Staff picks for holiday gifts

We have some serious audiophiles in the office and they love Bowers and Wilkins. Their P3 headphones not only have proven sound quality, they have a stylish yet understated look (available in various colors) and are immensely portable. The P3 ear pads are made from memory foam that gently molds to the shape of your ears, which increases both comfort and sound quality. And finally, these headphones are scaled down to be a perfect fit for the Peter Manning man. If you prefer earbuds, consider their C5 Series 2 which features great sound and an innovative “Secure Loop” that keeps the earbuds snugly and securely in your ears.



While we’ve touted the merits of pocket squares, the right tie bar works equally well as a finishing touch. Make sure it doesn’t extend beyond the width of your tie (you’re wearing ties no wider than 2 3/4 inches, right?). These McAdams Co. wood tie bars (available in two sizes: 2 inches for traditional width ties and 1 5/8 inches for skinnier ties) are a great new take on the traditional tie bar and are handcrafted in San Diego, California. They are stylish, look great, and happen to fit our ties perfectly! Available in cherry wood, maple wood, and walnut wood.



Peter Manning NYC is now selling Earth Bracelets (sets of 4) by Global Goods Partners, a do-gooder organization that creates jobs in poor regions around the world. Peter stacks them on his right arm and receives compliments on them all the time. It's 2014. Mewelry is not only acceptable, it sets you apart from the pack.


Hershel brand bags have gone mainstream, but for good reason. Their entire lineup is understated, sturdy and well-priced. Hershel offers a bag for every lifestyle, and we love their colorful linings. Their basic backpack is a solid choice for $39.


We carry Minnesota-made Faribault Woolen Mill Co. scarves in our shop, which we love and depend on daily for our winter commutes to Dumbo (Brooklyn). We also are big fans of Faribault blankets and throws, of course. Keep them in your car or on your couch. They will outlive you. Interesting note: Faribault has been making blankets for our armed forces and military academies since 1897, so you can be certain that they are sturdy and will endure.

Every gentleman should wear a proper automatic watch (one that is powered by the wearer’s movement) and we recommend investing in one that is worth servicing and holding onto for years. Los Angeles-based Cameron Weiss, a Swiss-trained watchmaker who cut his teeth at the renowned Audemars Piguet, hand assembles everything in the USA using Swiss Unitas movements. He recently held an event at Modern Anthology, a style hub just blocks from our office in Dumbo, which carries this line.

The Weiss Watch Company Standard Issue Field Watch in the black dial is versatile enough to wear in the modern workplace and for tailgating. is a terrific source for delicious holiday treats, great for gift-giving. Selections include a variety of chocolates, artisan cheeses, jams, jellies, popcorn, coffee and more. All packaged nicely and priced reasonably. Trust us, these treats won’t be stored away and thrown out later.

People notice your wallet, especially when you’re picking up the tab. But you don’t want a wallet that begs to be noticed, so we turn to Billykirk whenever we need a well-made leather product with subtle details to distinguish it. Case in point is their No. 269 Bi-Fold Wallet with Snaps. All handmade here in the USA.



If you have a loved one with facial hair, then consider getting him a Beardsman kit from Beardbrand, which features a large comb, pocket comb, mustache comb, boar's hair brush, trimming scissors, Beardbrand mustache wax, and your pick of the delicious smelling Beardbrand beard oil. Their beard oil is also a great buy on its own.