His Basics Contest: Round One Favorites

So we’ve been running our “His Basics” contest. A fun simple contest in which readers can send in photos of their everyday basics / life’s essentials. Voting for the first round of basics/essentials is over and the favorites have been chosen…
Two-way tie for 1st Place:
Roderick from Chicago
My Spectalces, House/Car Keys, Piccadilly Journal, Pens, Blackberry Curve, Belt clip watch, Beats by Dr. Dre Solo Headphones, 120 GB iPod, USB Drive, Nautica Wallet, and my Fossil Messenger Bag in the background.
Eziq from Gold Coast, Australia
 Shades bought from bluedame, Swatch Secret Agent Light Grey EU Flip 1998 Spring Summer Collectio, LG Shine Mobile Phone, BMW Z4 2004 car key, Business Cards (2-3 of them), Refurbished 2GB ipod, Card Holder for credit card, client’s business card, I.D, Shopping Discount Cards & other cards,  Battle Fuel (Formulated Supplementary Sports Food), AUD 20 notes.
Honorable Mention (came in 2nd):
Essel from the Philippines

Ray-Ban Aviator shades-for those sunny days, Steel Necklace- liked the vintage look and abstract pendant, Fossil Watch- my ever trusty watch, Keys with Goofy key chain- had the chain for almost 10 years now! Ipod video, and my Witch of Portobello book-to keep me busy.

Do you think you have better essentials? We’ll be having round two of His Basics soon, so be sure to email your entries: urbangentblog (at) gmail (dot) com.

Local Urban Gentleman: Jason Simon

We’re starting 2010 off on a high note, with one of the most stately Local Urban Gentlemen to date. He looks more like a Nordstrom men’s model than a student/lecturer… but I guess that’s the true making of an Urban Gentleman– innate versatility. Jason Simon is the first Urban Gentleman to exclusively represent New York, but he’s not just representing the state; he’s representing Brooklyn in particular, a place where more than half of its inhabitants seem to have a fetish for good taste and style. Jason not only offers us his above the bar elegance through his choice of words and style, but provides urban gentlemen around the world with quality examples on how to dress in the winter.
The Urban Gentleman is very proud to present, Jason Simon

Button Collar Oxford Shirt, Belt, Down Vest, Shoes: Polo RL / Polo Sport
Jeans: Earnest Sewn; Denim Jacket: Diesel; Silk Knit Tie: J Crew;
Tie Bar: Vintage Swank, Duffel Bag: David King Boston; Beads: H&M
Name: Jason Simon
Age: 24
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Occupation: Grad Student/Adjunct Lecturer
Style Icons: Gianni Agnelli, Sean Connery circa ‘James Bond’, Michael Caine circa ‘Alfie’, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Malcolm X, JFK
Favorite Quote: “There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.”- Malcolm X
Favorite Brands: Know what designer/ brands work for your style and body type and stick with them: Earnest Sewn, Ralph Lauren, Scotch & Soda, Cole Haan
Favorite Store: Century 21
Favorite Piece of clothing: Blue Bengal L/S Shirt
Bow tie or tie: When in doubt! Four in hand knot.
Flat front or pleated: Flat
Shades, hat, or scarf: Shades!
Ultimate goal: To have increased autonomy to contribute my energies and resources in places that warrant them most.
Favorite Books: Blink! M. Gladwell, The Apology of Plato Aristotle, Black is The New White P. Mooney
Hobbies: Traveling, Reading Periodicals, Thrift Stores,
Grooming product of choice: Andis T-Liner
Blazer, Khakis: Polo RL; Pocket Square: Robert Talbott
Hat: Weatherproof; Vest; Silk Knit Tie: J Crew; Gloves: Fownes; Duffel Bag: David King Boston
1. How would you describe your style?

Classic, functional, and above all, appropriate for my environments and activities.

2. How did you become so stylish?
Style is inward-driven. My style develops as I discover more about myself. I pull from what other folks are doing but my style begins and ends with me.

Beanie, Quilted Jacket, Shirt, Boots: Polo Ralph Lauren
Silk Knit Tie: RL Black Label; Gloves: Vintage Daniel Hayes
Jeans: Earnest Sewn; Duffel Bag: David King Boston

3. What advice would you give someone trying to find their personal style?

To thine own self be true. Forget trends, express yourself through what you wear, be appropriate for your spacings, function over fashion, and most of all, BE COMFORTABLE!


4.
What’s the best clothing advice you ever received?
“The world is bigger than timberland boots”

The story behind the quote:

I was 19 going on 20 years old at the time I was in SoHo window shopping. I went into a few local boutiques like Union NYC (their store will show you how I was style wise at the time) because I was looking for a Leroy Jenkins floral hoodie. By chance and boredom I wandered into a small shoe store, a very non descriptive place. I saw that it sold footwear, but the pieces were too trendy/avant-garde for my taste. They had alot of pointed toe boots with different insignia’s and designs (very Mark Nason-esque). A little italian guy sized me up and down (i.e. for those who step into high end stores as consumers sales associates are taught to look at your feet first.) I’ll never forget [what he said], I can quote his exact words til this day, “The world is bigger than Timberland boots”. It was not rude, he was trying to be helpful (I was wearing a pair of beeswax 6-inch premium boots at the time). I replied “I know” and promptly left the store, but that comment resonated with me more so at the time because I had 4 different colors of size 13 Timberland, and those were only the ones good enough to be in the rotation.

Blazer: Scotch & Soda, White Dress Shirt: Ike Behar, Hat: Weatherproof
Shoes: Frye, Jeans: Earnest Sewn; Pocket Square, Socks: Robert Talbott
Tie, Belt: Polo RL Blue Label

(a small letter of appreciation from Jason to the Urban Gent editors)

Dear [Urban Gentleman],
Your advice helped a pal of mine buy his first bespoke suit in Hong Kong. He is a heavy set guy; he played as a college linebacker for the past four years, is about the graduate in May, and wanted to step away from LRG for his life as a professional. The tips you posted guided him to a sound choice insofar as cut, detail i.e. double vented and color.

– Jason
Jason in Hong Kong. He just returned to the USA not too long ago.
Trench: Club Monaco; Shirt: Scotch & Soda;
Tie, Belt, Pants: Polo Ralph Lauren
What’s the esteemed Urban Gentleman manifesto/decree: “The Urban Gentleman is the modern gentleman, he is a man of style, class, culture…” In order to sufficiently become a cultured gentleman, one must travel when the opportunity avails itself. For the readers who are still students, please take advantage of the Study Abroad programs at your school. Explore the many countries in South/Central America, Africa, and Asia– indulge in their bountiful culture, try to learn their language. Take summer internships overseas if possible… if you are American go over to Europe perhaps London, Paris, or Milan if possible and vice versa. Don’t bankrupt yourself traveling, but seek programs that will extricate most of the costs.

Get a piece of Jason’s look:

Are you the next Local Urban Gentleman?
Answer the questions above and submit them to
urbangentblog @ gmail.com
along with 4 or more stylish pictures.

Local Urban Gentleman: Jamie Ryan McFarland

I’m super excited to introduce our newest local urban gentleman. His name is Jamie McFarland and he hails from England, United Kingdom! Yesss, finally, the FIRST non-American local gent (round of applause)… I heart it. His style game is sick, and he’s definitely one of my favorites thus far- you’ll know why after you see his pictures. Oh, and did I mention he’s from England, that’s right I did :) Without further adieu…

Presenting, Jamie Ryan McFarland…
someone’s been paying attention, Jamie exhibits the hautest trends
of this year… rolled cardigan, skinny jeans, gold chains,
heart brooch, all seamlessly combined in a subtle way.
My favorite part of this look? the gold chains.
why? well because its the little things that go a long way,
Jamie wears 2 different sized chains- a thin herringbone and medium cuban
He chooses to wear them under his shirt.
This helps to focus and fine-tune the look.
If he had worn them over the shirt it would take away from the
red brooch and the chains would perhaps appear too “blingy”.
Name: Jamie Ryan McFarland
Age: 20
Location: England, UK
Occupation: Student
Style Icons: Taz Arnold, Gok Wan, Kayne West
Favorite Quote: It is better to regret something that you’ve done, rather than something you haven’t.
Favorite Brands: Its not about the brand, its how you rock it! :)
Favorite Store: Topman
Favorite Piece of clothing: Denim Jacket
Bow tie or tie: Bow Tie all the way!
Flat front or pleated: Flat
Shades, hat, or scarf: Shades!
Ultimate goal: To become recognised for something I am good at and enjoy…
Favorite Books: Twilight
Hobbies: Shopping, Swimming, Raving (Clubbing/Partying), Drinking 😀
Grooming product of choice: Hair Gel

simple summer dandy.
the blazer. the shorts. the white boat shoes. the brown braided belt.
everything gets a check mark
in my book.
jamie made these perfect summer jean shorts by cutting a pair
of jeans and rolling the edges- very clever.

1. How would you describe your style?
I would say my style is eclectic, I like taking different styles and merging them together then adding my own touch.

2. How did you become so stylish?
Ever since I was young, I had always went with the fashion, but in the past 3-4 years I have purposely tried to achieve a specific style of my own and one that suits me.

3. What advice would you give someone trying to find their personal style?
Wear what you like, as long as you feel comfortable. Try to make a statement, however keep in mind that some times less is more! – but that doesnt mean less clothes and walk around naked lol!

4. What’s the best clothing advice you ever received?
“Wear clothes that bloody fit!!”

What I like most about Jamie’s style is the versatility. One minute he looks like a polished hipster, the next a traditional dandy, then a trendy urbanite. He even changes the style of his hair…. seriously they’re different in every picture- who does that? I’ll tell you who- cool people, lol. One of my best friends gets his hair a tad different every time he cuts it… he has 3 main looks – caesar, high-top fade, and tapered. (His hair texture is similar to Jamies, but a bit thicker)… Hmmm this inspires me to do some hair articles for you guys…

Get Mr.McFarland’s Look….

Dee & Ricky Heart Badge
, $60, click here.

Levi’s Jeans Jacket, $68, click here.

I think I’d go as far as saying these two items or similar items are essentials in an urban gentleman’s wardrobe these days. I’ve been getting alot of emails about jean jackets, so I searched some online stores and placed a few in The Urban Gent Store, check them out here.

Are you the next Local Urban Gentleman?
Answer the questions above and submit them to
urbangentblog @ gmail . com
along with 4 or more stylish pictures.

Now that Jamie has broken the ice for the non-Americans I expect to see more entries from you guys… so Canada, South America, all the guys who email me from Japan, China, Australia, etc, yes all of you- I hope to be featuring you soon :)

Local Urban Gentleman Pat Wolinski

This weeks featured Local Urban Gentleman is Pat Wolinski. Yet again another Chicagoan with style (the third so far… the midwest and south represent strong- the west coast and northeast are slacking a bit…). Mr.Wolinski is an urban gent currently transitioning styles. Traditionally known for his cool hair and graphic tees, he’s now developing his own style… which consists of slim cuts that pay ode to old-school looks.

Presenting Pat Wolinski….

Name: Pat Wolinski
Age: 18
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Occupation: Student
Style Icons: Pharrell, Kayne West
Favorite Quote: Dress to be respected, respect is earned.
Favorite Brands: Brooks Brothers, DKNY
Favorite Store: Brooks Brothers
Favorite Piece of clothing: White V-Neck
Bow tie or tie: tie
Flat front or pleated: flat
Shades, hat, or scarf: hat
Ultimate goal: To live life to it’s fullest.
Favorite Books: The Great Gatsby
Hobbies: Shopping, Photography, Dancing, Working out.
Grooming product of choice: Hair Gel

1. How would you describe your style? Old- School with a modernized touch.

2. How did you become so stylish? It used to be a decent pair of pants and a graphic tee, slowly I started to transition because I wanted to be unique, more different ..have my own look. I started to admire the old-school look.

3. What advice would you give someone trying to find their personal style? Your style will always look best on you and only you!

4. What’s the best clothing advice you ever received? Don’t go out and shop where everyone else does, find your own thing. Be unpredictable.

Are you the next Local Urban Gentleman?
Answer the questions above and submit them to
urbangentblog@gmail.com
along with 4 or more stylish pictures.

The Stylish Progression From Boy To Man

I believe there comes a time in every young man's life- in which he must answer the pinnacle question: "Am I ready to be a man?"

When answering this he must consciously think about his past — and what the future could possibly bring. He must ask himself "Am I sincerely ready to travel and be on my own like those before me– (insert names of great men that inspire you, fictional or real)". Ready to tell mom and dad, "It's okay, I can handle it." Ready to face it when he has to cut out Friday nights at Stats or Pink Pony because the insurance on the brand new Audi just isn't going to pay for itself.

And just as he asks himself these questions about life's essentials, he must also ask himself the same about another "life category" that actually, even if not admittedly, is as important. Just as there is a time in which his actions must ripen from boyish to manly– as must his style develop from the worlds to his own. It is quite hard to know when that time has come. The decision to buy a house, buy a car, or even to get married comes more naturally to most men, than to decide that "I must now own my look, my own style."

The truth is, most men never own up or develop it. They progress from immaturity to dignified maturation while always missing one element that few are able to acquaint themselves with. Many become great men, distinguished, erudite men, but not quite embodying the maximum meaning of those words because he lacks the complete essence of it.

Those before you who took the important leap did so because they felt it necessary to grow into manhood– at it's entirety. It is a complex situation– to decide what style, what look, will sum you up. To figure out what people will see of you before you mutter the simplest word. As you walk through Whole Foods, figuring out where they stash the Bolthouse smoothies– what one second summary will the girl restocking the oranges think? As the red double decker full of tourist pass you while you're off 42nd and 6th– what will be their impression of the true new yorker as they gaze upon you?

And as I ask, you must ask– travel deep into the depths of who you are and decide. Do you wish to present an outward image that fully reflects your personality? Or do you wish to be true to yourself while yet knowing that providing those on the outside with a particular reflection will only enhance your current position– be it financial, emotional, or simply artificial (in the many ways it can be)? The choice is yours…

It requires reflection, perhaps a long overdue visit to the men who have come before you– fathers, grandfathers, great uncles. Maybe it takes you finally releasing what will make "her" like you and focusing on what will make "you" like you… while hoping she sticks around for the progression.

For some, this journey, this leap, this step happens naturally– happening between 24-30 (lucky bastards). While for others, because of life's circumstances, late 30s, 40s, and midlife crisis's will induce a band-aid pull effect– this change will be sudden, very quick and fast. But for you, because you were smart enough to be on this particular site and read this particular article on this day, you have the delighted and highly coveted– choice.

You can choose to further peruse in a stagnated manhood, silently chuckle because you semi-arrogantly but mainly pridefully have already become a man and developed your own style, or you can begin this journey. Flip the coin, roll the dice, choose from the petals of a flower if you wish… I suggest that maybe, just maybe it is time to become an, Urban Gentleman.

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