Graduation season is here again, and many of us are stumped for gifts as usual. Cash is king, but it’s always nice to open a real present, bows and all, especially after all that hard work. The challenge is finding something that will actually matter in the eyes of a young person (or just get them to look up from their screens for a minute). Here’s a start to commemorate their achievements.
They’ll sleep like babies in Peacock Alley’s luxury bedding. Monogrammed sheet sets from its Soprano and Boutique collections, as well as its pique backrest pillow pictured here, come in a rainbow of trim and embroidery color options. For the budding globetrotter, the 5-Star Soprano Travel Sheet with a drawstring pouch vastly upgrades the backpacker’s sleep sack.
Born at the University of Miami, Del Toro’s Italian-manufactured footwear for men and women has a rich collegiate heritage. The Miami-based brand collaborated with Los Angeles artist Alli Conrad for a limited-edition run of hand-painted chukkas. She signs each unique, unisex pair inspired by her Groovy Baby painting. A quarter of proceeds benefits the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.
Rimowa has transformed the luggage scene since being taken under LVMH’s wing. Though most associated with jet-set suitcases featuring grooved aluminum shells, it also makes tech accessories and smaller bags. Grads will love these iPhone 12 polycarbonate cases in fun hues from iridescent to cactus green. Treat them to custom suitcases with handles and wheels in 10 colors, too.
One can’t miss with Cartier’s timeless Tank watches. Since its 1917 premiere, the design has evolved with each generation in a bevy of looks, materials and movements. In addition to the current offering, a fresh crop of Tank Must models with SolarBeat (photovoltaic) movement, Roman numerals and vegan straps in retro, jewel tones hits Cartier stores in September.
If you can get your hands on a bike or e-bike, grab it. Most are still backordered due to covid-spiked sales. Miami-based Suncycling has some in stock like the GoCycle GX folding e-bike with a lightweight aluminum frame and hidden lithium-ion battery with a 7-hour charge. The specialty shop also carries e-bikes by IZIP, Raleigh, Haibike, Bianchi and more.