The Complete Country Gentleman’s Kit
At this time of year, as Spring begins to yield to Summer, many of us are heading to the countryside. Whether it is for views, family, or sport, the countryside is now the place to be. Venture outside in style this season as the ultimate country gentleman, with James Samson’s comprehensive list of essential outdoor companions.
Suave Summer Essentials
The mark of a country gentleman is his relaxed yet polished style. In the countryside where adventure could strike at any time, and it is essential to be dressed for any event. Keep cool in Barbour’s Armstrong Panama hat, a contemporary alternative to the classic trilby. Complete the ensemble with quality handkerchiefs by Derek Rose, which, for the country gentleman will always have a touch of luxury at hand. Both the Prince of Wales and the Navy Spot handkerchiefs are made from pure silk, and each pattern perfectly compliments Barbour’s Panama hat. Polka dots on navy is a timeless design, while the Prince of Wales design subtly catches the eye. The hat and handkerchiefs will beautifully accent a cream summer suit on a stroll through the countryside or to the beach.
Some of the greatest authors in history have surveyed the British countryside and picked up their pens, as have artists and amateurs alike. Be inspired by the great outdoors, or simply record the events of the day in a Smythson Gentleman’s Wafer Notebook. Bound with lambskin and inlaid with pale blue featherweight paper, this notebook is an astute companion to your thoughts. The Country Gentleman is never without a worthy pen, for who knows where inspiration will strike. Take for example the Bailey Medallist fountain pen by Cross, luxury stationers who have been providing the best with the best for over 186 years. This pen is crafted from polished chrome and adorned with 23 karat gold detail in a sleek silhouette. Ooze first-class sophistication wherever you find yourself with its flawless agility and durability. Complete your desk with a Graf Von Faber-Castell Desk set No.1 in ebony. The case itself is made from German alder wood and finished with high-quality mirror touches, and houses four refills for the accompanying Perfect Pencil.
Ready for Anything
The Country gentleman is well equipped with both his integral knowledge and his smart assemblage. Suitable for the city and designed in the country, the Estados Billfold wallet in British racing green is both functional and formal, perfect for the man who could easily find himself anywhere. The wallet is lined with silk, for luxury in even the most familiar of places. Keep on track of time with Maserati’s gorgeous Pole Position watch, featuring an exposed window into the inner workings of the watch itself. This window is not just intriguing, but a distinctive decorative feature which captures the eye and expresses the essence of a Country Gentleman. Of course, Maserati craft their watches from the most refined materials available such as stainless steel for the case and premium leather for the strap.
Penknives are often thought to be the playthings of scouts, or those who can’t afford a decent bottle opener, but for the Country Gentleman they are essential. A penknife provides an opportunity to show command of his distinguished talents. Taylor’s Eye Witness are master knife crafters, whose penknives are handmade from start to finish by the same artist. I say artist, as these penknives are more than just practical; but a work of art. Each of their Buffalo Horn Penknives are unique, and supplied with a certificate bearing the signature of its maker.