While many of the newer watch companies seek to create "cool rubber" watches, Nick Blum went the opposite direction. He created a line of attainable luxury watches, that sport quite the unique look. I can honestly say I can't remember seeing a face shape like the one BlumLux watches tote– it's sort of a curved in quadrilateral, most resembling a rectangle.
Passion-Diamond (Rose Gold BlumLux watch). I opted for rose gold because it's most in trend, but the all black with the hint of rose gold on the face seems like it'd be quite swanky.
My first impression of the watch when opening the box was hip-hop mogul, it was just a bit too ostentatious for my immediate taste. But the more I looked at it I began to "see" Beverley Hills millionaire or cocky international traveler– the style grew on me. I think the key to wearing such a bold watch is letting it speak for itself, meaning keep your clothing relatively simple while wearing it. A crisp white button up, navy trousers and lace-ups. Or a simple t-shirt, great pair of denim or printed shorts, and pair of shoes that have a simply elevate your look. Basically subtle and classic colors, for the most part.
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We've recently teamed up with authentic Italian denim brand Meltin' Pot for a closer look into their Fall/Winter denim collection. We had the opportunity to create 4 looks for Meltin' Pot, check them out below:
"The 90s Kid": I created an updated 90s look on Ben, by using the Meltin Pot Misfits which are truly skinny jeans, the jeans are paired with a Meltin' Pot shirt/jacket and topped off with a vintage buffalo plaid coat. To properly accessorize I opted for a classic Atlanta Hawks snapback, gold watch, and a 90s kid closet staple– LA Gears.
"Urban Cowboy": Simple and southern, I paired a Meltin Pot denim shirt with the perfect dark denim Meltin Pot braces/suspenders jeans. To accent the double denim I added a pair of limited edition cowboy braces and tan rugged boots. This look stands alone well, but to push it a bit further I accessorized the look with a simple native print scarf and a gold pin. (cowboy hat optional, lol).
(Also featured: Limited Edition Trafalgar braces (use code RODEO: to get 10% off), and UGG Fallbrook boots)
"City Hermit": This look really ties into our urbane wanderer trend quite well. As if he's living in the desert, the city hermit wears a muted color palette to blend in with his environment– streets and buildings instead of sand dunes and stone plateaus. For this look I introduce my own spin on ombre, by creating color blocked ombre (see more details under Fall/Winter Tips). I start from the bottom with beige desert boots and I build up the color with beige and khaki socks, khaki slim fit Meltin' Pot chinos, and of course a double dose of brown-olive with the Meltin Pot callum shirt, and light-weight coat. I added a few optional hard-hitting accessories with the watch, camouflage scarf, and a heavy duty Chrome Pawn backpack.
"Untitled": It was hard for me to come up with a name for this look, but basically it focuses on the simple, yet stylish and manly "guy's guy". You know the man who watches sports, and likes style, but doesn't want to overdo it. He refuses to wear "that skinny shit", lol, but he's all about tailored, well-fitting clothing. For this look Ben wears a thermal shirt and vintage game-worn Georgia Tech football jersey underneath a Meltin' Pot's fur collar pilot's coat. And for his denim I chose Meltin' Pot's carrot fit jeans (the worn-in wash on these are fantastic). I keep the manliness going with a thick pair of navy/white knit socks, tall boots, vintage Navy hat, and optional rugby striped scarf.
(Also featured: UGG Carnero Boots)
10 FALL WINTER MEN'S STYLE TIPS
Ankles on Display: That's right fully displayed, but socked up of course. Play around with fully displaying your socks this season. Meaning roll up our pants or push them up above your thick textured boot socks. You'll end up with a clean layering of boots-socks-pants.
Plaid on Plaid: Plaid on Plaid on Plaid (you gotta say it like "stacks on stacks on stacks" though, lol). Plaid, ahh, boring right? Well let's revitalize it a bit. This summer we added army fatigue to it to give a boost, now just get raw with it– add plaid on plaid on plaid. But different pattern plaids, and in those cozy winter textures.
Colorblocked Ombre: Ombre is basically shades of color or different gradients of a color, usually going from light to dark. While women see this trend in their dresses, jackets, etc. men mostly see the ombre trend in accessories and maybe t-shirts. Well, we've put our Urban Gent spin on it, and have created "colorblocked ombre". Start from the top or bottom and gradually increase the intensity of the color you're wearing. We started with cream shoes, khaki and cream socks, khaki/olive trousers, then solid bold olive-brown shirt and jacket.
Braces/Suspenders: 'Tis the season for manning up, basically its getting cold so beards and 'staches are growing out. Complete the look with a pair of braces– that means they should button on, not clamp .
Hint of Pattern: Last year it was all about the hint of camouflage, now it's more all inclusive. Add a touch of something extra to your 'fit with a patterned highlight, whether it's camouflage, native prints, or anything else you may like.
Sock Season: Yep, it's sock season, and we're getting giddy like little kids, hehehe. Because these days a man has to have a couple pairs on deck that are pretty much specifically to be seen by those who gaze upon him. Patterns of all shades and sizes and colors are appropriate. (check back in a few weeks we're gonna have something special for you sock fiends).
Preppy Hints: As much as I love classic prep gear, it's getting a bit hackneyed, right?! Yea, it is, so let's slow it down before we hate it and go the complete opposite into grunge-wear or something. To ease up on the prep, let's keep it to the accessories, like scarves.
90s: Add a little 90s to your look whenever you can– snapbacks, simply oversized sneakers, gold accessories, whatever fits the bill.
Simple Accessories: It's fine to overdose here and there, but keep accessories simple. They should compliment not overtake your ensemble… think hat, watch, and patterned socks.
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They call him Mr. Denim, his name? Cosimo Damiano Romano. Read his history and the story behind the brand below.
Cosimo Damiano Romano was born to two modest parents in Matino, which is in the Puglia region of Italy. The 3rd of ten children, Cosimo at the age of 8 has to come to terms with the loss of his mother and his adolescence is divided between working in the fields and school. At an early age he abandons his studies to assist his father. Whilst immigration seems to be the only solution for many, the young and eager Cosimo used his stubbornness to discover alternative routes to abandoning his family, home and region of southern Italy.
His first move is a job as a driver for local typographers but his desire to create and build his own enterprise continues to rein strong. His first flirt with the world of clothing industry commences alongside his wife, Antoinetta (a tailor) producing children’s clothing for a small store but 1967 is the year in which the generous and jovial Cosimo is to meet a jeans wholesale and that meeting would change his life. The idea to create a clothing production company with his family united is born and in 1979 Romano Confezioni was created amidst the peak era of the
“denim jeans boom”, providing his ever growing clientele with a full cycle production service. During the growth of the company Cosimo is awarded by the Republic many prestigious industry and commerce awards for excellence.
In 1988, Cosimo gives life to a new society named; “Confezioni C.Romano & C. S.r.l.” a new factory site is created and built which is later increased in 1992 to span some 30.000 Mq. In 1994 following years of investment in new production techniques and the factory, Romano takes the initiative to invest in the promotion, marketing and production of a brand new concept. That concept is the birth of it’s own brand Meltin’Pot, into which Romano pours its years of know-how and expertise which in a short period of time becomes a strong brand player within the European denimwear market. Meltin Pot has recently launched their dedicated e-commerce site. www.meltinpot.com
Romano Spa continues to produce jeans and denimwear for brands such as Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld, and Notify to name a few.
Augusto Romano, Cosimo’s son, is the Managing Director of the company whilst Romano remains President of the Romano Spa and continues to challenge the production industry with initiative techniques as he did over 30 years ago.
Check out our Meltin' Pot x Urban Gentleman Look Book.
A little over a month ago, I caught Cool Runnings On Demand. You remember that movie right? With the Jamaican Bobsled Team. I've been meaning to post a clip of one particular scene for the longest, and since it's on my mind, well….
"I see Pride, I see Power, I see a bad ass mutha, who won't take no crap outta nobody".
Who doesn't love this scene? Sometimes, ya gotta give your confidence a re-boost. Sidenote: The navajo/native-print sweater Junior is wearing is kinda dope. Hmmm, I wonder if layered turtlenecks and sweaters will ever be cool again… maybe. Not this year though, even though it might come back sooner than later.
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:
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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