Archive for the ‘Accessories’ Category


Shawly Not

By admin on October 12th, 2007

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 was getting really sick of seeing skinny little scraps of fabric last year and had developed an irrational hatred of that thing where people fold a long scarf in half and pass the two ends through the loop. I’m hoping I don’t have to look at that another season.

So it’s with pure delight I bring this scarf from Henrik Vibskov to your attention. It ain’t cheap but it’s so lovely. You can get hold of them here.


More Bitter Than Sweet

By admin on October 12th, 2007

Dagger_and_heart_3The 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 necklace where the dagger can be worn either dangling menacingly below the heart or stabbing it right through the middle, depending on how bad your mood is. It’s a subtle distinction between moods, but one I’m sure won’t be lost on you. Her jewellery has featured on the cover of i-D as well as around Britney’s neck and it doesn’t really get better than that does it? Bittersweets’ on-line shop is here.


Designer Spotlight: Urban Spectacles of wood

By admin on October 9th, 2007


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 their name suggests – make glasses made out of wood. The glasses are handmade, with maker Scott Urban tending to each one personally. You can even order one made from scratch and make it exactly how you’d want it. The slightly off-putting part is that price isn’t discussed on the site, which usually means it’s pretty expensive. While you couldn’t usually put a price on originality, in this case it’ll cost you a $250 deposit.


Psycho Bunny neck ties cost seriously psycho money

By admin on October 1st, 2007


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 had one in my possession. And the money. The reason why I brought up the analogy of the businessman is because each individual item in this series of neck wear costs around £60. Definitely a small fortune for a piece of embroidered silk, no matter that I’m in love with the aforementioned piece of embroidered silk…

Worth splashing the cash or a total rip-off? Let me know what you think.


Desperately Seeking: Juicy Couture Fingerless Gloves

By admin on September 28th, 2007

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 the really cool clothes, the items that I covet and pine for the most, are available in only the US and Japan.

Take these Juicy Couture gloves. 100% lambswool, available in three colour ways and they have a cool little button detail on them. They’ve also got a screen print of Juicy Couture’s awesome Skull n’ Guns motif. They are special. But they’re also only available exclusively to Nordstrom, who don’t ship overseas. Bastards.

I’ve check out boutiques across London for these on the unlikely premise that perhaps someone has managed to import a pair. No such luck. So, in my infinite desperation, I turn to my loyal and plucky readers: can you guys provide me with a source for these gloves that I so crave?


Topman Leather Gloves

By admin on September 28th, 2007


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 not a bad thing, He was an all-round great guy, if you
overlook the whole serial murderer thing.

Topman – the one stop shop for all male
essentials – has
a good pair in black
, costing a mere £12.


Red Dunlop bag from Topman

By Isabelle on September 26th, 2007

It’s officially winter now, and Topman have got a great Dunlop bag to brighten up your autumnal outfits. The red colour is amazing, and just looking at it I feel cheered up! It reminds me of tinned cream of tomato soup, which is another perfect antidote to rainy grey days.
The bag’s retro stylings make it look great with office clothing, and it’s casual enough for the weekend. It’s a bargain at £20, which should leave you enough money for some gloves and a scarf!

Accessories, Clothing, Top Five

Top five scarves, including a budget effort from Topman, Lee’s preppy-style neck-wear and the daddy of all scarves by Steven Alan

By admin on September 25th, 2007

Reasons to love winter #21: Scarves. Actually, that should include all winter related accessories. One of the worst things about male fashion that for pretty much two seasons out of the year, there are no accessories for men. Sure, we get some smart satchels and belts but, other than a slew of stupid looking baseball caps, that’s about it.

Then winter hits, and we’re overwhelmed with a plethora of beanies, hats, gloves and scarves in a multitude of colours, designs and fabrics. And I’m in heaven. We’ve already covered this season’s must have gloves on Brandish, now keep reading after the jump for the most desirable scarves on offer.

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APC beanie rivals grandmother’s best efforts in the “tea-cosy” knitwear category

By admin on September 24th, 2007

After all those Christmas mornings spent moaning about the knitwear that granny sent you, it turns out that you actually should have been thanking her for prepping you in the future of fashion. You snotty little ingrate, you.

A.P.C.’s winter accessory range features a heavy cable-knit peaked-beanie, which is a smart and original variation on the cotton/lycra versions that have been a street fashion mainstay for the past few years. The 100% wool knit is also more likely to keep your bonce warm. If you’re unsure of the £35 price tag (which I think is great value), Topman have a very good likeness for £12. Or you could always get Grandmother to knit you one for nothing…


Triple 5ive Soul Metropolitan Canteen bag

By admin on September 21st, 2007

Perfect for battling through urban warzones (or simply walking through Hackney) the Metropolitan Canteen Bag (£40) from Triple Five Soul combines medi-pack looks with everyday practicalities.

Spacious enough to accommodate a 15" laptop, the MCB also provides for your documents, mobile and music devices or just a couple of extra clips of ammo. It also has a neat plaid design on the inside of the flap.

[Via Uncrate]


Fang cufflinks from Stephen Einhorn have definite bite

By admin on September 17th, 2007

I’m not really a cufflinks man – they’re usually too fiddly and no one gets to see them if you’re wearing a suit. I also dislike the way they knock against desk tops when you sit at them and put your hands down, but that’s just my own personal neurosis.

However, I may need to readdress my cufflink phobia after catching sight of these awesome Fang Cufflinks from British jewelry designer Stephen Einhorn. Although they’re a little bit gothy, I love the design, and they look as though they’d be a cinch to loop through your cuffs, lacking that annoying little swivel-bit that most cufflinks have. If the Devil wears cufflinks, these are the ones that he’d go for.

They’re quite pricey at £138, but are made from sterling silver, and come in a rather nifty gift wrap made from plaster that needs to be smashed to get at the goods, which I think is a neat little touch.

Accessories, Top Five

Top five fingerless gloves for the coming winter

By admin on September 14th, 2007

I always though fingerless gloves were the preserve of the homeless and grubby old men digging up potatoes on allotments, but it appears that they’ve made it on to the autumn/winter season’s must have list. Although I still reckon they’re slightly pointless (aren’t the fingers the bits that get most cold?), there are some pretty sweet examples of gloves sans digits. For this season’s top five, keep reading after the jump.

More fingerless gloves on Brandish:
Fingerless gloves by Raf Simons and Topman Ute Ploier

Desperately Seeking: Juicy Couture Fingerless Gloves

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MosMea explanation mark bag. Designed for women, should be worn by everyone

By admin on September 14th, 2007

Just so there are no pretenses that could potentially lead to you feeling like an idiot, this is a ladies bag, designed for women, by a woman. Wear this in the right (or wrong, possibly) circles, and someone is sure to point out this indubitable yet, in my view, irrelevant fact.

While not essentially masculine, I think this satchel by MosMea could certainly be worn by a gentleman – I’ve seen more feminine bags aimed at men – and I’d have no trouble slinging one over my shoulder.

Italian designed, which is evident in its sleek simplicity, the bag features an explanation mark that really offsets its look. I think it might be reptile effect leather but, because I can’t read Italian, I can’t be 100% sure. I really shouldn’t be so ignorant, should I.


DB Clay wallets: Vegan, vegetarian and dolphin friendly

By admin on September 12th, 2007


DB Clay has just launched its new website and with it a whole range of eco-friendly and super stylish wallets. Made from a vinyl-free material called "Tope", the wallets are free from hazardous chemicals that can leach out through your jeans and into your skin, resulting in horrible diseases such as cancer and haemorrhoid’s.

And if that’s not enough, the method by which they’re manufactured ensures that there’s no heavy metal or dioxin by-products that could potentially pollute the environment and kill thousands of baby dolphins and/or orphaned elephants. But most importantly, they look totally rad, and cost about £23.

[Via Notcot]


Retro sunglasses from Original Penguin

By admin on September 12th, 2007

Original Penguin, purveyors of the finest polo shirts anywhere on this good and gracious planet, have launched a range of sweet looking eyewear. Ignore the fact that our ever-darkening skies render the practical qualities of sunglasses useless – we all know that we only don a pair to look cool.

These Aruba sunnies (£160) have a definite 1980s quality about them, without actually being Wayfarers or aviators, so you can look retro and, conversely, original at the same time. Make sure you wear them with a smart polo, golfing gloves and quaffed hair for that ultimate "Caddyshack" look.

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