Few days polarize folk as much as Valentine’s Day, that essentially meaningless chunk of twenty-four hours where people in love declare that they’re in love, and everyone else watches. If you’re in a couple or throuple, it’s a chance to shout from the rooftops about your enviable relationship; if you’re alone, it’s a chance to bemoan from the lowlands about your place in society as an insignificant other. And either way, it’s a chance to eat a lot of chocolate, buy some flowers and shut your bedroom door especially firmly.
In a rarely uncynical piece of thinking, we think the Big V can be enjoyed whoever you are, either an opportunity for some self-love or time for some old-school romance. So, we’ve scoured the internet for the loveliest things to treat yourself or a partner to, marrying together our loves of fashion, design and the planet. Just ensure you make some room in that top drawer…
Christopher Kane’s More Joy is all about spreading the love, giving us all a shot of oxytocin. Using a retro serif font and a black, white and red palette, it’s a chic take on affirmative, feel-good apparel. These ‘Sex’ socks might turn the more prudish among us a bright shade of scarlet, but for the rest of us, it’s a bold way of sharing one of life’s simplest pleasures. It’s down to you if you decide to keep them on…
Oysters are one of the natural world’s most potent aphrodisiacs, but they’re also, to the unrefined (us), fucking disgusting. Whether you like them or not, these Mia Larsson earrings provide all the fun without any of the funkiness, seeing upcycled oyster shells become enchantingly minimal, mineral square earrings. They’re sure to make your highest-up erogenous zone look great.
Forget Blue Velvet, gorgeous, gorgeous girls and boys wear scarlet velvet. Made with plush Italian fabrics and inspired by the savoir-faire of Bianca Jagger, this Bianca Jacket is a suit to make heads turn until they pop right off, making the blood-red colourway all the more practical.
T-Label is gaining lovers the world over thanks to its handmade, sustainably-produced ‘romantic-wear’. These Rays Raspberry Pink Gloves are beautiful, made tactile thanks to pleated textures and ruffled for your pleasure. Wrapped up with love in a gift box and made from deadstock tulle, they’re as thoughtful as they are delightful, an extra-special gift for someone who’s love never eludes the questioning game of your wistfully plucked dandelion.
London-based lingerie label Miss Crofton uses end-of-the-roll fabrics to make skimpy, silky underwear worthy of cherishing. Their Lara G-String in Rose Tulle is every bit as pretty as it sounds, silk tie sides and a cotton gusset finishing off a spray of baby-pink roses that’s far nicer to receive than the real thing.
No more garishly-packaged, greasily-formulated lube bought on a whim in Boots; Roam’s Natural Refreshing Gel Lubricant (get you!) is as chic as it gets. Enriched with agave, aloe and jojoba and available for front or back, it’s made with entirely natural ingredients and promises to help you gel with the one you love. Better still, it comes in a gorgeously crimson, 100% recycled and recyclable bottle and is sent to you discreetly; but no doubt you’ll want to give this one pride of place on your bedside table.