The Want List is our monthly edit, showcasing the best new garments, grooming gear, tech and beyond. A tightly-curated collection, handpicked by the Ape team, its your go-to resource for staying stylish, seasonally relevant and up to speed on the latest releases, no matter if its the peak of summer or the darkest depths of winter.
The Christmas Tree is up, your local illuminations have been switched on by some long-forgotten Z-list celebrity, and Slades Merry Christmas Everyone is playing on a constant loop in your head, slowly driving you insane. Whether you love this time of year or loathe it, a spot of retail therapy can help to take the edge off. So, whether youre buying for the man in your life, or just fancy yourself a well-deserved festive splurge, these are the best new items doing the rounds in December.
Mr P Shetland Wool Sweater
You wouldnt normally put things from Italy and Scotland together. Deep-fried Mars Bar pizza? Whisky-flavoured gelato? An entire opera played on the bagpipes? Well give those a miss, thanks. However, as it turns out, Shetland wool and Italian sartorial craftsmanship are a match made in style heaven. Just look to this rich green knitted sweater from Mr Porters in-house label, MR P., for proof.
Suitsupply Custom Suit
What better way to approach 2020 than clad in a razor-sharp suit? The trouble is, with all the Christmas shopping and expensive nights out, a wallet-draining trip to Savile Row probably isnt top of your to-do list. Dont let that deter you from suiting up, though. A custom-made option from Suitsupply will look (almost) just as good for a fraction of the price. So good, in fact, that youll be tempted to leave it on for Christmas dinner but dont.
From 399; suitsupply.com
Crockett & Jones Ross Suede-Collar Derby Boot
You should have kitted yourself out with a pair of winter boots already, but just in case youve been holding out for the perfect pair, here they are. With a waterproof wax-hide upper and oversized Vibram sole, the Ross Derby Boots from esteemed Northamptonshire shoemaker Crockett & Jones somehow manage to be both rugged and elegant all at the same time. Perfect for tackling that white Christmas youve been dreaming of, or the wet one youll most likely get instead.
Malin + Goetz Revitalising Eye Gel
If your social calendar for the festive run-in looks anything like ours, youre going to have more than a couple of unpleasant mornings in the office. Sadly, we cant claim to have some sort of miraculous solution for the headache and the queasiness. However, this revitalising eye gel from Malin + Goetz can help to relieve some of the tell-tale visual symptoms.
Tom Ford Oud Wood Gift Set
When it gets past October, every man should have a powerful oud fragrance on hand. This rich, woody, musky scent is the yin to your summery vetivers yang. Widely regarded as one of the best, this Oud Wood from Tom Ford set comes with both the eau de parfum and a refillable atomiser, so you can take it with you wherever you go.
Foreo Issa 2 Silicone Toothbrush
Cake, advent calendars (youre never too old), chocolate selection boxes and more. You might be enjoying yourself over the next month but rest assured, your teeth are having a horrible time. Treat them to the care they deserve with this futuristic toothbrush from Foreo. Maybe keep it hidden in the bathroom cabinet though, just to preempt any raised eyebrows from visiting house guests.
Glenfiddich Grand Cru 23-Year-Old Single-Malt Whisky
When everyone tires of bucks fizz and beer and asks if you have anything stronger, make sure you have something special to offer them. This single malt from Glenfiddich, a name that needs no introduction, has been matured for 23 years and finished in rare French Cuve casks for up to 6 months. Definitely a step up from a Baileys on the rocks.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Chestnut
The house really fills up during the holiday period so anything that can save a bit of space is a good thing. The sonic wizards at Bang & Olufsen have somehow managed to cram the clarity and bass response of a decent hifi system into a bluetooth speaker the size of a beef burger. Plus, a new batch of wintery colourways means it looks as good as it sounds.
Bollinger James Bond 007 Millesime 2011 Champagne
What is Christmas if not cause for celebration? And what celebration would be complete without a nice bottle of bubbly? Having said that, this one is pretty special, so we dont blame you if youre not actually going to drink it. Released to celebrate the 25th James Bond film, No Time to Die, this 2011 champagne comes complete with an etched bottle and wooden presentation box.
New Land Rover Defender
We probably wont get any snow this year, but just imagine how smug youll feel driving around in a brand new Land Rover if we do. This boxy all-terrain powerhouse borrows more than a little the current Discovery in terms of appearance, but under the bonnet its all Defender. A fitting reincarnation of the original which was famously discontinued in 2016.
From 45,240; landrover.co.uk
Longines Heritage Military 1938
A heroic timepiece from the interwar period sees a fresh release this winter. The Heritage Military 1938 boasts a clean black dial, charcoal leather strap and a true-to-its-era hand-wound movement. If you want one, though, youll need to act fast as numbers are limited to 1,938 another little nod to the year of its initial launch.