Local Urban Gentleman: Alija Harrison

As some of you know, there is a new segment to The Urban Gentleman called “Local Urban Gent” in which I will feature Urban Gentleman from around the world. If you have serious style, swagger, and ambition and want to be featured send an email to urbangentblog@gmail.com expressing your interest. Only a select few will be featured so be sure to include a top-notch picture showing your style.

This weeks featured Local Urban Gentleman is Alija Harrison. He’s a senior at Bowie State University majoring in Pedology (Children Studies, “Alija love the kids”). After graduation next year, he plans to attend grad school and major in counseling so he can become an elementary school guidance counselor- that’s pretty commendable, huh? America can always use more black men as counselors and teachers- kudos for stepping up to the plate.

Presenting Mr. Alija Harrison. . .

very classic & clean combination

Name: Alija Harrison
Age: 22
Occupation: Student/Exec. Assistant for a national home builder (basic I make copies)
Style Icons: Hands down Kanye West
Favorite Quote: “I am a prince because my Father is the King of kings” -Unknown
Favorite Brands: Creative Recreation, Dsquared, H&M
Favorite Store: Urban Outfitters
Favorite Piece of clothing: Creative Recreation Dicoco Red and Metallic gold (LOVE THEM, see picture HERE)

Bow tie or tie: Tie
Flat front or pleated: Flat front
Shades, hat, or scarf: All three
Ultimate goal: Mentoring kids, motivational speaker, and to become a well known model.
Favorite Books: “Lilies of the Field” and but of course the Bible (Psalms)
Hobbies: Volunteering, Sleeping, Reading, and working out.

1. How would you describe your style? Kanye West, mixed with John legend. I love to pair Creative Recreations with a dress shirt and a tie and blazer.

2. How did you become so stylish? The area I grew up in, Prince George’s County Maryland (Richest African American county in the U.S.), everyone dresses like they are about to be in a photo shoot, lol. I am inspired by the kids I work with, they have to have a stylish guy to look up to.

3. What advice would you give someone trying to find their personal style? Pick the most random thing in your closet and rock it! Wear stuff that is very very hard to find, limited edition type stuff.

4. What’s the best clothing advice you’ve received? Well I would say to keep a clean shape-up (once every other week). Lastly, Buy a nice pair of hard shoes.

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11 Comments


  1. I must admit… the dude is pretty fresh.

  2. So fresh…so clean!
    VSH

  3. OMG!!!…your a celebrity now. Can I have your autograph? Oh yea by the way you look FANTASTIC!!!…LOL

  4. That dude is pretty fresh!
    But, I wouldn’t expect any less from him! LOL

  5. That’s my homie… so fly! The new John West!

  6. ‘Lij,’ way to go!!
    You are a star!

  7. You always look good boo :)

  8. Alija Is by far one of the flyest guys I know in the P.G area hands down!! Keep doin your thing hun!
    ;-)

  9. This look is fly. His taste is impeccable; indicative of sartorial influence. Though the monochromatic palette he employs is definately on point; this look would be over-the-top with a splash of color (and a hat).

  10. Definitely a young man on the come up! Nice to a young black male with his stuff together. You definitely have “swagga to burn” babes!

    “To whom much is given much is required.”

  11. fashionwithasideoflife

    Dude is definitely fresh with admirable aspirations…props !

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