Find something unique at Etsy

We love finding quirky things at Brandish, things that you can bet no one else will be wearing or carrying. That’s why we love Etsy, not only the preserve of all things twee, they also have some pretty cool I like this Jim Jarmusch and Tom Waits tee ($20), if you ever get caught in an argument about which person …

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Man bag theft worries

Recent research has confirmed what I have always known when men tote a bag around they generally stuff it full of expensive gadgetry, while women like me like to fill our bags with receipts and snotty tissues. General Insurance’s Andrew Beard said: "Man bags have quickly become a mainstream accessory, helping men lug around their ever more valuable stash of …

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Ghetto Blaster bag

Carrying on the bag theme (no pun intended), this Ghetto Blaster bag has really caught my attention. Apart from making you look like an 80s B-Boy, the attention to detail is phenomenal! It’s a lined holdall, complete with small inside pocket and a size of around 30cm x 45cm, so plenty of room for your weekend gear. It’s also got …

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Dunlop Cessna Bag

Dunlop, once the joke of the trainer world… if you wore Green Flash at my school, you got bullied and now? They’re too cool for school… have gone through a great renaissance with their classy lines of retro sportswear and accessories. One treat I’ve found in my quest to buy myself a new bag is this cracking Dunlop Cessna Bag. …

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Avery Coonley House cufflinks

Cufflinks don’t often make an impression on me. Afterall, they’re usually obscured under blazer sleeves and more often than not are just a couple of chunks of metal keeping your cuffs together. But these Avery Coonley House cufflinks ($40) certainly made me look twice. It may be because their appearence is made all the more imposing because of their relative …

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The Barcelona laptop bag

The Barcelona Bag laptop bag is made from the finest leather and is a triumph in classic design. Obviously, with it being a laptop bag, it’s got modern twists and features that include a protected compartment to keep your laptop from harm, numerous inside pockets including special holders for your mobile phone, PDA, and MP3 player. It also features convenient, …

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Red Torpedo underwear

It’s unusual enough that Red Torpedo underwear comes balled up inside an aluminium can, but when said underwear also comes with a CD of unsigned bands, it starts to seem even more bizarre. Add to that the oddly placed opening for "access" purposes and you’ve got some strange pants. Despite, or inspite of these factors, I think they’re quite cool. …

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Topman Dunlop bag

Unfortunately it’s PVC rather than leather but even so, this is a cool looking vintage style bag. Whereas once Dunlop was the curse of the school kid, all their products now have serious credibility, seen most recently in the resurgence of the Greenflash. Available through Topman, the bag is £20 , which is fairly reasonable and should be big enough …

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The brandish guide to top hats and cravats a la Pete Doherty

I expect that what he did for trilbys and skinny ties, Peter Doherty (or Pick-Pocket Pete as he will henceforth be known) will also do for top hats and cravats, in light of his recent dalliance with the derelict-dandy style. There is however, a rumour circulating that PPP isn’t such the trend revivalist that he is made out to be …

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Love and Hate BMX gloves

Save yourself the pain and regret of getting love’n’hate tattoos on your fists (also, don’t bother getting ACAB on your forehead) by purchasing these ace BMX gloves which say… well.. ‘love’ on one hand and ‘hate’ on the other. Retailing at £16.99 (click here to buy) from BMX types Bicycle Union, these Love/Hate gloves not only look great, but provide …

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Burton straw hat

I’m so glad Burton have seen the light and decided to put a regular straw hat up on their site, their natural straw stetson is only £14 and looks a damn sight better than their artificially faded monstrosity I mentioned last week. With hats there’s always a danger you’ll end up looking like a idiot so it’s best to err …

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Top 5 sunglasses

Apparently it’s Summer, but I’m not sure, considering I got soaked twice this weekend. Not that I was at Glastonbury or doing anything even remotely outdoorsy. I was walking to and from the shops. Bloody rain. Anyway, it’s supposed to be Summer, so we should all be slapping on suncream, wearing hats and protecting our eyes from harmful rays. In …

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Rapha/Paul Smith cycling cap

Paul Smith, after all these years, is still promoting a retro English way of like. Smart suits, spy hole cameras and now, teaming up with Rapha, we can get our hands on these great vintage cycling caps. These Rapha/Paul Smith caps are limited to a run of 200 (per style) to celebrate Le Grand Départ of the Tour de France …

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Amp Street Shining Wallet

Decent wallets are hard to come by. You either get tiny ones that hold piss all or, big ones that look like something your dad would have. Whatchu gonna do ’bout it? One great option is this AMP Street wallet featuring the maniacal grin of Jack Nicholson in The Shining. It’s retailing at €39 (about £25) and a must have …

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Brandish says don’t: Chinese symbol ring

Men’s jewellery can be tricky, it’s nice to adorn yourself but when faced with a Chinese symbol ring always say no. Fair enough Burton have got a dodgy reputation, but some of their stuff is very nice and we’ve featured it on Brandish a fair few times. So why the Feng Shui circa 1997 ring? The blurb on the site …

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Topman bandana

Probably more catered to the nu-rave set, I still can’t help but like this Topman bandana (£4). It’s less the design and more to do with the fact that it reminds me of Dexys Midnight Runners, one of my favourite bands when I was a kid. I also reckon the New Wave-Nu Rave-Hobo look is going to be big this …

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22 carat gold woven belt for 20ltd

There are a few things which even the most hardened fashion spendaholic will balk at purchasing, and I’m pretty sure that this gold belt is one of them. Made by Marie Helene de Taillac for 20ltd the belt is handwoven from 22 carat gold (is this starting to sound like a fairytale?) and is part of a limited edition set …

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The Jack Spade Reyn Spooner hipster wallet

There is no question that the Jack Spade Reyn Spooner Hipster Wallet is a bit of a gobful, but that shouldn’t matter. The Hipster backs up any tongue tied fumblings with a super cool retro style. The wallet is made from Reyn Spooner’s Lahaina Sailor reverse print that features Hawaii’s state bird, flower, tree, and flag, and was originally introduced …

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Monsoon weekend bag

Monsoon are really excelling themselves with their bags this season, they’re all pretty decently priced and look quite smart too. I like this large khaki holdall, the contrasting green and striped straps give it a casual chic. The muted tones will look good with most outfits and be suitable for anything from a short business trip, impromptu citybreak or stag …

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Superdry Kojak Sunglasses

Superdry, the company that produces those "Osaka" prints that you see from time to time, are in the the midst of releasing their new Summer range. I was going review one of their t-shirts, but when I saw these I just had to bring them to your attention. Inspired by the lollipop-lickin’, follically challenged ’70s TV sleuth Kojak, these glasses …

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