New Season, New Kit ….
Your tan has faded. And so has that profound sense of existential peace you found after three Negronis at the beach bar in Santorini.
Oh well. Time to buckle down and find some meaning in work. You’ll need some new kit, of course. How can you be expected to work without a quick stationary drive?
Fortunately for you, marketing maestro Iain — our office ‘Q’ — has thrown together this shortlist of office kit, charcterised by his own brand of understated cool:
- SPOKE Heroes
The backbone of your wardrobe. Your standbys. Your trusty steeds. The Smoked Navy here has been flying. Hurry.
2. Tom Dixon Cube Desk Tidy Tray
If this beautiful, copper-plated zinc alloy stationary holder doesn’t goad you into work, then there is no hope. A genuinely lovely object.
3. Things 3.0 productivity app
The latest iteration of the chart-topping iOS (and MacOS) app is stunningly refined and a geniuinely helpful tool for devotees of the GTD (“Get Things Done”) movement. We swear by it.
4. Rapha Packable Waterproof Jacket
Most cycling jackets make you look like a “madman laughing in the rain, a little out of touch, a little insane” (thank you, Soul Asylum). Not this one. Rapha’s sky-blue lightweight-nylon version, with hi-vis trimmings, manages to look distinctively sharp as well as utterly element-proof.
5. London Sock Co subscription
Something to look forward to every month: a brand new pair of socks, dropped on your doorstep as if from a secret admirer. Only you will know the truth. Until 17th September, SPOKE customers can claim 15% off any LSC purchase, or the first month of a subscription, by using the code SPOKESTYLE.
6. Harwick briefcase
Show your laptop you care with this smartly put-together, water-repellent nylon-and-leather briefcase. The laptop compartment has been lovingly padded, to protect what is, without contest, the most important piece of kit in your life.
7. Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II
Over-ear but not over-priced — these are true, open-plan office essentials. Sure, Sue in Accounts has some compelling thoughts on the competitive dynamics of Australian Masterchef — but you need to focus. These wireless black Bose headphones will shut the world out, doing justice to the deep bass of the new LCD Soundsystem, just as they keep phone calls and Skype crystal clear, with their high-definition voice function.
8. Mr Stanford Rangoon Camel umbrella
“I admire your Whangee handle.” Not a sentence you’re likely to hear in the ordinary run of things — unless you purchase this fine traditional-style umbrella. Whangee is a type of bamboo cane — but you knew that, right?
9. How to Find Fulfilling Work by Roman Krznaric
Want money? Status? To make something? To make the world a better place? That may sound like a lot to ask, but actually you can have it all, according to this practical, tactically sound volume from the School of Life series. As well being named by The Observer as one of Britain’s leading popular philosophers, the author is the founder of the world’s first Empathy Museum. He feels you.