Summer getaway

Stylish holiday essentials for active men

04 July, 2018

With the summer season in full swing, now is the time to ensure you’re vacation-ready. Visit The Royal Exchange to discover a wide range of accessories that will elevate your holiday wardrobe, and your next journey, with equal measures of style and function.

Bamford Grooming Department is the most recent addition to The Royal Exchange’s array of boutiques, and is set to become your new go-to for stylish toiletries in no time. Packed with active natural ingredients, the Edition 1 Hand and Body Wash is a calming blend of English willow, hop, echinacea and oat that will cleanse, hydrate and balance your skin, while its uplifting scent of fresh vetiver and bergamot will ensure you feel revitalised and ready for anything, even after a long-haul flight.

For adventurers and sun-seekers alike, a long-lasting and well-fitting pair of swim shorts is a suitcase essential. Orlebar Brown’s range of shorts marries traditional men’s tailoring with quick-drying fabric in a variety of colours, patterns and cuts to suit all body types. The OB Classic Swim Shorts are designed to take you effortlessly from the sea to the shore, ensuring you look well heeled enough for any seaside escapade, and come with a five-year guarantee.

A camera is a must-have for any holiday maker, and while it’s easy to whip out a smartphone and snap away, a vacation is the perfect opportunity to take a little more time over your photography and capture some really evocative images of your adventures. The Leica TL2 is an ideal travel companion as its mirrorless design allows for a more compact and lightweight body that enables it to be packed and carried with much more ease than bulkier DSLR cameras. An integrated Wi-Fi module makes transferring images to your smartphone, tablet or laptop easy, so you’ll never run out of space, while the Leica TL app lets you control your camera from your phone, so you can take superior selfies, without the stress of a self-timer countdown.

A wristwatch is a key piece of kit that no traveller should be without, and the Bremont ALT1-C is a versatile purchase – its classic design will adapt to all outfits and occasions. With a hardened stainless steel case, anti-reflective scratch-resistant crystal, a 42-hour power reserve and water resistant to 100 metres, you can enjoy your time off without worrying about your timepiece keeping up.

The final accessory to enhance your summer look, while also serving an important function, is a stylish pair of sunglasses. Whether you plan to relax on the beach, take to the water, hike up a mountain or explore a new city, a well-crafted pair of shades will keep you looking effortlessly cool, while protecting your eyes from the glare of the sun. The key is in finding the right design to suit your face shape, along with the best lenses for your individual needs, which is where the expert advisors and opticians at Tom Davies come in. The eye specialist will test your eyesight to check whether you need a prescription lens, and advise on the best style for you, from a large selection of frames.

Visit The Royal Exchange to discover everything you need for a stylish summer holiday look, with the assistance of experienced advisors who can help you find pieces that are a perfect fit for your individual style and activities.

Pictured top (L-R): Edition 1 hand and body wash, £25 for 250ml, Bamford Grooming Department; Bulldog ‘Dropping In’ mid-length swim shorts, £225, Orlebar Brown; TL2 camera in silver, body £1,700, lenses from £1,300, Leica; ALT1-C Classic Chronometer watch in black, £4,595, Bremont; Thames LE66052 sunglasses, from £295, Tom Davies