Which Men’s Wallet is Best For You? Classic Bi-Fold, Money Clip, or Front Pocket

Father's Day Gift Idea: Book, Cologne, Wallet, and Tools

A man and his wallet is like a woman and her purse– an everyday essential that is carried throughout all stages of life. The type of wallet a man carries will depend on his lifestyle, personality, and needs. Today we aren't going to focus on colors or textures. And we aren't going to bore you with 21 different styles. The Urban Gent will keep it simple and straightforward and help you choose one of the THREE main men's wallet options: classic bi-fold wallet, money clip, or front pocket wallet

CLASSIC BI-FOLDS: 

Bottega Veneta, Fendi, Prada, and more // $25 – $600

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1. The Classic Bi-fold – Everyday before going to school as a kid my dad would open his brown or black leather wallet and hand me cash for lunch. This scenario or a similar one was probably the introduction to a wallet that the majority of us had. We'd see dad pull it out his back pocket when he paid for something in the store or gave us money at home. A bi-fold wallet is classic, useful, and loved by many.  Some bi-fold wallet carriers know how to keep their wallets organized and light. Unfortunately MANY others let it get bulky, fat, and overfilled with crap.  We've all seen it– it begins to look like a miniature mountain is forming on their right or left buttock… super unflattering. If the latter describes you, do us all a favor and steer clear from the classic bi-fold wallet. 

Who Should Wear / Buy the Classic Bi-Fold Wallet?

A well-organized man that has several essential items to carry, uses cash, and does not wear super skinny tight clothing. The classic bi-fold fits your ID, credit cards, a few business cards, cash, change, and if you still carry pictures it'll hold those too. 

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Men’s Winter LOOK BOOK: The Desert Bixby, The American Steeler, and The Urban Conductor

It’s the beginning of the year and the coldest  part of winter is about to hit. So, we wanted to suggest a few under coat layering options. I styled 3 looks on TUG ambassador Ben Swann to pay homage to early 1900s America, mixing hard edge workwear with southern sensibilities. 

A Man’s Winter. So what is a man’s winter? It’s stylish, yet simple. Detailed, but not ostentatious. It’s a layered tribute to his favorite styles. And it provides the opportunity to showcase his entire essence in one glance.

 

1: Desert Bixby 
Faded desert palette meets good ole boy. Stag Provisions, the company that provided our threads, is a Texas based company, so we mixed in a of bit southwest flavoring for the first look. The sandy coloring of the entire ensemble, the shirt pattern, and of course the desert boots gives us SW. While the shawl collar sweater, argyle socks, and fedora gives us classic casual 1950s southern gentleman. I especially love this look without the cardigan… its so simple and refreshing. Although many of us naturally wear dark colors in the winter, lighter hues display beautifully in crowds full of humdrum gray and black apparel. 

WINTER COAT: This look should be paired with a classic peacoat – navy, olive, tan, or beige. Scroll the options below:

 
STYLE DETAILS: Universal Works Olive Shawl Cardigan; Alex Mill Horizontal Donegal Shirt; Save Khaki Slub Twill Jeans; Yellow Luke Fedora; Clarks Desert Boot; Timex Weekender Watch; Garrett Leight Harding Sunglasses; Wooden TUG Pinback; Vinatage Beaded Bracelet; Bronze Pin. 
 
 
 
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The Change Up: Getting Over the Plateau

 

There comes a time in a gentleman’s life when he realizes that his physical health and physique are important. In this moment, he may feel the need to lift some weights, jog on the treadmill for a few miles, or (if he’s bold) take a workout class of some sort. But hey, let’s face it- exercising can be a pain. Especially when your never-ending cycle of weight lifting or treadmilling has left you without results and even worse- bored. Whether you lift big like The Rock or prefer to take a more Richard Simmons approach to exercise, there is one thing that is essential to becoming the most in shape you: change.

 

“Change is good”, the cliché of all clichés, applicable to anyone going through a breakup, getting a drastic haircut, or even just ordering a different sandwich from Subway. However, it is super relevant to your workout regimen. Sticking with a workout plan is very important, but being able to change it up is even more important. When you do the same type of exercises for a long period of time, your muscles reach a plateau. Meaning they get comfortable with what you’re doing and don’t need to work as hard, therefore, inhibiting their growth. What does this mean for you? Less results and less motivation to continue on. This is when you need to change up your plan. To:

  1. Surpass your plateau.

  2. Get better results.

  3. Increase motivation.

  4. Avoid getting bored.

Luckily, there are millions of ways to go about this. All you need is a little determination, and maybe a cool new pair of kicks. That always helps! Here are a few ideas for you to try.  


1) Revert To Your Old Ways

Sometimes going back to a routine that you have used in the past is a perfect way to rev up your results. If it has been a while, it’ll be as if it a completely new workout.


2) Use Fun To Your Advantage

There are fun things to do in this world (besides buying clothes) that actually help you get in shape. Adding in a hike, going kayaking, hitting up one of those cool trampoline parks, or playing a sport recreationally are all great ways to burn extra calories and beat that plateau.

3) Find Inspiration

Pick up a copy of a men’s fitness magazine or check out Internet for new ideas. These platforms are all loaded with new workout routines that can help you change it up.


4) Get A Workout Buddy

No, not from craigslist. Start lifting with a friend of yours who has a different workout style than you. Working out with a friend can help motivate you and the change in routine will challenge your muscles.

5) Take A Class

Workout classes come in all shapes and sizes. For example, there's CrossFit, spin, or Zumba classes. They can be really freaking hard, but are a good way to spice up your routine.

 

Changing up your workout is essential to continue your progress and advance toward your individual health goals. Even small changes can yield big results that you will be able to see. Boredom should never be an option, whether it relates to your clothes, to your life, or to your workout. Don’t fear change, embrace it.

 

By Max Rutcofsky for The Urban Gent

Chicago Bulls x Starter

It's no secret that fashion can be pretty cyclical, and the 90s are making a huge comeback in casual streetwear at the moment. I'm not talking about pagers, mood rings, or rolling up one pant leg. Think ripped jeans, flannel shirts tied around the waist, snapback caps worn backwards, and Starter jackets. Yep, those jackets you probably had as kid are cool again. 


Beyond being on-trend, they're a really cool way to rep your city or favorite sports team. So when I had the chance to visit Chicago for the first time, I wanted something that paid tribute to this great city and its legendary basketball team. The Chicago Bulls Starter jacket became my uniform while exploring the streets. As we walked from the Virgin Hotel to the SkyDeck to Millennium Park with the Cloud Gate, more popularly known as the "Bean", the "Windy City" lived up to its name, but I was warm in my jacket. We passed through shops, the Chicago Theater, and Costel Iarca's art gallery, and the satin finish of the jacket helped me stand out without being flashy.

The company's latest collaboration, Starter x VILLA, is a collection of four capsules highlighting a mix of college and NBA teams. Needless to say, my favorite is the all black Chicago Bulls 72-10 Jacket. Check out the collection here, and tell us which is your favorite in the comments.


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