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DWS Menswear Sample Sale

By admin on April 18th, 2008

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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.



Designer Spotlight

Stand alone Marc by Marc store to open in London next year

By admin on April 17th, 2008

mbm.jpgRejoice! Everyone’s favourite diffusion line is about to set up fully-owned shop in Europe this year, reaching the UK in early 2009.

Boosted by a 30% year-on-year rise in US revenue, M.b.M. is looking across the Atlantic to Paris and a spot on Place Marché Saint Honoré (conveniently near Collette). Both a women’s and men’s shop will be opening up in the same area, spanning a total of 2,100 sq. ft.

The London store will debut in early 2009, across the road from the existing Marc Jacobs boutique in Mayfair, at 56 South Audley Street.

“Europe is such a different market, but Marc by Marc Jacobs’ sales per square meter is higher than any other retail store in the word, so we’re confident,” says Marc Jacobs president Robert Duffy.

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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 Monocle.com 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.



Designer Spotlight, News

Marc Jacobs interview

By admin on April 17th, 2008

marc_jacobs_page_1_image_0001.jpgMen.Style.com have a great article on Marc Jacobs up where he addresses issue with his shows, his body and accusations of a midlife crisis. His response to the latter is “I don’t feel like I’m in crisis, and I don’t know that it’s the middle of my life”. Fair enough.

While it’s great he’s decided to get fit and all, he does look slightly bizarre – like a regular persons head stickered on top of a picture of a Calvin Klein model. Andy Peters and Gary Rhodes also have this effect and there’s something slightly unsettling about the look of it. Not that I’m knocking them for working out, I’m just saying.

[Picture by Martin Schoeller/Taken from men.style.com]



Designer Spotlight

Henrik Vibskov’s Fantabulous Bicycle Music Factory collection

By admin on April 16th, 2008

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I’ve just stumbled across Henrik Vibskov’s menswear collection and on first glance it’s a bit intimidating but I’m intrigued by the brick print tank top and I love what he’s doing with madras. Individually I think the pieces are really strong and the Aztec/computer game pixellated knits are the height of geek chic.
Shift mag have got an interesting interview with the Danish designer in which he comes across as a genuinely creative and interesting person.

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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 Yoox.com of such poor quality? They make Asos.com’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.



Designer Spotlight, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

Another day, another Fred Perry collaboration…

By admin on April 15th, 2008

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This time it’s a Japan-only release, in tandem with Head Porter. Personally, FP is an iconic brand, despite some arguing it’s been devalued though a ‘high pikey uptake’ – I still think it should be a legal requirement for every boy to go out and get a classic cut polo once they turn 16 or something.

But in their earnest to continue sharing their cultural heritage, maintain the massive popularity in Japan (see above) and keep up with up-and-coming creative talent, it’s all become a bit diluted.

The collaboration lines need to take a look at the quality over quantity ethos of the always-impressive Laurel classics range.



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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Designer Spotlight, Lifestyle & Gadgets, Top Five

Top Five: Euroflash- Masculinity or Insecurity?

By Will Reid on April 14th, 2008

thirt.jpgWith guidebook and ability to say thank-you in tow, I was an innocent tourist. At least that was until I saw him from across the road. The letters emblazoned on his back in plush gold velvet shone with insecurity- “Vagina Lover.” Welcome to testosterone Euroflash-style.

It made me wonder about the power of sexuality through fashion. I’m not talking about the Azzedine Alaia flashing of flesh but the establishing of our own preference (and much more) through what we wear. A recent commentator on men.style claimed that the lowest thing a man could do was wear clothes that could be mistaken for women’s. Does that ban drainpipe denim, skinny scarves and thin knits (all within my wardrobe) from the outfits of the modern man. In my opinion a man of those opinions shouldn’t really be dabbling in the androgynous fashion industry. Read on for a Top Five of Euroflasher War Paint.

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Designer Spotlight, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

Julie Verhoeven Tees for Mulberry

By Will Reid on April 13th, 2008

mulberrytee2.JPGJulie Verhoeven, the artist and fashion-collaboration extraordinaire has designed a set of t-shirts with her illustrations of animals and other strange creatures. Vogue UK reports that Verhoeven’s fun and frivolous tees are in-store now for both guys and girls at £50 each. Verhoeven relays that “the artwork for the T-shirts came about by wanting a little bit of loopyness for springtime and letting loose the Mulberry menagerie of daft animals.” I couldn’t agree more- as seen in previous posts, I am also feeling the pressure of season transition and these are a designer-label colour boost. Wear them with jeans for day or with thin cardigans in berry tones and the Uniqlo chinos for a low-key evening look. Verhoeven’s previous collection for Mulberry, a collection of quilted bags covered with her illustrations, were a disappointment for many but these look fresh and colourful enough to top many a Spring wishlist.
In stores now, £50 each, Pig, Bunny and Cat (left) motifs



Designer Spotlight, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

WISHLIST: River Island Tokyo Tees

By Will Reid on April 11th, 2008

tokyo.JPGLeft to Right; World Tour t-shirt £16.99, Seventh Seal Sun t-shirt £15, Seventh Seal Japan Create £15

Inspired by Isabelle’s talk of thunderstorms and rainclouds at Shiny Towers, I decided to source some foreign-focused fashion for those rainy-day dreams of tropical (and of course warm) destinations.

These t-shirts are (just in case you didn’t notice) based on posters and leaflets around Tokyo. Fashioned from 100% cotton, these could be based on pages from manga comics or, in the case of my fave, vintage propaganda banners shouting “Japan Create!” In bright colours and bold graphics, abandon any sense of gloom and widen your outlook with images of cartoons and lasers.

River Island isn’t exactly famed for being on-trend and it doesn’t pretend to be high fashion but let’s take a lesson from DJ Karl and embrace new things- be it high street or Grand Theft Auto 4.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, News

Fred Perry X Paul Weller

By admin on April 8th, 2008

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Paul Weller and Fred Perry are so deeply linked that you wonder why he hasn’t just gave up the music stuff and just started working for them full time. It’s not like anyone wants to hear a new album from him. This collection of polo shirts, due for release in June, are pretty much what we’ve come to expect from their collaborations, in a good way.

With these shirts, it’s the details that count. The detail on the neck manages to make it stand out whilst still looking like a polo shirt. If you’re absolutely dying to get your hands on these, you can register at the Fred Perry website to get them a full 72 hours before everyone else does.

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight

Whyred finally have an online store

By admin on April 8th, 2008

whyred.jpgWhen did this happen then?

Whyred produced one of the best looking pea coats in the jacket’s 300 year history a couple of seasons ago (FACT.) After ringing everywhere from Sweden to US to find one, and coming back empty handed, I was enraptured to hear they’ve now set up a webstore. Which should make things a lot easier this winter.

Classic Swedish modernist design, Whyred is all about simple shapes and clean lines.

Part of their S/S 08 collection is up available to buy already, including this shawl neck sweater (£135)

This way to the Whyred e-shop…




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