It’s Father’s Day this coming Sunday, so we thought we’d celebrate dads everywhere by making a few suggestions as to thoughtful gifts we might like to buy for the men in our life (okay, it’s mainly another excuse to go shopping, but even so … the thought is there, and that’s what counts).
Socks are all very well (actually, we do really like socks) but for something more unusual to celebrate Father’s Day, go to Lambert’s Yard, which is on Lower Briggate in Leeds. It’s an independent concept store, which means it houses some very cool fashion and lifestyle brands in very stylish surroundings. But don’t let that put you off – it’s friendly and all very accessible and so well presented, you won’t feel intimidated, just intrigued and inspired.
It’s a fascinating place to visit in itself. It’s all created around Lambert’s House, said to be the oldest house in Leeds and the only remaining 17th Century triple storey building in the city centre, named after the Lambert family, owners during the 1800s. This is a major restoration project, still ongoing and very impressive. Lambert’s Yard reopened in November 2014 as a concept store and event space, bringing both emerging and established designers to Yorkshire as part of and ever-changing collection of brands you can’t get elsewhere in Leeds. Plus it’s a great new event space for the city, hosting creative and cultural events (and you can hire it out).
One great find there is fragrance and grooming brand Murdock London – the Mini Shave Travel Set is £35 and the heavenly Black Tea Cologne is £70, should you really feel that your Dad deserves such a lovely Father’s Day offering.
Check out too the Ham rabbit prints (love the Superhero rabbit print) at £32 and also the Perpetual Calendar by Witshop, which is £21. The photos I took there show the sort of gifts you can buy but remember that the offer at Lambert’s Yard is ever changing. Check out http://www.lambertsyard.com/
My second suggestion for a fantastic place to find unusual Father’s Day presents is Space vintage store in Harrogate, which is simply the most amazing place to visit, an emporium of the coolest, highest quality, fabulous and just plain lust-worthy fashions and lifestyle objets you will ever find. Harrogate is darned lucky to have it, actually.
My top tip has to be a floral retro shirt for summer. Who wouldn’t want one? Absolutely fabulous. But then there are jackets and ties and bags and watches and cufflinks and funky cushions and lamps and coloured glasses and … well, so many pre-loved items that will bring a smile to Dad’s face on Father’s Day – my Dad adored a briefcase I bought that was just like one he had back in the ‘70s. The website gives an idea of what you can find, and you can buy too online, but I really recommend a proper visit. Check out http://spaceharrogate.co.uk/index.php?route=common/home
Upstairs at Space is Wall of Sound Records, a great place to browse and buy vinyl and CDs, perfect if you want to replace or revisit your old favourite music or discover the sounds of yesteryear that passed you by at the time, that you were too young to appreciate, or simply thought were pretty rubbish back in the day but can now see that actually, it was bloody good (see music of the 1980s).
Major Tom’s Social is a great café bar also upstairs serving reasonably priced and delicious food (pizzas, platters, stews), plus lots of different beers and lagers. It’s got a cool laid-back atmosphere and it’s really friendly, good for families and all ages. In fact, an excellent place to take Dad for Father’s Day.
A quick mention for Richard Grafton Interiors, which is next door to Space on The Ginnel in Harrogate, off Parliament Street. It’s a really stylish interiors shop, surprisingly large, and it has so many reasonably priced and well-chosen objets, mirrors, frames, glassware and much, much more. It’s a revelation, really, because you expect it all to be expensive, but there are many interesting, useful and beautiful pieces that could make lovely Father’s Day gifts. Check out http://www.richardgraftoninteriors.com/
So get shopping – you know it’s what your Dad deserves.