Posts Tagged ‘leather’

Accessories, Brand Spotlight

Redefining The Tool Belt

By admin on December 9th, 2010

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At a first glance this looks like an ordinary belt, but it is in fact a very well disguised tool belt.
Designed by ’686 Clothing’ the belt comes with 8mm, 10mm and 11mm wrenches, a bottle opener, as well as Phillips head screwdriver that also functions to notch the belt in place.

The punk-inspired ‘Snow Toolbelt’ comes in three different styles: original, small stud and large stud, turning you into a walking tool box. This would make a great gift for any cyclist or DIY fan this holiday.

The belt is available here for £34.99



Accessories, Trends

Seen on the street: the vintage briefcase

By admin on June 11th, 2009

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Colin Chapman writes…

Spotted previously on the odd hipster about town, the vintage briefcase is definitely having a moment. On a recent journey from Soho back to Shoreditch, these battered but much prized bags were definitely evident on the street. We’re not talking the hideously square items that out-of-town businessmen carry their dreary worlds in – seemingly designed to collide with kneecaps on the Tube. Softer, roomier styles are the ones to look out for – including the daddy of all briefcases commonly known as ‘the doctor bag’ or Gladstone. And you don’t even have to get your hands grubby rummaging through charity stock as there seems to be a healthy selection available online.

Vintage leather briefcase/doctors bag from Prince’s Vintage on eBay



Footwear

Does the perfect men’s summer sandal exist?

By admin on June 4th, 2009

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Summer footwear for men is tough, flip flops are too Antipodean surfer, don’t even think about action sandals or jesus trainers and slides (those slip on leather sandals) just have too many linen-trousered boyband connotations.

Retro 100% leather sandals seem one of the most acceptable ways forward, we featured a selection of woven shoes and sandals recently and Seb namechecked an awesome APC pair in his summer picks. KG’s Soulac Sur Mer (such an evocative name!) sandals are a great warm tan colour which should improve any pasty foot which goes into it! Only £60 from Liberty they look like they’ll last for a few summers to come, both in terms of wear and style.



Accessories, Luggage & Travel

Manufactum’s bark tanned leather shopping bag

By admin on March 25th, 2009

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This bark-tanned leather shopping bag (239 Eur) looks slightly feminine, but that’s part of the appeal, there’s no faux macho-posturing from this bag, it’s just a simple over the shoulder tote. The true tan colour will look great with a navy suit or a pale Harrington jacket and it’s more interesting than your average laptop bag.

Manufactum
produce the bag, so you can guarantee that it will last you a lifetime, and get better with age. They recommend cleaning it with a damp cloth until a patina starts to form and they guarantee the only synthetic material used is the stitching thread, old school class!



Accessories, Brand Spotlight

Mulberry’s Eliot Tote: a male ‘It’ bag?

By Colin Chapman on March 23rd, 2009

Mulberry_Eliot_Tote_White1.jpgCurrently gracing all the best mens glossies is the Mulberry ad for the Eliot Tote bag. It’s rare for a particular model to be touted as the equivalent of a male ‘It’ bag but I guess Mulberry are applying a trusted formula here.

What makes this bag so lovely? The ad photography brings out the heavy grain of the thick leather looking creamier and much less starkly white than in the storefront image here. The ad styling also helps – layered neon knits under leather, low slung jeans also (crucially) in white. But nothing attracts attention away from that bag. Other selling points: the canvas handles look sturdy and practical. Its a tote – as with the cotton tote this exudes youthful exuberance, no PC-laptop lugging or sweaty footie kit here. It’s value suggests you only carry the best items – Fantastic Man natch, Tom Ford shades and it’s roomy enough to slot in your yoga mat. The price? Oh yes, a very It-bag £495.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Jeans & Trousers

Yay or Nay: Undercover Lace-Up Jeans

By Will Reid on January 29th, 2009

90680_1.jpgDenim has been revolutionised in recent times and the last few years have seen denim be used by menswear designers to make a true statement. Whether skinny, twisted, acid bright faded, torn, studded, boot-leg: some might say that ‘jeans maketh man.’ And they wouldn’t be far wrong.

So, what would these jeans say about a male? They lace up (with white leather might I add) the side and turn up at the bottom. The have a diamond pattern detail on the back pockets and come from one of the coolest labels of the moment.

Yay or Nay
my friends? Vote after the jump.

(Jeans, Browns, £215)

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Heroes and Celebrities, Jeans & Trousers

Fashion Pet Hate: distressed bootcut denim

By admin on October 24th, 2008

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Being overly negative about other people’s dress sense is something that I’d happily leave to Trinny and Susannah but one particular menswear trend grates on me like nothing else.

They might seem innocuous but bootcut faded and or distressed jeans are a massive bugbear of mine. Richard Hammond, part of the Top Gear triumvirate of bad denim, is the perfect example of how not to wear jeans. The overlong shirt cuffs and ‘rugged’ leather only add to the effect and make him look out of date.

Is this a fashion crime or do you dig bootcut denim? Take our poll after the jump.

Let me know what your fashion pet hates are, and we’ll feature them on Brandish. Just send me an email or write on our Facebook Blog wall!

Jeremy Craine/Rex Features

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Accessories, Luggage

Pauric Sweeney python and leather bag

By admin on October 17th, 2008

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As the lovely chap in our Yay or Nay heels debate demonstrated there is a burgeoning trend for men to co-opt traditionally female fashion status markers like heels and bags.
Pauric Sweeney’s bag is no half-measure, it’s pure luxury with a combination of python and leather and discreet hardware. It’s such an intricate bag I’m not entirely sure I could see many men going for it, I wouldn’t mind it myself I just need to find a boyfriend who can afford the £1,480 price tag so I can steal it off him!



Accessories

Dear memoirs: do you know your belt size? I bet you don’t

By Jonathan Smith on September 30th, 2008

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Dear memoirs, walking through the office last Friday between avoiding work down in the samples cage and avoiding work at my desk I was beckoned over by a young female buyer “What size waist are you?” odd I thought, interesting opening to any conversation. I mused for perhaps for only a second and responded “About a 30″ she looked oddly satisfied then slapped a belt into my hand a commanded me to put it on, not to upset the young Miss I obliged and began to remove my own belt, her eyes transfixed on my waist line. I thought in any other situation and I could be labelled quite the Cad, but this, was of course, only business. With the belt on and fitting perfectly the young lady asked me what size belt I usually take, “Ermm I’m not really sure, probably a Medium” she looked at me like I was a fool, and I was because the belt I was wearing was a Small, a Medium would have dwarfed me. I removed the belt and retreated to my desk feeling humbled.

True story that. My point is do you really know what size belt you take? It’s hard to tell and it’s tough for you to measure accurately the length of your current belt without knowing how to correctly measure a belt- step in Atsui and their super useful guide to belt measuring.

Check it out and never be made a fool of like I was.



Footwear

Alden cordovan lace-up boots from Browns

By admin on September 29th, 2008

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DMs are back in fashion but they can look a little clompy for everyday wear. Alden’s lace-up boot hits the ankle at the perfect spot for teaming with rolled-up trousers for an unbeatable look.

The cordovan horsehide is extremely waterproof and polishes up to a great finish making it the ideal winter boot. Coffee-brown laces are a wonderful touch and look great with the black leather, proving that black and brown can go well together. These boots aren’t cheap at £505 but will make an investment that will last years, snap them up from Browns.



Coats & Jackets

Stussy x Schott – yeah seriously

By Jonathan Smith on September 22nd, 2008

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Not since the Aguilera/Bratman marriage has the world seen such an unlikely pairing, street fashion brand Stussy has gotten together with Whetherspoons favourite Schott to work on this jacket. Made from cow hide and wool the coat looks… really good… am I the only one who’s genuinely shocked? Pencilled in for release in November, there is no mention of price but at a guess I’m thinking- not cheap.



Clothing, Coats & Jackets, Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities

Celeb Style: Steve Jones’ Summer Lovin’

By Will Reid on August 20th, 2008

stevejones.jpgSteve Jones was seen on Monday with rumoured new girlfriend Fearne Cotton. A stylish, undoubtedly TV-friendly pair, I have to admit that I actually think Steve is better dressed on this particular date.

Let’s start with the leather jacket- this staple item is unexpectedly hard to pull off (without looking like a T-Bird; never a good look.) Jones’ version is masculine yet still on trend and the slim-fit detail means that your swagger won’t be shapeless. The white canvas brogues are a perfect summer piece and can be worn on holiday with a pair of shorts or actually in the UK with jeans, as seen here. Add black Wayfarer-style glasses and run the risk of looking like a trend-victim or try a non-Ray Ban style and be all-out original, fashion quirkiness will get you a Brandish A-Grade.

(Image: Rex Features)



Footwear

Ato Cow Hide Boots – How times have changed

By admin on August 7th, 2008

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What a difference a near year can make. Seems like only yesterday we were calling these Ato boots weird and unwearable. Now, after having Kanye West wear them, they look like they’d easily slip into our wardrobe.

And call me crazy, but even the £199 price tag doesn’t seem that bad. Heck, Jordans cost around the same price and they’re not made from a mix of patent and premium leather. If you’ve changed your tune, you’ll have to join the queue as Oki-Ni only have these on pre-order.



Outfit picks, Trends

Outfit pick: Sartorialist-style summer shorts

By admin on July 17th, 2008

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The Sartorialist isn’t convinced by shorts suits, but his images of sports jackets worn with shorts does indeed work well for the summer months. If you’re not sold on the idea of a shorts suit but want to look smart this summer see after the jump for my outfit pick which team madras with a pale chambray check and sturdy leather plimsolls. Clubmaster-style sunnies add a dose of bookish retro and the jacket finishes of the smart look.

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Accessories

Tusting leather tote from Browns

By admin on June 26th, 2008

tusting leather tote browns.jpgCotton bags are becoming so ubiquitous these days I’m on the brink of cutting all mine up into strips and weaving them into some sort of über-tote.

A far better idea is Tusting’s leather bag from Browns, much more of an über tote than any half-assed craft project I’ve ever made. The bitter chocolate colour is versatile and chicer than plain black and simple design stays true to its humble tote roots. It comes with a pretty serious price tag (£245) but the subtle style will last you for years.




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