Mr. Charming: The Style of Theophilus London

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So I wrote this on Feb 16th (when I first started the article):
(Sigh of relief) finally finally finally [hip-hop] music is getting good again– and no I’m not talking about Drake, Kid Cudi, or even Wale (those guys are all really cool) I’m moreso speaking of the Bobby Ray’s and Theophilus London’s of the world– the artists with the unique versatile sounds.

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Theophilus London first grabbed my attention when I heard his remix to Solange’s “Sand Castle Black x Blue” a year or so ago. Since then I’ve been secretly addicted… a few of my favorites from his charming mixtape: “Want You for Myself” (Peter Hadar featuring Theophilus London), “Grey X Sage” (his remix to the international hit Sabali), and “Always Love You” (a poppy electronic version of Whitney Houston’s hit song).

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And now on May 31st:
Well, I’ve spent the last three weeks entranced with his latest mixtape, I Want You. Between his new album and Janelle Monae’s The ArchAndroid, minus a few rounds of Ella, Sammy, and Frank, it seems like the new-wave of music is all my itunes player knows. (Oh and Lykke Li has been getting alot of play too)

His cover of Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You”, Tweets “Oops”, and the mysteriously erotic beats of “Soles Of Fire (Chauffeur)” float around in my top three. (The first 57 seconds of Soles Of Fire, can’t be described as anything but sexy, the beat goes hard and it’s also very sexy). Matter of fact, just listen to it yourself…

… pretty damn sexy, huh? Yeaa, I already know ;-)
The Style of Theophilus London

Theo’s style can’t just be categorized as hipsterish… it’s more like a direct ode to the past, 96% vintage 4% new school. He likes layers– lots of em, swanky college or NBA snap-backs (90s style), blazers, button ups, jean outerwear, corduroys, classic frames (he usually sports brown tortoise shell by Oliver Peoples, clubmasters, or classic clear wayfarers), and whichever kicks complete his raw vintage 70s/90s look. Mr.London’s style is actually reminiscent of past local urban gentleman Curran Swint.

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To authentically get Theophilus’s style you’d have to spend your days in vintage and thrift stores and on sites like etsy and ebay. And I know its often hard to dig through the thousands of threads these stores have, but you have to get in the mindset of shopping there like it’s the only option you have, lol. Once you lock-down on that mindset it’ll be much easier to have visions for the clothing these stores offer (and it wouldn’t hurt to have some inspiration photos in your pocket or on your phone).

But if you don’t have the time for all that,
well you can scoop his look below:
Jock it, Love it, Own it
Get the London Look:

Complex Mag had one of the freshest Theophilus spreads,
They sort of created a refined version of his look…
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HAT BY NO MAS; SUNGLASSES BY OLIVER PEOPLES; BLAZER BY OPENING CEREMONY; BELT BY LOUIS VUITTON; JEANS BY SHIPLEY & HALMOS; SNEAKERS BY NIKE

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HAT BY NO MAS; SUNGLASSES BY MOSCOT; SUIT BY HUGO BOSS; SHIRT BY ACNE; BELT BY J.LINDEBERG; SHOES BY BOSS ORANGE

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SUNGLASSES BY SUPER; JACKET BY J.LINDEBERG; TURTLENECK BY RALPH LAUREN PURPLE LABEL; PANTS BY NOM DE GUERRE

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HAT BY MAIDEN NOIR; SUNGLASSES BY CALVIN KLEIN; BLAZER BY LOUIS VUITTON; SHIRT BY ACNE; BELT BY C.P. COMPANY; PANTS BY J.LINDEBERG; SNEAKERS BY CLAE; WATCH BY BELLUM CONCEPTS; BAG BY HUGO BOSS

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HAT BY AMONGST FRIENDS; SUNGLASSES BY MOSCOT; TRENCH COAT BY NOM DE GUERRE; T-SHIRT BY RALPH LAUREN PURPLE LABEL; PANTS BY C.P. COMPANY

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HAT BY STUSSY DELUXE; GLASSES BY BALENCIAGA; JACKET BY Y-3; SWEATER BY VICTOR GLEMAUD; BELT BY J.LINDEBERG; JEANS BY LEVI’S; SNEAKERS BY NIKE

And as far as his album, well…

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“Shortly before we got his third mixtape I WANT YOU, Theophilus London released a DIY promo video for the track “Life Of A Lover”. The record loops lazily to show us a new look: pretty girls dancing with each other at a show, young dudes headnodding, the crush of cameras and hard flash that now follows us everywhere we go, a cut to Theophilus in monochrome riding in a Vespa gang through Chinatown en route to Brooklyn and then back to the dance—a mic cord drifting slowly in and out of the frame and his hand reaching out to bring a girl on stage. That is all and this is it: inspired by Marvin Gaye’s self-imposed European exile and controversial performance of the national anthem at the 1983 NBA All Star game, I WANT YOU is a collection of dark jams that restlessly examines the promise of love beyond lifestyle. Touching on LA electrofunk, UK indie, tropical escapade and obscure afropop you never knew existed, these are stories from the way we live now: missed connections and misunderstandings, video chats and retweets, returns and deliverables. We know today is all black everything but more to the point: this is now noir as we know it. And this is Theophilus London.”

Download Theophilus London “I Want You” here.

Urban Gentleman Spotlight: Shia LaBeouf

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He first caught our eye on Disney’s Even Stevens as a mischievous teenager and ultra annoying younger brother. Then his overall “swag” changed to the world on July 3, 2007 when he starred in the blockbuster hit Transformers

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Shia LaBeouf In Cannes, France promoting his new movie,
Wall Street: Movie Never Sleeps

After Transformers, there was Indiana Jones, then Eagle Eye. And I must say, that’s where Mr.LaBeouf truly metamorphized in my eyes. About an hour into Eagle Eye I said to myself, “Hmmm, this guy has really grown up”, as he went from the lil’ kid on Even Stevens to the handsome action-movie stud who has a secret taste for island chicks, lol (ie. Rihanna,). Then there was Transformers II, and in his latest film, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, he just, well, he just exemplifies the looks of an Urban Gentleman.

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Suit and shirt by Thom Browne New York.
Tie by Ralph Lauren Black Label.

Shia’s charisma, comedic charm, and seemingly bad boy behavior keeps us all captivated… and patiently awaiting his next move.

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Cardigan by J.Crew. Shirt by Band of Outsiders.
Tie
by Ralph Lauren Black Label. Sneakers by Converse. Socks by Adidas.

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Trench coat by Burberry London. Shirt and shoes by Thom Browne New York.
Tie by Ralph Lauren Black Label. Jeans by Ksubi.
(photo here and above by GQ)

Jock it, Love it, Own it.
The Style of Shia LaBeouf

Are all the fly guys double-dressing these days? Seems that way. Bobby Ray isn’t the only one that has two noticeably different styles, urban gent Shia does too. Check out the scruffy vintagey casual and meticulously polished dressy style of Mr. LaBeouf.

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Casual or Dressy Shia gives it to us old-school cool from the skinny ties to skinny jeans and characterized canvas lo-tops.

Casual:

Retro-inspired or vintage tees and plaid button-ups are how he likes his shirts, with the occasional cardigan or vintage jacket for that extra carefree umph. His jeans are always skinny and in some shade gray, black, or blue. Authentic Vans, PF Flyers, and Nike Sweet Classics are usually his shoes of choice. And lastly, Shia usually accessorizes with a vintage hat, vintage belt, retro-frames, and an occasional backpack (nothing beats the one he got from Egypt, below).

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Get the Look:
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Dressy:
When Shia dresses up, expect nothing but perfect slim-fit suits, skinny ties, and all things that are Sammy Davis Jr-esque.

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Shia LaBeouf and girlfriend/co-star Carey Mulligan

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Shia and Michael Douglas

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Gucci ‘loafing’ on the set of his movie.

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His casual ensemble in France is much different than his casual style in Cali. Shia wears a basic blue button-down, black sweater, black jeans, and black oxfords.

Get the Look:

More LaBeouf:

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“He’s so money”, Shia in his latest GQ spread.
Wool suit, $518, by Club Monaco.
Shirt by Spurr. Tie by Band of Outsiders.
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Wool suit, $895, by Boss Black. Shirt, $295, by Jil Sander. Tie, $150, by Alexander Olch. Shoes, $595, by Salvatore Ferragamo. Socks by Pantherella. Pocket Square by J.Press. Tie bar by Thom Browne New York.

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Wool three-piece suit, $1455, by D&G. Shirt, $430, by Neil Barrett at Jeffrey. Tie, $175, by Dior Homme. Shoes, $950, by Ermenegildo Zegna. Mackintosh (in hand) by Gucci. Tie bar by Thom Browne New York. Briefcase by Bottega Veneta.

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Shia filling up his ‘Heavy Chevy’

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Shia has had several surgeries on his left hand
(that’s why its in bandages in so many photos)
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Timeless Cool: The Style of Sammy Davis Jr.

Medley of: I’ve Got You Under My Skin, You Came A Long Way From St. Louis,
You Are My Sunshine, Bee-Bom, One For My Baby
An American of color, Jewish, and Puerto Rican, the multi-cultural and multi-talented Samuel George “Sammy” Davis Jr. reigned supreme throughout his life as one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Not too many people can sing, dance, tell jokes, pantomime, act, do impersonations, play three instruments (vibraphone, trumpet, drums), and tap dance… but Sammy could.

We’ve watched a few of his videos, now let’s take a look at his style.

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The 1950s were really all about conservatism. Tailored suits in shades of gray, navy, and brown were popular. A hat, pocket square, tie-clip, and cuff-links were as essential as having a belt– no man was complete without his accessories (or his cigarettes).

The style of 1960s is the style many men admire in modern times… slimmer fitting suits, fitted dress shirts, slim ties, and if you were in Hollywood, or let’s say a member of The Rat Pack a sharkskin suit was a regular in your wardrobe.

Sammy’s style was that of the times, with his own Sammy or hollywood touch like maybe an intentional loosened bow-tie and collar.

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From the staple 50s/60s gray flannel suit to slim ties to Beatle boots, get a piece of Sammy’s style below:

More Sammy:

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The First Man of Color to appear on GQ Magazine. 1967.
He’s wearing a gray plaid Sy Devore double-breasted suit
with a slim black tie. (Photographed by Milton Greene)

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Always an entertainer, Sammy seizes this moment to tap dance on a table in his cropped two button suit and beatle boots.

Urban Gent LOOK BOOK: Friday Night

Part II of last week’s Friday Night Look Book

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Friday Night. Sometimes, if your week has been long and arduous, it’s a night to stay in, but usually it’s the night you celebrate yet another successful week at work or school. So whether you’re going to an event, club, restaurant, or simple gathering, we’ve put together a mildly dressy ensemble that will keep you sharp, stylish, and turning a few heads.

This isn’t the “traditional” black or dark colored Friday night ensemble, it’s a little lighter, a bit fresher… don’t be afraid to try it out.

Get The Red Carpet Look

Get the red carpet look of the most well-dressed stars.

Urban Gent LOOK BOOK: A Yellow Blue Weekend.

Get this casual look for simple weekend coordination.
below:

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