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Accessories

Nine Two Five reveal “Debut” designer cufflinks range

By Gerald Lynch on October 4th, 2012

Nine Two Five "Debut" cufflinks

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Nine Two Five have revealed their Debut cufflink collection, pulling together a range of nine pairs based on the famous 925 hallmark.

Starting at £160 and going up to £200 for the most expensive cufflinks in the range, the sterling silver sets strive to “produce classic designs with a modern twist, manufactured with true craftsmanship.”

In the same way you can’t wear a pair of trousers without a good belt, cufflinks really finish off a formal shirt, and also give the opportunity to add a little personal flair to what may otherwise be a stuffy outfit.

Of the entire range, our favourite set is easily the Lapis blue Jelly Bean pair, which are finished with a semi-precious stone inset into the sterling silver link. Call us cheap, but they’re also among the most affordable of the range, priced at £160.

For more info on the Debut collection, and to grab a pair, visit the Nine Two Five website.



Accessories, Polls

POLL: Men’s braces – Yay or Nay?

By Gerald Lynch on April 3rd, 2012

I like a good belt, me. From a thin braided offering to a chunky biker buckle, they’re my proffered gravity-defying trouser accessory. But as the years pile up, and the pounds pile on, my paunch is finding itself more and more at odds with my waistline adornments.

So what are my other options? I’d rather walk about in my underpants than wear elasticated trousers. They make me think of the super-sized people who have to hire a golf-cart  to get around Disney World without keeling over. And losing weight just isn’t going to happen when Subway have just launched a £3 lunch time meal deal.

As an upstanding citizen (and one happy not to get an ASBO for flashing my tighty whities) the job falls to braces (or suspenders if you’re a US reader), the shoulder-strapping saviours of trouser hems since being popularised in 1822 by Albert Thurston.

But they’ve had a bit of a chequered history, have the humble old braces.  While they’re currently on the rise thanks to the popularity of the suited-booted Mad Men look, in the UK at least they’re still closely associated with the skinhead style championed by the National Front right-wing movement of the 1980s.

Also, this image of former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, caught recently taking out the rubbish wearing little else OTHER THAN BRACES makes a little bit of sick rise to the back of my throat. Sorry Ken, I’d pick you over Boris any day of the week, but this look’s more Albert Steptoe than Albert Camus.

So, have braces weathered the unsavoury associated storm of the Eighties to shine through in 2012 as an on-trend “boardroom-chic” accessory? Or are they still just a way of keeping the thumbs of shaven-headed yobs occupied instead of forming fists?

Take our poll below and let me know what you think! My dignity depends on it!



Accessories, features

Sharp & Dapper: Accessories for the self-respecting gentleman

By Laura on February 20th, 2012

I was recently introduced to Sharp & Dapper. Based in London, the company has revived a classic gentleman’s accessory and brought it into the 21st century.

The Shirt Companion, is designed to help any self-respecting gentleman to keep his shirt tucked in and his socks pulled up. The unique ‘suspenders for men’ eliminate the hassle of continuously having to tuck in a shirt, by simply attaching the four individual braces between your shirt & socks.

Established and handmade in London’s Notting Hill and with art direction from Aneel Kalsi of Wallpaper magazine, The Shirt Companion is also worn by barmen in top class London venues such as Milk & Honey. An accessory they can rely on for the right image and impression.

Tom Soden, (Group Bar Manager of Diageo) is amongst the many who have become strong advocates of the Shirt Companion, stating:
“I bought a pair of Shirt Companions just over four months ago and I can honestly say that I haven’t worked a day without them since. It seems funny but they have become as essential to my working day as a pair of cuff links or my watch. S&D lives up to their name, it makes you look sharp & dapper. In addition to me feeling confident and fresh, customers immediately see I am a professional, experienced bartender working for a world-class company.”

The Shirt Companion is available now from Sharp & Dapper and comes beautifully packaged in a set of four braces.



Accessories, Brand Spotlight

Mr Porter celebrates 1st birthday with the pocket square project

By Laura on February 20th, 2012

One of our favourite online retailers, MRPORTER.COM, is turning One years old, and to celebrate they have teamed up with a number of designers to produce exclusive pocket squares for the site.
Brands involved include:

Alexander Olch
Band of Outsiders
Drakes
The Elder Statesman
Jean Shop
Oliver Spencer
Our Legacy
Richard James
YMC

This limited edition project is sure to turn the pocket square into a collector’s item, with only 50 of each square available.

The pocket square project is just one of a series of initiatives celebrating MR PORTER’s first birthday. From tomorrow a special MR PORTER birthday microsite will bring together a menu of anniversary content, including the launch of an interactive global treasure hunt.

The designer squares go on sale tomorrow on www.mrporter.com



Accessories, Brand Spotlight, features

Making of the Herring Shoes Oak Bark belt

By Laura on December 23rd, 2011

There is always something wonderful about listening to master craftsmen discussing their trade. The passion towards their craft is often contagious and gives us a new appreciation for familiar objects.

One video that recently caught my attention was the making of the Herring Shoes Oak Bark belts in the Tanner Bates factory. The video walks us through how this beautiful belt is made. John Hagger’s attention to detail and sourcing local materials is inspiring. Using the same leather often used by harness and bridle makers, the belt features a solid brass hand made buckle hammer riveted and is hand-stitched with Irish linen thread.

Enjoy!



music

Review: Retro Infinity Gold Headphones

By Laura on October 31st, 2011

Over the past few weeks I have been testing out i-Mego Retro Infinity Gold headphones.
i-Mego are relatively new to the audio market, but have been making a name for themselves as producers of high quality designer headphones, earphones and core audio accessories.

The Retro Infinity headphones, feature genuine leather headbands, with signature i-Mego stitching and in-line microphone and adaptor cables compatible with all mobile phone models, including iPhone, Sony-Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung. The headphones combine a vintage design with leading-edge audio technology, creating stylish audio gear that delivers clear and heavy sounds.

When I first saw them I was quite impressed by their appearance, but wondered whether they would be all looks. I could not have been more wrong. These headphones deliver great sound, block out background noise, and are probably some of the most comfortable headphones I have worn. Overall if you are looking for a fun looking pair of headphones with great sound – make sure to check these out.

To promote the headphones, iMego are running a competition in association with legendary Dubstep DJ, DJ Hatcha, called The DecksFactor. You can enter the competition on i-Mego’s facebook page by submitting your top five floor-filling tracks and win a one-to-one coaching session with DJ Hatcha in his studio. If that wasn’t enough you will get the chance to join him at a London club night.

Its an absolutely great opportunity for any budding DJ’s or anyone else who just loves clubbing and fancies a shot at DJing.

For you audio types find the i-Mego Retro Infinity Gold specs below.
Driver Diameter: 40 mm
Frequency Response: 20 – 20,000 Hz
Sensitivity: 102 ± 3dB
Impedance: 32 ohms
Weight: 230g
Cable: 1.2 or 2 m in length
Connector: 3.5mm stereo plug



Accessories

The Ultimate Hendrix Accessory

By Laura on May 9th, 2011

Big Jimi Hendrix fan? Then check out this pendant by French accessory label Nous Sommes.
The miniature bust depicts the legendary guitarist, complete with his signature headman, curly hair and open-collar jacket. However in case Hendrix isn’t quite your style, they have already created similar pieces in the likeness of Karl Lagerfeld, Lady Gaga and Terry Richardson… weird we know.

The pendant is available in silver or gold from Nous Sommes stockists



Accessories, Designer Spotlight, features

Miansai Fish Hook Bracelet

By Laura on May 3rd, 2011

The Miansai’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection has really caught my attention recently, inspired in part by vintage jewellery and commonly found items. I particularly love this Fish Hook Bracelet with its nautical styling and colorful cord. It is available in several colors… perfect to remind you of lazy summer days while stuck in the office.

The collection is available now at select retailers including Roden Gray.



Accessories

Kenton Sorenson leather iphone and iPad cases

By Laura on February 9th, 2011

There are millions of cases for your various apple products available, but these ones by Kenton Sorenson have really caught my eye. The American-made leather holders are available for both the iPad and the iPhone 4. Both have minimal branding, top entry loading and a beautiful untanned aesthetic that is sure to darken and age beautifully.



Accessories, bags, Designer Spotlight

Louis Vuitton Men’s SS 2011 Bag Collection

By Laura on January 17th, 2011

Nowadays, many men are just as interested as women in carrying their things around in style, whether it be for day-to-day use or for traveling. And what other brand is more famous for its bags than Louis Vuitton?

The Louis Vuitton Men’s SS 2011 bag collection has been reveled and according to Louis Vuitton’s Men’s Studio Director Paul Herbers, who is under the artistic direction of Marc Jacobs, “It’s a rhapsody of three virtual scenarios for a digital bohemian, a man who travels the world from behind his computer screen”



Accessories

Give Your iPhone A Retro Makeover With The Polaroid iPhone Decal

By Laura on January 12th, 2011

Looking to give your iPhone a retro makeover? Then look no further than this awesome new Polaroid iPhone Decal from Photojojo. The decal will have your iPhone looking like an old Rainbow OneStep Polaroid Land camera in no time. For optimal effects, pair with retro apps such as the Hipstamatic.



Accessories

Hidden Message Cuff Links

By admin on December 9th, 2010

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If you’re either a secret agent or just a romantic, these are the perfect cuff links for you. The Undercover Custom Engraved Cuff-Links, are not only personalized with the wearer’s initials, but twist open to reveal private repositories for love letters and spy instructions alike. Oh and they look great at the same time.

They are available here for $39.99



Heroes and Celebrities

Shia LaBeouf and Josh Duhamel at the Transformers Premiere

By admin on June 23rd, 2009

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While the whole world (ok, a bit of an exaggeration) is going crazy over Megan Fox over at Brandish our eyes are trained on the menfolk.

Josh Duhamel
and Shia LaBeouf both turned up to the Transformers première in grey suits; LaBeouf wins points for opting for a three-piece suit, while Duhamel’s jacket looks like its been moulded to his body. It’s a shame they didn’t go for some slightly more adventurous accessories, a colour block tie, pocket square or a pair of pastel suede shoes could have really livened things up. Do these guys not have stylists?!



Accessories, Brand Spotlight

Love the look: The Hill-side as featured on Secret Forts

By cchapman on June 23rd, 2009

thehill-side06.jpgSometimes a single image can bring together so many different things. I’ve recently become a big fan of the Secret Forts blog, not least because of Valet‘s recent profile of it’s author, James (no surname). Through Secret Forts I became of The Hill-side label, which in its attention to detail sums up the kind of reverence for real Americana that I appreciate about New York City. The Hill-side specialise in fine shirting and amazing accesories like the tie featured in this image. And then there’s the model: that grey hair! I love the fact that the volume of his hair suggests youthful exuberance which is somehow actually enhanced by the grey tones of his hair. Still with me? As ever with the web, the circuitous nature of hyperlinks can lead to so many discoveries, all good.

The Hill-side ties featuring genuine selvedge fabrics available exclusively from OkiNi in the UK.

The Hill-side lookbook is here



Accessories

Martin Margiela jewellery and accesories at Oki-Ni

By cchapman on June 15th, 2009

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Something to liven up your Monday lunchtime, Oki-Ni are stocking jewellery and accessories by the Belgian designer Martin Margiela. You’ll have to be quick as some great pieces like the silver hospital bracelet and nail ring have already sold out.

Working with Jerome Coste‘s Les Ateliers Ruby they have also come up with a range of biker accessories. We love the silk scarf, it’s a perfect summer purchase for guarding against sore throats on long flights, and features the Maison’s signature white on white brushstroke effect. If you’re a biker then you wont be able to resist the helmet, featuring signatures from the whole MMM team. See after the jump for product details.

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