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Clothing, Top Five

5 Star Wars hoodies to help you scream “NooooOOooooOOoo!” at Disney deal

By Gerald Lynch on October 31st, 2012

Chewbacca is now owned by Disney. Boba Fett is now owned by Disney. Darth friggin Vader is now owned by Disney. We love The Lion King as much as the next person, but following Disney’s buyout of George Lucas’s Lucasfilm production company for $4.05 billion, is the Mouse House really the best place for  Star Wars to live?

We’re not sure. Disney have done good things so far with Marvel comics, who they now own too. But there are few franchises more well-loved (and fiercely defended by vocal fans) than Star Wars.

What we are sure about though is just how many great items of Star Wars clothing there are around! And with the winter months now upon us, and the Halloween spirit also in full swing, we thought we’d pick out five of our favourite Star Wars costume hoodies, available from 80sTees.com.

Scroll down to check em out!

Boba Fett

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Science fiction's most kick-ass bounty hunter, Boba Fett is immortalised in this $60, face-covering hoodie.



Clothing, Top Five

Top 5 Ugly Christmas Sweaters

By admin on December 9th, 2010

Amongst my friends and family the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party has become a bit of an institution. My favourite sweater was this great red Christmas tree one, lovingly made by my Grandmother. It featured real working lights attached to its own personal battery pack with various flashing settings…. fortunately I don’t have a picture to share.

In my opinion Christmas just isn’t the same without the ugly sweaters, so I have searched the Internet to bring you 5 of the best ugly Christmas sweaters.



Gallery, Lifestyle & Gadgets, music, photography, Top Five

Top 5 Gifts For The Gadget Lover

By admin on December 9th, 2010

Searching for the perfect gift for the gadget or tech lover in your life this Christmas? Well look no further, here at Brandish we have complied a list of some of our favourite gadgets to help inspire you this holiday season. From Headphones to Cameras here are our top 5 gadgets.



Accessories, Top Five, Trends

Top Winter Accessory: The Snood

By Laura on November 30th, 2010

The Snood, despite its unfortunate name, is one of the biggest accessories in men’s fashion this winter.

They have been around in women’s fashion for the past few seasons, but don’t let this turn you off. This winter the shops are full of great masculine snoods in great colours and chunky knits. This great winter accessory will not only keep you warm, but adds great dimension to any outfit.

Check out 5 of our favourite snoods this season



bags, Top Five

5 Great Weekend Bags

By Laura on November 29th, 2010

‘Tis the season for travel, and nothing is more important at this time of year than a good weekend bag. So whether you heading home for the holidays or somewhere a little warmer, check out some of our favourite bags to get you their in style.



Accessories, hats, Top Five

Winter Head Warmers: Five Hats To Keep You Warm

By Laura on November 29th, 2010

Here at Brandish we don’t want any of our readers going cold this winter, so we are sticking with theme of how to keep warm today.

We lose more heat through the top of our head, than any other part of our body so it is critical to keep it covered in order to stay warm. In fact if you prioritize keeping your head warm, you will have won half the battle in keeping your body warm. This winter essential comes in all kinds of different styles, colours and materials. So with that in mind we have picked 5 of our favourite hats to help inspire you this season.



Coats & Jackets, Top Five

5 Winter Jackets To Keep You Warm In The Snow

By Laura on November 29th, 2010

With half the country in a deep freeze today, it is definitely time to bring out the winter coats.
So to help you stay warm we have picked 5 of the warmest jackets on the market to keep you warm even in this snowy weather.



Brand Spotlight, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts, Top Five

Out of Print – Great Shirts From Classic Book Covers

By Laura on November 9th, 2010

Out of Print started as a graduate thesis project, for Philadelphia-based designer Mikey Burton. He wanted to makes shirts that simply got young adults interested in reading. The collection celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion. The shirts feature iconic and often out of print book covers for classics including “The Great Gatsby,” “The Outsiders,” “Animal Farm” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The collection ranges from $28-38 and for each shirt sold, one book is donated to a community in need through their partner Books For Africa.

Check out the gallery of our 5 favourites from the collection below.



Luggage & Travel, Top Five

5 beach totes: pack up and go in style

By cchapman on July 6th, 2009

5_bags.jpgWith beach time and festivals ongoing, a pick of the best totes is timely. Topman continue to have some bang on-trend totes, this lion playing card print would look great with a foppish English garden party ensemble. Or try the acid Aztec print for a MGMT/summer festival psychedelic spin. Speaking of Williamsburg, the Brooklyn idyll’s other favourite sons, Yeasayer, have this lovely hand print denim tote available from their merchandise site. Prefer back straps to shouldering a flimsy tote bag? This steel wire backpack from Manufactum is from an original Bauhaus design and will make you look arty (just make sure your reading material is suitably highbrow – Grazia just won’t do). If you really need to lug a load of stuff around with you, Uniqlo have very affordable cute backpacks in some perky colours.

Happy toting!

Lion tote and Aztec print tote, Topman. Steel wire rucksack Manufactum. Yeasayer hand print bag, wearefreeshop.com. Blue rucksack, Uniqlo.



News, Suits & Tailoring, Top Five

Top 5: Skinny Summer Ties

By Will Reid on May 27th, 2009

toybreaker silk caviar tie bsd.jpgThe 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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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Top Five

Top Five: Will’s Summer Wants!

By Will Reid on March 26th, 2009

Last summer I was down at Shiny Towers and the gloriously hot days were spent writing, chatting with my fellow Shinies, trying on Drop-Crotch jeans and touring the streets in search of aspirational street style. But despite all the joviality I didn’t quite anticipate the weather (although I refuse to take the blame for that one- when was the last time we had a proper summer?) and ended up the innocent victim of SSS (that’s Skinny jeans in Summer Syndrome.) This summer I am determined to get it right, which is why I have compiled this list of fashion needs (okay, wants.)

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Since Christmas and a happy accident haircut, I have been living with a bit of an 80s asymmetrical style. My super-thick hair means that I have to use extra-hold products which are effective but grease-free; the wet fro is never a good look! I will need lots of hairspray to combat the heat.

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Brand Spotlight, Footwear, Top Five

A Waste of Money or An Investment Piece? Dr. Martens 1461 Shoe

By Will Reid on March 11th, 2009

drmartens1.jpgLast week I was in search for a pair of school shoes. Beginning with classic brogues, I sampled a pair of black loafers and sneakily tried on a pair of Paul Smith Jermyns (with glorious plum laces) before ending up with a pair of not-so-exciting pointed Topman lace-ups. Inspired by this bout of school-shoe shopping I ventured onto Oki-Ni and came across their Doc Martens. Floral. Striped. Coloured. Neon. But then I came across their 1461 shoe and couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

A shoe, in simple black leather, that was more than double the price but half as nice as many of the shoes I had seen the previous day. These Dr. Martens did not look worth their £70 price tag, especially in comparison to my £35 Topman shoes. Granted, the Dr. Martens are probably better quality and might last longer but, are they even that easy on the eye? I, for one, wouldn’t want to be seen in them.

Fashion is fickle, even in times of economic recession. See after the jump for my Top 5 Best on a Budget Smart Shoes.

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Entertainment, Footwear, Top Five

Fashion Vs. Sport

By Jonathan Smith on August 7th, 2008

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The link between fashion and sport is undeniable, even the fashion heavyweights such as Ralph Lauren and Fred Perry have history in sporting activities of various types. Assuming you’re not head to toe in bespoke suit and a pair of wingtips it’s an almost certainty that you’re wearing some kind of sportswear, unless of course you’re reading this naked. In which case kudos.The link is even more noticeable in the street fashion scene with uber-weight sport’s companies like Adidas and Nike pretty much owning the game with vintage re-releases and limited editions.

The Fashion Vs. Sport exhibition at the V&A started this week and is running through to the 4th of January. The exhibition explores in depth the link between sport and fashion and looks to be a bloody fun and educational afternoon out. For more info get over to the V&A’s website here.

To celebrate the exhibition I have knocked together my top 5 sport fashion items, check them out after the jump!

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Clothing, Heroes and Celebrities, Top Five

Justin Lee Collins? Bob Geldof?! Brandish’s Top 5 Unlikely Male Style Icons

By admin on July 15th, 2008

Round these parts we know who looks good and who doesn’t, but who are the more unlikely chaps working individualistic looks that we admire?

justin_lee_collins.gif5. Justin Lee Collins

Will Reid: Although Justin may be prone to a too-tight t-shirt, The Friday/Sunday Night Project presenter’s sheer charisma and the fact that those tight tees usually bear a cult band logo mean he’s earned his place on this list. With his faded flares and large Aviators Justin has made many a Friday night worth staying in for, and if he gets his shaggy-yet-manicured locks cut, I for one will weep.

[image: Ken McKay/Rex Features]

The Top 4 can be found after the jump…

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Clothing, Entertainment, Top Five

Top Five (okay, 4): Shiny Media’s Embarrassing Fashion Moments

By Will Reid on July 11th, 2008

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Shiny Media’s Christmas Dress-Up

After my latest embarrassing fashion incident, I asked different Shinies “What Is The Most Outrageous Thing You’ve Ever Done In The Name of Fashion?” The answers were varied but pretty hilarious all-round.

It’s all wild stuff here on Brandish; a feast of dress-driven adventures and sartorial sacrifice! Continue reading for answers from some of British blogging’s biggest stars.

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