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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Footwear

Get the Manchester look at Oipolloi

By admin on December 13th, 2007

OipoloiknitMy favourite shop in Manchester is tucked away in the city’s Northern Quarter and is guarded by a fat little boxer dog on a Fake London bed. It’s called Oipolloi and is the perfect store for the stylish Mancunian male. Many people only know the tracksuit-wearing scallies and the swaggering machismo of Liam Gallagher wannabees, but Manchester men do have a lot more to offer than that in terms of  style.
The Manchester aesthetic is defined by old skool sportswear combined with knits and natural fibres, by classic garments with a twist and by straight-leg indigo denims. Constant rain and many many puddles in the city mean that Manc boys favour a shoe so you’re more likely to see a Hush Puppy or a Clark’s Desert boot than your standard issue trainer.

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight

Colourful tee from Art in the Age of Mechanical Whatnot

By admin on December 13th, 2007

ArtinageI like a brand with high falutin ideals. Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction is just such a brand.
Taking its lead from Walter Benjamin’s famous essay of the same name, these folks recognise the pointlessness of aspiring for originality and uniqueness in an age when any new statement or movement can be reproduced in a million different media in a heartbeat. Instead their stated aim is to provoke reaction in all who encounter their products. Yeah, I know, who gives one so long as their stuff looks good?
Well, it’s a bit hit and miss but it kind of does. My pick is this colourful little number designed by Paper Rad, a collective from Pittsburgh. It kind of reminds me a bit of the Beatles’s Yellow Submarine (see what they mean about originality?) and I like it cos it’s slightly creepy and neon.
Check out their range here.



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Maharishi sale alert!

By admin on December 13th, 2007

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Do you like warehouse sales? Are you in
London? Do you like Maharishi?

If you answered yes to all those questions
then you’re in luck. In fact, if you just like warehouse sales then it’s worth
giving it a look. Military streetwear brand Maharishi are having a warehouse
sale from the 13th to the 16th of December. If someone
needs a cheap present for their boyfriend this is the place to go. It’s at the
Old Truman Brewery off Dray Walk, Brick Lane.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight

New Judy Blame and Dave Baby Collection

By admin on December 12th, 2007

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Stylist Judy Blame was part of Ray Petri’s hugely influential Buffalo movement, whose stark androgynous imagery defined late 80s/ early 90s London style and was recently rediscovered (and then seemingly forgotten again) by Nu Ravers.
Judy Blame created looks for Neneh Cherry amongst others, and has since then worked as creative consultant for Dior and Comme des Garçcons. He designs his own line which is available from Dover Street Market.
His new collaboration with Dave Baby is called London Bollocks (rude!) and is available only through Do Be Do. The range consists of t-shirts which bear post-punk statements like “War is stupid” or “No more suicides”.
I’m not completely convinced I get this Bad Penny T-shirt, but I like it nonetheless.

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BBC Glow in the dark T-shirt

By admin on December 11th, 2007

BbcglowindarkIf you’re looking for the perfect outfit to go with your glow in the dark Reebok kicks, look no further than this design from Billionaire Boys Club. Peter Pans of fashion, Nigo and Pharrell carry on refusing to grow up with this tin robot design which lights up when the lights go off.
I’m been quite sniffy about BBC lately but I do like this one. BBC is always a bit more restrained than its sister brand Ice Cream, and its references are more subtle. I know a glow in the dark robot isn’t very subtle, but its all relative.
You can get hold of this at We Sold Out.



Clothing

CNC Hooded Jacket

By admin on December 11th, 2007

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With Winter being in full force, you’re
going to need some protection for your head. As a fashion-forward individual
this can be a bit of a problem. Traditional woolly hats tend to make the wearer
look like a life-size condom, which obviously isn’t flattering. Over-sized hats
are an option, but they tend to make the wearer look like a slightly loose
life-size condom.

The only real alternative is a good ol’
hood. But seeing as wearing any old hood can get you kicked out of Lakeside,
you’ll need a stylish one like this hooded
jacket from CNC
. The off-kilt zip is a quirk that adds character to this
jacket, giving it an edge over high street clothing. Still not sure if it’s
worth $710 though.



Clothing

ECAL T-shirts

By admin on December 10th, 2007

EcalThis is what your insides look like after a big feed and a good sleep. Look at them – they’re so happy.
To celebrate the opening of a new campus, the reknowned University of art and design in Switzerland (AKA ECAL), have asked their alumni to design a range of T-shirts which are on sale through their website. This smirk-some design is by Sylvie Fleury and is sweet enough to give you toothache.
You can explore the rest of the range here – but hurry as they’re selling like hot cakes and are decidedly limited edition.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight

Gilded Age

By admin on December 7th, 2007

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As you might expect from their name, Gilded Age clothes are made with a healthy dose of nostalgia for times passed. The brand uses traditional processes of production to create garments lavished with so much care and attention you can see it in every stitch and fibre.

Gilded Age have sought out factories which use some of the oldest
machinery and construction techniques to produce their garments and use
only natural fibres and dyes. If you can get through all the typos and
grammatical errors on the website (indigo jeans are a “rear fenomenon”)
you can read all about their labour of love on their website.

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Triko skatewear

By admin on December 7th, 2007

Triko

At school, when Mlle. Henri, our new French French Teacher saw that our text books were teaching us that “tricot” was an acceptable word for jumper, she was highly amused. According to her, “tricot” was the equivalent of  “bloomers” or “singlet” – not words young people would use to describe their clothes. How she mocked that Tricolour text book.

Perhaps in defiance of ageist French teachers everywhere, when Hector Estrada launched his own clothing label in 2001, he called it Triko, rescuing the word (sort of) from the dustbin of history…

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McQ Futuristic Hoodie

By admin on December 7th, 2007

Mcq_futuristichoodie3How did this one pass me by? I’ve  been scrutinising the McQ collection, the diffusion line from Alexander McQueen hoping that it would turn up something wearable, and I totally missed this little number. I suspect foul play.
I have, what you might call a “penchant” for printed hoodies (penchant is French for addiction). However, this one I’m sure you’ll agree is a beaut. What is that print? I wouldn’t even know how to describe it. The only thing it reminds me of is the workings of my Jelly see-through Swatch, which I had when I was about 14. The colour combination is genius.
And what’s more, it’s on sale – sale! – from Factory People. It’s still $188, but that’s peanuts compared to other McQ stuff.



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Dior SS 2008 Hoody

By admin on December 6th, 2007

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As I’ve said before, I’m really not
impressed with the S/S 2008 Dior range. My main gripe with this collection -
aside from the ill-fitting jeans – is the fact that much of it is too
derivative.

The hoody on the left is pretty representative
of their collection – ugly and derivative. It looks like a GSCE student’s
attempt at a Jackson Pollock and the styling is something that Artful Dodger
did to greater effect. Seeing as Dior have dipped lately, hopefully some other
designer will come and take the skinny tailored mantle for a few seasons,
otherwise Pete Doherty will have nothing to wear.



Clothing

Nom de Guerre High Collar Coat

By admin on December 4th, 2007

NomdeguerrecoatIf you’re not so flush with cash that you can afford a proper overcoat as well as a casual jacket for winter, this High Collar coat from Nom de Guerre offers a good compromise. It’s smart enough to be worn when you need to look posh, but will look equally at home when you’re on a night out or down the pub.
The military detailing is quite current as well, and the thick fleece lining will keep you nice and snug. The high collar is clearly the selling point and it’s a really nice touch – it can be rolled up for extra warmth or rolled down to stay out of the way.
They’re available from Context, but look out for something similar in the forthcoming sales.   



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Dolce & Gabbana double breasted pea coat

By admin on December 3rd, 2007

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Pea coats are all the rage at the moment.
We’ve featured them
numerous times and we thought
we’d found all the double breasted pea coats that were worth finding. We were
wrong. This Dolce
& Gabbana herringbone coat
features every popular trend without looking
over designed.

With all that said, I could have done
without the shoulder flaps. But apart from that, this coat is as close to
perfection as you can get. As you’d expect, this coat isn’t cheap, costing
£965. It is worth it though and if you can afford it, you might as well get
something worth the money. 



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Dior SS2008 Leather Jacket

By admin on November 30th, 2007

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The Dior SS2008 collection has been
underwhelming so far, seemingly taking out everything that worked and leaving
everything that didn’t. Seeing as we’re optimists here at Brandish, we’ve picked an item from the collection
that’s actually quite nice.

I’m fully aware that ‘quite nice’ is the
worst compliment you can get, as it’s something someone would say about a packet of digestives rather than talking about a clothing collection.
But that’s the best I can say about this leather jacket. It’s not mind blowing,
amazing or any other superlative. It’s just nice.



Clothing

Acronym Grey Sweat

By admin on November 29th, 2007

Grey_acronymIt’s a bit of a bugbear of mine (one of many) when you have clothes where every inch of them is spangled or bejewelled or ripped or embroidered or printed. I think it looks really crass.
On the other hand, when an item is loaded with lots of small details, like this sweatshirt from Acronym, I really like it.  Head over to The Glade and inspect the details through their nine (nine!) separate close ups. Its really quite impressive. Clever construction has given the sweatshirt some nice seam detailing, and the oddly positioned pockets on the front may not be practical but they look great. There’s also a bit of piping and a small embroidered logo to catch your eye.
All the clever detailing draws you in and creates interest without screaming for attention. Nice job Acronym.




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