It’s a man’s world

Laura Cartledge seeks expert advice on buying gorgeous gifts for gents.

Buying for Father’s Day can see you turn to the longstanding favourites.
Whether it’s a bottle of the whisky he likes, a box of the preferred chocolates or socks, we all have those Liz and Jon‘if in doubt’ options.
Thankfully The Mantique, in Winchester, has been launched to help exasperated gift shoppers and recipients.
“It is about buying something of high quality, so it will last and so people can be proud of what they have bought and been bought,” explains Jon Walker, who co-owns the business with Liz Raffles.
Since opening in November the pair have worked to collect a unique range of products all aimed at ‘filling the gap in the men’s accessories arena in Winchester’.
However, describing themselves as part of ‘the new dawn of men’s grooming’ as well as lovers of ‘British design’ and ‘gentlemanly style’, it is not just about business – it is personal.
“It was a lifestyle choice to open it for us,” agrees Jon, “and for the enjoyment and experience of customers – that is what we wanted to achieve.
newbury_brown_inside_outside_ss15“The products we stock you can’t get anywhere else on the south coast. All our suppliers are small, young, British designers and chaps wanting to make a difference.”
With this in mind, and knowing ‘70 per cent of our customers are ladies’, The Mantique is ‘all about gifts’. Therefore I have to ask what Jon would suggest wrapping for June 19.
“Kids look up to their parents, up to a certain age, and Liz has experience of our daughter wanting to dress like her,” he reveals.
“So our gift set of socks is a great way for a child to feel connected to their dad and they’re fun and really cute.”
The ‘One for me, one for my dad’ gift set of socks, £28, has an apt name and rates highly on the ‘aww’ factor.
Dads are often known for their practical natures, so Jon’s second suggestion fits the brief if yours is the same.
“Give them a gift that is meaningful, something they will use regularly, something they may not buy for themselves,” he enthuses,
“For example, a great-quality bag that will last and they will enjoy using every day. Something to make their working day a little more enjoyable, especially if they are away from home a lot.”
The Newbury leather briefcase in brown, £299, certainly ticks all those boxes while Jon’s final tip of the grooming gift set of face wash, moisturiser and shave cream, £45, will ensure a man also looks as smart.
“Traditionally men don’t spoil themselves,” he reasons. “They can’t justify spending money on themselves or treating themselves to something nice when they have responsibilities for family and home.
“Father’s Day is an opportunity to redress the balance, to spoil them and to acknowledge they are special and deserve to be spoilt once in a while.”

To find out more about The Mantique, 1 Stonemasons Court, Parchment Street, Winchester, visit
or call 01962 867777.


admin May 25, 2016 Travel and Lifestyle