Tartan headwear by FU-R

There is a consolation to the weather taking a turn for the worse – it means that I get to purchase lots of lovely winter-suitable clothing. And it’s not just insulating jackets, jumpers and boots that get my fashion-juices ‘a flowing. Think of all those accessories… My first head wear purchase of the season will definitely be this FU-R Andrews …

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Philip Lim’s ’08 eye wear collection preview

These shades are a preview of Philip Lim’s eye wear collection to be released for the designer’s spring ’08 range. The unisex aviators will come in four colour schemes, with navy and red joining the yellow and cream ones shown here. Less rounded than normal aviators, the sunnies still have a distinctly feminine look, despite their unisex tag and would …

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Still Life NYC leather fedora

Still Life New York City are the purveyors of the finest head wear on their side of the Atlantic, creating hats in the styles that were popular in by gone eras. Each of their many styles is associated with a quote from a celebrity, playwright or author, which immediately makes the hats ten times cooler. I’m particularly fond of the …

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Get high with All The Kings Men Midi laptop bag

I love the understatement of style and colour on the All The Kings Men Midi laptop bag, but what makes it super special is the fact that the straps are made from 100% genuine airliner seat belts. So that fact isn’t amazing in itself, but I think adds a touch of class and sets the bag apart from all the …

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Roman invasion: The Invicta Mini Sac returns

Back in early 1980s Rome, a new fashion trend exploded that saw the citizens of the ancient city all take to wearing brightly coloured, stripy day-packs, with young and old sporting the Invicta Mini Sac as both a fashion accessory and practical carry all. And now it’s back, crossing both the continent and the Atlantic, and set to become the …

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Incase Sling Pack bag

Incase, the same fellas who make some of the niftiest iPhone covers going, have created this neat little back pack that’s designed for your laptop (Macs specifically) but also everything else. Pared down to one strap, the Sling Pack’s (£45) draw is in its simple, economic styling and practicality, with room for all your accessories, plus a "fur" lined compartment …

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Marks and Spencer weekend bag

Good weekend bags are a special find and this buckle front bag is a pretty snazzy affair. In a rich chocolatey brown it’s the perfect size for a short break and it’s sturdy enough to lug to a festival. With lots of pockets for maps, cds, or just to segregate dirty socks from the clean the bag is pretty good …

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Roll-Top Chrome backpacks

Looking like something you’d get in an army surplus shop but infinitely more chic, the roll-top Chrome backpack (£75) isn’t just a pretty accessory. While the bag itself will keep your goodies safe from harm and dry as a bone, it also goes that extra mile by featuring a roll-top cover that envelopes the pack to ensure that not even …

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French Connection stripe belt

French Connection’s stripe belt is a nice way to add some interest to a plain outfit. The silk tie fabric is reminiscent of Paul Smith and lends some schoolboy style and an air of insouciance. For only 22 quid use it to brighten up plain grey trousers or go the whole hog and belt up some knee length shorts. Just …

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Theo Gato

I love this uncomplicated collection of bags and wallets from Theo Gato, which are absolutely striking in their simplicity. Devoid of often unnecessary zips and buckles or superfluous compartments, each accessory is functional, yet beautifully designed. I’d be glad to use each item for it’s intended use (I’d be particularly keen to swan into the gym with that mean looking …

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Dosh Wallet

Made from flexible and semi-flexible polymers the Dosh Wallet (AUD$49.95) is packed with clever features for modern lifestyles. Apparently. Not that I care, I just want my wallet to look good when I flash the cash. So it’s fortunate that this money holder is one of the best looking wallets I’ve ever seen. And to be fair, the "clever features" …

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Mhi by Maharishi multi-tool

If you’re one of those men who likes to look good no matter where you are or what you’re doing (say, putting up flat-pack furniture or fending off wild animals in the woods) then this is the tool for you. Maharishi have released this Leatherman-type multi tool (£19.99) as part of their lifestyle range. So even when you’re swearing at …

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Monsoon Teacher’s Satchel

Satchels and other "men’s bags" (I find the term "man bag" slightly unsavoury) can be awfully expensive – take the Fossil Perry Messenger Bag for instance. It’s an absolutely gorgeous accessory to have slung over your shoulder, that we can see. But, at £160 – £80 Stateside – a lot of men will have a problem justifying spending that much …

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French Connection autumn 2007 collection

Call me ignorant, but does "summer fashion" really apply to men? Whereas women get all sorts of colourful dresses, tops, skirts etc., blokes are lumbered with shorts and t-shirts. It’s not really fair is it? It’s why I love autumn/winter collections – there’s a lot more to choose from, simply because the colder months need more clothes to keep you …

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This Old Thing tiered ties at Hintmag

This Old Thing, Brooklyn’s menswear label have teamed up with Hint Magazine to produce a special run of their popular rickety ties. Designers Tommy Cole and Roy Caires recently came upon a secret stash of the official, controlled-supply uniforms they use to make the ties and are producing a limited edition range for Hint Shop. These are the exact opposite …

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Brandish (and Sean Lock) says don’t: Novelty ties and socks

I’ve got nothing against genuinely humorous t-shirts but "komedy" ties and socks say nowt more than "My friends and family couldn’t be bothered to find out what I really wanted for Christmas". I went to see Sean Lock (who incidentally looks just like my dad) doing a warm up show for Edinburgh recently and he did a whole sketch about …

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Eve Design typewriter letter rings

Call me traditional (or anything else for that matter) but I’m just not a fan of jewellery, mainly because it generally looks stupid on us blokes. Men wearing single studs in their ears should have gone out in the early ’90s, but still there’s fellas young and old sporting cheap bits of metal embedded in their lobes. Then there’s bling… …

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Oliver Goldsmith ultra cool 1960s glasses

Whenever I visit 20ltd.com, I can’t help but think that it was a site designed purely to cater for Elton John, a man who famously spent £2 billion pounds on flowers in one week. I’m not doubting that the scarcity and artistic integrity of some of the pieces are truly being reflected in the price tag, but does anyone (except …

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Fossil Perry East/West messenger bag

Mmmm… this bag looks good enough to eat! I’m not sure if I’ve ever been so taken with a man-bag before, although I’d like to believe that we’re moving away from that line of thought and can be mature enough to refer to  them as "satchels" or, as this one is termed, "messenger bag". Still, you don’t have to stop …

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Atmos – Head Porter bag collaboration

Slightly kinky, Atmos and Head Porter have come up with these super-shiny patent-leather messenger bags, which look like they could hold everything and anything including furry handcuffs, a rampant rabbit and a two-litre bottle of super-saver bulk-buy KY jelly. Not that I’d know aboout that sort of thing. The bags come in two colour schemes – red and purple and …

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