Bored of bow ties? Try some texture

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Knitted tie: Topman

Whilst the appetite for formal dressing in menswear shows no sign of slacking, inevitably certain details start to look a bit tired. Thus it is with the bow tie. Whilst some can carry this off with aplomb (as the cover star of last month’s debut Buck magazine showed) for others it was never going to be easy. There’s something novelty about the bow tie that risks looking too try-hard.

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Colin ChapmanBored of bow ties? Try some texture

Brandish Christmas Picks: Rolex iD

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This season of good will someone better had good will me up a custom Rolex with my name on it. Coming from Bamford’s Watch Department this website lets you pick custom colours and engravings for your own Rolex Submariner. Prices starting at around £7000 these don’t come cheap, but then some people are worth it (me).

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Jonathan SmithBrandish Christmas Picks: Rolex iD

Brandish Christmas Picks: Comme Des Garçons Christmas pouch

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As Isabelle has mentioned and as you may be aware from the adverts that have been on your telly since the start of November (which is too early goddamit!) it’s Christmas time and time to start thinking of what gifts you’re going to ply your loved ones with.

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Jonathan SmithBrandish Christmas Picks: Comme Des Garçons Christmas pouch

Fashion with function: Parra x The Perfect Unison headphones

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Of late your seeing more and more functional and fashionable accessories, in particular signature headphones. Doing the rounds this week are the Parra x The Perfect Unison headphones designed and made using the same techniques as David Burel’s skate boards. Made from Finnish birch and only coming out at 1.2mm thick these headphones are flexible and lightweight all without any reduction in sound quality with the outter band of birch adorned in Parra’s trademark style.

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Jonathan SmithFashion with function: Parra x The Perfect Unison headphones

Brandish Inspiration: Topman Latest Trend- Block Heads

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For AW08-09, Topman has created a video showcase of their latest collection- Block Heads. Model James Mclean poses in what Topman tells is a trend “inspired by the look of a Dickensian gypsy mixed with influences from the deep south.” We get a glimpse of what we will no doubt be wearing by Christmas and the video really projects what the look is all about- a poetic Grunge with not a slight hint of Luke Worrall.

“Bib front t-shirts are worn under a waistcoat and double breasted cardigans, topped off with a black padded donkey jacket for a military feel. Big accessories for this trend include a selection of trilby hats and scarves worn with tweed trainers or brogues.” Winter’s never looked so good!

Check the video here.

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Will ReidBrandish Inspiration: Topman Latest Trend- Block Heads

Yay or Nay?- American Apparel Unisex Winter Ski Hood

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American Apparel is a brand that I can’t help but be suspicious of. Yes, the adverts are provocative. Yes, Dov Charney supposedly walks around his office naked. Yes, their shop assistants look like they’ve just walked out of a NYLON spread. My problem is that whenever I see someone wearing American Apparel, it tends to be the case that it is the not the clothes that are great but how they are styled.

I can’t imagine this ‘Winter Ski Hood’ (£10) looking good on anyone who isn’t a model but I am wary of giving it a firm ‘Nay’ as I just know that as soon as this post is published, some edgy fashion editor will decree it the It-item of the season.

What do you think? Vote in our poll!

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Will ReidYay or Nay?- American Apparel Unisex Winter Ski Hood

Brandish Picks: winter scarves

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More winter style solutions, this time with our definitive pick of winter scarves. A scarf is a great chance to add a splash of colour, pattern or texture to your outfit so be brave and pick something bold!
From left: University scarves are a great find on eBay, Paul Smith does a luxe silk-lined version for £110.

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Obama belt, the iPhone for your waist

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It has been a few weeks now since I last posted something Obama related, not that the fashion world hasn’t been punctuated almost daily with a new label pushing the Obama cause with some special edition T-shirt or sneaker- something that has been unheard of for any other Presidential Candidate. Could you really see Clinton’s face on the toe box of a Dunk? Neither can I, Monica Lewinsky’s box on the other hand… Ho-ho-ho, I jest. It has got to the stage now where you could have an entire weeks worth of wardrobe clad head to toe in top fashion brands bearing the visage of Barack.

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Jonathan SmithObama belt, the iPhone for your waist

Dear memoirs: do you know your belt size? I bet you don’t

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Dear memoirs, walking through the office last Friday between avoiding work down in the samples cage and avoiding work at my desk I was beckoned over by a young female buyer “What size waist are you?” odd I thought, interesting opening to any conversation. I mused for perhaps for only a second and responded “About a 30″ she looked oddly satisfied then slapped a belt into my hand a commanded me to put it on, not to upset the young Miss I obliged and began to remove my own belt, her eyes transfixed on my waist line. I thought in any other situation and I could be labelled quite the Cad, but this, was of course, only business. With the belt on and fitting perfectly the young lady asked me what size belt I usually take, “Ermm I’m not really sure, probably a Medium” she looked at me like I was a fool, and I was because the belt I was wearing was a Small, a Medium would have dwarfed me. I removed the belt and retreated to my desk feeling humbled.

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Jonathan SmithDear memoirs: do you know your belt size? I bet you don’t

Decorate your head, you owe it to yourself

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I can’t wear hats -I look like the uncle you keep away from your kids- but you may be fortunate enough to not look like a total perv with something on your noggin. If this is the case then your not out of the woods yet because getting hat the suits you is a bit of a ruddy nightmare, luckily style.men.com is here to guide you through the minefield of millinery disasters.

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Jonathan SmithDecorate your head, you owe it to yourself

MOUSTACHE GLOVES! MOUSTACHE GLOVES! MOUSTACHE GLOVES!

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Moustache gloves. You heard me, moustache gloves. Just in case this hasn’t sunk in: MOUSTACHE GLOVES! In a week of strange pairings Jack Spade has knocked up these eccentric hand socks for the Colette x Gap pop up store in New York. Other than they are available in three colours there’s not a great deal I can say about these because lets face it the pictures speak for themselves, more of which are available over at highsnobiety.com.

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Jonathan SmithMOUSTACHE GLOVES! MOUSTACHE GLOVES! MOUSTACHE GLOVES!

Ex-Dior Homme Designer Jordan Askill Bejewels DSM!

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Jordan Askill, a designer whose work for Dior Homme and Ksubi has cemented him as a name to keep an eye on, has launched a jewellery collection at Dover Street Market (DSM.) Dover Street Market is a fashion emporium founded by Rei Kawakubo and her husband and it has become known for its artistic installations, exclusive lines and designer collaborations. In previous years, we’ve seen a hotel room designed by Alber Elbaz of Lanvin and a Tiki-hut check-out.

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Will ReidEx-Dior Homme Designer Jordan Askill Bejewels DSM!

Vibe Magazine’s celebratory boot

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This year Vibe Magazine turns 15 and to commemorate this mile stone birthday the magazine, with the help of Adidas, has knocked up this limited edition Forum Hi. The sneaker has a subtle colourway but is high on detail with the use of ostrich and snake skin and patterned laces and stripes, also it is limited to only 1500 pairs- so I suggest you get your rear into gear and reach for that credit card now. However if you feel that 1500 pairs is a bit too common for you then there is a single super special signed pair of the Forums that will go to the highest bidder, for more info check it out on the Vibe website.

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Jonathan SmithVibe Magazine’s celebratory boot