Here’s where to go for the perfect Father’s Day gift
A good gift not only gives someone something that they want, but it says something about them too. It’s tailored to who they are—it’s personal. In prescience of Father’s Day this month, here’s where to go to find a little something that does just that.
A lot can be said about a man based on the kind of cigar he smokes, and nothing says classic gentleman like a Nat Sherman. Celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, the family-owned brand’s hand-rolled cigars and cigarettes have been puffed by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Rudy Giuliani. But fear not, tobacco novices—a range of price points and attentive, personalized service at the brand’s 42nd Street flagship, the Nat Sherman Townhouse, guarantee to help everyone who visits find the perfect blend to match the smoker. And that’s not to mention that shopping here is a New York experience in its own right. Entering the narrow, high-ceilinged store is like stepping back in time, with its wood walls, old fashioned counters, and the smells of tobaccos from around the world scenting the temperature-controlled air as shoppers linger over which ashtray would look the best on dad’s coffee table. (42nd St. nr. Fifth Ave.)
From Wall Street Bankers to gallerists to restaurateurs, there’s not a group of men in New York that doesn’t look to Suitsupply for its wears. The reason why is simple: Suitsupply makes the often intimidatingly complex and detailed art of suit shopping as streamlined and effortless as it can be. First of all, the flagship store in SoHo is a library of everything related to suiting, from waistcoats and shirts to suspenders, pocket squares and collar stays all sold in a comprehensive array of sizes, patterns, and colors. But before there’s even time to get overwhelmed by it all, the staff—which is extensively trained before being able to hit the floor—will kindly assist in navigating the selection. Does dad travel? Perhaps he’d enjoy a piece from the Traveller Selection, which is designed to emerge from luggage crisp and wrinkle-free. Or, perhaps he’s quite particular about his style, in which case a specially-designed Egyptian cotton shirt would fit the bill—or, for that matter, even an entirely new bespoke suit, with fittings and tailorings conveniently done in-store. (Broome St. nr. Greene St.)
If you’re looking for a unique, unusual gift but dry on ideas as to what that should be, head to Victorinox Swiss Army. The familiar red Swiss Army pocket knives will immediately provide some familiar comfort, as will the chocolate or espresso offered to you while you peruse the endless array of accessories, luggage, and clothing with intelligent designs that promise to make life easier: the 10-tool-in-one Golftool that can do everything from repairing divots to marking a pitch while still fitting in a pocket, the Night Vision watch that sees wrists chicly equipped with a chronograph design and a flashlight. A comprehensive line of menswear looks office-ready while protecting from the elements, luggage uses high-tech patented materials to be durable and lightweight, and, for the gastronome gentlemen, the cooking knives are absolutely worth a gander. No longer just for camping trips, Swiss Army is for city slickers too. (Wooster St. nr. Spring St.)
If a woman can never have too many diamonds, a man can never have too many timepieces, and for one that’s an appropriate gift for an annual holiday—impressive, but not an all-out investment piece—look to Citizen Watch. The brand is known for its mix of sophisticated style and cutting-edge technology, all at an affordable price range and housed in full at the 1,300-square-foot Times Square flagship store. Classic stainless steel designs are coupled with GPS and depth trackers for divers and adventurers, or more simple pieces with rose gold–toned casings and leather straps make for a handsome everyday look. Throughout the collections, the use of solar energy negates the need for batteries, and satellite- and atomic-clock–linked time amazingly gives a margin of error of just one second in 100,000 years. The pieces are not just good-looking, they’re talking points too. (Broadway nr. 44th St.)