Derrick Favors EXCLUSIVE: Fashion, Comic Books, and Basketball. (NBA Utah Jazz Power Forward)

It’s 10AM in Cabbagetown, USA. A creative artsy neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia. We’re in the gorgeous, historic, magical home of the town’s unofficial mayor, prepping for the shoot and listening to various tunes. Tink's “Million” repeats a dozen times at one point before we take notice… it's a good song. Not too long after the hour in walks Utah Jazz forward, Derrick Favors. Fresh from a weekend full of birthday festivities, community outreach, and an extended appearance at a car and bike show. This Atlanta-born giant is as cool and calm as they come.
"Indestructible": Derrick shows off his levitation powers.
GET THE LOOK: Alexander Wang lightweight sweater; Zanerobe joggers; custom Creative Recreation; MCM book bag; Meister watch // Cindy Samoht: I went for a stylish stealth look here, all black, with a little pop in color for socks and accessories
The Urban Gent team came to learn that Derrick airs more on the modest side of fashion, nothin’ too too flashy. This didn’t surprise me, he almost instantly struck me as "classic guy". The classic/typical/average guy wants to look nice, but doesn’t go to extreme heights to stay trendy (many are just too damn busy). Well, today, we opted to mix his usual chill look with a little Urban Gent sauce of the classic and edgy variety.
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"Basketball skills like a Chameleon": Chameleons can see in two directions at once and can blend in and stand out as needed.
GET THE LOOK: Rag & Bone shirt, Rustic Dime leather joggers, Fjallraven backpack, Meister watch, Ray-ban Clubmasters, UO socks, and custom Italian sneakers. // CS: I love a monochromatic look so I did a bold all red look this time – soft red shirt, crayola/MJ red pants , oxblood colored backpack, almost-burgundy custom Italian sneakers (contact us if you want a pair), and rustic/copper red hand-made bracelets.  
As we walked back and forth between looks, under the skittishly hot Atlanta sun, Derrick and I chopped it up. “I’m a weird dude," exclaims my fellow Georgia Tech Alum. “I am”. I know exactly what he means, it’s that Andre 3000, Cee-Lo Green, B.O.B in 2009 type of weird, it’s the good weird, the #antibasic if you will. Basically, he doesn’t just like the regular stuff society might expect him to— he’s cooler than that. He’s a 6’11 comic collector… the classics are his favorite. I asked, “If you could be any super hero who would it be?" He pondered on it for awhile before saying there were 'too many to choose just one.' But I‘m thinking Superman. Hmmm, maybe Spiderman, or even Green Lantern, yea it seems like all guys born in the early 90s like Green Lantern. What I knew for sure though, was that his favorite Ninja Turtle was Raphael - it was hanging from his Maserati keychain.
"Rockstar Prep"
GET THE LOOK: Ralph Lauren button-down, Rustic Dime jeans, custom Italian-made suede navy loafers // (contact info@theurbangent to order size 14-20 custom shoes) // CS: This is one of my favorite 2015-2016 looks for any Urban Gentleman. You're keeping it classic with a button-down, but adding some edginess and trendiness with heavily slashed jeans (rolled up of course). You can easily pair this with some white low-top sneakers or keep it classic with a pair of loafers.

GET THE LOOK: Vintage sweater and trousers; custom Italian-made tan leather penny loafers; Urban Gent Pinbacks; Meister watch // CS: I love a crew neck sweater in general, but after spending time shopping for real life giants like Derrick, crew necks are often a safe and well-fitting choice. We paired the classic striped print with rolled-up trousers, beautiful Italian loafers, and of course TUG pinbacks.

By the end of the photoshoot, we had the seemingly shy Jazz power forward opening up about life in Utah, his favorite music (mostly Atlanta artist of course), and even admitting to watching Love & Hip Hop Atlanta for entertainment (he was shocked when I told him I chose to forgo such tv shows). Luckily, we finished just in time for him to go grab some Flying Biscuit– an Atlanta breakfast staple.  // Follow Derrick Favors Instagram and Twitter @DFavors14. //
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Urban Gentleman & Gentlepup: Casual and Dressy Looks for Both Man and Dog

We've combined parts 4 & 5 of The Urban Gentleman & The Urban Gentlepup feature series. Below is the official Urban Gentleman & Urban Gentlepup Looks for Fall 2015 video:

Are you jonesin' for your own stylish canine bff after that video? lol. No worries, it's cool and totally natural, just check out our guide on choosing the perfect dog for men, HERE.

Keeping it with Casual with your Canine.

Urban Gentleman Taariq Tut keeps it casual with his co-pilot Fitz.

GET THE LOOK: coming soon (we'll post on Facebook ,Twitter, and Instagram)


Dressing Up with your Dog.

Fitzgerald's bow-tie collection, featured in this video, is sicker than most. Well technically he borrowed them from the expansive Urban Gentlepup closet of his cousin Huxtable- featured here.

GET THE LOOK: coming soon (we'll post on Facebook ,Twitter, and Instagram)

How to Pick the Right Dog for Men: Budget, Breed, Lifestyle

No Urban Gentleman and Gentlepup series would be complete without a TUG Guide to Picking the Right Dog for You.

When on the search for a new pup the selection process can be as simple or detailed as you would like.  Three years ago, when I was on the hunt for a new dog, there were a few things I knew I HAD to have: he needed to be small (I lived in an apartment), he needed to not shed (I didn't want to have to constantly cleanup hair), and he needed to be smart (I couldn't deal with slow/stubborn dog at that point in my life, lol ;) . Those parameters narrowed down my list pretty quickly, so similarly I would advise you to  follow the steps below when choosing a new dog.

Fitzgerald, the Schnauzer in a custom denim bow-tie

List of Steps to take when Searching for the Right Dog

1. Think about your lifestyle and what you want and need from a dog-- write down your findings. This doesn't have to be long, just a few sentences. After doing this you'll probably already have a few breeds in mind that you think could work.

2. Decide what size you want: Small, Medium, Large. This will largely depend on where you live and on your purpose for having a dog.  Are you in the suburbs or city? 1 bedroom apartment or 6 bedroom townhouse?  While there are big dogs that do well in small spaces, its always best to try to keep the dog's size proportionate to your living situation.

Also get down to the nitty gritty of why you want a dog– just for companionship?  to play sports/be active with? to be an extra layer of security? If your sole purpose is to just have an on-call co-pilot then you may be more keen to have a smaller size. On the other hand if you want a dog that can be your canine bouncer then you'll likely want a pup with more build and stature.

3. Figure out your Budget. Dogs can range in price from being free to thousands of dollars – It depends on where you get them. Think about the max you'd want to pay for a dog or atleast a range. If you're open to getting a mixed breed dog then it'll likely be less expensive because you can find them at shelters/humane societies. If you want a specific breed then you may pay a premium.

4. Take the test. Now that you have the 3 essentials factors figured out you can move forward with taking a dog breed selector / personality test. There are a ton of apps and online-self assessments to figure out which breed is best for you:

- Animal Planet Personality Test

- Dogtime Breed Selector

- Purina Dog Quiz

Your results will likely lead to similar breeds so after taking the tests you should have narrowed your list down a lot to either 1 or 2. 

5. Do Background Research. Now it's time to do some thorough background research in your top choice(s). Read about your breed in the general online places (i.e Google), but also look at breed specific blogs and in breed specific forums.

6. Select the final dog you want. Marinate on it for a little bit and get the opinions of some family and friends. Now you can go to your local humane society or your local breeder.


Dogs for Men

Your results from the test above may vary, but below are a few breeds to consider

Staffordshire Terriers (aka Pitbulls), Labrador Retrievers, Rottweilers, Doberman, and Golden Retrievers seems to be the top dogs of choice for most men. This is even reflected on TV– whether its Isis, the yellow Lab of Downtown Abbey or a 3-legged Pitbull named Champion from Parks & Rec. But when living in the city you don't always want a large dog. You low-key like your girlfriends small dog, and wouldn't mind a similarly sized pup but Yorkies, Toy Poodles, and Pomeranian just seem too girly and froo froo. So what does a guy get when he wants a small dog…


Best Small Dogs for Guys:

1. Miniature Schnauzer.

The Miniature Schnauzer is from the terrier family and that originated in Germany in the mid-to-late 19th century. Weight: 11-20 Life span: 12 – 15 years. Temperament: Spirited, Alert, Obedient, Friendly, Fearless, Intelligent. Read more about them, here.

2. Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier aka the "American Gentleman" originates from the United States. Weight: 10-20lbs. Life span: 13 – 15 years. Temperament: Lively, Friendly, Intelligent. Read more about them, here.

3. French Bulldog

The French Bulldog aka "Frenchies" originates from France and England. Weight: 16-28lbs. Life span: 10 – 12 years. Dog Temperament: Lively, Playful, Athletic, Alert, Easygoing, Bright, Keen, Patient, Affectionate, Sociable. Read more about them, here.

4. Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu originates from Japan. A small, agile dog that copes very well with mountainous terrain, the Shiba Inu was originally bred for hunting. Weight: 15-24lbs. Life span: 12 – 15 years Temperament: Charming, Alert, Faithful, Confident, Keen, Fearless. Read more about them, here.

5. Miniature Golden Retriever

While creating new hybrids and mixing breeds is not looked on favorably, I will admit to really liking the newer Miniature Golden Retrievers aka Petite Golden Retriever. I first saw one in the park a year or so ago and it was a very attractive dog. Weight: 20-40lbs.  Life Span varies. Temperament: varies (that of a cocker spaniel, poodle, and golden retriever).

See more of our Urban Gentleman and Urban Gentlepup Series, here.

Going on Dates with Your Dog: Urban Gentleman and Gentlepup Series, #2

Yesterday we discussed how dogs are man's best friend – it's a relationship that seems to have naturally fell into place centuries upon centuries ago. And along with our dogs being our best friends, they happily become our co-pilot. Working out? They're leading the trail. Running errands? They're riding shotgun with their face in the wind. But what about dates? Is it okay to allow them to co-pilot when on a date? 

Topman jeans; Common Projects Derby

The answer varies. If she's allergic, then no. There's no point in being a jerk, leave your urban gentlepup at home (and rethink if you can really date someone allergic to dogs- j/k). If it's evening and you're going somewhere fancy… I know your co-pilot has his own bow-tie collection, but still please forgo dragging him along. 

It's really only appropriate to bring your dog on dates when it's casual. For example: going to the park or hanging out at an outdoor festival or market. If you're in the mood to get dressed up with your Lady and wanna bring your dog, well, Sunday brunch is perfect! Check out Look 2 of our series below: 

Urban Gentlepup Fitzgerald the Schnauzer taking charge

George Frost necklace; TUG pinback

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See the complete Urban Gentleman and Gentlepup series, here.

Man and Dog: The Urban Gentleman and Gentlepup Series, Part 1 (At the Park)

Man & dog– it's just so natural. Even in the very beginning of time when African kings and queens sat upon their golden thrones they often had a canine companion by their side. Why? Because dogs are the ultimate best friend. Their loyalty and love is unconditional, plus there's the added benefit of being able to handpick and train them. 

Ancient African Drawings of Pharaohs with dogs

As we move into a society where we start family life after 32 opposed to 22, having a dog is becoming more than the norm… it's almost a standard. So this is our first ode to the new standard. This week is all about man's best friend. Featuring Atlantan Urban Gentleman Taariq Tut and our first featured Urban Gentlepup Fitzgerald, the Schnauzer.

This series contains 5 Looks.

- Look 1: Going to the Park  -

Obey navy tank; Zanerobe joggers; mirrored aviators; vintage backpack

A classic affair with your canine companion: going to the park, running around like kids, and chillin' in the green grass… good vibes all around.

Fitzgerald aka Fitz is a 1.5 yr old brown and white miniature schnauzer 

When going to the park with your canine BFF here's what you need:

- Your backpack of course.. or duffle

- toys: a single ball will do, but I would bring 2 just in case

- bottle of water: gotta keep hydrated

- small towel or blanket: if and only if you plan to stay awhile and chill on the lawn

- extras: insect repellant, sunscreen, and extra poop bags (some parks don't have them)



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Fitz passing the ball and heading towards the shade ;-)


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Music Break: A Shakur Summer, Get the Look

It's Tuesday, so why not play a little Tupac as we work. I love music, you love music, we all love music…  After having Marley Monday yesterday, I figured why not share our current listenings with you every once in awhile. Sometimes a song can dictate my post, a single verse can be the difference of why I choose a pair of Italian made moccasin -vs- a pair of Brazilian made huaraches to match a particular look. 


*(some songs are explicit)


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