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Local Urban Gentleman: Kendrack Lewis

This weeks featured Local Urban Gentleman is Kendrack Lewis. The moment I opened Kendrack’s submission I was sold. His style is exactly what I envisioned when I initially created The Urban Gentleman– polished, preppy, fallaciously easy… classic yet modern. I implore you all to take a few notes from one of the best dressed educators in Texas :)

Presenting Kendrack Lewis

I love this look because it can be worn in so many ways.
Don’t like the bow-tie? You could take it off and undo a few buttons.
Not a fan of the lime green? Wear light blue.
This look can be re-arranged and re-styled into something for any guy.
I really like the clean white pants (perfect for spring/summer)
with the white loafers worn sockless.
And I feel all well dressed gentleman should own atleast
one classic navy blazer with gold buttons
Name: Kendrack Lewis
Age: 25
Location: Houston, TX
Occupation: 7th Grade Teacher/ MPA Graduate Student
Favorite Quote: “If you look good, you’ll feel good”
Style Icons: Kanye West, John Legend , Brad Pitt and George Clooney
Favorite Brands (up to 3): Zara, Express and Polo
Favorite Store: Goodwill ( Any thrift store)
Favorite Piece of clothing: Oxford Dress Shirt
bow-tie or tie:
Bow-tie
flat front or pleated pants: Flat front
Shades, hat, or scarf: Shades
Description of favorite accessory:
A very slim and sleek watch “Skagen” that’s timeless and perfect for any occasion.
Ultimate career/life goal: To become a university professor and U.S. Senator
Favorite Book: Dreams From My Father
Hobbies: Basketball, Reading & Thrift store shopping
Grooming product of choice: Chrome by Azzaro & Mania by Armani

Take note of the layering and the color choices.
On the left, he has a simple black to white color palette and uses the red bow-tie for a splash of color. On the right, a charming chocolate and pink color palette. In both he plays with textures- from tweed to velor and does a great job creating a modernly dapper look.

1. How would you describe your style? A classic approach to a contemporary frame! I like to let my style speak for itself because the first impression is the last impression.

2. How did you become so stylish? Where did it come from or who inspired it? I wanted to break away from the normal everyday mainstream trends and fads, so I began redefining what my attire should look like. I am inspired by those who know every occasion presents an opportunity to fashionably express themselves.

I adore this ensemble because it shows how easy it is to have great style.
He pairs a simple navy jacket and pants with a white v-neck and leather moccasins- creating a very nice comfortable easy-going look.

3. What advice would you give someone trying to find their personal style? Rock what makes you feel comfortable! If you don’t believe in it no one else will!

4. What’s the best clothing advice you ever received? Wear your size !!! Not two sizes bigger, clothes are designed to fit you not hang off you!!!

Kendrack is also immaculately groomed– its very important to keep your hair (including facial hair) cut, trimmed, or styled. Maintain your skin and complexion by keeping it moisturized.


Are you the next Local Urban Gentleman?
Answer the questions above and submit them to
urbangentblog@gmail.com
along with 3 or more stylish pictures.

Men’s Style: 2009 Men’s Spring Summer Fashion Guide

Long time overdue. I’ve probably gotten an email a day asking me to post up information on what I think you guys should wear for the spring and summer… this should have been posted in late February/ early March, buuut its cool because global warming has many of us still feeling winter on certain days… spring on others… there have been days in Atlanta and NYC in which I felt like I experienced every season and type of of weather within ONE week…. But anyway, we have about another 5 (maybe 6) warm months to look forward to and my list of spring/summer looks will have you guys fully prepared. (<—- I wrote that in April, geeez I really don’t why I procrastinated with this article, lol… anyway its here, yay!)

2009 Men’s Spring Summer Fashion Trends

*Clodhopper: Farmer’s Delight

There’s nothing more refreshing than seeing Americans go back to the basics. Focusing on simplicity and ease, the “Farmer’s Delight” look is the spring version of the blue-collar worker... but instead of dressing like you’re working in factories and coal mines you dress like you’re about to plow the cornfields.

Get the Look: Plaids, gingham, stripes. plain tanks, suspenders, rolled up jeans and sleeves, khakis and cords, fedoras, grandpa reader glasses… combining rustic colors and bold solids work best.

Designers for this look: Paul Smith, Junya Watanabe, Z Zegna

*Retro Bandstand

Wayfarers, band jackets, and ripped jeans- its time to party, let’s Rock n Roll! Retro Bandstand is a mixture of the 50s/60s and 80s… think James Dean “Rebel without a Cause” meets Michael Jackson “Thriller” plus a bit more… let’s add The Beatles in the mix too.

Get the Look: Alot of denim- ripped and worn, retro glasses, basic shirts and basic color combinations mixed with overly glamed or basic band jackets. Everything you wear should be well fitted.

Designers for this look: Gucci, True Religion, BBC

*Pale Ambitions: Spring’s Monochromatic

Earlier this year I wrote about the monochromatic trend that has been showing up in many designer collections over the past 3 seasons -and- upon trendsetting stars. Well, Spring’s Monochromatic seems to revolve around 3 main colors: khaki, grey, and white. Keeping it clean and simple for spring is the high-fashion thing to do.

Get the Look: Flat front pants, light blazers, windbreakers that look like baseball jackets, basic tees, man capris (lol, sounds sort of funny to say that), and skinny ties. To take this look to another level pair your khaki/grey/white with a pastel sorbet color (ex. pink, green, yellow.)

Designers: Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen, Lacoste

Lackadaisical Fella+

“You look like you don’t care, yet your work is impeccable.” That’s what people will say when you rock this look. This is the new-baggy… no it’s not gangsterish instead it’s care-free and beggarly. It’s all about seemingly oversized clothes that may leave some mistaking you for being destitute (but don’t worry it’s only a mistake).

Get the Look: Harem pants, exaggerated cardigans, loose fitting button-ups, and wide leg trousers. This trend can be best accomplished with visiting your local thrift store- just one visit to a Salvation Army and you’ll atleast have 2 articles of clothing to rock.

Designers: Junya Watanabe, Bottega Veneta, Burberry Prorsum

Mr. America+

Barack Obama has inspired us all. He has even inspired people who have, well, completely hated America for atleast 8 odd years to have hope in the US of A once again. Many designers have candidly said that Mr.President has had alot to do with their design choices these days, some even creating logos based upon their renewed since of patriotism (i.e Justin Timberlake/William Rast). The point is– we’re proud. So rockin‘ red, white, and blue has Neeever felt sooo good.

Get the Look: loafers with no-socks, ray-ban clubmasters, polos, leather goods (belts, shoes, watches, murses/manbags ), canvas shoes, khakis, baseball jackets, you should always look like you’re about to go sailing or to a barbecue.

Designers: Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors

Technically Polished

Some people are tired of the bold bright colors and seemingly random pairing of styles from opposing decades. Their answer: Technically Polished. This look is Exactly how it sounds… hair should be perfect, facial hair well-groomed, suits perfectly fitted, obvious matching, and very clean straight-line silhouettes.

Get the Look: Keep it simple. Nicely fitted blazers and suits, satin ties, loafers and lace-ups, light colored button-ups, and white pocket squares. Combine black with a light neutral color.

Designers: Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Vuitton

* original Urban Gentleman trends
+men.style.com inspired.

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Best Designer for this Seasons Trends:
Band of Outsiders

They cleverly combined many of this seasons freshest looks: Mr. America, Clodhopper, Retro Bandstand all covered, and they even used Charles Hamilton in their ads to boot!
(DSqaured came in a close second, followed by Gucci.)

Best Star to watch for this seasons Trends:
I Hate to be soo cliche, but Kanye West.
Well, no I can’t say him because it’s way to cliche’ so I’ll say,
Zac Efron.
(And to be honest they’re both neck and neck…
with a slight edge to Zac because he just seems so amazingly cool.)

Whether he’s premiering a movie or cruising around Hollywood with girlfriend Vanessa Hugdens, Zac Efron is always sporting the latest trends.

Must-haves for the Spring/Summer:

– plaid shirt
– wayfarers or the modified wayfarer (aka “the lady gaga glasses)
– jean jacket or light weight baseball jacket
– canvas shoes
– worn or ripped jeans
– a pack of quality white tees
– gold jewelry is still hot on the scene
– consider putting a “ring on it” with a silver knuckle ring

The thing I love most about these trends- they’re RECESSION PROOF. Over half of these trends can easily be created by simply taking a trip to your own closet… perhaps depending on your closet. Everything else can be found at a variety of stores– from Target to Bloomingdales, Salvation Army to TJ Maxx or Filene’s Basement.

More Spring/Summer trendy pictures,
from the designers mentioned above:







fashion photos via style.com

Who is Kanye’s Crew?

from left to right

Don. (aka deadstock don)
Taz Arnold. (a rapper/artist, has a line called Ti$a)
Chris Julian. (Owner FRUITION in Las Vegas)
Kanye West.
Fonzworth Bentley.(host of from g’s to gents)
Virgil Abloh. (a creative force/ PASTELLE designer of sorts)
Ferrai Murakami. (his barber) (not featured here)

there’s more depending on the day, the time, the moment.

*These guys pretty much refer to themselves as the G.O.O.D. Music/ Pastelle Fam. So basically everyone you see him rolling with is pretty much helping him with the label in some way or another.

Kanye and friends have been in Paris just “ackin a fool, stuntin’ on em” , but seriously though many of you all HATE the looks being worn by Kanye & Crew, I however have to applaud in many aspects— okay, yes they may seem to be trying to hard, but really they aren’t.

Taz, well if you know anything about the dude he just dresses over the top- that’s him. Fonzworth he’s staying true to himself and continues to make us proud by looking like a true dapper southern-bred gentleman (Georgia-bred to be specific). And Kanye, well he just has a love for labels and that’s just how some people are, but I’m pretty sure with age he will transcend the labels. And the other guys, well I don’t really know their history per se, but from what I’ve been learning about them they seem to just be “doing them”. They all may be turning it up a few degrees for fashion week, but hey Kanye’s trying to launch a label so they’re getting ALOT of publicity from this… and from what it seems they will surely have a superb line.

Sidenote: seriously though, these guys have style in their own way… I’ll do an individual profile on each of them later.

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