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Last of the Christmas Wish List (for now): Folk balaclava

By admin on December 6th, 2007

FolkbalaclavaI don’t know about you but I’m bloody freezing. When did it get so cold?
The only sensible option at the moment is a hat and you can’t go far wrong with this balaclava from Folk. As a balaclava, it’s, you know, slightly unwearable, but it really comes into its own as a hat, when it becomes rather lovely.

Folk being Folk (you guys!) the hat is hand-knitted in Bolivia and made from pure Alpaca wool. Alpacas are small llama-like creatures which roam about the mountains spitting at each other. Their wool is soft and silky and much lighter than sheep’s wool, which means that an alpaca knit keeps you warm in the cold and cool in the warm. Supposedly.
This balaclava is available for £60 from Laundry Room.



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Christmas wish list… again: Pixel socks from Diesel Sweeties

By admin on December 6th, 2007

Kneeredsock300You just can’t buy someone socks for Christmas can you? It’s basically like saying “You are a stranger to me”.

That’s all well and good if that person is a stranger, but if they are then why are you buying them a Christmas present? Have you got money to burn or something? Weirdo.

Still, if I was to get socks for Christmas, I wouldn’t say no to these robot socks from Diesel Sweeties. They’ve got little robots on them and they look like they’d keep your tootsies warm. What more can you ask from a sock?



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Christmas Wish# 4: More bags! Energie ‘funk it’ up

By admin on December 6th, 2007

Energiebag
Energie, a brand I seem to be featuring a
lot lately, were known first and foremost for their impeccable bags. Their most
famous design is this ‘funk
it’
bag which has become a staple of their collections, even with that awful
name. All names that are plays on swearwords should have been banned since FCUK
came out with all those ghastly t-shirts.

But I digress; this bag -name aside – is
just about perfect. The styling is retro but not overly so, meaning you won’t
look like you just walked out of ‘this
is England’
or even worse – ‘The
Business’
. The leather is thick enough to withstand heavy downpours and the
inside has all the compartments you could possible need (i.e two). It’s
available at £65.



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Christmas Wish List #2: Zillion Caps

By admin on December 4th, 2007

ZillioncapDear Father Christmas, I have been a very good boy this year. I have been going to bed on time without making a fuss and have not argued with my sister once. Therefore, I think I deserve one of Zillion’s kimono fabric caps, like this one pictured.
Zillion is the brain child of French photographer David Guarino, who scours Tokyo for vintage kimono fabrics to make his caps.  A huge fan of Japanese crafts, Guarino packages his products in traditional boxes, tied with the traditional string. Even the logo is an ancient Japanese family crest. The man’s obsessed!
The caps are the perfect shape too with a delightfully curved peak. The caps are available in Japan from Isetan and United Arrows, or in London from Michiko Koshino’s 59 Broadwick street.
Whaddya say, Father Christmas? Whaddya say?
[pics pingmag.jp]



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Christmas wish list #3: Longchamp /Michel Gaubert

By admin on December 4th, 2007

Longchampbag
DJ Michel Gaubert has a hard life. When he’s not djing at one of the world’s most exclusive fashion shows, he’s djing at one of the world’s most exclusive parties. And when he’s not doing that, he’s designing bags for an exclusive high end label. Like I say, a tough life.
The lifestyle of an international DJ necessitates a lot of portable equipment – the man has 10 i-Pods – so he needs a good system for keeping it all in order. One quick call to his mates a Longchamp later and our man at the cutting edge has his own range of luggage and travel bags. The collection includes i-Pod cases, a trolley case for vinyl, two laptop cases and other bags designed for those who’s life revolves around music. All are made from coated cotton with a great print  by Base Design, Brussels, trimmed with leather and available in black or white.
My pick is this case with specific compartments for i-Pod, PDA and mobile phone as well as a zip pocket for all the associated cables and chargers.
The range is available exclusively from Collette until the end of January 08 when it goes on sale in Longchamp boutiques.
Anyone thinking of getting me a Christmas present take note.



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Christmas wish#1: That Mariah Carey song banned and this Paul Smith Scarf

By admin on December 4th, 2007

Psscarf
Don’t you hate it when people just talk
about what they want for Christmas? It’s all me, me, me. Who gives a flying
baboon what other people want? I was recently looking at other scarves to get
myself and I realised that since I bought a cashmere scarf, I’ve turned into a totalitarian
scarf snob.

I can’t accept anything less than cashmere
and would rather mismatch than wear one of my old wool scarves (which feel like
sandpaper in comparison to the cashmere). So I’ve decided to put this grey Paul
Smith cashmere scarf
on my Christmas list. When accessories cost this much,
people you know will start looking at you in a different light, one that looks like
you’ve got lots of money. I can guarantee you won’t go back to ugly wool after this but don’t try and
ask your friend for a tenner while wearing a hundred pound scarf.



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Peckham Rye skinny tie

By admin on December 3rd, 2007

Skinnytie
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 from American Apparel and a few other small brands, there’s been little competition for the skinny tie crown.

Until now. This Peckham
Rye tie
costs more than 4 American Apparel skinny ties at £45 but is a cut
above material wise, making it a much better option to wear with a suit. So why not treat yourself this coming Christmas or better yet, not-so-subtly drop hints about what you want so someone else can get it for you.



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Westwood scarf

By admin on December 3rd, 2007

Westwoodscarf
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 of Marjories and Dorises hopping through the rubble and making a nourishing soup from cockroaches. Want proof? Who are the people who’ve not only survived but thrived in I’m a Celebrity? Game old birds, Janice Dickinson, Janet Street Porter and Carol Thatcher. See? I’m on to something.
So back to the scarves. The reason ladies often wear a scarf with their good winter coat is for protection. It stops the collar of your coat getting ruined by sweat, grease and friction from your neck. Simple yet effective.
A light woven scarf, such as this beauty from Vivienne Westwood via Men a la Mode, will keep your posh coat going strong for several seasons to come. On top of that, the medal design and soft camel colour are pretty gorgeous.
See these older dames? They’ve got it all sewn up.



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Oki-Ni deerstalker

By admin on November 30th, 2007

Pr0001bluem1Just 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 a wholly good thing evoking two fine upstanding versions of manhood: the lumberjack and Sherlock Holmes. And yet when brought together its such an unhappy union it makes David Guest and Liza Minelli look like a perfect match.
Not for me, Oki-Ni.



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Trend Watch: week-end bag from Chris & Tibor

By admin on November 30th, 2007

Chris_and_tibor_2Chris 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 ‘proper’ collection) was immediately selected by trade show Pitti Uomo, which is the menswear equivalent of being blessed by the pope.
Their bags are stylish and practical, but by far the most lovely in my humble opinion, is this vast red creation called the Bow Bag. Its right on trend being huge and the twisted strap across the front is a fine touch.
For a list of stockists see the website.



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Lukesville shoulder bag

By admin on November 29th, 2007

Lukesvillebag_2
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 I don’t
mind paying a bit more for the finer things in life, paying £180 for a small
shoulder bag is too much for even my expensive tastes!



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Surface to Air three finger ring

By admin on November 27th, 2007

Sur3_regular_2I 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 can vouch for its comfort and for the fact that it looks phat.
Get hold of yours from. Oak NYC



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New releases from Billionaire Boys Club

By admin on November 26th, 2007

231107_bbcglovesyl_02So, 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, I’m more ‘Oh how “novel“‘.
I just don’t get the direction BBC and their sister brand Ice Cream are moving in. It’s all so cartoonish and unsubtle. I don’t mind them referencing comic-book culture but no-one actually wants to have hands like Mickey Mouse.
I know it’s a joke, and I get that, but I don’t dress for comedy. Unless it’s an in-joke, that is. I’m no jester.



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Mads Norgaard Scarf

By admin on November 22nd, 2007

Madsnorgaard
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 Cheap
Monday.

With all that said, this scarf is very much part of the 80′s trend (even Prince
had one
). It even has the dreaded meaningless slogan that briefly took over
in the summer just gone. Thankfully, the slogan is barely visible – it says ‘speak
up’ if you were wondering – so you won’t get people assuming you’ve recently
gone deaf.



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Quikoin Coin Holder

By admin on November 14th, 2007

Coin_holder_copy
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 coins can be. But the coin
holder can get rid of all those niggling annoyances and all for the sum of £4.




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