Although many of us can see brighter days ahead after a year of lockdown, it looks like Valentine’s Day will come too soon to celebrate as normal. But you do not need an overpriced meal out to show someone you love them. Although many of us will be spending Valentine’s Day at home, you can still make it memorable with an extra-special gift. And as we continue our push to champion sustainable luxury, we have only selected items with eco-conscious credentials. Here, we round up a list of luxury Valentine gifts for men that are sure to spark some inspiration.
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Olmsted Outerwear, The Cut Shield
This Montreal-based company specializes in producing exceptionally warm winter coats that leave the natural world virtually untouched. Its parkas are made without plastic to ensure that once they are spent, the materials will naturally break down and return to the earth. Using the finest eiderdown and organic cotton, the coats are 100% renewable and have a low carbon footprint. Even the zipper is nickel-free. The Cut Shield is a less extreme version of its signature jacket and is far more practical for city living. The Canadian eiderdown will keep him warm through many winters and provide a timeless coat that will be a joy to reclaim from the closet year after year.
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Loro Piana, Portland Bomber
If you are one of the millions who have been working at home during the pandemic, there is a good chance you have upgraded your loungewear options by now. Men, on the other hand, can be notoriously stubborn when it comes to shunning their favorite sweater (no matter how many holes are in it). But even they will be hard-pressed to resist this beautiful hooded bomber from Italian outlet Loro Piana. This timeless design blends high-quality craftsmanship and classic comfort clothing. The bomber is crafted from the finest cashmere and silk by master craftsmen in Italy. Team them up with the Loro Piana jogging pants to complete the look.
Outerknown, Ambassador Organic Jeans
Many companies are working hard to make themselves more sustainable, but Outerknown was founded on those principles. That means sustainability runs through its very core, making its jeans some of the most eco-conscious available. Its jeans are made from 90% organic, recycled or sustainable materials, and the company is working to make that 100% by 2030. Better yet, the jeans are also guaranteed for life, with the company offering a full repair or replace service for worn and torn jeans.
Stefano Ricci, Handmade Rust Shirt
Crafted by hand with the finest cotton, a Stefano Ricci shirt can last a lifetime if properly cared for. This clean-cut example perfectly blurs the line between style and sophistication, providing him with an option for smart or casual engagements. Still operating out of its headquarters in Florence, Stefano Ricci provides employment for hundreds of skilled artisans and has helped to keep true craftsmanship alive years after many of its competitors outsourced to cheaper markets. The embroidered signature brand logo is a mark of true quality.
Acqua di Parma, Colonia Futura
©Acqua di Parma
Acqua di Parma launched this cologne last year as a marker for its sustainability manifesto, which sets out plans to become a leader in green beauty. Colonia Futura is made with 99% natural-origin ingredients and utilizes nature’s vibrancy to deliver a powerful scent with notes of bergamot, grapefruit, lemon and pink pepper. The eco-conscious element does not stop with the liquid; the packaging also leaves a smaller footprint on the world. The cap is made from recycled material and can be recycled, as can the dispenser and glass bottle.
$210 for 6oz, nordstrom.com
Paravel, Aviator Carry-On
We recently covered the remarkable story behind Paravel and its quest to become the world’s first sustainable luggage brand in 2021. The founders are determined to ensure its entire operation from design to delivery is carbon-neutral, and they are on track to achieve it. You can help them on their way by gifting one of their most popular items, the Aviator Carry-On. The exterior is made from durable recycled polycarbonate and recycled zippers. The lining is made using 15 upcycled plastic water bottles, and the faux-leather trims are vegan. The company also offsets all carbon emissions from creating and shipping, giving the eco-conscious traveler peace of mind.
Veja, V-Knit Veja x Rick Owens Mid Black Pierre
Help the man in your life achieve his fitness goals this year with a pair of running shoes he will love. Veja teams up with the fashion designer Rick Owens to produce an innovative sports shoe that is comfortable, stylish and good for the planet. The upper is made from recycled plastic bottles, while the insole utilizes innovative materials like sugarcane and recycled EVA. Everything else is traceable back to its source, and Veja is working to completely eradicate virgin rubber from its products.
The Glenlivet, 30 Year Old
One of Scotland’s most lauded and treasured distilleries, The Glenlivet is both a mark of superior single-malt Scotch whisky and highly collectible. Its Cellar Collection is usually reserved for those able to visit the Speyside distillery, but in late 2020 distillery owners Chivas Brothers made these ultra-rare expressions available online. The full collection includes a 30, 33, 38 and 40 Year Old, ranging from £900 ($1,220) up to £9,000 ($12,200). Any Scotch enthusiast would be delighted with the 30 Year Old, which is rare enough to bolster a collection (240 bottles) but not so expensive that it cannot be opened and enjoyed. The liquid offers a sweet and spicy baseline with notes of white chocolate and ginger snaps.
£900 ($1,220), theglenlivet.com
Mezcal Clase Azul, Durango
Mezcal Clase Azul (far right) stands out from the crowd / ©Clase Azul
Just like Scotch and bourbon, the differences between tequila and mezcal can sound subtle, but the resulting differences in the liquid can be extraordinary. If your partner loves the complexity of an aged single malt, then he will love the Clase Azul Durango, an intense mezcal born from the extreme climate the cenizo agave is grown in. The region boasts soil rich minerals thanks to the nearby natural springs, resulting in a complex flavor that can be achieved only in this part of Mexico. Not only is the mezcal itself a masterpiece, but so is the decanter. Clase Azul Durango is presented in a beautifully handcrafted bottle inspired by traditional black clay pottery. The company employs artisans who craft and paint each bottle by hand according to the roots and traditions of the Wixarika or Huichol cultures. Not only does that provide vital employment opportunities to locals, it gives the lucky recipient a decanter worth keeping. The Clase Azul website offers multiple ideas to upcycle the decanter once the tequila has been enjoyed.
[See also: Wine & Spirits Gift Guide 2020]
Aman Skincare, Purifying Discovery Set
He may never look excited for a couple’s spa treatment on vacation, but there is a good chance he is missing them now. It may be a few months yet before you and your partner can get to your favorite Aman Resort spa, but you can bring it home with the Purifying Discovery set. Comprising three facial treatments suitable for men and women, this set will leave the skin deeply cleansed, toned and hydrated – the perfect way to pamper yourselves on Valentine’s Day.
Panerai Submersible EcoPangaea Tourbillon GMT
This watch was included in the Elite Traveler Top Watches not just because of its eco-credentials but for its superior quality. Panerai teamed up with polar explorer Mike Horn to design a luxury watch with conservation at the heart of it. It is composed of steel and recycled metal from the 35-meter drive shaft of Mike Horn’s sailing ship, Pangaea. Owners will also be offered the chance to go on a once-in-a-lifetime Arctic expedition with Horn himself and discover firsthand how global warming is changing these precious environments. Just five will be made, making it the most exclusive and expensive gift on this list.
$189,00 in recycled Ecopangaea steel, panerai.com