Archive for May, 2010

Mr. Charming: The Style of Theophilus London

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So I wrote this on Feb 16th (when I first started the article):
(Sigh of relief) finally finally finally [hip-hop] music is getting good again– and no I’m not talking about Drake, Kid Cudi, or even Wale (those guys are all really cool) I’m moreso speaking of the Bobby Ray’s and Theophilus London’s of the world– the artists with the unique versatile sounds.

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Theophilus London first grabbed my attention when I heard his remix to Solange’s “Sand Castle Black x Blue” a year or so ago. Since then I’ve been secretly addicted… a few of my favorites from his charming mixtape: “Want You for Myself” (Peter Hadar featuring Theophilus London), “Grey X Sage” (his remix to the international hit Sabali), and “Always Love You” (a poppy electronic version of Whitney Houston’s hit song).

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And now on May 31st:
Well, I’ve spent the last three weeks entranced with his latest mixtape, I Want You. Between his new album and Janelle Monae’s The ArchAndroid, minus a few rounds of Ella, Sammy, and Frank, it seems like the new-wave of music is all my itunes player knows. (Oh and Lykke Li has been getting alot of play too)

His cover of Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You”, Tweets “Oops”, and the mysteriously erotic beats of “Soles Of Fire (Chauffeur)” float around in my top three. (The first 57 seconds of Soles Of Fire, can’t be described as anything but sexy, the beat goes hard and it’s also very sexy). Matter of fact, just listen to it yourself…

… pretty damn sexy, huh? Yeaa, I already know 😉
The Style of Theophilus London

Theo’s style can’t just be categorized as hipsterish… it’s more like a direct ode to the past, 96% vintage 4% new school. He likes layers– lots of em, swanky college or NBA snap-backs (90s style), blazers, button ups, jean outerwear, corduroys, classic frames (he usually sports brown tortoise shell by Oliver Peoples, clubmasters, or classic clear wayfarers), and whichever kicks complete his raw vintage 70s/90s look. Mr.London’s style is actually reminiscent of past local urban gentleman Curran Swint.

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To authentically get Theophilus’s style you’d have to spend your days in vintage and thrift stores and on sites like etsy and ebay. And I know its often hard to dig through the thousands of threads these stores have, but you have to get in the mindset of shopping there like it’s the only option you have, lol. Once you lock-down on that mindset it’ll be much easier to have visions for the clothing these stores offer (and it wouldn’t hurt to have some inspiration photos in your pocket or on your phone).

But if you don’t have the time for all that,
well you can scoop his look below:
Jock it, Love it, Own it
Get the London Look:

Complex Mag had one of the freshest Theophilus spreads,
They sort of created a refined version of his look…
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HAT BY NO MAS; SUNGLASSES BY OLIVER PEOPLES; BLAZER BY OPENING CEREMONY; BELT BY LOUIS VUITTON; JEANS BY SHIPLEY & HALMOS; SNEAKERS BY NIKE

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HAT BY NO MAS; SUNGLASSES BY MOSCOT; SUIT BY HUGO BOSS; SHIRT BY ACNE; BELT BY J.LINDEBERG; SHOES BY BOSS ORANGE

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SUNGLASSES BY SUPER; JACKET BY J.LINDEBERG; TURTLENECK BY RALPH LAUREN PURPLE LABEL; PANTS BY NOM DE GUERRE

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HAT BY MAIDEN NOIR; SUNGLASSES BY CALVIN KLEIN; BLAZER BY LOUIS VUITTON; SHIRT BY ACNE; BELT BY C.P. COMPANY; PANTS BY J.LINDEBERG; SNEAKERS BY CLAE; WATCH BY BELLUM CONCEPTS; BAG BY HUGO BOSS

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HAT BY AMONGST FRIENDS; SUNGLASSES BY MOSCOT; TRENCH COAT BY NOM DE GUERRE; T-SHIRT BY RALPH LAUREN PURPLE LABEL; PANTS BY C.P. COMPANY

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HAT BY STUSSY DELUXE; GLASSES BY BALENCIAGA; JACKET BY Y-3; SWEATER BY VICTOR GLEMAUD; BELT BY J.LINDEBERG; JEANS BY LEVI’S; SNEAKERS BY NIKE

And as far as his album, well…

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“Shortly before we got his third mixtape I WANT YOU, Theophilus London released a DIY promo video for the track “Life Of A Lover”. The record loops lazily to show us a new look: pretty girls dancing with each other at a show, young dudes headnodding, the crush of cameras and hard flash that now follows us everywhere we go, a cut to Theophilus in monochrome riding in a Vespa gang through Chinatown en route to Brooklyn and then back to the dance—a mic cord drifting slowly in and out of the frame and his hand reaching out to bring a girl on stage. That is all and this is it: inspired by Marvin Gaye’s self-imposed European exile and controversial performance of the national anthem at the 1983 NBA All Star game, I WANT YOU is a collection of dark jams that restlessly examines the promise of love beyond lifestyle. Touching on LA electrofunk, UK indie, tropical escapade and obscure afropop you never knew existed, these are stories from the way we live now: missed connections and misunderstandings, video chats and retweets, returns and deliverables. We know today is all black everything but more to the point: this is now noir as we know it. And this is Theophilus London.”

Download Theophilus London “I Want You” here.

Louboutin Fall/Winter 2010 Zebra ‘Louis’ and Boot.

Christian Louboutin Fall/Winter 2010
Zebra ‘Louis’ and Boot.

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See more below:

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Now, This is what I’m talking about.

If you’re gonna give us Men’s Louboutin This is what we’re looking for, some down right elegantly unique luxury shoes.

The Summer Debate: Do Gentlemen Wear Sandals?

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Guys, and gals for that matter, have been debating this for decades. Well, atleast over the past two decades. And the answer? Well, it’s not as simple as yes or no.

When searching for an answer on this topic, I got so many points of view… some said it was totally okay because the “manliest men” have been wearing them since the beginning of time: Roman gladiators, “Greek gods”, African kings… even Jesus. While others look at men in sandals as downright feminine, saying things like “I don’t wear anything that’s considered woman’s clothing, that includes purses, skirts, and sandals.”

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Shoemaker in Dominican Republic

All the gentlemen wardrobe/styling books tend to avoid the topic of men in sandals. And when a book does mention it, it’s either sternly against it or indirectly snubs it. A friend told me that he once read a rule in Esquire Mag that stated, “You lose 61 percent of your respect for a man when you can see his toes through his shoes.” (or something like that).

With that said, plenty of well dressed gentlemen opt for a luxe pair of sandals when in sunny Rio de Janeiro, vacationing in Jamaica, or simply strolling through the cobblestone streets of Sicily. So, now you may ask– what’s the final verdict, can me wear sandals or not?

The Traditional -vs- The Nontraditional

The issue of gentlemen wearing sandals is simply a matter of the traditional versus the nontraditional. The Urban Gentleman who chooses the traditional route should not expose his toes; canvas lace-ups, decks shoes, loafers, and oxfords all worn sockless is how he keeps his feet cool in the summer months.

Traditional Urban Gentlemen should just go sockless

The Urban Gentleman that chooses the nontraditional route should wear sandals that match his style. And let’s be honest we can mentally flip through our rolodex of friends and picture which friends can pull off sandals and which can’t. The extremely environmentally conscious type, the world traveler type, and the vintage hipster type are just a few that I can see getting away with sandals.
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The hipster urban gents can get away with just about anything

But whether traditional or nontraditional, flip-flops on the beach are just common sense. And sandals are just apart of life for the Urban Gents from island countries.

Disclaimer: If you are choosing to wear sandals, then please get a pedicure. There’s nothing worse than a man wearing sandals with unkempt feet. Make sure your toenails are cut and feet are moisturized, for more help go here.


Let’s do some manly sandal shopping:

Here’s a few sandal wearing guys from the
Spring/Summer 2010 Fashion Shows:

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Designers above: Versace, Kenzo, Kris Van Assche, Trussardi, Hugo Boss, Michael Bastian, Louis Vuitton

Other articles to help prepare you for summer:
How To Keep Cool in the Summer
Summer Rolls

PHOTOS via: Street Style Kid (via Sartorialist, PimPamPum, JCreport), NYMAG.com, flickr members: rachellake, The Messenger Image

“California English” : Vampire Weekend

Gotta love their afro-pop inspired music.
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