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Kenneth Anger Tee from Blood is the New Black

By admin on February 25th, 2008

KennethAnother T-shirt trend with legs is the “So-and-so is my homegirl/boy”. I think it started with Jesus and Mary versions but there’s now millions of versions. Madonna did one for her last tour and recently I’ve seen a Barack Obama version. Topical!
Kenneth Anger is an artist film-maker who’s done all sorts of films which clever people like. Blood is the New Black’s version has a fittingly creepy hand drawn illustration of the artist. This is the women’s version but the men’s is on its way..
Available from their website.

Clothing, Designer Spotlight

Ted Baker go all APC

By admin on February 22nd, 2008


This striped
bomber jacket
has all the nautical touches of APC’s spring collection at
half the price. If there’s one word you wouldn’t associate with Ted Baker it’d
be ‘subtle’. But that’s what this jacket is, as they’ve resisted the urge the
write ‘TED BAKER’ across the back or make the stripes unsightly. All these
features make it a relative bargain at £140.

Clothing, Designer Spotlight

Misericordia – Sportswear goes ethical

By admin on February 21st, 2008


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It’s not often you find a brand that would
make Danny Dyer and Katharine Hamnett happy, but Misericordia would do just

Hailing from Peru, Misericordia
are a sportswear label who make all their items in non-sweatshop conditions
using only organic materials. Everything about the brand is done in-house -
an amazing feat in itself – and one workman makes one item from start to finish.
The clothes are real nice too. Their range is available exclusively at Elements.


More mortgage crippling leather jackets

By admin on February 15th, 2008

While Purple jackets may immediately make
you think of booking tickets to a Prince show, they can be incredibly subtle. This
Geller purple leather jacket
is a great example of this.

Being the shade of purple that doesn’t yell
about its purple status, it’s perfect for those wishing to take baby steps onto
the new male trend – which is suspiciously just like an old female trend. Are
designers getting lazy? Next they’ll be trying to sell sheer to men. The $1275 price tag is a little steep, but it is Robert Geller. If you’ve got the cash, it’s available from Blackbird.


Paul Smith Boxers

By admin on February 15th, 2008

New year, new pants – that’s how the old
saying doesn’t go. Everyone harks on about essentials, but I don’t think enough
time is spent harking on about our most needed essential: The humble boxer (If
you’re wearing pants or Y-fronts, then leave now. Close the door behind you).
Seeing as we’re in the second month of 2008, it’s more than likely that you’ll
have some underwear that should have been thrown out a long time ago.

What usually stops people is the knowledge
that they’ll be buying the same boxers again. Frank Dandy boxers are great and
all, but you may want something with some sartorial elegance. These Paul
ones fit the bill. Whilst they’re typical Paul Smith, they’re still
unique enough to stand out from your underwear collection.


Topman Trench coat – get it before everyone else does

By admin on February 15th, 2008

The thing with Topman is that it’s too
popular for its own good. Buy a jacket from the Oxford Circus branch and you’ll
have passed five people wearing the same jacket before you get to the tube
station. The Topman design branch aims
to redress this problem by issuing much smaller quantities of pieces.

That’s why I hesitate to recommend this Pinstripe
trench coat
. It’s got all the right ingredients of a great coat – well cut,
bold design, on trend – but it’s from Topman. So by the time I finish typing
this sentence someone would have bought one. If you can’t get past other people
wearing the same clothes as you, it costs £85 and is available from the Topman
online store.


Linea Purple jumper

By admin on February 15th, 2008

So you want to jump on the purple trend.
Good choice. The only thing is, you don’t want to spend too
much on an item you could fall out of love with in a couple of months. While
most sales at this point only have neon green drainpipes left, House of
Fraser’s online store has this purple
from Linea.

If you bought it at full price, prepare to
feel like a dickhead. A massive dickhead. They’ve reduced the price from a
wallet busting £45 to the miniscule price of £30. I know, I know, I’m still
reeling from the shock myself.


Trends: Watch & Wear- Le Freak c’est Chic!

By Will Reid on February 14th, 2008

Tb The time has come for the return of the eccentric dresser. But before you all stop reading this, firm in the belief that I have finally cracked, I promise that I am not subliminally feeding you pages from ‘An Idiot’s Guide to … being an Idiot,’ but instead providing you with an outfit that will allow you to get freaky without the raised eyebrows- more crinkled blazer than straitjacket.

See after the jump for a great, freak-chic outfit.

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Luggage & Travel, News

Travel smart with One True Saxon

By admin on February 12th, 2008


Are you a fan of killing two birds with one
stone? In a figurative sense of course, we don’t condone bird-murdering on
Brandish. One True Saxon‘s
spring/summer range has popped up online and they’ve made a travel brochure
that features a city soundtrack, bars, restaurants, clubs and places to start a
fight before yelling ‘Leave it Dave, He’s not worth it!’. Maybe not that last

Cities in the guide include Madrid, Sydney,
London, New York, Tokyo and erm, Nottingham. You can view the new range at


Destroy Pop Dino Vest

By admin on February 12th, 2008


What young boy doesn’t love dinosaurs, right? Right? They’re so fascinating and ferocious, and they’re like real life monsters. Destroy Pop are pitching right for the boy in you with this vest, which also depicts a hot air balloon (brilliant!) a strange bike thing (ace!) and erm… an angel.
Sometimes, you need to be a boy about things. It’s available from Your Eyes Lie.


Grey on Grey Hoody by Opening Ceremony

By admin on February 11th, 2008

New at Oak is this rather sumptuous hoody from Opening Ceremony. It appears to be patchwork, so that’s a feat of construction which ought to be commended.
Opening Ceremony are pretty hot shit, despite their collaboration with Chloë Sevigny (which as you’d imagine is horrible – I know that’s sacrilege, but come on, you know girlfriend can’t dress). A New York based shop and label, they do a great line in slightly gothic luxury items.
This futuristic looking sweatshirt with its grey on grey pattern is about as sophisticated as a hoody can get.


YSL jacket at Browns

By Will Reid on February 11th, 2008


This jacket is a perfect piece for the season transition that so often leaves us men looking like idiots when we get caught in the mid-month sunshine wearing a winter coat, scarf, jeans and a pair of flip-flops. Primarily a jacket, but thin and simple enough to be worn as a shirt, this jacket by Yves Saint Laurent is just too fantastically useful not to be in your wardrobe. With typical YSL subtleties such as the inner collar stripe detail and unusually few number of buttons, spend the cash and feel free to thank me when you become an all-weather style maven.

See it at

Clothing, Designer Spotlight, News

Ralph Lauren polo shirts – They’re not just for Chavs anymore

By admin on February 8th, 2008

The thing about brands is that different
people have different relationships with them.  For people like the fabulous Henry Conway,
Ralph Lauren polo shirts might conjure up images of days out at Ascot, Croquet
and Daddy embezzling money from the government (Ba-doom-chish!). I just think
of Chavs, or as they were called back in my day, Essex boys. Without giving you
my life story – I’m saving that for another post – when I was at secondary
school, fake Ralph Lauren polo shirts were all the rage. In those days, you
spotted a fake by looking at the number of legs on the horse of the logo. Fakes
had 3 or less, real ones had 4. This led to a horse-logo-checking habit that’s
stayed with me to this day.

But I digress. It would make a nice change
this summer if men tried to be a little more daring in their colour
combinations. We know a white shirt and stonewash jeans match, but it’s boring
seeing everyone do it. Why not try something different?


Last chance to buy Miu Miu

By admin on February 7th, 2008

MiumiuAs Miu Miu menswear breathes its last this season, we should all perhaps be stocking up on the label before it disappears forever – well, for the time being at least. This peach cardigan is really quite lovely. I know I predicted the end of cardigans but I’ve changed my mind. That’s the fickle finger of fashion for you. Deal with it.

I’ve never been able to wear Miu Miu unfortunately: their tops are always way too short and barely scrape my nipples. If you’re not freakishly long in the body though, you might want to check it out. Available from Browns.

Clothing, News

Uniqlo Trench Coat

By admin on February 7th, 2008

This has been a week for breaking promises.
We’ve broken our cardigan promise and our Topman promise (I’m not sure we made
one, but stay with me here) and now I’m about to break our winter coat promise.
What can I say? As Blue (featuring Elton John) would say, Sorry is the hardest
word to say.

But I do feel that breaking this promise is
best for both of us. I mean, how would you know that Uniqlo are doing these cropped
trench coats
for £50? Not only are they made out of better material than
the Topman, River Island and Zara equivalents, they also come in navy blue,
black and cream, so you can match any of your outfits to a coat for a group
price of £150.

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