The White Collar Style and Fashion Guide of Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer)

Fitted suits, tie bars, and fedoras are a few of the staples we've came to associate with White Collar's Neal Caffrey, played by Texas-born actor Matt Bomer. Rugged beards and stylish scruffy facial hair? Not this guy, he takes pride in being clean-shaven and immaculately well-groomed. Moderately inspired by Cary Grant  in "To Catch a Thief" and The Rat Pack Caffrey definitely looks like an Urban Gentleman™ .

Cary Grant in the 1955 movie "To Catch a Thief"

The show's costume designer Stephanie Maslansky openly discusses the makings of Neal Caffrey's wardrobe on White Collar's official website. She says his look is 'mid-century gone modern' with suits by designers John Varvatos and Paul Smith (but let's not forget about his vintage Sy Devore suit from the very first episode). His tie bars are vintage, and his ties are also almost always vintage and bought at Manhattan's Star Struck and Cheap Jack's. Speaking of accessories, so many wonder where Neal gets those fedoras, no other than Manhattan's oldest hat shop, J.J.Hat Center, And these days his sunglasses are often classic Ray-Bans.

Caffrey also sports his fair share of 3-piece suits, sorta like another USA Character. Can anyone guess? Harvey from Suits of course. Prepare for the Suits Giveaway, which includes a Kodak Pocket Camera.

All those who have been loyally watching since Season 1, like myself, know about the show's love for Thomas Pink… I remember a bedroom scene that was  joyously filled with Thomas Pink bags in the background– some of the show's swankiest product placement to date, lol. But they don't just use Pink bags for props, many of Caffreys cuff-links and shirts are Thomas Pink (as well as Paul Smith and John Varvatos).

When he's out with Mozzie or painting in his apartment (June's "guest room") we may find him in a few casual-wears, like crew necks, polos, and  button-ups. Those seldom seen looks vary in labels: sometimes shirts by Hugo Boss and Band of Outsiders, jackets by Armani, pants by Prada, shoes by Sperry for J.Crew, and all of the above by John Varvatos (this show really really likes Varvatos, and Thomas Pink, but definitely Varvatos). When it comes to purchasing a little bit of everything (casual, business, clothing, accessories) costume designer Maslanksy also does her fair share of shopping at Century 21 and Barneys.

Note: One main style element that is consistent with Caffrey is the color blue, there's rarely an outfit that doesn't have something blue in it– whether it's the suit, a tie, his hat, shirt, or even a scene that has him in his drawers, 99% of the time he's wearing something blue. This is of course done to match Matt Bomer's piercing blue eyes.

So let's review, To Get the Style Of Neal Caffrey: Mix vintage modern, stick with slim silhouettes for suits and dress shirts, and accessorize with vintage ties, tie bars, and classic fedoras. Pretty easy, eh? So on your next shopping trip implement a bit of Caffrey in your style, or you can shop the look below:

 
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USA Network x The Urban Gent: Men of USA Giveaway

I've been meaning to do a stylish men of TV posting for well over a year now, but I never got around to it. One of the main shows I planned to highlight was of course no other than USA's White Collar– that Neal Caffrey is one smooth mutha–"shut yo' mouth", lol. (that was Shaft movie reference for those who didn't catch it). But really, his authentic love of art, culture, and fine-dressing makes him an easy favorite when it comes to stylish characters on TV.  So, when the USA Network, said they had a giveaway in mind for The Urban Gentleman, it was an easy "yesss".

Each day this week, starting TODAY we'll be giving away FanPacks representing the Men of USA,  from 6 of USA Network's top shows: White Collar, Necessary Roughness, Covert Affairs, Royal Pains, Burn Notice, and Suits. And we'll have style profiles of some of the most notable Men of USA… check for that throughout the week.

HOW TO ENTER: Details below (at the bottom of the posting). Be sure to follow us on Twitter, fan on Facebook, and sign-up for T.U.G Mail. As always the more ways you enter the higher your chances of winning (winners are chosen via random.org).

For those who aren't familiar here's a brief rundown of each show, as well as each respective FanPack contents:
 

­White Collar, Tuesdays at 9PM. Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) is a debonair bad boy with classic movie-star style (think Carey Grant meets Al Capone). And with every-man FBI agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) on his side, WHITE COLLAR is the definition of slick and timeless New York. Get more WHITE COLLAR, here.

White Collar Prize Pack: Custom Nylon Bag ($10) Season 1 & 2 DVDs ($100) Jack Spade Wallet ($80) USA Summer T-Shirt ($15) USA 10 City Summer Guide. ($205 value)

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The Working Mini Urban Gent

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:

 
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photo via thelocals.dk

Frederick Benjamin Grooming

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 Tassel Suede Loafers and Louis Python Sneakers

With his studs retired for a brief moment, here's a little taste of what Christian Louboutin has to offer for Fall/Winter 2011.

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 >>>

S/S Men’s Style Essential: Espadrilles

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:

 
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Check out the complete Spring Summer Men's Style Guide, here.

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