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The return of the Stripey Jumper – and our favourites

By Stefano on March 25th, 2013

Ben Shermans Retro Stripe - £60

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Astral blue 60’s Breton inspired stripe from BEN SHERMAN. Ribbed crew neck and hem, finished with a Indie colour pop cuff trim. Ben Sherman signature tab to left sleeve. Atom Retro

It’s usually around this time of year when we see the high street desperately trying to shift from gloomy winter warmers, to a lighter and brighter spring look. And typically this is usually cue for the humble stripe to make an entrance, often manifesting itself in the form of the classic nautical stripe, and not-forgetting the obligatory Breton stripy jumper – a familiar sight spotted at Saturday farmers market everywhere…

But, good news for lovers of this hooped pattern variety – the stripe is back BIG time this season, and in more elaborate guises from: Humbug to contrasting colour block stripes. Check out our selection of striped jumpers ready for the picking.



Clothing, knitwear, Style Safari

Style Safari: Ben Sherman Plectrum Cardigan

By Stefano on January 17th, 2013

One way to beat off the cold is to invest  in a seriously heavyweight lambswool cardigan like this gem from Ben Sherman. The Plectrum Cardigan is Porcelain White with black flecks, is made from super warm lambswool – with a little nylon and is a regular fit.

It features a shawl collar and through zip front and is finished with contrasting patch pockets and ribbed cuffs and hem.

it has just landed in the Ben Sherman online store and sells for £175.



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John Smedley adds new Jumpers and Polo Shirts to its sales sites

By Stefano on January 7th, 2013

English label John Smedley, who might just be our favourite knitwear maker ever, have added a load of new jumpers and polo shirts to its sale site.

You’ll need to register to get in, but once you do there is a selection of very striking round and V neck sweaters in its sale reduced for £75 to just £40. The colours are very spring/early summer and include Nocturne (kind of purpley blue), Almond (a beige/white mix) and Dove Blue (which is classic light blue).

There are also some polo type shirts in the sale reduced in price by around 45% to around the £50 mark. There are long and short sleeved shirts available. The short sleeved ones are made from Merino Wool, while the long sleeved shirts from Sea Island Cotton.

As ever you’ll have to move quickly.



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Style Safari: ASOS’s stripey jumper £22

By Stefano on January 3rd, 2013

Want to look like Brian Jones in the mid 60s. Well personally I’d have trouble growing out a shaggy mop of blonde hair, but I can at least get the stripey jumper. It appears that Rugby style stripey sweaters are making a bit of a comeback with several stores including Gap offering them (and they are in the sale too).

Now ASOS has just unveiled its take on the classic . This is a 100% cotton block stripe crew neck in navy and white that comes with this season’s must-have elbow patches (can’t believe I have just written that). It retails very cheaply at £22.

If that’s no good and you want something more 60s then Atom Retro has a good selection too.



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Still wearing your Christmas Jumper? Why you should wear it all winter long

By Stefano on December 30th, 2012

Patterned jumpers have been, to use the parlance, on trend since about 2010, but this year they finally hit the mainstream and every high street store had a range. Even the BBC noted the fashion and published a very sweet article examining the reasons why it is now de rigeur for a bloke to liven up at least one Christmas party with knitwear festooned with reindeers and santas.

Bizarrely metal bands got in on the trend. One of Brandish’s most popular posts this winter was the story about Slayer offering their own xmas jumper and the fact that it sold out within a few hours of it hitting their site.

So Christmas jumpers are great. But are they the contemporary version of the Homer Simpson tie? Great for a festive gathering too but destined for  the back of wardrobe once the Brussels Sprouts have gone hard?

Well much depends on your definition of Christmas jumper. If we are being fundamentalist about it Christmas jumpers should be fairly lurid, think bright green and red, or an odd shade of blue and should have at the very least an image of Santa, a reindeer or two or a sprig of mistletoe. It should be a serious chunky knit too – preferably home made by an elderly relative who has spent half a year creating it. Think the natty threads so wonderfully sported by Colin Firth in The Bridget Jones first movie.

In reality though many so called Christmas Jumpers are actually just patterned jumpers or Fairisle jumpers or even Nordic influenced jumpers and it is these that have been all over the stores recently.

So why have we suddenly got crazy about patterned knitwear. Part of it stems from the fact that the first people wearing patterned jumpers were hipsters who may have been wearing them in a (sighs) ironic way. What better  item to team up with your yellow twisty chinos than a bright patterned jumper? It pretty much says that you are so cool you really can wear what you like. This might work for 20 something Dalston-ites but if you are approaching your 30s and beyond you might want  to think twice about what exactly constitutes a statement jumper.

Fortunately you are in luck for as time has gone by there has also been a revival in Fairisle jumpers and our current obsession with Scandi TV has heightened the profile of Nordic jumpers.

So here then is a quick guide to patterned jumpers. I’d leave the reindeer at home, but most patterned jumpers are great for all winter long.

Classic Christmas jumper

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One for the wardrobe on December 26th

 



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John Smedley in massive jumper/cardigan sale

By Stefano on December 28th, 2012

If you have never visited John Smedley’s discount store right next to their factory in Derbyshire you really should. They have lots of end of line items, slight seconds and more at very very cheap prices.

If you live a million miles from Derbyshire and still want to grab one of their wonderful sea island cotton cardigans or extra fine merino wool jumpers then you need to become a member of the brand’s discount scheme.

Every few weeks they have a new sale and the one that is going on at the moment includes some classic styles. You’ll have to move quickly as they only have limited stock left, but there’s a selection of Sea Island Cotton cardigans for sale all at half price-ish £50 rather than £95. The brand is also offering a selection of roll neck jumpers down from £85 to £42.

At their main site a load of knitwear is in the sale. Merino Wool jumpers and cardigans are retailing for around £100 which is a third off their original retail price. I have had my eye on this for some time.

Every man should own at least one John Smedley jumper.



Accessories, hats, knitwear

Brandish Christmas list #15 Albam Breton Stripe hat £49.99

By Stefano on December 20th, 2012

Christmas is almost upon us so this is the last post in this series, but it is a good one. This year we have become big fans of the range of menswear from Albam. The company has its roots in Nottingham but also has a four stores in London now.

If you are quick you might finds this rather lovely Breton stripey hat. It is available in four colours including a very striking (and on trend) black and white. Ideally I’d like mine in red and white (think of the potential footy fans you might you might tempt guys, and it would match this too) but this, which is made in Scotland from high quality Merino wool, would make some one a very lovely present.

Check out the rest of their range, including some superb coats and blazers, here.



Clothing, knitwear

Fred Perry Winter sale kicks off

By Stefano on December 20th, 2012

Heritage brand Fred Perry has had a really good year courtesy of some high profile tie-ups.

If you fancy one of their polo shirts, or anything else for that matter, now is a very good time as the company has just started its winter sale.

Pictured is the £45 (down from £55) Slim Fit Twin Tipped Fred Perry Shirt, which has the company’s trademark twin tipping which runs across a slightly smaller collar and each cuff. It is also a slimmer fit and available in a variety of colours.

There are also stripey polo shirts, long sleeve polo shirts, check shirts T shirts and this rather striking £94.95 Fairisle lambswool jumper. Most are discounted by around 10-25%.



Clothing, knitwear

Last minute Christmas panic? Seven cool jumpers some of which are now in the sale

By Stefano on December 18th, 2012

Lambretta Birds-eye Diamond Crew £65

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Rather smart navy and white Retro crew neck jumper from Lambretta. Comes with Vintage textured birdseye effect to the oversized Sixties Mod Argyle pattern. Lambretta

Not bought that Christmas jumper for the man you love yet? Or maybe your are a bloke who wants some new knitwear to help you face the sleet, snow and driving rain that is coming next month?

Here are few suggestions, some of which are in the sale.

 



Accessories, knitwear

Brandish Christmas List #12 Atom Retro Stripey College Scarf

By Stefano on December 7th, 2012

Just in time for Christmas, our favourite vintage store Atom Retro has just taken delivery of a whole load of stripey college scarves.

They are available in ten different colours, cost £34.99,  and we are especially fond of this one (above), the green one and the red one (below).

Stripey scarves really took off in the 1950s and have remained a Winter staple ever since. These ones are wool knitted scarves with a polyester polar fleece on the reverse.

If you don’t fancy one of these this is another favourite as is this from the lovable Scottish indie pop band.



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The Nordic invasion: Why Scandinavian brands are rising in popularity among British men

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on December 6th, 2012

Menswear has traditionally taken a background role in the world of fashion, letting women mode reign the catwalks, column inches and shopping baskets. But over the last couple of years something has been brewing and these days menswear is as interesting – if not more – than the apparel made for women.

Leading the leading the pack are brands that come from the North – no not Newcastle, not even Scotland. We’re talking about brands that hail from the Nordic countries, the countries of snow, darkness and ingenuity. But why is Scandinavian menswear proving so popular on the isles known for their traditions?

Why are Scandinavian brands so popular among British men?

Anyone who has spent some time scouring the high street and internet for interesting menswear will have taken note of brands from Denmark, Norway and especially Sweden.

As a born and raised Scandinavian who is now living the life of an expat in my adopted home town of London – a modern day Viking, without the violence – it is fascinating to see the Scandi influence on British menswear these days. I won’t go into much detail about how amazing Scandinavian culture, lifestyle and designs are as this could be considered rude of me (but they really are).

But something of the Nordic minimalistic design has captured the interest of British men. Perhaps it is the focus on functionality (never underestimate the power of the humble fleece jacket when it’s minus 25 degrees outside!), as knitwear and weatherproof garments are seeing yet another season of popularity, combined with style and comfort.

The Scandinavian way of life

Of course the influx of Nordic flavour in all areas of life in recent years will have helped put the Norse firmly on the map: TV shows (The Killing!), furniture and housewares (Ikea is a favourite), music (think First Aid Kit and Sigur Ros), and not to forget the food and drink (meatballs, salmon, reindeer, sickly sweet cider).

It also helps that the hipsters and stylish geeks in London (and other cities) have embraced what us Norse consider practical mountain wear to be part of their uniform. Who doesn’t like a Fjellraven backpack for city hiking to the summit (read: riding a fixie bike to Dalston).

Whatever the reason is, as a Scandi expat, one thing is certain: Britain is starting to feel (even more) like home…

If you’re after some inspiration on which Scandinavian brands to include in your wardrobe, check out the gallery below. Just be warned, as with most Scandinavian things they also come with the price tag to match.

Acne

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Pamuk blue sweater. Available from Acne for £240

 

 

 



Accessories, knitwear

Brandish Christmas List #11 Sarah Elwick Tube Scarf

By Stefano on December 4th, 2012

If you have been on your bike in the last few days you’ll know that is getting a tad wintry. One way to ensure that at least part of you stays warm and toasty on your journey is to invest in a tube scarf, and we especially like this range from Sarah Elwick.

They are Unisex striped charcoal grey merino tube scarf that are available in choice of either burgundy or navy stripes.

Merino wool is rather good for scarves as it is soft enough to keep your neck very comfortable but also can be machine washed – unlike cashmere which requires dry cleaning. The tubescarves are all 60cm in length, and comes in two head circumference sizes, either standard: 48cm circumference, or large 52cm. They cost £44.



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Stocking fillers – five jumpers for under £30

By Stefano on November 26th, 2012

We haven’t had a jumper post on this website for a day or two now, which is odd because as John Lewis email pointed out this morning it is only 29 sleeps until Christmas.

Round about now the great jumper sale begins with high street brands traditionally slashing prices in a bid to piss off people who did their Christmas shopping early tempt us to finally buy the knitwear that first caught our eye in September.

Even without the price cutting though there are however a few rather decent sub £30 jumpers that we would take a punt on, and here are five of them.

The massive downsides of cheap jumpers are 1 If they are mainly acrylic then they can be a bit scratchy to wear. 2 If they are cheap wool or wool mix they don’t tend to wash too well and may be out of shape by the time you pull the Christmas tree down.

The massive upside is that you can wear them with pride over the festive season (and in the snow that is inevitably going to hit the UK in December) and they are cheap as chips.

If you have a bit more budget check out these Cashmere, Classic and Statement jumpers.

Burton's Skier Blue £30

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If you aren't put off by the tag 100% acrylic then this Burton's jumper has a suitably cheery skier motif. Also available in grey.

Stockists

Burton’s

River Island

H&M

Atom Retro BJ

ASOS



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Brandish Christmas List #7 Slayer Christmas Jumper

By Stefano on November 21st, 2012

There are a few notable exceptions, but rock band’s merch tends to be of the cheap and tacky variety. Sure the odd band t-shirt can look amazing, but the rest of the range – no ta. And you can treble that rule when it comes to metal bands.

The exception that proves the rule though is Slayer who have just unveiled the band’s Christmas jumper and to borrow parlance from our stateside cousins, it looks awesome. Finished in red and black with the band’s logo and trademark skulls it is sure to get your grandma choking on her Christmas pudding this year.

Anyhow it has proved so popular that it sold out and the bands are now waiting for new stocks to arrive.

It is here and yours for £49.99. Now if only it were available in Cashmere…

 



Accessories, knitwear

How to wear a scarf – and ten you’d look great in

By Stefano on November 20th, 2012

In Winter, at least, the obvious purpose of a scarf is to keep your neck warm, but sartorially speaking a scarf has a multitude of uses from adding a splash of colour to an otherwise slightly dull suit through to adding a degree of formality to casual clothes.

Personally I am a die-hard stripey or houndstooth scar wearer. They can look superb when contrasted with plain knitwear – like a decent Merino or Cashmere jumper. You can buy stripeys everywhere from high street stores to the real thing – college scarves which these days are more likely to be found in vintage stores than charity shops.

A chunky scarf adds texture to your outfit, as does a lively pattern. A scarf can also be a block of colour which livens up your outfit (take note suit wearers!), be aware of the colour of your coat because generally speaking, the brighter the colour the worse it looks with black. Think of fuchsia or neon yellow with black; they could both look tacky unless done well. Choose a shade which is more unexpected think pumpkin, cobalt blue or forest green. Pick the right colour and it’ll liven up your winter complexion too!

Using your scarf as the finishing touch to a certain outfit works really well, think of Terry Thomas‘ silk scarves, they add a dose of panache to his look. Tootal has been kitting out well-heeled gentlemen in scarves for decades so they are a good place to start. If you have a bit more budget then Drake’s is the brand for silk scarves.

Don’t forget Savile Rogue too. It has been making Cahsmere footy type scarves for a while now and they are very classy – think Roberto Manicini more than Neil Warnock…

Anyhow here are a few for you to look at

Ocabini Cashmere Stripe £50

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Links

J Crew Tassell

Drake’s Polka Dot

Ocabini stripey

Free Authority Houndstooth

Tootal Microlite Polka Dot

Luke 1977 Polka Dot

Excellent Scarf

Ben Sherman Plectrum College

Savile Rogue




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