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The Apprentice anti-style award

By admin on April 28th, 2008


Newspapers and Magazines (including me) have all fallen in love with Mad Men’s sense of style. While no one (bar the BNP) wants any other values in the show to return, the fashion sense displayed by the men in that show is constantly returned to. And from watching the Apprentice, it’s clear to see why.

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*****L Bathrobe

By admin on April 28th, 2008


If Brandish were a political party our key campaigning issues would be madras shirts, short shorts and sleepwear. Consider this post a campaign for sleepwear. If long johns are a step too far for you to wear outside the house, then you might want to start on something simple. Like this *****L Bathrobe (€120).

First off we should remember the rules: don’t ever go more than 15 minutes away from your home wearing sleepwear – you will look crazy. If you think about it, a bathrobe is probably the best way to start off in this trend. It’s comfortable, versatile (hood up = criminal, hood down = fashion forward trendsetter) and you can take it off if you feel too freaked out wearing sleepwear at Tesco. You can’t say that about long johns.

Clothing, knitwear

Sale alert: Energie purple cardigan

By admin on April 24th, 2008

ENERGIE-MO14_V1.jpgIf you shop like a man then you’ll be glad to know that this Energie cardigan has gone on sale. Purple hasn’t infiltrated the menswear market like it has the women’s but that’s all the more reason to get into it.

Now that Cardigans are worn by everyone, you’ll need a little something extra to separate yourself from the lads mag fans. The only problem with this cardi is that it is 40% acrylic. Apparently acrylic jumpers are used as a torture technique in the new series of 24. Jack Bauer makes victims wear an acrylic jumper without an undershirt and just waits for them to crack. It takes time, but they all crack.

But I digress. This cardigan is available for $59.99 from Revolve clothing.

Clothing, News

Blood, Sweat and T-shirts review

By admin on April 23rd, 2008

blood sweat and tshirts.jpg The premise of ‘Blood, Sweat and T-shirts‘ is simple; get six fashion fanatics – who all seem to be doing their hardest to be unlikeable – send them off to a sweatshop and see how they cope. Do they crumble or do they start sewing 1000 garments a minute with one hand tied behind their back?

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Clothing, Jeans & Trousers

Customise your Denim with Ande Whall

By admin on April 22nd, 2008

andewhall.jpgIf you have tree trunk thighs or long legs then you’ll find it hard to find jeans that fit exactly the way you want them to. Things would all be so much easier if someone would customise your jeans for you before you bought them. But who would do such a thing? If this were a TV show, at this point ‘one man denim workshop’ Ande Whall would burst through a wall and say an unfunny line. But it isn’t so I’ll just have to link to his site.

Working off 6 templates, Ande Whall makes made-to-measure jeans from scratch. They have lengths of up to 38″ – and as a possessor of long legs, hearing that is enough to make me drool onto my keyboard – and customise the jeans according to your wishes. In a world of mass production, as shown by Richard’s post earlier today, it’s heartening to know that your jeans are made lovingly made by one person from start to finish. For custom made denim the prices are great value, starting at just £75. Sure you could get some people’s market jeans for £40 but why not spend a little bit more and get jeans designed just for you?

Clothing, Designer Spotlight

DWS Menswear Sample Sale

By admin on April 18th, 2008


In London? Still have money in your account? In you answered yes to both these questions, then you have no reason to miss out on this DWS Menswear sample sale. If you’ve forgiven Evisu for flooding the market back in the late 90′s then you can pick up some of their items alongside Vivienne Westwood, Hardy Amies and Hugo Boss amongst others. If there’s a better reason to go on a pasta diet for the rest of the month, feel free to let me know.

Clothing, Designer Spotlight

A.P.C. release madras inspired S/S line

By admin on April 17th, 2008

madrasapc.jpgAs regular Brandish readers will already know, we’ve been on a madras shirt offensive in the run up to spring/summer.

Imagine our unbridled joy on the news those ever reliable guys at Atelier de Production et de Création (clearly long-time Brandish fans) have now released a completely madras-inspired line.

Designed by Jessica Ogden and Jean Touitou, and produced in India, the collection’s aesthetics stay true to madras’ heritage with epauletted shirts and denim Bermuda shorts.

So you’ve got no excuse now if you haven’t already picked one up.

Check out the rest of the men’s range at A.P.C.’s e-store

Clothing, Designer Spotlight

COS in Monocle magazine

By admin on April 17th, 2008

cossuit.jpgNow that COS is a success, with three more stores set to open this year, it’s nice to look back on what they wanted to achieve and whether they did so. Thankfully, this video allows you to do just that. For those who haven’t read Monocle magazine, it’s basically an international current affairs magazine with a website that has clearly been designed with the magazine, not as an afterthought.

With stores springing up in Paris, Cologne and a mystery location, it’s safe to say that COS has been a cult hit. If the store carries on in this manner, other high street brands may try to get in on the act, which can only be a good thing.

Clothing, Designer Spotlight

Pyjamas outside of the house – good look or am I going crazy?

By admin on April 17th, 2008

pyjama.jpgYou know when you’ve become so accustomed to something that things that should look odd don’t anymore? That’s how I’m starting to feel with the pyjamas look. Wearing your pyjamas outside of the house should make you look like an extra from One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest – instead I’m thinking that it’s quite a wearable look. As long as you don’t stray too far from your house.

The reason for this change in opinion is solely because of the ‘Pyjama looks’ shoot in Fantastic Man. Whilst all the looks are great, I found the ones with high tops especially alluring. I’m even considering wearing this look to my local Tesco, just to see the reaction. Seriously. Tell me I’m not going crazy.

Clothing, Jeans & Trousers

Acne Jeans – Why settle for less?

By admin on April 17th, 2008

acnejeans.jpgWhy do people put such a low price limit when jeans shopping? Don’t give me the price nonsense either. If you spend £50 on jeans which develop holes after 3 months, then you’ll need to replace them. Do this 3 or 4 times a year and you’ll spend £150-200 on the same awful pair of jeans. So why not save that money up and get these Acne Jeans?

Sure, at £177 you could get cheaper jeans but why put yourself through that ordeal? It would be the equivalent of watching Lead Balloon instead of Curb Your Enthusiasm. The Bill instead of The Wire. Dane Cook instead of Bill Hicks. Taxi Driver instead of….you get my drift. It would be a bad choice.

Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Suits & Tailoring

Dior silver suit – Yay or Nay?

By admin on April 16th, 2008

diorsilversuit.jpgFirst things first – why are the pictures on of such poor quality? They make’s pictures look like a Rankin masterpiece. I wouldn’t usually complain about these things, but when it comes to this Dior Homme silver suit, you need high quality pictures to make a decision.

I’m in two minds about this suit, hence the yay or nay question. The first problem is the functionality of this piece. Unless you were an musician you would have nowhere to wear it to. It’s too flashy for work and too sharp for a casual night out. While it seems to be aiming to be worn by Kanye West, its closer to a Graham Norton outfit.

On the other hand, who cares about functionality? If you’ve established yourself as a leftfield dresser, you could easily wear this to work without anyone batting an eyelid. Well, they probably would bat an eyelid, but only because they were dazzled by the brilliance of your suit.

So what is it to be? Yay or Nay? Like a Beijing Olympics participant, I’m remaining firmly on the fence.

Clothing, Coats & Jackets

Pop Quiz: Which one of these jackets is Dior Homme?

By admin on April 15th, 2008

blks_leather.jpgAnswer: Neither. Although these leathers bear a striking resemblance to those that have featured in Dior Homme collections over the past couple of years, they are in fact the work of Black Scissors, leathercrafters from South Wales who are increasingly building a reputation for their custom tailoring.

Recently, their work has reopened a popular debate.

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Clothing, Jeans & Trousers

Denim on Denim – It can be done

By admin on April 15th, 2008


For eons, I’ve had the denim on denim look as the sole preserve of builders and creepy men in clubs. But seeing this picture at the Sartorialist has changed my mind for good. Although it’s best left for the colder months, the look can be recreated with this LVC 1936 type 1 Jacket.

The problem with most Denim on Denim looks is that the jacket is usually ill-fitting. With the cinchback design, it’s possible to create a strong V-line, which is what sets off the jacket in the picture. The other major problem I had with this look was that the denim didn’t match. As this is a navy blue, it should easily match at least one pair of jeans in your closet. The jacket costs £125 and is available from

Clothing, Designer Spotlight, News

People still willing to form ridiculous queues, Bape celebrate

By admin on April 14th, 2008

bape.jpgDuring the peak of ‘hype’ fever a couple of years ago, it wasn’t anything to see a queue of kids snaking round Soho queuing for a new Bape release.

Unfortunately, there was never anything as big as this.

Captured while waiting for the limited edition Bape-branded Nintendo DS released earlier this month, although it took two and a half minutes to get to the front, apparently that’s still only 2/3rds of the number who actually turned up.

It’s been a busy week for Bape fans. After a holding a concert headlined by Pharrell and Kanye on Thursday, the brand threw another bash on Saturday at their flagship Hong Kong store; and wrapped the week up by releasing a couple of bits from the S/S collection on Sunday.

A few pics after the jump (the last one is a bath mat by the way).

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Unconditional: new S/S hoodies in at ASOS

By admin on April 12th, 2008

uncond_hoodie.jpgFirst things first, try to ignore how awful the product shots are in the photo, ASOS still haven’t learnt how to take decent photos.

But they are learning how to build a decent brand portfolio. Two hoodies from Unconditional’s spring/summer collection have been added to their ‘Premium Brands’ range. Ideal for the versatile layers needed as you go from boiling hot to being rained/hailed on, to boiling hot again in the space of an hour.

£60 for the short-sleeve deep v-neck, £150 for the wide placket jumper.

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