Archive for September, 2009

SWANK or DANK: Christopher Shannon Tri-Stripe Nylon Bomber Jacket

Color blocking has been a popular trend among many designers over the past year. The combination of bold colors are meant to give off a confident ‘happy’ look. Personally, I’m a fan of the trend- especially when the designer does it right… I’m contemplating this design… What’s your take on this flouro red, orange, and grey nylon/jersey bomber?


So what do you think
SWANK or DANK?

Christopher Shannon Tri-Stripe Nylon Jacket,$384.99.
*(get matching Christopher Shannon here. )

Local Urban Gentleman: Tk Usayiwevu

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Our newest Local Urban Gentleman can simply be defined as classic. Classic style, taste, and interest. His name is Tk Usayiwevu and he like Local Gent alumni Pat Wolinski, Steven Powell, and L.David Stewart, hails from the great city of Chicago. Sometimes… actually, alot of times style isn’t about how flashy you are or what designer threads you wear- its about having the innate ability to exhibit the confidence you have through the clothing you wear. It’s easy to spot a person who’s trying to make up for their insecurities through alot of extra accessories and flashy clothes. It’s also easy to spot a man who naturally has confidence and style- that’s exactly what we have here.

Presenting, Tk Usayiwevu

Name: Tk Usayiwevu

Age: 17

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Occupation: Student

Style Icons: John Legend, Kanye West, Pharrell

Favorite Quote: “Seeking attention and approval only shows how weak and insecure you are, instead, be yourself…improve yourself and have resilience all the time..”

Favorite Brands: Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Guess, Lacoste, D&G

Favorite Store: Brooks Brothers, Lacoste, Joseph A. Banks

Favorite Piece of clothing: Chinos

Bow tie or tie: Slim Tie

Flat front or pleated: Pleated

Shades, hat, or scarf: shades and scarf

Ultimate goal: Be the best there is…

Favorite Books: Portrait of Dorian Gray, Great Gatsby, Catcher In The Rye

Hobbies: Photography, Music, Singing, Dancing, Acting, Modeling, Sketching

Grooming product of choice: Cologne

1. How would you describe your style? Classically original, and mostly flexible.

2. How did you become so stylish? Icons and media usually are the beginning but then later on you realize there is more in grooming and looking gentlemanly each and every day. It shows class, style, and confidence.

3. What advice would you give someone trying to find their personal style? It’s good to experiment after you’ve have the gist of other styles, but don’t go overboard. With everything there is a limit…

4. What’s the best clothing advice you ever received? Don’t buy the first item you see in one store..look around first at least 5 other stores for both prices and quality. Never look stuffy, and always dress accordingly..

Are you the next Local Urban Gentleman?
Answer the questions above and submit them to
urbangentblog@gmail.com
along with 4 or more stylish pictures.

Video Throwback: Boyz II Men “Motown Philly”

When are we going to have another Boyz II Men?

Urban Gent Giveaway: Orient Automatic Watches

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You guys ‘told’ us that a watch is the one accessory you can’t live without… the one you Must have above all else. So with that in mind we have teamed up with Orient Watches to giveaway one free watch- in silver or gold (the choice is yours).
  • Model Number: bem72001b
  • Stainless Steel Case
  • Screw Caseback
  • Water Resistant 50m
  • Fully Automatic
  • Band is adjustable with a fold over buckle

Orient automatic watches has a number of quality timepieces including their CET04001B model. From modern to sporty to classic Orient has something for everyone. Be sure to check out their site.

As usual there are several ways to enter the giveaway:

*Leave your name and email address

-AND-

(one of the below)

1. Answer the question: What do you do to make it to work, school, or general engagements on time?

2. Subscribe to The Urban Gent (look on right column)
3. Fan us on facebook
(and answer the question on the wall or via a message)
4. Tweet about the contest (then tell us you did via “comments”)
5. Follow us on blogger

Any one of the above will do, but the more ways you enter the more chances you have to win. So I suggest atleast commenting on this post then choose any of the other entry ways.

Contest ends next Thursday October 1st.

Fall Preview: Street Style during New York Fashion Week

It’s fashion week in New York and all the designers are showing their Spring/Summer 2010 collections. While many sites are covering the actual collections I feel it would more beneficial to cover the street style… to see what the guys are wearing as Fall sweeps in. (I’ll cover ss2010 later).


Bryan Boy (sunglasses: Marc Jacobs, tulle top: Veejay Floresca, pants: Gucci, sleeveless shirt: Zara, shoes: custom made)

Ykiro Nigel, designer for the clothing line Laissez-Faire.
(jacket: Laissez-Faire, top: Laissez-Faire,
jeans: Cheap Monday, shoes: Top Shop)

Teen Vogue editor Andrew Bevan

designer Kristopher
(white Gap shirt, rolled up torn Levis Jeans, Ferragamo loafers)
As a woman- the thing to envy about men’s fashion is that it doesn’t radically change. The styles subtly adjust overtime allowing a stylish man to really enjoy the current trend. And as per last Fall there’s still these extremes of men’s style: the over-sized vagabond type look, very skinny/very tailored styles, rugged/torn edginess, authentic preppiness, rolls rolls and more rolls. It’s interesting to see the trajectory of only a few guys consistently rolling up their pants in Spring 2008 to now. It’s hard to catch a stylish guy without them rolled/cuffed up in Fall 2009. I wonder how this will play over in deep fall and winter? Will patterned and colorful socks be all the rave again, so that guys can keep their Thom Brown look without their ankles getting cold, hmmm, I wonder?

For now I advise all guys to purchase a really nice pair of oxfords and boots. Get one pair of each that you feel you can wear with almost anything. I’ll do a post on my favorite oxfords and boots sometime this month.

photos from: thesartorialist.blogspot.com, facehunter.blogpsot.com, altamiranyc, streetpeeper, jack&jil.

Afternoon Laugh: Drake- “Best I Ever Had” Spoof & Jamie Foxx “Blame It” Barack Obama Spoof

Here’s a little something for an after work/school laugh…

… this guy (Iman Crosson) is hilarious, check out a few of his other videos here.

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