Archive for 2011

Samsung Focus, Windows Thinnest Phone

It's always fun to receive new gadgets from companies, one of our latest is the Samsung Focus from Microsoft.

I must admit– I subconsciously doubt almost every touchscreen phone. It's a bad habit, I know, but I just automatically assume they won't work as quick and effectively as, well, yanno… that other phone with the fruit symbol. But once again my doubts are proven to be unfounded– the Samsung Focus not only has a touchscreen that work darn-near flawlessly, the start up is quick (this means the world to us BB users), and the display screen is bright, clear, and quite gorgeous.

The main differentiating feature that makes the Samsung Focus unique is its navigation. The "windows"  or  "tile" menu makes navigating easier and faster, allowing you to be updated on everything (messages, Facebook, calls, etc) without having to open and close multiple applications, ergo, you can focus on what matter to you the most. That sounds kinda cliche', but it's true. Other notable features: its light-weight and slim size, Xbox LIVE and Zune integration, and "audience noise reduction" feature for crystal clear calls.

For more Tech specs and to purchase, go here.

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The Steve Jobs Style Trend: Turtlenecks

Turtlenecks… honestly, these days they're really only stylishly appropriate on little kids. And of course they're okay to wear for practical purposes like– skiing, snowboarding, working in an extremely cold environment, etc. And okay, I'll give you a pass if you're going on a winter vacation, but even then it would have to be a cashmere, or heavy knit stylishly cut turtleneck. The basic, simple, cotton turtleneck just is not in style.

Steve Jobs Style Evolution

But then our beloved Steve Jobs passes away (RIP) and the sales of turtlenecks skyrocket. Steve's turtleneck brand of choice, the black St. Croix turtleneck, sold out days ago. He supposedly spent $4,200 a year on the Minnesota-made turtleneck (24 turtlenecks a year at $175 a pop). This Friday (October 14th), has been unofficially deemed "Black Turtleneck Friday" where fans will be sporting their own black turtleneck in remembrance of Steve Jobs (some will also wear  his staple jeans and shoes: a pair of 90s fitting stonewash jeans (I'm thinking he wore the classics, Levi's 501, 550, 559) -and- New Balances to complete the "Steve Jobs" look). He stayed true to wearing all American brands (New Balances are made in Massachusetts and Maine), which of course is pretty cool.

Trend Analysis: With this random rise in turtleneck sales, and with the 70s trend being in (for women) and the 90s trend being in for men (and women)  I can see these creeping back in our lives sooner than you might like. First with women of course, and then, maybe… just maybe with men. For now, if you want to get a black turtle neck, check out the selection below:

 
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Scion iQ: The Urban Gent Test Drives the World’s Smallest 4-Seater

Last month The Urban Gent was invited to California along with various other design/art/fashion publications to check out the new Scion iQ, the world's smallest four seater. It was Toyota's first time inviting "the creatives" out to review one of their new cars instead of just the usual auto media. I knew I was in for a great time because c'mon, several days at a luxury hotel in sunny California?! I mean, it was gonna be a good time no matter what. But I'll admit that before learning about the inner details of what makes a Scion a Scion, I would have barely entertained the idea of owning one. Sure, it's a nice car, a few friends and I rented and explored  Puerto Rico in one a few years ago, but to buy one? Idk….

Well, I'm happy to say my uncertainty and one-sided "luxury or old school American car only" type mindset was challenged, my mind was opened and now? I get it. After experiencing the Scion iQ firsthand I totally get the appeal, want, and need to own this obviously-made-for-easy-city-living vehicle.

The Scion iQ press event not only revealed the detailed specifications and innovations of the iQ, but the event  also allowed us to have intimate talks with Scion's top executives and engineers. We learned more about their marketing/advertising features and plans, watched a graphic-filled and entertaining Scion iQ 3D film, and checked out a "live" version of the Scion  iQ Museum Project. The kicker of course is when we cruised to Venice Beach in the iQ of our choice during the test-drive. While the 10-feet long car is incontestably tiny, it is surprisingly comfortable and handles quite well. Not to mention we were able to squeeze into a motorcycle reserved space at one point when pulling over to turn around <— that means parking will never be a major issue in this car.

There's a ton of information I want to give you, but I think it's best if I simplify and straightforwardly write the 4 major takeaways I personally got after being educated and immersed in all-things-Scion.

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The Urban Gent presents Banana Republic x MAD MEN Collection Suit

The first-ever Banana Republic and Mad Men collection just launched, and we were able to get first dibs on a piece of our choosing… so we opted for the 3-piece suit.

The Mad Men® Collection tailored slim two-button suit blazer, suit vest, and suit pant. (tailored slim-cut)

Designed by Banana Republic Creative Director, Simon Kneen and Emmy® Award-winning Costume Designer Janie Bryant, the collection offers a modern take on the signature Mad Men 1960's style. Besides the 3-piece suit, the collection includes cardigans, vests, hats, ties, pocket squares, a tie clip, and a money clip. Pretty sweet, huh?  It's a limited edition collection so be sure to get a piece (or a couple of pieces) before it sells out. View the complete collection, here.

I've heard people complain about BR suits in the past, mainly b/c of the cut and fit. Well, they've clearly stepped it up as the fit is nice and tailored "out of the box". Ben Swann (T.U.G ambassador above) is a relatively slim guy, about 6'0, and wears a 38R (38L in some brands), and everything fit true to size– pants are the right amount of slim w/ the perfect "barely there" break (in terms of length), the vest fit well (you can loosen and tighten if needed), and the jacket fit perfectly after getting it slightly taken in (though it honestly wasn't needed). Kneen and Bryant did a great job making the suit true to the Mad Men era, while also keeping it modern. Overall it's very sharp… I can definitely see Don Draper in it.

Note: If you're not slim you might want to go a size up, mainly in the pants.

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