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Gifts Under £250

The Best Menswear Gifts Under £250

From premium footwear courtesy of Scandinavian label Axel Arigato, to pastel offerings from Italian brand CP Company and luxe accessories from DSquared, our best menswear gifts under £250 guide will help you decide what to get the person who seemingly owns everything.

To kick things off we’ve called upon the faithful aid of British imprint Paul Smith to address things in the loungewear category. Flavoured with the label’s colourful persona, this Paul Smith Dressing Gown has been adorned in the brand’s ‘Signature Stripe’ – granting it not only a trusty investment but also a colourful piece that will never fade. In addition to its bold aesthetic, the design also employs a comfy towelling base which features two roomy pockets and a belt tie. Take downtime in your stride with this piece by your side. Price – £199.

Paul Smith Dressing Gown

Next up is Portland, Oregon-based boot company Danner. With over a century’s worth of industry experience, you can count on the brand’s footwear styles to see you through every adventure you set your sights on with both form and function. Danner’s Bull Run boots in all-black are the ideal choice for somebody who likes to harmonise urban and off-trail pursuits; their slip-resistant synthetic sole is designed to tackle any terrain while their hiking-like laces reference the label’s affinity for the great outdoors. Price – £195.

Danner Bull Run Boots

Mr. Ralph Lauren and his iconic Polo Bear can’t go without a mention in this gifts under £250 lineup. The duo come together once more this festive season to offer up a superbly soft hoodie for your casual rotation. Made with a smooth fleece interior, the cosy silhouette sees the brand’s time-honoured sidekick grace the chest in his favourite streetwise getup, complete with ribbed cuffs and a hemline for a snug, secure fit. Price – £155.

Ralph Lauren Polo Bear Hoodie

Pledging their case to logomania, DSquared’s Dean and Dan Caten return to surprise the people in your life this Christmas. Offering up an assortment of luxe, logo-laden accessories, the Canadian twins serve up several phone cases for your favourite tech along with supple leather wallets for organising your financial assets. Prices vary from £69 to £215.

DSquared Accessories

Perhaps someone you know deserves a touch of colour in their life, if you’re unsure, let Italian casual-luxury brand CP Company do the deciding for you. The label’s latest pieces for SS20 set a pastel agenda, we’re talking sky blues sweats, mint greens jackets and everything in-between, not to mention they all boast the label’s iconic lens detailing – a status symbol embraced by every generation. Prices from product to product vary.

CP Company SS20 Sweatshirt

Tapping into 2019’s neon trend is Barbour’s ultra-cool, younger sibling Barbour Beacon. The brand’s Earl jacket is guised in a zesty orange colourway with blue and red trims, while its Barbourtech® construction equips it with trusty weather management properties which will make the wearer’s life a breeze. Give the gift of care and colour this season. Price – £179.

Barbour Beacon Earl Jacket

A pair of fresh white kicks round off our best menswear gifts under £250 guide. The Axel Arigato Clean 90 sneaker is a footwear classic, as many of you will already know, and this time around we’ve chosen a reworked version of the shoe to complete our lineup. The modest, refined look of the trainer has been elevated and embellished with an array of colourful swallows at its sidewall, while all the brand’s usual elements remain in place, including the expert Portuguese construction, gold-foil branding and sturdy rubber cupsole.

Axel Arigato Clean 90 Sneaker

Fulfil someone’s wishlist this Christmas with a plethora of gifting options available at Aphrodite online or in-store.

Designer Gifts Under £100

The Best Menswear Gifts Under £100

Blinked and suddenly it’s December? Don’t worry you’re not the only one feeling that way; somehow the festive season has crept upon us again and if you’re anything like us I’m sure the festivities are locking down your diary quicker than you can even keep up. So, with so much to do and so little time, get a hard start on Christmas now with our top menswear gifts under £100 list. From British design house, Vivienne Westwood, to Japanese imprint COMME des GARÇONS and sporting giant New Balance, find all you’ll need below…

If you’re living in the UK right now, you’ll already be well accustomed to the season’s bitterly cold temperatures, and of course, with these harsh climes comes the appropriate attire to match. Our European neighbours over at Parisian label Ami have seasonal dressing down to a T, as demonstrated by these chunky, ribbed knit beanies. Made with love in Portugal, both styles are crafted from a warming woollen construction with the brand’s iconic ‘Ami de Coeur’ emblem sitting in pride of place. Price – £85.

Ami Fisherman Beanie

Keeping in tune with the cosy theme, the following BOSS Slippers are perfect for the man who enjoys his home comforts. Dressed in neutral tones, this pair arrive adorned in plush servings of suede with a super-soft fluffy lining for unbeatable warmth when you’re in need of some well-deserved R&R.

BOSS Home Slippers

Hitting our menswear gifts under £100 list next is a Japanese imprint that has its finger on the pulse of every subdivision out there, including fragrance. The COMME des GARÇONS Parfums line has been in circulation since the mid ‘90s and is still going strong today; from woody scents to musky aromas, the diffusion label has a smell for everyone to adopt as their signature. In particular, the COMME des GARÇONS Blackpepper Eau de Parfum is a standout selection, it’s formulated with spicy, addictive notes, not to mention its unisex – meaning it could solve two presents all at once! 50ml price – £70.

COMME DES GARCONS PARFUMS Blackpepper Eau de Parfum

Placing third on our round up is rebellious British designer Vivienne Westwood. Utilising contrasting tones of silver and mustard to deliver a sumptuous offering, this Vivienne Westwood Orb Keyring is the perfect item for gifting over the Christmas season, whether it’s for a male or female. It’s guaranteed to electrify your keys with its unmissable lightning bolt and studded leather charm. Available in yellow and black colourways. Price – £65.

Vivienne Westwood Keyring

For that passionate sneakerhead in your life look no further than the latest New Balance 997H. It’s a contemporary rework of the Boston-based brand’s iconic 997 model, updated here in an emerald-green and silver colourway, featuring all the usual NB credentials, a combined mesh, leather and suede upper, complete with the lightweight support of the brand’s REVlite midsole to take you into the city streets and beyond with the utmost ease. Price – £75.

New Balance 997H

As we start to come to the end of our top gifts under £100 selection, we can’t go on without mentioning apparel. For a look that stands up for British heritage we’ve picked out this Fred Perry Taped Sweatshirt in black. Exuding retro sportswear vibes, the ‘70s inspired silhouette sees the brand’s Laurel Wreath drape both sleeves and the chest, complete with ribbed detailing for a close, secure finish at the neckline, cuffs and hem. Price – £89.

Fred Perry Taped Sweatshirt

Finally, we’re wrapping things up with some stellar headwear styles. These Drôle de Monsieur Caps, available in black and yellow, are ideal for raising your street credibility. They’re both fabricated from cotton twill and feature the Dijon-hailing label’s signature ‘Not From Paris Madame’ slogan across their crown, finished with an adjustable slider for a close fit that’s custom to you.

Drôle de Monsieur Caps

As we touched on at the very beginning, the clock is ticking to get all your festive plans in place before it’s too late, so, make sure you act wisely and dodge the dreaded mid-December rush by putting our gift guides to crucial use this year… Enjoy!

Gifts Under £50

The Best Menswear Gifts Under £50

If you’re reading this, give yourself a pat on the back; not only have you taken the plunge in leaving your chaotic Christmas approach of yesteryear behind, but better yet, you’re even prepared to do a little digging to find the perfect present. Granted, we’ve all participated in that last-minute Christmas rush at some point, but there’s certainly no need for it this year because here at Aphrodite we’re on hand to help you find the perfect gift, and for this one, we’re sticking to a budget. So, sit back and relax while we list our top menswear gifts under £50.

Kicking off the selection is a brand-new arrival from British brand Folk and if you’re not yet familiar with the London-hailing label, let’s just say they live by the mantra ‘less is more’. Minimalist at its very best, this new-season Folk Tote Bag is perfect for gifting; it comes in both black and fawn colourways and has been expertly crafted in Portugal. As well as a spacious interior – big enough for all your commuting essentials – it also boasts two sturdy carry handles, refined Folk embroidery and a quirky back pocket. Price – £49.

Sitting second on our list is the Jason Markk Gift Set. Perhaps you know someone who finds it impossible to keep their kicks clean, or perhaps that person is you? Whatever the reason, this box set has everything you need to keep fresh white trainers WHITE – it comprises a 7oz premium foam cleanser, 2oz stain and water repellent spray, buffing brush and three quick wipes. Price – £35.

Placing number 3 on our top gifts under £50 list is lauded Italian label Napapijri. Just to refresh your brain, Napapijri originally fell into the industry via their affinity for outdoor gear, this quickly led the brand to uncover a harmonious balance between apparel bound for extreme conditions and casualwear… Enter the Napapijri Semiury Beanie. Symbolic for its fuzzy texture and unmissable logo, this cosy bobble hat is the perfect piece to ride winter’s wave with. Price – £35.

Next is a gift that will serve your favourite tech device endlessly; this Paul Smith iPhone Cover demonstrates the namesake label’s ‘classic with a twist’ aesthetic perfectly. Clad in the British brand’s iconic ‘signature stripe’, the partial leather design will back your phone in a kaleidoscope of colourful hues while ensuring easy access to your charging port and most importantly, guaranteeing everyday protection.

For apparel, we recommend something with a heap of branded elements and for this one we’ve headed straight to the label with the Three Stripes. This adidas Trefoil T-Shirt is a true wardrobe staple; it’s brimming in adi’ heritage and features the brand’s iconic logo to the core, paired alongside a modest ‘Skateboarding’ tab woven at the side seam. Available now in grey and white. Price – £28.

adidas Originals T-Shirt

In terms of grooming this Christmas period, organic Scandinavian skincare specialist, L:A Bruket, has everything covered. Think luxurious vanilla body wash that’s been blended in the brand’s homeland using a mixture of refreshing yet soothing ingredients, or moisturising beard oil that’s formulated from a combination of Jojoba, Argan & Hemp oils. Prices vary across a range of items, starting from £18.50 to £49.

L:A Bruket Grooming

Finally, we’ve got another designer tote to round off our top gifts under £50 list and this time it’s chic Parisian label Maison Kitsuné offering up the goods. Renowned for their tricolour, folklore fox, the luxury house deliver this navy bag in a flexible cotton blend construction, featuring their synonymous mascot, two carry handles and a wealth of uncompromised interior space for all your daily necessities. Price – £49.

Maison Kitsune Tote Bag

If you’re still reading this – well done – you got through it! We’re pretty confident that somewhere down the line this gift guide will spark a starting point for all your present planning, after all, getting the gifts in early means more time for festive shindigs.

adidas Ultraboost 20 Triple Black

adidas Ultraboost 20: Back To Black

If you’re a self-proclaimed sneakerhead you’ll already know that adidas has been on a winning streak with the Ultraboost releases in recent weeks, the brand even voyaged to outer space for one extraterrestrial collaboration with the International Space Station this month, but, it seems that it’s back to orderly business for the Three Stripes as it delivers a triple-black colourway of its fabled running shoe for the upcoming season.

Dubbed the adidas Ultraboost 20, this all-new sneaker may not be subject to the expert approval of astronauts but let me tell you, it’s no run-of-the-mill silhouette either, but then again, no Ultraboost iteration ever is. Where the sneaker lacks in colour and contrast, it makes up for in textural elements and state-of-the-art adi’ tech. For example, its Primeknit+ upper is designed to hug the foot, offering the runner a snug, streamlined fit that’s free of added bulk and lightweight enough for the city streets. Elsewhere, Tailored Fiber Placement and a TPU cage wrap the shoe with supreme support in all those high-pressure areas and the savvy construction doesn’t just end there…

adidas Ultraboost 20 Triple Black

Underfoot, responsive Boost cushioning provides a springy surface for a plethora of fast-paced activity, in turn, making light work of any performance-driven duties you set your sights on, whether that’s a gruelling gym session or a light evening jog. In addition to this, adidas’ Stretchweb outsole with Continental™ rubber ensures the sturdiest possible grip on the ground – we’re talking expert traction that’s been rigorously tested, by both adidas and tire manufacturing expert Continental, to supply stability through every terrain.

adidas Ultraboost 20 Triple Black Colourway

adidas Ultraboost 20 Sneakers

All in all, this running companion has more to it than initially meets the eye so, if you’re after a no-nonsense looking shoe that’s packed full to the brim with lightweight tech, the adidas Ultraboost 20 is definitely for you. Catch the trainer at Aphrodite from Saturday December 7th, 2019.

adidas Ultraboost 20

adidas Ultraboost 20: One Bold Step For Mankind

Fans of dead comfy trainers and the final frontier rejoice, adidas have only gone and teamed up with the International Space Station to create the next evolution of Ultraboost endowed footwear. Officially dubbed the adidas Ultraboost 20, the sneakers take adidas’ passion for performance enhancing stompers to never before seen heights of scientific ingenuity, making them perfect for those either looking to improve their athletic abilities or add some futuristic options to their footwear resume.

adidas Ultraboost 20

Having enlisted the help of the ISS astronauts to test out their revered Boost foam moulding procedure without interference from pesky gravity, adidas hopes that the data collected will lead to further technological advancements in their upcoming runner lineup. Marking the monumentous occasion, the new and improved adidas Ultraboost 20 takes its design influence from the shape and construction of space shuttles, boasting a revised flexible primeknit upper that not only brings with it a slue of familiar comfort bearing qualities, but makes use of a new tailored fiber placement technique to adapt its fit to whatever foot it finds itself on.

Elsewhere a responsive full-length Boost infused midsole provides signature levels of energy return, reducing impact, transferring momentum and propelling the wearer forward with each stride. Supported by a TPU heel clip, Continental stretch web outsole and pinpoint stitched reinforcement, the trainer is finished with a futuristic iridescent sheen and Space station branding to the tongue.

If you ever wanted to find out how Neil Armstrong felt when he took those first steps on the moon these are the shoes to do it. The adidas Ultraboost 20 are available online and in store 06/12/19.

adidas x International Space Station

 

adidas Ultraboost 20 Trainers

adidas Ultraboost 20 Trainers

Black Friday

Black Friday Sale: Top Picks

 Black Friday Favourites

 

The well anticipated Black Friday Sale has begun and we are offering a hefty discount of up to 30% off on a huge selection of designer brands. Whether you’re treating yourself or getting a head-start on Christmas, with so much up for grabs you’ll be spoilt for choice. We’ve put together a lineup featuring some of our Black Friday favourites to help you bag a steal – but be quick! You only have a limited amount of time so move fast to avoid disappointment.

 

Fjallraven Greenland Winter Jacket in Autumn Leaf

Fjallraven Jacket

Dressed in an autumnal colourway and offering a generous 20% off for Black Friday, the Fjallraven Greenland Winter Jacket is not one to miss. The cold weather is well and truly here and every wardrobe requires a go-to staple piece that guarantees to shield the inclement weather. Boasting a windproof and water-resistant outer with soft-to-the-touch teddy-fleece lining; the Greenland Winter Jacket offers warmth and comfort. Four front pockets allow all your essentials to be safely stored and easily accessed, whilst adding a unique touch to the silhouette.

 

Ami Sweatshirt in Pale Green

Ami Sweatshirt

Beautifully dressed in a pale mint green colourway, this long sleeve silhouette by Ami guarantees to add a pinch of colour to your rotation. Simple but essential, the sweatshirt features a ribbed neckline, cuff and hem – ideal for a snug fit. Crafted to the highest standards in Portugal and signed off with the brand’s Ami de Coeur applique to the chest.

 

Kenzo Trousers in Black

Kenzo Trousers

Italian-made and designed with comfort in mind, the Kenzo Cargo Trousers are secured with an elastic waistband and zip fly, ensuring the cotton cargo’s fit perfect to you. Two side pockets, two cargo pockets and reverse pocket boast signature utilitarian aesthetic whilst slick all-black colourway offers a sophisticated edge.

New Balance 991 Trainers in Black / Brown

New Balance

No Black Friday sale would be complete without an iconic pair of sneakers. Crafted with both comfort and practicality in mind, the latest 991 model boasts a tumbled nubuck and pigskin suede outer, with an ABZORD sole unit underfoot. Dressed in a versatile colourway and dripping with official branding throughout, the 991 Trainers will fit perfect within any rotation – whether you’re hitting the track or the streets.

 

CP Company Overshirt in Olive

CP Company Jacket

Offered in a classic CP Company overshirt silhouette and boasting the brand’s signature aesthetic, we are offering a whopping 20% off this goggle hood design. Lightweight and crafted to last, the overshirt features a chrome outer with classic two-way zipper, drawstring adjustments and detachable hood. Melding the feel of a shirt with the practicality of a jacket, the olive overshirt guarantees to stick with you for many seasons to come.

APC Logo Sweatshirt in Navy

APC Sweatshirt

Crafted to perfection in Portugal, this Logo Sweatshirt by APC is a wardrobe staple. Ribbed neckline, cuff and hem allow the perfect off-duty feel, whilst APC branding boasts an abstract aesthetic. Midweight loopback sweat fabric guarantees comfort and ventilation throughout the entire day.

 Novesta Star Master Trainers in Corduroy Military Green

Novesta Trainers

Simple and sustainable, Novesta offer a modern take on their signature Star Master silhouette. Featuring a textured corduroy fabric outer, the trainers are crafted with pride at the brand’s original factory and are signed off with an ethical and ecological rubber toe and vulcanised sole. Ideal for everyday wear, the Star Master can be styled up or down to suit your personal preference.

Shop the full Black Friday Sale in-store and online now.

 

 

Aphrodite 25th Anniversary Giveaway

GIVEAWAY: WIN A Full Aphrodite 25th Anniversary Outfit

WIN A Full Aphrodite 25th Anniversary Outfit

Back in September, we celebrated our 25th Anniversary – yes, you read that right, 25 years operating within the menswear industry! And with such a monumental milestone in touching distance, we teamed up with the talented people behind Oliver Spencer, Grenson and Nudie Jeans to deliver a limited-edition, collaborative 25th Anniversary outfit that comprised a jacket, tee, tote bag, jeans and sneakers.

Worth a RRP of £932, the commemorative outfit incorporates a number of unique touches, such as 25 colourful dots which are represented across the tee, tote and jeans and pay homage to each year we’ve worked within the industry, pretty special right? Well, if the voice in your head just answered yes, listen up! We’re giving one lucky person the chance to WIN this entire outfit for free and the instructions to enter the competition couldn’t be easier… Simply follow the steps below and look out for the winner which will be announced via our Instagram stories once the competition closes on Friday 22nd November 2019 at 5pm.

 

Aphrodite 25 Years Giveaway

1. Follow both @aphroditeclothing and @sel.vage on Instagram
2. Like the competition image – click HERE
3. Spread the word by tagging your friends in the image comments 🗣️

GOOD LUCK!

WIN A FULL APHRODITE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OUTFIT T&C’s:

The promoter: Aphrodite 7-8 Vine Place, Sunderland, SR1 3NE. One entry per person will be counted only. To qualify for the Prize you must complete all steps stated. The competition will close Friday 22nd November 2019 at 5pm UK time. Winner will be contacted via Instagram direct message and announced via Instagram stories. If the winner fails to reply to the initial winning message within 5 working days from first contact, another winner will be chosen at random. Winner will win one jacket, one tee, one pair of jeans, one pair of sneakers and 1 tote bag from the 25th Anniversary collection only. The sizes must be chosen from the stock quantity available online at www.aphrodite1994.com No exchange will be given. No money value can be given in exchange for the prize draw, (nonexchangeable and non-refundable).

The North Face AW19: New Arrivals

From peaks to pavements; The North Face is not only world famous for its outdoor gear, but is now considered a global street culture standard. Exciting new arrivals to The North Face’s AW19 Collection feature instantly-recognisable logos, classic colourways and eye-catching prints – boasting the brand’s signature aesthetic.

The North Face Down Jackets

The winter weather is well and truly here and every wardrobe requires a practical and reliable jacket to fight off the inclement weather. Combining unbeatable warmth and comfort, The North Face offer the understated Lhotse Jacket. Proudly named after the fourth highest mountain in the world, the Jacket is filled with goose down and features a full zip closure and adjustable cuffs and hem – allowing the jacket to fit perfect to you and ensuring ultimate warmth throughout the entire day. Two exterior side entry pockets and one inner security pocket grant easy access and safeguard all of your essentials. Similar to the Lhoste is an instantly-recognisable silhouette that channels ‘90s vibes; the Nupste Jacket. Boasting Durable Water Repellent coating and ripstop fabric, the Nupste is also filled with 700 goose down.

The North Face Mountain Jackets

Adaptable and practical; The North Face Mountain Q Jacket guarantees to stick with you for many seasons to come. Lightweight and beautifully dressed in an eye-catching tangerine colourway, the Mountain Q Jacket will sit perfectly within your outerwear wardrobe – whether you’re hitting the streets or the mountain peaks. Boasting a waterproof polyester outer and fully breathable mesh lining. If bright colours aren’t your vibe, an alternative is the Mountain Q Jacket in black. Equally as iconic, the silhouette features an adjustable drawstring hood and hem and is detailed with The North Face branding.

The North Face Denali Jackets

Ideal for layering, The North Face presents the Denali Jacket. Offered in three impressive colourways including blue, turquoise and yellow and named after the highest mountain peak in North America, the Denali is constructed from polar fleece with unique nylon overlays. Practical and functional, four zip pockets add an alternative spin on the silhouette. Vertical and horizontal zip pockets to the chest and two easy-access side-entry pockets.

The North Face Gilets

Inspired by silhouettes from 1996, the Nupste Vest boasts a boxy design that guarantees to keep you feeling warm and snug during the colder seasons. Offered in two exciting colourways, the gilet is filled with goose down and features a concealed stow-away hood. The Nupste Vest can be easily thrown on when the weather is unpredictable and pack-away design allows the garment to be folded and stored into its right-hand pocket.

The North Face Hoodie

The North Face T-Shirt

Every outfit requires perfect layering pieces to see you through the colder months, and The North Face have you covered. Presenting a range of hoodies and tees – ideal for constructing an outfit that keeps you feeling warm and looking good. The North Face Apline Hoodie is a staple piece for your off-duty rotation. Dripping with The North Face branding, the hoodie boasts large logo accompanied by ‘Fine Apline Equipment’ branding printed unapologetically to the chest. The collection includes a range of different t-shirts including Fine Alp Equipment Tee and The North Face Basic Tee. Crafted from superbly soft cotton, the t-shirts are designed with movement and ventilation in mind.

The North Face Hats

No winter instalment would be complete without a handful of accessories and The North Face AW19 Collection is no exception. Presenting the Bobble Hat in yellow / black and Logo Beanie in twill beige. Both crafted to exceptional standards and coated with the brand’s signature aesthetic. The knit pieces guarantee to deliver both style and comfort.

Shop the whole collection online and in-store now.

 

 

 

Nike Air Ghost Racer

Nike Air Ghost Racer – A Contrasting Continuation

First released in 1998, the Nike Air Ghost Racer was originally created to offer up comfort and stability to all those brave enough to take on anything more than a brisk walk. Named after US long-distance runner Mark Nenow, who acquired the nickname, ‘Ghost Racer’ due to his preference to run at night, the trainers quickly became the shoe of choice thanks to not only their emphasis on performance and accessible price point but their unique design and hauntingly impressive underfoot technology.

Nike Air Ghost Racer

Having enjoyed a return to relevancy earlier in the year with a re-release of their debut neon colourway, the retro sneakers, like many of Nike’s historical heavyweights, have bid adieu to their functional-focused roots and instead opted for a more lifestyle orientated existence.

Nike Air Ghost Racer

 

Returning in two new colourways, an equally as eye-watering, ‘Orange Peel / Aphid Green’ and more paired back, ‘Cool Grey / Wolf Grey’, the Ghost Racer keeps its original formula largely unchanged. With uppers primarily made from a lightweight, breathable mesh, the trainers boast synthetic leather overlays for added durability and come equipped with a true-to-the-original, supportive midfoot wrap. Below the trainers benefit from Nike’s now revered zoom air technology ensuring plenty of energy-return cushioning with every step and making them perfect for perusing around all your favourite local haunts.

Nike Air Ghost Racer

In the looks department the now 20-year-old Nike Air Ghost Racer finds itself slotting seamlessly into today’s trends thanks to its undeniable, ’dad shoe’ charm. Through a mixture of panelling, cut out sections and textural variations the sneakers conjure a complex array of visual depth, whilst an off-kilter swoosh logo adds a subtle variation to Nike’s usual signature sign off.

You can find both the Nike Air Ghost Racer in both, ‘Orange Peel / Aphid Green’ and, ‘Cool Grey / Wolf Grey’ online and in store now.

Nike Air Ghost Racer