We don’t wish to condone a nasty habit like smoking, but for many
sales people a regular nicotine fix is essential if the mind is going to
remain sharp and the tongue silver (even if the lungs are a bit
And if you’re going to do it, you might as well do it in style.
So chuck away that tacky Bic and invest in a proper bloody lighter.
Something that says sophisticated. Something that reeks of status
(unlike your clothes, which reek of stale baccy, of course).
Associated Newspapers’ international sales supremo Desmond Sowerby, for
instance, swears by his gold Dupont. He’s had this cherished hunk of
metal for years and while he never takes it abroad - it’s as heavy as a
paperweight - he often brandishes at cocktail parties. In fact, it’s the
accessory equivalent of Leslie Phillips’ drawled ’hell-ooooooo ...’
Others cite Dunhill as their tab igniter of choice. But for sheer retro
styling and practicality, not to mention a smaller outlay-to-pleasure
ratio, many smokers still turn to the faithful Zippo - preferably the
brushed metal version. It’s solid, it’s wind-proof, it makes a nice
metallic click when you snap it shut. And if you run out of fags, you
can always get high on the fumes.
Dupont lighter - a mere pounds 385
Available from Harrods.