Trends go in cycles and styles come and go, but there are some products that have eternal appeal. Lend yourself an air of authority and timeless sophistication around the office with established brands, functional technology, the finest soft leather accessories and a sharply tailored power suit. T3 has assembled the ultimate businessman’s briefcase-full of boardroom classics. Get fired (with enthusiasm).
1. Aspinal of London personal organiser
The Filofax’s popularity has dwindled since its 80s yuppie heyday, but there’s much to be said for organising your contacts and meetings on paper, especially when it’s bound in smooth suede.
Link: Aspinal of London
2. Mont Blanc Mark Twain Writer’s Edition 2010 fountain pen
A Mont Blanc is the Rolls Royce of pens. This special edition quill sports the signature of America’s most famous author and its deep blue colour represents the great Mississippi river.
3. Dell Vostro V13 laptop
Your aesthetic can be as classic as you like, but you won’t survive in modern business without a workhorse laptop. To that end Dell’s no nonsense 13.3-incher packs an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 320GB of storage and N Wi-Fi, but also has premium, svelte styling at a wallet-friendly price.
4. Nokia E72
The E72 is a no-nonsense businessphone with minimalist styling, a full QWERTY keyboard, 3G, Wi-Fi and excellent email facilities. Apple iPhones are for the Angry Birds; the Nokia E72 is here to work.
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5. Rolex Daytona
The design of this timeless Rolex has remained largely unchanged since its launch in 1961. A selfwinding mechanism and waterproofi ng to 100m adds a modern touch.
6. HP 17Bii+ financial calculator
The Nokia E72 has an calculator built in, but it lacks the functionality and retro weightiness of HP’s offering. With over 250 features and 28kb of memory for storing calculations and cash flows it’ll keep your books balanced in style.
7. BOSS black grey pinstripe suit
Hugo Boss’ fitted power suit mixes a contemporary, slim cut with that slick, 80s Gordon Gecko aesthetic.
Link: Hugo Boss
8. Dunhill sidecar double document case
Nothing makes a first impression quite like a high quality leather briefcase. This buckle-fastened one from Dunhill has two internal compartments and looks the business.
9. Loake black toe cap regent shoes
These classic leather brogues are a wise investment, with intricate but subtle punch detailing.