Archive for September, 2009

Creative Tees: Lamar Odom presents Rich Soil Clothing

Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete?
Proving nature’s law is wrong it learned to walk with out having feet.
Funny it seems, but by keeping it’s dreams, it learned to breathe fresh air.
Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else ever cared.

Tupac Shakur’s Rose From a Concrete poem portrays the exact message that NBA superstar Lamar Odom is trying to get across- given the opportunity, anyone can grow. And that’s what Rich Soil is all about.

Rich Soil
is a clothing line that promotes creative design, spiritual iconic imagery, and the shared idea that growth can come from virtually anywhere. Started by Lamar Odom and designer Jonathan Garcia, Rich Soil seeks to be at the forefront of new ideas. Drawing inspiration from an eclectic mix of experiences, musical taste and personal philosophy. Rich Soil uses the T-shirt as a vehicle to promote more than a brand, but a movement that represents the creative spirit of all people.

You’ll also notice that many of Rich Soil’s designs include a lion, rose, and or trumpet. The lion and trumpet are iconic imagery taken from biblical references and represents the spirit inside everyone. The rose, as mentioned earlier, represents growth.

LA Forever, $28
(also in purple and gold)
*(this is a new one in their collection and one of my favs)

Heart of a Lion, $28

City Breaker, $28

Creative Spirit, $28
(also in black and white)

Featured artist for Rich Soil includes: Chuck Anderson, Mike Perry, Carine Brancowitz, Joe King, and more.

More than just a clothing line…

Besides producing stellar tees featuring some of the most creative artist of today, Rich Soil clothing further promotes its message with their Rose Campaign. Originally, based off of the “Rose Court” t shirt, the Rich Soil Team wanted a symbolic representation of growth and human spirit to thrive in any condition. By planting and documenting the Rose in unusual situations, these photos are meant to represent each of our personal struggles and the ability to grow into something beautiful. To partake in this movement email with your name and a photo of a rose with the appearance of growth from an unusual place/location that represents you as an individual.

To view Rich Soil’s collection, go here.
Oh, let me not fail to mention that Odom’s line also carries women tees that are hot as well. So if you get one for yourself be sure to purchase one for you girlfriend too.

More Lamar and Rich Soil:
lamar odom rich soil clothing Pictures, Images and Photos

Lamar wearing his Heart of a Lion tee.

Lamar behind the scenes of his Rich Soil photoshoot

Lamar at L.A Confidential Magazine photoshoot

iD Magazine: Chanel Iman, Sessilee Lopez, Jourdan Dunn and Arlenis Sosa

Pretty Young Things.

This is an untraditional posting since it’s regarding women, but I really want you guys to purchase the September issue of i-D magazine– it’s pricey but the models on the cover are well worth it. Atleast buy it for your girlfriend or sister or someone special.


Behind the scenes… the girls laughing, being playful, having fun.

Haaaad to post the Michael Jackson song šŸ˜‰

Winner of the Giveaway

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Congratulations to Jaison Wu! The winner of our All Modern Giveaway!

Stay Tuned for future giveaways! In the meanwhile visit to get modern furnishings for Urban Gentlemen.

Fossilized in Time: Our Favorite Fossil Watches

A watch. It’s something so basic, so standard, and according to our latest urban gentleman survey- so necessary. The results of the survey (on the right sidebar) made me once again realize that watches are truly an essential. I must admit once I got my first cell phone back in 1999 my love and want for a new watch each year declined. But I’m a singular case and most people, especially men, make having a watch a priority.

When purchasing a watch was priority on my list, there was one main place my parents took my siblings and I– Fossil. I have a relatively large family so buying watches for the whole bunch was quite an expensive task. Therefore, it was important that we purchased watches that were 1.) stylish 2.) quality and 3.) priced right. Fossil always delivered. And according to my friend, who’s obsessed with Fossils traditionally vintage inspired watches, they still do.

So he and I spent time perusing Fossil’s large selection of quality gentlemen timepieces, this is what we found:

Analog Silver Dial watch, $95

Vintage inspired. This is one of several watches Fossil has introduced or re-introduced as they celebrate their 25th anniversary. With a unique roulette dial and classy brown leather band, this is must for any vintage lover.

Twist Black Dial watch, $125

I keep it basic. That’s simply what this is- a basic beautifully designed aviation inspired watch. No extra fancy frills, just stunning details that will make this watch standout on any wrist.

black Twist Black Dial watch, $125

“Games? I don’t play them”. This timepiece is meant for those who take themselves and everything they do very serious. They’re business men, and to be honest their isn’t enough time in the day for them to contently complete their tasks, nevertheless, they try. Their style is immaculate and their timepiece (they call it a timepiece, not a watch) has to go along with their serious, yet elegant, and powerful lifestyle.

green S+ark O-Ring, $110

Higher thinking. The owner of this watch thinks beyond 2009, he’s not into being trendy or extra fashionable, but he always wants the sleekest and cleanest designs when it comes to anything he owns. He always has the latest and greatest- new macbook pro? (check), blackberry tour? (check), new 50′ Sony Bravia? (check). Next on his list, Stark O-ring…. check.

silver S+arck Veiled, $150

There are guys who love to accessorize. No, I’m not talking about matching your murse or messenger to your shoes. I’m saying you like to coordinate your cuff-links, and you regularly purchase tie clips or pocket squares. If that’s you then this watch is you. Beautifully disguised as a bracelet this will flawlessly match with your Thursday night jazz attire, Friday evening baseball game outfit, Saturday night club threads, and your Sunday’s best.

brown S+arck Starckore, $175

Suit Up. This watch is perfect for those who have a modern contemporary yet timeless style. I can easily see this paired with an Armani suit or with a Ralph Lauren polo, cords, and boat shoes.

None of these quite fit you?
Check out their complete collection of watches HERE.

Check past articles on watches here.

Urban Gent POLL: Which accessory Can you NOT live without?

Here are the results of the latest Urban Gentleman poll:

The Question: Which accessory Can you NOT live without?

The results:

88 (32%)
17 (6%)
17 (6%)
fitted hat
20 (7%)
5 (1%)
scarf (all types)
21 (7%)
48 (17%)
20 (7%)
1 (0%)
9 (3%)
brooch, pins, buttons
6 (2%)
i dont really wear accessories
17 (6%)
not listed
4 (1%)

Votes so far: 273
Poll closed

1. Watches
2. Eyewear/Sunglasses
3. Scarves
4. Tie
5. 3-way tie between bookbags/murses, necklaces, and not really wearing accessories.

The results a very practical… I was somewhat surprised that watches won by such a large margin- with the use of cellphones and all. But it makes sense… a watch is a very sensible and classic addition to any man’s wardrobe.

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