor £54.95 both by MELOGY; melogy.com. Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer by IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN (as before). White pleated shirt by RAKE AT MATCHES (as before)
The Liteforce Tech Aviator RB4180 sunglasses are made out of a new bio-material – semi-crystalline thermoplastic – which provides superior lightness, protection durability and comfort in a plastic frame design.
Liteforce Tech Aviator RB4180 sunglasses with black lenses £153 by RAY-BAN AT SUNGLASS HUT; 0844-264 0870. Wool tuxedo jacket with slim satin lapels (part of a suit) £1,200 by Z ZEGNA; zegna.com. Black roll-neck £630 by Ermenegildo Zegna; zegna.com