Talk about the workwear trend, is this kid really wearing a denim jumpsuit? And strolling a dolly along with confident ease? This has to be staged, either way… love it. Last question– where was this photo when we did all of our American Workwer features last year? Nevertheless get your little brother/nephew/son/godson/etc a taste of the look below:
photo via thelocals.dk
While women of color have their Miss Jessie's and Carol's Daughter hair products, their has been a particular lack in products for men of color, created by a person of color (from start to finish), well, Frederick Benjamin has arrived to fill that void.
Inspired by his grandfather, Michael James (founder of Frederick Benjamin) wanted to create a simple, timeless grooming line that evoked the same sense of pride men had in the 40s and 50s. "My grandfather (Frederick Benjamin Schumpert) was the epitome of style, grace and finesse. At an early age, he taught me the importance of looking your best and being prepared for what life has in store for you. When I began developing the line his words and image was the inspiration that helped me bring the brand to life.” Inspiration from your grandfather ,huh? well, we're pretty familiar with that around here (see: T.U.G logo).
Left: Frederick Benjamin Schumpert, Right: Michael James, founder, honed in his hair care expertise by working with companies like L'Oreal and Revlon for over a decade.
As discussed in The Urban Gentleman Grooming Routine, men of color must be particularly sure to use conditioning products that add nutrients to the hair, instead of stripping away its natural oils (which creates dry scalp and dull hair.) Frederick Benjamin's line of natural products are free from all things that damages hair: drying alcohols, synthetic fragrances, and petroleum distillates: petrolatum & mineral oil. Instead there are natural ingredients like spearmint, clove, hemp seed, and nettle that cohesively work together to invigorate the scalp, create lasting hydration, restore softness and bring a natural matte shine to the hair. And although created with multicultural men in mind, the products works well with all hair (curly, straight, wavy) and scalp types.
The Frederick Benjamin line of products is lightweight, grease-free and can be used on a daily basis. Shampoo, Conditioner, and Daily Hydrator. Each product retails for $12.00 each, purchase here.
T.U.G Review: What can I say, I crossed my fingers hoping it would deliver and it did. First off, the smell is great, it's minty so if I wash my hair in the morning it gives me a relaxing wake-up and if I choose to wash my hair at night, it has a faint calming effect which helps after a stressful day. The immediate results of The Frederick Benjamin line of products is softer hair, then after a few washes you really begin to see the natural shine. All in all I recommend those searching for a new line of products to give it a try.
Of course we want you to experience this new line of products as well, so follow us on Twitter and Facebook for a chance to win a Frederick Benjamin Travel Kit (we'll giveaway 5 total over the next few weeks).
Christian Louboutin Tasselissimo Suede Shoes, $1,450. In well-known over indulgent Christian Louboutin style, these tasseled loafers have been taken to the max… and then some. At very first glance, these lingered as off-putting, but then a few more seconds passed and I envisioned these being paired with a well tailored navy suit, worn sockless (down a cobblestone street in Italy, lol).
Christian Louboutin Louis Python Crystal Sneakers, $1,495. Simple all black python snakeskin exotic sneakers, with his signature Louboutin red bottoms. I can easily see these on the red carpet– maybe on Usher, Pharrell?
I must say, Louboutin is making the best crossover from women's shoes to men's, while some of his designs may be a bit ornate for some they definitely stand out as bona fide statement pieces. See More Photos Below, —> CONTINUE READING MORE >>>
men's street style espadrilles
Our next featured style essential? Men's espadrilles… the perfect summer kick-around shoe, along with your canvas lace-ups of course.
And this year designers and brands have really expanded their espadrille offerings, they're not just offering the basic slip-on anymore… we've got high-top espadrilles, lace-up espadrilles, suede espadrilles, even leather espadrilles.Check it all out below:
Check out the complete Spring Summer Men's Style Guide, here.
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We've gotten a little behind on our men's fashion spring summer trends essentials, so we're going to get back on track today and feature one of the most prominently displayed trends from the S/S 2011 fashion shows– orange and blue.
Get the Look:
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Starbuck's asked us to create our own custom Frappuccino in celebration of their new "What's Your Mix?" application/competition– which allows you to create a frappuccino anyway you like it. So we created three: "The Urban Gent Classic", "The Urban Gent MochaMint", and "The Urban Gent's Girlfriend"…
The Urban Gent Classic Frappuccino is exactly what a man order's: venti, espresso shot, a mixture of caramel, chocolate, and vanilla– three classic flavors to keep things timeless… just like The Urban Gentleman.
How to order: Venti, Ice, 2%, 1 Shot, 2 Pumps Caramel Syrup, 2 Pumps Mocha Sauce, 1 Pump Vanilla Syrup, Whip Caramel Drizzle Mocha Drizzle, 1 Pump Frappuccino® Roast Frappuccino Blended Drink
We'll also be giving away FIVE (5) $25 Starbucks giftcards. So if you're a frappuccino or Starbucks lover be sure to enter to win. You'll be able Create-Your-Own at Frappuccino.com, then you can order a round for you and your friends with your $25 giftcard. (All the winners will be announced this weekend).
(winners are chosen via random.org
Check out our custom "The Urban Gent MochaMint" and "The Urban Gent's Girlfriend" blends below… CONTINUE READING MORE >>>