We asked our fashion and beauty writer, Amanda Ross, to find the hottest gifts this season. Here’s her shortlist from our Winter 2020 issue.
Whether you’re binge-watching Netflix or vibing fireside with family, this winter is all about rest and relaxation on the home front. The Chez Moi collection from the Dior Cruise Collection 2021 reimagines the usual plaid fleece-and-flannel holiday suspects as elegant silk twill PJ party attire. While the emblematic toile de Jouy pattern was a favourite of Christian Dior himself, womenswear creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri adds a modern twist with animals roaming in the wild—foretelling how we might all be feeling post-lockdown.
Canada Goose Standard Expedition Parka
With parka and principles, Canada Goose has fought to make the world a better place since the company was founded almost 60 years ago. From working with northern Inuit communities to manufacturing primarily in Canada, the heritage brand now turns its attention to long-term sustainability with the goal of eliminating single-use plastics and becoming carbon neutral by 2025. Inspired by its iconic 20-year-old Expedition Parka, the brand unveils its most sustainable coat to date: the Standard Expedition, made with recycled and undyed fabrics. The down filler is responsibly sourced—and, for the first time, the jacket is made with reclaimed fur.
Saje Holiday Diffuser
Work-from-home life sometimes means that day and night blend into one, but Saje’s new Morning to Night diffuser helps break up the monotony, thanks to the healing power of plants. While purifying and humidifying the air, this tiny device not only releases negative ions to reduce dust, pet dander, and other allergens such as dust mites but simultaneously infuses it with all-natural scents. Citrus Dream, an essential oil blend that’s a zesty mix of orange, grapefruit, lemon, and neroli, promises to stimulate your creative juices, while Unwind is a blend of lavender, bergamot, orange, geranium, and cinnamon that helps you power down at night.
Louis Vuitton Speaker Trunk
Steamer trunks recall travel’s glory days, but of late they’ve been gathering dust with no grand tours on the horizon. But with Louis Vuitton’s new LV Speaker Trunk, it’s safe to take a voyage of a different kind—on sound waves. Fitted with a shoulder strap, the battery-driven PM speaker allows for easy on-the-go tunes, while the larger, yet also portable, GM takes centre stage at home. Classic metal corners, a trunk handle, and that telltale LV leather trim, or lozines, belie the speakers’ modern Bluetooth/wifi capability. Both sizes come in Classic Monogram, Black Monogram Metal, and Monogram Mirror.
Birkin bags are notoriously hard to come by—and they don’t make for the easiest stocking stuffers. But you can still get your hands on a coveted Hermès collectible in time for the holidays with the iconic brand’s limited-edition Rouge Hermès autumn/winter 2020 lipstick collection. Infused with a light scent by in-house perfumer Christine Nagel, the new trio of shades riffs on variations of pink: Rose Ombré, Rose Pommette, and Rose Nuit. The trifecta joins the collection of 14 satin and 10 matte shades launched earlier this year and comes in the same refillable and eco-friendly packaging—miniatures of that iconic orange box.
Italy has come a long way from its former 16th-century maximalism, where excessive ornamentation and gilt curves reigned supreme. These days, coveted Italian wares are more like these handcrafted goods from Baxter Furniture, whose modern collections, made by some of the world’s most skilled craftspeople, are veritable works of art. The 2020 Baxter lineup—only available in Western Canada at Livingspace—features a dynamic synergy of shapes, rich textures, and colours such as green, pale yellow, and silver. Pieces lean slightly ’70s glam with their fluid, organic shapes, but all were created with contemporary comfort in mind.