Archive for January, 2010

Happy Martin Luther King Day

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“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”  – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“The measure of a man isn’t where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

2010 Golden Globe Awards: Men’s Red Carpet Fashion

67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 
held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel
on January 17, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California.
Taylor Lautner in a hidden button down shirt and bow-tie
Hidden button down dress shirts (hidden plackets) are among my favorite. They always make for a much cleaner, neater, dapper look. I usually see the younger chicer gentlemen wearing these because the style is more modern (generally speaking). Hidden button down shirts not only give a more handsome/modern look, they can also have a slimming effect on most guys. The slimming effect stems from the lack of button tension sometimes seen on regular button downs, but more notably the hidden placket creates a slimming effect because it makes the eyes focus on the dark suit rather than the shirt and suit, creating a seamless, streamlined look. Be sure to add a few hidden button down shirts to your wardrobe.

Taylor Lautner

Robin Thicke and wife Paula Patton
Robin Thicke in Burberry. (custom tailored ink tuxedo and dress shirt)
Paula Patton-Thicke in a gown by Kaufman Franco and jewelry by Neil Lane. ($274,800 worth of jewelry by Neil Lane and Cartier)

Nick Cannon and wife Mariah Carey in Herve Leger dress

Mike Tyson was there to support his movie Hangover

Mike Tyson and wife
He actually looks great, and I love his silk dress scarf. 

George Clooney and girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis
George Clooney in a Giorgio Armani two-button shawl collar tuxedo

Chace Crawford opted for slim shawl collar suit,
skinny tie, and pocket square. Very well done. 

Chace Crawford in a Dolce & Gabanna suit
More photos and last night’s winners when you continue to read….

Winners of 2010 Golden Globe Awards:

BEST FEATURE – DRAMA
WINNER: “Avatar”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Precious”
“Up in the Air”

BEST FEATURE – COMEDY
“(500) Days of Summer”
WINNER: “The Hangover”
“It’s Complicated”
“Julie & Julia”
“Nine”

ACTOR – DRAMA
WINNER: Jeff Bridges – “Crazy Heart”
George Clooney – “Up in the Air”
Colin Firth – “A Single Man”
Morgan Freeman – “Invictus”
Tobey Maguire – “Brothers”

ACTRESS – DRAMA
Emily Blunt – “The Young Victoria”
WINNER: Sandra Bullock – “The Blind Side”
Helen Mirren – “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan – “An Education”
Gabourey Sidibe – “Precious”

ACTOR – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Matt Damon – “The Informant!”
Daniel Day-Lewis – “Nine”
WINNER: Robert Downey Jr. – “Sherlock Holmes”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt – “500 Days of Summer”
Michael Stuhlbarg – “A Serious Man”

ACTRESS – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Sandra Bullock – “The Proposal”
Marion Cotillard – “Nine”
Julia Roberts – “Duplicity”
Meryl Streep – “It’s Complicated”
WINNER: Meryl Streep – “Julie & Julia”

DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Kathryn Bigelow – “The Hurt Locker”
WINNER: James Cameron – “Avatar”
Clint Eastwood – “Invictus”
Jason Reitman – “Up in the Air”
Quentin Tarantino – “Inglourious Basterds”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Matt Damon – “Invictus”
Woody Harrelson – “The Messenger”
Christopher Plummer – “The Last Station”
Stanley Tucci – “The Lovely Bones”
WINNER: Christoph Waltz – “Inglourious Basterds”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Penelope Cruz – “Nine”
Vera Farmiga – “Up in the Air”
Anna Kendrick – “Up in the Air”
WINNER: Mo’Nique – “Precious”
Julianne Moore – “A Single Man”

SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell – “District 9″
Mark Boal – “The Hurt Locker”
Nancy Meyers – “It’s Complicated”
WINNER: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner – “Up in the Air”
Quentin Tarantino – “Inglourious Basterds”

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”
“Coraline”
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“The Princess and the Frog”
WINNER: “Up”

TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
“Big Love”
“Dexter”
“House”
WINNER: “Mad Men”
“True Blood”

TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
“30 Rock”
“Entourage”
WINNER: “Glee”
“Modern Family”
“The Office”

More Red Carpet Photos…

Gerard Butler in a Dolce and Gabanna tuxedo

Matthew Morrison in a Dolce and Gabanna tuxedo


Cory Monteith in Hugo Boss

Glee’s Cory Monteith

Avatar’s Sam Worthington in Burberry
(custom tailored black tuxedo, dress shirt and shoes)

Everyone tended to keep it basic and black this year. Usually there are a number of guys who may opt for suits instead of tuxedos, maybe a few in grey/brown/navy suits, some who decide to wear black on black (black dress shirt and suit), and a few who choose to wear their tux with a bright colored tie…  not this year. This year everyone wore a black tuxedo with a black tie, back to the basics I suppose.

(Getty Images, JustJared)

Be a Gentleman: Text YELE to 501501 to donate $5 to the relief effort

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(fisherman boat in Haiti, painted the color of the Haitian flag, by flickr member ZenDimz)
**UPDATE: One of the best ways to help aid Haiti is by donating to Wyclef Jean’s Yele Foundation. Other organizations have administration fees (which are around 30% or more). Wyclef is Haitian and does all he can to make the country better (his efforts are year round). So be sure to give to his organization FIRST, then you can give to the others.  yele.org Unlike most of the other non-profits 100% of the donation you give to YELE will go to the relief efforts.**
Text YELE to 501501 to donate $5 to the relief effort. Good people give to those in need, as do gentlemen especially Urban Gentlemen. Contributing $5 is literally pennies to give in comparison to the big impact you will make with the donation. Please help out this great country in their time of need.

(be sure to send atleast $20 (4 text) to Wyclef’s Yele Haiti Foundation).

(Getty Images/Joe Raedle)
For more information on how to help Haiti in its recovery efforts, please visit:

YELE FOUNDATION    http://www.yele.org/
(direct link for Haiti donation, click here)
Text YELE to 501501 and a $5 donation will be made to the Yele Foundation for earthquake emergency response. This amount will be charged to your cell phone bill.

THE RED CROSS     http://redcross.org
(direct link for Haiti donation, click here)  
Text HAITI to 90999 and a $10 donation will be made to the Red Cross for earthquake emergency response. This amount will be charged to your cell phone bill.
UNICEF   www.unicefusa.org/haitiquake or call 1-800-4UNICEF

SAVE THE CHILDREN    http://www.savethechildren.org.
(direct link for Haiti donation, click here)

WORLD VISION   http://www.worldvision.org
(direct link for Haiti donation, click here)

AMERICAN REFUGEE COMMITTEE   http://www.arcrelief.org
(direct link for Haiti donation, click here)

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS        http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org.
(direct link for Haiti donation, click here)
Research the internet to find out other ways you can help Haiti and to find other Haitian charities you can contribute to (just make sure they’re legitimate, the ones above are so its best to give to one of those).

If you don’t have a cellphone or can’t donate online. You can mail a check to the YELE Foundation.

Yele Haiti
P.O. Box 2345
New York, NY 10108
More Haitian photography (taken before the deathly earthquake)
 
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti 
(flickr member dangerding)

Ornately painted buses in Port Au Prince – Haiti.
(flickr member tonyadamson.co.uk)

Haitian Countryside   
(flickr member erin_maray)
(flickr member UF Digital Collections)
This is at a beach somewhere around Port-Au-Prince Haiti.   
(flickr member LucasTheExperience)
Need more motivation to give?
Haiti has given the world beautiful actress Garcelle Beauvais
and the creative genius of artist like Wyclef Jean:

“His Basics” Photo Contest: Which is Your Favorite?

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About a week and a half ago we had post titled His Basics, where we asked you guys to send us pictures of the essentials of your everyday life. Just for the fun of it we want everyone to vote on their favorite “His Basics/Essentials” photo(we’ve narrowed the submissions down to 10, they include the most focused and a more diverse set of countries).*two entries were added.

Some of the photos are simple, while others are more involved. Each tells you a little about the person. So don’t only choose your favorite based upon their designer labels and country,  choose the one that showcase a distinct personality. Let’s peruse their essentials of cool

1. Jason from New York
The essentials from my hotel in Praha, CZ
a trip made with some of my mates from the UK.
2. Abolurin from the USA
My blackberry, G-shock watch, spectacles, money, and my keys

3. Axel from The Netherlands
Casio G-Shock Watch, Iphone, LV Card Holder,
LV Key and Change Holder (letting it hang from my belt loop)
4. Daniel from London
A Sony Minidisc Walkman (had it since 2004), A Chinese good luck bracelet (works for me), A credit card,  An “Oyster” Card (every Londoner needs one of these), A Nokia 3310 (most reliable/only phone I’ve ever had), A pair of Hugo Boss specs, A wallet, A set of keys …and another minidisc because one simply is not enough.
5. Eziq from Gold Coast, Australia
 Shades bought from bluedame, Swatch Secret Agent Light Grey EU Flip 1998 Spring Summer Collectio, LG Shine Mobile Phone, BMW Z4 2004 car key, Business Cards (2-3 of them), Refurbished 2GB ipod, Card Holder for credit card, client’s business card, I.D, Shopping Discount Cards & other cards,  Battle Fuel (Formulated Supplementary Sports Food), AUD 20 notes.
6. Mohamed from Cairo, Egypt
  iPod Touch, DKNY watch, Nokia E7, My keychain, US silver dollar w/ silver frame and chain (it was custom made for me in Egypt, the frame and chain I mean), Egyptian 10-pound and 25-piastre notes.
7.Tayvon from Baltimore, Maryland
 Versace shades, Movado watch, Cuban cigar with cutter,
black ipod, and gold bracelet.
8. Simon from the USA
The first photo displays my current set of “basics” were recently purchased before traveling to the far east with the GF.  The second photo displays my fall essentials when teaching a undergrad course this past fall semester at UConn.
9. Thomas from the USA
LV wallet, mont blanc for notes, cross around my neck,
gold cuffs and my Dad’s watch. 
10. Tommie from The Netherlands
Ralph Lauren Sunglasses, Buddha to Buddha bracelet and ring, Armani watch, Blue Blood brand necklace, Ipod classic, Armani leather gloves, my favorite D&G skinny jeans, Gucci belt (genuine), my favorite Uggs, my favorite DSquareds, and my favorite Dior Homme sneakers. (My kickbox shorts and ajax scarf are items to show what I like and where I come from.)
11. Roderick from Chicago
My Spectalces, House/Car Keys, Piccadilly Journal, Pens, Blackberry Curve, Belt clip watch, Beats by Dr. Dre Solo Headphones, 120 GB iPod, USB Drive, Nautica Wallet, and my Fossil Messenger Bag in the background.

12. Essel from the Philippines
Ray-Ban Aviator shades-for those sunny days, Steel Necklace- liked the vintage look and abstract pendant, Fossil Watch- my ever trusty watch, Keys with Goofy key chain- had the chain for almost 10 years now! Ipod video, and my Witch of Portobello book-to keep me busy.

So…. which “his basics” photo is your favorite?

Local Urban Gentleman: Jason Simon

We’re starting 2010 off on a high note, with one of the most stately Local Urban Gentlemen to date. He looks more like a Nordstrom men’s model than a student/lecturer… but I guess that’s the true making of an Urban Gentleman– innate versatility. Jason Simon is the first Urban Gentleman to exclusively represent New York, but he’s not just representing the state; he’s representing Brooklyn in particular, a place where more than half of its inhabitants seem to have a fetish for good taste and style. Jason not only offers us his above the bar elegance through his choice of words and style, but provides urban gentlemen around the world with quality examples on how to dress in the winter.
The Urban Gentleman is very proud to present, Jason Simon

Button Collar Oxford Shirt, Belt, Down Vest, Shoes: Polo RL / Polo Sport
Jeans: Earnest Sewn; Denim Jacket: Diesel; Silk Knit Tie: J Crew;
Tie Bar: Vintage Swank, Duffel Bag: David King Boston; Beads: H&M
Name: Jason Simon
Age: 24
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Occupation: Grad Student/Adjunct Lecturer
Style Icons: Gianni Agnelli, Sean Connery circa ‘James Bond’, Michael Caine circa ‘Alfie’, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Malcolm X, JFK
Favorite Quote: “There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.”- Malcolm X
Favorite Brands: Know what designer/ brands work for your style and body type and stick with them: Earnest Sewn, Ralph Lauren, Scotch & Soda, Cole Haan
Favorite Store: Century 21
Favorite Piece of clothing: Blue Bengal L/S Shirt
Bow tie or tie: When in doubt! Four in hand knot.
Flat front or pleated: Flat
Shades, hat, or scarf: Shades!
Ultimate goal: To have increased autonomy to contribute my energies and resources in places that warrant them most.
Favorite Books: Blink! M. Gladwell, The Apology of Plato Aristotle, Black is The New White P. Mooney
Hobbies: Traveling, Reading Periodicals, Thrift Stores,
Grooming product of choice: Andis T-Liner
Blazer, Khakis: Polo RL; Pocket Square: Robert Talbott
Hat: Weatherproof; Vest; Silk Knit Tie: J Crew; Gloves: Fownes; Duffel Bag: David King Boston
1. How would you describe your style?

Classic, functional, and above all, appropriate for my environments and activities.

2. How did you become so stylish?
Style is inward-driven. My style develops as I discover more about myself. I pull from what other folks are doing but my style begins and ends with me.

Beanie, Quilted Jacket, Shirt, Boots: Polo Ralph Lauren
Silk Knit Tie: RL Black Label; Gloves: Vintage Daniel Hayes
Jeans: Earnest Sewn; Duffel Bag: David King Boston

3. What advice would you give someone trying to find their personal style?

To thine own self be true. Forget trends, express yourself through what you wear, be appropriate for your spacings, function over fashion, and most of all, BE COMFORTABLE!


4.
What’s the best clothing advice you ever received?
“The world is bigger than timberland boots”

The story behind the quote:

I was 19 going on 20 years old at the time I was in SoHo window shopping. I went into a few local boutiques like Union NYC (their store will show you how I was style wise at the time) because I was looking for a Leroy Jenkins floral hoodie. By chance and boredom I wandered into a small shoe store, a very non descriptive place. I saw that it sold footwear, but the pieces were too trendy/avant-garde for my taste. They had alot of pointed toe boots with different insignia’s and designs (very Mark Nason-esque). A little italian guy sized me up and down (i.e. for those who step into high end stores as consumers sales associates are taught to look at your feet first.) I’ll never forget [what he said], I can quote his exact words til this day, “The world is bigger than Timberland boots”. It was not rude, he was trying to be helpful (I was wearing a pair of beeswax 6-inch premium boots at the time). I replied “I know” and promptly left the store, but that comment resonated with me more so at the time because I had 4 different colors of size 13 Timberland, and those were only the ones good enough to be in the rotation.

Blazer: Scotch & Soda, White Dress Shirt: Ike Behar, Hat: Weatherproof
Shoes: Frye, Jeans: Earnest Sewn; Pocket Square, Socks: Robert Talbott
Tie, Belt: Polo RL Blue Label

(a small letter of appreciation from Jason to the Urban Gent editors)

Dear [Urban Gentleman],
Your advice helped a pal of mine buy his first bespoke suit in Hong Kong. He is a heavy set guy; he played as a college linebacker for the past four years, is about the graduate in May, and wanted to step away from LRG for his life as a professional. The tips you posted guided him to a sound choice insofar as cut, detail i.e. double vented and color.

- Jason
Jason in Hong Kong. He just returned to the USA not too long ago.
Trench: Club Monaco; Shirt: Scotch & Soda;
Tie, Belt, Pants: Polo Ralph Lauren
What’s the esteemed Urban Gentleman manifesto/decree: “The Urban Gentleman is the modern gentleman, he is a man of style, class, culture…” In order to sufficiently become a cultured gentleman, one must travel when the opportunity avails itself. For the readers who are still students, please take advantage of the Study Abroad programs at your school. Explore the many countries in South/Central America, Africa, and Asia– indulge in their bountiful culture, try to learn their language. Take summer internships overseas if possible… if you are American go over to Europe perhaps London, Paris, or Milan if possible and vice versa. Don’t bankrupt yourself traveling, but seek programs that will extricate most of the costs.

Get a piece of Jason’s look:

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.

Perry Ellis Platinum Label

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Perry Ellis Platinum label cologne is the traditional masculine scented designer fragrance. The scent is strong, and long-lasting, so only a few squirts are needed (2  no more than 3.) The ending note is a little airy and fresh, there’s a mild cucumber scent that mellows out the entire fragrance. The cologne gets a 3.6/5.
Top notes include bamboo, mandarin ice, rosemary.
Mid notes include violet leaf, lavender, fir balsam. 
Dry notes include cedarwood, musk, and sea moss.
purchase fragrance at perryellis.com

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