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Accessories, knitwear

Brandish Picks: winter scarves

By admin on November 4th, 2008

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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. Chunky scarves with the right amount of texture are hard to come by on the high street but Topman have a good selection, this teal offering is £12.

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Trapper hats: Topman, Paul Smith and John Rocha

By admin on October 23rd, 2008

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As usual Will is on the money with his trapper hat outfit pick, but here are a few more to choose from for this winter.

Topman‘s version will give you that lumberjack look, while Paul Smith‘s luxe offering is perfect as part of a nouveau grunge outfit. John Rocha‘s corduroy trapper will keep you cosy and warm until first thaw, or until you get on the tube. Whichever comes first..

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Accessories, Luggage

Pauric Sweeney python and leather bag

By admin on October 17th, 2008

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As the lovely chap in our Yay or Nay heels debate demonstrated there is a burgeoning trend for men to co-opt traditionally female fashion status markers like heels and bags.
Pauric Sweeney’s bag is no half-measure, it’s pure luxury with a combination of python and leather and discreet hardware. It’s such an intricate bag I’m not entirely sure I could see many men going for it, I wouldn’t mind it myself I just need to find a boyfriend who can afford the £1,480 price tag so I can steal it off him!



Accessories

Bollman Hats- 140 years young

By Jonathan Smith on October 16th, 2008

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Love hats? Great! So do the Bollman Hat Company, they make shed loads of them. Based in Adamstown, Pennsylvania, the geriatric milliner is this year celebrating its 140th anniversary of making hats for the masses and to celebrate this Bollman has release 14 special edition hats, one for each decade.

The collection is extensive and could form the foundations of a budding hat collection if you are willing to part with $1000. If you’re not that flush with the cash however you can buy individual hats for $100 each.

For more information and to purchase some headgear get yourself over to bollman140.com.



Accessories, Heroes and Celebrities

Obama belt, the iPhone for your waist

By Jonathan Smith on October 9th, 2008

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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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Accessories

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

By Jonathan Smith on September 30th, 2008

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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.

True story that. My point is do you really know what size belt you take? It’s hard to tell and it’s tough for you to measure accurately the length of your current belt without knowing how to correctly measure a belt- step in Atsui and their super useful guide to belt measuring.

Check it out and never be made a fool of like I was.



Accessories

Decorate your head, you owe it to yourself

By Jonathan Smith on September 23rd, 2008

GQfashion3v.jpgI 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.

With a 14 step guide and input from style legends such as Andre Benjamin and Hiroki Otsuka check out men.style.com‘s guide here.



Accessories

MOUSTACHE GLOVES! MOUSTACHE GLOVES! MOUSTACHE GLOVES!

By Jonathan Smith on September 23rd, 2008

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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.



Accessories, Footwear

What colour is your Johnson?

By Jonathan Smith on September 22nd, 2008

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T-Shirt aficionados The Hundreds are branching out into footwear and with great anticipation are gearing up to release their first offering: The Johnson. A great name for what appears to be a great shoe, with a Pointer-esque silhouette and vibrant colours The Johnson slips nicely into the growing trainer market.

“A clean, understated shoe that serves to emphasize the wearer’s overall appearance. And it has everything to do with my roster of kicks growing up in Cali. It’s really a concoction of all my favorite shoes that are representative of youth subcultures: Chucks, Winos, Doc Martens, Vans… I even tried to have the laces staggered like a pair of early Jordans do from an above-perspective. I think I managed to pull off a very sophisticated shoe that retains some character, but is ultra basic when it comes to lines and silhouette.” From Sneaker Freaker.

The Johnson should be available soon from your favourite boutiques.
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Accessories, Designer Spotlight, News

Ex-Dior Homme Designer Jordan Askill Bejewels DSM!

By Will Reid on September 22nd, 2008

JAskill1_Pendant08_b.jpgJordan 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.

Akill’s jewellery line is made up of edgy, androgynous pieces that could be worn by either guys or girls and Vogue reports that “the debut jewellery offering features bird, boy and rose motifs as fragile and rare entities – the flora, fauna and humanity of life – set in a claw to denote them as “precious memories to capture“. Lovely.

(Source: Vogue UK)



Accessories, Footwear

Vibe Magazine’s celebratory boot

By Jonathan Smith on September 15th, 2008

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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.

The Vibe Forum Hi is available from today at any Adidas Originals store and at shopadidas.com.

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Accessories, Clothing, Coats & Jackets, Designer Spotlight, Trends

Lad Musician A/W 08 highlights

By admin on September 12th, 2008

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Lad Musician are clearly a brand willing to take some risks. For example, take their studded gloves (pictured above). Although it’s a look associated with people who wear new rock boots, it looks surprisingly wearable, although it would look better if it were just polka dots. The other risk is their inclusion of denim jackets.

These jackets are risky not because no-one is wearing. It’s risky because everything who is wears them horrifically, matching them to their denim jeans and looking like rejects from a Bruce Springsteen lookalike competition. I’m not about to call it a comeback, but denim jackets might just be a viable alternative for people looking to change it up from bombers and trench coats. Lad Musician is available from blackbird and the site’s webshop.



Accessories, Designer Spotlight, Grooming, News

Do You Dare: YSL Touche Eclat for Men!

By Will Reid on September 8th, 2008

toucheeclat2.jpgHungover, Sleep-deprived, Over-worked, Unfit, Uncared for, Blemish-ridden; not exactly the ingredients for a healthy and handsome male are they? Well now, who cares? After you’ve smudged the Guyliner and poked yourself in the eye with Manscara, you might feel yourself in need of a bit of YSL’s new Touche Eclat concealer for men.

Yes, the weapon of choice for fashion editors and socialites the world over has been produced (fragrance free) for men, allowing the male species to live a life of clear skin and hidden ugliness.

The only question is, after previous (and let’s face it, unsuccessful attempts) at man make-up, will this gold pen/magic wand be bought up by us men?

YSL Touche Eclat for Men, £22.50, Selfridges

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Accessories, sunglasses

Sabre Madness (has nothing to do with the rise in knife crime)

By Jonathan Smith on September 4th, 2008

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Coming this Autumn masters of eye wear Sabre are bringing you the “Madness”. With inter changeable arms and frame colours these shades are fully customisable and come in a mix of matte and shiny finishes. Great for all that Autumn sunshine we get in the UK?… I suppose they would be good for hangovers. Available soon from Sabre and the usual suspects. Check out some more pics after the jump.

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Accessories, Clothing, Designer Spotlight

WISHLIST: CDG Embossed Wallet at Start London

By Will Reid on September 3rd, 2008

cdg.jpgMy style pick for this week is this gorgeous Comme Des Garcons wallet from Start London. Mr Start, a past columnist for Brandish, has a great look and I can imagine this item slotting into his vintage chic and classic cool wardrobe quite nicely. The embossed leather is a great cerulean blue, made famous by the brilliant film ‘The Devil Wears Prada.’ The wallet has a zip around two sides and an “internal pocket to hold either coins, cards or bills.”

CDG Wallet, £45, Start London




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