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Grooming, News

Toni&Guy: Tweet back and sides as hairdressing salons get free Wi-Fi

By Gerald Lynch on November 1st, 2012

Would you rather be sending a tweet or checking your email than be telling your hairdresser about your holiday plans? Hairstyling chain Toni&Guy get this and have teamed up with O2 to offer all their customers free in-store Wi-Fi across every branch.

Toni&Guy’s 1.5million UK customers will be able to browse the web, watch videos and access social networking sites for free, letting them post a picture of their new do to Facebook while still in the chair without eating into mobile data plan allowances.

The free service will require a single one-time sign up process, which will then allow customers to automatically connect to every Toni&Guy Wi-Fi network in the country once in range.

The sign up process will also let customers connect to other brands’ networks that use O2′s free Wi-Fi service, including Debenhams, McDonald’s, Costa, Fuller’s pubs, House of Fraser, All Bar One and Café Rouge.

Ben Mein, commercial director for O2 Wifi, said:

“Hair and beauty salons are a new context for Wi-Fi and we are immensely pleased to partner with Toni & Guy given the quality and size of the audience that will be using the service. Their customers’ lifestyles mean many are time-poor so the 90 minutes to themselves is prized and, with a high penetration of smart devices, this creates a perfect opportunity for O2 Wifi and Toni & Guy to engage and enrich that experience through unique content.

“As demonstrated by the way O2 Wifi has changed the market with a truly free and open Wi-Fi service to consumers, we share the same philosophy with Toni & Guy and it will be exciting to see how we develop the relationship.”



News, Watches

Eric Clapton’s ultra-rare Patek Philippe 2499 wristwatch is up for auction

By Gerald Lynch on October 30th, 2012

The Patek Philippe 2499 is like the Holy Grail of wristwatches, the sort of timepiece enthusiasts would happily dive in-front of marauding boulder, Indiana Jones style, in order to acquire. Perhaps the rarest wristwatch in the world, and also regarded by many experts as the finest ever made too, it’s about to go up for sale at Christies in Geneva on November 12th, something few believed would ever happen.

Like all great antiquities, the story of the Patek Philippe 2499 is an intriguing one. One of only a pair ever made back in 1989 at the personal request of Patek owner and former brand president Philipe Stern (the other sits in the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva), it was never intended to be sold, but fell into the hands of an unknown-private collector, thought never to be seen again.

But that collector is now parting with his ultra-valuable wristwatch. And that collector happens to be rock ‘n’ roll legend Eric Clapton, adding a priceless element of mystique to an already exquisite item.

This is before you even consider the quality of the watch itself. A Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph (Reference 2499) cased in platinum, the most valuable metal in the world, it’s considered the finest watch from the world’s best wristwatch manufacturer at the height of their powers.

It’s therefore a watch sale quite unlike any other.

So what should you expect to pay for a unique slice of design history? Somewhere between  £1.5 million and £3 million are the current conservative estimates.



News

Lacoste bought up by Swiss Maus Freres Group

By Gerald Lynch on October 29th, 2012

 

Sportswear brand Lacoste have been bought out by the Maus Freres Group. The Swiss investors already held a 35% stake in the brand, and are now majority holders by buying up an additional 30.3% stake. The move values the French fashion line at somewhere between  1.0 billion and 1.25 billion euros ($1.29-$1.62 billion).

The sale comes courtesy of a group of family shareholders, including former chairman and chief executive Michael Lacoste, son of brand-founder Rene Lacoste. This has once again ignited growing speculation that a family rift over the direction of the brand is causing tension.

It is believed that Michael Lacoste is at loggerheads with his own daughter, Sophie Lacoste-Dournel, with the parent opposing his daughter’s ascension to the position of non-executive chairman in September.

Michael Lacoste claims that Maus, who have three voting members on the company board, had convinced part of the Lacoste family to form an alliance, wrestling control of the brand away from him.

Maus Freres Group owns department stores and home-improvement outlets in their native land of Switzerland and are a large distributor of clothing brands. The group claim that the purchase secures the future of the brand for the foreseeable future, ensuring employees retain their jobs during tough economic times.



Celeb style, Grooming, News

Arnold Schwarzenegger sports hipster crew cut for new action flick “Ten”

By Gerald Lynch on October 26th, 2012

What do you think of when someone says to you “Arnold Schwarzenegger?” I think of a man fist-fighting with the Predator, an amnesiac on Mars on a mission to “give this people der air” (sic), a time travelling robot assassin who knows now why you cry, though it’s something he can never do.

What definitely does not spring to mind when I think of the muscle-bound ageing Austrian action star are fashionable hair cuts:

But that’s just what Arnie looks to be sporting in his upcoming action/horror flick “Ten“. A short back and sides crew cut quiff number, the Governator looks a bit like a roid-rage TinTin.

Not sure how much that’s going to help his character in the film, which sounds much like an urban Predator (which would be just Predator 2 we guess, sans Danny Glover?); DEA agent Arnie sees his crack team one by one knocked off. Are they all hits from the Cartel, or is a supernatural force at work?

Expect supporting cast members Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Malin Akerman and Olivia Williams to all die horrible deaths.

In other Arnie news, we may be seeing Schwarzenegger return to the Conan the Barbarian role which first brought him silver-screen fame back in 1982. “Conan the Legend“, to be produced by Chris Morgan, would discount the woeful Conan the Destroyer and recent Jason Momoa remake and deliver on the promise of “another story for another time” that concludes the original movie, with Conan sitting as king upon a throne, purveying his conquests.

Morgan says

After the original seminal movie, all that came after looked silly to me. Robert E. Howard’s mythology and some great philosophy from Nietzsche to Atilla the Hun was layered in the original film. People say, he didn’t speak for the first 20 minutes of the film, but that was calculated in depicting this man who takes control of life with his own hand. This movie picks up Conan where Arnold is now in his life, and we will be able to use the fact that he has aged in this story. I love the property of Conan so much that I wouldn’t touch it unless we came up with something worthy. We think this is a worthy successor to the original film. Think of this as Conan’s Unforgiven.

There’s been a struggle to get the film made so far, with Morgan tempted to do his own screenplay to get the ball rolling. With his only notable writing credit having been The Fast and The Furious 5, we sincerely hope someone else gets there first.



Accessories, Denim, features, Jeans & Trousers, News

Levi’s go green with WasteLess S/S13 jeans collection

By Gerald Lynch on October 18th, 2012

Green is the new black over at Levi’s, who’ve just revealed the WasteLess jeans range for Spring/Summer 2013. Revealed at a slick launch bash at London’s Farmiloe Building in Farringdon, Brandish went down for a sneak peak at the new eco-freindly denims.

Each pair of Levi’s WasteLess jeans is made from a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycled content, roughly 12 to 20 ounces per pair. The bulk of this will be made from recycled plastic bottles, be they clear, green or brown. Turn the jean’s inside out and the inner shade reveals what sort of bottles went into making your slacks.

“From the beginning, we have designed our products with purpose and intent. By adding value to waste, we hope to change the way people think about recycling, ultimately incentivizing them to do more of it,” said James Curleigh, global president of the Levi’s brand.

“This collection proves that you don’t have to sacrifice quality, comfort or style to give an end a new beginning.”

Indeed, the jeans look to be as comfortable as any Levi’s pair before them, feeling as soft to the touch as any traditional denim weave we’ve laid our hands on before.

Levi’s expect to put some 3.5 million recycled bottles into the WasteLess range next year, which will include 511 Skinny jeans, a new modern-looking  504 Straight Fit jean, and the Trucker jackets.

“With this collection, we’re doing our own small part by taking waste and making something new from it,” added Curleigh.

“We don’t just want to reduce our impact on the environment, we want to leave it better than we found it. We are committed to making products in ways that are good for people and better for our planet.”

The event also showcased other elements of Levi’s Spring/Summer 2013 range. Coloured denims continue to be on trend, with both bold and soft pastel washes (inspired by India’s spice markets) set to feature heavily.

In terms of the mens range beyond jeans, canvas boots and rucksacks in muted earth tones look set to feature heavily:

While a range of bright primary coloured parka jackets also looked particularly good:

A forthcoming partnership with Liberty’s of London was also revealed, with Levi creating a short range using one of the top British store’s iconic prints as we speak.

Scroll down for some more shots from the Levi’s launch event.

Levi's SS13 Collection

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Denim, News, Underwear & Swimwear

Diesel Underdenim underwear is for low slacks, not “Never Nude” dudes

By Gerald Lynch on October 3rd, 2012

Diesel Underdenim

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Under…denims? That’s the new underwear push from Diesel, who’ve put together a new range of “Underdenim” trunks for men who like to wear their slacks low with a bit of cheek on show, otherwise known as the “Most Dumbest Fashion Fad Eva”.

Misleading marketing be-damned, they’re made of cotton rather than denim (which we’re certain your knackers will be thankful for), and are designed to blend in with your jeans if you’re “riding low batty”.

The argument then surely is to just invest in a belt instead and keep your trousers pulled up, but then we’d all look like Tories or something is what I assume is being inferred here.

Yours for £20 a pop from Diesel, we’re just a little bit disappointed that they don’t have a touch more influence from  Tobias “Never Nude” Funke of Arrested Development fame:



Grooming, News

Gear up for Movember with new Gillette Fusion ProGlide Styler

By Gerald Lynch on October 1st, 2012

 

With the annual prostate cancer ‘Movember’ moustache-growing fundraiser kicking off in just under a month, it’s time to start looking at some new products to keep your extraneous facial hair in line. Today we’ve got the Gillette Fusion ProGlider Styler to show you, a 3-in-1 styling tool “based on performance driven design.”

Offering a precision edging blade, it’ll let you sculpt sharp hair lines, with an ergonomic grip that’ll prevent your line from slipping when you’re perfecting that Craig David chin strap.

With blades said to be thinner than a surgeons scalpel, you’ll be able to get the closest shave this side of a cut-throat, too.

“Our deep understanding of men and our strong design and engineering heritage enabled us to recognise an opportunity to better meet the complex needs of men who style their facial hair,” said  Dr. Kristina Vanoosthuyze, Scientific Communications Manager for Gillette.

“We combined two powerful and proven technologies to help men achieve their individual style with ease.”

Both the Gillette Fusion ProGlide Styler and Fusion ProGlide Clear Shave Gel are available in shops now. You’re looking at around £20 for the Fusion ProGlide Styler and £3.99 for the Fusion ProGlide Clear Shave Gel.

Key features are as follows:

  • Weight: 92g (including cartridge and battery), 83g trimmer-only
  • Length: 13.8cm; Handle width: 1.2cm; Head width: 4cm
  • Silver Chrome handle with blue accents and a black elastomer that surrounds the handle
  • Power source: one AA battery
  • Waterproof
  • 3 comb attachments for trimming to 2mm, 4mm and 6mm hair-length
  • Power Trimmer Door which opens easily to rinse trimmer (including under tap water)
  • Stylish Base and Holder that conveniently stores all three combs, the Fusion ProGlide™ attachment and the Braun Trimmer

 Over the next few weeks Brandish are going to be getting you all prepped for the annual “Movember” moustache-growing charity fundraiser, digging out the best products, gadgets and tips from leading grooming industry members to make maintaining your ‘tache as easy as possible. Keep checking back for more Movember updates, and good luck!



Gifts, News, Video

Tarantino XX collection is the “Royale with cheese” of Blu-ray box sets

By Gerald Lynch on September 24th, 2012

You know what they call a 10-disc Quentin Tarantino box set at Brandish? They call it a “Box Set Royale, with cheese”. That’s exactly what you’re getting with the superlative “Tarantino XX” Blu-ray box set, a 20-year retrospective of the grindhouse director’s work.

The box set includes eight films ranging from from Reservoir Dogs to Inglorious Basterds, as well as two discs of extras offering up five hours worth of behind-the-scenes insight into the auteur director’s movies.

Due for release on November 19th 2012, you can pre-order the Tarantino XX box set from Amazon for £67.49 by clicking here.

Tarantino’s next project is Django Unchained, a brutal western starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson. It’s set to hit UK cinemas on 18 January 2013.



music, News

Domino Drip.fm: A digital fan-club for the 21st century

By Gerald Lynch on September 10th, 2012

domino drip topDomino has become one of the most influential record labels of the last two decades, being the stable housing Hot Chip, Dirty Projectors, Spiritualized, John Cale, Arctic Monkeys and Animal Collective, among many others. Earlier this year Domino launched a new digital fanclub service called Domino Drip, and we’ve spent the last few weeks trying it out.

Part of the Drip.fm service, a $9.99 subscription bags you two hand-picked albums and a host of bonus material each month, including classic and exclusive releases not just from Domino, but from labels Double Six, Ribbon and Weird World too.

Download links to new releases are sent directly to your inbox each month, with tracks served up in WAV or 320kbps MP3 formats. You also get the option to stream tracks, with new albums sometimes being offered up for streaming a few weeks before release. A 30% off voucher for vinyl, CDs and merchandise at Domino’s online store also becomes available after every 6 months of subscription.

There’s a feeling of exclusivity with the Domino Drip feed that you won’t get with other music services; you’re communicating directly with the label, and while the comments area isn’t quite as well populated as you’d hope for, those who are sharing their views are true, hardcore musos well up for a debate. It’s also great to get in on exclusive competitions and news from your favourite artists, with Q&As with bands and early streaming access to upcoming albums also regularly popping up.Screen Shot 2012-09-10 at 10.26.23.pngUnlike Spotify, your $9.99 a month lets you own the music offered by the service too, rather than renting them and losing access to your playlists once you choose to end a subscription. That price lines up well against download prices for new releases from the likes of iTunes too.

On the other hand though, $9.99 gives you just two albums a month, whereas Spotify and its ilk give you access to thousands upon thousands of albums of your choosing. Remember that Domino Drip content is editorially chosen; it may be the best of the label, but that still might not be to your taste. Also, we were disappointed not to be offered more extensive liner notes; as part of a premium, exclusive, service for serious music fans, this seems an oversight.

It’s an intriguing service then, and one that really lets you show off your cool credentials. But you’ll have to weigh up carefully whether feeling like a member of a special club is as important to you as a wider selection of tunes.

For more on Domino Drip, click here.



News, Shoes

SHOE PORN: Herring Shoes Carnaby brogues

By Gerald Lynch on August 17th, 2012

 We cant get enough of a good pair of shoes here at Brandish, so today we’re introducing an occasional new feature called SHOE PORN, where we binge and indulge on one of our favourite pairs.

Kicking things off in fine fashion is Herring Shoes’ Carnaby brogue. A full (wingtip) brogue on the 386 last, it’s made of gorgeously detailed tan calf leather, with a sturdy Goodyear welted leather sole.

“Brogues can sometimes seem a bit heavy and we wanted to produce a classic brogue with a light summery feel.  The distinctive biscuit calf leather of the Carnaby fits the bill perfectly,” say Herring.

Worried about how you’d match up these lighter shaded shoes? Try lighter navy blues or complimentary tans. Daring rockstar wannabes may even try a pair of white slacks too.

Grab the Herring Carnaby brogues for £185 by clicking here. Scroll down for an excessive number of photos of the shoes from every conceivable angle!



News, Watches

Casio mark 30th anniversary of G-Shock brand with fire red watch line

By Gerald Lynch on August 14th, 2012

Casio are preparing for quite the anniversary. April 13th 2012 will mark the 30th birthday of the brand’s popular chunky G-Shock wristwatch line.

To mark the occasion, Casio are to release three fire-red limited edition watches. The sturdy Mudman G-9330A, Frogman GF-8230A and DW-6930A have all been given a devilish makeover, a bold look for a bold brand that’s consistently pushed watch design to its limits.

Etched with the special 30th Anniversary logo designed by Eric Haze and finished with gold tint, they’ll land in a special commemorative tin sometime around September.

More than anything, it’s hard to believe the G-Shock brand is now nearly 30 years old, and how the classic look is stills stylish. Just take a look at the first ever G-Shock model pictured below, the DW-5000C-1A. Despite launching in April 1983, the G-Shock line still retains many of the details established so many years ago:

 



News

David Gandy joins Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Lily Cole at London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony

By Gerald Lynch on August 13th, 2012

The London 2012 Olympic Games were fantastic beyond even the most optimistic sport fan’s expectations. But no-one expected last night’s closing ceremony to be so fabulous too. The cream of the British fashion industry were strutting their stuff  as the greatest show on earth came to an end, with David Gandy leading the male sartorial charge.

Gandy was wearing a lurex Paul Smith suit, accompanied arm-in-arm by Jourdan Dunn in an impressive Stephen Jones headdress and Jonathan Saunders column dress.

Elsewhere, Lily Cole in Erdem, Lily Donaldson in Vivienne Westwood, Georgia May Jagger in a flare-skirted Victoria Beckham number, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell both in Alexander McQueen, and Karen Elson in Burberry all added some much-needed glamour to proceedings.

Taking to the stage after being paraded in lorries adorned with gigantic pictures of themselves, the modelling elite were suitably soundtracked by David Bowie’s Fashion.

However, the Twitterverse wasn’t particularly kind to the fashionistas, whose show segment was admittedly a little incongruous in a ceremony meant to hail two week’s worth of amazing sporting achievements.

“A fortnight of celebrating drug free, hard working role models. The #closingceremony is being, lets say, slightly less picky.” was the cutting verdict of money-saving expert Martin Lawrence (@MartinSLawrence).

“I suspect Kate Moss might fail her drugs test later. #closingceremony ” was the customarily spiteful response from Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan).

Stylist Grace Woodward (@gracewoodward) was a little more appreciative. “Peeps complaining about supermodels in the closing ceremony. 20 years of walking in heels is Olympian in my eyes,” was her tweet of support.



Celeb style, Collaborations, News

John Hurt talks email annoyances for Alfred Dunhill “Voice” campaign

By Gerald Lynch on August 7th, 2012

Luxury retailer Alfred Dunhill has teamed up with a quartet of inspirational men for the latest instalment in their “Voice” campaign series.

Promoting the brand’s Autumn/Winter range, Alfred Dunhill have enlisted the talents of John Hurt, designer/artist Jamie Hewlett, director James Marsh and architect David Adjaye, who talk about their lives and experiences.

We see Hurt talk about the madness of an always-connected, internet-raddled world, Marsh on taking pleasure in life’s small joys, Hewlett on his art and Adjaye on 40,000 years of architectural achievements.

Here’s a taster of John Hurt’s contribution:

The entire film can be viewed exclusively through the Alfred Dunhill Facebook page.

The Autumn/Winter Voice campaign follows from the Spring/Summer offering, which featured Olympians Matthew Pinsent, Iain Percy and Louis Smith.



Celeb style, Gallery, News

‘Total Recall’ premiere photos: Colin Farrell wears Dolce & Gabbana, three-boob lady sadly absent

By Gerald Lynch on August 2nd, 2012

'Total Recall' premiere - August 1st 2012

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Colin Farrell attending the 'Total Recall' premiere held at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California on August 01, 2012.

Hollywood hellraiser Colin Farrell took to the red carpet at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles last night for the premiere of his new sci-flick ‘Total Recall’.

Looking dapper in head-to-toe Dolce & Gabbana, Farrell’s new movie is a remake of the 1990 Schwarzenegger cult classic of the same name. Directed by Len Wiseman and also starring Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel,  Bryan Cranston and John Cho, it follows factory worker Douglas Quaid who discovers he is a lean, mean, double agent killing machine after a routine memory implant operation uncovers memories of his former deadly life.

We’ve got all the shots from the red carpet above, including snaps of guests Ozzy, Sharon and Jack Osbourne.

‘Total Recall’ hits UK cinemas nationwide on 29 August 2012.

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News, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

This is what a £60,000 t-shirt looks like

By Gerald Lynch on August 1st, 2012

I once bought a vintage second-hand Prince Purple Rain tour t-shirt on eBay for £80. It felt like the most extravagant garment I’d ever bought at the time at a score short of £100 (and even more so when it actually arrived, stained and moth-eaten as it was).

But £60,000 for a t-shirt? That’s just madness.

But that’s almost what an incredibly limited edition t-shirt has just sold for on eBay.

The one-off all-over print Nike Air Yeezy 2 t-shirt, created by artist WilFry sold on eBay earlier this month for a staggering $90,300 (£57,789.68).

The t-shirt was part of promotional items surrounding the launch of the Nike Air Yeexy 2 trainers, a collaboration between the sneaker brand and rapper Kanye West. 3,000 pairs of the platinum/grey trainers were made, but few other than Kanye himself would have been able to afford the t-shirt.




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