The holiday season is just around the corner, and also begins the hunt for presents for that special guy in your life. But what do you get for the debonair Caribbean gentleman who seems to have it all? May we suggest some more unique gifts with an island twist? For the stylish gents on your shopping list, we’ve rounded up some stunning Caribbean designer gift ideas. And these are all available online for your shopping pleasure. From sleek jewelry to fine leather goods, you’re bound to find something here to satisfy your guy’s refined tastes.
Leather Tote: Kyu by Kesi
A true gentleman needs something stylish to carry all his worldly possessions. And you can’t improve on the Indiana Jones satchels and colorful wallets from leather good brands, Kyu by Kesi. Founder Kesi Gibson taps into her Jamaican heritage for her designs, which perfectly balances personality with practical necessities. The brand also takes a ethical approach to all their production, collaborating with local artisans around the world, from Brazil to Senegal.
If the man in your life has been extra good this year, we can’t think of a better gift than a piece from ultra-hot menswear brand Frère. Founded by Haitian-American designer Davidson Petit-Frèr, the brand merges classic tailoring with modern silhouettes and colors. Frère has become the go-to source for celebrity dandies like comedian Trevor Noah and rapper/producer 50 Cent. Their suits run in the thousands, but you can also opt for their much-more-affordable (but equally stunning) shirts, ties and pocket squares.
T-Shirt Game: RepJA
So your guy may be more sidewalk that Savile Row when it comes to clothing. For a more casual style, we love the sharp graphics and witty one-liners of streetwear company RepJA. The Caribbean-inspired clothing line likes to mix cool urban designs with island flair. We particularly love their music-oriented designs celebrating dancehall icons. They also do design collabs with celebrities like Love And Hip Hop star Safaree.
Sophisticated Bling: Mateo New York
A nice watch remains standard gear for any stylish gent, but it takes real flair to rock a little extra bling. May we suggest a sleek neck chain? We love this sophisticated gold design from Mateo New York, offering a subtle take on the classic link chains rocked by every Caribbean uncle. Created by brand founder and Jamaican native Mateo Harris, the chain features a hand brush finish, making it just subdued enough for everyday wear. And the simple link design is sure to never go out of style.
Shoe Polish: Boronea
Dressing for the tropics proves a constant struggle between looking stylish and beating the heat. So that’s why we love the new Puerto Rican resort wear brand Boronea, founded by Eliades Moreno. The brand ditches the standard resort gear for curated looks that truly reflects more authentic Caribbean tastes. Think cool cotton button-downs, tailored swimming shorts and handcrafted hats. But we especially love their handmade boat shoes, specially designed for maximum breathability. These shoes feel comfortable enough for the beach, and also sophisticated enough for the office.
For more gift ideas this holiday season, check out our gift-guide for Caribbean fashionistas.