The Trunk Christmas Gift Guide
Christmas shopping is never as easy as it seems, and there’s seldom time in the weeks preceding
the holiday itself to get everything ticked off. Thankfully, help is at hand. We’ve put together a guide
to some of this season’s smartest choices for gifting; pieces from independent brands with
intriguing stories to tell.
Whether a Japanese canvas wash bag for a tasteful traveller or a calfskin portfolio for a high-
powered professional, gifts from these eight brands are guaranteed to impress when they emerge
from under the tree.
Sturdy umbrellas seldom go amiss, and London Undercover’s are as reliable as can be. Crafted
using traditional techniques and featuring a sustainably sourced canvas canopy, this piece is well
and truly built to last. The Black Watch tartan design offers a stylish point of difference to classic
navy or black, but isn’t too shouty. With its natural whangee bamboo cane handle and its telescopic
shaft, this brolly offers the perfect blend of practical and stylish design to carry into 2019.
£65, shop now
An artisanal bag maker from Kyoto, Ichizawa Hanpu is a Trunk exclusive – you won’t find their
work anywhere else outside of Japan. Ichizawa specialises in creating chic canvas bags, mixing
sturdy materials with contemporary, angular designs. Right now, we’re stocking some great
stationery-sized Ichizawa pouches; one is a blue chambray canvas pencil case for writing
instruments and the other a mid-sized pouch that works well as a wash bag. Either is a thoughtful
gift for the man who likes to mix form with function.
£145 / £55, shop now
From Japan to Italy, Felisi make luxurious small leather goods from buttery-soft calf’s leather.
This three-piece set is a step up from a single wallet or card-holder, and each piece is designed
to work together. The card case and coin purse are both sized to sit perfectly inside the wallet
itself, keeping your valuables at home in one place, and giving you different options to keep
your valuables safe too. £245, shop now
Another cult favourite, Fueguia 1833 is exclusive to Trunk in the UK. Founded in 2010 by perfume
experts Julian Bedel and Amalia Amoedo, Fueguia has established itself as a luxury perfume
house that does things differently: all its fragrances are made in South America using ethically
sourced natural ingredients, inspired by the continent’s diverse landscape. The result is a collection
of elegant, layered and understated colognes that you won’t find anywhere else.
From £110 for 30ml, shop now
For the city-slicker in your life, Treuleben’s journals are just the thing. Whether a sleek leather-
bound notebook (filled with fine-grade 80g paper milled exclusively for Treuleben) or a lightweight
portfolio, the brand’s designs are hand-finished and covered in fine Italian calf for an elegant look.
This pale taupe colour is a smart choice – it will look contemporary paired with navy and grey
business suits alike. Treuleben’s design team calls it ‘Dolphin’. Both come in their own Treuleben
gift boxes, just to make your life that little bit easier.
£130 / £200, shop now
Mind you, if you’re going to give a friend a handsome notebook, you should also make sure he’s
suitably stocked with stylish writing instruments too. Kaweco’s are excellent: precision-turned in
Germany, beautifully proportioned and not unreasonably expensive, either. We stock Kaweco’s
ever-reliable ‘Lilliput’ cylindrical fountain pens in brushed brass or lacquered aluminium, and the
angular ‘Al Sport’ fountain pen in raw stainless steel. Each comes in a Kaweco signature tin with
ink cartridges included. From £50, shop now
Our own brand leather goods bring a splash of colour to the table, perfect for friends and families
with equally colourful personalities. We offer a wide variety of gift-worthy leather goods, but our
dark green billfold and burnt orange card case are safe bets – both are confident, well-made and
that little bit different to conventional designs in black or dark brown. We cut all our wallets from
Saffiano lambskin leather in Cádiz, Spain’s leather-making heartland.
£110 / £150, shop now
There are plenty of shaving brands out there, but Muhle is among the very best. A German
company that mixes traditional quality with a modern sensibility, Muhle makes everything from
excellent chrome safety razors to sophisticated shaving bowls like this; a minimalist porcelain
creation filled with fine Sandalwood shaving soap, a classically masculine formula that will
compliment all manner of morning routines. Something to make a well-groomed friend’s Christmas
£25, shop now