Rewrit­ing his­tory

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HE idea of be­spoke tailor­ing might be a lit­tle in­tim­i­dat­ing, but not at Oliver Brown on Lon­don’s Lower Sloane Street, SW1, which feels more like a home from home yet still of­fers the same high level of ser­vice as Sav­ile Row, W1. The com­pany has just re­launched its ‘three lev­els of tailor­ing’ ser­vice and re­vamped its cut­ting room—ev­ery­thing is cut in-house and made in Eng­land us­ing the finest fab­rics. Oliver Brown is happy to of­fer COUN­TRY LIFE read­ers a free be­spoke shirt to any gen­tle­man who or­ders a be­spoke or half-hand­made suit. Suits from £1,900 (020–7259 9494; www.oliv­er­brown.org.uk)

THand­crafted from pieces of Sec­ond World War Su­per­ma­rine Spit­fire pro­pel­lers and de­signed to cel­e­brate the re­turn of Spit­fire pro­pel­ler-blade pro­duc­tion to Glouces­ter­shire, th­ese com­mem­o­ra­tive pens will have his­tory buffs and avi­a­tion en­thu­si­asts fly­ing high. Made by Her­cules Pro­pel­lers, the com­pany re­spon­si­ble for re­turn­ing the man­u­fac­ture of the blades to the UK af­ter some 60 years, and lo­cal crafts­man David Hay­ward, each pen is en­graved with the se­rial num­ber of the pro­pel­ler from which it was crafted. ‘This pen gives ev­ery­one the chance to hold a piece of his­tory in their hand,’ says Ru­pert Wasey, owner of Her­cules. Priced at £155, in­clud­ing postage and pack­ing, each one is ac­com­pa­nied by a cer­tifi­cate of au­then­tic­ity (01453 885853; www.her­cprops.com) VM

Christmas wreath, £95, Jo Malone Lon­don, Ex­clu­sive to Re­gent Street and Sloane Street bou­tiques (0370 192 5021; www.jo­ma­lone.co.uk)

18ct yel­low-and white­gold Colom­biane­mer­ald and di­a­mond drop ear­rings, price on ap­pli­ca­tion, Ge­orge Prag­nell (01789 267072; www.prag­nell.co.uk) Hefner vel­vet Après Ski slip­pers, £180, French Sole (01189 888800; www. french­sole.com)

‘This is the waist­coat you’ll wish you’d had for­ever,’ boasts Henry Hales of Sir Plus, the com­pany that makes gents’ gar­ments out of ‘cab­bage’ fab­ric— top-qual­ity fac­tory of­f­cuts that would oth­er­wise go to waste. Zip this beauty up un­der­neath your shoot­ing garb or over your city shirt and tie to keep warm. You’ll also be able to store all your daily es­sen­tials in its ca­pa­cious in­ter­nal pock­ets. Khaki twill wool gilet, £175 (020–7127 4213; https:// sir­plus.co.uk)

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