Top 10 Pantone Inspired Gifts For This Holiday Season

Pantone has been defining pigments for almost 50 years, and sets industry standards in colour. Its matching systems and guides are essential for designers and artists for referencing and producing the precise hue, tint or shade. In addition to their colour guides they also have a whole range of products inspired by the now infamous coloured chips. So if you …

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LauraTop 10 Pantone Inspired Gifts For This Holiday Season

Lomo Pearl Blue and Red Fisheye Packs.

At Colette you can find two new colourways of red and pearl blue for the now famous (infamous?) Lomo Fisheye camera. Giving Urban Outfitters a run for their money with their Lomography range, Colette have also collaborated in a limited edition Diana F which you can find on their website.

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ThomasHewetsonLomo Pearl Blue and Red Fisheye Packs.

Lomography DigitaLIZA 35mm Scanning Mask

Lomography have just announced the release of the it’s new 35mm Scanning Mask. See the how to video to find out more and check out the microsite on their website for further information. From shooting to the final picture: A DigitaLIZA adventure from Lomography on Vimeo.

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The Apple iPhone 4 Is Announced.

Unveiled today was the iPhone 4. Without getting into too much detail, here is the specifications. Just 9.3mm thick Glass front and back with antenna built into side 25% thinner than the iPhone 3GS 5MB Camera with LED flash in the back 5x digital zoom Front-facing camera for video calling 960 x 640 pixels on 3.5 inch display Uses same …

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Cote et Ciel Laptop Sleeve.

Just arriving at Oki-Ni, these Cote et Ciel laptop sleeves, designed to meet the specifications of Macs come in 13 and 15 inch variations and also a size to fit the Macbook Air. At a good price of £29 it’s rare to find a laptop sleeve that is actually stylish.

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ThomasHewetsonCote et Ciel Laptop Sleeve.

iPad Keyboard.

Any concerns you had about purchasing the iPad with the release date here in the UK coming ever closer should be banished with the arrival of the iPad keyboard. Although the touch screen keypad should be enough, when not on the move it’s going to make typing a whole lot easier.

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iPad Release Date Announced.

Apple have announced that the iPad will become available in Britain on the 28th of May and the 16GB WiFi model shall retail at £429. I was in New York a few weeks ago and played around with one in the Apple shop and it is actually amazing. It fills a space in your tech life which you didn’t know …

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ThomasHewetsoniPad Release Date Announced.

Monster Cable Special Edition On-Ear Headphones.

A portion of the profits from these special edition headphones will help fund the fight against AIDS, so you are not only are you getting some fantastic headphones, but are helping out. They also feature ‘Monster ControlTalk™ for iPod® playback control and iPhone™/music phone hands-free calling.’Available from Colette for €249

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ThomasHewetsonMonster Cable Special Edition On-Ear Headphones.

Apple iPad: the ultimate gadget?

Is this the most desirable gadget ever? Certainly Apple hopes so. After much speculation and rumour-mongering, Apple has finally unveiled its tablet device, called obviously the iPad. Much like a giant iPhone, it has a huge touchscreen and a ton of apps running on an updated iPhone operating system. Prices start from a staggeringly affordable $499 (£309) up to $829 …

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Gallery: Stylish DAB radios

Fed up listening to the same old boring radio stations? Then now may be the time to consider replacing your old kitchen/bathroom radio with a new DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting model) so you can tune into stations like Radio1 Extra and Radio6.

Sound quality has improved considerably and there’s now more choice of stylish-looking models than ever before. Here we look at some of the latest portable models on the market, though alternatively you can now get DAB-based hi-fi systems and stand alone receivers. For more information about digital radio go to Get Digital Radio.

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Lambretta launches Quadrophenia bike

Must confess I’m not a big fan of bikes or the goddam ridiculous gear cyclists wear while jumping red lights or ignoring zebra crossings. But this retro-chic Lambretta would be enough to get me back on two wheels cruising the streets of Brighton in my Sta-Press trousers rather than Lycra of course.

Brought to you by Fisher Outdoor Leisure, the world’s first Lambretta Bicicletta (Li126) is modelled on the Lambretta driven by Jimmy in cult film Quadrophenia and will be launched to the public at the London Cycle Show 2009 at Earls Court, 8-11 October.

Every one of the 500 £599 limited edition models is individually numbered and comes with its own certificate of authenticity. Rather fittingly number 1 of this limited edition model is owned by the self-styled ‘modfather’ himself, Mr Paul Weller.

Comments Fisher Outdoor CEO Richard Allmark: “We are very excited to be launching the Li126 Lambretta Bicicletta. We are huge fans of Lambretta, and as such have been faithful in our efforts to create a bicycle with style and class, that is in keeping with the brand heritage.”

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Wear your art on your ears: WESC’s artful headphones

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Headphones are essential to life in London. How else can you survive bus journeys wedged in beside heavy breathing Giant Haystacks or avoid the life history of the mobile phone pest behind you? And now your headphones can match not only your outfit but also that glorious podcast you’re listening to now that music is essentially free.

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Yay or Nay: CrapWrap by Firebox.com

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“Bored of perfectly folded paper and exquisitely tied ribbon? Fancy adding a more ‘personal’ touch this year? Then why not have your Christmas presents CrapWrapped™ at Firebox. This exclusive, uniquely shoddy gift wrapping option involves us wrapping your pressies in a slapdash fashion. “

The Daily Mail reports that Firebox.com is paying “20 of its male forklift truck drivers and warehouse assistants to wrap presents as quickly as possible, using ugly brown duct tape and very little care” for their latest ‘CrapWrap’ service. The service has proved popular with over 500 Firebox customers after only a week of its launch but what do you think?

Is it a bit stereotypical to say that all men are bad at wrapping or do you agree with Geraldine James, buying manager for Christmas gifts at Selfridges, who states that “men are perfectly capable of wrapping presents beautifully. They choose to pretend they can’t so they don’t have to do it.”

Vote ‘Yay or Nay’ to the service after the jump!

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Present Tense: Gifts for a luxe Christmas

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Aspirational present ideas for your friends and loved ones, there is nothing more luxe than carrying a nifty china version of a disposable coffee cup and it’s eco-friendly to boot. A bow tie spruces up a simple shirt no end and the Topman Fairisle scarf is a lot cheaper than it looks.

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AskMen.com Gives Us “Shaving Tips From Moroccan Street Shavers”

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AskMen.com has recently proved to be a good source of interesting and insightful fashion features (at least once you’ve clicked through such literary gems as “Is a 3-some really worth it?” and an “Is Britney actually Hot?” poll.) A look at their Fashion section resulted in me reading a great article by P.A Parfond, the site’s weekly fashion correspondent, entitled “Shaving Tips From Moroccan Street Shavers.”

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Will ReidAskMen.com Gives Us “Shaving Tips From Moroccan Street Shavers”

Men.Style- ‘The Ultimate Party Guide’ by The Upgrader

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Men.Style is great for tongue-in-cheek features and their
is not only perfectly-timed but a great read and (just to add some sense of validity to this post,) a good laugh. The feature aims to make you “a legendary host” and the site has got a few of America’s most refined movers ‘n’ shakers on-board to add their two pence to the Christmas-party-nightmare cup.

If you are planning to throw a party and you really hope it lives up to the obviously high-expectations of those who actually enjoy Christmas (which I hope is all Brandish readers!) then you have to read the full run-down of the guide after the jump!

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Will ReidMen.Style- ‘The Ultimate Party Guide’ by The Upgrader