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Dockers Alpha Khakis present: The Blind Barber

By Laura on July 25th, 2011

Dockers have been doing a great job re-brand themselves recently, proving they are no longer just for your dad. The latest product to join their line-up is the Alpha Khaki. To celebrate the launch Dockers have partnered with the New York barbershop, The Blind Barber. Despite the fact they have only been open for a year, they have developed a cult following and are best known for their quality cuts in a subdued lifestyle environment – qualities mirrored by the Dockers.

The Alpha khaki combines aims to combine the sensibilities of denim including a slimmer fit, lower rise and beefier construction with the comfort of khakis. The Alpha features “reinforcement, topstitching and over-lock seaming details, along with some of the dressed-up touches of a more tailored trouser. Similar to a pair of jeans, the ‘Alpha’ is cut from heavier-weight khaki fabrics, specifically selected to wear, wrinkle and age in ways denim would soften and break in over time.”

Expect to see the Alpha in stores from August in 12 different colourways.

Brand Spotlight, Clothing, Coats & Jackets, features

Final Uniqlo +J collection

By Laura on July 25th, 2011

Last month Uniqlo and Jil Sander’s announced that this upcoming fall/winter +J collection will be the last. The two parties have agreed to terminate their relationship which saw the line bring Sander’s classic minimalism to the mass market. As a result there is bound to be plenty of anticipation surrounding the concluding collection, and if the first look is anything to go by, there won’t be any disappointment.

The initial pictures show an interesting combination of traditional tailoring with sportswear. What do you think of the dark jacket paired with a nylon down vests and collared shirts?

Brand Spotlight, Clothing, features, Gallery

Topman LENS 2011 Fall/Winter Collection

By Laura on July 25th, 2011

The weather over the last few weeks has hardly been summer like, so it is some what appropriate that Topman LENS has just unveiled their Fall/Winter 2011 lookbook.
Staring Yannick Abrath and shot by photographer Ben Weller, the collection features a wide range of styles from designers including J.W. Anderson, Dusty, Daniel Jackson, Uniforms for the Dedicated, New Power Studio and Dexter Wong.

We personally like the tailored black suit with plaid shirt the best. Which looks do you like?

Topman LENS 2011 Fall/Winter Collection

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Designer Spotlight, features, Footwear

Jimmy Choo for men launching on Mr. Porter

By Laura on July 5th, 2011

Last December Jimmy Choo announced they were set to launch the brand’s return to footwear. And now after months of waiting, they are finally ready to launch the collection in collaboration with Mr. Porter

Given the months of hype around this new collection, I do wonder if they can possibly live up to the hype. That said if the short film ‘Walking the Line’, they created for the Men’s AW 11 collection is anything to go by, I am going to say – YES!

On a side note I love that the film is set in New York’s High Line park, as I had the chance to visit last week (see picture below). For those not familiar, the High Line was originally constructed in the 1930s, to lift dangerous freight trains off Manhattan’s streets. Recently it has been converted into a beautiful mile-and-a-half-long elevated park, running through the West Side neighborhoods of the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen. If your in New York make sure to check it out.

features, Footwear

Tricker’s Super Boot C Marron

By Laura on July 5th, 2011

In 1829 Joseph Tricker, master shoemaker, founded the company R.E. Tricker Ltd and five generations later his family continues to make beautiful shoes with the skills and service ethics of the past.

Perhaps better known for their classic brogues and oxfords, Tricker’s also produce fashionable, high-quality boots – perfect for fall weather. My favourite has to be the “Super Boot C Marron,” which comes in a clean, wingtip-free dark chestnut brown leather. Set atop a wooden stacked heel and completed with tonal leather laces and minimal stitching. These sleek lace-up boots would look perfect with a good pair of dark denim jeans. The classic British boot is available now for £325 at Present London.

features, Footwear, health, Sports, Sportswear

Get Running – Top five running tips for beginners

By Laura on July 5th, 2011

As many of you know I recently entered to take part in a triathlon…this was a massive deal for me seeing as cycling to work was about as much exercise as I was willing to do.

It’s been a few weeks now and I can officially say exercising isn’t actually as bad as I thought it was. Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way a fitness fanatic now, but have found it is definitely a great way to blow off some steam after a long day in the office.

Seeing as it is only July, there is plenty of time for you to give it a shot… maybe even sign up for a race. So to help you get started in the right direction I wanted to share the running tips the lovely experts at Sports Shoes gave me.

The Kit. Your old tennis trainers just won’t do I’m afraid. The important part of the kit is your running shoes. Ideally you should go to a running specialist to get your gait assessed. The specialists will be able to tell you what shoes are best for you so you avoid injury. Wearing the right clothing will make you more comfortable and help keep you drier and cooler. Find items that aren’t too tight or too baggy and opt for synthetic fibres which help draw moisture aware from the skin.

The Run. If you haven’t run for a while then make sure you start slowly with a mile or so, you might also want to run / walk at intervals. Gradually build up your mileage adding no more than 10% per week. If you’re running in a gym make sure you ask for guidance from staff at the gym.

Keep Hydrated. Hydration is key to your performance as a runner. Making sure that you take lots of water before, during and after your run will stop fatigue, cramping and heatstroke.

Shield Yourself From The Sun. Sunburn can occur after just ten minutes in the sun, even in the UK! While it can be hard to avoid the rays, especially if you’re committed to training, there are things you can do to protect yourself from the ill effects of too much sun: cover up well within loose clothing, sunglasses and a hat. Sunscreen, with both UVA and UVB protection and a factor no lower than 15, should be applied 30 minutes before going out and then generously and regularly throughout the day.

Company. Find a friend to run or train with or join a club – it makes it much more fun and even harder to quit! Investigate the most scenic routes in your area and organise running with friends. Or, if you prefer alone time, treat yourself to some new music on your iPod and save it especially for your training sessions. Finding ways to combine running with your favourite activities will mean you look forward to it all the more!

Weight Target. “I will be a size 10!” or “I’m running the London Marathon” – have a goal. Aim to be a certain size or weight, and put reminders around the house, especially on the fridge door. Summer is a great time for that extra fitness or weight loss push, but you aren’t going to shed stones in just a few days or become a long distance runner overnight. If you’re serious about your goal, build a training programme and stick to it for a good few months! Remember that eating healthily and getting regular exercise is the best way to lose weight and keep in mind other factors when assessing how well you’re doing- has your general mood improved? Are you more lively?

Distance Target. If weight isn’t an issue for you why not sign up for a race, even if it’s just a 5km fun run. Again, having a clear goal is so important, but a deadline makes it that bit clearer and important.

Brand Spotlight, Clothing, features

Port 1961 SS 2012

By Laura on June 23rd, 2011

This past week at Milan fashion week, Ports 1961 showcased their incredible SS 2012 collection.

The second men’s collection from Ports 1961 was very polished and tailored, as one would expect, drawing on the spirit of Classicism. Taking inspiration from the clean forms and elongated silhouettes found in the master-works of Brancusi. The collection focused on a slim and fitted silhouette with elongated double-breasted blazers and sleeveless trench coats of modern and minimal sensibility. There were also a lot of transparent lightweight knits, cotton blends and silks in clinical white, beige, midnight blue and graphic prints.

Check out images from the show below

Port 1961 SS 2012

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Brand Spotlight, Clothing, features

Lyle & Scott A/W 2011 collection

By Laura on June 23rd, 2011

If you live in the UK, you will have no doubt be familiar with Lyle & Scott and their distinctive yellow eagle logo. Lyle & Scott have spent 130 years honing their unique take on British casual sportswear, using traditional materials such as cashmere. The brand that was once synonymous with golfers, has however managed to stay current and their latest collection is no different.

Earlier this week Lyle & Scott got in touch with Brandish to give us a sneak peak at the A/W collection. We love the preppy knits combined with a street-savvy urbanite style.

Check out the collection below

Lyle & Scott A/W collection

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Brand Spotlight, Clothing, features, Gallery

PRESENT London Summer 2011 Collection

By Laura on June 19th, 2011

A few months ago I stumbled into the amazing Present store in Shoreditch, and quickly fell in love with their collection.

That love was totally reignited when I saw their lookbook which highlights their current summer 2011 collection. As the release says “The Knitwear is produced in Scotland using local wools complemented by handmade Shirting produced using the finest British Textiles. This edition of garments are produced in limited numbers, exclusively for the PRESENT store.”

If your in Shoreditch pop in and check it out (their coffee is pretty amazing too) otherwise you can check out their collection here

PRESENT London Summer 2011 Collection

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Coats & Jackets, features

The F.S.C Spring Ventile Parka

By Laura on June 19th, 2011

Unfortunately there is still no summer in sight for us here in the UK. So while some of you are probably enjoying the sun, we are contending with rain. In this weather it is always hard to figure out what to wear. Jackets are very much a necessity, but many are too bulky or warm.

That is why I love the “Spring Ventile Parka” from F.S.C. The jacket is completely water resistant yet doesn’t look like you are about to hike up a mountain. Perfect for city wear and sporadic weather conditions. The jacket features “6 external pockets” with “genuine corozo buttons,” and is all handmade in New York City.

You can pick up the jacket here for $482 or approx £297

Brand Spotlight, Celeb style, Clothing, features, Gallery

Burberry Autumn 2011 Campaign Looks

By Laura on June 19th, 2011

It hardly feels as though we have had a summer, but Burberry have already unveiled their Autumn 2011 campaign looks.

Featuring a number of British actors, models and musicians, Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey, stated he was “inspired by iconic British portraits and our own archive campaigns from the late 1960s of Jean Shrimpton using her trench coat to shelter herself from the poetic and romantic British weather.”

What do you think?

Burberry Autumn 2011 Campaign Looks

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features, Footwear

Going Japanese with Onitsuka Tiger Kobe collection

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on June 16th, 2011

Originally established in the Japanese city of Kobe, Onitsuka Tiger is returning to its roots with the new Kobe Collection. Made of the finest quality, these trainers are made from the world famous Kobe leather and are subtly embellished with the tiger stripes.

The Fabre BL-L DX Kobe

The Fabre BL-L is the high top version of the BL-S Basketball shoe. Finished in the finest Kobe leather with subtle stripe detailing underlining the premium nature of this product.

Comes in light brown in sizes 4-13 for £120.00.

Kohaku DX Kobe

Meaning ‘amber’ in Japanese, the Kohaku is a new style for this season and is based on the classic shaping of basketball shoes. Again, finest Kobe leather and a subtle Tiger Head logo on the collar make for a very premium execution.

Comes in black in sizes 4-13 for £130.00.

Mexico Midrunner DX Kobe

The Mexico Midrunner DX combines the sleek and sophisticated look of the Mexico DX and the unique appeal of the high top. Finished here in premium Kobe Leather.

Comes in brown in sizes 4-13 for £140.00.

The styles sadly won’t be available until early Autumn – but we can’t wait!

Check out for stockist details.

Accessories, features, sunglasses

TOMs launch eyewear collection

By Laura on June 13th, 2011

TOMs have just expanded their charity-meets-commerce business model, to included sunglasses…and we here at Brandish can’t get enough. Continuing their tradition of one-for-one, they will be offering assistance to people in need of ocular surgery, reading glasses or sunglasses. The collection includes two different styles one clearly Wayfarer-inspired, the other a wire-framed aviator. So if you need a pair of new sunglasses make sure to check out TOMs.

features, Sportswear, Underwear & Swimwear

Get ready to hit the pool with Orlebar Brown

By Laura on June 6th, 2011

With the summer only a few weeks away, it is time to dig out your swim trunks and hit the closest lido.

However, if like us you need a new pair make sure to check out one of our favourite swim trunk brands, Orlebar Brown. The swim trunks come in a variety of lengths (including some very short shorts for those of you who want to show a little extra skin) as well as a great selection of vibrant colours and patterns. Shorts start at £125 and are available here.

features, health, Sports

7 tips for training for a triathlon

By Laura on June 6th, 2011

Triathlon season is here and as those of you who follow us on Twitter will know I have signed up to compete in my first one next month.

Seeing as I couldn’t remember the last time I went to the gym, I decided to ask Dr Ralph Rogers from the London Orthopaedic Clinic for some top triathlon training tips. Dr Rogers is a consultant in sports & musculoskeletal medicine, specialising in soft tissue injuries, human performance, wellness and weight management. If you are training for a triathlon, marathon or just want to start exercising more read on!

1. Know what you’re signing up for – See your GP for a full check-up before undertaking any new exercise regime.

2. Increase exercise gradually – Never increase the duration or intensity of your regular exercise session by more than 10 per cent each week.

3. Prepare your body accordingly – Stretching and incorporate weight training to help muscles build strength.

4. Check your equipment – Ensuring equipment such as bike seats and even running shoes to be in good condition and suitable for the level you are training at.

5. Don’t over-do it – over-exertion and constant repetition can cause injury.

6. Recognise symptoms – it is essential to learn to recognise symptoms of various injuries and allow sufficient time to rest.

7. Typical triathlete injuries include -

‘Swimmer’s shoulder’ – swimming, especially freestyle, causes the shoulder to undergo repetitive overhead motion which may compromise microvasculature in the rotator cuff. This repeated micro trauma can result in the development of an inflammatory response and ultimately pain. Symptoms usually are reported as pain at the shoulder during the late recovery phase and early catch phase of your stroke.

‘Runner’s Knee’ (Chondromalacia Patella) – to prevent this common injury avoid hill climbs in both cycling and running, try riding higher in the saddle, and use strength training. ‘

Achilles Tendonitis’ – causing pain in posterior calf and insertion point on the heel. Overuse injury with symptoms often coming after an increase in volume, intensity, too much hill training, or poor equipment set-up.

To find out more about the London Orthopaedic Clinic check out their website here.

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