It’s was quite a banner year for the British—the Olympics and Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee. Lots of reasons to celebrate, and if you’ve been in London’s East End over the past few years, then you’ve seen how the former industrial area was transformed and readied for the Big Events of the Olympics. Here on this side of the pond, there has been a quiet invasion by all things British, from the brilliant (as those Brits say) fragrances and unguent lotions of Penhaligon and Floris, to the fine writing papers and sumptuous leather goods from Smythson, to the uniquely British clothing from Paul Smith, Stella McCartney, and Ted Baker, to mention but a few. And so we hail Britannia!
Glitter and glam are the hallmarks of these two smashing bags from Anya Hindmarch. The Huxley tote [left] is constructed from woven silver metallic goods and features a silver tassel; the bag is available in three sizes. $1,450; $1,595; $1,995. The clutch [right], Valorie Bells, features silver glitter fabric and actual jingle bells! $1,435.
29 East 60th Street (Madison/Park Avenues); 212-750-3974; anyahindmarch.com
For the swell in you: Ted Baker’s strikingly stylish “Gurirub” chunky brogue will add spice to any outfit, what with its magnificent poppy-red color and its textured suede. $240. 107 Grand Street (Mercer Street); 212-343-8989; 34 Little West 12th Street (Ninth Avenue/Washington Street); 212-647-0991; tedbaker.com
Rely on men’s outfitter Thomas Pink to offer handsome shirt-and-tie combos: [left] The “Outrigger” checked classic shirt features a semi-cutaway collar, double cuff, and the signature Pink gusset detail. $160. The coordinated tie, “Tide Plain,” has a sartorial iridescence. $105. [right] “Ashawen” classic check is woven from a textured fabric in a complex weave. $185. The “Daisy Flower” tie is 100% silk, woven in the UK. $105.
520 Madison Avenue (53rd Street); 212-838-1928; 63 Wall Street (Hanover Street); 212-514-7683; thomaspink.com
Renowned for sensuous scents, lotions, and potions, Penhaligon’s is an institution in Great Britain and is beloved by loyal devotees around the globe. The “Zizonia” fragrance erupts with bergamot and jasmine, among the many ingredients in its age-old formula. In the signature Penhaligon bottle, wrapped with a ribbon. $140. Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue (49th/50th Streets); 877-551-7257; 212-753-4000; saksfifthavenue.com
No self-respecting Brit would dare write a thank-you note on anything less than a fine Smythson of Bond Street note card. (Queen Victoria and Grace Kelly were loyal fans.) Weighty, smooth, and cunningly designed, Smythson’s “Bunting” correspondence cards feature an exultant display of stylized Union Jacks. $70. 4 West 57 Street (Fifth/Sixth Avenues); 212-265-4573; smythson.com
Paul Smith has gone to the dogs! [From left] The designer’s adorable bulldog key ring in colored leather, with solid pink on the back. $135. A multi-pocketed purse-wallet in chocolate brown with a canine pack adorning the surface. $495. The off-white, bone-china mug features a cute Scottie named “Ronnie,” who is just waiting for you to make a soothing cuppa’. $40. 108 Fifth Avenue (16th Street); 212-627-9770; 142 Greene Street (W. Houston Street); 646-613-3060; paulsmith.co.uk
From jeweler Solange Azagury-Partridge, a fun and whimsical Union Jack finds its way onto a ring, crafted in 18-kt. yellow gold with mutli-colored enamel and rubies. $27,500. 809 Madison Avenue (67th/68th Streets); 212-879-9100; solangeazagurypartridge.com
After the movie The Queen was released, was there a soul on the planet who didn’t recognize Barbour’s legendary waxed jacket, a perennial British fave—especially the “Liddesdale,” quilted style? But Barbour offers much more, and these lightweight and sporty “Rainbow International” jackets prove it. $299. 1047 Madison Avenue (80th Street); 212-570-2600; barbour.com
“Hen” is the name of the style of this crew-neck sweater, or jumper as the Brits would say, from hip designer Reiss (left). It’s rusty-red with an asymmetric knit pattern in 100% cotton. $150. “Leaf” is a sexy, pastel-and-black-colored platform-style summer sandal, with braided-straw accenting on the platform (right). $320. 387 W. Broadway (Spring/Broome Streets); 212-925-5707; 309-313 Bleecker Street (Seventh Avenue/Grove Street); 212-488-2411; reiss.com
Adorned with Asprey’s signature, 167-button-detail, and lined in the company’s equally well-known purple silk, the “Polo Mini” catch-all tote is crafted in luxe brown leather with elegant, contrasting top-stitching. $1,600. 853 Madison Avenue (70th/71st Street); 212-688-1811; 800-883-2777; asprey.com
Attention all budding poker players! Play your preferred game in style with Alfred Dunhill’s silver-edged, branded cards and rainbow-bright aluminum chips. The set comes with five dice as well, and is smartly presented in a sleek, carbon-fiber box. $695. 545 Madison Avenue (55th Street); 212-753-9292, 800-776-4053; dunhill.com
Perfect for summer: the “Vertical Stripe” cycling shirt from designer Fred Perry. It features a tri-compartment pocket along the back edge and is constructed in 100% cotton piqué, finished with Perry’s signature laurel wreath. $145. 133 Wooster Street (Houston/Prince Streets); 212-260-4770; fredperry.com
Not your traditional Burberry raincoat, this. A fabulous new take on an old theme, this 100% linen trench from Burberry Prorsum has high style and flair. Accented with geometric beading and fanciful details, this olive-green head-turner will also shelter you from the weather. $8,000. 9 East 57th Street (Madison/Fifth Avenues); 212-407-7100; 131 Spring Street (Greene/Wooster Streets); 212-925-0934; burberry.com
Ooh-la-la. These classic PJ’s (excuse me, pyjamas) are sensuous and flowing, in soft, creamy silk, ideally suited for lounging...and sleeping if you dare. Embroidered with the signature “AP” for Agent Provocateur. $450. 675 Madison Avenue (61st/62nd Streets); 212-840-2436; 133 Mercer Street (Prince/Spring Streets); 212-965-0229; agentprovocateur.com