Peckham Rye skinny tie

With designers increasingly looking back at Davie Bowie album covers for inspiration these days, it’s no wonder that the skinny tie is popular again. Skinny ties are basically ties for people who don’t like ties. The anti-tie, if you will. Simply making it skinny has rid it of its stuffy bank clerk image that fat ties still hold. But apart …

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Westwood scarf

Ever wondered why older ladies always wear a wee neckscarf with their winter coats? No? Well you’re not paying enough attention to women of a certain age in that case. We have a lot to learn from them – their survival skills are second to none. If there’s ever a nuclear winter, all that will be left is a bunch …

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Oki-Ni deerstalker

Just as two wrongs don’t make a right, two rights sometimes don’t make a right either. In fact, two rights can make plenty kinds of wrong, as witnessed by this Fair Isle Deerstalker new to Oki-Ni. I like fair isle as much as the next man – I’m a big fan of any traditional British craft. Deerstalkers likewise are normally …

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Trend Watch: week-end bag from Chris & Tibor

Chris and Tibor are a London-based design duo who love London and who can blame them? They work together on a collection of bags, which are all named after London streets of places. Their current collection is called the Jack the Ripper collection, reflecting their East London base. The label began in 2005 and their A/W 2006 collection (their first …

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Lukesville shoulder bag

We do love our bags here at Brandish. We love them in all shapes and sizes – from satchel to weekend bag. But I have a special affinity to the smaller bag, like this Lukesville shoulder bag. Just big enough to carry a book, an ipod and some keys, the only problem with the shoulder bag is the price. While …

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Surface to Air three finger ring

I am kind of boring myself with all this Surface to Air adulation, but this three-finger ring is a bit of a work of genius and shouldn’t really be ignored. Surprisingly unrestrictive, this chic stainless steel band sits over three fingers together, creating a long oblong of brushed steel across the back of your hand. I’ve had it on so …

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New releases from Billionaire Boys Club

So, Billionaire Boys Club have launched new items which are available through their website as well as from We Sold Out. Amongst the new batch are these 3 fingered gloves, which apparently echo Pharell et al’s Star Trak logo but I don’t really see it. On a first glance I saw them and thought ‘Oh how novel’, but on reflection, …

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Mads Norgaard Scarf

We seem to be in love with Scandinavian designers lately – in the past few weeks we’ve featured Patrick Ervell, Revolution and now Danish designer, Mads Norgaard. Norgaard thinks that the Western world moves too fast and has based his collection around key pieces. This would set them up in the mould of a Lyle & Scott rather than a …

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Quikoin Coin Holder

Functionality has never really bonded well with fashion. How else could you explain the current trend for fingerless gloves? Luckily there are a few items that can be useful in all situations, like this Quikoin coin holder. As an esteemed reader of this site, you’ll almost certainly have splashed out on a fancy wallet and you’ll know how annoying loose …

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Surface to Air Bags

You know I love Surface to Air, right? And week-end bags too, I like week-end bags. Can you guess where this is going? Surface to Air’s online store had disappeared for a while but now its back and they’ve got some great leather goods, not least of which is this big ol’ bag, which would look great slung over my …

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Isla cashmere scarf

I personally can’t think of a better material for scarves than cashmere. Whilst cashmere is nice when on cardigans and jumpers, it’s perfect for scarves as they’ll be rubbing against your neck. Having recently been a convert to the cashmere scarf, I must say that it’s the softest, smoothest material that I’ve ever had the pleasure of feeling. Isla’s cashmere …

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Octopus ring from Gourmet

Oh. My. God. I love this. Jewelry designer to the stars, Christian Tse has been working with LA based label, Gourmet, and this bejeweled pinky ring is one of the fruits (de la mer) of the collaboration. This is all pointless really, but let’s go through the motions: The rings are 18K white gold, encrusted with 1100 micro-pave diamonds (no …

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Franklin and Marshall colourful gloves

These gloves from are cute without being too cute. They’re from Franklin and Marshall and not only are they available in three colours (red, black and white), they’ll also allow you to give the finger in 5 different languages. My only problem with them is that they’re 100% acrylic. Yuck! They’ll probably not feel very nice on your hand and …

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René Talmon L’Armée

Jesus Mary and Joseph, I love this jewelry from Parisian René Talmon L’armée. Regular readers of this blog will know that I like a bit of gothic jewelry, but René takes it to a whole nother level. The covetous thoughts they inspire make me quite light-headed. Most of the collection is beautiful but these birds’ feet are especially gorgeous. They’re …

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Slim ties from Peckham Rye

You’d be forgiven for thinking I’m slightly hysterical. Whenever I post blogs here I seem to be screaming about how something else is getting bigger. Scarves, T-shirts, knitwear, bags – nothing’s safe from my Chicken Licken histrionics. So its nice to be able to write about something that’s getting, or rather staying, smaller. Ties this season are staying lean. It’s …

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Waffle laptop case by Ice Cream

Man with the Midas touch, Pharrell, had troubles launching his 2 clothing lines, Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream, both of which are designed by his mate Nigo. He even ended up in court about it. Nevertheless, he persevered, and got there in the end and frankly I think there’s a lesson there for all of us. Like Nigo’ other …

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Missoni Gloves

Every man deserves a pair of Missoni gloves and you are no exception. I have a pair from a few years ago which were bought for me as a present and I’ve worn them into holes so I need to replace them. I can’t quite bring myself to part with £54 for a pair of gloves, but on the other …

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More Big Scarves – Electronic Sheep

As we know, scarves have fattened up for the winter. Big scarves, like these from Electronic Sheep, will not only keep the chill from your neck, they’ll also help you to create this season’s top-heavy silhouette. The scarves may be made from softest lambswool, but their leftfield design gives them a hard edge.  Electronic Sheep is a Dublin-based label started …

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Week-end bags from Dunlin selling like hot cakes

Week-end bags are big at the moment – in both senses of the word. This season’s trend-conscious male should not be seen leaving the house without a bag the size of a microwave, like this one from Dunlin. Where women’s fashion leads, men’s fashion (often) follows and so I reckon we’re seeing the effect of all those delightful little Zoe-bots …

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Commes Des Garcons Wallet

I don’t mind admitting it: I’m at a point in my life where many of my friends are hitting that big landmark age (the big three oh-oh). Obviously this requires a gift which is a bit more special than the usual signed photo of myself. Whenever I’m stuck for a present, I opt for a Comme des Garçons wallet or …

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