The holidays can become an overwhelming time when in search of the perfect gift for those closest to you or are looking to treat yourself. But that’s the challenge with holiday shopping, sifting through all that’s arrived on the scene in the last year only to find a few holy grails worthy of giving. This year, we want to assist in the quest of how to secure the perfect present for the ones you love, catering fashionable finds for tasteful dressers and sneaker-savvy people.
Keeping this in mind, HYPEBEAST rounded up the best seven pieces to buy for the fashion fiend in your life without emptying your bank account this season — even if that fashion fiend happens to be yourself. Our picks range from the most hype items of the year, like Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance and Jil Sander x Arc’teryx collaborations to other rare finds including Supreme x Missoni Knitwear, Paul Smith Black Leather Gloves and a refined classic like Versace’s new Greca Logo Chrono watch.
Versace Greca Logo Chrono Watch
Release Price: $1,595 USD
Where to Buy: Neiman Marcus
Few things are as classic as Versace’s Greca Logo watch line, one of the brand’s most successful collections, and the all-new La Greca print is a modern 3D maze that reinvents Versace’s iconic Greek Key pattern merged with the Versace logo. Delivered in a bold and luxurious array of tones, the namesake watch comes through ranging from black to green, blue, white-silver and cool grey while its dial features a date display at 4 o’clock and 3 counters that sets days, minutes and seconds. The watch becomes instantly recognizable through its strong branding at 12 o’clock by the Versace logo, a three-dimensional Medusa and metal indexes to reinforce the style of this timepiece. With sharp angles and clean geometric shapes, the timepiece exudes a certain power and self-confidence, the kind that makes having a watch like this worthwhile.
And it’s for both you and her, as the Greca adopts the new monogram print in the vibrant straps of a 38mm version for her as well as in a 43 mm chronograph for him. Both variants share the signature Greca Logo iconography, including the engraved Greek Key and six screws on the top ring. The color palettes of the exclusive monogram-printed straps feature a brilliant red paired with a white-silver dial, an elegant blue matching the dial and a modern, sporty khaki echoing the refined black chrono dial. With its quartz 3 hands and quartz chrono movements, you’ll never miss a beat.
Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance 550s
Release Price: $425 USD
Where to Buy: Goat
Nothing says you know what’s going on like copping a pair of Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance 550s. The brand that’s arguably had one of the best years of any brand released their summa cum laude product in the form of this shoe. The popular New York-based lifestyle label brought back the New Balance 550 silhouette in a big, new way for the first time since its debut in 1989. The ALD x New Balance 550s feature a premium full-grain leather upper that’s combined with soft mesh underlay panels. Each of the three pairs is contrasted by subtle accents including in green, navy or gray on the “N” and “550” at the midfoot and ankle collar while a vintage-inspired cream upper and rubber cupsole complete the look. In fact, Aimé Leon Dore’s collaborations with New Balance have been so successful that the brand’s founder, Teddy Santis, was named Creative Director of New Balance’s MADE in USA line. The long-running partnership reached a crescendo this year with the arrival of these new colorways.
Jil Sander x Arc’teryx Shell Jacket
Release Price: $1,710 USD
Where to Buy: Jil Sander
Jil Sander and Arc’teryx unveiled their long-awaited collaboration recently and it’s everything we thought it’d be — a true exercise in delivering the perfect mix of form and function. Taking place under the banner of Jil Sander+ the outdoors and performance-focused line launched that launched in 2019, the new collection builds on the influence of “life outside the city.” With the Jil Sander+ x Arc’teryx collection in mind, creative directors Lucie and Luke Meier incorporated influences from skiing, snowboarding and mountain sports, focusing on straightforward Arc’teryx jacket functionality mixed with Jil Sander’s subtle, but strong aesthetic codes. Utilizing technical fabrics such as 3L Gore-Tex alongside leather overlays and new shapes and silhouettes, the Jil Sander and Arc’teryx shell jacket features classic black as well as a blue-grey color inspired by glaciers. It’s the perfect jacket for anybody trying to make it through winter without a worry in the world.
Thom Browne 4-Bar Knee-Length Pleated Skirt
Release Price: $3,413 USD
Where to Buy: Thom Browne
Men have been wearing skirts for years now and designers like Thom Browne have made them staples. But the secret to the 4-bar knee-length pleated skirt’s appeal? Well, it’s simple — it’s easy to style with just about anything. What sets this new skirt apart is that it looks like an American sportswear classic – it’s the skirt equivalent to a trusty pair of chinos. Pleated plain-woven linen features concealed front fastening, Thom Browne’s signature 4-Bar stripe, fully pleated, high-low hem and an RWB stripe. With adjustable buttoned tabs, zip closures and a signature tricolor grosgrain flag at the waistband, it’s a truly novel look. Think of it as the missing link between the swishiest basketball short and the liberating expanse of a kilt.
Paul Smith Black Leather Gloves With “Signature Stripe” Piping
Release Price: $129 USD
Where to Buy: Ssense
Perfect for adding a luxurious finishing touch to any look and to keep your hands warm in the bitter weather, Paul Smith gloves are a sophisticated reward for anyone. Crafted from grained lambskin, these Paul Smith black leather unlined gloves feature subtle detailing and vibrant stripes that make the pair an essential addition to your wardrobe. With an embossed vent and embroidered detailing in multicolor at the cuff, these gloves are a special touch and offer an elevated vibe. Made in Italy, the gloves are finished with subtle ‘Signature Stripe’ piping, tonal stitching and an embossed Paul Smith signature.
Supreme x Missoni Knitwear Sweater
Release Price: $700 USD
Where to Buy: Grailed
C’mon, you thought there wouldn’t be a Supreme piece in here? New York streetwear aficionado, Supreme teamed up with Missoni recently for an extensive knitwear collection for Fall 2021. What I can tell you off the bat is that where the Supreme x Tiffany collab misses — a real east-egg-meets-west-egg extravaganza — the Supreme x Missoni hits the mark, pairing Supreme’s street style roots with Missoni’s athletic brand heritage.
As the story goes, founder Ottavio Missoni was creating tracksuits for athletes competing in the 1948 Olympics in London (where he was also a competing runner on the Italian track team) and met his soon-to-be wife, Rosita Jelmini, whose family specialized in crafting shawls and embroidery. The couple founded the knitwear business that would become Missoni a few years later and now we’re here today with a full collection of cozy knitwear. These two brands paired well, making everything from reversible jackets, graphic-heavy sweaters and half-zip polos to more subtle logo hoodies and fabric crusher hats. While a multicolor pullover sweater is one of the stand-out pieces as the impressive knit is covered in an abstract pattern of New York City’s skyline showing buildings and skyscrapers with “MISSONI SUPREME” logos throughout. This is your Christmas sweater this year.
Celestron Ambassador 80mm Brass and Mahogany Telescope
Release Price: $1,580 USD
Where to Buy: Mr. Porter
Can’t think of a better activity to partake in with your new Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance 550s then to reach for the stars with this Celestron ambassador 80mm brass and mahogany telescope. Powerful enough for terrestrial viewing and astronomical observations, Celestron’s vintage-inspired 80mm telescope will make an impressive showpiece in your man study. Featuring a gold-tone brass case fitted with an exceptional refracting lens that offers up to 189x zoom magnification and is set on a rotating cradle altazimuth mount as well as a fully adjustable mahogany tripod, this telescope is an adventurous minds’ dream come true.
Treat yourself or someone you love this season with any of these picks. Shop all versions of the all-new Greca Logo Watch now available at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Versace.