Archive for December, 2008

Oliver Peoples: Iconic Eyewear

Every three out of four times I see a well-dressed man with glasses, I notice that his glasses have 3 dots on the side. And finally, after continuously seeing these frames, I stopped a guy and asked “Hey, what kind of glasses are those?”, and he answered “Oliver Peoples”.

Oliver Peoples is known for their iconic eyewear, these are the glasses you think about when reading classic novels that take place in an old English town or when watching classic American movies.

Oliver Peoples glasses are based on vintage eyewear and have been featured in many movies and are worn by many stars. Their glasses have a certain personality about them that is unique to most other eyewear designers. Long story short- if you own a pair of Oliver Peoples glasses you must have impeccable taste…. in eyewear atleast. (check the website to find dealers near you)

Velvet Slippers on the Streets

Over these past few months I've noticed an increase in men wearing slippers- on the streets. Usually velvet slippers are worn by rich men lounging around in their cigar rooms, and they often wear matching velvet robes and paisley ascots. But these days velvet slippers are being worn sockless with light colored denim jeans and button-ups. It's the winter so many of you won't be going sockless, but you can wear your velvet slippers with socks that compliment your overall look.


Check out this collection of the best Velvet Slippers:


(click to enlarge)

the urban gentleman



Where to buy: most high-end retailers- Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom
Online:   Stubbs & Wooten, Shipton & Heneage

My British Crushes: JLS- Jack the Lad Swing

Ortise, Marvin, Aston, JB

I rarely get crushes on guys, but the up and coming group Jack the Lad Swing aka JLS are the execption- they’re just down right adorable. (I understand that this is a man’s blog, I just had to get that on the table.) I got word of these guys when someone was talking to me about how many United Kingdom readers I had and that they heard one of the group members considers himself an Urban Gentleman- I was linked to this interview. They are current contestants on a british television talent show called The X Factor, it’s the biggest talent competition show in Europe (basically like American idol). Leona Lewis was discovered on X Factor.

They Can Sing Huh… the next British Boy II Men?
Okay well I don’t technically have a crush on them, but I do like their style- it has certainly transformed over the past few months. They started off in cute matching pastel polos and now they manage to mix their individual styles into a very well polished look.

I think it’s cool that they have designated colors like the Power Rangers- one always wears red, another blue, green, and yellow. Sometimes the things that seem the corniest are the coolest, it’s like Pharrell loving spongebob sqaurepants. These guys are hella talented and I can definitely see them being a hit world-wide. I KNOW girls will go crazy over them in America especially since we haven’t hand a big male group since B2K. From what I have heard them say in their interview they would like to be more like classic all male groups (i.e Boyz II Men) than the typical boy bands (i.e Backstreet Boys).

a very casual coordinated look.

they’re taking it back with the satin jackets,
reminds me of starter jackets.

Here’s a couple of their many funny videos on youtube.

A bugle? His style game goes kinda hard- I like that, very original.
(but “blow my bugle”, how rude, lol)
Oh and check the A’s hat in the background- I’m lovin’ it.

I love the way British people talk!

JLS Brief Biography:

Marvin Humes, 23 (March 18th, 1985)
Occupation: Property Sales, Location: SE London

Jonathan Gill (JB), 21 (Dec 7th 1986)
Occupation: Student, Location: Croyden

Ortise Williams, 21 (Nov 27th, 1986)
Occupation: Works with disabled children, Location: Fulham

Aston Merrygold, 20 (Fen 13th 1988)
Occupation: Singer, Location: Etersbourough

*Marvin has my same birthday- March 18th!!!

EBONY Magazine Person of the Year: President Barack Obama

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Ebony Magazine is a classic in the American household. My grandmother probably has every issue since… I don’t know- 1970. And this month’s cover is simple, yet emotional and grand. Be sure to pick up your collector’s edition of Ebony Magazine.

Pastelle Update: Kanye West and the Designers He Wears

Mr. West in Tom Ford glasses.

Okay, this will hopefully be the last Kanye West post of the day, lol. But after quickly going through the interviews I learned that indeed that is a Pastelle jacket ( I was right, yesssss, lol). The line’s name is still in the works either Past Tell Museum or Pastelle. And he plans to slowly release pieces as they come out and offer them online- I’m interested to see how this will work.

In the interview Kanye says he wears:
40% of Hedi Slimane (tunisian-french designer, created and designs Dior Homme)
30% Stefano Pilati (italian designer, creative director of Yves Saint Laurent)
10% of Tom Ford glasses (american designer)

Obviously this statement is not to be taken literally, but those designers are the “groundbreakers” of our era for men’s fashion. And Kanye is trying to measure up. (Hedi, Stefano, and Tom below in that order).

Kanye West Interview: He’s a Living Legend and He’s Jim Morrison

Check out his loquacious interview, this guy can talk! It’s interesting to hear a star talk for a long period of time, you really gain a since of who they are. He says “like” alot (which I think is cute) and he says he’s apart of the new era of living legends (you can’t say things like that Kanye it makes you seem really big-headed and it’s disrespectful to say stuff like “beyonce is greater than Tina Turner- c’mon now people like her paved the way for female singers like rihanna and beyonce… beyonce is a superb performer, but she isn’t a Janet Jackson.. not yet anyway.)
For some odd reason this interview makes me a little less sympathetic toward Ye’- as far as his heartbreaks go. He says a few things I don’t like and he really is a cockyAzz dude… but it’s cool though. I think he is “finding himself” or re-finding himself- which I can understand, everyone goes through this every once in awhile. Okay, well check it out:

It’s 40 minutes long, so maybe you can listen to it while eating your lunch.

4 Parts total:




Oh and let’s not forget that he’s Jim Morrison,
here’s a not so crazy interview I found of him:

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