Posts Tagged ‘check’

T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

Tuck into some Tuk top threads

By Jonathan Smith on February 3rd, 2009

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Sri Lanka, famous exporter of tea, coffee, coconuts, rubber (thanks Wikipedia) and now top quality shirts to your door. Tuk is a small venture from the sunny shores of Sri Lanka producing high quality check and floral print shirts, sourcing unique and high quality Sri Lankan fabrics and using ethical and local tailoring Tuk ensures the quality of their shirts. Fabric is bought in small quantities and each design is made in small runs meaning you’re unlikely to be walking down Oxford Street and see some other chump wear your threads (the Top Shop effect). All the designs are bright and colourful and the cut of the shirts slim making them perfect mod/indie boy staples. All the shirts come in at £55 with no extra for shipping- which is more than reasonable for a one off shirt.

Check out the Tuk-Shop website here or jump through to see my favourite pieces.

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Heroes and Celebrities, Trends

Love the Look: Bill Hailey and his Comets

By admin on December 3rd, 2008

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I’m a little in awe of this picture of Bill Hailey and his Comets from 1957, the energy and movement make it such a great shot.
I love the tartan jackets, they feel a little bit christmassy and the check is a good quality print. To get a ’50s influenced look with tartan wear a traditional check scarf with a pair of simple, neat black jeans and t-shirt with a zip-up jacket. Greased hair and brothel creepers are compulsory.

[Image: GEORGE KONIG/Rex Features]



Accessories, knitwear

Brandish Picks: winter scarves

By admin on November 4th, 2008

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More winter style solutions, this time with our definitive pick of winter scarves. A scarf is a great chance to add a splash of colour, pattern or texture to your outfit so be brave and pick something bold!
From left: University scarves are a great find on eBay, Paul Smith does a luxe silk-lined version for £110. Chunky scarves with the right amount of texture are hard to come by on the high street but Topman have a good selection, this teal offering is £12.

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Heroes and Celebrities, Trends

James Franco does gingham

By admin on October 23rd, 2008

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Check has undeniable appeal but right now it’s a little overexposed so stick to something with a little more longevity. Make like James Franco and go for gingham, it’s a little more dressed up than indie plaid and has classic appeal. Trust Franco, he appeared on the cover of the last issue of Man About Town; although I’m not so sure I’d follow his footwear having seen long shoes in this picture.

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Luggage

Raf Simons X Eastpak at Asos

By admin on October 22nd, 2008

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Raf Simons‘ AW colab with Eastpak is one of his most conventional yet but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing worth buying.
The shiny finish looks the best on the duffle bag, which would make a great bag for the weekend or the gym. The creased finish adds a twist to the classic Eastpak shape making a great bag for those who want a bit of fashion with their functionality. The one I’m least sure about is the check with patches, is it just me or does it look a bit Rage Against the Machine fan art?

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Coats & Jackets, Trends

Topman buffalo check jacket

By admin on October 15th, 2008

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If you’re going to go for this season’s lumberjack trend you may as well jump right in and go for Topshop’s flannel plaid jacket (£60).

It’s lined in faux sheep which means it’ll be wonderfully cosy for the winter and will add bulk to your silhouette in a satisfying way, overly skinny is out now dontcha know? You could play it safe and team it with jeans but why not go for something different and wear the jacket with cuffed chinos and geeky Doc Marten style lace up shoes. Add some contrasting socks and it’ll set you apart from the swathes of men in check.



T-shirts, Polos & Shirts, Trends

Polka dot, the plaid alternative

By admin on September 26th, 2008

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Plaid, tartan, check if you’ve paid any attention to the high street recently you’ll know the indie grunger lumberjack look is big news this autumn.

While I love a bit of check it’s definitely starting to feel a bit overexposed (this obviously excludes Burberry Jon!) so try polka dots, CDG used them in their collection for H&M and Henry Holland recently ditched the tartan for oversized dots for his latest catwalk show so you’ll be in good company.

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Trends

Chad Rogers, whoever you are we like your shirt

By admin on September 17th, 2008

Chad Rogers plaid shirt mustard tie.jpgForgive me for I have no idea who the man in this photograph is. His name is Chad Rogers and I like his shirt.

I suppose if I was dressing him I would have teamed the jeans with a khaki/brown belt to go with the check, I’m almost suspicious that his belt is made from horror of horrors… Plastic. Back to the positives, a mustard tie makes the outfit and elevates the plaid shirt from your everyday check to something a little more special. See Alex James’ Ascot look for tie-spiration.

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Email me at isabelle [at] shinymedia.com to tell me what a moron I am for not knowing who Chad Rogers is or just to say hello.

[Edited to add: I have just found out who Chad Rogers is. I'm sorry, I wont do it again.]



Sales

A.P.C chambray shirt on sale at Penelope’s

By admin on August 4th, 2008

shades of greige shirt check grey penelope sale.jpgChecks have been on the fashion radar for a while but now they seem to have snowballed and there’ll be no escaping the trend this autumn.

This Shades of Greige check shirt ticks the all check boxes and the grey and white combo is slightly more interesting than your indie uniform of trad plaid.

The lumberjack look is going to be big this winter but subtler pieces like this shirt will see you through the dying days of summer in style. It’s reduced to $59 at Penelope’s and will look great teamed with other soft neutrals.



T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

Checkbreak: Vintage faded Hawaiian shirt

By admin on July 24th, 2008

ono hawaiian shirt checkbreak shirt vintage print.jpgAt the Arcadia Christmas press day yesterday I was reminded that flannel/check/plaid is going to be huge this autumn, both Burton and Topman had lumberjack-style shirts in their collections.

As much as we’ve been plugging madras on Brandish maybe it’s time to take a checkbreak for a month or two so you don’t get too bored of the trend.

Printed and patterned shirts look cool in the summer and the vintage Ono Hawaiian shirt from Rusty Zipper will see you into the cooler months teamed with a sharp blazer. the faded print is eyecatching without being too gaudy and will look great teamed with black or grey suit trousers or for a more casual look a pair of bright straight-leg jeans.



Sales, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

Cosmic Wonder tuxedo check shirt

By admin on July 23rd, 2008

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Combining manly checks with a feminine pink tuxedo ruffle is obviously a recipe for success for Cosmic Wonder whose Wood shirt is sold out in every size but large.
If you fit a large then you’re doubly in luck as the shirt is reduced from £235 to £117.50 at b Store. Team it with the simplest grey trousers and cardigan for a quirky work outfit or with jeans for a Brokeback Mountain pastiche.



Footwear

Adidas Aditennis Hi

By admin on July 21st, 2008

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With Stan Smiths and Rod Lavers firmly in staple territory you can’t blame Adidas for re-releasing the Aditennis Hi (£41-50). Whilst they’re unlikely to become staples, they look great – benefitting from more than a slight resemblance to Raf Simons high tops.

Unlike the Raf Simons shoes, these go up to size 12 and are available from the Adidas online store right now.



Clothing, Jeans & Trousers

Fila Gold check shorts

By admin on May 7th, 2008

checkshorts.JPGThe plaid on plaid trend is still for the fashion forward few so it hasn’t had many takers yet. Due to the difficulty in pulling this off, it’s unlikely that the trend will ever take off like V-neck jumpers did. With that said, there are still some great check items to be found, like these Fila Gold check shorts (£45).

Woody Allen once said ‘Can you imagine the level of a mind that watches wrestling?’ That’s how I feel about cargo shorts – which despite the fact their awfulness, still continue to popular. Separate yourself from the cargo short wearing herd by wearing some shorts that don’t make you look like a soldier who decided to cut his gear for summer.



T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

Chris Taylor’s madras shirt

By admin on March 25th, 2008

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So the news is in on the provenance of Chris Taylor’s shirt and unfortunately it’ll be hard to get the exact same one. With the nonchalance of someone who doesn’t have a 9 to 5 job (jealous, moi?) the Grizzly Bear clarinettist simply replied:
It’s just a thrift store shirt I found somewhere on tour
Which means that if you want to emulate the look you’ll have to scour the vintage shops or simply take your pick from the three shirts I’ve dug out for you. Product details after the jump.

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News, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

Madras shirt spotted on Bricolage band member

By admin on March 20th, 2008

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Bricolage are a band I saw last week as part of the excellent Twee as Fuck club night, and as much as I loved their set (click on the link to hear the brilliant ‘footsteps’) what immediately struck me was the awesomeness of their outfits. Their bassist sported an impressive madras shirt and I immediately thought of all you lovely Brandish readers. Not only that but the lead vocalist had a fine print shirt, and the guitarist had a very special Fair Isle cardie and a quiff so substantial you could have quite happily built a block of council flats on top of it. See after the jump for more images of the band.

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