2015 gift guide for the epically cool

Whoa, you’re cutting it fairly close with your holiday shopping, friend. Here are some things you can get (or you can promise to get via a printed-out email receipt wrapped in a big box) for your most fashionable loved ones.

Molly Szkotak does cool stuff for Ledbury, and that is why we have asked her to assemble us a gift guide for the chicest and hippest on your list.

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Ledbury Bespoke Shirt – Starting at $295

Ledbury, by appointment only at either location

Ledbury just reached its sixth anniversary and has rolled out many new options in the past year, including bespoke and made-to-measure services, so you can get him a shirt that’s truly one-of-a-kind. A custom shirting appointment gives the wearer the opportunity to design every detail down to the cuff, collar, fabric, and monogram–the options are endless. Ledbury Bespoke shirt. $295+


Ledbury Bellevue Crew Neck Sweater – $225

Ledbury, 117 S. 14th Street, #100

Every sharp man needs a classic crewneck sweater in his winter weather arsenal and Ledbury makes one of the best. The Bellevue Crew Neck comes in a luxe cashmere and merino blend–in a color neutral enough to go with everything in his closet.

Areaware Alarm Dock

Alarm Dock – $38

Need Supply, 3100 W. Cary Street

For the person who may be sartorially inclined but have they discovered the art of an aesthetically pleasing iPhone alarm dock? DOUBTFUL. Blow their world wide open with this guy. It’s only $38, a price that screams “I can’t afford an Eames chair just yet, but I look like I own one.”

Cluse watch

La Boheme Rose Gold/Black Cluse Watch – $99

Need Supply, 3100 W. Cary Street

Never underestimate the power of a sharp watch. We’re sure your giftee knows this already, but this beauty from Cluse is a daily reminder.

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Maria Hair Pin – Starting at $35

Drift/Riot, at local boutiques

Do you think your stylish friend uses a scrunchie or–god forbid–a black elastic band to keep her hair up? Oh hell no! Get them this minimalist and uber-sophisticated hair pin from local jewelry designer Kristy Santelli.

Apolis Global Keychain

Transit Issue Key Fob – $48

Apolis, online

Don’t let your friends be that person with the unwieldy, overloaded, keychain. Instead, get him a fob that’ll make people say, “Cool keychain, dude.” This one’s sleek, functional, and American-made.

Shine Vessels Square Trade

Stainless Steel Canteen

Square Trade Goods Co. and Shine Craft Vessels Co., at local boutiques

Two local brands teamed up to bring you this sleek, military-inspired water vessel which pairs nicely with your cool friend’s vintage army jacket.

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The Coolest Bottle Opener Ever – $28

Machine Era Co., online

This is the COOLEST BOTTLE OPENER EVER, although Machine Era Co. calls it something more subtle: The Godwin. Your friend will think so, too. Made from cold-formed steel featuring a gunmetal black patina and engraved artwork by local creative and man-about-town Will Godwin.

Julia Kostreva Planner

Planner Notebook – $32

Need Supply, 3100 W. Cary Street

Your sharp friend probably has a very exciting, action-packed life, so of course they need a gorgeous day planner to keep track of it all Get them this 12-month open dated daily planner from Los Angeles-based art director Julia Kostreva and they’ll plan with panache.

Kathleen Whitaker Staple Stud

Long Staple Stud – $50

Verdalina, 325 W. Broad Street

Sometimes simple is best. These versatile studs –designed by Kathleen Whitaker–will elicit compliments for years to come.

Marleigh Culver Print

Gouache Deux Ex Motorcycle Print – $18

Marleigh Culver, online

If buying apparel for your personal fashionista is way too anxiety-inducing. Avoid the stress altogether and gift them some local art from sharp-dressed young thing Marleigh Culver. Bonus points if you present it in a cool frame.

Na Nin Black Candle

Na Nin Double Wicked Holiday Candle – $28

Na Nin, 101 S. Addison Street

Holiday candle? Way too obvious, right? Well, sometimes you gotta get people what they really want, and the reason candles are an obvious gift is that everybody likes them, particularly if they look and smell amazing. This one has a double-wick for extra burn time, comes in a sleek (and reusable) black tumbler, and is available in two festive scents. It’s also locally made by the one-and-only Kate Jennings of Na Nin Vintage. Win!


Winter Winston Travel Kit – $50

If you’ve been listening to any podcasts lately, you’re probably already hip to Harry’s, but if not, they’re basically the Warby Parker of razors (in fact, one of the founders ALSO co-founded Warby. Some people have all the ideas!) This snappy little shaving kit includes all the things needed for a close shave, including shaving cream and extra blades. You can even get a razor engraved with their initials for a measly $15!

Leather Gloves Need

Leather Gloves – $45

Need Supply, 3100 W. Cary Street

Leather gloves for winter are underrated (but don’t tell your grandpa that, he’s known about them all along.) This soft leather pair in black will make the your lady friend feel v. cool, a little bad-ass, and also duel-ready!

Miansai Rose Gold

Tarn Cuff – $215

Need Supply, 3100 W. Cary Street

This updated classic from Miansai can be spotted on many an It Richmond girl’s wrist. Get her one so she doesn’t feel left out and she’ll wear it for years to come. Available in brass, rose gold, and silver.

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Molly Szkotak

Molly is the Head of Community Development at Ledbury, considers online shopping a talent, and goes out to eat WAY too much (according to her dad.)

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