This week we've featured lots of rucksacks/backpacks, and while some of you may mainly carry these for style, we have something for those who are "hard core" backpack wearers– those who wear them when biking, mountain-climbing, hiking, yanno, stuff like that…
Their Story: Chrome started in Boulder, Colorado 14 years ago when a couple of guys needed bags and couldn't find anything that met their standards. So they got the toughest materials they could find, headed into their garage and started sewing. Functional seatbelts from used car lots were re-purposed into bag straps, and tough vinyl fabric salvaged from old furniture was sewn into bag liners.
Before long, people were knocking on their door. Word was out that Chrome was making the best messenger bags around. What started out of necessity became a business with an ethic: build functional products that people can rely on and do it well.
Eventually they moved to San Francisco, a city with a huge urban cycling scene. The business grew. Bags were joined by clothes, gear and shoes. "Our products showed up from Brooklyn to Berlin to Tokyo. But what matters today is what mattered in the garage – building products that work, and standing behind everything they make."
Our favorite Chrome bag: The Pawn. Their most compact, all purpose pack with a seam-sealed, roll-tight, waterproof compartment (beer cooler). Made in the USA (we like this). Guaranteed for Life (we like this even more). Dontcha just love how so many products Made in the USA have lifetime guarantee these days. We'll be giving away The Pawn, read more below…
Check out one of Chrome's many videos below…
Yea, we're going to drill it into your mind a little more, having atleast one rucksack in your wardrobe is a must. Whether you opt for vintage or brand spanking new and designer branded, having a rucksack or backpack is the most traditional way a man carries his many belongings.
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Street Style/ Rucksack Inspiration…
Check back later this week for more rucksack/backpack features and a rucksack/backpack giveaway.
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See is one of those shops that just catches your eye when passing it, so much so that you just have to walk in… that's exactly what happened with us. Not only was the store great– classic, stylish, and slightly minimalistic (to put more focus on the frames), but the store probably has the best curated collection of eyewear photos that I have ever seen (see a few below). Oh, and did I mention that the customer service was awfully fantastic? Well, it was and and we didn't even buy anything.
Katie, the store's manager (her customer service was SUPERB ) briefly schooled us on the eyewear industry and how "designer" frames at a Lenscrafters or Pearl Vision or any other eyeglass retailer aren't created by the designer, but are actually designed by the retailer. Then a label is just slapped on them along with an huge increase in price. But See Eyewear, not only design and make their own frames, they get materials and inspiration from all around the world– not to mention the prices aren't that bad either. So if you're on the market for new glasses definitely check them out.
This is probably my favorite photo from the store.
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Here's another hodgepodge of Valentine's Day Gift Ideas
We meant to post this watch as a great Christmas gift idea, but unfortunately didn't get around to it. So we have our opportunity again with Valentine's Day. Tokyo Bay has a Do-It-Yourself Watch kit that will truly make any guy feel like a man.
The limited edition DIY tool box contains nine quality tools essential for ‘do it yourself’ watch repair, enabling the wearer to become the pro themselves. The DIY watch kit includes two mid size classic watch faces in a cream dial and black dial, alongside four different colored straps in military canvas, sporty nylon and hard wearing leather. Back up batteries and slug pins, which hold the strap onto the watch case, are also included to keep the watch in working order. All components put together create the ultimate in modern hand built watches.
Purchase it, here.
Kings Underwear, we gave away a ton of their stuff for Christmas. And since then we've had a chance to review them ourselves– very soft and comfortable stuff. So if you think your man will be purchasing Victoria's Secret for you, then maybe return the favor and get him King's Underwear.
RumbaTime watches would of course make for great mini V-Day gifts for friends and crushes. Maybe buy a bunch in red, pink, white, and black and just pass them out like the Santa of Valentine's Day.
More Gift Ideas:
Valentine's Day Gifts for Men, $25 or Less, click here.
Valentine's Day Gifts for Men, $100 or Less, click here.
As Andy Warhol said, "In the future everyone will be world famous for fifteen minutes ." The future is now. So get a pair of shades and embrace the moment.
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Just like last week, we're starting off week 2 of The Urban Gentleman Giveaways with trying to make almost everybody a winner.
Today's feature item: RUMBA Watches. (something for our urban gent athletes)
I'm sure you're familiar with them, they're those watches you've probably seen at the checkout desk of some trendy boutiques. You've probably also seen them in a few street style photos this year — many stylish Londoners will buy several and wear them all at once. I look at these as a great replacement for guys who like to wear those livestrong rubberbands or similar rubbery wrist items. And since they come in so many different colors and styles, I can also see buying two or three colors to match your favorite team(s). For example, I'll probably have on red, white, and black rumba watches when I'm watching The Falcons kick ass at the Super Bowl in February (ha, ha, ha y'all know we're gonna win it all). And at only $22 a pop, for the original version, they make for great stocking stuffers for everyone from athletes to fashion lovers. (…did I mention they're waterproof?)
30 readers will be chosen today (and we'll be randomly giving away 20 more throughout the week) so 50 total winners. To win you must comment on this post, comment on our Facebook, and/or re-tweet on Twitter. SO link to us on your facebook/twitter pages, tell all your friends, and tweet your heart out… today plenty of you will be #winners.
The 20 random winners will be chosen from theurbangent.com entries only, meaning you must comment on the posting. The 20 winners will be emailed directly.
Wearing Rumba watches while riding a Rumba bike… athletics and style