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Today’s hot stories – the week’s best Premiership pics, weird gadgets and the ultimate Xmas present for geeks

By Stefano on November 30th, 2012

Here are today’s hottest stories from Brandish and our partner sites

It is Atari and Pong’s 40th birthday

Buy Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris’s home (complete with football pitch and pub)

The best value smartphone so far – the Google Nexus 4 gets reviewed

The week’s best Premiership pics

The sexy managers Christmas calendar preview

The 20 weirdest gadgets and gifts of 2012 – and some are really bonkers

The ultimate Christmas present for geeks (from you know who)

Wrap up for winter – 10 very fine scarves to keep you warm

The ten best musical moments on TV



Accessories

Today’s hot stories – Secret Stones songs, Joey Barton’s French accent, 21 hot gadgets for under £200

By Stefano on November 27th, 2012

Here are today’s hottest stories from Brandish and our partner sites

The Rolling Stones Secret Songs

Joey Barton’s amazing French accent

21 of the best gadgets for under £200

Mick Jagger’s ten worst crimes against fashion

Football boots – the original Nike Tiempo

Top 10 Subbuteo accessories

The ten weirdest Jimi Hendrix covers

Why Chelsea fans will never accept Rafa

Nintendo Wii Mini to launch in time for Christmas

Apple iPad mini V Google Nexus 7 Vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Chelsea boo boys lack courage to attract Abramovich

 

 



Accessories, Cameras, features, Gadgets

21 of the best gadgets for under £200

By Stefano on November 23rd, 2012

We talked to the gadget experts at TechDigest and Shiny Shiny as well as a few of our techy chums on Facebook and Twitter and have puled together what we think is the ultimate list of gadgets for under £200. All are on sale in the UK at the moment.

There’s no phones included, but we have plenty of tablets, gadget, audio stuff and cameras. There are also a few very cheap stocking fillers too and the brilliant gloves that control your smartphone wirelessly.

Have fun looking through them

Stockists are underneath the images

Blue Yeti USB Microphone £129

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It has been around for a few years now, but if you ever need to record anything this stylish mic is the one to plump for. It is a great performer and very versatile with it. Works with Skype too.

Stockists

Blue Yeti 

Bluetooth Gloves

Canon Powershot

Crosley Hunter

Disgo

Ego

Fitbit One

Fujifilm

iHome

Ikon

Amazon Kindle

Lomo

NAPTC

Philips

Roku

Sony

Striiv

USB snake

Vyconic

X-Mi

Dr Dre Beats

 



Accessories

Brandish Christmas List #8 Polka Dot Hankyz

By Stefano on November 21st, 2012

So you want to add a splash of colour to your suit pocket but can’t be bothered spending time folding up and constantly readjusting handkerchiefs. Well a new Brit innovation has come to your rescue. Hankyz sounds perfect for us – the would be dandy who can’t bring themselves to make too much effort.

Basically you get your handkerchief and a folded card that fits in the pocket making it easy to for you to create the desired look by finding the just the right amount of polka dot (or paisley or block colour) to show.

The company is playing up the patriotic card too by naming its ranges after iconic British places. There is also a premium wedding collection which will give the best man one less thing to worry about as the ushers and groom will be in perfect unison.

The man behind Hankyz British entrepreneur Robert Stiff says.

“I love wearing handkerchiefs in my top pocket as it brightens up even the greyest of suits,” said Robert. “But I am always fiddling around with it making sure it stays in one place so our idea was to keep the hassle out of what is a very simple yet visually impressive fashion accessory.”

Prices range from £28 – £39.50 including VAT. Details here.



Accessories, knitwear

How to wear a scarf – and ten you’d look great in

By Stefano on November 20th, 2012

In Winter, at least, the obvious purpose of a scarf is to keep your neck warm, but sartorially speaking a scarf has a multitude of uses from adding a splash of colour to an otherwise slightly dull suit through to adding a degree of formality to casual clothes.

Personally I am a die-hard stripey or houndstooth scar wearer. They can look superb when contrasted with plain knitwear – like a decent Merino or Cashmere jumper. You can buy stripeys everywhere from high street stores to the real thing – college scarves which these days are more likely to be found in vintage stores than charity shops.

A chunky scarf adds texture to your outfit, as does a lively pattern. A scarf can also be a block of colour which livens up your outfit (take note suit wearers!), be aware of the colour of your coat because generally speaking, the brighter the colour the worse it looks with black. Think of fuchsia or neon yellow with black; they could both look tacky unless done well. Choose a shade which is more unexpected think pumpkin, cobalt blue or forest green. Pick the right colour and it’ll liven up your winter complexion too!

Using your scarf as the finishing touch to a certain outfit works really well, think of Terry Thomas‘ silk scarves, they add a dose of panache to his look. Tootal has been kitting out well-heeled gentlemen in scarves for decades so they are a good place to start. If you have a bit more budget then Drake’s is the brand for silk scarves.

Don’t forget Savile Rogue too. It has been making Cahsmere footy type scarves for a while now and they are very classy – think Roberto Manicini more than Neil Warnock…

Anyhow here are a few for you to look at

Ocabini Cashmere Stripe £50

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Links

J Crew Tassell

Drake’s Polka Dot

Ocabini stripey

Free Authority Houndstooth

Tootal Microlite Polka Dot

Luke 1977 Polka Dot

Excellent Scarf

Ben Sherman Plectrum College

Savile Rogue



Accessories, Coats & Jackets

Brandish Christmas List #6 Ede & Ravenscroft stripey scarf and Reefer Jacket

By Stefano on November 15th, 2012

When it comes to suiting and booting English gentlemen Ede & Ravenscroft tailoring are no johnny come latelys. The company has been in business since 1689, which as all the history buffs among you know that was so long ago William Of Orange was on the throne.

These days the store has a great mix of traditional garments aimed at the elder chap with some nice twists on classics aimed at us ahem, youngsters.

Of the new range the star of the show is this blue wool Reefer jacket. Standard uniform piece issued to the Royal Navy in the mid-1800s this Reefer is distinctive because of its heavy wool and ultra tough horn buttons. It sells for £395.00

If your budget doesn’t stretch that far the company has a lovely range of scarves including gorgeous colored cashmeres and stripey college style wool scarves – see below. This is 180cm long, made from super soft wool and also available in purple, blue and black. Yours for £95.

More from the brand here



Accessories, Sport

Brandish Christmas List #2 Savile Rogue Cashmere Football Scarves

By Stefano on November 12th, 2012

I have always found it surprising that football clubs haven’t cottoned on to the fact that not all of their fans want to be seen wearing cheap and rather nasty clothes and accessories. There’s clearly a whole group of fans who want to show their colours but wouldn’t be seen dead sporting the usual branded clobber that their team churns out.

The brilliantly named Savile Rogue think so too. For over five years now they have been offering classic football scarves in very fetching, and rather luxurious cashmere. As it states on their website there are fewer worst things in life than scratchy nylon scarves! For obvious reasons the scarves aren’t sporting the club’s crests, but given the state of some clubs – this one springs to mind - this is no bad thing.

Serious fashion heads should note that the cashmere comes from goats in Mongolia and is then shipped to a mill in Scotland.

The company has scarves for most of the Premiership clubs in both home and away colours with prices starting at £43.95

Just about to arrive are leather gloves in lamb leather, insulated fleece-lining and 100% cashmere wool cuffs. And you read that right, you can operate your iPhone to check up on your rivals scores without having to take them off. They will retail for around £64.95.



Accessories, Denim, features, Jeans & Trousers, News

Levi’s go green with WasteLess S/S13 jeans collection

By Gerald Lynch on October 18th, 2012

Green is the new black over at Levi’s, who’ve just revealed the WasteLess jeans range for Spring/Summer 2013. Revealed at a slick launch bash at London’s Farmiloe Building in Farringdon, Brandish went down for a sneak peak at the new eco-freindly denims.

Each pair of Levi’s WasteLess jeans is made from a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycled content, roughly 12 to 20 ounces per pair. The bulk of this will be made from recycled plastic bottles, be they clear, green or brown. Turn the jean’s inside out and the inner shade reveals what sort of bottles went into making your slacks.

“From the beginning, we have designed our products with purpose and intent. By adding value to waste, we hope to change the way people think about recycling, ultimately incentivizing them to do more of it,” said James Curleigh, global president of the Levi’s brand.

“This collection proves that you don’t have to sacrifice quality, comfort or style to give an end a new beginning.”

Indeed, the jeans look to be as comfortable as any Levi’s pair before them, feeling as soft to the touch as any traditional denim weave we’ve laid our hands on before.

Levi’s expect to put some 3.5 million recycled bottles into the WasteLess range next year, which will include 511 Skinny jeans, a new modern-looking  504 Straight Fit jean, and the Trucker jackets.

“With this collection, we’re doing our own small part by taking waste and making something new from it,” added Curleigh.

“We don’t just want to reduce our impact on the environment, we want to leave it better than we found it. We are committed to making products in ways that are good for people and better for our planet.”

The event also showcased other elements of Levi’s Spring/Summer 2013 range. Coloured denims continue to be on trend, with both bold and soft pastel washes (inspired by India’s spice markets) set to feature heavily.

In terms of the mens range beyond jeans, canvas boots and rucksacks in muted earth tones look set to feature heavily:

While a range of bright primary coloured parka jackets also looked particularly good:

A forthcoming partnership with Liberty’s of London was also revealed, with Levi creating a short range using one of the top British store’s iconic prints as we speak.

Scroll down for some more shots from the Levi’s launch event.

Levi's SS13 Collection

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Accessories

The Parka revival – and why I won’t be buying one

By Stefano on October 17th, 2012

I was never really a proper mod, but have worn mod gear for most of my life. Even more so as I have got older. Maybe the assertion that mod clobber is something that is perfect for the elder gentlemen has a grain of truth in it.

Personally I have never really got on with so called ‘mod parkas.’ Actually let’s call them ‘classic parkas’ to differentiate them from the man-made fur trimmed zip up variety so beloved of 70s school kids and birdwatchers. While most mod gear from button down shirts to three button jackets seem to perfectly encapsulate the mod creed of ‘clean living in difficult circumstances’ and look sharp, parkas seemed to be a bit of an anachronism for me. What is the point in investing in that perfect mohair suit if you are going to stick a large shapeless and rather scruffy looking coat over the top? Also the original fishtail parkas back in the 50s came from Army Surplus stores and were often the worse for wear.

Fishtail parkas remind me of the part time mods from the 80s who couldn’t be bothered with the trappings but just flung on parkas adorned with Who badges to keep in with their tribe. A few weeks later they morphed into casuals. In fact you could argue that their popularity largely stemmed from the association with Quadrophenia. Maybe Phil Daniels is the only person who ever looked cool in one.

Sure if you are scooting round town on your Vespa parkas make more sense, but for me parkas especially of the classic fishtail variety are a bit of a retro revival too far. Surely the ultimate mod coat is a very smart three/four button crombie style in mohair.

It is interesting though that the classic parka seems to be making a real comeback this year. Part of this is being fueled by stirrings of a mini mod revival – you really ought to see this - but I guess the re-emergence of the parka is largely due to the fact that prominent retro brands from Ben Sherman through to Merc and Pretty Green, are all exercising a very serious pull over style conscious 30 and 40 something blokes. And they all have parkas in their range.

What is also interesting are the various ways in which the parka is being reinvented. The North Face, and other decidedly non-mod leisure brands have their own take on the parka. Then there is this bizarre coat from Ben Sherman which adds leather (!?) trimmings. Very odd.

Anyhow, if you do fancy a parka here are few to look at.

Pretty Green Parka £330

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Nice twist on the 60sm original. Comes with fur lined collar, drawstring hood and waist and a pair of detachable Pretty Green badges. Pretty Green



Accessories

Moore backs Skyfall’s Craig, not Connery, as the best James Bond ever

By Gerald Lynch on October 15th, 2012

Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton, Brosnan, Craig; six James Bonds, but which is best? At least three of them are too old to fist-fight for the title, so who do we turn to for a definitive answer?

Why, Bond himself, that’s who! Roger Moore, the third James Bond, has once again given Daniel Craig his blessing, calling the Skyfall star the best 007 at the ”An Evening With Roger Moore” event at the Rose Theater in Kingston-Upon-Thames.

Speaking at the event, Moore said:

“I was invited on Saturday morning to a private screening of Skyfall. Now, I have always said that the best Bond was obviously Sean [Connery], but I’m happy to say when Skyfall is released on October 26, it is going to be the biggest [Bond film] there has ever been in the cinema, and he [Daniel Craig] will go down as the best Bond in history. It is fantastic.”

Speaking on his 85th birthday to promote his new book, Bond on BondMoore added:

“Before I saw Skyfall, I felt very angry about the way that the English press treated Daniel Craig. Before he’d started [Casino Royale] they predicted doom and gloom and they criticized him.

“I used to write letters of support to him, and I was so pleased when I saw Casino Royale because he was truly excellent in it. He’s a wonderful actor, if you’ve seen Munich or In Cold Blood, you know he’s a terrific actor.”

So, the debate will almost certainly rage eternal, but you can’t get a better judge of Bond than a former Double-O himself really, can you?

Skyfall hits cinemas on November 9th, while Moore’s book is out now.

Check out our run-down of the best Bond songs ever, in the wake of Adele’s Skyfall, by clicking here.

Via: IGN



Accessories, Watches

Storm Watches reveal AW2012 Black, Remex and Dualtec styles

By Gerald Lynch on October 11th, 2012

We love our British brands here at Brandish, and there’s no wristwatch house here in Blighty we love more than Storm. Revealing their 2012 range, we wen’t down to see their AW2012 collection at a preview event in London today. Combining retro mechanical aesthetics alongside items with a more futuristic feel, there’s something for everyone this year. We’ve picked out our favourites from the bunch below, but scroll to the bottom of the post for a gallery taking in the entire range.

Top of the line (and top of the price range) is the Storm Black Aquatec. Pictured above, it’s made using sapphire glass with a rotating ceramic bezel, sitting on the chunkier side of this year’s slim-wrist trend. Water resistant to up to 200M, it’s a toughie too, letting you take a dive without having to lose track of time. You’re looking at £239.99 for the white version, or £259.99 for the black edition.

If you like a traditional clockwork design, the special edition Storm Dualtec will catch your eye. Using a multi-layerd cog and gear face, it too is water resistant, this time up to 50m. The Dualtec comes in two colours, black or brown, and will set you back £159.99 or £179.99 respectively.

Moving from the classic styles to more modern designs, the Storm Remex is probably our favourite from the whole line. Using two numeric dials with a harsh squared-off font to display the time, it’s a lightwieght design for the techy gent. £89.99 will grab you the white version, £99.99 for the Tron-like Slate and Lazer Blue.

Another sci-fi inspired slice of timekeeping design comes courtesy of the Mini Lazer watches. They pull together a silver and enamel strap with a pastel-coloured glass front, and is again water resistant to 50M. With the colourful faces suitable for either sex, each blue, ice or pink Mini Lazer watch costs £119.99.

Dotted around the showcase was also Storm’s jewelery collection. their Quin line takes in leather, plaid and stainless steel necklaces and bracelets, ranging from £39.99 to £54.99.

Check out the complete range from every angle in the gallery below.

Storm Watches AW2012 collection

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Accessories, Watches

Burberry combines British design with Swiss craftsmanship in new collection The Britain

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on October 10th, 2012

Here at Brandish we’re always debating ‘what makes the man’. Of course we don’t expect the men of Britain to be dressed like James Bond all day every day (OK we do a little…), but we’re great believers that accessories is a great way to stay stylish even on the odd off day.

One of our favourite new additions to the world of accessories comes from British heritage label Burberry which has just released its new watch collection: The Britain. Offering ‘a powerful balance of modernity and tradition, mixing strong attitude and innovative design with elegant craftsmanship’ The Britain has been designed in (you guessed it!) Britain and hand-finished by master artisans in Biel, Switzerland. This collection truly captures the spirit of Burberry, celebrating its heritage and culture – it takes inspiration from the iconic trench coat – yet fitting perfectly in with the lifestyle of the modern man. We think even Bond would like to get his hands on one of these…

Take a look at the complete collection here and below are images that gives us a glimpse into how The Britain was made.



Accessories

Nine Two Five reveal “Debut” designer cufflinks range

By Gerald Lynch on October 4th, 2012

Nine Two Five "Debut" cufflinks

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Nine Two Five have revealed their Debut cufflink collection, pulling together a range of nine pairs based on the famous 925 hallmark.

Starting at £160 and going up to £200 for the most expensive cufflinks in the range, the sterling silver sets strive to “produce classic designs with a modern twist, manufactured with true craftsmanship.”

In the same way you can’t wear a pair of trousers without a good belt, cufflinks really finish off a formal shirt, and also give the opportunity to add a little personal flair to what may otherwise be a stuffy outfit.

Of the entire range, our favourite set is easily the Lapis blue Jelly Bean pair, which are finished with a semi-precious stone inset into the sterling silver link. Call us cheap, but they’re also among the most affordable of the range, priced at £160.

For more info on the Debut collection, and to grab a pair, visit the Nine Two Five website.



Accessories, Luggage & Travel

Flaunt your impeccable music taste on the bus with classic album TravelTunes Oyster Card wallets – Manics, My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream and more!

By Gerald Lynch on September 19th, 2012

My Bloody Valentine - "Loveless" TravelTunes wallet

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We’ve already lost the ability to promote our reading habits on the bust thanks to coverless-Kindles (maybe for the best if you’re a Fifty Shades fan…), and there’s nothing more obnoxious than blasting out your favourite tunes through a smartphone loudspeaker.

The true gent flaunts his impeccable taste in more subtle ways. When it comes to music, how about these classic album themed Oyster Card/credit card wallets from TravelTunes.

There are nine up for grabs; Kasabian’s “Kasabian“, Leftfield’s “Leftism“, Manic Street Preachers’ “Everything Must Go“, Mark Ronson’s “Version“, My Bloody Valentine’s “Loveless“, Oasis’s “Definitely Maybe“, Primal Scream’s “Screamadelica“, Teenage Fanclub’s “Bandwagonesque” and the first self-titled album from The Stone Roses.

Not only do you get the wallet, but for £5.99 you get a digital download of the associated album to go with it.

To give the collection a look, check out our gallery above, and then click here to order.



Accessories, Lifestyle & Gadgets, News

Sci-fi chic hits the Kindle with “War of the Worlds” cover

By Gerald Lynch on July 13th, 2012

Amazon’s Kindle eReader; a great device but, when compared to the luscious artwork that goes into the front cover of ye olde paperback tome, it’s a bit fugly.

Enter Red5′s Run for Cover eReader case range. Seriously stylish re-imaginings of classic novel covers, you can wrap your Kindle up in a protective folio for keyboard-packing Amazon devices.

There are six different designs to chose from, including Frankenstein, Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Dracula and Wuthering Heights. But our favourite has to be the sleeve based on H. G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. Tapping into the retro feel of Penguin’s classics collection, it’s a sweet mix of menace and sci-fi chic.

And, if you’re one of the gazillion people currently blushing their way through 50 Shades of Grey, you can hide your Kindle vices behind the covers of a classic. You’ll look like a literary whizz, when in reality you’re getting your wordy porn kicks.

They’re cheap as chips at £9.95, and if you’re rocking a Kobo Keyboard eReader, they’ll fit that too. Click here to grab one.




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