American Needle: The Original Snapback + Giveaway

Snappin' is back. We've been talking about it for the past couple years, but 2011 is probably the more official year of snapbacks being on the scene for fashion kids and on the shelves of retailers that have kept their ear to the ground in terms of what's hot. The in-trend wearing of snapbacks got me thinking about the origin of the popular late 80s/early 90s style hat. After a little digging I found that snapback hats are thought to have originated in the mid to late 1800s– when different types of hats were being used for the old American pastime of baseball. At the time, several different caps were being used with the baseball uniform– straw hats, boating caps, cycling caps, jockey caps, etc. So a less modern, more basic version of the snapback might have been around.

Brooklyn Excelsiors  and New York Knickerbockers in 1858

The official baseball hat (as we know it today) was first worn by the Brooklyn Excelsiors in the mid 1800s, but the hat first became an official part of the baseball uniform on April 24, 1849 when the New York Knickerbockers unveiled their official club uniform.

old style (vintage) baseball caps

I guess if there was a "snapback" back in the 1800s, the "snap part" had to have been similar to the metal snap buttons you often find on windbreaker jackets. There is still some speculation on how far back the history of snapping baseball caps go. But what we all know for sure is that the famous snapback caps we know today came about in the 1980s, and were made popular by the hip-hop/rap music culture of the era. That's where American Needle comes in…

Tupac Shakur wearing an American Needle snapback

American Needle (AN) is the original snapback maker, and started selling "the snapback" everyone loves today in the late 80’s. The vast majority of the high fashion snapbacks of the time were American Needle designs. A lot of the hats were worn by musical icons of that era – even American musical icon Tupac wore American Needle's Blockhead style in the movie Poetic Justice.  And now, AN has brought back many of their originals for us to indulge in… pretty sweet, right? Moreover, they've chosen to giveaway 5, yes five of their original Blockhead style snapbacks to The Urban Gentleman readers. I mean, who doesn't love a free snapback?

To win: Follow on Twitter, Fan on Facebook, and/or sign-up for T.U.G Mail. Then simply comment or retweet. And as always the more ways you enter the higher your chances of winning. (winners are chosen via random.org)

I'm pretty intrigued by American Needle's history (In 1946, American Needle supplied the first Major League Baseball team caps ever sold to fans in a ballpark – in Chicago's Wrigley Field. ), and I'm very impressed by the vast array of hats they have. I've never quite seen an online retail collection of hats like theirs. They manage to cover most, if not all, historical style baseball hats. (plus you can search them in order from 1869 onwards, check that out here.) I actually felt like I got a mini history lesson just from perusing there website. Case-in-point: I didn't know that the Braves franchise was first in Boston, then Milwaukee, then moved to the best city for the team– Atlanta ;)

From left to right: 1908 Boston Braves, 1915 Boston Braves, 1934 Boston Braves, 1940 Boston Braves, 1946-1952 Boston Braves, 1953-1965 Milwaukee Brave, 1968 Atlanta Braves, 1974 Atlanta Braves, 1982 Atlanta Braves.

Read more of American Needle's history, and see some historical photos below –> CONTINUE READING MORE >>>

RYZ Sneakers: G3-Series

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There are always new products coming out, and most of it ends up being pretty damn mediocre, yanno #basic. But when you combine former Adidas U.S. and Japan President, Rob Langstaff, and well-known artist/designer Todd Alan Breland you get more than mediocre. These guys combined their experience and expertise to create a new, design-focused footwear brand– RYZ. Initially starting with graphic focused designs, RYZ has recently introduced a new modern, streamlined line of sneakers– The G3-Series.The G3 kicks are meant to provide men a staple, "all-around sneaker"– something you can wear with cargo shorts or a suit. I'm not always keen on sneakers -and- suit pairings, but I can easily see these with a slim-fit casual suit. In the words of RYZ Founder Rob Langstaff and Creative Director Todd Breland, "By combining the refined sensibility of dress shoes with the comfort and aesthetics of athletic footwear, RYZ challenges convention creating a refreshing foundation for men of every generation".

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Some of the design work of Todd Breland: Coca-Cola, Absolut/Kanye West, Elephant.

To take it a step further you can customize the G3-Series: the style, the color, and the soles. So we gave it a try…

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Can't get any better than T.U.G branded kicks: all black, style H-G3, T.U.G modern logo repeating on the sole

AND of course in true Urban Gentleman fashion we're going to giveaway a pair of H-G3 in black or white (courtesy of RYZ) . Plus, for the next month you can get 20% off RYZ sneakers using the code: RYZ-Dietch-20UrbanGent. Start creating a custom pair by going, here.

To win: Follow on Twitter, Fan on Facebook, and/or sign-up for T.U.G Mail. Then simply comment or retweet. And as always the more ways you enter the higher your chances of winning. Also be sure to Like RYZ on Facebook. (winners are chosen via random.org)
 

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Gucci Guilty for Men: Review and 5-Day Giveaway

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Gucci Guilty for Men.

The newest fragrance from Gucci is Gucci Guilty Pour Homme. We were big fans of Gucci by Gucci, so we were looking forward to testing out the newest men's scent from The House of Gucci (details/review below). The face of their Gucci by Gucci campaign was James Franco, so for Gucci Guilty they chose yet another Hollywood star, this time Chris Evans (from Fantastic Four, and the highly-anticipated film Captain America: The First Avenger). Check out the Frank Miller (Dark Knight, 300, Sin City) directed Gucci video below:

Thanks to the good folks at Gucci we'll be sponsoring a 5-day Giveaway (yes, everyday this week) of Gucci Guilty Pour Homme…

To win: Follow on Twitter, Fan on Facebook, and/or sign-up for T.U.G Mail. Then simply comment or retweet. And as always the more ways you enter the higher your chances of winning. (winners are chosen via random.org)

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Cologne Details:

TOP NOTES: lemon and lavendar

MIDDLE NOTES: orange flower

BASE NOTES: patchouli and cedar wood

Very detailed notes summary: "The scent seizes hold of the senses with a heady cocktail of invigorating Italian lemon and mandarin with crushed green leaves – evocative of sap rising – and a defiant punch of pink pepper. Its middle motifs persuade like a whispered invitation. The herbal freshness of lavender coils around an aphrodisiac cardamom note – at once stimulating and entrancing – on an unexpectedly tender bed of orange flower and neroli. The patchouli that is the hallmark of all Gucci fragrances is married with cedar and sandal wood gleaming with amber to create a robustly earthy, yet suggestively exotic sensuality of a profound masculinity."
 

Review: The fragrance opens like many of my favorite colognes with fresh italian lemon, but I think the mix of cedar and sandalwood  (from the base note) with the lavendar creates a semi-stark ending for me. That said, once the fragrance lingers for a few minutes it leaves a masculinely  fresh scent– which is always a great thing. This strikes me as easy go-to date cologne.

 

Be sure to enter to win a free bottle in the giveaway!

Winners of The Art of Shaving Giveaway

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Winners of the Red Carpet Giveaway:

twitter followers/commenters: Alex Ingram and Andrew Carlson

Please email your address ASAP: info (at) theurbangent.com

 

*Stay tuned for our daily giveaway this week!

The Urban Gent x The Art of Shaving LUXURY GROOMING RED CARPET Giveaway

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Ever wonder how Hollywood's men prepare for the red carpet? Well, this year their OSCAR-winning grooming routines were assisted by the good folks at The Art of Shaving.

As a leader in luxury men's grooming, The Art of Shaving assisted the likes of Javier Bardem, Jesse Eisenberg, Colin Firth, James Franco, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Darren Aronofsky and David Fincher in preparation for the OSCARS® with a gift of the ultimate in shaving products: The Fusion Chrome Collection ProGlide Power Razor, THE 4 Elements of the PERFECT SHAVE®, and a Royal Shave® Gift Certificate.

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Academy Award Best Actor winner Colin Firth

For Hollywood’s biggest night, having the perfect, smooth shave and healthy skin is a “must have” for all the Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Director nominees– and even the non-nominated Urban Gents can attain “red carpet worthy” grooming routine with The Art of Shaving:

· THE 4 Elements of the PERFECT SHAVE® will transform shaving for OSCAR night, or any other night, from a choir into a luxurious ritual. This aromatherapy-based kit has everything needed for the closest shave possible and healthy skin– a full sized Pre-Shave Oil, Shaving Cream, Badger Hair Shaving Brush, and After-Shave Balm. THE 4 Elements of the PERFECT SHAVE® will prevent razor burn, ingrown hairs, a tough beard and sensitive skin, plus it gives tips for expert shaving technique (retail: $100).

· The Fusion Chrome Collection ProGlide Power Razor combines advanced Gillette technologies with The Art of Shaving quality and craftsmanship for a clean shave that will pass even the strictest red carpet test– Fashion Police. The razor gently micro-pulses to reduce friction and increase glide, while the built-in spotlight helps avoid missing those hard-to-see areas.

· The signature Royal Shave® will have any man will feel like Hollywood Royalty. This indulgent experience combines the concept of traditional barber services with aromatherapy skin treatments, and is performed by expertly trained Master Barbers in the luxurious surroundings of The Art of Shaving Barber Spa (retail: $55).

The Urban Gentleman wants you to be red carpet groomed as well, so we've teamed up with The Art of Shaving to offer a LUXURY RED CARPET Giveaway that includes:

- THE 4 Elements of the PERFECT SHAVE

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- signature Royal Shave by expertly trained Master Barbers at a luxurious Art of Shaving Barber Spa

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And we're not just giving away one, we're giving away two– we want to cover both coast.

HOW TO ENTER: To win The 4 Elements of the PERFECT SHAVE Kit and a signature ROYAL SHAVE: Follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter. Then retweet about the giveaway and/or comment answer the question and comment below:

- Who was your favorite art of shaving groomed OSCAR nominee? Javier Bardem, Jesse Eisenberg, Colin Firth, James Franco, Jeremy Renner, or Mark Ruffalo. (basically, "who was the most well groomed of the bunch?")

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Javier Bardem

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Jesse Eisenberg

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Colin Firth

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James Franco

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Jeremy Renner

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Mark Ruffalo 

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T.U.G Valentine’s Day Giveaway #5: Dinner on Us (but cooked by you) & Gift Card of your choice

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T.U.G Valentine's Day Giveaways: Dinner On Us (Whole Foods Gift Card) -and- Gift Card of Your Choice

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Who doesn't want a perfect home-cooked meal for Valentine's Day? close to no one. And to help you out, we'll be dishing out a Whole Foods gift card to help your prepare (and pay for) that perfect Valentine's Day Dinner. And not only that, we'll also be giving  away a gift card of your choosing, yes, of YOUR choosing– so you can choose Amazon.com, or TOMS, or Whole Foods, or Barnes & Noble, or Wine.com, or Teleflora, or… well the list goes on and on. (And the best thing about these giveaways is that giiv can automatically send your winnings, so there won't be much waiting).

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There will be two winners: one will win the Whole Foods (or Amazon.com) and the other will win a gift card of their choice.

To win you must comment on this post, comment on our Facebook and/or re-tweet on Twitter. So link to us on your Facebook/Twitter pages, tell all your friends and associates to add us on Facebook and Twitter so that they can win,  and just tweet/facebook your heart out…and remember, the more ways you enter the more chances you have to win.

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So what is Giiv? It's a mobile gifting site that lets you text gifts instantly to anyone, anytime and anywhere. Whether it's a gift card to toms.com or zappos, flowers from Teleflora, chocolates from DeBrand Fine Chocolates, or spa treatments at Exhale Spa, a gift from Giiv is sure to make your valentine smile. The best part? If you forget (it happens!), you can send a gift anytime and it's delivered instantly, so she doesn't have to know you almost messed up and forgot her gift. Oh, and FYI, "there's an app for that", download our iPhone app. Stay Tuned for more Urban Gentleman Giiveaways.

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