Archive for the ‘Accessories’ Category


This Old Thing tiered ties at Hintmag

By Isabelle on July 30th, 2007

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 of the novelty ties I was spouting on about last week, quirky and different without proclaiming to all "I am a knob!" these are sure to get you sartorial kudos.

Accessories, Clothing, Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities

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

By ShinyMedia on July 27th, 2007

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 comedy menswear. As he rightly pointed out, wouldn’t it be miles better to have factually correct but grimly depressing accessories? I’d love to see a tie bedecked in Christmas holly but upon closer inspection bears the wording: "Glasgow has the lowest life expectancy in the UK".

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Eve Design typewriter letter rings

By admin on July 25th, 2007

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… well, the less said about that, the better.

Now I’m not saying that I’d wear these rings that have been fashioned in a typewriter font style, but I still think they’re aesthetically pleasing unlike, say, a diamante-studded dollar sign. And they’re original – I’ve never seen a similar piece of jewelry. The one’s shown come in pairs, one for each partner, but there’s also single rings on the website that don’t have a "message of love". It so nice to be considered as a single person. It almost makes life worth living…



Oliver Goldsmith ultra cool 1960s glasses

By admin on July 20th, 2007


Whenever I visit, 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 Elton) really need a silver-plated paper boat? And for £4,000? Or a £16,000 suitcase? Surely nothing that could fit in there would come close to the actual value of the luggage holding it. Unless you’re an international drug smuggler.

But I shouldn’t moan, because I’ve recently found these Oliver Goldsmith glasses which, if I wasn’t in the position of having to pay rent and eat food, I would buy immediately. Not that they’re extortionate at £680, a price people pay for more modern and less stylish glasses. Instantly recognisable as the pair that Michael Caine wore in the Ipcress file, these are a faithful reproduction by Clare Goldsmith of iconic 1960s eye wear.

Now all I need to justify buying a pair is to stare at the sun for a few minutes. I’ve got 20/20 vision…


Fossil Perry East/West messenger bag

By admin on July 18th, 2007

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 taking the piss out of your mate when he turns up with one on a night out. It’s a man’s God given right to do so.

The Perry East/West from Fossil is made from a supple but hard-wearing leather and features an inside organiser for easy access to all of your important papers and equipment i.e. the latest copy of the Beano and your Nintendo DS.

The bag retails in the States for $158 (£80) but unfortunately Fossil USA doesn’t ship overseas. Fossil outlets in Covent Garden and Oxford Street currently have stock, but the same bag is a whopping £160 – yes, sterling.  Best to pester any relatives or mates who are on their way over to the States this year and make them pick you one up.

[Via Uncrate]


Atmos – Head Porter bag collaboration

By admin on July 12th, 2007


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 a more sobre
black and olive. Unfortunately, the bags are only available through
Atmos’s Japanese website, so you’ll have to do a bit of work if you
want want that badly. I know I do. I want one very, very badly.

[Via Highsnobiety]

Accessories, Clothing, Luggage & Travel

Find something unique at Etsy

By Isabelle on July 12th, 2007


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 out of you and your friends is the most alternative simply rip open your shirt to reveal Jim and Tom, sat nonchalantly on a bench. Job done. The cool ‘Number 20′ tote ($13), is perfect for stowing in your rucksack for a trip to the supermarket or carrying a few essential when staying at a friend’s house. Whats more the prices are all in dollars, so it’s like getting a suprise discount!

Accessories, News

Man bag theft worries

By Isabelle on July 9th, 2007


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 gadgets and personal effects". Because of this men are also more likely to have their man bag stolen. Previously the only fashion option for men who wanted to carry loads of gadgets and trinkets stuffed in their pockets was MC Hammer pants, so all hail the man bag! My favourites this summer are from Monsoon, their satchel is only £30 and has classic good looks.

[via Fashionista]


Ghetto Blaster bag

By mofgimmers on July 9th, 2007


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 a detachable shoulder strap as well as the usual handle.

Available online, it’s yours for £29.99. Find out more at the RetroToGo website.


Dunlop Cessna Bag

By mofgimmers on July 9th, 2007


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. Available for a paltry £15.00 (it’s currently in the sale kids!), this holdall features a shoulder strap with red and yellow detailing on the bag itself. Suitable for all weather conditions and most importantly, it looks great. Click here to buy it.


Avery Coonley House cufflinks

By admin on July 5th, 2007

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 size in the picture, but I still think it would be a travesty to wear these under a suit. Best to have your shirts made with extra long sleeves, just to show them off!


Accessories, Luggage & Travel

The Barcelona laptop bag

By mofgimmers on July 3rd, 2007


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, hidden computer-safe magnetic snaps to keep front leather flap in place. Even with all that taken into account, this bag is so classic in its design that it seems like a waste to merely use it as a bag for techie gadgets. This bag would work equally well as a all-day bag for work use or whilst you are out-and-about. Retailing at $325 and available to buy by clicking here.

Accessories, Clothing, Designer Spotlight

Red Torpedo underwear

By admin on July 3rd, 2007

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.

Their range of smart briefs and jockeys put your moth eaten, old y-fronts to shame and, at £11-12, are quite reasonable considering you get the CD thrown into the mix. So there’s really no excuse for not giving your little man some dignity and buying a couple of pairs.


Topman Dunlop bag

By admin on July 3rd, 2007

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 to carry all your books, pads of paper and grumble mags.

Accessories, Clothing, Heroes and Celebrities, News

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

By admin on July 2nd, 2007

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 and that his latest feat of accessorising is actually down to a group of lads sporting the same look at Glastonbury.

Whatever the truth, I can expect that quite a few of you fancy getting the look yourself. I don’t blame you, because I think Triple P looks rather natty as a 21st century street urchin.

Top hats are actually quite expensive, and to get the full effect of PPP’s you’ll need to "distress" it a bit by crushing down the back. So don’t go spending £500 on an antique titfer, only to go and ruin it in the name of fashion. This one, which is similar to his brushed silk hat, is currently at a reasonable price on eBay.

Cravats were popular for a time during the ’60s and ’70s, so your pa may have a few knocking about between his platforms and paisley shirts, but otherwise it’s an eBay jobby once again. If you want a brand new one, and they’re fairly inexpensive, check out Tom Sawyer Waistcoats for some proper English country-gent style neck wear.

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