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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J.Lindeberg Belts

Everyone needs a belt. It’s a scientific fact. While it’s pretty easy finding a nice plain one for work, you may want something a bit more stylish when you go out. Offerings seem pretty slim for those who don’t want a studded neon pink jelly belt or a horrible eagle emblem. Luckily J.Lindenberg have come to our rescue. J.Lindeberg’s belts …

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Double-edged Sword

It’s quite hard to pin down exactly who or what Surface to Air is. One thing I know, they’re enviably cool. They’re a collective of designers, film-makers, photographers etc who seem to have carte-blanche to get inject their goth chic into any cutting edge project, happening or campaign they choose. It’s enough to make a boy sick with jealousy. They …

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Paul Smith Wallet

Wallets make the world go round, so the old saying goes. Without one you’d just be left carrying your money and cards in your pocket loose, like some kind of simpleton. With wallets being stuck in your pocket for the large majority of the time, you’d want a certain ‘wow’ factor when you do bring it out. Paul Smith’s leather …

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10% discount for Brandish readers at Brigade Store

I don’t know much about Cleveland other than that it’s a city and it’s in the States somewhere. It’s not really a name I’d associate with fashion (unless you’re talking about 1970s uber-model Pat Cleveland), and yet it is home to Brigade, one of the most fashionable stores you’re likely to find. At Brigade you can get your mitts on …

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Shawly Not

Scarves, like everything else above the waist this season, are getting bigger. The most fashionable necks this winter will be hidden in yards of fabric. It’s practical too: when it’s too hot for a jumper but too cold for a T-shirt, you can just swaddle yourself in a big scarf and you’re all set. I’m very glad about this. I …

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More Bitter Than Sweet

The jeweller behind Bittersweets NY must be a right sicko – but I like her. This nameless designer says that her jewellery is inspired by everyday objects, but her ‘everyday’ includes maggots, earthworms and fake vampire teeth. She must lead an upsetting existence. Still, the jewellery she makes is witty and beautifully crafted, as witnessed by this dagger and heart …

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Designer Spotlight: Urban Spectacles of wood

Glasses have never been particularly innovative. Even if you spent hundreds on a pair of Gucci glasses, they’ll just look like a £10 pair with a logo stamped on it. Standing out with a pair of glasses has become near impossible, unless you want to wear a monocle. Urban Spectacles of wood don’t make monocles, but they do – as …

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Psycho Bunny neck ties cost seriously psycho money

If I was a big-ass businessman earning the equivalent of a small, African nation’s GNP annually, it wouldn’t be paisley and polka dot neck-ties that I’d be wearing into the office; it would be these nutty ones from Psycho Bunny. Actually scratch that, I’d wear either of the above ties now, sitting at my desk in my underwear, if I …

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Desperately Seeking: Juicy Couture Fingerless Gloves

I love Britain, I really do. There’s too many reasons to go into as to why I feel this way about this green and pleasant isle, suffice to say that I believe it’s one of the best countries in the world to live in. For most things anyway; one thing that really gets my goat is that it seems all …

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Topman Leather Gloves

The good thing about leather gloves is that they’re never out of fashion. Sure, they’re never in fashion either, but at least you’re not freezing your fingers off just trying to keep up with trends. With the right outfit leather gloves can look pretty suave, but with the wrong one you could like a bit Patrick Bateman. Although even that’s …

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