It’s coming up to that time of the year again (Sunday, June 20th) when the dads of the world pretend they don’t want anything, but actually, they want everything. We’ve all been there: he’s played it cool for weeks in advance saying he doesn’t believe in it and he doesn’t want anything. He unwraps the socks you’ve got him and his face drops completely. He pretends he just wanted socks but you know he’s gutted. Not this year. No sir. The old man deserves a proper present for Father’s Day 2021.
So what’ve we got here? Just a carefully curated selection of brands and items that will lift his style, sharpen him up, make him feel good about himself and make you the best son or daughter there’s ever been. You can thank us later.
Sharp Style From New York’s Onsloe
Customisable, limited-edition clothing curated in New York City is the name of the game at Onsloe. Every item, from the shorts to the trousers, screams thoughtful, articulate, contemporary gent. Everything in the range is a must own, but for the dad in your life a few choice picks have caught our eye.
First things first: the Ossabaw Tie ($75, above), in a knitted blend of silk and linen, will bring a touch of casual elegance to any formal occasion.
Elsewhere, the dashing Meraux Jersey Polo ($75), a contemporary classic made from soft combed cotton with added stretch to flatter his frame. Expertly tailored for a slim or regular fit, each polo is made to order with monogram and embroidery options available.
Finally, hailing from Cotonificio Albini, Italy is Onsloe’s 100% Herringbone Linen Shorts ($135). Soft, light and airy, they won’t lose any of the weight required by a good quality pair of shorts. An ideal companion to the beach, a barbecue or for a hot summer’s day.
Coming in a tailored cut with single-needle, double-layer side seams, an unconstructed comfort waistband and genuine Tagua Nut (Corozo) buttons, they make a stylish summer upgrade for any dad.
Dads Deserve Nordic Style Too With Hansen Garments
Copenhagen-based Hansen Garments are a brand inspired by global travel and the grounding principles of effortless but robust Nordic design. Its collections reflect this with premium-quality garments that come in contemporary silhouettes with playful flourishes.
It’s a brand to give the dads of the world a satisfying contemporary refit, without looking like they need to let go of their youth.
The garments we’d suggest? The same things we’d get ourselves. This HAAKON white collar striped shirt is extremely nice, as is the CHRIS classic two-button blazer. For a serious style move, those SUNE pleated wide cut trousers are very, very cool and we admire any man venturing away from the status quo safety of slimmer cuts. Perfect smart-casual summer wear.
Don’t Get Tied Up In Knots With Ever-Stylish Boing Bracelets
Boing bracelets are designed and handmade in the UK – working closely with some of the finest precision engineering companies, rope and leather manufacturers to make their designs come to life.
Boing source the majority of their rope from its home shores, with leather from Germany and climbing rope from the US. With an excellent reputation for quality and service, each bracelet is made by hand, polished and quality tested by the team before being shipped.
Rope and leather bracelets are available in a wide range of colours with clasps in steel, PVD, silver and gold, meaning there is something for every type of gent. All Boing steel bracelets come with a two-year guarantee; silver and gold one year. All bracelets are also shipped in an embossed round presentation tin.
These are Ape’s top picks:
Isaac Rope With Steel Clasp (£35): Designed and made in the UK, the Isaac Rope bracelet with Steel Clasp features a black-and-grey pattern with a flash of blue and yellow. Tough and durable and guaranteed for two-years, the clasp is high-grade 316L stainless steel and precision laser etched. The clasp is neodymium magnet, 10x stronger than conventional magnets. Perfect for active outdoor lifestyles.
Brown Leather With Silver Clasp (£110): A classic dark brown leather bracelet with a solid sterling silver clasp. The magnetic clasp is 10x stronger than normal magnets to ensure that it stays together for those who are always on the move. The sleek style makes it the perfect finishing touch for any outfit. Tough and durable and guaranteed for one year.
Steel Rigging With Steel Clasp (£53): This steel rigging bracelet is super strong. In fact, due to the strength of the wire it will require a friend to help secure the clasp. It’s for this reason that most people choose to wear this as a slip-on bangle so select one size larger. This tough and durable bracelet is made from ship’s wire with a clasp made of high-grade stainless steel and is guaranteed for two years.
Ape Exclusive: For 15% off men’s bracelets enter code GENT15 at checkout.
A Father’s Day Tipple From The London Nº1
Summer is gin weather so treat you dad to something alcoholic and refreshing. The London No 1 (£32.95) is a unique craft gin brand that is distilled in small batches in the heart of London. Everything from the distillation methods and unique character to the bottle and colour of the spirit drips with quality.
Whether he’s a tonic sipper or a wannabe mixologist, raise his gin game with a quality bottle.
No Nonsense Premium Grooming From TAKK
Dads hate fuss, it’s in their DNA. We’ll bet there’s at least one man in your life that would benefit from the positive results of a proper grooming regime but doesn’t want to mess around with bottles of this and tubs of that. Which is why Takk is here. The no-nonsense grooming brand is all about taking away micro-decisions, offering a selection of essentials products to keep your exterior in prime condition.
Takk do one of everything, be it a dependable razor or a shower gel, with subscription bundles available for convenience. Quality products, ethical sourcing, pleasing results and incredibly affordable – your old man will quickly be converted.
A Garment For Getting In Shape By Good Somerville
Good Somerville is a brand after our own hearts. Founded on the principle of versatile, high-quality products that have the circular economy and a recommerce strategy ingrained, the company is about making and doing the right thing.
Good Somerville’s activewear is lightweight and breathable, engineered for comfort with built-in odour-fighting tech and genuine material credentials. It’s no surprise that it was founded by a former US Marine.
Its Transformative Tee ($50) is the epitome of the range, engineered right down to the seam for comfort and performance.
No More Dad Jeans Thanks To ASKET
Honestly, there’s no excuses any more: the dad jeans need to go. Do your old man a favour and get him some new denim from ASKET. He’ll thank you for it later.
The brand do an excellent range of timeless jeans (from £115) and denim jackets (from £190), designed for continuous wear and long-term shaping to your body. Made from organic Turkish cotton and heritage Japanese fabrics, each piece is hand-cut and sewn in Italy.
New Linen For Summer From Luca Faloni
If your dad likes (and deserves) the finer things, Luca Faloni is an unmissable option. Dealing in unadulterated wardrobe classics crafted from only the finest materials, the brand is a sartorialist’s dream.
The brand’s Portofino Linen Shirt is a case in point: made from premium-grade Italian linen, it is cut to perfection, comes in a wide range of summer-ready colours and can be dressed up or down effortlessly for any occasion. An essential addition to his warm-weather rotation.
A New Watch To Cherish From Marloe
There’s just something special about gifting a watch. It’s a tradition that carries a lot of emotion, perhaps because of the significance of time and the giving of such a carefully-created instrument.
We’ve grown very fond of the Marloe Watch Company of late. A relatively new kid on the horological block, despite this its designs offer a timeless quality that will ensure longevity and are built to last a lifetime.
The standout of it collection is the Haskell: a modern-day watch for adventurers. Robust but elegant.
A Comfy Sweatshirt With Classic Style From L’Estrange London
The reintroduction of the classic zip-through pullover has been a revelation of late. All those older gentlemen wearing slubby, worn-out jumpers are transformed when one is introduced into their wardrobe. Our pick of the trend is L’estrange London’s soft organic cotton easy zip sweatshirt. A great formal layering piece with the comfort of understated leisure piece. Dress up with a shirt or down with a tee.
Smell Like A King With Le Labo
Mr Porter has an excellent range of potential scents for your dad but we’ve got an especially soft spot for Le Labo. First it was candles, then it was that game-changing hand pomade that got us through all of the hand washing and sanitising that threatened to leave our hands dry wooden slabs during the pandemic. But as we said, we’re onto their fragrance now and Santal 33 Eau De Parfum, like everything else the brand does, it smells like heaven. Elevate the man’s scent and get props from mum too.
Improve His Sneaker Style With A Day’s March
Last but not least, a real Ape favourite. If you haven’t already seen us state it a million times, we’re big on the A Day’s March overshirt. We’re big on it in a big way. In heavy cotton or herringbone, we’re big on it. We are also willing to put that trust into their other garments as well as their footwear, the marching sneaker especially. For a mature, stylish sneaker their black leather version is a godsend and really smacks of a man ageing like a fine wine.