Top 5: Skinny Summer Ties

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The Times has a feature at the moment detailing the changing size of the common tie as we go through decades of economic change. Apparently John Lewis has announced “a dramatic inch-loss of nearly 25 per cent in width over the past six months” with its most popular ties. Charlie Allen, the famous tailor Brandish recently had an exclusive sit-down with over the new ‘n’ improved England kit, told the Times that “the impact of economic turmoil on tie design can be traced back through the previous recessions of the 20th century. While postwar Britain and the Swinging Sixties embraced exaggerated prints and widths of up to 5in, the downturns of the 1930s and 1980s saw sizes reduce to as little as an inch.”

See after the jump for my Top 5 ‘Skinny Summer ties’- on the cheap for your enjoyment! (They’re all under £10)

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Brandish Watch + WISHLIST: ‘Priceless’ S/S 09- Topman Tailoring by Antony Price

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Topman is great for its designer collaborations and its ‘Priceless’ range, designed by celebrated fashion designer and tailor Antony Price, delivers every season. The range has just gone up on Topman.com and with its wonderful waistcoats, brilliant blazers and perfectly pleated pants (in the American sense of the word,) I can’t wait to get a piece of the action!

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Will ReidBrandish Watch + WISHLIST: ‘Priceless’ S/S 09- Topman Tailoring by Antony Price

Eco Chic or Recycling Freak? Coke Can Tux

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When you see a photo of a teen wearing a prom tuxedo jacket fashioned entirely from Coke cans, you have to wonder what the teen in question does with their free time. This guy, a Napoleon Dynamite-lookalike with a penchant for commercialism, has decided to venture into eco-friendly fashion and after the jump you can witness the entire creation of the waistcoat and jacket (plus bowtie!) from metal to masterpiece. Sadly, this look is more Sideshow Bob than Stella McCartney.

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UniQlo @ Selfridges

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Affordable quality pedallers UniQlo are making your shopping experiences that little bit easier by opening a concession in Selfridges Oxford Street. Being UniQlo the space is one of the more colourful parts of Selfridges, looking similar to a Pantone reference book which is in no way a bad thing. The move is designed to introduce the brand to a whole new demographic of buyers and really sets their move into the UK and Worldwide markets in stone. The concession being markedly smaller than any of their stand alone stores, carries an edited menswear collection including their premium ranges, still being competitively priced especially when compared with the other brands that Selfridges stock. The store opened last Monday so get yourself down there and have a shoofty.

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Outfit Pick: The Waistcoat Done Well?

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Just last week, Brandish editor Isabelle asked the general fashion public if the waistcoat could ever be worn well. We were subjected to the torture of Boyzone (whose waistcoat crimes can also be seen here,) and then buttered up with stories of white waffle and petrol blue. Now, I’ve created an outfit out of an All Saints waistcoat and looked to Frank Sinatra for tailoring inspiration.

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Burton release Heritage collection

I recently purchased a pair of high-waisted, striped men’s trousers from a charity shop that are from Burton back in the day when it was still called Montague Burton. It was an exciting find and they fit like heaven so when I found out Burton were releasing their Heritage collection my ears pricked up.
First here’s a little history lesson: born Moshe Osinsky, Montague Burton came to England as a refugee from Lithuania and founded the company we now know as Burton.

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men.style.com suit you up

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If you are in need of something a little smarter and a lot more expensive than the Topman suit you bought for your court appearance then there is a guide to the coolest cool suits of A/W 08 over at men.style.com with this seasons theme being broad shoulders and wide legs, are we venturing back into the realm of shoulder pads? Sweet lord let us hope not.

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WISHLIST: Alexander McQueen Photo-Print Blazer Down To £258 from £865!

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While potentially worrying and probably not at all a good sign, Andy Warhol’s ‘Death Scenes’ have always interested me. His principle was that by repeating the same image of a man impaled on a lamp-post (that’s just one of the prints,) death became strangely banal. This blazer might not be all blood ‘n’ guts (which with McQueen’s history is rather surprising,) but it is undeniably interesting. With city scenes and a fitted shape, this jacket could be worn at work, in the park, at a party and even to a music festival. I like that Matches put it with jeans for a modern edge and if I could afford the £258 price tag, I would go for a crisp white shirt and an Alber Elbaz-style floppy bow-tie. In faded, purple velvet. *Sigh*

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‘Suit Yourself': VMAN 11 Preview

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VMAN has just released a preview of their next issue (VMAN 11) and by the looks of this preview editorial, ‘Suit Yourself,’ it is going to be incredible. Reflecting V Magazine’s ‘The Women’ editorial, which took rich photography and a classic country manor to project an image of high-society living, this editorial tells a nostalgic story of traditional tailoring with almost grainy photography used to stunning effects.

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Ronaldo’s suit: Yay or Nay? I’m just kidding, of course it’s nay

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s choice of suit clearly got on The London Paper’s nerves as the headline read ‘Cristiano, you look a white idiot’. To be fair, the suit itself was well tailored and it was clearly designed for Ronaldo, which is more than you can say for Rafael Nadal’s Wimbledon party suit. I’ll also make the generous assumption that the trainers were a medical prescription to help him with his injury.

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Office Wear Chic In The Independent

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Reading through The Independent Online last night, I came across this article by Alice-Azania Jarvis on the art of dressing for work. As she states, “the thing about getting dressed for work – the thing that makes it so very difficult – is that work is definitely not about clothes. On the contrary: in the world of earnest employment, such frivolities are almost frowned upon.”

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Does this guy pull off the short suit look?

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This portrait of F.I.T student in New York magazine’s look book isn’t technically a short suit, it’s a blazer with shorts – but its close enough. We’ve seen a multitude of badly worn short suits lately but this one is a lot closer to looking good than the rest. For starters the top half is great, nicely tailored blazer, great shirt and nice use of colour with the tie. The bottom half of this look is a different story.

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I’m Still Not Convinced- The Short Suit

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A while ago, we remarked on how a Telegraph feature on the short suit had used rather unusual models to create an unflattering portrayal of the look.

However, this picture (taken at the launch of Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme in Milan,) shows that even the fashionistos of the industry can’t get it right. While also not the most model-ly of men, Bruce Pask of the New York Times would be one of those I thought could pull of this challenging look.

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Savile Row tailors told what is ‘bespoke’ and what isn’t

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Towards the end of last year, the BBC ran a documentary on the world of haute couture. One of the most interesting things it explored was how fiercely the term ‘haute couture’ is guarded – its definition is protected by French law, so as not to be diluted by ready to wear fashion. I’m sure there are a few shops on Savile Row wishing English fashion history was as sacred, after the Advertising Standards Authority yesterday dismissed their claim the term ‘bespoke’ was being misused by a fellow tailor.

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