The Ape Want List: November 2019
The Want List is our monthly edit, showcasing the best new garments, grooming gear, gadgets and beyond. A tightly-curated collection, handpicked by the Ape team, it’s your go-to resource for staying stylish, seasonally relevant and up to speed on the latest releases, no matter if it’s the peak of summer or the darkest depths of winter.
With the cold nights setting in and Christmas looming on the horizon, it’s time to get serious about refreshing that wardrobe, replenishing grooming supplies and perhaps even treating yourself to a pre-winter splurge or two to make the gloomy weather a little more bearable. From flash new wheels to the latest tech, these are the goods we’ve got our eyes on in November.
Slowear Montedoro Double-Breasted Wool Coat
The perfect winter coat is an elusive beast but we think we may have finally tracked it down. This textured Alpaca-wool beauty from the Italian menswear aficionados at Slowear is as versatile as it is good looking. Perfect with anything from tailoring to trainers and a tee. A fitting addition to any self-respecting gent’s outerwear armoury
Begg & Co. Cashmere Roll-Neck
The master weavers at heritage Scottish label Begg & Co. have been making some of the finest scarves known to man for well over 150 years. October 2019, however, marked their first foray into full-blown cashmere knitwear and let us tell you, it’s pretty special. The collection is comprised of three different silhouettes – shawl collar, roll neck and crew neck – in an assortment of tastefully selected colour options, but it’s the form-flattering, winter-ready roll necks that really caught our eye.
Novesta Marathon Trail
Granted, there are certainly more advanced running shoes on the market today than Novesta’s Marathon Trail. Are there any better-looking ones, though? Well, we’d have to say no. These retro runners have just arrived in a bevy of new colourways to tackle the autumn with, from earthy browns to zesty yellows.
D.S. & Durga Notorious Oud
Arriving just in time for winter, Notorious Oud by D.S. & Durga is a seasonally-appropriate unisex fragrance that won’t leave you high and dry when the cold begins to bite. Deploying the agarwood as a middle note, this new scent is somewhat subtler than other oud perfumes, making it a good place to start if you’re looking to dip your toe in.
£220 for 100ml edp; harrods.com
Redken Brews Liquid Matte Hair Paste
Haystack hair is an unfortunate side effect of frigid winter weather, but it can be remedied. This matte paste from the experts over at Redken lightly moisturises the hair, keeping it nourished, healthy and perfectly styled even when temperatures are less than tropical.
£12 for 150ml; lookfantastic.com
Aesop Hydrating Duo
Nothing sucks the moisture out of skin like a bout of cold weather. Luckily Aesop is on hand to help put that right. This handy combo includes a nourishing serum and a hydrating mist for quick pick-me-ups on the go. A solid cold-weather addition to any bathroom cabinet.
The Macallan No. 5
Throwing a coat on is the traditional way to warm up when the weather is cold, but a nice single-malt will certainly do the trick, too. The No.5 pays homage to The Macallan’s natural colour. Fresh and sweet with a long, sweet finish, this exceptional whisky is shaped from its time spent in the very best casks. A celebration of the brand’s long-running commitment to colour and flavour.
£95 for 70cl; themacallan.com
Apple AirPods Pro
One way to make those frosty morning commutes a little more tolerable would be to invest in some high-quality earphones. These wireless beauties from Apple won’t just deliver your music in absolute clarity, they’ll also do it whilst blocking out background noise and encasing you in your very own auditory cocoon.
Aston Martin Valkyrie
Created in collaboration with one of the greatest engineering minds in F1, Red Bull Racing’s Adrian Newey, Aston Martin’s Valkyrie is a no-holds-barred track car you can legally enjoy on the road. With 1160bhp, this thing is as powerful as it is futuristic, and while the roughly £3m price tag may count the vast majority of us out, there’s no denying it’s a serious piece of kit.
Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa Chronograph
Sporty and modern, yet refined and intricate, the Kalpa Chronograph is a fine example of the contemporary Haute Horlogerie practised by the master watchmakers at Swiss brand Parmigiani Fleurier. Boasting an automatic-winding chronograph movement and shimmering hits of rose gold throughout, it’s the sort of timepiece you’ll buy for the working week but end up never taking it off.
Rapport London Classic Eight Watch Box
Something for the established watch collector, Rapport London’s Classic Eight Watch Box showcases your timepieces the way they were meant to be. A luxurious leather covering in sophisticated navy blue is complemented by gold fitments and rivets while the interior is finished with a coordinating navy suede lining. Designed to hold eight watches, they are kept fully secure thanks to the integrated lock and key.