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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and to make the gift-giving process that little bit easier, Lena Dystant rounds up a selection of ten products suitable for the special person in your life (and all the better if that’s you.)

Over the years, Valentine’s Day has gone from a simple celebration of love to a festival of panic buying and greeting card-induced stress. Nothing encapsulates the day’s sad decline like the yearly spectacle of post-work shoppers scrapping over the last withered bunch of supermarket roses. Thoughtfulness is the key to making 14th February special. Taking the time to buy, make or do something with care and attention goes a long way. If your chosen route involves a gift, we’ve selected our top ten pieces for your significant other, with options for both ladies and gents.

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Drake’s with L E J Magenta Work Shirt

Practicality may not be the first word you think of when Valentine’s Day rolls around but in this rich shade of magenta, our work shirt collaboration with L E J cleverly combines functionality with bold and elegant colour. Made in our Somerset factory, durable cotton twill meets mother of pearl buttons and two oversized flap pockets ready to fill with the tools of your choice.

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Unicorn Print Silk Tie

If ever there was a time for mystical, magical creatures, it’s 14th February. Our intricate unicorn print tie makes a quiet statement. 100% silk, handmade in London, this classic pattern reveals its folkloric theme only on closer inspection.


 

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Unlined Peccary Leather Gloves

Giving a pair of leather gloves as a gift feels reassuringly old-fashioned. A little bit of luxury you might hesitate to buy for yourself, this beautifully textured brown peccary leather (handsewn in Italy) only gets better with age and wear - one to hang on to through countless winters.


 

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Knitted Cream Cotton Crew Neck Jumper

The Drake’s crew in 100% cotton is one of those versatile pieces that could see you through most of the year. Lighter than lambswool, it works perfectly in cooler spring or autumn temperatures, and when winter descends it’s the ideal knit for layering. Perfect paired with an oxford shirt, this smart shade of cream works equally well as an oversized fit for a lady's wardrobe.


 

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Washed Linen Overshirt

The linen overshirt returns with a beautifully worn-in feel thanks to our prewash and brush treatments. This lived-in lightweight jacket is packed with small but important details from knife pleat pockets to subtle side vents, a casual feel in this denim inspired shade of blue.


 

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Navy & Red Crocodile Print Scarf

One of our more contemporary prints, the crocodile makes an appearance in abstract form across this lightweight linen/cotton mix. Made in Italy, this navy and red pairing makes for a fitting Valentine's combination.

 

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Red Cotton Terry Hiking Shirt

A hybrid of various classic sports shirts, this hiking top’s beautifully textured short terry cloth really sets it apart. Mother of pearl buttons and neat fitted cuffs create a smart contrast to the oversized, active fit.

 

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Navy and Gold Striped Umbrella

A well-built umbrella that won't fly inside out at the first hint of a breeze is a must at this time of year. While wrapping this substantial piece may prove tricky, investing in a quality take on an essential feels like the ultimate in considerate gift-giving. Made in Italy, a solid ash handle is matched with brass hardware and a large, striped polyester canopy - perfect for two.


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Navy Dog Print Scarf

A popular print from the Drake’s archive, the combination of lilac and blue florals with these elegant canines works a treat on this solid navy fringed scarf, a fine wool and silk mix made in Italy, unisex, just like our entire scarf collection.


 

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Mustard Knitted Cotton Hiking Jersey

The knitted hiking jersey, new to our range, takes inspiration from the heyday of walking attire: the 1970s. An era when outdoor clothing hit the perfect mix of utility and style, bold colour was a must. Made in Japan, this mock neck model feels particularly of the time in this retro shade of warm mustard. Another ideal layering piece, its slimmer fit makes it an ideal womenswear knit.


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