Archive for the ‘Accessories’ Category


Surface to Air Bags

By admin on November 12th, 2007

Prod420_img1You 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 arm this season.
It has nice crossed seam detailing across the front the brand’s logo embossed between the handles. Not cheap but rather delightful.


Isla cashmere scarf

By admin on November 9th, 2007

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 scarf
is one of the best cashmere scarves that you can find online
and at £95, you’re certainly paying for the privilege.

Once you
get over the fact that you can buy a John Smedley jumper for the same price as
this scarf, you can treat yourself (or wrangle your better half into
treating you) and get yourself the best scarf you’ve ever had.


Octopus ring from Gourmet

By admin on November 8th, 2007

GourmetOh. 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 idea what that means – why do I need to know about diamonds?) and green diamonds for the eyes. Only 5 have been made and they cost a whopping $35,000.
See what I mean? Pointless.
Actually do you know what? I think I’ve gone off it. I think I wanted it so badly, my desire has actually flipped round to revulsion. Good.
If you’ve a spare £35K, you can place your order here. [via gourmetinyourface blog]


Franklin and Marshall colourful gloves

By admin on November 6th, 2007

GlovesThese 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 will do that weird crusty thing that acrylic does when it gets damp. Probably. Still, at £18 they’re quite affordable so perhaps you can live with it… Available from Yoox.


René Talmon L’Armée

By admin on October 31st, 2007

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 sterling silver and some of them are gold plated. The only place you can get hold of them in the UK at the moment is Concrete in London, which is a terrible shame for anyone outside the capital. Let’s start a petition!



Slim ties from Peckham Rye

By admin on October 30th, 2007

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 not a particularly new trend, but it’s one that’ll hang around for a bit longer. Peckham Rye, a company who specialise in ties (“Peckham Rye” being Cockney rhyming slang for “tie”) have a great range to adorn your Adam’s apple. They’re ties are available from Browns and Start to name but two.

This diagonal striped tie is subtlety’s own self with its black and indigo stripes. Here’s an interesting titbit: a tie with a diagonal stripe which goes down to the wearer’s right hand side is likely to be British; American ties slope the other way. That makes this one a Brit by my reckoning.


Waffle laptop case by Ice Cream

By admin on October 29th, 2007

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 label, A Bathing Ape, BBC references pop art and popular culture with its bright colours and cartoonish designs. Ice Cream however, moves bag and baggage into a comic book world of ice lollies and neon shades, and this is where Mr Williams and I go our separate ways. Its like Mr Whippy on acid and I find it a bit clownish.
However, I do like this waffle print laptop case available from We Sold Out. I’d happily dress my computer in this print, just don’t ask me to put it on my back…


Missoni Gloves

By admin on October 29th, 2007

460391191h_2Every 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 hand, I don’t think I can go back to pre-Missoni days.
Consider the evidence: they’re 100% cashmere, which means that that they’ll naturally keep you warm and absorb sweat whilst repeling dirt; they come in the signature Missoni jacquard pattern, which goes with almost anything; and they have a great cuff design which means you can roll them back over your sleeve, thereby avoiding any chance of the chill wind getting to your skin.
Why deprive yourself? Available from Yoox.


More Big Scarves – Electronic Sheep

By admin on October 23rd, 2007

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 by three childhood friends. The spécialité de la maison is knitwear in graphic patterns and unexpected colour combinations. They apply this winning combination to a range of hats and scarves and have thrown in the odd T-shirt for good measure.

The name and the little sheep might be a bit annoying but when they get it right, they get it right. Scoot on over to their website to browse or buy their collection or check out the stores who stock them here.

P.S. Someone called Fan, posted a lovely comment about the blog and asked how to tie a scarf like this. Take a look after the jump to read about my technique, which I’d like to say was fool-proof but probably isn’t.

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Week-end bags from Dunlin selling like hot cakes

By admin on October 23rd, 2007

Dungl_large_2Week-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 like Nicole Ritchie and the Olsens. A malnourished celeb beats her butterfly heart in LA and it causes a storm on the streets of London.

Or more accurately, a storm on the streets of New York, where the sold out Dunlin Lafeyette Week-ender (for it is he) has a waiting line so long it’s attracting mimes and jugglers (to quote Lorrie Moore).

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Commes Des Garcons Wallet

By admin on October 19th, 2007

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 change purse. If you haven’t seen them already, the wallets come in a range of colours and styles so there has to be one to suit every taste. My favourites are the Colour Plain range. The colours they’ve chosen are just perfect – typically for Comme… they’re slightly unusual, and uncompromising but have a classic air to them. Like they just don’t need to try that hard.

They aren’t that cheap, but I think they’re quite reasonably priced (they start at about £40) – and the good thing is that they look more expensive than they are. Perfect! You can get the full range from the Dover Street E-shop.


J.Lindeberg Belts

By admin on October 17th, 2007


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.

are the best items out of their range, with the logo perfectly suited
to being an emblem that isn’t overbearing. The leather is also soft and of good
quality and it’s available in a wide
range of colours
. They cost around £70 with shipping from Revolve, although
you should be able to get them from independent boutiques for slightly cheaper.


Double-edged Sword

By admin on October 16th, 2007

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 have a great fashion line of mens and womenswear but it’s the accessories which really kick it for me. Their necklaces come on ultra long chains and are pretty damn special.

You can get hold of them from Brigade – don’t forget your 10% discount for Brandish readers (just quote “brandish!!” in the discount code).



Paul Smith Wallet

By admin on October 16th, 2007

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.

Smith’s leather wallet
mixes the formal with the trendy, with an outer made
from good quality leather and a cream stitching. On the inside is a
photographic print (Which is called ‘Mini in London’, if you want to appear
really knowledgeable). You do pay a price for quality like this though, with
this wallet being available for £130 from the Paul Smith website.

Accessories, Clothing

10% discount for Brandish readers at Brigade Store

By admin on October 15th, 2007

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 all of  the coolest American brands, which are hard-to-find on these shores. Brands such as BBlessing (pine cone hoody shown below), Nom de Guerre, Opening Ceremony, Rag & Bone, Shades of Griege, Surface to Air… I mean, I could go on.

Luckily, you don’t have to go to Cleveland to take advantage of the guys from Brigade’s impeccable taste (I’m sure Cleveland is lovely – it’s just far). They have a great online shop and will ship to the UK (although you’ll have to e-mail for the rate).

And the excitement doesn’t stop there, reader. Those generous Brigade boys are offering Brandish readers a 10% discount on all orders. Just use the code “brandish!!” (with both exclamation marks) when checking out and Bob’s your uncle. 

I know, exciting isn’t it?

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