‘Tis the season to be buying. Here are 12 gift ideas for the guys to get your Christmas shopping going.
By Vincent Teoh
What’s Christmas without an itchy, ugly Christmas sweater made by Grandma? Boston’s Concepts has teamed up with Nike SB to re-appropriate the season’s iconic yet unsightly and unshapely sweater prints onto the Dunk High silhouette. Consequently, the Concepts x Nike SB Dunk High “Ugly Christmas Sweater” sneaker is imprinted with snowflakes, snowmen and mistletoes on a snowy grey upper, accompanied with seasonally fitting green and red accents.
Stay tuned to Straatosphere’s calendar for its release in time for Christmas this year.
Another good festive pick-up would be the Asics 2013 “Christmas Pack”. The pack comprises three styles – the Gel Lyte III, Gel Saga and GT II, each inspired by Santa, Rudolph and Elf respectively. Both the Gel Saga and Gel Lyte III feature suede and mesh uppers while the GT II features a leather and mesh upper.
Buy a pair, or buy them all, at A Few when they drop November 16th.
The BackBeat Go 2 by Plantronics is one of the best options for those who want high quality audio yet without the hassle of cables. Featuring high-fidelity audio for that rich bass, crisp highs, and natural midtones, topped off with a sweat-proof P2i military-grade nano-coating and a portable charging case, the BackBeat Go 2 is perfect for both outdoor and indoor listening.
The Plantronics BackBeat Go2 with a charging and storage case retails at Apple Stores and major electronic stores for SG$199.
The MA1 II Jacket is part of Stussy’s Fall/Winter 2013 release. Featuring a contrasting color quilted lining; the jacket is constructed with a tough 100% nylon shell with dual front pockets and a woven lapel logo detail. The signature MA1 zipped compartment on the shoulder completes the look.
The Stussy MA1 II jacket retails at Stussy Singapore Chapter for SG$309.90.
The modern man has no qualms spending time in the kitchen whipping up a festive meal. Under such circumstances, it would be useful to have a sturdy apron such as the Neighbourgoods x FIN Goodcraft apron on hand. Not only will it protect fancy holiday garb from the odd spillage of cranberry sauce, it will do so with much character and charm. Made of 12oz Wabash with 13oz raw Japanese denim pockets and London Tan Buffalo leather, the apron retains the marks of the craftsman’s activities, habits and methods over time.
The Neighbourgoods x FIN Goodcraft apron is available for pre-order from Haystakt at SG$88.
Coming from one of our picks of the Top 10 Stores to Visit in London, we expected no less than this pastel-toned beauty from Garbstore for Fall/Winter 2013. The Garbstore x Reebok Insta Pump Fury is part of a three pack “Outside In” series. The shoe utilizes shoe linings, foams and interior textiles to form the upper of the shoe.
Available in blue and green colorways, get your Garbstore x Reebok Insta Pump Fury from Limited Edt for SG$239.
As we near the end of the year, the days are cooler and rain falls easy. These months are perfect for wearing a sweater out without ending up stewing in your own juices. Printed with plastisol ink on misty grey fleece cotton, Highhype’s York sweater is just the warm embrace you need to feel cosy on gloomy #sweaterweather days.
The Highhype York Fleece Sweater is available at This is Alley for SG$65.
Last we heard from Staple, it was a Pop-Up Shop. Then we found out that the Pop-Up Shop was but a teaser for the main course: beginning November, the Staple Pop-Up Shop gives way to a full fledged Reed Space SG. Staying true to the original NYC store founded by Jeffstaple, creative director/founder of Staple Design, Reed Space SG will stock some the most unique brands from the independents to the world famous. For the festive season, we’ve set our sights on Staple’s Kyoto Printed Buttondown Long Sleeve Shirt.
The Staple Kyoto Printed Buttondown Long Sleeve Shirt retails at Reed Space SG for SG$95.
The Fred Perry Notch Pocket Gingham shirt is perfect for fancier occasions that come with the festive season. The 100% cotton long sleeve shirt features button down collars, single button cuffs and a stitched signature Fred Perry laurel on the chest pocket.
The Notch Pocket Gingham shirt retails at the Fred Perry Laurel Wreath Shop for SG$269.
It is never too early to prepare for the Lunar New Year. For its fifth collaboration with Converse First String, Hong Kong based CLOT presents the “Chang Pao” sneaker, inspired by traditional Chinese formal wear. The capsule collection consists of the 1970 Chuck Taylor style in blue suede or white canvas. Each shoe features traditional Chang Pao buttons, with silver and white accents.
The CLOT x Converse First String Chuck Taylor 1970 “Chang Pao” Collection is now available at select Converse First string account holders.
Men’s jewelry is no longer an oxymoron; anyone whose sartorial opinions matter from the likes of Nick Wooster to Ronnie Fieg has been spotted with some sort of arm candy. Leading the men’s jewelry market is Miansai, a brand of nautical-inspired accessories by Michael Saiger. Miansai comes in a myriad colors but the above rose gold anchor on hunter green leather seals the deal.
This bracelet and other Miansai designs are available at the Maison Ikkoku boutique. Prices range from $110 to $500.
retaW Fragrance Liquid for Denim is perfect for denimheads who firmly believe in keeping their denim unwashed for a period of time. The antibacterial, fine, spray-on mist eliminates odors from fabrics, leaving a fresh scent in its wake.
retaW Fragrance Liquid for Denim: Mood (120ml) retails at Reed Space SG for SG$29.90.