Countryside Pursuits – Four Seasons Hampshire

The Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire offers visitors a slice of quintessentially British country living, with outdoor activities and a stately abode that brings aristocratic living to present-day lords of the manor. The English country gent is one of the great sartorial looks – traditional, refined and well-cut but with a workable, everyday, effortless appearance. Where…

Andrea Incontri

Tod’s Andrea Incontri on Why Less is More

With his penchant for not complicating things, Andrea Incontri is bringing Tod’s into the modern era. “We just want to have a life that is not only better but easier,” says Andrea Incontri, creative director of menswear at Tod’s, when asked why so many high-end brands are now making sneakers. It’s part of the casualization of menswear,…

Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin Vantage

There’s a moment, somewhere between the third and fourth gear, where the magic happens. The road straightens out just enough so you can pull out and overtake. A squeeze of the accelerator and the Aston Martin Vantage launches you forward, making one of the most beautiful noises you’ll hear on the road: a glorious roar,…

The Maldives Island That’s Unlike the Others

You’ve probably seen the Maldives already, even if only in magazines and on websites. You may have actually visited. Felt pretty special, right? But there are lots of places in the Maldives that can give you roughly the same thing, while for those who can afford it, there is one place that’s a true exclusive-use…

The Oliver Sweeney Shoes, Ideal for Secret Agents

Shoemaker Oliver Sweeney has created a bespoke set of dress shoes that come with secret compartments to hide a variety of items. Each pair can be filled with up to six items — three per shoe — and you can select from 12 thing that include: the world’s smallest phone, a tiny video camera, a…

Zegna and the Noble Fibre

One of the wonders of contemporary tailoring, a Zegna suit harnesses centuries of Italian tailoring tradition with peerless technical innovation. THE RAKE traces the humble origins of the ultimate sartorial expression. Words: Matt Pomroy There’s well travelled, and then there’s Zegna well travelled. Your wool suit may crumple and crease but those high-grade merino wool…

Keeping the British end up

Jeremy Hackett, founder of the Hackett brand on British style, manufacturing, red trousers, Mods and the basics rules of style. Words: Matt Pomroy “I struggle with pocket squares because I am conscious it looks as though I’ve made too much effort,” Jeremy Hackett says. Right there, in that one line, is all you need to…

Connecting the dots

It’s no understatement to say that Jean-Claude Biver is shaking up the watch industry. The Rake takes a look at his latest model for TAG Heuer, a watch that puts personalisation at the forefront. TAG Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver is on a roll: “You never know what’s happening in the future so now we have…