Archive for December, 2009

Mr. Louboutin: Pharrell Williams… upgrade from Vans to Louboutins.

Throughout the fall/winter, BBC king Pharrell Williams has been seen sporting Christian Louboutin studded shoes instead of his usual comfy Vans. Known for their high-end stilettos with the signature red bottoms, often worn by the likes of Victoria Beckham and Rihanna, the folks at Louboutin are really upping the ante on men’s shoes. Kanye once proclaimed himself Louis Vuitton Don… is Pharrell the new Louboutin Don? Nah, that sounds too corny.  Check out Pharrell Williams rocking not one, not two, but three different kicks from Christian Louboutin’s SS2010 shoe collection for men:

(lots more pictures after the jump)

shoe cost: $1200

Christian Louboutin studded Louis sneakers
in 2 colorways, white and black.

(chuckles) You gotta love that Pharrell stays true to his simple tee and jeans look. Here he’s wearing washed embroidered helmet jeans from his Billionaire Boys Club label ($385). The louis sneakers look good with his usual slight v-neck and jeans, but the freddy flats don’t quite coordinate, but he’s Pharrell so we’ll let it slide… this time.

Freddy Flat ‘Las Vegas’ shoes
(patent leather with spikes and signature red bottom).
One of the first, if not THE first official Christian Louboutin men’s shoe,
in a Leopard print high-top nonetheless (April 2009). 
So I guess it’s official guys, men’s shoes are expanding… and during a recession at that!

Urban Gent LOOK BOOK: The Outdoorsman

I wanted to create a simple look that focused on warmth and manliness. I began with the Eddie Bauer quilted vest; puffy coats are in at the moment and the huntery-olive green color of this vest gives a feeling of outdoors in the winter. I then searched for a shoe to match– a boot was a given, and these Eastland boots are not only full of style (and on sale), but have a timeless appeal that will consistently flow into the winter wardrobe of any man who purchases them. The denim came next, I first paired the vest and boots with a pair of corduroy trousers, and though they matched well, it made the look more preppy and less outdoorsy, so I opted for a pair of straight-legged rugged jeans. I then needed a shirt, I initially focused on long-sleeve shirts in reds, browns, greens, and plaids, but none of them quite coordinated with the vest. So I began to look for henleys, they’re simple, warm, manly and this grey and red one adds the perfect amount of subtle contrast that allows for each piece to stand on its own. As always accessories help to pull a look together, and I needed to bring out the warm red on the shirt, while still allowing the look to flow. The Johnston & Murphy scarf ties together the warm red and the blue jeans with its subtle pattern. The outdoors bag was added as an optional accessory, and of course the belt matches the shoes. And that’s how I created this simple manly outdoorsman look.
Get The Outdoorsman Look here:

Patrick Dempsey II Cologne

Sunday is the last day to enter to win the Patrick Dempsey II cologne. Enter to win, here.

Entertain Him. More Holiday Gift Ideas for Urban Gentlemen.

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For those of you that don’t really feel like store-hopping for clothing and shoes, we’ve got just the thing for you. No it’s not cologne or other grooming products, it’s entertainment. Check out our most recent list of Holiday Gift Ideas for HIM.


TV-series DVD Sets

If you know a person, truly know them, then you should have a general idea of what their favorite TV shows are. So, get them a season or two of a series you’re sure they will love. Make the gift more personal by choosing a season of a show that is no longer on TV or a season of a show that falls within their favorite decade.

- The Office, Family Guy

- The Cosby Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show

- A Different World, Saved by the Bell

- House, 24, Mad Men

For more ideas on which series to choose and for a wide arrangement of TV Shows, go here.

Movie Combinations

Try combining 2 or 3 movies that relate and are (or would eventually be) favorites of the person you’re buying them for.

- Talladega Nights, Step-Brother, Blades of Glory: We all love Ricky Bobby, his sweet baby Jesus, and all other awesomeness Will Ferrell has to offer the world.

- Goodfellas, The Untouchables, Carlito’s Way: Every guy has atleast a small place in his heart for gangster movies. These are three classics that will certainly give more street-cred to any DVD collection.

- Godfather II (1974), Heat (1995), Righteous Kill (2008): Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino are a duo that we just can’t get enough of. See a mini evolution of the two in these three DVDs.

- Pursuit of Happiness, Seven Pounds, Enemy of the State: Funny guy turned serious, Will Smith has truly grown as an actor. First he gave us comedy, then action packed Blockbuster hits like Bad Boys and Independence Day, now he makes us shed tears. Personally, I think Seven Pounds should have won an Oscar (or atleast a nomination).

- Great Debaters, The Tuskegee Airmen, Glory: There’s nothing like inspiring American movies. These three movies not only make you more knowledgeable about Americans and American history, but inspire you to be a better person.

Lots more inspiration and Movies here.

Vintage Upgrade

Let’s be honest, people who own and listen to records, yeah like actual LPs, are just a little cooler than other people, lol… it’s the truth. And while many of us admire them we don’t actually go out and buy a record player or vinyls, we don’t even rummage through our grandparents attics/basements/garages for their old record player and records– even though its free. Well, this just might be the Christmas to give the gift of “vintage-living”. Check out a few turntables HERE. Alot of new albums come out on LPs in addition to CDs, check out a wide range of LPs here. You can also purchase many of the classics at vintage record stores or at thrift stores in your area.

Subscriptions

We’re in the era of free ish– everyone’s album is online for free as is most movies and most television series. And though we can get quality music for free (I’m not endorsing that btw), it’s harder to watch quality movies (besides the ones on Hulu of course). So give the gift of Netflix this Christmas. A Netflix subscription is a perfect gift for guys who are in love with their flat screens, for guys who spend more time at home these days, or for guys that just like to be entertained. The great thing about Netflix is that you can now automatically watch the movies online or on your TV (if you have a compatible device). It’s only $8.99 a month and you can purchase any subscription amount you want, 1 month to 1 year. More details here.
Blockbuster also has a similar program, but it’s an extra $3 a month and you can’t watch online. You can however exchange the DVD up to 5 times in-store. So this may be a good option if you prefer choosing a DVD in person– you essentially get to rent 5 DVDs at $2.40/each per month. More details here.

MORE Gift Ideas here. (clothing, shoes, accessories, etc).

HOLIDAY GIVEAWAYS: Patrick Dempsey II

Avon collaborated with Patrick Dempsey to debut the actor’s second fragrance, aptly named Patrick Dempsey 2. Designed to embrace strength, commitment and intimacy between two people, Patrick Dempsey 2 represents infinite possibilities. While Unscripted explored Dempsey’s belief in following one’s passions, Patrick Dempsey 2 is a sophisticated, sexy evolution of his first fragrance.

The Inspiration
The actor worked with Avon to develop a bolder, more intense scent and took inspiration from the strong connection he shares with his wife, Avon Global Creative Color Director Jillian Dempsey. To further reflect this inspiration, Jillian Dempsey appears with the actor in the Avon brochure and global advertising shots.
“There’s a very personal dimension to the fragrance,” says Dempsey. “This scent evokes the feeling of strength and intimacy you experience with the person you love.”
The Fragrance
Created by fragrance house Firmenich, the Oriental Spicy fragrance blends surprising, enticing spices with hints of wood and musk to convey the feeling of a powerful connection and reveal a more sensual side of Dempsey.
“In creating my second fragrance with Avon, I learned how to push the boundaries and be more expressive with the complexity of scent,” Dempsey explains. “Some of my favorite notes from Unscripted, fig and patchouli, appear again in this fragrance with a darker, more mysterious effect—it’s a completely different way to wear the notes.”
TOP NOTES: Saffron, Mandarin, Nutmeg
MID NOTES: Spiced Wood Accord, Green Fig, Cistus
BASE NOTES: Olibanum, Patchouli, Guaiacwood, Skin Musk Accord
Urban Gentleman Notes: PDII smells slightly citrisy at first, then vaporizes into a lightly warm christmasy musk. I imagine if people made holiday colognes– this is how it would smell. Patrick Dempsey II is perfect for men who prefer a lighter fragrance instead of the usual overpowering aroma some colognes tend to have. This is definitely a fragrance one should try for the winter– along with the PDII Dual Action Face Wash and Shave Gel.

*Available exclusively through Avon Representatives. To locate an Avon Representative call 1-800-FOR-AVON or visit us online at www.avon.com.
The Urban Gentleman Holiday Giveaway products will make as perfect gifts or stocking stuffers for family and friends– best of all they’re free!

As usual there are several ways to enter the giveaway:

*Leave your name and email address

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(one of the below)

1. Answer the question: What do you want for Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa?

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 Sunday, December 20th.

Winners of the Derek Jeter SPORT Cologne & Billy Jealousy Grooming Kit

Congratulations to the winners of our mini 2-5 day Holiday Giveaways.

Derek Jeter SPORT cologne: Auston E.
Billy Jealousy Grooming kit: Jerry L.

Be sure to check your email or facebook guys… asap.

Stay tuned for the next few giveaways!

winners chose using random.org

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