I had been on the hunt for a great timepiece for a long while. I wanted something to match my personality and lifestyle. Something stylish and sophisticated for everyday wear but also sporty enough to wear while being active or working out. Then I saw the Citizen Ecosphere Watch and fell in love.
It's black stainless steel face is sleek and nicely contrasted against the stark white accents, and the rubber buckle strap adds to the watch's wearability. The fact that it's water resistant is a major plus as well for any swimmers, kayakers, or sweaty runners. So if you're looking for a watch that's going to turn heads and let you live as actively (or inactively) as you want, take a look at the Citizen Ecosphere. You can find one for yourself here.
C.I for The Urban Gent
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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As the season shifts from chilly fall to frosty winter, it's natural to want to stay warm indoors. While this reaction to cold weather is logical, it can be pretty bad for the midsection. I mean, it's called a "winter body" for a reason. Nike's #GetOutHere campaign is the solution for these excuses. It encourages people to brave the cold with their new gear that keeps you both warm and dry while training outdoors.
We were lucky enough to head to Chicago to train with Nike and use some of the new gear first-hand. We got to try the Nike Pro Hyperwarm Compression tights, the Nike Pro Hyperwarm fitted top, and the Nike Therma-Sphere Max Training Jacket.
The Nike Pro Hyperwarm Compression tights and Nike Pro Hyperwarm fitted top are made with breathable Dri-Fit Max fabric and thermal mesh that wicks away sweat and keeps you warm. Trust me, they both did their jobs while we were battling the wind chill factor in the Windy City. But my personal favorite piece of training gear was the Nike Therma-Sphere Max Training Jacket. Its slim fit and stretch fabric let you move freely, and its Thermal Dri-Fit fabric wicks sweat. The lightweight 3-layer composite fabric keeps you warm while the DWR (durable water resistant) finish keeps you dry in rainy conditions.
Since this is The Urban Gent, style and function go hand-in-hand. Nike is known worldwide for providing both quality and style, and the products from this collection don't disappoint. Offering different color ways, I'm sure you'll find something that fits your personal style. So get some dope new gear, and #GetOutHere. After all, summer bodies are made in winter.
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Behind the Scenes
I want to welcome you all to my new men’s fashion and grooming blog: The Urban Gentleman aka “the urban gent”.
I have a deep passion for fashion– cliché right? Yeah I know. . . but it’s true. I already have a fashion blog that focuses on women’s styles and trends, but I must say, men’s fashion speaks to me. Ever since I worked in Men’s Furnishings at a high-end retailer, I’ve been sort of an expert on men’s grooming and fashion. While I was there I was surrounded by the best-dressed and most stylish men I’ve seen in my life (besides a few of my close relatives of course:-). I learned the ins and outs of men’s suits, best designers, shoes, ties, pocket squares, bow ties, jeans, etc. I was trained in all the details from fit to materials. I dressed NFL stars, Grammy-winning artist, CEO’s, producers, and tons of millionaires, oh and of course many “everyday guys”- I loved it! No one can touch me on my shirt/tie/pocket square combination!
But back to the blog . . . the reason I created this blog is because I constantly have male friends and family asking me fashion and grooming questions. And I always go shopping with them, where they ask me more questions. So finally one day I decided to look online for men’s fashion resources and low and behold– they were few and far in between. Then I searched for websites that focused on a mix of trends, street fashion, and luxury fashion…. and I couldn’t find anything! So I said to myself, “I should create it”. And after pondering upon it for awhile, I decided “The Urban Gentlemen” would be a perfect name.
The Urban Gentleman will focus on different aspects of men’s fashions and grooming, it will be the modern man’s fashion guide (all men, all sizes, all backgrounds). I’ll try to cover everything from the basics like how-to-tie-a-tie to what is the best type of jeans for your body style. I’ll also consistently keep you updated on the latest men’s fashion styles and looks and male trendsetters.
But all in all this will be my personal taste and style preferences for men. I don’t want my guy to be extra square or extra hip-hop; I want him to be classic yet contemporary, trendy yet refined, I want him to be an Urban Gentleman. I love men in Canali suits and Ferragamo shoes and I also like a guy that can rock an A’s fitted, Seven jeans, and a big-faced Polo. I think now a days, as a man, it’s important to be able to mix the classic and the modern and to always have an edge (when appropriate).
So again I welcome you! Tell all your family, friends, and acquaintances about my blog . . . hopefully I will become your resident men’s fashion and grooming expert!
– Cindy S.
PS- I’ll also try to give you guys a few tips on how to treat a lady because that’s very important for an Urban Gentleman. Also etiquette tips will be in the midst.