5 of the best for Dad

Father’ Day is approaching, and we have assembled a collection of five premium gift ideas that will help make Dad’s Day that extra bit special.

From immaculate Deadly Ponies briefcases and bags to the latest in Asics running gear and premium spring wear, these goodies from some of the best brands around represent superior quality from manufacturers both here and abroad.

Whatever your father’s interests, passions, or style, there are plenty of options out there, with online ordering taking care of the heavy lifting for many featured products.

DEADLY PONIES

Founded in 2005, Deadly Ponies is a New Zealand based, internationally renowned luxury leather accessories brand with a proclivity for sumptuous design and innovation. Soft, buttery leathers in an array of hues coexist with unexpected shapes and textures. With boutique manufacturing and ethical sourcing at the core of our ethos, each piece is artisanally handcrafted through a considered lens. 

Founders Steve Boyd and Liam Bowden and their team have been working behind the scenes over the last few years to drive the evolution of the fashion industry from their backyard. With the environmental impact of the fashion industry at the forefront of minds, Deadly Ponies has sought to evolve and lead change. Boutique manufacturing and ethical sourcing is at the core of this New Zealand success story’s ethos, now more than ever.

That’s food for thought when contemplating the duo’s impressive, high-quality range of leather work bags, weekend bags, wallets and more for Dad this Father’s Day.

www.deadlyponies.com

AESOP

Established in Melbourne in 1987, Aesop is now world renowned with stores in many parts of the world. The company’s objective has always been to formulate skin, hair and body care products of the finest quality. Aesop’s technical team investigate widely to source plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients and use only those with a proven record of safety and efficacy.

Crafted to honour father figures of all stripes, Aesop – curators and formulators of skin and hair care products, soaps and fragrances – also boast plenty of sumptuous options for him.

Every pour, dollop, or spritz of Aesop’s selected men’s formulations can revive the weary, or calm and quell. Lip salves, body scrubs, shaving hardware, fragrances and more are available to order.

www.aesop.com/nz

R.M. WILLIAMS

“If you make something good, people will make a track to your door. We made simple things that people wanted and kept them simple.” So said R.M. Williams himself after decades producing high quality outdoor-focused products – and especially hard-wearing boots – for an ever-growing audience.

Having learned leatherworking skills from a passing horseman known as Dollar Mick in the Flinders Ranges, R.M. resolved to try his hand at producing leather goods. His first success came by selling saddles to the owner of a group of cattle stations, which enabled him to set up shop in his father's shed at 5 Percy Street in the Adelaide suburb of Prospect in 1934. This location is still one of R.M. Williams’ retail outlets to this very day, and also now hosts the R.M. Williams Outback Heritage Museum.

Today, the R.M. Williams range of quality products has moved beyond the riding and work boots it was founded upon. Shirts, jackets, bags and seasonal wear – all still imbued with that traditional trademarked ruggedness – have made the R.M. Williams label more popular and accessible than ever.

Honour your dad this Father’s Day with a gift of character and craftsmanship from the extensive R.M. Williams range.

www.rmwilliams.com.au/nz

ASICS

Ready for any terrain, Asics running and trail shoes are engineered to support the way you move. Utilising innovative technologies developed in-house by Asics, the legendary Japanese sports brand has built a diverse range of shoes featuring advances such as GEL cushioning for distance, dynamic FLYTEFOAM propulsion technology for added speed and maximum grip regardless of the surface under your soles.

Whether it’s a woodland jog or a run along city streets, the health benefits from an established exercise routine for dads of all shapes and sizes are numerous. Challenging the body and uplifting the mind, Asics sports shoes allow you to train and explore in greater comfort.

www.asics.com/nz

ASSOULINE

Producing sumptuous coffee table books in collaboration with the world's foremost designers, photographers, artists and architects, Assouline books – created by Prosper and Martine Assouline – are as beautifully presented as they are thought-provoking.

Beginning in the mid-1990s, Assouline brought the illustrated book market to life with products that were modern, luxurious, and creative. Today, the luxury book market has become an indispensable tool for luxury brands. Assouline’s vast collection of inspirational and aesthetically rich volumes grabs every reader’s attention.

Covering a rich array of topics, from travel to art, yachts, fine wines and whiskeys, there is a beautiful, immersive Assouline coffee table book out there for every dad.

www.assouline.com

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