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Retro gadgets: ten vintage style record players

By Stefano on February 18th, 2013

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I don’t think it is just me but these days I find that I am increasing playing more vinyl than CDs. Spotify is my main source of music, but every now and then I fancy something that isn’t on the online music service and go and get a record out.

There is something wonderful about spinning vinyl again. It demands your attention for a start. You can’t go skipping tracks (well you can but it isn’t great for your needle) and then there’s the sound which just seems warmer and more lively than colder digital sounds.

The big question for those who are thinking about getting the vinyl out of the loft and back into the living room is what are you going to play it on? Systems like Sonos and iPhone hi-fis have replaced the seperates based music systems of yore, and if that’s you spending money on a Technics deck, or aging Dual turntable when you don’t have the amp to team it up with, is a waste of time.

Which is why old vintage style record players are making a comeback. They are the consumer electronics items that bring the generations together with some being snapped up by young hipsters types who have just bought vinyl copies of the latest releases and others the preserve of aging hipsters revisiting classic vinyl from their youth.

Another reason for their popularity is that they just look great. Team them up with a suitably cool retro table and you have a really striking bit of furniture.

If you fancy one you really ought to be thinking about an original Dansette from the 50/60s. You can get them reconditioned from dealers and also from ebay - get lucky and it’ll look and sound great.

However one reason you might want a record player is to make MP3 copies of vinyl. If that’s you then there’s a new breed or vintage style record players to consider. Up until recently most of them looked pretty horrible. However US make Crosley has changed all that and its highly desirable Collegiate player was a huge hit last Christmas and sold out in that hipster paradise Urban Outfitters. You can still buy them in the UK but you might have to wait for them come in on export.

Here then is a round up of what is available in the UK now.

Steepletone SRP1R-11 Union Jack £109

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Perfect for your mid 60s pop art Who albums this is a repro of a old school Dansette with a (bet they got a job lot done for The Olympics) Union Jack top. It has a good selection of features too including built in speakers and a AM/FM radio tuner.It plays 7 inch, 10inch and 12 inch records and has a USB connector and an SD card slot so you can play MP3s on it. Gigaworld



Clothing, Heroes and Celebrities, Outfit picks

Get the Look: Marlon Brando in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

By Will Reid on May 5th, 2009

streetcar.jpgWhen my English teacher announced we would be studying ‘A Streetcar Named Desire,’ I have to admit to a light leap of the heart as I reminisced on John Galliano‘s ‘Blanche DuBois’ collection of 1988 and Marlon Brando in all his retro glory; oozing sex appeal and hard-edged fashion prowess. With these thoughts in mind, and a bit of time spent re-watching the iconic film made in 1951, I set about creating an outfit based on the look of Stanley Kowalski.

I’ve mixed a pair of amazing chino/casual-esque trousers with a bit of a vintage feel and a thin leather belt from with a basic tee from Topman and a pair of roughed up plimsolls from New Look. This is simple and seemingly effortless but the look as a whole is incredibly effective at turning you into a rugged, alpha-male icon. Now, with the fashion bit past, can anyone do a good New Orleans accent?

See after the jump for product details and links!

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Summer sunglasses: go for retro bright or classic cool

By admin on April 28th, 2009

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Ray-Bans were last year’s hit sunnies, but this year maybe try something a little more anonymous?


Next
‘s orange sunglasses retail at £12, and despite the lack of branding still have a distinctive retro look. The orange frames look great with a tan and there’s a nice clash going on with the purple lenses. Mango’s pair (£23) are for the more classically minded, the tortoiseshell frame and old fashioned shape will go great with a ‘Talented Mr Ripley‘ style summer look.



Accessories, Clothing, Polls

Brandish Poll: Do you Dare? Bum-Bags!

By Will Reid on March 3rd, 2009

n684944737_1400897_1301033.jpgAt 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. While it was only a joke item, a few friends have since been talking about it and I wonder if it could be worked into an actual outfit.

Outside of an outrageously-themed disco, I think I will wear the accessory when I go to India in March with cartoon-print Harem trousers, white plimsolls, a plain white vest and vintage sunglasses (at right.) Practical and high-fashion!

Yay or Nay?

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Heroes and Celebrities, knitwear

Will Smith shows off winter chic at ‘Seven Pounds’ photocall

By admin on January 7th, 2009

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Living up to the Brit reputation of talking about the weather this post is all about how ruddy freezing cold it is! With temperatures so low some offices are abandoning their dress codes and allowing staff to come in casual clothes Will Smith shows us how to stylishly do formal in winter.
Standing in front of the Brandenburger Tor in snowy Berlin for his latest film ‘Seven Pounds’ Will looks smart in a tweed jacket, checked knit and patterned tie. See after the jump for where you can pick up the look in the shops.

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T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

Brandish Christmas Picks: Support your local butcher

By admin on December 8th, 2008

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The little butcher on this t-shirt reminds me of the chirpy potato man on Tayto crisp packets, the Irish snack company who invented cheese and onion flavour and have happily kept their retro packaging.

Back to the t-shirt, it’s by Crispin Finn (is the name a coincidence? I don’t think so) and costs a mere tenner which makes it the perfect accompaniment to a larger present for a loved-one or a fancy stocking filler. The retro blue and white colours and jaunty slogan will put a smile on anyone’s face without resorting to Nathan Barley wanker-type humour…

via: Hide Your Arms



News

Angel’s Big Vintage Sale, the sale of a lifetime!

By admin on December 4th, 2008

I don’t want to compete for vintage dresses, old suits and heels with anyone but dear Brandish readers come close and let me tell you about one of the most exciting events I’ve heard of in a very long time.

Angel‘s, the London costumier, is hosting the Big Vintage Sale in its Wembley storeroom this Saturday where you can rummage for ex-Angels stock and ex-BBC Resources Costume stock. Clothes hoarder that I am, I’ve spoken to people at the BBC about their costume department and apparently they hardly ever sell of their stock, so this really is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Watch the video above to get an idea of the scale of the event, and see you at 8.30am on Saturday!

Visit Angel’s Facebook event page for more information on the sale.



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.

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Footwear, Heroes and Celebrities

Love The Look: Mark Ronson at Vivienne Westwood

By Will Reid on September 19th, 2008

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Mark Ronson has always been a tiptop fashion star and this year has been awash with his sartorial influence. From the stripes and Mod look of early 2008 to the sharp tailoring in kooky fabrics. From the ’50s rock-star (read: Elvis) to the fur-clad aristo-geek.

Now, Ronson is taking it upon himself to lead the way with the trapper-hat wearer, ‘Lightspeed Champion,’ look as first established by our (soon to depart-) Jason Dike. Mark looked great at Vivienne Westwood’s after-show party last night with his fur-lined coat, oversized glasses and slick boots.

E-mail isabelle [at] shinymedia.com to tell us who your style icons are at the moment!



Trends, Watches

Casio’s black watch hides its skeezyness behind a black resin strap

By admin on September 18th, 2008

casio black resin strap watch 80s retro.jpgI know Casio watches are a bit ubiquitous nowadays but I’m still hankering after a gold Dual Time Casio for that sleazy uncle/skeezy factor. There’s something amazingly creepy about having two kinds of time on one watch, and I love it.

For a less tacky and more durable (in trend terms anyway) go for the the black resin strap version. It hides its ’80s retro geeky looks under a cloak of minimalist respectability fooling people into thinking it’s a plain old boring watch. Furthermore it does all of this for the utterly stupid price of £10.97, brilliant!



knitwear

Retro tank top from French Connection

By admin on August 28th, 2008

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There is something reassuringly old-fashioned about this French Connection tank top (£45), it reminds me of my old Chemistry teacher Mr Strom who would wear zip-up cardies like they were going out of fashion. Which they were.

It’s the combination of burgundy and grey that does it, wear and add some retro schoolboy good looks to your Autumn outfit. For maximum Back to School chic team it with a brown leather satchel and stripy school scarf.



Footwear, Sportswear

Gola Valiant Hi-Top from asos

By admin on August 13th, 2008

gola valiant hi-top asos trainer grey retro.jpgWhen Jason featured Generic Man recently I oohed and aahed at the simplicity of it all. As someone who loves COS, Uniqlo and designers like Margaret Howell and Patrik Ervell, the pared-down stylings are right up my street.

Gola’s Valiant Hi-Top (£40) from asos offer the same unpretentiousness and good looks but in an altogether more obviously sporty package. The perforated uppers are a subtly retro touch and still a firm favourite of mine. Wear them with slim jeans and a branded polo or white shirt for a bit of a chavvy luxe look. Yes I’m serious, I spotted someone at the weekend with Y-3 trainers, a YSL shirt and a number one, and it looked awesome.



pick of the blogs, Trends

Street style picks: smart silhouettes and the alternative to the tie

By admin on July 22nd, 2008

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One of the few pictures from the Sartorialist’s London visit has surfaced and it’s a wonderful piece of British nostalgia. The tasselled loafers look great with the mustard top and oxblood bag, like the commenters I’m not so sure about the fit of the jeans but I think we can let him off!

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knitwear, Trends

Flight of the Conchord’s Bret McKenzie and his retro jumpers

By admin on July 4th, 2008

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Watching Flight of the Conchords the other night I was struck by just how many comedy retro jumpers Bret McKenzie wears. From ’80s sweatshirts with Arctic wolves and pine trees to snowflake pattern woolly nan jumpers the Kiwi comedian has got his bases covered.

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What do you think of Roger Federer’s Wimbledon look?

By admin on June 25th, 2008

roger federer wimbledon tennis cardigan.jpgRoger Federer turned heads on court at Wimbledon sporting a refined retro outfit of gold-trimmed cardigan, polo shirt and tailored shorts. It’s a departure from the on court trend of wearing hi-tech sportswear and harks back to a more genteel era of tennis.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m no sartorial luddite, but Federer’s preppy chic outfit is a cut above your average sweat soaked poly-mesh racer back all-in-onsie. Whether it will make any difference to his game remains to be seen, as he faces Robin Soderling at lunchtime. Vote in our poll and let us know what you think of the Swiss tennis star.

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