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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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News, Sportswear

Umbro England kit modelled by John Terry

By admin on March 28th, 2009

umbro england kit john terry.jpg

If you’re interested in seeing the Umbro England kit then you’re probably down the pub watching the match against Slovakia, but here is the image waiting for you to pore over with a kebab when you get home.

On the surface it looks like a regular kit but they’ve really pushed for technological and tailoring improvements. I’ve put up the annotated picture so you can see the tailoring details, click the image to enlarge and check out videos with the designers below.



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Brandish speaks to the team behind the Umbro England kit: David Blanch, Charlie Allen and Aitor Throup

By admin on March 28th, 2009

Today marked the launch of the Umbro England kit, with a special preview for press. The kit is being officially unveiled tomorrow at the England vs Slovakia match, but take my word for it when I say it’s pretty special!

We caught up with the trio behind the innovative design today and grilled them on the creative process behind this launch. David Blanch is the creative director for Umbro and an ex-footballer but his love of fashion runs deep. He has worked at the RCA which also was home to Savile Row tailor Charlie Allen for a while before he launched his own label.

In our second video, after the jump we interview critically acclaimed designer Aitor Throup who takes us through his body and movement focused approach to design.

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