History of Meltin’ Pot: Authentic Italian Denim

They call him Mr. Denim, his name? Cosimo Damiano Romano. Read his history and the story behind the brand below.
 

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Cosimo Damiano Romano was born to two modest parents in Matino, which is in the Puglia region of Italy. The 3rd of ten children, Cosimo at the  age of 8 has to come to terms with the loss of his mother and his adolescence is divided between working in the fields and school. At an early age he abandons his studies to assist his father. Whilst immigration seems to be the only solution for many, the young and eager Cosimo used his stubbornness to discover alternative routes to abandoning his family, home and region of southern Italy.

His first move is a job as a driver for local typographers but his desire to create and build his own enterprise continues to rein strong. His first flirt with the world of clothing industry commences alongside his wife, Antoinetta (a tailor) producing children’s clothing for a small store but 1967 is the year in which the generous and jovial Cosimo is to meet a jeans wholesale and that meeting would change his life. The idea to create a clothing production company with his family united is born and in 1979 Romano Confezioni was created amidst the peak era of the
“denim jeans boom”, providing his ever growing clientele with a full cycle production service. During the growth of the company Cosimo is awarded by the Republic many prestigious industry and commerce awards for excellence.

In 1988, Cosimo gives life to a new society named; “Confezioni C.Romano & C. S.r.l.” a new factory site is created and built which is later increased in 1992 to span some 30.000 Mq. In 1994 following years of investment in new production techniques and the factory, Romano takes the initiative to invest in the promotion, marketing and production of a brand new concept. That concept is the birth of it’s own brand Meltin’Pot, into which Romano pours its years of know-how and expertise which in a short period of time becomes a strong brand player within the European denimwear market. Meltin Pot has recently launched their dedicated e-commerce site. www.meltinpot.com

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Romano Spa continues to produce jeans and denimwear for brands such as Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld, and Notify to name a few.

Augusto Romano, Cosimo’s son, is the Managing Director of the company whilst Romano remains President of the Romano Spa and continues to challenge the production industry with initiative techniques as he did over 30 years ago.

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Grooming Review: MANGROOMER, MENAJI, Caswell-Massey 1752

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Grooming Reviews for 3 product lines: Mangroomer, Menjai, Caswell-Massey 1752

 

MANGROOMER"The Essential Private Body Shaver"

Summary of MANGROOMER Products: Clearly the ManGroomer shavers are for the man who wants to keep his entire body manscaped. Their shavers are very easy to use for either a quick trim -or- for a more precise, time-consuming cut… yanno, when you're aiming for an almost  Adonis, sculpture-like look. ManGroomer also does a pretty good job making their shavers as ergonomic as possible, which is highly appreciated when you're dealing with "sensitive areas". The nose and back clippers are especially designed to help you achieve an easier and more efficient clean shave.

Below are individual reviews with the following information: 1.)Feel/Application 2.) Immediate Results  3.)Short-term/Long-term Results

Nose Clipper: 1.) The round nozzle at the tip of the clipper has the perfect shape for your nostrils – allowing for a painless experience. 2.) You can instantly see a dramatic change 3.) On average you’ll have to use the nose clipper about every week

Full Body & Back Clipper: 1 & 2.) You have to use as directed in order to get a smooth, close painless shave. Meaning, when cutting – you must lead with the guide comb. Once you figure out this little trick you'll be privy to a, dare I say "fun" shaving experience. Seriously, once you start it's sorta hard to stop. There is a con though– it's hard to get a clean shave in the lower pelvic area due to the curvature of the body combined with the lack of flexibility of the clipper head (Full Bod Clipper). The Back Clipper has an extended arm that bends to allow the operator to easily reach all the hard to get spots– this is an obvious plus.  3.) Everyone’s genome and rate of hair growth differs but on average to maintain that initial groomed look you’ll have to shave every 6-10 days. The shaving mechanism on all these clippers are superb! Not sure how often I'll have to replace the head though.

Purchase MANGROOMER products, here.

MENAJI"Skincare for the Confident Man"

Summary of MENAJI Products: This bold skincare line embarks on the rough and sensitive terrain of Men’s grooming. Like most lines, Menaji has products for face cleansing and moisturizing, but what makes them novel are their “correct” and “conceal” products formulated especially for men. Now some  may just see those particular products in their line as "makeup" and automatically dismiss it. But let's keep it real– most male celebrities use a little (or a lot) of makeup when they're on television, in movies, and when going to events… so I can totally see the  modern "metrosexual" man having a little "conceal and correct" in his "manbag" amongst all his other products.  This skincare line is certainly aimed at men who also want a quick and easy fix to small imperfections (basically, you don't want to wait for that light spot to go away, you want to conceal it now). Overall the Menaji products that were tested have a great application, leaving your skin re-vitalized and vibrant. However, all skin is not created equal so some products work better depending on the degree of oil your skin retains. But don’t fret! If you have drier skin just add a little oil pre/post to administering the application and you can maximize your results.

Below are individual reviews with the following information: 1.)Feel/Application 2.) Immediate Results  3.)Short-term/Long-term Results

Deep Cleansing Masque: 1.) The initial feeling yields a clean refreshing sensation 2.) This masque doesn’t leave your skin feeling in dire need of moisture, in fact, depending on the degree to which your skin retains oil– you may feel the need to cleanse your face again (Menaji recommends using once to twice a week).

Camo: 1.) It glides onto the skin smoothly leaving no granular trail 2.) I have a  "deep tan"  "copper" or "medium bronze" type skin tone.  And the rule of thumb is to go one shade lighter than your complexion when it comes to concealers. Menaji gave us the bronze camo (aka: male concealer)  which was much more beige or "dark vanilla" than bronze so for me the initial application was too light for my skin tone. In an effort to keep from embarrassment I added some oil to the application and that calmed down the brightness to make it more even to my skin tone. Though I had to tweak it to blend, it actually did a great job minimizing small imperfections 3.) Long-lasting, no need to re-apply.

Eye Gel: 1.) "Emulsion with integrity" – goes on the skin smoothly with a nice cooling effect 2.) Due to the cooling effect under your eye, you'll get an instinct to wipe it off because it feels like water is on your face… But DON’T! lol. 3.) It takes about 30 minutes to feel a slight tightness of skin under the eye which last for a couple hours. By that time you should be awake and the sleeping bags under your eye should disappear.

Purchase MENAJI products, here.

CASWELL-MASSEY 1752

Summary of Caswell-Massey 1752 Products: Good product line. Definitely better than your average shaving products, but could be seen as average when compared to other previously reviewed shaving lines. However, Caswell’s products have a eucalyptus component which attributes to their strong rejuvenating effects. Their product line has a natural masculine scent that’s very commercial. Every man will like it.

Below are individual reviews with the following information: 1.)Feel/Application 2.) Immediate Results  3.)Short-term/Long-term Results

Essential Pre-Shave Oil: 1.) High quality oil, very soothing and nourishing to the skin. 2.) Helps restore nature oil balance without leaving the skin too oily. 3.) Keeps the skin moisturized for 5-7hours.

Original Shave Cream: 1.) Thick and creamy consistency that coats the skin very well. 2.) Post shaving, the skin feels very supple, tight, and non-irritated 3.) Have to shave every other day – this product does not retard hair growth.

Exfoliating Wash 1.) Feels very light more similar to a face scrub than an all out exfoliate 2.) Immediate rejuvenating sensation! Thanks eucalyptus! 3.) Like most exfoliates you should only use once a week but due to the lightness of this wash you could probably use it 2-3X a week.

Purchase Caswell-Massey 1752, here.

 

T.U.G Contributor, C.Daniel Cross.

To Be Confident.

A little over a month ago, I caught Cool Runnings On Demand. You remember that movie right? With the Jamaican Bobsled Team. I've been meaning to post a clip of one particular scene for the longest, and since it's on my mind, well….

"I see Pride, I see Power, I see a bad ass mutha, who won't take no crap outta nobody".

Who doesn't love this scene? Sometimes, ya gotta give your confidence a re-boost. Sidenote: The navajo/native-print sweater Junior is wearing is kinda dope. Hmmm, I wonder if layered turtlenecks and sweaters will ever be cool again… maybe. Not this year though, even though it might come back sooner than later.

 
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Samsung Focus, Windows Thinnest Phone

It's always fun to receive new gadgets from companies, one of our latest is the Samsung Focus from Microsoft.

I must admit– I subconsciously doubt almost every touchscreen phone. It's a bad habit, I know, but I just automatically assume they won't work as quick and effectively as, well, yanno… that other phone with the fruit symbol. But once again my doubts are proven to be unfounded– the Samsung Focus not only has a touchscreen that work darn-near flawlessly, the start up is quick (this means the world to us BB users), and the display screen is bright, clear, and quite gorgeous.

The main differentiating feature that makes the Samsung Focus unique is its navigation. The "windows"  or  "tile" menu makes navigating easier and faster, allowing you to be updated on everything (messages, Facebook, calls, etc) without having to open and close multiple applications, ergo, you can focus on what matter to you the most. That sounds kinda cliche', but it's true. Other notable features: its light-weight and slim size, Xbox LIVE and Zune integration, and "audience noise reduction" feature for crystal clear calls.

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The Steve Jobs Style Trend: Turtlenecks

Turtlenecks… honestly, these days they're really only stylishly appropriate on little kids. And of course they're okay to wear for practical purposes like– skiing, snowboarding, working in an extremely cold environment, etc. And okay, I'll give you a pass if you're going on a winter vacation, but even then it would have to be a cashmere, or heavy knit stylishly cut turtleneck. The basic, simple, cotton turtleneck just is not in style.

Steve Jobs Style Evolution

But then our beloved Steve Jobs passes away (RIP) and the sales of turtlenecks skyrocket. Steve's turtleneck brand of choice, the black St. Croix turtleneck, sold out days ago. He supposedly spent $4,200 a year on the Minnesota-made turtleneck (24 turtlenecks a year at $175 a pop). This Friday (October 14th), has been unofficially deemed "Black Turtleneck Friday" where fans will be sporting their own black turtleneck in remembrance of Steve Jobs (some will also wear  his staple jeans and shoes: a pair of 90s fitting stonewash jeans (I'm thinking he wore the classics, Levi's 501, 550, 559) -and- New Balances to complete the "Steve Jobs" look). He stayed true to wearing all American brands (New Balances are made in Massachusetts and Maine), which of course is pretty cool.

Trend Analysis: With this random rise in turtleneck sales, and with the 70s trend being in (for women) and the 90s trend being in for men (and women)  I can see these creeping back in our lives sooner than you might like. First with women of course, and then, maybe… just maybe with men. For now, if you want to get a black turtle neck, check out the selection below:

 
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Scion iQ: The Urban Gent Test Drives the World’s Smallest 4-Seater

Last month The Urban Gent was invited to California along with various other design/art/fashion publications to check out the new Scion iQ, the world's smallest four seater. It was Toyota's first time inviting "the creatives" out to review one of their new cars instead of just the usual auto media. I knew I was in for a great time because c'mon, several days at a luxury hotel in sunny California?! I mean, it was gonna be a good time no matter what. But I'll admit that before learning about the inner details of what makes a Scion a Scion, I would have barely entertained the idea of owning one. Sure, it's a nice car, a few friends and I rented and explored  Puerto Rico in one a few years ago, but to buy one? Idk….

Well, I'm happy to say my uncertainty and one-sided "luxury or old school American car only" type mindset was challenged, my mind was opened and now? I get it. After experiencing the Scion iQ firsthand I totally get the appeal, want, and need to own this obviously-made-for-easy-city-living vehicle.

The Scion iQ press event not only revealed the detailed specifications and innovations of the iQ, but the event  also allowed us to have intimate talks with Scion's top executives and engineers. We learned more about their marketing/advertising features and plans, watched a graphic-filled and entertaining Scion iQ 3D film, and checked out a "live" version of the Scion  iQ Museum Project. The kicker of course is when we cruised to Venice Beach in the iQ of our choice during the test-drive. While the 10-feet long car is incontestably tiny, it is surprisingly comfortable and handles quite well. Not to mention we were able to squeeze into a motorcycle reserved space at one point when pulling over to turn around <— that means parking will never be a major issue in this car.

There's a ton of information I want to give you, but I think it's best if I simplify and straightforwardly write the 4 major takeaways I personally got after being educated and immersed in all-things-Scion.

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