Once in a while, we come across men’s accessories that we not only want to get for our partner/ father/ brother – but also for ourselves. These are our favourites from the prefall 2018 and fall/winter 2018 seasons.
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#1: Metal and polyester porte carte necklace, $750, Balenciaga
It is high time to change your drab, old, cardholder lanyard that you are wearing around the office. This bronze, brass and polyester accessory from the Spanish fashion house’s Men’s Pre-Fall 2018 collection doubles as a cardholder, a gift card and a necklace all in one. Made in Italy and sporting a palladium finishing, this understated accessory is definitely a cool fashion statement, yet super practical. Cleaning is easy too – simply wipe with a soft clean cloth. Finally, dressing for the office has become exciting once again. #2: Black grained calfskin bee charm, Dior Homme
The bee is an important recurring motif in Dior Homme’s Fall 2018 collection, appearing on duffle bags and jackets to dainty and delicate ear studs and necklaces. This leather bee clip comes in a range of colours such as black, orange, navy and burgundy – intended to be hung on the various backpacks, duffle bags, crossbody bags and briefcases in matching colours. All the leather goods, including this bee charm, is stamped with the ‘CHRISTIAN DIOR ATELIER’ logo as an hommage to the Dior Homme Atelier at 3 Rue de Marignan in Paris. We think this charm will add just the right amount of subtle luxury to our everyday bag. #3: Calf leather tote bag, $2000, Valentino Garavani
The tote bag is one of the key designs for both the Men’s and Women’s collections for the Italian fassion house this season. While the Women’s Pre-Fall 2018 collection featured a tote bag similarly emblazoned with the stylish VLTN logo, we like this version from the Men’s Fall/Winter 2018 collection, which is longer compared to the former. The elongated body makes this a great everyday work bag – laptops will fit comfortably in here, along with all your other stuff. The roomy size also makes this a great travelling option. Treat yourself and get both the Men’s and Women’s versions – the tote bag style is versatile enough to work well for most occasions. #4: Embroidered crossbody bag, $275, Kenzo
From the new line of the French brand’s Fall/Winter 2018 collection, this cool crossbody bag contrasts the grunginess of a metallic finish with the details of delicate floral embroidery. Apart from the forest green colour featured here, the bag also comes in black and silver, as well as an oversized clutch version in the same three shades. If flowers are not up your alley, there is also another crossbody bag featuring a dragon motif, in colours such as bright red, orange and blue. We can imagine this bag being brought around on a casual weekend with a jeans and tee ensemble, but it can also work well with a more elegant maxi dress and pumps combination. #5: Coated canvas signature sketchbook in khaki, $375, Coach 1941
Always wanted to unleash the inner Van Gogh in you? Then this pretty sketchbook will surely get you motivated. From the Men’s Pre-Fall 2018 collection, this special edition sketchbook is born from a collaboration between the American label and Disney, titled ‘Disney x Coach: A Dark Fairy Tale’. Featuring patches from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on the brand’s signature canvas cover, it contains 104 unlined pages and a snap closure. If drawing doesn’t interest you, there are also many other items in the collaboration, such as a shirt, sweater, sneaker, backpack, camera bag, crossbody bag, pouch and card case. #6: Sunglasses, $700, Tod’s
A good pair of shades that is versatile, timeless and stylish is an essential that should be in everyone’s wardrobes. With classic brown-tinted lenses, a sleek and slim metal frame and translucent navy rim, this pair works for all occasions and seasons. The mix of colours as well as the braid-like detail on the frame also adds just the right amount of modernity. For the lads, these shades will look very elegant paired with a casual navy suit, white shirt and brown loafers; while for the ladies, this pair can work great as a summer accessory with your favourite sundress. #7: Leather cardholder, $130, Sandro
Digital age or not, a stylish and elegant cardholder is one accessory no professional working man and woman can live without. This silver version from Sandro is contemporary yet classic, with its simple, functional design and striking metallic finish. It lends the cardholder a not-too-formal, yet not-too-shoddy vibe that is the epitome of Parisian style. We recommend grabbing multiples of this accessory – there is no doubt that it will make a popular Secret Santa gift in the office.