Archive for February, 2010

Local Urban Gentleman: Curran Swint

At the start of the year we gave it to you guys classic urban gentleman style with Jason Simon. Now, it’s time to switch it up, and display an urban gentleman who feels his uniqueness makes him stand out in any room. Local Urban Gentleman Curran Swint is from Philadephia, PA (an urban gent first! putting Philly on the map) and prides himself on mixing the traditional with the nontraditional. He’s not only inspired by style icons such as Andre Benjamin, but attributes much of his unique style to the sartorial choices of the elders around him.

Presenting Curran Swint
Down Vest: vintage custom House of Ra’oof; Denim shirt: Meezan Artcouture;
Pinstripe pants:  RCVA; Plaid Tennis shoes: Paul Smith

Name: Curran Swint

Age: 22

Location: Philadelphia, Pa

Occupation: Personal Stylist, Event/Party Promoter

Style Icons: Andre 300, Kanye West, Pharrell, My father, and close friends

Favorite Quote: If you’re not trying to succeed you’re not in my class

Favorite Brands: Dsquared2, Energie, Scotch & Soda, Meezan Artcouture, and Paul Smith

Favorite Store: Thrift stores, J.Crew, Barneys, Urban Outfitters, and Kamouflage Concept Store

Favorite Piece of clothing: Pinstripe pants


Bow tie or tie: Bow tie

Flat front or pleated: Flat front

Shades, hat, or scarf: All three. Accessories compliment the outfit, but if only one, a hat.

Ultimate goal: I want to live a happy and prosperous life as a stylist/designer, with a well developed clothing label and my own clothing store.

Favorite Books: The Noble Qur’an

Hobbies: Skating, Traveling, Bowling, Shopping, and Music enthusiast

Grooming product of choice: YSL Cologne

 Velor Blazer: vintage Members Only; Bag/Suitcase: Bally;
Green Glove: Lamb Skin; Merino Wool Turtleneck: Joseph and Lyman;
Pinstripe Pants: Energies; Glasses: Gucci; Wingtip Blutchers (shoes): Alfred Sargent
1. How would you describe your style? I’m a very versatile dresser with unique ideas on fashion. As fashion recycles itself, I am working to stay ahead of the trends.  I pride myself on being a unique individual and trendsetter, so you never really know what I might wear on any given day. It’s just important to you have to be dare to be different.

2. How did you become so stylish? I always wanted to be different. I would rather stand out in a crowd than blend in, I therefore take risks as well as criticism for being myself, but that’s what fashion is about– taking risk. I also have always had older figures in my life who I looked up to because they were big fashion heads in their time, I feel as though they passed on the torch to me.
 
Leather Hunter Bag: customized vintage House of Ra’oof; White Skinnies: BDG;
Duffle Coat: Ralph Lauren; Glasses: Gucci; Sand Chukka Sneakers: Paul Smith

 

3. What advice would you give someone trying to find their personal style? When dressing be creative, dress in the colors and styles that best fits you. Look for styles and accessories that really speak to you. Essentially, just be yourself, don’t dress to please everyone else, dress in a way that makes you feel good.  PS- Don’t be a label whore. Just because its Gucci or Louis does not mean it’s hot. Forget the labels and focus on the style.
4. What’s the best clothing advice you ever received? When you’re shopping don’t worry about whether or not you have items to go with the clothing pieces, just buy what you like and everything will come together.
 
 Loafers: Ferragamo; Wool Scarf: vintage; Chinos: J.Crew;
Polo by Ralph Lauren Varsity Jacket
 Get a piece of Curran Swint’s ’70s Prep’ 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.

Rest In Peace Alexander McQueen

British Fashion Designer: Lee Alexander McQueen
17 March 1969- 11 February 2010

His Basics: Round II

Our original Urban Gentleman His Basics Photo Contest was a big hit. So much so that other websites have been mimicking it. It’s popularity can certainly be attributed to that fact that, simply stated, its interesting to see what the basics or everyday essentials of a person are. And it’s particularly interesting to see the basics of gentlemen worldwide– the similarities and the differences. Round I was cool, you can see it here, and see the winners here. But for round II urban gents seemed to have upped the ante…. So look below, and tell us who you think  has the best basics?

1. Simon from Switzerland
Since I’m traveling a lot these (cold) days, these are my basics: Attiva (by brulé) shoes and a pair of matching gloves. Iphone 16GB wrapped in a beyza case going perfect together with my solo beats by dre. And for carryig the rest of my essentials I got myself a LV Keep all 55 bag by takashi murakami
2. Jack from Bremen, Germany
theeeeese are my basics! YSL parum, my favour watch (Guess), iPhone 3G white edition, my PRL glasses, Thomas Sabo Necklace, Marc´O´Polo wallet, my keys and my 8GB supertalent pico c usb. don´t need anything else.
3. Patrick from Berlin
gloves, chap-stick, lighter, keys, watch, cigarettes, wallet, ipod
4. Justin from Canada
Apple Macbook, Vonzipper Fernstein Aviator, a Wallet/Money, Nail Clippers, an iPod Touch/Bose earbuds, and Leather Driving Gloves (For Cold Winters)
5. Arran from Sheffield, UK
Moleskine Notebook, ABC of Men’s Fashion, Emporio Armani Watch, Paul Smith ‘Naked Lady’ Wallet, iPhone in leather pouch, Jeremy Hackett’s Mr Classic
6. Greg from Cleveland, Ohio
Casio Databank calculator watch, Kenneth Cole cuff links, Kronborg silver tie clip, Sony MDR-NC7 headphones, Nixon Newton watch, Nikon 50-300mm lens for Nikon d50, random wayfarer style glasses, crusty old gateway laptop, hemostat….med student and theyre good for eating fries with. (we’ll have to give Greg an extra point for having The Urban Gentleman up in the background, lol).

7. Andrew from Toronto, Canada
LV bifold wallet, lighter, excel whitening gum, cigarette case, antique agenda, rotofugi keychain, keitai, spare ¥

8. Guapo from Iowa City, LA
Ear pollution head phones, Coach messenger, Coach money clip, apple ipod nano, Blackberry Tour, Joe Rodeo 2.5ct watch, Dior sunglasses, diane hair brush, black jesus piece, and wahl g whiz trimmer

9. Emmanuel from Manhattan
My Blackberry Storm, 80G Ipod, Keys w/ Boarders Rewards Card, Spectacles, Kenneth Cole Money clip, J crew Bow Tie, Timex Watch with Orange J crew Watch Band, J Press tie clip, Usb w/ removable disk drive and always a great book ( The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson )

10. Jon from Rochester NY / Columbus OH
My Blackberry Tour, iPod, Bose Headphones, Polo Wallet, Kenneth Cole Glasses, Cross Pan, Ohio State USB for class, Relic Watch, Yankee WS Hat, ChapStick, Sunglasses, Stride Gum. Everything I need for long walks across campus.
Which is your favorite?
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