Siblings Jason Grosvenor Roper and Nicholas Christian Roper spent years perfecting their artisanship before launching their luxury-goods business in England in 2002. Jason studied furniture making and eventually produced pieces for the esteemed London-based design house David Linley, and Nicholas trained as an engineer and worked as a metalsmith, forging custom works for private clients.
Today Grosvenor & Christian creates a range of bespoke items, from distinctive boxes for jewelry and watches to elegant humidors, and for this year’s Ultimate Gift Guide the company is offering an extraordinary example of the latter. The limited-edition Cuba ($11,300)—only 25 examples will be produced—is a 20-inch-by-10-inch humidor made by hand from dark, dramatically striated Indonesian Macassar ebony. It features a satinwood-inlay outline of the country for which it is named.
The lining of Spanish cedar provides the ideal amount of moisture for preserving prized smokes, which are part of this gift. The box will come stocked with 78 cigars selected by experts at the world’s oldest cigar purveyor, J.J. Fox of London; they will include two dozen full-bodied Padrón 1926 Maduro No. 9 cigars made with Nicaraguan tobacco aged for 5 to 10 years, 20 medium-bodied Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Robusto cigars, and a selection of Oliva Serie V cigars (24 torpedos and 10 Melanio figurados) from Nicaragua.
Grosvenor & Christian, +44.1725.513.518, grosvenorandchristian.co.uk