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C.Vox – the sound system in a £65 jacket hits the High Street

Intelligent clothing, or wearable gadgets are big news at the moment and only likely to become mainstream next year. we especially like these Bluetooth gloves – brilliant idea. Now smart clothing is hitting the High Street courtesy of Debenhams (?!) which has just unveiled the C.VOX range which are outwerwear that include built in headphones, speakers and control system that …

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Lacoste bought up by Swiss Maus Freres Group

  Sportswear brand Lacoste have been bought out by the Maus Freres Group. The Swiss investors already held a 35% stake in the brand, and are now majority holders by buying up an additional 30.3% stake. The move values the French fashion line at somewhere between  1.0 billion and 1.25 billion euros ($1.29-$1.62 billion). The sale comes courtesy of a group …

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POLL: Men’s braces – Yay or Nay?

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 …

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Gerald LynchPOLL: Men’s braces – Yay or Nay?
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Brand Spotlight: Threadless

I have always been a big fan of Threadless, although they seem to have slipped of the radar recently. So I decided to pull together so of my favourites from the site to share with you. For those of you unfamiliar Threadless, go check them out now. They are an online t-shirt company that encourages users to submit their designs …

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Princes Vintage

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Princes Vintage is a cut above your average eBay store, there’s no risk of looking like a mismatched musty throwback with the goods they have on offer. Here is a selection of hot items for summer and trusty wardrobe staples:

Make no mistake, rucksacks are back and this leather one is smart enough for formal occasions. Every man needs a good suit, and if you can find a vintage one that fits well hold onto it for dear life, similarly a quality pair of vintage brogues will last an eternity and they go with a wide variety of looks.

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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

Brandish Watch: ‘California Teens’ by Hedi Slimane and Nicola Formichetti

Nicola Formichetti’s blog is a haven for fashion-friendlies worldwide. From Japanese karaoke to Lady Gaga in the dressing room via iD and plenty of Hedi Slimane, this blog is always full of intimate shots and fashion-star exclusives. Nicola recently featured images from his latest shoot with Slimane for Hedi Slimane.com. The shoot, entitled ‘California Teens,’ includes only two models but shows a huge variety of sets and looks including dog heads with Swarovski eyes and Rodarte worn as a balaclava.

See the shoot in this gallery below!

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Will ReidBrandish Watch: ‘California Teens’ by Hedi Slimane and Nicola Formichetti

WISHLIST: Button-detail ‘Belushi’ shirt from b Store London

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Over coffee the other day, I was talking to a friend who suffers from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder.) Listening to the misery of days spent not knowing what to wear each morning (friends will know of how immense the impact of fashion is upon my life!) I decided to go on the lookout for a designer who can deliver trans-seasonal clothes that will carry us males throughout the year.

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Will ReidWISHLIST: Button-detail ‘Belushi’ shirt from b Store London

Wishlist: Claude Grant Cropped Trousers from Oak

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For the British, summer is a time of seaside, (dubious) sun and 99p ice creams. It can be hard to find the perfect sun ‘n’ sea outfit and I won’t bore you with details of the economy but, basically, we should all be investing in classic investment fashion pieces.

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Will ReidWishlist: Claude Grant Cropped Trousers from Oak

Tavi the Super-Stylish Style Rookie Takes Inspiration From An Unexpected Male Figure…

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Tavi, the famously fab 12 year-old blogger, is often cited as one of the most fashion-forward figures of the current style circuit. Fashion folk worldwide tune into her Style Rookie blog each day to get a glimpse of her latest get-ups and commentaries. When I saw this photo of her wearing her classic Slow and Steady Wins the Race sunglasses, I was reminded of one of my favourite males and his similar sunnies.

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Will ReidTavi the Super-Stylish Style Rookie Takes Inspiration From An Unexpected Male Figure…

Topman Reveal New Look- ‘Chelsea Arts Club’

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Topman have a new mini-collection on their online shop and the look is ‘Chelsea Arts Club.’ The high street label (beloved by the Brandish team,) tells that “this smart trend is influenced by a sophisticated age where actors, artists and sartorialists mixed in exclusive members clubs…the overall look is quirky.”

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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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Top Five: Will’s Summer Wants!

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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1. Lots of Extra-Hold Hairspray

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Brandish Inspiration: ‘Landed Gent’ in the NY Times T Style Magazine

Week on week, the NY Times T Style Magazine delivers a fabulous fashion spread. Sometimes the editorial is womenswear-based and on occasion, we are provided with incredible style spark. This week’s magazine features the ‘Landed Gent’ editorial and with its vintage, Grey Gardens feel and stunning photography, I felt I had to share it!

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Will ReidBrandish Inspiration: ‘Landed Gent’ in the NY Times T Style Magazine

WISHLIST: Pete Versus Toby ‘Tipsy’ Jumper

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Pete Versus Toby are an Australian label and they are easily one of the coolest new menswear labels out there. From the incredible hair of their model to the vintage-feel of their prints, I am fast falling in love with this great label!

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Brandish Poll: Do you Dare? Bum-Bags!

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At a disco the other night, the theme was ‘City vs. Country’ and stuck for ideas, a friend and I decided to go as tacky tourists. Cue vintage novelty braces, high-waisted denim shorts and charity shop shirts.

My charity shop bum-bag has been the focus of much attention.

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Will ReidBrandish Poll: Do you Dare? Bum-Bags!

Yay or Nay: Autumnal Tones on The Sartorialist

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For me, the Sartorialist is often ‘Hail or Fail’ in that sometimes I want to literally hunt down the people in his photographs to steal their outfits and sometimes I just want to hunt them down and …hurt them? Anyways, I can’t decided with the photo to the left. While I love the proportion play of the trench and tight, knit waistcoat and the relatively baggy trousers tucked into the boots, I’m not as convinced by the Autumnal colour scheme.

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Will ReidYay or Nay: Autumnal Tones on The Sartorialist

Oh My Gran Torino…What was Clint Eastwood thinking?

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I feel like a traitor to men worldwide (and that’s saying something seeing as my trouser of choice is the skinny jean and I am constantly borrowing things from friends and family without a second thought as to which sex the item was originally intended for.) I have just dissed Clint Eastwood on a pretty public scale and I can already hear the heckles and smalls rocks as they soar through the air.

But let’s be honest- he looks a complete mess.

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Will ReidOh My Gran Torino…What was Clint Eastwood thinking?