Even though it feels like summer never really got going, September has certainly arrived and that dreaded back-to-school feeling has returned, even if we graduated long ago.
Like the masses, you probably weren’t prepared (we assuredly weren’t!) but have no fear! We have you covered with the best in quality back-to-school stylish essentials for the whole family, from the kitchen to the classroom.
The great breakfast rush has never looked so stylish with the iconic matching kettle and toaster from superior kitchen appliance brand Smeg. A perfect mix of retro and contemporary design, these fundamental kitchen staples will add a dazzling touch of nostalgia to any kitchen. The stainless-steel kettle has a large 1.7 litre capacity, enough to cater for up to 6 cups of drink – ideal for a larger family or shared student home. The 4-slice toaster has results so good, you’ll want to toast every morning, and the robust quality build means there will be no more worries about under cooked or burnt toast.
SMEG KLF11RDUK Kettle & TSF02 4-Slice 2-Slot Toaster, £109.99 & 139.95, www.smeg.co.uk
British leather accessories designer Greenwich has unveiled another exquisite addition to it’s portfolio of beautifully made, luxury leather accessories. The HORNBY laptop case is fashioned from the finest German bull hide leather, the same leather that can be found on the interior of a Bentley. The case consists of three full leather card slot compartments, so business cards and documents can all be kept securely together. The interior boasts an Alcantara suede-feel material with a high-end aesthetic. Finished with an understated gold-zip, the HORNBY embodies understated luxury and suave office style.
Greenwich HORNBY Laptop Sleeve, £359, www.greenwich.design
Add some pizzazz to your pencil case this September with Ted’s charming stationary collection. The delightfully exquisite selection features divine studded brogue A5 notebooks lined with a citrus bloom print and a selection of sleek premium ball-point and fountain pens in stunning chrome and matte effect. The quality design promises to stand the test of time and user-ship, meaning these treasured tools are reliable for everyday use, ready for inspiration to strike at any time.
Ted Baker Stationery, prices start from £14.95, www.tedbaker.co.uk
The American super-brand has been producing locks for over 90 years and the founder of the company even helped escape artist Harry Houdini devise his notorious performances. The Master Lock U-Lock features a 10x4cm wide hardened steel body for maximum strength and reliability, yet only weighs 1.3kg. The 16mm diameter double locking shackle is 27cm long, octagonal shape and made of hardened steel, offering maximum resistance to prying, cutting and sawing. The disc key cylinder prevents picking. The Limited Lifetime Warranty provides peace of mind from a brand you can trust.
Master Lock Criterion Bike Lock, £63, www.masterlock.eu
Pioneer of rimless eye-wear, Silhouette, has launched a stunning collection of unisex full-rim frames, perfect for the ever popular geek-chic look. Each frame is crafted with Silhouette’s unique SPX material and is blended with the brands minimalist mix of titanium, which gives the frames a beautifully sleek look, while remaining extraordinarily hard-wearing and flexible. Available in an array of gentle colours including brown, crystal and magenta, each pair can also be fully customised with brand new colour accents including rose gold and brass to suit your personal style.
Silhouette Dynamics Colourwave Fullrim, prices start from £190, www.silhouette.com
Amp up your study session and experience Bang & Olufsen’s signature sound with the simple, stylish and exceptionally comfortable H4 wireless headphones from B&O PLAY. Available in four plush neutral tones and crafted with premium materials including lambskin leather and stainless steel, these headphones have up to 19 hours of battery life and use Bluetooth for uncompromising wireless sound – perfect for when you are on the go. You can also enhance your B&O experience with the free App.
B&O PLAY H4 Wireless Headphones, £249, www.beoplay.com
The dinky desktop speakers that pack a powerful punch; Ruark Audio’s MR1 Mk2 speakers have been designed for both hifi fans and design aficionados alike. Thanks to a new Soft Grey finish and British-sourced fabric grille, Ruark Audio’s next-generation speakers look better than ever before, and thanks to Ruark’s thirty-year audio heritage, sound incredible too. The MR1s make a brilliant sound system for TVs, but in particular they are the perfect partner for the recent resurgence of turntables – making you the most popular guest during Fresher’s Week.
Ruark Audio MR1 Mk2 Speakers, £329, www.ruarkaudio.com