Archive for November, 2008

Pharrell Williams Wears TOM FORD Glasses

Many people ask me this question (almost daily) and I always answer it on an individual basis, but just for the record- Pharrell Williams wears Tom Ford glasses ;-)
Just for kicks, here’s the Pharrell Williams “I’m a PC video”. I love this whole “I’m a PC thing” (even though I’m personally a Mac), when I first saw the whole commercial months ago I was moved. It’s a great marketing campaign, whoever thought of it definitely got paid.

Oh and here’s some more Tom Ford frames worn by the stylish and famous.





all frames between $260-$320 at go-optics.com
(also in the urban gentleman store)

Oh, and here’s the entire PC commercial, the one I was “moved by” :-)

Congratulations Georgia Tech!

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I just want to take the time to congratulate the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on a game well played. After 7 years we finally ended the streak and kicked Georgia’s ass. So party all night long- I wish I was in Atlanta, I know the city is crazy right now (well atleast downtown Atlanta).

(If some of you are wondering “what the heck is she talking about”, well I’m a Georgia Institute of Technology Alumni and so therefore obviously a HUGE Yellow Jacket fan (I love college football in general). And Georgia (UGA) and Georgia Tech are rivals).

To celebrate I want to post one of our oh so lovely chants, lol:

What’s the Good Word?
To Hell with Georgia
What’s the Good Word?
To Hell with Georgia
What’s the Good Word?
To Hell with Georgia
How bout them dawgs?
Piss on em!

(lol…. I know it’s harsh, but thats football for ya, plus Georgia Tech was an all male school at first, so you know how that goes- everything is a tad bit rough)


And our fight song:

I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech, and a hell of an Engineer
A Helluva, Helluva, Helluva, Helluva, Helluva Engineer
Like all the jolly good fellows, I drink my whiskey clear.
I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an Engineer
Oh, if I had a daughter, sir, I’d dress her in white and gold,
And put her on the campus To cheer the brave and bold.
But if I had a son, sir, I’ll tell you what he’d do–
He’d yell: TO HELL WITH GEORGIA ‘!’ Like his daddy used to do.
Oh, I wish I had a barrel of rum, and Sugar three thousand pounds
A college bell to put it in, And a clapper to stir it round.
I’d drink to all the good fellows, who come from far and near.
I’m a Ramblin’, Gamblin’ , HELL OF AN ENGINEER!




Button It Up

No more leaving one or two buttons undone. It is officially cool to wear your button-ups buttoned up.

For the past few months Kanye West has been seen only with his shirts buttoned to the top, so have a few other entertainers and style icons.

Now-a-days

Back in the day
So will you be buttoning it up?
(not just when you’re wearing a tie)

Late: Kanye West in London (MTV Europe)




Forgot to post these… better late than never.
I love Estelle.

My Newest Fetish: Animal Scarves

I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about these animal print scarves that make me look twice- they really stand out. The python scarf? sick-o-ning. You can cop one of these babies for $182 (by Yarnz) at oaknyc.com, but I’m hoping H&M or Urban Outfitters make similar animal prints for about $20, and when they do, you guys will be the first to know.
zebra dude? this is so haute.

snow leopard? a bit feminine- i would stay away from this.

sick.

Inspire Me: The Congelese Sape


Sometimes a picture or pictureS say more than one million words. But since I can’t seem to stop typing, let me just say these are the most elegant and moving and happy pictures I’ve seen of any man in a long time…. (well if you don’t count president obama (wink, lol)). Anyway check these out and afterwards go see them with the music and all, here. Oh and Hector Mediavilla, I must say sir, job well done- you have completely inspired me and you’ve absolutely made my day. Thank you.



The sapeur Lamame takes a ride to the outskirts of Brazzaville. In this occasion he is dressed in dressed in a tailcoat and covers his right eye with a black patch.


A young sapeur of the outskirts of Brazzaville puts on his yellow tie in the catholic church, Notre Dame, exhibiting his sapeur skills. Young, almost debutant, sapeurs are encouraged to exhibit their clothing and gestures so as to give them confidence and pride.

Three of the most famous sapeurs of the Mocongo neighborhood get ready to go out on a Sunday afternoon to show off their sapeur skills. Doyen Germain on the left, Walkise in the entrance of his house, and Wily Covary on the right side.

The sapeur Delegrace is also known as the icon of beautiful colors.

Severin Mouyengo, who has been a sapeur since the seventies, show some of his pictures that prove his past in the Sape movement.

The sapeur Allureux decides to put on his maroon socks because they match perfectly with his elbow tie. The rules of 3 colors- one should not match more than 3 colors at time- is one of the principles of the Sape elegance.

Ferolle Nguaby is dressed in a Scottish kilt an homage to the Prince Charles of Wales. He is part of the Picadily group of sapeurs from the Mungali neighborhood. These sapeurs are, nowadays, among the most innovative in the country.

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And there you have it, only a few of the pictures and captions that have made my day. After viewing those pictures I think to myself “My gosh, why have not these men been featured in Vogue or GQ (maybe they have and I’m just late). They surely deserve to be on the cover of some major publication”. If you have the time, please read all of the excerpt below (from zonezero.com).

The arrival of the French to the Congo, at the beginning of the 20th Century, brought along the myth of Parisian elegance among the Congolese youth working for the colonialists. In 1922, G.A. Matsoua was the first–ever Congolese to return from Paris fully clad as an authentic French gentleman, which caused great uproar and much admiration amongst his fellow countrymen. He was the first Grand Sapeur.Respected and admired in their communities, today’s sapeurs see themselves as artists. Their refined manners and impeccable style in their attire bring a little glamour to their humble surroundings. Each one has his own repertoire of gestures that distinguishes him from the others. They are also after their own great dream: to travel to Paris and to return to Bacongo as lords of elegance.

What is Sape and who are the sapeurs :

Sape is French slang for “dressing with class”. The French often use the expression “il est bien sape” to talk about a sharp dressed man. The term “sapeur” is a new African word that refers to someone that is dressed with great elegance.However, the Congolese sapeurs are not only concerned about elegance, but also with good manners, politeness and morality. Generally, they only dress up on weekends and special occasions. Designer brands of suits and accessories are a big deal to Sapeurs. Complete attire can cost up to 1500 euros, although ironically, many of them don’t have a job. To get the whole outfit that can get them the sought-after prestige can take several years. Most of them start up with suits borrowed from established sapeurs that initiate them in the secrets of the Sape.The Congolese Sape, except for very rare exceptions, is a man thing, which sometimes is inherited whereas most of the times is acquired by choice.

Importance of the sapeurs in the Congolese culture:


A sapeur, by definition is a non-violent person, despite the 3 civil wars that have taken place since the independence. They stand for an exquisite morality, but as they say “There can only be Sape when there is peace”. They represent an illusion that has been supported by the government itself, trying to normalize a post-war situation. The Société des Ambienceurs et des Persones Elegantes interrupted its activities when the civil war started in 1997, and did not reinitiate its activities until 2002. Their motto became “Let’s drop the weapons, let us work and dress elegantly.”

They are a symbol of national identity. The common Congolese are proud to be the most elegant among Africans. The sapeurs would be the elite somehow. The famous Kinshasa (capital of RDC or former Zaire) musician Papa Wemba, who often visited Brazzaville, became fascinated by the sapeurs and their ways. It was him who made popular and gave an international dimension to the Sape phenomenon in the 60’s with his songs. They have become somehow a model for the rest of the country. Rich people and especially politicians are forced to dress elegantly and be polite. The most important ministers hired “Romario” the sapeur as an advisor when he returned from Paris.

The Other Side of Africa:

The Congolese Sape is also an unknown and extravagant reality that shows to us a different side to Africa, unlike the usual wars, famines, safaris, or papier-mâché tribalism. Poor Africans (the vast majority) also have an everyday life, which is often happy and hopeful despite the hardships. Sape exemplifies this.

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