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The Luxury Defined 2019 Gourmet Gift Guide

To help you get ahead with gift buying this festive season, Luxury Defined presents the latest edit of what’s new and newsworthy in the world of fine food and drink, gourmet living, and entertaining

High-end drinks accessories are at the forefront of our latest luxury gourmet gift guide, while budding chefs are sure to be impressed by our choice of kitchenwear. Those who like to entertain at home may enjoy the latest cookbook to fly off the shelves—particularly if brunch is high on the agenda. And if it’s a showstopping gift you’re after ahead of the holiday season, then it simply has to be a Midcentury-inspired bar cart in sumptuous dark wood and polished gold brass—stylish indeed.

Glassware: Felicia Ferrone

Felicia Ferrone glasses
The distinctive shapes of Felicia Ferrone-designed glassware (and banner image), that recall Art Deco design.

Felicia Ferrone says her favorite month of the year is May, when spring eases into summer. The Chicago-born designer likes the month so much she has created a range of stemmed glasses named in its honor. The elegant May Collection of glassware, with fluted, pillar-shaped bases that nod to Art Deco design, is handcrafted in the Czech Republic by master glassblowers using borosilicate glass. Surprisingly for such delicate barware, the glasses are dishwasher (and microwave) safe.


Books: Breakfast: The Cookbook

A dish of chilaquiles with eggs, from Breakfast: The Cookbook, which showcase recipes from around the world.

What you eat for breakfast used to be dictated by where you grew up, but in the global kitchen you can start your day any which way you choose. Breakfast: The Cookbook, by Emily Elyse Miller, is the first book to showcase breakfast recipes from around the world—sweet, savory, regional, or classic—complete with cultural context. From Swedish cardamom buns (left), to Mexican chilaquiles (top left) and Tunisian chickpea and torn-bread stew (top right), the recipes prove that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.


Entertaining: Rolls-Royce Champagne Chest

Rolls-Royce champagne chest
The Rolls-Royce Champagne Chest is a stunning and unique addition to any gathering.

With hand-blown crystal champagne flutes inspired by V12 engines, caviar and blini caissons, and champagne coolers in black anodized aluminum and carbon fiber, the Rolls-Royce Champagne Chest is the ideal gift for those who like a touch of showmanship with their alfresco wining and dining. At the touch of a button, the chest opens to reveal a champagne set for four guests, its lid metamorphosizing into a beautiful serving tray made of Tudor oak with a laser-cut stainless-steel inlay. Four cotton napkins embroidered with the Rolls-Royce “RR” monogram—a symbol of precision design—are also included, as are mother-of-pearl spoons for the caviar.


Accessories: Witloft Aprons

Witloft's leather aprons are handcrafted in the Netherlands and are heat-resistant.

Whether it’s cupcakes or chateaubriand that you’re preparing, a good apron is essential. Witloft aprons are made by hand in Holland using the finest leather, with many designs finished with a unique coating that protects the apron from stains, dirt, and the worst scratches. They are wipe-clean and work well in heated environments—like standing in front of the barbecue. Customers have the option of personalizing their apron, too; choose your favorite skin color, then add straps and details such as your name, initials, or a date. Witloft also produces handy leather pockets that can be attached to its aprons, as well as leather knife rolls.


Entertaining: Clos19 Limited Edition Bar Cart by Dimorestudio

Clos19 Dimorestudio bar cart
The limited edition Dimorestudio-designed bar cart for luxury drinks purveyor Clos19 has every area of drinks storage and preparation covered with style.

Created for Clos19, LVMH’s online lifestyle and retail platform for its champagne, wine, and spirits, the Clos19 Bar Cart by architecture and design studio Dimorestudio is an ideal gift for the perfect host in your life. Taking inspiration from French and Italian designers of the 1960s, the Dimorestudio limited-edition Bar Cart is a beautiful way to enhance entertaining at home. A revolving base with side shelves for glass display and a central storage section for ice buckets, mixology accessories, and bottles to lay down make this an extremely practical piece of design furniture, while brushed steel handles, lacquered wood, dark blue inlay, and polished gold-plated brass feel both lavish and current.