Just finished a short spot on Father's Day gifts for this morning's news program on Channel 4 Denver (super early at 6:45 am!). If you caught the segment - or even if you didn't - here's my short gift roundup for dads:
Aspire Eyewear: Specs and sunglasses are a great way to up your fashion quotient, but active dads need something a bit more functional than an average frame. Enter Aspire - the latest in high-tech eyewear. Designed using 3D printing technology and made from a proprietary nylon-blend material, this eyewear is lighter than traditional acetate frames and also more durable. In addition, they're resistant to heat and UV exposure, which means they'll protect your dad's peepers throughout our hot Mile High City summer. Available at Doctor's Optical and Vista Eyecare
Beckett & Robb Driving Gloves: If your dad is a car guy, pick him up a pair of elegant driving gloves at Beckett & Robb. Made by Italian glove makers Fratelli Orsini (serious fashion cred here; you can currently see their gloves on display in the Oscar de la Renta retrospective on at the de Young Museum in San Francisco), these Italian lambskin gloves even have screen sensitivity woven into the fingertips.
Ratio Clothing Made-to-Measure Shirts: Regardless of whether your dad works in an office or needs a casual wardrobe update, Denver-based Ratio offers men the chance to own shirts that actually fit them. Choose from either a 30-minute fitting in their LoHi store or fill out a short online questionnaire, and then decide on details like fabric, collar, cuff style, etc. On-set, I showed: 2-Ply Thomas Mason cotton twill long-sleeve shirt; cotton twill floral print short-sleeve shirt; linen long-sleeve shirt; and Indian cotton Madras short-sleeve shirt.
Wolfhill Wallets: Beautiful handcrafted leather goods using traditional construction methods by one-man show Alex Ore. These rustic leather wallets are made from cowhides sourced through the Horween Tannery - one of the oldest tanneries in the US - that will develop a rich patina over time. I picked up the passport wallet, bifold and card carrier at Sully & Co in Jefferson Park, but you can also order them through the Wolfhill website; either way make sure you plan ahead, as Sully & Co has only a few on-hand and Wolfhill makes to order.
Beckett & Robb Braces: We didn't actually get a chance to chat about these, but if your dad is a formal dresser pick him up an accessory that says something about his personality like suspenders. B&R's suspenders - or braces, as the Brits say - are made by the oldest brace maker in the world: Albert Thurston in England. They have an adjustable fit and brass hardware. Solid colors are always a safe gift option, but I think the stripes look both smart and stylish.