Posts Tagged ‘winter’

Footwear

Sorel Fall/Winter 2011 Collection

By Laura on August 4th, 2011

Growing up in Canada, winter boots were probably the most important part of your fall/winter wardrobe. So it always shocks me that come winter here no one seems to have appropriate footwear. After talking to a few people, I have come to the conclusion it is because most men believe that proper winter boots can’t be fashionable.

Well guess what…. you’re wrong.

Sorel was originally founded by William H. Kaufman Inc. in Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (where I went to uni), and have been associated with the development of durable, comfortable cold-weather footwear since 1908.

In many ways they are the Canadian version on Hunter boots… and have created a loyal following by taking functional forms and making them stylish. Sorel has just revealed their Fall ‘11 collection and the Mad Boot Lace is a perfect example of this.

Inspired by the Mad Men of the 50’s and the Sorel Pro Flex of the 80’s, the Mad Series is water-resistant and made from full grain leather. As usual they have done a brilliant job combining iconic elements from their past and reintroducing it in a modern yet functional design.



features, How to, Shoes

How To Remove Salt Stains From Your Shoes

By Laura on December 16th, 2010

If it wasn’t for sidewalk salt in the winter we would all be slipping and sliding all over the place, however, it can make a huge mess of your shoes. Leaving those awful, highly visible, white stains behind, not to mention permanent damage to the leather.

In the last few weeks I have heard a number of people say they have thrown their shoes out due to the salt damage. Growing up in Canada, this is a problem I am all to familiar with, but there is a solution that will help your shoes see it thought to another season.

Just follow the following steps and you will have your shoes looking as good as new.

Things You’ll Need:
Warm water
White vinegar
Bowl
Paper towels
Soft cloths
Shoe polish (optional)

1) Remove any grains of salt that may be stuck to the outside by brushing your shoes down.

2) Create a mixture of two parts water and one part white vinegar. It’s OK to approximate the amounts, and just use your best judgment to make sure that you have enough to clean the both Shoes; the required amount will vary depending on the size and of the salt-stained areas.

3) Dip a folded paper towel into the water and vinegar mixture and rub the solution onto a small stained area of one shoe. After it appears that the white stains have been rubbed out, switch to a clean, soft cloth and buff the area dry. Continue moving along the surface of the shoe, cleaning one small area at a time and immediately buffing it dry with a separate cloth.

4) Let both shoes air dry for at least 30 minutes after you finish cleaning them. Check them again to see if you missed any spots. They may only show up after the leather has fully dried.

5) Polish your your after they’ve completely dried. Regular polishing throughout the winter season will help strengthen the integrity of the leather and put up an additional barrier to the harmful sidewalk salt.



Outfit picks

Love the Look: Winter wool smarts

By admin on February 2nd, 2009

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How to do class in the freezing cold… Take one well tailored grey coat, a battered but sturdy pair of boots, slim wool trousers and top it off with a pair of tinted specs. When temperatures plummet there’s nothing like a pair of thick wool trousers to keep you warm and if you really feel the cold slip on a pair of long johns.

It might take you a while to get that impressive beard but if you’ve got the basics sorted hopefully the rest will follow.

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Designer Spotlight, Trends, Video

Alexander McQueen menswear show at Pitti Uomo, Milan

By admin on January 21st, 2009

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The standout show at Pitti Uomo was, in my mind, Alexander McQueen’s “The McQueensberry Rules”. Where most Milan designers literally translated the gloom of the economic crisis McQueen added a murderous glint to the proceedings with aristocratic eleagance and a glossy nostalgia for a pre-Thatcherite Britain.

Sending models down the catwalk with fingerless gloves, silver-topped canes and darkened, bloodshot eyes it seemed that McQueen had gone the safe route of pairing outlandish styling with conventional clothing, but on closer inspection everything about this collection gave off a menacing whiff.

Referencing some of the most aggressive or manic male archetypes everyone from the majestic to the deranged got a look in. Skinheads’ oxblood 10 hole DMs, teddy boys’ draped jackets combined with Jack the Ripper menace and Clockwork Orange swagger for a collection that was admittedly theatrical but anchored by impeccable tailoring. Trousers were tight, and a strong upper half was emphasised with sharp suit jackets, thick coats and beefy woollens. Chainmail vests, butcher’s aprons and boxing gloves alluded to traditional facets of men in the workplace in a proudly aggressive and vital assertion of masculinity.

Jump through to watch an impressive video of the show, with thunderous music and songs by the Specials and the Stranglers, you can watch part two here.

[Image: Olycom SPA/Rex Features]

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Accessories, Clothing, Designer Spotlight

Return of…the WISHLIST! Unisex Circle Scarf from American Apparel

By Will Reid on January 13th, 2009

RSA0503_01.jpgPost-Christmas and the inevitable unwrapping, posing and dressing that occurs as a direct result, I find myself on the hunt for new purchases to slyly absorb into my wardrobe (NYE Resolution: hide fewer credit card bills!)

I have decided to bring back an old Brandish feature- the ‘Wishlist.’ I begin with the ‘Unisex Circle Scarf’ from American Apparel. The scarf can be worn a mesmerising 12 ways for girls (as shown in a diagram on the label’s website,) but I think us boys could get just as much fun out of this great winter accessory.

The scarf costs £21 on-line and comes in 11 colours. A more affordable Wishlist so far!



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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Trends

It’s all about the tuck

By Colin Chapman on December 8th, 2008

Last winter saw a few brave male fashion pioneers trying out the tucked in boots look. This winter it’s all but essential.

But there are some definite rules to make it look effortless. If your pants are too wide you can end up with balloon pants that are more Ali Baba than louche hipster. Too skinny and you end up looking like an ’80s skinhead. A classic straight leg jean cut is the best option for median bagginess. There should also be element of insouciance: a bit of errant hem helps here, as does leaving the top few lace-holes undone for that Artful Dodger touch.

Jude Law is a surprise expert at the tucked in boot challenge so grab a copy of Hello and take note.

Featured items: All Saints
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Clothing, Coats & Jackets, knitwear

Silas Winter Lookbook

By Jonathan Smith on November 25th, 2008

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A while ago when Silas pulled out of the UK I was pretty gutted because at the time they were my favorite brand due to the fact that their T-Shirts fit so damn well, the actual design of the T’s were less important to me but to be fair these were just as great. Silas has returned to the UK (though the brand still concentrates on its much larger following in Japan) and has grown up a wee bit with some smarter pieces to their range such as the awesome knitwear and coats featured in this winter 08 lookbook put together by Unbar.

Jump through to look through the book…

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Christmas comes early as Uniqlo launch Heat Tech

By admin on November 18th, 2008

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On Thursday Uniqlo plan to give away 4,000 gift packs as part of their Heat Tech launch. Apparently in Japan Heat Tech is as popular as a cup of tea when it comes to keeping you warm, the fabric absorbs moisture and converts it into heat combined with an exciting mix of milk proteins which ensures a snug fit.

Their London store is being turned into a giant vending machine with thermograph imaging monitors to capture customers cold/hot spots. To be in with a chance of snagging a goodie bag on Thursday head down to their Oxford Street store and make sure you look chilly so the silver jumpsuited Heat Tech team take pity on you!



Accessories, Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Polls

Yay or Nay?- American Apparel Unisex Winter Ski Hood

By Will Reid on November 13th, 2008

aa.jpgAmerican Apparel is a brand that I can’t help but be suspicious of. Yes, the adverts are provocative. Yes, Dov Charney supposedly walks around his office naked. Yes, their shop assistants look like they’ve just walked out of a NYLON spread. My problem is that whenever I see someone wearing American Apparel, it tends to be the case that it is the not the clothes that are great but how they are styled.

I can’t imagine this ‘Winter Ski Hood’ (£10) looking good on anyone who isn’t a model but I am wary of giving it a firm ‘Nay’ as I just know that as soon as this post is published, some edgy fashion editor will decree it the It-item of the season.

What do you think? Vote in our poll!




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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Coats & Jackets, Trends

Top Winter bomber jackets

By admin on November 3rd, 2008

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Winter has crept up on us and while you can’t beat a classic pea coat there seems to be little else on offer on the high street.

A wool bomber jacket is a more modern looking shape and goes well with newer silhouettes like double pleat trousers and cuffed jeans. The wool fabric gives the shape a smarter and more structured look than its sporty counterparts and more importantly is a lot warmer. Take your pick from double and single-breasted, zip-up, vintage, retro and modern there’s a bomber for every taste and wallet.

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Accessories

Trapper hats: Topman, Paul Smith and John Rocha

By admin on October 23rd, 2008

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As usual Will is on the money with his trapper hat outfit pick, but here are a few more to choose from for this winter.

Topman‘s version will give you that lumberjack look, while Paul Smith‘s luxe offering is perfect as part of a nouveau grunge outfit. John Rocha‘s corduroy trapper will keep you cosy and warm until first thaw, or until you get on the tube. Whichever comes first..

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Clothing

Schwipe Autumn Winter 2008

By Jonathan Smith on October 1st, 2008

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Australian streetwear (yeah i know, I thought it was all just surfing and BBQ’s too) brand Schwipe has released pics of their Autumn/Winter 2008 collection. With dark base colours and high contrast tongue in cheek graphics all the pieces look great and set the brand up to be really taken seriously in the street fashion world outside of Australia.

Check out more pics after the jump.

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Clothing, Outfit picks, Trends

Want all the gear, but have no idea?

By Jonathan Smith on August 11th, 2008

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Do you have thousands of pounds or dollars burning a hole in your pocket? Do you also feel it is time for a complete wardrobe change? But do you have no clue about what’s hot or not in the fast paced world of fashion? Well then it’s your lucky day because those bloody helpful chaps over at men.style.com have gotten “14 of menswear’s top tastemakers [to] name their favourite pieces of the season”. As if this wasn’t enough I’m here on hand naming my top 3 picks from the list, so click through on the jump to see how badly I lack any imagination.

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