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FashionFather's Day
Dad deserves some high-class soaps from Le Baigneur
Streamlined style meets substance in Icon's electric bicycle
Like father, like son, courtesy of Brother Vellies' suede boots

Father's Day is only a week away, and while the dads in your life may insist that they don't need more stuff, they aren't likely to complain about a heartfelt gift of thanks.

Built for speed

Streamlined style meets substance on this made-in-L.A. electric bicycle that can hit 36 mph in racing mode. Part of a limited edition of 50, each handcrafted bike is individually numbered. A "revival of classic vintage transport in a modern context," according to Icon founder/designer Jonathan Ward, this style is inspired by World War I board racers. A card with a hand-painted image of the bike and its number will announce that the posh present is on its way. Icon's numbered, limited-edition E-Flyer electric bicycle, $4,995 (made to order in 30-45 days; card issued for gift recipient at time of purchase); www.icon4x4.com

Top Brass

Does dad carry a multitude of keys on a collection of freebie rings, emblazoned with logos of car dealerships and local watering holes? This limited-edition leather key ring with custom-cast brass hardware, part of New York jeweler Philip Crangi's collaboration with Coach that launched in late April, organizes keys while handily snapping on to a bag or belt loop to free up his pockets. Coach + Philip Crangi Hampton clip key ring, $128 at the Coach boutique in Beverly Hills, (310) 247-1309, and www.coach.com

Soap stars

Raise the bar in his bathroom with some high-class black soap. Handcrafted in France using traditional cold-press techniques and locally-sourced, natural ingredients such as clay, coconut pulp and essential oils, this soap is so clean that it's even wrapped in recycled paper packaging. Le Baigneur's Tonifying, Relaxing and Exfoliating soaps, $15 for each 3.5-ounce bar at www.beautyhabit.com and Beauty Habit boutique in Westlake Village, (818) 707-2555.

Hawaiian punch

Hawaiian florals are a key look, and it doesn't get more authentic than Culver City-based company M.Nii. In 2011, designer John Moore revived the original '50s-era Hawaiian surfwear brand, whose swim trunks were sported by John F. Kennedy. M.Nii cotton Canyon Bloom Drowner swim trunks, $163 at www.mnii.com and Wittmore menswear shop in West Hollywood, (323) 782-9791.

M.Nii cotton button-down Canyon Bloom shirt, $195 at www.mnii.com and Unionmade at The Grove, (323) 965-2248 and Brentwood Country Mart, (310) 656-3373.

Fit to be tied

The bow tie gets an elevated new twist in exotic skins, the signature of Los Angeles handbag and accessories designer Elisabeth Weinstock. Her Croatia bow ties in black whip snake and black-and-white watersnake, $285 each at Elisabeth Weinstock Design in Los Angeles, (323) 655-3000.

A-List Weekender

Instantly upgrade his weekend getaway with a duffel bag that brings first-class style to everything from beat-up jeans to a tailored suit. Created by master craftsmen in traditional methods that involve nearly 300 steps, the season's latest bag was inspired by Louis, the eldest of the three Cartier brothers and a born adventurer. Cartier's handcrafted Louis Cartier 24 Hour bag in calfskin with palladium-finish metal detailing, $4,050 at the Cartier boutique in Beverly Hills, (310) 275-4272, and www.cartier.us

Love-Love

Add a dash of class to his game with Tumi's sophisticated tennis tote by the brand's creative director, Los Angeles footwear designer George Esquivel. Tumi's Wilcox tennis tote from the Alpha Bravo collection in ballistic nylon with leather trim and mesh pocket, $895 at the Tumi boutiques in Beverly Hills, (310) 623-1186, South Coast Plaza, (714) 429-0997, and www.tumi.com

Here comes the grooming

Appeal to his vanity with picks from the new 22-piece grooming line V76 by Vaughn, launched in February by New York-based celebrity hairstylist Vaughn Acord, who has groomed star clients such as Richard Gere, Ashton Kutcher, Tom Brady, Daniel Day-Lewis and Bill Clinton. V76 by Vaughn Barber's Powder ($25), Energy Wash shower gel($20), Lip Balm 76 ($13), Bar Soap ($22) and Hydrator hair and face mist ($21) at www.v76.com

Like father, like son

The little guy can follow in dad's fashion-forward footsteps with miniature "vellies" inspired by traditional African footwear, a precursor to today's desert boot and reinvented by designer Aurora James in 2011. Each pair is handmade in South Africa, and a portion of proceeds helps fund education for the artisans' children. Brother Vellies suede Erongo boot with neon toe cap, $235, and leather children's Mini boot, $95, at www.brothervellies.com

In the cards

Help him streamline business with this cool-yet-understated card case that organizes business cards and credit cards, part of this spring's debut menswear collection by Los Angeles handbag and accessories designer Clare Vivier. Personalize your present by adding his monogram. Clare Vivier leather card case, $80 (plus $50 for optional monogramming) at the Clare Vivier boutique in Silver Lake, (323) 665-2476 and www.clarevivier.com

To go

For the traveling man, Clare Vivier leather toiletry case, $110 (plus $50 for optional monogramming) at the Clare Vivier boutique in Silver Lake, (323) 665-2476 and www.clarevivier.com

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