We've vowed to do 3 profiles for our Men of USA, first we had White Collar's Neal Caffrey, second Covert Affairs' Jai Wilcox, and lastly we'll cover Suits' Harvey Specter (played by Carnegie-Mellon graduate, Gabriel Macht). Harvey Specter truly is the epitome of high-life living, and its constantly shown in the series, take the last episode for example– not only was he perusing around in a new Mercedes S-Class, but one of the guest characters commented on his "$12,000 suits".
He dresses like I expect modern day men in power to dress– widespread and cutaway collars dress shirts, thicker tie-knots (none of that skinny sh*t), double vented suit jackets, and suits that aren't slim, but just very well tailored (so they're often confused as "skinny"). oh and lets not forget he sports more ticket pocket suits than any other TV series character I know, and he likes a 3-piece suit every now and then.
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Parks & Recreation: Snapback & Tees (Summer Edition).
(behind-the-scenes video of Parks & Recreation: Summertime Style)
Lately we've been so caught up in button-downs, selvedge denim, shawl collar cardigans, and double-breasted blazers that we've forgotten about the relaxed easiness of a simple t-shirt and shorts. So we pulled out the snapbacks, fresh tees, a variety of shorts, and matching accessories to help get you through what seems to be the hottest days of summertime. Also, introducing, Ben Swann #TeamTUG.
An afternoon at the park.
10:37AM// Eat breakfast.
11:15AM// Pack your bag for a good ole time at the park (yo-yo, check, frisbee, check, a ton of games to have old-fashion fun, check…).
11:45AM// Always say "hi" to the neighbors or passersby, wave or casually throw up deuces (aka peace sign).
11:51AM// Look both ways before crossing the street.
12:03PM// Keep cool and be nostalgic– buy a popsicle from the ice cream man.
12:19PM// Sit on a bench (in the shade of course), people watch, and ponder upon life.
12:43PM// Play frisbee with a friend. (or any other park-friendly sport to your liking)
1:42PM// Take a breather and relax before heading home, or to your next destination.
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Winter Black / Black on Black trend
Kenneth Cole just launched a new microsite for their Fall 2011 Campaign. The site, WhereDoYouStand.com, is about raising awareness on certain social issues, while keeping you informed about the offerings of their Fall/Winter 2011 collection. One of the trends in their collection is black on black, sound familiar? Of course it does, "Summer Black" which is all about layering different shades of black, was one of the trends from our Spring/Summer Style Guide. So for the Fall/Winter you pretty much have "Winter Black"– same trend, different season (which is how we like it).
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You've got one Fall/Winter Trend early, lucky you! lol. Nah, but really we'll try to have our complete style guide up sooner than later. So for now we'll just say "The Urban Gentleman Fall/Winter Style Guide Coming Soon"
Not too long ago, we covered the undeniable great stylings of White Collar's Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer). Another USA star, whose style is pretty impressive is Covert Affairs' Jai Wilcox, real name Sendhil Ramamurthy.
I remember writing the Men's Hair Guide that displayed hair inspiration photos of several celebrities with various hair types. Moreover, I remember getting a comment from one T.U.G fan who was a little disappointed in the examples of Indian stars, saying he wanted better examples… I guess Kal Penn and Aziz Ansari wasn't cutting it, lol. It was an understandable comment, although let me just once again express how magnificently hilarious Aziz Ansari is– who doesn't love that guy? But anyway… Senhil Ramamurthy, though not initially on my radar has made his way there after I watched an episode of Covert Affairs. And he, dear T.U.G fan who wanted better examples of indian-american hair, is quite the dapper gent… Sendhil has plenty of hair examples for you to indulge in. Matter of fact before going on about his style, let's have an interlude to check out a few of his past hair styles/hair cuts…
Great grooming, huh? There's plenty more photos below.
Chicago-born, Texas raised Sendhil Ramamurthy definitely has a very relaxed, casual sense of style. Perhaps that's brought about by his Indian roots or even likelier, it's a side-effect from all that tennis playing (he's a great tennis player). Either way most of the time you will find Sendhil in a crisp pointed-collar button-up modern-fit blue or gray suit, and of course– no tie ( yes he's one of those guys who prefers to forgo a tie). Similar to his red carpet looks, when Sendhil is playing Jai Wilcox, former Yale Lacrosse players, on Covert Affairs he's often styled in navy or gray modern-fit suits as well, but with matching ties of course.
It's been said that Sendhil Ramamurthy is a very private person, so the paparazzi barely ever catch him out, but when they do he's often sporting a simple polo (sometimes Louis Vuitton), medium-blue wash denim, baseball cap, and shades (he's a fan of Lacoste eyewear).
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The Urban Gentleman x Good Wood Custom Pinbacks
We got these custom made pinbacks in awhile back, and have been waiting to display them in a shoot. Well, our "Parks and Recreation" summertime photoshoot was the perfect time to unveil. These are custom wooden Urban Gentleman pinbacks/buttons made by the good folks at Good Wood (based on our classic T.U.G pinbacks), pretty sweet, huh? Thanks guys!
Check them out in our casual summer men's style shoot.
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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