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Top five scarves, including a budget effort from Topman, Lee’s preppy-style neck-wear and the daddy of all scarves by Steven Alan

By admin on September 25th, 2007

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Reasons to love winter #21: Scarves. Actually, that should include all winter related accessories. One of the worst things about male fashion that for pretty much two seasons out of the year, there are no accessories for men. Sure, we get some smart satchels and belts but, other than a slew of stupid looking baseball caps, that’s about it.

Then winter hits, and we’re overwhelmed with a plethora of beanies, hats, gloves and scarves in a multitude of colours, designs and fabrics. And I’m in heaven. We’ve already covered this season’s must have gloves on Brandish, now keep reading after the jump for the most desirable scarves on offer.

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1980s t-shirts are the sort of clothing your mother would never buy you as a kid. Damn, you mother!

By admin on September 25th, 2007

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Damn, these are sweet t-shirts. 80s tees, the clothing company that specialises in exploiting 1980s pop culture by splattering it across t-shirts, has launched a new range of costume tees that replicate the garb of all your favourite cartoon and movie characters from the era of big hair and bad metal.

Now, you too can have the muscles of He-Man, hone your deadly-assassin skills in Storm Shadow’s ninja gear, or just walk around breathing heavily in Darth Vader’s life-support suit. All tees are priced between $20 to $30, which is around £10 to £15 in English money.



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Moncler Gide Gilet could also be a body warmer or vest jacket

By admin on September 24th, 2007

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Forget your weeny outer-wear from Berghaus and The North Face, Moncler is the daddy when it comes to cold-weather gear. Credited with creating the first down-filled jacket, the company has been involved in  pro-winter sports, mountaineering and general fashion wear since its inception in 1952 and now has a chain of boutiques across the world.

This Gide gilet/vest/body warmer/armless jacket forms part of its a/w ’07 range (surely a brand like Moncler only has an autumn/winter collection?) and has a bit more finesse than the last gilet we featured. But that’s probably because it costs a bit more. This toasty piece of clothing comes in at £200. Worth it? Let us know your thoughts.

[Via Uncrate]



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, News

London Fashion Week: The MAN show

By Isabelle on September 24th, 2007

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MAN is the menswear show resulting from the partnership between Fashion East and Topman. The designers making it onto the catwalk this season were British Menswear Designer of the Year Kim Jones launching his KJ by Kim Jones range, Cassette Playa and Topman Design with Aitor Throup showing his collection through the means of an installation.

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Marks and Spencers’ Apple iPod suit makes you feel like a secret agent, or huge nerd

By admin on September 24th, 2007

In an ever increasingly frequent occurrence of technology meeting fashion, Marks and Spencers have released a suit through which you can surreptitiously control your iPod.

Through the power of the Elektex fabric, the suit’s lapels become the control centre for your Apple device, so you don’t need to keep unsheathing your baby (easy now) every time you want to turn up the volume for In The Air Tonight.

Anyway, check out the video review for the suit that comes courtesy of a couple of our bods from sister site Tech Digest.



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Nudie’s rock-a-billy checked shirt

By admin on September 24th, 2007

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Better known for their range of quality, eco-friendly and extremely comfortable jeans, Nudie also have time to knock-out some sweet garments for covering the upper portions of your modesty.

This rock-a-billy style checked shirt (£70) is one such "sweet garment" from Nudie’s non-jeans collection. I love the slim, tailored cut of the shirt and the opposing direction of the checks on the placket and pockets compared to the rest of the shirt.

This would look great with a dark pair of jeans and, for those cooler days, a neutral coloured sweater vest or tank top.



Clothing, News

Burton Black Label launches

By Isabelle on September 24th, 2007

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Compared to the fast-moving world of women’s fashion where new collaborations and high-street ranges are ten-a-penny it’s not that often that you get such exciting news in menswear. Which is why I’m pretty chuffed that Burton are launching their Black Label, a premium range of clothing for the more discerning gent. All the clothing comes in neutral greys, blacks and whites and tends towards classic cuts and styles so it’s not really a case of snapping up a must-have novelty piece but more about plugging those pesky wardrobe gaps with some great essentials.

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Ebert and Gerbert’s human flip-book t-shirt video is better than ice skating robots or exploding fountains of paint

By admin on September 24th, 2007

Subway-like sandwich makers Ebert and Gerbert’s wanted to advertise their brand in a clever and original way, but didn’t want to spend the £170,000 that lazy, money-hungry marketing companies want for picking ideas out of their arses all day, then presenting them in annoyingly whimsical fashion in a tragic effort to make the brand "hip".

So instead, they came up with this dead cheap video of a human flip-book mad from 150 t-shirts. That certainly is clever and original. And cool. I do wonder if those tees are available commercially, but I also wonder that they probably aren’t.

[Via Gizmodo]



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Herringbone hoody from Call Of The Wild

By admin on September 24th, 2007

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Herringbone is very much the in-thing with mens fashion this season, with designers employing the pattern in their various garments, including these Converse Chuck Taylors and a weird-but-cool, quilted shirt from Nexus VII. And I always though herringbone was for old ladies or golfers…

The duo behind design house Call Of The Wild, who’s handiwork includes designs for book covers, art installations and hotel interiors, have contributed to the herringbone resurgence with this smart hoody (£139). Made up of several different fabrics in varying colours but in the same fishy pattern, each portion converges to make up the garment, which would look great with a pale blue or green polo underneath.



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Owl Movement series six t-shirts

By admin on September 24th, 2007

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Artists-submitted design-site Owl Movement has just released its sixth series of t-shirts and it’s the best drop to date. Neverendingsummertime is the theme that these tees are loosely based upon and, although I think summer truly is over, it won’t stop me from getting my grasping chipolatas on a couple of these awesome tops.

The two standout tees from the series are pictured above. Slip Slop Slap (£10) is a crazy amalgamation of all things beach-holiday and takes its moniker from Australia’s skin cancer campaign slogan. A literally blinding tee that’ll brighten up a dreary pair of jeans.

Although I don’t see what a skull has to do with summer, I love the Skull tee (£10) because, well, it has a skull on it. And I also I like to imagine that, with its lightning-strike fracture and rainbow streak, this is the skull of Ziggy Stardust.



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Kosmetique trench coat scares me with both its looks and price

By admin on September 24th, 2007

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It’s fantastic that the classic trench coat is making roads back into men’s fashion this season, having been reclaimed from the businessman (although it’ll always be a preserve of the pervert). Although the coats being made on the back of this revival have some great shapes, they are still a little "standard" looking.

The Flap Belt trench coat from Kostmetique has takes the raincoat and twists into something quite dark and mysterious. The long, flowing cut and double, satin belt lends a romantic image to the coat, all ruffle-front shirts, waistcoats and riding boots to be worn underneath. Simultaneously, there is also a slightly evil element to it, a coat that the Devil himself would surely wear.

If he could afford it, that is. The bloody thing costs about £900.



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Great t-shirt from new skate designers UXA

By admin on September 23rd, 2007

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Love this tee from New York skate fashion designers UXA, which combines punk and Americana fonts to create a twisted advertising style design. This UXA Pop tee (£28.99) would look great underneath a skinny-cut suit jacket.

If that’s not quite to your tastes, UXA have also released this limited edition Hardcore tee (£28.99) which is testament to the Hardcore punk scene’s New York influences. Both tees are great and I’m looking forward to seeing more designs from this fantastic new company.



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T-shirts from The Affair – Everyone needs a bit on the side

By admin on September 22nd, 2007

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The Affair is a new kid on the block, having recently launched its unique brand of tees in August of this year. While most tee shirt designers on the web are doling out whimsical illustrations of cutesy robots or clever slogans, The Affair is taking a more controversial and, arguably, political stance in respect to their designs.

So "Muslim Jesus" (£25, left) is apparently a "reflection on the futility of religious tolerance", depicting an iconoclastic Jesus formed from clusters of Muslim Crescent Moons, while "Miniluv" (£25, right) is the printed image of 1984′s infamous Ministry of Love building, which I suppose is a commentary on the increasing use of surveillance in the state, and general erosion of our rights.

I’m dubious as to whether these t-shirts are actually intended to convey any meaningful message, perhaps designed to appeal to the pseudo-political – the same sort of people who wear Che Guevara t-shirts but munch their way through Maccy D’s and wear Nike trainers. Either way, I’m actually not that bothered. They’re just two rad t-shirts.



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South Willard cardigan: Only for true knitwear connsoisseurs or those with money to burn

By admin on September 21st, 2007

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This Veronique Branquinho cardigan looks like just a rather smart, if a little standard, piece of knitwear at first glance, an item you could wear to your grandmother’s for Christmas, or to your pipe smoking classes. Or something. But look a little closer and you’ll notice that it has an unusual "outer-mesh" effect that covers the entire cardigan, making for a far superior knit.

This would look fantastic over a lemon yellow or powder green shirt and pair of charcoal slacks. But start saving now if you want it for keeping off the chill this season – the cardy costs over £250!



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Fashion sense or just senseless: Folk peaked balaclava beanie

By admin on September 21st, 2007

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I don’t even know how to begin writing about this oddity. I don’t even know how it works. Apparently, its main function serves as a balaclava with a peak, which is unusual in itself. But what’s even weirder, if it actually is a balaclava and not a sick joke, is that it appears to have been designed for a mouthless cyclops. Shouldn’t there be at least three openings?

What I do like about this creation from Folk is when its in the beanie incarnation, which is quite smart with its little peak. It does look rather cosy. Although, while donning the beanie, I’m not sure if I could burden the awful knowledge that I was actually wearing a deformed, schizophrenic, half-arsed approach to a balaclava at the same time. And for £69? Hmmm… let me know your thoughts on the matter.




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