Objects of affection

The Royal Exchange is a treasure trove of Valentine's Day gifts just waiting to catch your eye

05 February, 2018

There is a Japanese phrase ‘Koi No Yokan’, which is best described as the premonition of love. It is the overwhelming feeling upon meeting someone that falling in love will be inevitable. It is the eye contact held just a heartbeat too long and the feeling of stepping into The Royal Exchange, and knowing that somewhere among the array of boutiques awaits the gift that can perfectly showcase your love this Valentine’s Day.

Perhaps it’s also akin to the feeling you get when opening a box of Paul A. Young Fine Chocolates, each one of which is handmade in store. Here, you can choose from delectable flavours such as sea salted caramel or pink champagne, for a treat that will linger on the palate and in the mind.

In many cultures, the tradition of giving a silk scarf as a present is one that stretches back centuries. Pay homage to that gesture this season with a scarf from Aspinal of London, which has partnered with award-winning graphic artist Emma Shipley to create the Pegasus capsule collection. This Pegasus Silk Twill Scarf in mesmerising shades of blue has been handmade in Italy using the finest silk to create an accessory as divine as the winged stallion himself.

Treat her to little flashes of delight every day with Smythson’s palm green card case in printed calf leather. Its innate style and timeless design will add a touch of luxury to every transaction, from morning coffee to a post-work tipple.

Buying for the gentleman in your life can be notoriously tricky, but the selection of fine leather goods at SageBrown is sure to inspire. For over 25 years, this family-run establishment has specialised in beautiful products such as wallets, briefcases and travel accessories. Shown here in black, this handmade leather belt comes with a silver nickel square buckle and can be easily adjusted in length.


Another thoughtful present that will stand the test of time, the Bremont Solo in stainless steel is a future heirloom in the making. Inspired by the classic pilot watches of the 1940s, its minimalist design makes it the ideal companion for any occasion.

Of course, nothing evokes a visceral reaction quite like jewellery, so why not show your beloved that your love is equally enduring with the Tiffany Soleste oval ring in platinum with diamonds? From engagement rings to pendants, earrings and bracelets, Tiffany & Co. has a remarkable range and expert assistants to guide you through your purchase.

Whether you’re celebrating your first Valentine’s Day together, or your 51st, the perfect present is waiting to be discovered at The Royal Exchange.

Pictured top (clockwise from top): Verona 65 per cent Ecuadorian dark chocolate with mascarpone, Limoncello and basil, from £7 for four pieces, Paul A. Young; The Pegasus Silk Twill Scarf in blue, £95, Aspinal of London; Grosvenor business and credit card case in palm green, £165, Smythson; Men’s skinny belt in black leather, £49, Sagebrown

Pictured above (from left): Solo watch in stainless steel, £3,295, Bremont; Tiffany Soleste diamond and platinum ring, POA, Tiffany & Co.