Archive for December, 2009

1st Annual Urban Gentleman GENTLEMAN AWARDS, Best of 2009

We thought it would be fun to start the new year with our first ever GENTLEMAN Awards. This isn’t an event (yet) just an annual tradition we’ve decided to start that will give worldwide web recognition to the best of 2009.

Best Trend: the Plaid Shirt

An extension of Clodhopper: Farmer’s Delight, the plaid shirt made a permanent fixture into the lives of trendsetters everywhere. The plaid shirt made it easy for people to look cool this year. When in doubt on what to wear, one only had to put on a plaid shirt, denim jeans, and pair of their favorite shoes– be it TK Society Supras or Common Project loafers.

Best Accessory: the Wayfarer

Like the plaid shirt, instantaneous style and swag was brought to those who wore wayfarers this year. And though it started with the traditional Rayban wayfarer other eyewear designers have created modified versions of the wayfarer that make choosing the perfect pair quite difficult these days.
 

Best Brand: Levi’s

Jeans are a basic essential for every person in the modern world, and this year their importance was magnified by popular trends (such as summer rolls, plaid shirts, and skinny jeans). Levi’s is one of the few brands that can be seen on the most frugal working-class person to the most lavish pompous celebrity. The mixture of popular trends and Levi’s classic brand image made the jean company one of the best in 2009. They continue to develop their styles with each passing year, while keeping their price-points low and quality high… everyone should own a pair of Levi’s.

Best Designer: Etro

From their handsomely diverse models to their one-of-a-kind patterns and motifs, leave it to Etro to do fashion as it should be done. In a year of unwanted gloominess from messed up economies its only right to give the best designer title to a label that brought us happiness through opulently colorful designs.

Best Dressed Musical Artist: Kid Cudi

He’s the face of our assorted swank and you guys voted him as having the best style. Kid Cudi has had a great year, so why not top it off by giving the man on the moon best dressed musical artist.
Celebrity Urban Gentleman of the Year: Zac Efron
It’s like he made the Rihanna transformation, he went from having a cute Disney teeny-bopperish persona to dapper masculinity. Zac is always hitting the gym, trying new looks, and most importantly he continues to bring forth consistent well-put together style (which includes top-notch grooming.) He doesn’t over do it, but does just enough to keep him on anyone’s best dressed list… he’s sort of like the mini David Beckham. I’m curious to see how his style matures in 2010.


Local Urban Gentleman of the Year: (two way tie)
Jamie Ryan McFarland & Kendrack Lewis

We get alot of submissions for Local Urban Gentleman, and though we appreciate everyone’s eagerness and want to be the next Urban Gentleman very few people  submit clear clean obviously stylish photos. Jamie Ryan McFarland– our first overseas local gentleman exemplifies the type of submissions we like to get for local urban gentleman. Read more HERE.

Handsome southern educator Kendrack Lewis is also one of our favorite Urban Gentlemen to date. His style is exactly what our founding editor had in mind when she first created The Urban Gentleman. Read more HERE.

Icon of the Year: Michael Jackson

He is was literally the most famous person in the world, the most influential artist, and a true humanitarian– our planet suffered a huge loss when Michael Jackson passed away this summer. He’s the King of Music and will be forever missed. Rest In Peace MJ.
Tribute posts: Michael Jackson: The American Idol.
                      Trends to Remember: The Fashions of Michael Jackson.

Person of the Year: President Barack Obama
Whether you had the majestic opportunity to vote for him or not, we all must admit that this man being president has literally changed our world– for the better. President Obama inherited one of the worst financial situations ever and constantly faces hate from the unfortunately ignorant, but still manages to be the perfect example of what a man should be and continues to develop into one of the best world leaders this world has ever seen. Oh and let’s not forget he won a freakin’ Nobel Peace Prize. He’s obviously not perfect, no one is, he’s going to make mistakes, but he has a good heart and for that reason the world continues to support him. Go here to keep the support up.

Let us know your best of 2009: best trends, styles, celebrities, moments, etc. And feel free to tell us the worst of 2009 as well.
Happy New Years everyone! Be safe tonight and don’t drink and drive.

Best of 2008.

His Basics

Someone sent us the photos above and below that feature alot of “stuff” that we’ll call “his basics”. Alot of creative types have taken pictures of their basics before– be it a pair of wayfarers, their iphone, favorite watch, and hat -or- their daily spectacles, wallet, moleskine, and slr. Their basics are usually spread out in a way that describes them (neat or a little messy) and the picture is usually taken in a place or on something that adds to their personality (on their steel desk, on the bed, on a desk covered with magazine clippings etc). And basically, we think it would be cool if you guys sent us photos of your basics… so think about the items you own that are most essential, maybe items you favor above the rest; then take a clear picture and send it to urbangentblog@gmail.com. If we get enough entries we’ll have a contest and you guys can choose the best. (include your name, location, and list all the items you’ve included).

photos via fffound (we think).

Urban Gent Poll: What Do You Want For Christmas?

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Electronics: phone, computer, TV, etc
  12 (12%)
Casual Clothing/Apparel: jeans, jacket, sneakers, etc
  38 (39%)
Dressy Clothing/Apparel: suit, dress shoes, tie, etc
  21 (21%)
Grooming Products: cologne, shaving kits, etc
  10 (10%)
Accessories/Jewelry
  2 (2%)
Media: music, movies, games, computer program
  2 (2%)
Non-tangible: vacation, gym membership, etc
  2 (2%)
Any thoughtful gift or time with family/friends
  10 (10%)

Out of about 100 votes it seems most Urban Gentlemen wanted casual clothing for Christmas, followed by dressy clothing, and electronics. Though we hope everyone received lots of cool kicks, premium denim,  perfectly fitted suits, 7-fold ties, and top-notch fragrances, don’t forget that this is the season of giving (so be sure to give a little)! Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all the Urban Gentlemen around the world!

-The Urban Gentleman Staff

Kanye West. A Bathing Ape. Spring 2010

Kanye rocks out the Spring 2010 A Bathing Ape Look Book.
(more pictures after the jump)

via hypbeast.com

Nat King Cole: The Christmas Song

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,
Jack Frost nipping at your nose,
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir,
And folks dressed up like Eskimos.

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe,
Help to make the season bright,
Tiny tots with their eyes all a-glow,
Will find it hard to sleep tonight.

They know that Santa’s on his way
He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh,
And ev’ry mother’s child is gonna spy,
To see if reindeer really know how to fly.

And so I’m offering this simple phrase,
To kids from one to ninety-two,
Although it’s been said
Many times, Many ways
Merry Christmas to you.

[musical interlude]

And so I’m offering this simple phrase,
To kids from one to ninety-two,
Although it’s been said
Many times, Many ways
Merry Christmas to you.

Nat King Cole recorded The Christmas Song for the first time in 1946 with his group The Nat King Cole Trio. Since then the song has been a timeless classic.
    Nat King Cole (and actor Danny Kaye) dressed as Santa Claus.
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