Hot tips: how to tie a bow tie with Alexander Olch

Two months ago I needed to learn how to polish shoes so I YouTubed that shiz- got 1,590 hits. The interweb truly is the font of all knowledge, there are guides and video instructions for anything and everything from real experts!

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Jonathan SmithHot tips: how to tie a bow tie with Alexander Olch

Return of…the WISHLIST! Unisex Circle Scarf from American Apparel

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Post-Christmas and the inevitable unwrapping, posing and dressing that occurs as a direct result, I find myself on the hunt for new purchases to slyly absorb into my wardrobe (NYE Resolution: hide fewer credit card bills!)

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Will ReidReturn of…the WISHLIST! Unisex Circle Scarf from American Apparel

There are no jokes when it comes to airport security. Except this one.

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“…remember that there are no jokes when it comes to airport security.” Sage but inaccurate words from Bruce Schneier an aviation security expert commenting on what is currently the biggest joke in aviation security: the Gun Suitcase available from kidslivedesign.com retailing at a gun toting £98.

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Jonathan SmithThere are no jokes when it comes to airport security. Except this one.

Brandish to the Credit Crunch Rescue: It-Accessory £3.75 from £30!

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You know when relatives get Christmas presents that just get under your skin? Well, Hama beads were that present during this holiday season. Whether in my pockets, in my shoes, woven onto my laces, down my skinny jeans (don’t ask!) they were everywhere.

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Will ReidBrandish to the Credit Crunch Rescue: It-Accessory £3.75 from £30!

Video: Band of Outsiders x Sperry

As videos go this one is kinda dull. There are no explosions, guns or tits nor is there a girl satisfying a horse/dog/herself (delete as applicable) so it’s doubtful that this is the kind of fodder we would usually ogle on our TV’s or behind our bedroom’s locked door. However there are shoes, lots of lovely shoes. The video is from Band of Outsiders and showcases their collabo with Sperry bringing some awesome deck shoes for the coming season.

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Jonathan SmithVideo: Band of Outsiders x Sperry

hypebeast: Tommy O’Gara of Dita Eyewear

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Over on the newly facelifted hypebeast.com is a slightly gushing but none the less interesting interview with Tommy O’Gara of Dita. Dita sit happily in the high end of the eyewear market making their name over the years for excellent craftsmanship rarely matched by other brands. Concentrating most of their efforts on the ever stylish Californian and Japanese consumers O’Gara describes the brand as having a “retro modern edge” which fits nicely into the current climate of retro style- definitely one to look out for.

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Jonathan Smithhypebeast: Tommy O’Gara of Dita Eyewear

Pimp your bed with Bless

Right so hopefully by now you have your look squared off to a tee, but as I may have mentioned before style does not begin or end with your clothes so now it’s time to adorn your bed with some uber cool bedding. From the mad caps at Bless comes this bed spread with a life size sleeping couple printed …

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Jonathan SmithPimp your bed with Bless

Exclusive eyewear

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Like most things in fashion the popularity of glasses waxes and wains, right now it’s waxing- which is lucky for me, a closet speccy four eyes- thick rims and in particular Ray Bans are hot shit right now so much so that people with perfect 20 – 20 vision are donning pairs with clear glass lenses in. So now is the time to announce some exclusive and pretty unaccessible frames for you to drool over, to the left is the Moscot Lemtosh frames in a whole new colourway, these frames have outlasted entire generations spanning pop culture from Buddy Holly to Johnny Depp and to the right is the latest collab between Stussy and Kotake Cyobei Saku, more contemporary than the Moscot this pair of the already proven Naomi frames takes a subtle edge with an all black rim.

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Jonathan SmithExclusive eyewear

Kerchiefs: another alternative to bow ties

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The other day I posted an alternative to the bow tie .. and here’s another. The kerchief worn as necktie adds a jaunty, hipster edge to your shirt collar. There are several ways to knot, consider your personal style and what you’re wearing it with. Ideally find something vintage. Silk always looks dashing or use that spotted pocket square you’ve never had a use for.

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Colin ChapmanKerchiefs: another alternative to bow ties

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A far cry from the traditional design of the Rolex Submariner, New York based watch brand Nooka has added a couple of new pieces to its Christmas 08 collection. Both pieces sporting interesting design features and high quality construction and materials. These watches are for the man who feels a traditional dial watch is beneath him, though I don’t know how well I’d fair at reading these with a skin full of Christmas Spirit.

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Brandish Christmas Picks: Fingerless gloves by Raf Simons and Topman Ute Ploier

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Check out our trio of fingerless gloves for Christmas, from Secret Santa to Secret Crush there’s something for every budget.

Topman‘s fingerless mittens at £8 are perfect for eating crisps at the bus stop then safely stowing your fingers away until said bus arrives.

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adminBrandish Christmas Picks: Fingerless gloves by Raf Simons and Topman Ute Ploier

Present Tense: Gifts for a luxe Christmas

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Aspirational present ideas for your friends and loved ones, there is nothing more luxe than carrying a nifty china version of a disposable coffee cup and it’s eco-friendly to boot. A bow tie spruces up a simple shirt no end and the Topman Fairisle scarf is a lot cheaper than it looks.

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