Archive for May, 2017

A Man’s Scent: 5 Cologne Reviews – Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, and Tommy Bahama

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The Urban Gentleman's latest Cologne Lineup:

Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, and Tommy Bahama

As Father's Day is quickly approaching it's only natural we bring to you a cologne review. Today we have a line-up of 5 colognes reviewed by Urban Gent Frank Baron and of course, Cindy Samoht– this gives you that male/female balance. Instead of the typical "this smells good" "this doesn't smell good" type of review, we opted for something more useful. Our men's fragrance review includes the type of place you would wear each fragrance. This should help make your selection process easier. 

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Frank Baron by Cindy Samoht 

Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Parfum – Those who know me know my love and adoration for Bottega Veneta, so I was pumped to try their fragrance. This was one of our favorites, it's a luxurious scent to be worn during formal occasions, like those summer weddings that are piling up. A few sprays well blended into your skin will certainly have you at official Urban Gentleman status. 

Top Notes: Cedar and Cardamom // Middle notes Pimento and Fir // Base Notes: Leather, Labdanum, and Tonka beans


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Sam Hunt: A Day for Country Music + The Perfect White T-Shirt

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Country Artist Sam Hunt

A little chill country music from our boy Sam Hunt

"Got a girl from the Southside, got braids in her hair…"

A white t-shirt becomes an easy wardrobe staple for many small town men. When I think of Sam Hunt's style, I automatically envision a white t-shirt, but not your grandaddy's Fruit of the Loom shirt. Sam usually rocks a variety of more stylish, modern fitting tees. So here's a few of our favorite white t-shirts, perfect for an Urban Gentleman that likes to keep it simple…

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A Congressman’s Uniform: Fashion Interview with Ambassador Andrew Young

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Last month, I was personally invited to attend The HOPE Global Forum in Atlanta, Georgia. It was quite the business affair, the rooms overflowed with everyone from CEOs of multi-billion dollar corporations to bootstrapping entrepreneurs. There was ample opportunity for connections and nearly all attendees seemed to be in good spirits. It was here that I found myself informally chatting it up with the great Andrew Young. A leader, a trailblazer, a reverend, a congressman, a mayor, and ambassador… Young has lived quite a full life and seems to have no plans of stopping. 

What I thought would only be a small polite conversation, quickly turned into a full-scale reveal of his view on men's style and fashion. By the end of the conversation a crowd of smiling, well-engaged faces had gathered around us. So I figured I’d sum up what I learned first-hand about the style of this historical figure, and share it with The Urban Gentleman family. 
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Inspired: Richard Oakes & Native American Style

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For the lack of a better term, I like how Google keeps us "woke" whether we like it or not. I don't know whose idea it was to start changing the look of Google.com everyday, giving us both new art and new knowledge, but I appreciate it m'am or sir… thanks. Today they shined light on "chief" Richard Oakes. 

Born in New York in 1942 and died (murdered) in California in 1972 at the young age of 30. Richard Oakes, A man with great presence and focus on celebrating his heritage,  is known for creating one of the first Native American studies departments in the nation, and leading an occupation of Alcatraz Island in the late 1960s. He wanted a Native Peace Corps, a national Native university, and a confederacy of Native nations able to defend and expand upon their status as free, independent nations. I hope all his dreams will still come into fruition. 

My great grandfather is Native American, so I've always been interested in the Native culture. For nearly a decade now, since my teens, I've been integrating Native prints into my style both through clothing and decor. I'm not the only one though, many American designers like Ralph Lauren consistently draw inspiration from the Native American culture. The colors, prints, and styles connect us all with these native lands so it's easy to see why it's so loved. If you'd like to add a few pieces to your wardrobe check out the selection below. Also, If you want to learn more about contemporary Native American activism, check it out via the Zinn Education Project, here

 

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