Posts Tagged ‘leather’


Nooka Zoov Gold Watch

By admin on June 20th, 2008

nookagoldwatch.pngLupe Fiasco has a lot to answer for. I’ve been trying to figure out why I’ve been on the lookout for gold watches lately and I came to the conclusion that his song called, um, ‘Gold Watch’ has subconsciously influenced me.

The major problem with most gold watches is that they’re usually ‘utility’ watches, made for the kind of man who likes to pretend that he’s in the army and needs to know how many metres underwater his watch can go. This Nooka watch is for a realistic person, who just wants his watch to look nice. Get it from the Nooka website for £156.

Clothing, Coats & Jackets

Gar-De Leather Jackets

By admin on May 1st, 2008

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With people like the Apprentice’s recently fired Kevin Shaw showing how leather jackets can look bad, it’s becoming more important to get a tailored jacket regardless of what material it’s made from. Gar-De are a New York design collective who aim to ‘reinvent the highest quality materials into innovative designs’. They chose leather for their debut collection and focused exclusively on it.

While you can find any number of ill-fitting leather jackets on the market, finding one that mixes suit-like tailoring with the ubiquitous biker influence is pretty hard to come by. The range becomes available from Autumn, but the price range will be from $1,680 upwards – so start saving now.

Designer Spotlight, Footwear, News

Leather Puma Clyde trainers

By admin on April 29th, 2008


As you might have guessed, we’re quite the fans of Puma here. You could say that Puma is our version of crack. No matter how much we try to stay away from it, we just keep on going back for one more hit. This will be the last time you see Puma on Brandish. This week.

The reasons why we’ve decided to hit that crackpipe one more time are these sky blue leather Clydes. Puma have made Clyde their staple shoe, offering variation upon variation of what was once a basketball shoe. Although they should pop up on the official Puma site soon, for now they’re available on Rakuten.

Clothing, Designer Spotlight

Robert Geller S/S 2008

By admin on April 29th, 2008


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German Born, New York based designer Robert Geller is a very new kid on the block. His label only launched in A/W 07, after working at Marc Jacobs, revamping Cloak and creating a women’s wear range called Harald. The following sentence will sound a little odd, but I’m going to look at a S/S 2008 range while we’re actually in the same season.

While – bar the lime green shorts – none of the pieces break the mould, they are very wearable and could be blended into ones personal style without looking like a store mannequin. Trenches, leathers (jackets and trousers) and cardigans are the staple pieces of the collection and, apart from the leather, they all look ready to wear in these upcoming sunny days. Whilst the label doesn’t have a UK stockist at the moment, you can order some of the items from Blackbird.

Accessories, Designer Spotlight

Dolce and Gabbana Watch

By admin on April 3rd, 2008


Watches that ask philosophical questions
are the new black/brown/whatever the old thing was. If you’ve ever wanted
a D&G watch but felt they were missing that intangible ‘it’ factor, then
this Dolce
& Gabbana High Security watch
is the timepiece for you. It manages the
amazing feat of asking ‘why not today’ whilst showing the time and the date. All that’s missing is a
free call to a life coach.

Cynicism aside, this is a very pretty
watch. The leather straps are buttery soft and the face is surprisingly
readable for something that seems so cluttered in pictures. You can get these
for an RRP of £175 from any large boutique.


Mulberry Leather Folio

By admin on February 1st, 2008

We’ve featured countless man bags here, but
- I can’t believe I’m typing this – there are times when man bags aren’t really
appropriate. You can’t carry a couple of CV’s inside a man bag without it
looking deflated and, in turn, making you look like you don’t know what
accessory suits what occasion.

These times are thankfully few and far
between, but they do occur. When one such occasion arises, a Mulberry
leather folio
will do you wonders. The most impressive feature of this
folio isn’t the leather but the array of business card, mobile phone and pen
pockets that all cram their way inside a very slim folio. The folio’s are
available from Psyche at £250.   


Clarks Originals Re Heat shoe

By ShinyMedia on April 23rd, 2007


I love Clarks Originals, I may hate pie-crust shoes more than anything but some of their less copied styles are lovely. These shoes feature an all-important punched leather part which is very trendy at the moment, but more importantly keeps you cool. The Re heat name might be a reference to the crepe sole, which can easily rejuvenated by heating in a oven, but please don’t take my word for it. They come in easily dirtied greige suede but see after the jump for a slightly more wearable "mackerel" suede and white leather combo.

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Firetrap lace-ups

By ShinyMedia on April 16th, 2007


These Firetrap shoes are a gem. Just the other day I was out with my boyfriend and he wondered out loud why all lace-ups have to have clownlike extended toes. I personally think it’s an awful look, especially when teamed with an Estate Agent suit. Then we spotted these shoes, with a toe as round and smooth as a pebble. The leather looks like it will improve as it becomes aged and battered and you can buy the shoe in a grey-brown (right) or more of a conker (left) shade. They’re available for £69.99 from Office, so buck the trend for clown feet and get yourself a pair.

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