Thursday 20th August, '15 | Posted by Xile Clothing
With the Edinburgh Fringe just around the corner the streets are beginning to fill up and the daily walk to Xile HQ is taking longer by the day. Whether you love or loathe the festival there is no avoiding the annual invasion so break out the booklets, empty the piggybank and get your culture on!
To help the novices guide their way around the festival and learn their Underbelly from their Cow Shed the team at Xile have handpicked some of the best shows in the 2015 fringe. Check them out below and let us know what shows you have booked up for the festival!PHIL WANG - PHILTH
Since catching Phil Wang’s first show at the Festival in 2013 he has been the first date booked in the Xile diary every year. Since Time Out entrusted Phil with the coveted title of ‘Master of the intellectual dick joke’ his career appears to be going from strength to strength with recent appearances on ‘The Rob Brydon Show’ and the ‘John Bishop Show’ (yet more examples of the BBC’s programme naming team earning their money).
His show Philth will be running at the Pleasance Courtyard from August 5th – 30th with tickets starting at £5. To get you in the mood check out Phil’s first show Anti-Hero for free below;
A festival favourite that has been entertaining Edinburgh since way back in 2002, Reginald D Hunter returns to his spiritual home at the Pleasance Grand for his new show ‘Bitchproof’. The controversial comic is returning to the Fringe after completing his widely acclaimed BBC 2 documentary ‘Songs of the South’ however we don’t think much of Reggie’s material could see BBC2 before the watershed! If you’re looking for edgy comedy from an Edinburgh legend ‘Bitchproof’ will be running at the Pleasance Grand from the 5th – 30th August and it’s sure to be a sell-out.THRONES! - THE MUSICAL
Ok so we won’t pretend we know too much more about this show other than the description of a ‘hilarious musical parody of HBO’s Game of Thrones’ but it promises to fill the empty void left since the end of Season 5 for at least one hour. What we do know though is if the show is anywhere as good as fellow TV parody ‘One Man Breaking Bad’ (Gilded Balloon) then it’s not one to miss! Thrones: The Musical will be at Assembly George Square from the 5th – 31st August, tickets start at £10.TREVOR NOAH - LOST IN TRANSLATION
This will probably be your last opportunity to catch South African funny man Trevor Noah as the comedian has risen to superstardom after being announced as the new host of US favourite ‘The Daily Show’. In Lost in Translation Trevor brings us the tale of his upbringing in a mixed race family in Apartheid South Africa. Due to massive demand get your tickets for this one soon as with only 3 nights it is sure to sell out!SPANK!
If you are still staggering from show to show in the early morning then you can’t go far wrong with Spank. A festival favourite, Spank returns for its 11th year bringing three hours of gratuitous nudity, comedy and drinking to the Underbelly every night of the Fringe. Expect an ever changing line-up and an audience slurring out heckles at every available opportunity, not one to miss! Catch Spank at midnight 1st – 24th August at the Cowgates’ Underbelly.
Blog post written by Andrew Ainslie.
Monday 6th July, '15 | Posted by Xile Clothing
Thursday the 9th of July marks a very important date in many a Scot's calendar ... T in the park 2015. The Scottish music festival will be held at Strathallan Castle this year and welcomes the acts from all genres such as UK indie heros Kasabian, Scottish favourite Jackmaster who will be playing B2B with Joy Orbison, EDM hevyweight Avicii and Sunday night's headliner Noel Gallagher's high flying birds. Alongside this extensive list of DJs, bands and solo acts there will be a 85,000 punters egger to go hard or go home!
Apart from the tent, crate of bevvy and some sort of camping chair one of the main essentials at any festival is a fresh look. Over the years we have seen a number of styles go out of fashion and a number, such as acid wash and tie-dye, come straight back in. With the retro and revival direction that fashion has gone this year we believe there to be a lot of retro zip-up jackets and tracksuit tops making appearance on the festival circuit this year. With the hottest summer we have had in years we are also expecting to see a great deal of denim shorts, bucket hats and sunglasses.
To ensure that you are prepared for your festival of choice we have asked our team what their festival essentials are and have thrown the links in below.
Friday 12th June, '15 | Posted by Xile Clothing
With the boredom of everyday office life being overpowered by the passion for street wear Outsiders Apparel was created in Edinburgh in 2012. Starting off with £200 and a box of blank t-shirts Fraser Brown set out on his dream by selling t-shirts to friends and local DJ's. Within a few years the brand has went from a local underground sensation to a nation wide brand.
The brand takes great pride in being from Edinburgh and incorporates this into their designs and branding that has helped its local success but its clean cut and minimalistic look gives it mass appeal. With influences from brands like Supreme, Patta, The Hundreds and I Love Ugly, Outsiders Apparel sit up their with the best.
This seasons Athletic Department series is one of their strongest yet. With a hint of American sports heritage and Scottish style Outsiders Apparel provide a strong collection that easily competes with the more commercial street ear brands out there.
Wednesday 27th May, '15 | Posted by Xile Clothing
Originally made as a hard wearing boot, custom made for the oil rigs and farms these were made to take anything you can throw at them and come out the other side. They became a fashion brand thanks to the American obsessed Japanese market. Red Wings became available thanks to Japanese company Midori who distributed them to stores where they were sold for fashion and not function.
It wasn't until the early 2000's that the American and European markets caught on to heritage brands and a separate 'Heritage' line was added to the collection. This concentrated on boots made for fashion and lifestyle, not function.
2014 was one of Red Wings most successful years to date generating over $700 million in sales worldwide. Although the trend of Heritage brands may be fading Red Wings success looks to continue thanks to never straying from their built for function ethos and not getting to carried away with the fashion side which has caused some heritage brands to trip up.
Red Wings plan to remain true to their heritage and not chase fashion which we think is one of the reasons they will still be here in years to come.
Friday 8th May, '15 | Posted by Xile Clothing
Rocky Balboa once said that if you want to have good time you need a good watch. Wise words indeed from one of the great thinkers. With the summer approaching and more chance of rocking some short sleeved attire you need to remember that your wrist needs dressed too.
With 160 years worth of watch making history Timex are always on point with their designs and styles. An iconic look that sits well with the formal gentleman and the rugged masculine man our Timex collection has something for everybody this season.
A personal favourite is the classic Digital watch. A flashback to our youth these were the watches to have in our younger days, and yes we rocked the gold strap. If your after a more mature look the Weekender has it just right with a nice round face and all the detailing of a timeless fashion piece.