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Accessories, features, music

Is Baggy/Madchester the next big thing in men’s fashion?

By Stefano on September 12th, 2011

The other day The Guardian’s music/fashion correspondent Alexis Petridis wrote about how men’s fashion has suddenly become massively influenced by one year, 1988 and specifically the time in which 80s fashions (think denim shirts, girlie pumps), collided with the 1950s (think quiffs, Levis 501s, Rayban Wayfarers etc).

This odd combination occurred for a number of serendipitous reasons. Firstly big brands – Levi’s, Southern Comfort among others – began to use 50s imagery and music for their ad camapigns. Secondly a nation of indie kids has become obsessed with Morrissey and in turn with his obsession with James Dean. Suddenly 50s fashions were coming at you from all angles.

So if 1988 is the current apex of cool, where is men’s fashion likely to go next? We have already seen Urban Outfitter’s rather lamentable attempts to hype ‘grunge fashion’ (in some ways that’s an oxymoron) with its Cobain label. But by shifting on to the early 90s men’s fashion would be bypassing one of its most fun, creative and populist periods. I refer of course to Baggy.

For the uninitiated, you are either too young or from North American, Baggy was one of those brief periods in British history (see also late 60s and mid 70s) where the nation’s young let it all hang out. This meant taking copious amounts of a new drug – ecstasy – and listening to oddly psychedelic music – The Stone Roses. The difference this time (compared with the 60s) was that Baggy was dance music-oriented with the dominant soundtrack, in clubs at least, the emerging Acid House sound from Manchester, via Chicago. So a killer combination of dancing and drugs predictably wreaked havoc with the nation’s trouser’s width. The 80s had been largely about skinny jeans morphing into easy fit vintage Levi’s as the decade wore on. Suddenly everyone was wearing Flares.

It wasn’t just trousers either. Baggy ought also to be remembered as the first time the hooded top became a high street fashion staple. Baggy also gave us dayglo sweat shirts, later appropriated by the nu rave crew, as well as Paisley and pattern shirts – which to be fair had been bubbling under for much of the 80s – huge Tees and some fantastic headgear.

Drab old Britain was suddenly a riot of colour and its young cared less about perfecting their quiffs and posing in their vintage shades and more about getting off their tits in fields in Berkshire.

Sadly Baggy didn’t last too long. Internal disagreements (and spiraling drug consumption) tore The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays apart. And as for the Baggy Beatles – the La’s – lead singer Lee Mavers decided that the world only really deserved one album of his genius songs and he went AWOL.

By the time Baggy hit the South (it was mainly a northern thing) the bands were on their way out and the clothes had hit the local charity store. For a few months the UK flirted with some horrendous grunge fashions before Blur, Pulp and Britpop smartened everyone up (a little).

So, Baggy is sure to be revived sooner or later, so now might be as good a time as any to comb your local Oxfam for a nice hooded top with mildly psychedelic patterns on the front. Flares will hopefully be optional this time round.



Accessories, features, sunglasses

TOMs launch eyewear collection

By Laura on June 13th, 2011


TOMs have just expanded their charity-meets-commerce business model, to included sunglasses…and we here at Brandish can’t get enough. Continuing their tradition of one-for-one, they will be offering assistance to people in need of ocular surgery, reading glasses or sunglasses. The collection includes two different styles one clearly Wayfarer-inspired, the other a wire-framed aviator. So if you need a pair of new sunglasses make sure to check out TOMs.



Accessories, Designer Spotlight, features

Lanvin Neckties and Bowties for Autumn/Winter 2011

By Laura on May 23rd, 2011

Lanvin has giving the necktie an interesting spin in their Autumn/Winter 2011 collection combining silk and wool splits. As you can see above the long end of the necktie is finished in a wool. Similarly, the bowties have a wool application that personally I think sits well with the silk. What do you think? Would you wear these split neckties?



Accessories

The Ultimate Hendrix Accessory

By Laura on May 9th, 2011

Big Jimi Hendrix fan? Then check out this pendant by French accessory label Nous Sommes.
The miniature bust depicts the legendary guitarist, complete with his signature headman, curly hair and open-collar jacket. However in case Hendrix isn’t quite your style, they have already created similar pieces in the likeness of Karl Lagerfeld, Lady Gaga and Terry Richardson… weird we know.

The pendant is available in silver or gold from Nous Sommes stockists



Accessories, sunglasses

Crap Eyewear: Get the SoCal beach look

By Laura on May 9th, 2011

Crap Eyewear have been generating a lot of buzz amongst celebs and sun lovers alike over the past few weeks.
Branded as “Wild sunglasses for wild people,” Crap Eyewear is all about the Southern Californian beach bum lifestyle.
Started as a fun side project by a group of friends several years ago, it has now developed into a full blown label, worn by the like of hip-hop collective Odd Future and Lil’ Wayne. The 2011 collection sees a number of great new colourways and two new frame styles, the Hollywood Lawns and the Lo Max. Check out the full collection here



Accessories, Designer Spotlight, features

Miansai Fish Hook Bracelet

By Laura on May 3rd, 2011

The Miansai’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection has really caught my attention recently, inspired in part by vintage jewellery and commonly found items. I particularly love this Fish Hook Bracelet with its nautical styling and colorful cord. It is available in several colors… perfect to remind you of lazy summer days while stuck in the office.

The collection is available now at select retailers including Roden Gray.



Accessories, features, Luggage, Luggage & Travel

Globe-Trotter “William & Kate” Luggage Collection

By Laura on May 3rd, 2011

It seems like everyone is trying to find a way to capitalize on the royal couples big day including luggage maker Globe-Trotter. Now I’m sure most of you are about as sick of hearing about the wedding as I am, but when I saw Globe-Trotters special edition luggage, I couldn’t help but write about it. I have always had a weak spot for classic luggage and this collection exemplifies why.
The British luxury company Globe-Trotter has a history of over 100 years of serving the British Royal Family, so I guess in some ways it is fitting that they would release a collection in celebration of the Royal Wedding.

The collection includes seven different hard-shell models in both “William” and “Kate” versions. While the “William” set features a navy and chocolate shell with a striped shirt lining, the “Kate” set features an ivory and navy shell lined with a more feminine print. You can order the set exclusively through Globe-Trotter here.



Accessories, features, Outfit picks, Suits & Tailoring

Great summer ties from General Knot & Co.

By Laura on May 3rd, 2011

I know we are all a bit tired of weddings (thanks Will and Kate), but with the summer wedding season just kicking off, it is probably a good time to invest in a new tie to refresh that suit you wore last year. One of my favourite tie makers as of late has to be General Knot & Co.

The New England-based furnishings label has just released their new collection featuring chambray, plaid and floral prints. The vintage ties are handmade and use various fine fabrics and materials that date back as far as World War II. All ties are released as part of a one-time-only run, so you better move fast if you want to get your hands on one. Prices start at $78 USD (£47) and are available from their website General Knot & Co.



Accessories, Designer Spotlight, features

Symmetry Scarves

By Laura on April 21st, 2011

I recently was introduced to this awesome LA based label Symmetry by a friend in California. I immediately fell in love with the way they have put a contemporary spin on the traditional wrap scarf.

The husband-and-wife design duo first launched their accessory brand in 2010, and have made a name for themselves by combining quality and function. After a well-received first run, Symmetry is back and continue to play on the innate versatility of scarves by adding supple leather strips that connect by clasp to leather-backed grommets. One of my favourite pieces has to be the Dixon, which turns from a scarf to a large tote bag.

Check out Symmetry’s online shop here. Prices start at $155.



Accessories, bags

The Summer Tote – Built by Wendy

By Laura on April 21st, 2011

With another warm sunny weekend in the forecast I am sure many of us will be in the park enjoying the weather. Whether your having a picnic or just want to take a blanket to lie on, this great two-tone canvas tote is the perfect carryall for the summer.

Made from Sunbrella fabric, the durable bag is stain- and sun-resistant and water wicks right off its surface. It also has An interior zippered pocket and pouch for mobile phones make for a great bag, rain or shine. Pick it up for $158 (£95) from Built By Wendy.



Accessories

Untold coin wallet

By Laura on April 11th, 2011

I always seem to have a handful of change in my pocket at the end of the day, so recently have been looking to invest in a good coin wallet. That is when I came across this great one from Untold. I was totally sold by the exposed stitching along the edge, and punchout detailing which reveals different colors including yellow, blue, orange and green. The wallet comes in various shades of light brown, dark brown and black.



Accessories, bags

Military inspired backpack From Marc by Marc Jacobs

By Laura on April 11th, 2011

Over the last few weeks, I have noticing a lot of Londoners rocking the backpack. After all it is a great way to carry all your things, whether your off to work or going for an impromptu picnic.
One backpack that has caught my eye in particular is this military inspired bag from Marc by Marc Jacobs. The bag features logo patches and two easily accessible front pockets. While the bag’s design is mostly gray, contrast is provided by the use of off-white towards the base and fastening strap as well as brown for the shoulder straps.



Accessories, Brand Spotlight

General Knot & Co. two tone seersucker tie

By Laura on April 11th, 2011

Nothing says summer like seersucker, which is why we love this two-tone necktie from the American company General Knot & Co. The tie features the classic seersucker stripe on the outside and an indigo-colored vintage 1950′s folk art print on the inside which depicts birds, dogs, stags, flora and fauna. There is something that just screams Hampton’s. Only 20 of these handmade ties have been produced in a limited-edition one-time-run. It is available for $118 USD (approx £72) through General Knot & Co.



Accessories, Collaborations, Watches

G-shock West opens in London

By Laura on April 1st, 2011

Yesterday we went to check out the opening of the Casio G-Shock West store in the heart of Covent Garden.

When we walked in the front door we were greeted by a live street art installation – meant to serve as a dynamic celebration of the transience of the space and G-Shock’s passion for the spontaneous creativity of the underground art scene.

The new store stocks all the latest G-Shock, Baby-G and G-Shock Premium watches. As I mentioned in my article yesterday I have not really been following G-Shock, and honestly did not have huge expectations for the brand. However, any hesitations I once had were completely gone after checking out the new collection. It really feels as though they have given their classic watches new life through new colour ways and shapes.

A definite highlight of the collection was the limited edition collaboration with revered graffiti artist KRINK , the G-Shock DW-6900KR. This watch epitomises the resilience and toughness associated with graffiti culture and blends a classic G-Shock shape with the iconic silver colouring distinctive of KRINK’s style. The watch comes with a number of useful features including water resistance of up to 200 meters, world timer, full auto and flash alert lighting.

One of our team loved the G-Shock DW-6900KR so much, he went back this morning to pick one up

To celebrate the opening of the store, G-Shock will be offering 20% off your first purchase (until May 31st), so get down there soon to check it out.



Accessories, bags

Head Porter Brighton Collection

By Laura on March 31st, 2011

I am not sure why but I am feeling in a rather nautical mood today…. It probably has something to do with the fact I wish it was summer and of course summer = boats. Anyways rambling aside…I was recently pointed in the direction of this awesome Brighton collection by Head Porter, and its on days like this I desperately wish I owned half of it.

I love how they have simply applied thick navy stripes over their signature styles, including backpacks, waistbags, shoulder bags and even the nautically-relevant sling bag.

The bags are available now online via Head Porter.




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