Lands End Winter Coats

Lands End sent us one of their jackets to try over the winter. While the quality of the coat was good, the sleeves were a bit long… we should have went with a size smaller. Spring just arrived, so it's a good time to catch those winter sales. They currently have alot, if not all of the winter coats (and clothing) on sale now, so check them out here.

coat: Lands End, sweater:LRG, shirt: vintage Gant, jeans: Levis

Best Headphones List: On the Ear, Over the Ear, and Earbuds.

 

It's been a minute since our last headphone / earbud / earphone list. I think we laid down the last Top Ten Heaphones in… 2009?! darn time flies! Anywho, it's a new day, there's way more companies vying for that "best" title. We won't just straight up number them, but there are few really good ones out there that we have to highlight. Check out the summaries and product reviews of headphones below:

Soul by Ludacris SL100, $179.99

Soul by Ludacris. I can't lie, I had little expectations for the Souls… I figured Beats were the best because they seemed to be everywhere- on celebrities, in videos, movies, etc. Well, I was very pleasantly proven wrong… Souls are the best headphones on the market right now (atleast in the "Beats vs Souls" battle anyway), and anyone that tells you otherwise is just caught up in the hype.

I've been an "over the ear" headphone person for a long time now. I haven't used an "on the ear" headphone/earphone set since I was in 7th grade listening to my bright yellow sony sports cd player on the school bus. So when I got the on-the-ear Souls (SL100), I was ready to send them back… I knew I wasn't going to like them. But then I nonchalantly put them on while listening to my ipod on shuffle, and I was blown away. So freaking clear, ridiculously clear. I could hear every instrument used to create the beats and melodies… and the sound was perfect. Several comfortable hours later, I could straight up say I experienced music in a new way. That's some cliche' ass sh*t to say, lol, but it's true.  Beats by Dre give you bass, but if you want to hear your music, like feel as if you're apart of the track you're listening too, then Soul by Ludacris is the only way to go. The name is so appropriate. Get a pair of Souls, here.

 

Urbanears Plattan, $59.99

Urbanears. I've been admiring Urbanears for years now. The simple monochramtic, modern yet vintage style speaks to me. These probably have to be some of the most stylish headphones on the mass market, if not the most stylish. They're just so classic, I can't see these not being hot.

I don't know if people usually own more than one pair of headphones, but the Urbanears Plattan would make as the perfect "second" pair if you have an expensive first pair. I could imagine leaving these at the office or around the house, or they could even be reserved just for travel if you don't want to risk loosing your $300 pair. You can buy a pair, here.

NuForce-NE700X. Battle of the Buds is what I like to call it, lol. Earbuds come with pretty much all electronics these days, namely phones and mp3 players. So we all know how uncomfortable they can be. Most pairs are sufficient and can do their job, but I've been searching for a pair that are notches above the rest in comfort and sound. I haven't tried them all, but NuForce makes a nice pair. Check them out, here.

 

V-Moda Vibrato. We've always been fans of V-Moda, especially since they decided early on in the process to not only make their headphones forward thinking in technology, but also in design and style. So with all that good stuff said, the V-moda Vibratos are just as sleek and stylish as the crossfades. Get a pair, here.

 

Custom pair of Fanny Wang 3000, $349.95

Fanny Wang. Funny name, but these are in line to compete with Souls, Beats, and the other heavy hitters. The Fanny Wang 3000s are their top of the line pair, featuring a switch to go from regular mode, to ANC (Active Noise Canceling), to Bass Boost (which gives you bass that is stronger than Beats by Dre, depending on who you talk to). Besides the awesome ability to change how you hear the music, another main difference, or bonus rather, with Fanny Wangs is the customizability of them. They have a solid collection of colors that you can use to customize just about every part of your headphone– inside/outside band, ear muffs, center disc, sound chamber, even the cord.  You can order your first custom pair, here.

I'm not a hardcore audiophile (a person with a strong interest in high-quality sound (usually music) reproduction), but I do love to hear my music the best way possible. These five (2 on the ear, 1 over the ear, and 2 earbuds) definitely are some of the best on the market. Feel free to comment on your favorite headphone/earbuds below.

BlumLux Watches: Charming Yet Rebellious

While many of the newer watch companies seek to create "cool rubber" watches, Nick Blum went the opposite direction. He created a line of attainable luxury watches, that sport quite the unique look. I can honestly say I can't remember seeing a face shape like the one BlumLux watches tote– it's sort of a curved in quadrilateral, most resembling a rectangle.

Passion-Diamond (Rose Gold BlumLux watch). I opted for rose gold because it's most in trend, but the all black with the hint of rose gold on the face seems like it'd be quite swanky.

My first impression of the watch when opening the box was hip-hop mogul, it was just a bit too ostentatious for my immediate taste. But the more I looked at it I began to "see" Beverley Hills millionaire or cocky international traveler– the style grew on me.  I think the key to wearing such a bold watch is letting it speak for itself, meaning keep your clothing relatively simple while wearing it. A crisp white button up, navy trousers and lace-ups. Or a simple t-shirt, great pair of denim or printed shorts, and pair of shoes that have a simply elevate your look. Basically subtle and classic colors, for the most part.

 
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2013 Lexus GS Review: Safe Comfortable Luxury

*song plays* “Reunited and it feels so goooood…”.

Lol, okay, so my last post was an intro to the new GS. Now after spending quite a weekend in viva Las Vegas I'm ready to get down to the nitty gritty. Overall, the Lexus GS is a nice automobile. The time I spent driving it and testing out the features, made me re-remember what I love about the car. The new Lexus GS is what I'd call– "safe, comfortable luxury," that's the best way I can put it.

In the Las Vegas Desert: A fleet of Lexus… Lexues… Lexi… what is the best plural of Lexus. I guess I'll just say Lexus vehicles. :)

We went to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where we became amateur racers of sort– racing around the track, going through courses, really seeing how the GS could handle. And not only was the ride smooth, while going unmentionable miles per hour, I felt really safe the entire time. This was especially true  when the seatbelts automatically started tightening during some of the less than polished moments of driving/racing around the course.

Another high point of the new GS is their Enform system. This reminds me of the iDrive system in BMW's that I'm used to, except for they seem to have way more stuff…. Voice-enabled apps let you perform local searches with Bing, make restaurant reservations through OpenTable, and get movie tickets via MovieTickets.com. You also have the ability to check in on Facebook and search for business, shopping, restaurant and entertainment reviews on Yelp. Then finally there's Internet radio with Pandora® and iHeartRadio.

Besides that it provides the usual GPS, emergency road assistance, DVD audio and video compatibility, etc that most cars provide these days.

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New Lexus GS: Superbowl Commercial and Contest

 

Lexus oh Lexus, the memories…. I used to feel so cool driving my older brothers Lexuses to school. Between the ivory metallic SC430 and black-on-black frogged-eyed GS– I was stuntin' at 16, lol. One of them later on traded up into a big body LS (white with peanut butter interior, and red painted calibers). So, I grew up very familiar with their brand, and from a young age I was able to experience the famous Lexus mix of reliability and luxury.

 

That said… can I be just a wee bit honest here? I hate to say it, but over the past few years I did start to feel like Lexus had sorta kinda lost its, well…. swag. Not in all areas of course, their trucks and sports cars always go super hard (you can park a shiny new LX570 in my driveway any day of the week (hint hint)), but I was beginning to sleep on the sedans. That's why I was super excited to learn that they were launching their new 2013 GS this year. And even more excited when they invited The Urban Gentleman out to experience it in person… it's about time we were reunited.

 

Once the weekend commences I'll have more details and real life experience specs on the GS. In the meantime, check out Lexus's first ever Super Bowl Commercial:

 

 

You likee? Keep your eye out for it on Sunday.

 

 

In the meantime we'd like to do a little bit of Lexus Trivia. Answer the question below for a chance to win:

- A one-year Pandora One premium subscription

- 2 movie tickets a month for a year from MovieTickets.com

- A $100 OpenTable dining card  (All courtesy of Lexus).

 

 

QUESTION:

What year did the Lexus GS go on sale?

 

 

Answer correctly and you can be the lucky winner! The winner will be announced Superbowl Sunday of course. So get to tweeting and facebooking @LexusGS @TheUrbanGent #Superbowl #GS #Winning

A Denim Winter: Meltin Pot x The Urban Gent

We've recently teamed up with authentic Italian denim brand Meltin' Pot for a closer look into their Fall/Winter denim collection. We had the opportunity to create 4 looks for Meltin' Pot, check them out below:

 

"The 90s Kid": I created an updated 90s look on Ben, by using the Meltin Pot Misfits which are truly skinny jeans, the jeans are paired with a Meltin' Pot shirt/jacket and topped off with a vintage buffalo plaid coat. To properly accessorize I opted for a classic Atlanta Hawks snapback, gold watch, and a 90s kid closet staple– LA Gears.

Meltin Pot Items Worn: shirt/jacket (red white black )– MS007 T7183 RS05; black denim– MISFITS D1401 RK002 (Also featured: vintage LL Bean Jacket)


"Urban Cowboy": Simple and southern, I paired a Meltin Pot denim shirt with the perfect dark denim Meltin Pot braces/suspenders jeans. To accent the double denim I added a pair of limited edition cowboy braces and tan rugged boots. This look stands alone well, but to push it a bit further I accessorized the look with a simple native print scarf and a gold pin. (cowboy hat optional, lol).

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(Also featured: Limited Edition Trafalgar braces (use code RODEO: to get 10% off), and UGG Fallbrook boots)

"City Hermit": This look really ties into our urbane wanderer trend quite well. As if he's living in the desert, the city hermit wears a muted color palette to blend in with his environment– streets and buildings instead of sand dunes and stone plateaus. For this look I introduce my own spin on ombre, by creating color blocked ombre (see more details under Fall/Winter Tips). I start from the bottom with beige desert boots and I build up the color with beige and khaki socks, khaki slim fit Meltin' Pot chinos, and of course a double dose of brown-olive with the Meltin Pot callum shirt, and light-weight coat. I added a few optional hard-hitting accessories with the watch, camouflage scarf, and a heavy duty Chrome Pawn backpack.

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"Untitled": It was hard for me to come up with a name for this look, but basically it focuses on the simple, yet stylish and manly "guy's guy". You know the man who watches sports, and likes style, but doesn't want to overdo it. He refuses to wear "that skinny shit", lol, but he's all about tailored, well-fitting clothing. For this look Ben wears a thermal shirt and vintage game-worn Georgia Tech football jersey underneath a Meltin' Pot's fur collar pilot's coat. And for his denim I chose Meltin' Pot's carrot fit jeans (the worn-in wash on these are fantastic). I keep the manliness going with a thick pair of navy/white knit socks, tall boots, vintage Navy hat, and optional rugby striped scarf.

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(Also featured: UGG Carnero Boots)


10 FALL WINTER MEN'S STYLE TIPS

Ankles on Display: That's right fully displayed, but socked up of course. Play around with fully displaying your socks this season. Meaning roll up our pants or push them up above your thick textured boot socks. You'll end up with a clean layering of boots-socks-pants.

Plaid on Plaid: Plaid on Plaid on Plaid (you gotta say it like "stacks on stacks on stacks" though, lol). Plaid, ahh, boring right? Well let's revitalize it a bit. This summer we added army fatigue to it to give a boost, now just get raw with it– add plaid on plaid on plaid. But different pattern plaids, and in those cozy winter textures.

Colorblocked Ombre: Ombre is basically shades of color or different gradients of a color, usually going from light to dark. While women see this trend in their dresses, jackets, etc. men mostly see the ombre trend in accessories and maybe t-shirts. Well, we've put our Urban Gent spin on it, and have created "colorblocked ombre". Start from the top or bottom and gradually increase the intensity of the color you're wearing. We started with cream shoes, khaki and cream socks, khaki/olive trousers, then solid bold olive-brown shirt and jacket.

Braces/Suspenders: 'Tis the season for manning up, basically its getting cold so beards and 'staches are growing out. Complete the look with a pair of braces– that means they should button on, not clamp ;) .

Hint of Pattern:  Last year it was all about the hint of camouflage, now it's more all inclusive. Add a touch of something extra to your 'fit with a patterned highlight, whether it's camouflage, native prints, or anything else you may like.

Sock Season: Yep, it's sock season, and we're getting giddy like little kids, hehehe. Because these days a man has to have a couple pairs on deck that are pretty much specifically to be seen by those who gaze upon him. Patterns of all shades and sizes and colors are appropriate. (check back in a few weeks we're gonna have something special for you sock fiends).

Denim on Denim: An Urban Gent oldie, but goodie. In the summer you double-denimed with lighter colors, for winter do it with darker denim. Add a few cowboy details to push it up a notch.

Preppy Hints: As much as I love classic prep gear, it's getting a bit hackneyed, right?! Yea, it is, so let's slow it down before we hate it and go the complete opposite into grunge-wear or something. To ease up on the prep, let's keep it to the accessories, like scarves.

 90s: Add a little 90s to your look whenever you can– snapbacks, simply oversized sneakers, gold accessories, whatever fits the bill.

Simple Accessories: It's fine to overdose here and there, but keep accessories simple. They should compliment not overtake your ensemble… think hat, watch, and patterned socks.
 

 
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