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CAT S/S 2011

By Laura on April 1st, 2011

The CAT spring summer collection is out pulling inspiration from urban/street wear looks.

This seasons collections included 1904, Urban Utility and Steel Blue. The1904 collection focuses on vintage inspired distressed graphics and fabric appliquéing, which is worked through trucker caps, soft jersey t-shirts and a checked cotton poplin shirt. The colour palette is primarally made up of navy, khaki and creams. On the other hand the Urban Utility collection features bold graphics in block texts in bright reds, gold and violet. Finally there is the Steel Blue collection which focuses solely on denim. Made with 100% cotton, the classic 5 pocket western style is available in slim, original, straight and bootcut.

What do you think of the collection?



Clothing, Competitions And Promotions, features, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

Giveaway: Win two shirts of your choice from t-Lab

By Laura on March 23rd, 2011

We recently came across this great new men’s t-shirt label, t-lab. We loved their distinctive style mixing art, design and popular culture.

The shirts overall have a punchy ‘less is more’ graphic style and rely on the use of strong colours and shapes. We loved how the semi-abstract graphics invite the viewer
to ‘de-code’ the shirt’s message, while clearly drawing influence from music, surfing and skiing.

To top it off all t-lab shirts are made from heavyweight 100% cotton, from suppliers committed to sustainable social and environmental policies.

We liked what the guys over at t-lab were doing so much that Brandish has teamed up with them to give you the chance to win some awesome new swag. To win two t-shirts of your choice simply go check out their site here then leave us a comment or tweet to tell us which shirt is your favourite and why.

The winner will be selected at random on March 31st.



Clothing, Coats & Jackets, Competitions And Promotions, Designer Spotlight, features

Hackett Spring/Summer 2011 collection

By Laura on March 15th, 2011

The quintessentially British label, Hackett have launched their spring/summer 2011 collection. Comprised of four ranges, Hackett have tried to bring a classy sophisticated look to almost every summer event, whether it be a day in the country, a business engagement or just relaxing by the seaside. Although it is quite a traditional collection, I can’t help but love it. There are just so many timeless pieces worth the investment.

The four ranges include the Correspondent collection, which is inspired by “the globetrotting gentleman”, and incorporates light-weight, warm weather suiting and iconic travel garments, such as safari jackets, chinos and macs, with a contemporary cut and style. The Mayfair collection shows off the classic Hackett tailoring combined with knitwear in summery tones of fresh lilac, warm pink and mint green. The collection is a real blend of sophisticated, casual sportswear. The Caribbean collection continues a travel theme with bold colours and prints on cotton and linen trousers, shorts, polos, casual shirts, and swim wear. Finally the Nautical collection comprises of traditional maritime colours, and key pieces including a double-faced navy jacket with red lining, horizontal striped blazers, lightweight white suiting and nautical striped polo shirts.

For those of you who like the sounds of the collection your in luck because to celebrate the launch of the new season collection, Hackett is giving away an essential Hackett beach kit through their Facebook page. Check out their fan page here for all the details.

On a side note I absolutely love the photography for the collection. You can see more images on their Flickr page here



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, features

Bespoken launches nautical inspired line at New York Fashion Week

By Laura on February 23rd, 2011

Bespoken’s menswear collection was presented at New York’s Fashion Week and is creating quite the stir. “The pieces in this collection were inspired by the details of these soldiers’ attire, how they carried themselves through hardship and the natural wear of their tailored goods while working at sea,” they explain. The collection includes nautical pieces like a reversible seaman’s jacket, a sailor shirt and fisherman knits.

Headed by the Fayeds and the Goncalves, two sets of brothers, Bespoken draws from rich sartorial tradition. The Fayed family owns the British clothier Turnbull & Asser, and the brothers have clearly taken advantage of the archives available to them by pulling Victorian era patterns.

Bespoken is headquartered in New York, however the label remains absolutely British.



Brand Spotlight, Clothing, features

Get the Topman Spring Utility look

By Laura on February 13th, 2011

Topman has launched their Spring Utility collection, which offers a modern take on causal work wear.
The collection as it name suggest, draws upon utility styling and heritage influences to modernize classic shapes such as the mac, chino and shirt. The colour pallet is composed of rich tones of tobacco, burgundy and khaki, which gives the pieces a sophisticated feel. I love all the little details of this collection such as the geo-print smart scarf, which really dresses up an otherwise causal look. Check out some of my favourite pieces from the collection below.

Topman Spring Utility collection

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Gallery

Rag & Bone 2011 Fall Collection

By Laura on February 13th, 2011

British design duo Marcus Wainwright and David Neville have just showcased their Fall 2011 collection for the NYC-based label rag & bone. They may be better known for their denim heritage, but as this collection demonstrates they are now attempting to take menswear to a whole new level.

Although I am not sure about some of the styling, there is no denying they have brought both expert tailoring and layering together to create a truly original look. The collection was inspired by photos of the Duke of Windsor, and the designers incorporated an array of tartan plaids onto everything from jackets and suits to quilted shirts and kilts.

Personally I love the eclectic colour palette that is used across everything from wool suits to quilted leggings. This is a risky collection, but that said I think there are a number of really strong pieces – possibly even some of rag & bone’s best yet.

Check out the full collection in the gallery below.

Rag & Bone 2011 Fall Collection

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Clothing

Get The Brighton Rock Look

By Laura on February 5th, 2011

Brighton Rock out in cinemas this week was adapted from Graham Greene’s iconic 1939 novel, and charts the headlong fall of Pinkie, a razor-wielding disadvantaged teenager hell bent on clawing his way up through the ranks of organized crime. At the heart of the story is the anti-hero Pinkie’s relationship with Rose – an apparently innocent young waitress who stumbles on evidence linking Pinkie and his gang to a revenge killing that Pinkie commits. After the murder, Pinkie seduces Rose, first in an effort to find out how much she knows and latterly to ensure she will not talk to the police.

Here at Brandish, we couldn’t help but notice the great Mod fashion through out the new film. From slim wool suits, to classic belted overcoats and trenches, its a look that we hope will make a comeback.
One brand that is doing a particularly good job of reviving the looks is Ede & Ravensroft.

Ede and Ravenscroft are the oldest tailors in London, established in 1689, they have become renowned for their use of high quality fabrics and classic cuts.
Check out our favourite mod inspired looks below.



Brand Spotlight, Clothing, features

Introducing Blanc & Noir

By Laura on January 26th, 2011

While back in Canada over the holidays I discovered this amazing Vancouver-based label, Blanc & Noir. The brain child of Saskatoon-raised Jean Claude LeBlanc, the label focuses on creating timeless looks with a dedication to high-quality production. In fact with the exception of the Italian-made footwear and Japanese selvedge denim, the collection is made almost entirely in Canada.
Their debut collection will be out Fall/Winter 2011so make sure to keep an eye out for it.

Blanc & Noir

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Brand Spotlight, Clothing

Brand Spotlight: Threadless

By Laura on January 18th, 2011

I have always been a big fan of Threadless, although they seem to have slipped of the radar recently. So I decided to pull together so of my favourites from the site to share with you.

For those of you unfamiliar Threadless, go check them out now. They are an online t-shirt company that encourages users to submit their designs to be featured in shirts.

Threadless

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Brand Spotlight, Clothing

River Island Spring/Summer 2011

By Laura on January 18th, 2011

A first look at River Islands Mens Spring Summer 2011 collection has now been released, and we were pleasantly surprised. Despite the fact the high st shop has opted to go with a fairly conservative colour palette, composed primarily of neutral tones with lots of blue denim, they have created a number of strong looks. It also seems as thought they are counting on a warm summer, with lots of tailored shorts included. What did you think of the collection?

River Islands Spring Summer Collection 2011

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Brand Spotlight, Clothing

Topman LTD Collection

By Laura on January 17th, 2011

Another great collection from Topman this season is their LTD line.
LTD is a new concept from the Topman in-house design team which delivers sophisticated, luxe collections with an emphasis on design, detail, fabric and fashion. Inspired by the practical wardrobe of New England Dockyard workers – LTD  focuses on practical work wear, simple uniform looks with a nod to heritage pieces. Authentic naval styling is updated with mixed fabrics, including heavy denims and twills, cotton chambrays with laundered shirtings and cabled knitwear with toggle trims.

Tobacco Artillery Jacket

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With so many waxed and quilted jackets out their this spring, it is refreshing to see something a little different. This artillery poachers jacket has a cord collar and is available for £80



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Topman: Get The U-Bahn Look

By Laura on January 17th, 2011

Topman has really upped their game this season, starting with the recent release of the U-Bahn collection. This look sees catwalk trends inspired by Berlin’s edgy underground scene and pays homage to post-punk. Built on tough sculpted shapes, it is all about creating a fresh silhouette littered with antiqued military detail.

Check out the gallery below, where I have chosen a few pieces that best represent this trend.

The Navy Quilted Hooded Boundry Jacket

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The quilted jacket is everywhere at the moment, but I liked that fact that this one features a hood, perfect for rainy days. It is available for £50



Brand Spotlight, Clothing

Christopher Kane’s Out Of This World collection

By admin on December 9th, 2010

As images from designers Spring Summer 2011 collections start to make their way around the internet there has been one collection that has caught my eye more than others.

British designer Christopher Kane’s SS 2011 collection is comprised of  bold graphics that will literally take you out of this world. The new men’s line features images of big bangs and black holes printed onto t-shirts, knitwear and other pieces. Although this collection is definitely not for everyone, the vibrant designs are a bit of a refreshing change to the typical solid tone menswear were use to seeing.



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The Fair Isle knit: Get the Look

By admin on December 9th, 2010

The past few weeks have seen snow shut down half the country, and unfortunately it is only the beginning of the cold weather. As you know, if you are going to keep warm at this time of year, its all about the layers. From thermals to snoods, they keep you staying warm and staying fashionable. A big trend so far this winter has undeniably been chunky knitwear. Whether it is a jumper or cardigan, some thick knitwear is a great addition to any winter wardrobe. However, there is one style in particular that has lead the trend with both high street stores and premium designers – The Fair Isle knit.

The Fair Isle knitting is technique named after the tiny island of Fair Isle, north of Scotland, between the Shetland and Orkney islands. Traditional Fair Isle refers to any colour work knitting using 2 alternating colours and utilises the traditional patterns of the Shetlands. The technique in recent years has been adapted by designers mixing traditional items and techniques with current trends and themes. However, they still remain true to the vintage and country inspired styles.

Fair Isle knits are a simple and classic way to bring colour and warmth to your winter wardrobe. Whats more, it is a trend that is sure to be around for at least another season, fitting well with the Urban Bohemian trend.

Rock the Fair Isle knits with dark washed jeans, military boots, a chunky scarf and camel trench coat to be right on trend. As things warm up in the spring, pair your sweater with rolled up chinos and boat shoes.

The Fair Isle knit: Designer Look

The Fair Isle knit: Designer Look by Shiny_Laura on Polyvore.com

Paul Smith Jeans fair isle shawl knit, 130 GBP
Thin Finn Black Coated Indigo, $429
Spire Boot, $225
The Fair Isle Knit: High Street Look

The Fair Isle Knit: High Street Look by Shiny_Laura on Polyvore.com

Levi 519 Skinny, 80 GBP
Swear Logan 2 Lace Boot Brown Leather, 100 GBP
Topman Burgandy Shawl Collar Jumper


Clothing, Top Five

Top 5 Ugly Christmas Sweaters

By admin on December 9th, 2010

Amongst my friends and family the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party has become a bit of an institution. My favourite sweater was this great red Christmas tree one, lovingly made by my Grandmother. It featured real working lights attached to its own personal battery pack with various flashing settings…. fortunately I don’t have a picture to share.

In my opinion Christmas just isn’t the same without the ugly sweaters, so I have searched the Internet to bring you 5 of the best ugly Christmas sweaters.




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