My Canali Story + The Urban Gentleman’s Favorite Canali Looks for the Season: Suits, Polos, Pocket Squares, Denim, Loafers, Dress Shirts, Belts

 
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CANALI: Since 1934 in Italy

Suit, shirt, tie, pocket square. Suit, shirt, tie, pocket square. Suit, shirt, tie, pocket square, belt, shoes, socks, cologne. This was how I spent my slow hours as an intern in the Men’s Furnishings department at Nordstrom. I would sit around doing these combos, honing my ability to pick out the perfect suit combo off the cuff.  My eye for a suit combo became amazingly good, I was sort of a machine, the suit-tie-pocket-square combo slayer if you will. When a man walked in my department I scanned his frame, processed his wants and needs sized him up and paired him perfectly within minutes. This particular Nordstrom was located in the wealthiest part of town so the men I dressed were CEOs, NFL players, restaurant owners, and I even dressed my first "royal" there. Given the clientele I had to prepare myself for these types, for the men who came in wanting the absolute best we had to offer. My combo was nearly always the same for these men: Canali Suit, matching dress shirt (the brand would vary), Zegna or Robert Talbott SevenFold tie, Ferragamo shoes and belt. 

The Canali Suit — I remember asking Stacey, the dashing perfectly dressed and groomed manager of the suit department, if he could teach me everything he knew about suits. It was during this training that I first learned what cuts, brands, and styles looked best on certain body types. He also taught me that Canali was the best, and they've been one of my favorites menswear brands ever since. 

Read more about their history below and checkout The Urban Gentleman's favorite Canali Looks for this season:
 
 

CANALI offers a complete range for The Urban Gentleman's wardrobe
Suits, Polos, Denim, Pocket Squares, Belts, Shoes, Dress Shirts, Trousers, and more
(use light gray arrow to scroll through several pages of looks)

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God Vibes Only: God Love by Papa San + Sunglasses for the Summer

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I love the artwork for Papa San's Journey album

Let's start the week off with God vibes, which is the greatest of good vibes. I discovered reggae artist Papa San last week and have been blasting him ever since. His latest album Journey was exactly what I needed to give me those chill reggae vibes this summer.  (Song below). To match the reggae vibes we chose some of our favorite sunglasses for you to browse through below.  All are in a reasonable budget range of  $18 – $300 , Raybans, Oliver Peoples, Express, Urban Outfitters, Paul Smith, Stella McCartney, and more. 

Can Men Wear Rompers? Brompers, Short Jumpsuits, Onesies, One-Pieces for Guys

 

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left to right: Asos slim jumpsuit, Sheehan and Co jumpsuit, RompHim 

I was at my nephew's soccer game several weekends ago when my brother-in-law asked me, "What do you think about guys wearing rompers, like jumpsuits, but with shorts not pants?" "Hmmm" I responded. He went on, "It was a big thing on Facebook this week and everyone was going in about it, making jokes, figured I'd ask the fashion expert".  So how do I feel about men wearing rompers?

My Top Picks: For the summer, if it's in your budget, I'd suggest the preppy Thom Brown jumpsuit in the middle, but cut the sleeves and pants to make it more airy. The raw edges would look stylish or you could take it to a tailor and have them do it so it's sewn properly. Paired with perforated Common Projects  + the perfect pair of shades — it's an easy win. If you try this definitely let us know. 

I think everything is so relative. When asked this question my initial thought was of men in their work uniforms. My family is in the car business (car dealerships, auto shops, custom shops), so I have seen men in logo embroidered one-piece work jumpsuits since I could open my eyes. And of course, there's nothing wrong with that. My grandfather owns lawn and building management service companies, so again I've seen men in overalls my entire life as well.  My next thought jumped to Europe, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Austria countries like that and I envisioned lederhosen— which is traditional to the culture.  After computing that, I thought about an article I briefly read a couple months ago discussing the new trend of rompers for men… and it just didn't quite sit well in my mind. I imagined men in short semi-snuggly fitting body suits, legs very exposed… it felt a little too feminine. This series of thoughts took about 30 seconds or so, and I was finally able to respond to the question my brother-in-law so fervidly inquired. 

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A Man’s Scent: 5 Cologne Reviews – Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, and Tommy Bahama

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The Urban Gentleman's latest Cologne Lineup:

Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, and Tommy Bahama

As Father's Day is quickly approaching it's only natural we bring to you a cologne review. Today we have a line-up of 5 colognes reviewed by Urban Gent Frank Baron and of course, Cindy Samoht– this gives you that male/female balance. Instead of the typical "this smells good" "this doesn't smell good" type of review, we opted for something more useful. Our men's fragrance review includes the type of place you would wear each fragrance. This should help make your selection process easier. 

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Frank Baron by Cindy Samoht 

Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Parfum – Those who know me know my love and adoration for Bottega Veneta, so I was pumped to try their fragrance. This was one of our favorites, it's a luxurious scent to be worn during formal occasions, like those summer weddings that are piling up. A few sprays well blended into your skin will certainly have you at official Urban Gentleman status. 

Top Notes: Cedar and Cardamom // Middle notes Pimento and Fir // Base Notes: Leather, Labdanum, and Tonka beans


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