Japanese or Italian Selvedge Denim Jeans: High Premium Quality, Low Price from One Denim

One Denim Japanese Raw Selvedge Denim, Worn by Urban Gent Taariq Tut

It's been awhile since we've done a proper denim piece at The Urban Gentleman, so when the kind folks at One Denim hit us up we decided to to explore their offerings instead of just bypassing the request like we sometimes do (sorry others). A little history lesson… We wrote our first denim article, "Top 10 Jeans" back in July 2008, just a month after we started (the styles have changed so so much, it's kinda hilarious). In 2010, we were asked to do a Denim Style guide for H&M. Then in 2011 we collaborated with Italian brand Meltin Pot on their in-store and online campaign to relaunch their new collection. I reference all that to say we're definitely denim lovers and we've seen the growth in the past decade from a focus on just jean style to a more dedicated focus on premium selvedge denim.

Since 2010, selvedge denim has been a staple in any stylish man's wardrobe. The rise in popularity of course lead to more and more companies making their jeans selvedge, nearly every brand has caught on, but there's mediocre quality and high quality. You of course want high quality. The price for a really good pair of premium selvedge denim ranges between $195 – $450, generally landing around $300. This can be a little bit pricey if you're on a budget– whether it's saving for university or saving for that floating home you're itching to build in Seattle. The thing we like about One Denim is that they've found a way to cut out the middle man and offer a $300 pair of denim for $100 (£80). Pretty sweet right? Yea, we think so. To test out their line we chose to compare their staple Italian Selvedge Denim and Japanese Selvedge Denim

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My Home Floats on Water: The Luxury Floating Home Lifestyle

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The Urban Gentleman HQ (headquarters),  June 2019

Almost two years ago I came across a tv show about floating homes. I knew people lived in their boat houses, and yachts, and homes built overlooking water. But a house, a modern house, on the water, in the USA? This was new for me. Apparently it's a thing people do now, especially in state of Washington. Lake Union is full of luxury floating homes. Anyway, seemed like a good day to show some love to our future floating home lifestyle. 

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Lake house + main house, why? Might as well just combine the two like a boss. 


Urban Gent House Boat Attire:

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A Polished Man: The Honorable, Stylish, Well-Groomed Kid Saving Hero

As you all know, we're all about that gentleman life here at The Urban Gent. But beyond style, fashion, and grooming there's the actual manners, personality, and overall morals and ethics that is required to be a proper Urban Gentleman. To really, really be one you have to be a man of character and honor. 

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From  Chris Hemsworth, to Zac Efron, to NBA and NFL Players men with integrity and standards are fighting against child abuse and becoming Polished Men


I stumbled upon a photo of Zac Efron with his nail painted bright red, and thought to myself, 'Umm, okay, what's going on with this guy here.' I looked a little further and found out it was about a campaign called The Polished Man. The Polished Man, an extension of YGap, has taken on the formidable goal to end violence against children. They're challenging men to "nail it and end it." 1 out of 5 children are subject to physical and/or sexual violence before the age of 18. 

Recently, I've found myself learning more and more about the unfortunate abuse that happens to boys and girls in the entertainment industry. The girls we often hear about (ex. Woody Allen, etc), but the molestation of boys / young men by the hands of men is what constantly goes under the radar.  There's been so much said about rappers like Lil Wayne and Young Thug to R&B groups like Immature / B2K, and so many more being violated as children at the hands of their producers, managers, and/or label heads. You can read about that vomit-worthy underbelly of Hollywood, here. But if it happens in those arenas, you know it could be happening right next door at the homes, schools, churches, and sports arenas in your neighborhoods. It's vital to not turn a blind eye to this type of, well, demonic severely perverted behavior– whether it's family, friends, coworkers, pastors, principles, moguls, or whomever. Saving a child from a life of painful, potentially life-threatening, memories is exactly what a Polished Man would do. No amount of money, no amount of threats, would keep a man, especially a gentleman, especially an Urban Gentleman silent. Besides, saving a kid from abuse definitely wins you automatic entrance into heaven, valhalla (for my fellow Vikings fans), or whatever higher place you seek to go once your journey ends in this life. 

Read a little bit more below and find lots more information, here. 

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President Barack Obama is obviously a polished man

WHAT IS POLISHED MAN? Being a Polished Man means you don’t turn your back on the vulnerable. You raise your voice – and nail – to say, “not on my watch”. You embrace the smirks and know it doesn’t matter; there are worse things than being embarrassed by a little mani. Because nailing it isn’t about shouting the first round, or how much you lift. Nailing it is saying no to violence against children. 

**If you know someone that is a victim of abuse or you yourself are, visit this site, to report, get help, or learn more. 

 

MORE INTERESTING VIDEOS offering alternate insights about the industry:

MOVIE called "The Open Secret"

Some say people like Diddy are deeply involved, here

This man discusses the "rituals" people like Will Smith went through from men like Quincy Jones,  listen here. 

More Hollywood Child Abuse, here. 

Even SNL (Saturday Night Live) is doing there own version of a PSA against child molesters:

There are many petitions mandating automatic death penalty for child abusers, you can find them online to learn more. 

TIPS for Survivors of Child Abuse: If you are a current or past victim of child abuse, seek therapy (there is alot of free counseling), report it to the police (your information will be kept confidential), continue therapy and a healthy positive lifestyle. It's said that keeping God first and prayer can help. It's most important to not repeat what happened to you, which continuous therapy and focus on God is said to help with. More here. 

Tough Luxury: Top 3 Carbon Fiber Wallets

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Top Three Carbon Fiber Wallet Styles: Money Clip, Front Pocket, and Bi-Fold


In our last post we discussed the 3 Main Types of Wallets for Men: Bi-Fold, Money Clip, and Front Pocket. We broke down which type is best for you depending on various factors like career, habits, and lifestyle. In this post we showcase those three essential wallet styles, but made from carbon fiber. You can also learn more about carbon fiber in general way below. 

Carbon Fiber Bi- Fold Wallet: If you qualified as a classic wallet guy, who is also very organized, then this is the one I'd choose. It mixes both leather and carbon fiber, so it should last for a very long time. 

Carbon Fiber Money Clip: So much better than a rubberband, so much classier. It's pure carbon fiber and holds up to 8 credit cards and 11 bills, but get this– it can also securely hold 1 bill. 

Carbon Fiber Front Pocket Wallet w/ Money Clip: I'm a front pocket wallet type of person myself. This particular model has the added bonus of a magnetized money clip. Not sure if it's the carbon fiber material or the fact that it's brand new (probably both), but I like that it has very tight side pocket. The tight secure pockets are perfect for those who may be shying away from this style because they don't think it's secure enough.

All of the above are just $49.95, so check out the entire Carbon Fiber Wallet Collection HERE

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