Cindy says, "The best things about button-collar shirts are the versatility, every urban gent should own a few… actually, more than a few (Ralph Lauren has great ones too)"
Product Details: Price $225 at barneys.com
2. Native-American Beaded Necklace
Andre says, "I wear it almost everyday — even when nobody else can see it, it's under there somewhere."
Cindy says, " Everybody has that one thing that they always wear for whatever reason, Andre's is a native-american necklace, one of my best friend's is his braided leather bracelet… whatever it is, it should be appropriate and tasteful and you should hide it, like Andre does, when it doesn't match."
3. Wes Montgomery
Andre says, "With Jazz I get a pure mood music for my own thoughts instead of being bombarded with another person's lyrics. I can think alot clearer. It's the next best thing to silence."
Cindy says, "I completely agree with Dre, I use jazz to relax and just be free. When you're stresses and trying to chill go to pandora.com and listen to John Coltrane radio."
4. Converse Chuck Taylors
Andre says, "Black, navy, or natural will always work. For me,, they bring any look down to earth."
Cindy says, " Ditto- Converse were on the Essentials of Cool List I made a few weeks back"
Product Detail: Price $44.99 at converse.com
Andre says, "It's a lifesaver when I'm out of the country during football season. I get to watch whatever game is on my television at home. College or pro, I'm always down to watch some pigskin."
Cindy says, "I've heard of the slingbox, but have never looked it up to find information on it, but now that I have it seems like the perfect gift for someone who travels alot"
Product detail: Price $179 at slingmedia.com
6. Italian Style
Andre says, "Anywhere I can jump of a plane and spot a gent in the summertime looking cool as the winter is a place for me."
Cindy says, "Ummmm, duuuh, Italian style is always great, I love seeing pictures of Italian street style- it's flawless"
7. Blackberry 8700
Andre says, "Sad, but my crackberry cell phone has become my linus blanket. I never put it down. Brain tumor, here we come."
Cindy says, "Back during high school and early college I was all about the Treos, but now that I have a blackberry it just doesn't seem possible to go any other way- the email system is the BEST hands down, but the iPhone is giving Blackeberry's some stiff competition."
Product Detail: Price $100 at t-mobile.com
Cindy says, "It's aaaallll about Atlanta enough said. lol"
9. Benjamin Bixby Braces
Andre says, "Either navy-and-white-striped or firehouse-red. I feel safe and comfy in them."
Cindy says, "I love braces on men, but you have to wear them right… I'll do an article on them pretty soon. Nordstrom has some of the best braces"
Product Detail: Price $135 at barneys.com
Cindy says, "This hat is a must, I even have it and I'm a girl. Whether you're from Atlanta or not, this hat is something that's signature classically Andre' and it doesn't hurt to have it in your closet.
Product Detail: Price S22.99 at shop.mlb.com
I must admit, I’m not the biggest Ne-Yo fan, but there are a couple things that I like about the guy. 1- his song writing skills (Irreplaceable was sooooo hot) and 2- his suits. I don’t always like the way he puts his ensembles together, but I certainly love the high quality of his suits. And his recent album cover pictures REALLY caught my eye!
Oh, and don’t forget about the smile….
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Occupation: Graduate Student
Favorite Quote: Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it. (Colin Powell)
Style Icons: Currently none.
Favorite Brands: Brooks Brothers, H. Stockton
Favorite Store: Currently Brooks Brothers.
Favorite Piece of clothing: Paisley bow tie (Primarily navy blue with red and gold undertones).
Bow-tie or tie: Depends on the occasion but I prefer a bow-tie.
Flat front or pleated pants: Again, depends on the look but most frequently pleated (classic look)
Shades, hat, or scarf: scarf
Description of favorite accessory: Interchangeable watch bands that match bow ties I wear. They are pretty neat, only noticeable to the very observant.
Ultimate career/life goal: Establish and grow a successful multi-national consulting firm, foundation, and hedge fund group.
Favorite Book: Think Big (Benjamin Carson)
Hobbies: Playing tennis or golf, traveling to obscure but beautiful places, speaking with others (about politics, business, and faith), volunteering, jazz sets, UGA football, playing piano and the guitar, listening to old and new music, photography.
2. How did you become so stylish? Where did it come from or who inspired it? I must say throughout the course of my life I admired the men like my father, men who carried themselves with distinction and dressed sharply. I began to see the importance of distinguishing oneself in the journey of life with excellence. Dressing is only part of the equation but it can be a factor that opens doors or closes them whether people acknowledge it or not. I would say my inspiration would be every man that I saw who held their head high and caused people to pause because they were that dapper. Dressing sharp makes me feel great!
David Beckham is a total package, he combines athletic w/ suave w/sexy w/masculine w/urban w/cool w/prep w/tailored w/modern w/classic with everything fly to make a look that men crave to one day have. And he creates trends that would otherwise seem corny… including his “one shirt tail in one shirt tail out” look:
One thing to note about Beckham is that he always wears a quality brown leather belt- always… never black or tan, but brown- which I feel is so classic. To get the David Beckham look you must combine:
button down shirt + cardigan + relaxed fit jeans + brown leather belt + beaded bracelets= David Beckham’s Style.
You can easily imitate him by shopping at Express, they’ll have everything from the shirt to the optional tie. And most importantly Express will have the jeans that are a major part of the look.
His serious style and swagger has recently landed him on yet another “Best-Dressed” List, this time- Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed List. Check out his short interview in the magazine:
Residence: Los Angeles.
Occupation: Midfielder, Los Angeles Galaxy.
Style icon: Steve McQueen.
Favorite clothing purchase of 2008: “There is still time in 2008, so ask me next year.”
Most frequently worn items: “Due to the L.A. weather, it has to be a simple pair of shorts and top, at the moment.”
Favorite sunglasses: “My wife’s range of dVb aviators.”
Causes: “Victoria and I have the David and Victoria Beckham Children’s Charity, about which I am very passionate. I am also a goodwill ambassador for unicef.”
David is also in this month’s Men’s Health:
On losing: “I’m a really bad loser. It stays with me for a while. I always take it quite personally when we don’t win as a team or I don’t win in everything else I do.”
On relaxing: “People always ask me, ‘Do you play golf?’ Because a majority of sportsmen do. I used to play, quite a few years ago, but to be honest, I’d rather spend four hours with the kids than four hours on a golf course. As much as it can be relaxing, it’s a frustrating sport. My way of relaxing is listening to music and spending time with the kids.”
What another player said to him when he was 13 years old: “You’ll never play for England, because you’re too small and not strong enough.”