Women do not have a monopoly on vanity, men are catching up pretty fast, thanks to the kind of cool accessories launched just for them. One area where fashion has taken over from practicality is eyewear, and while every designer worth his name makes eyeglasses and shades, the best are the ones that go the extra mile like luxury eyewear brand David Kind, which goes to great lengths to find the perfect frame. The online-only eyewear company allows customers to interact exclusively with the brand strictly through its website and subsequent emails. Once you answer questions regarding design preferences, the team of optometrists and stylists picks six frames based on what they feel is best for your face and sends them to your home for a try-on. Once you decide on what fits, the pair you decide on is sent via courier, fitted with your prescription. All the frames are manufactured in Italy. Then there’s the new accessory for executives called the work bag. This is a bag that is big enough to carry all your electronic items, papers, stationary and files, but is really stylish-looking. These are elegant, professional and practical work bags either in solid leather or canvas, carried by the handles, and not the shoulder strap. Lots of choices, but the hot seller is the Zara Leather Workbag. For the more casual, sophisticated look, there’s the Crawford Denim Vintner’s Western. This is a cowboy-style shirt, but, as the name suggests, there’s wine involved, more specifically, Robert Mondavi Private Selection Napa Valley Cabernet, which is used to hand-dye the accents on the shirt. The inside cuffs feature stylised grape leaves and the wood washer stitched into the breast pocket was cut from one of the oak barrels used to make the wine. The shirt is accompanied by a wine-dyed bandana that sports the Robert Mondavi Private Selection logo and Crawford Denim’s signature arrows. The shirts are handmade.
Finally, the top pick, the Pelcor Cork Umbrella, which protects you from rain and snow, and keeps your conscience clean. Cork cultivation is eco-friendly, as the bark is harvested from cork trees without needing to chop trees down. This elegant umbrella takes advantage of its durability, strength and elasticity. Hand-carved from Portuguese cork trees, cork fabric—which feels like soft leather—is stretched over a clear nylon backing and sealed with a thin silicone coating to support cork’s already water-resistant nature.