I've been meaning to do a stylish men of TV posting for well over a year now, but I never got around to it. One of the main shows I planned to highlight was of course no other than USA's White Collar– that Neal Caffrey is one smooth mutha–"shut yo' mouth", lol. (that was Shaft movie reference for those who didn't catch it). But really, his authentic love of art, culture, and fine-dressing makes him an easy favorite when it comes to stylish characters on TV. So, when the USA Network, said they had a giveaway in mind for The Urban Gentleman, it was an easy "yesss".
Each day this week, starting TODAY we'll be giving away FanPacks representing the Men of USA, from 6 of USA Network's top shows: White Collar, Necessary Roughness, Covert Affairs, Royal Pains, Burn Notice, and Suits. And we'll have style profiles of some of the most notable Men of USA… check for that throughout the week.
HOW TO ENTER: Details below (at the bottom of the posting). Be sure to follow us on Twitter, fan on Facebook, and sign-up for T.U.G Mail. As always the more ways you enter the higher your chances of winning (winners are chosen via random.org).
For those who aren't familiar here's a brief rundown of each show, as well as each respective FanPack contents:
White Collar, Tuesdays at 9PM. Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) is a debonair bad boy with classic movie-star style (think Carey Grant meets Al Capone). And with every-man FBI agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) on his side, WHITE COLLAR is the definition of slick and timeless New York. Get more WHITE COLLAR, here.
White Collar Prize Pack: Custom Nylon Bag ($10) Season 1 & 2 DVDs ($100) Jack Spade Wallet ($80) USA Summer T-Shirt ($15) USA 10 City Summer Guide. ($205 value)
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Starbuck's asked us to create our own custom Frappuccino in celebration of their new "What's Your Mix?" application/competition– which allows you to create a frappuccino anyway you like it. So we created three: "The Urban Gent Classic", "The Urban Gent MochaMint", and "The Urban Gent's Girlfriend"…
The Urban Gent Classic Frappuccino is exactly what a man order's: venti, espresso shot, a mixture of caramel, chocolate, and vanilla– three classic flavors to keep things timeless… just like The Urban Gentleman.
How to order: Venti, Ice, 2%, 1 Shot, 2 Pumps Caramel Syrup, 2 Pumps Mocha Sauce, 1 Pump Vanilla Syrup, Whip Caramel Drizzle Mocha Drizzle, 1 Pump Frappuccino® Roast Frappuccino Blended Drink
We'll also be giving away FIVE (5) $25 Starbucks giftcards. So if you're a frappuccino or Starbucks lover be sure to enter to win. You'll be able Create-Your-Own at Frappuccino.com, then you can order a round for you and your friends with your $25 giftcard. (All the winners will be announced this weekend).
(winners are chosen via random.org
Check out our custom "The Urban Gent MochaMint" and "The Urban Gent's Girlfriend" blends below… CONTINUE READING MORE >>>
Snappin' is back. We've been talking about it for the past couple years, but 2011 is probably the more official year of snapbacks being on the scene for fashion kids and on the shelves of retailers that have kept their ear to the ground in terms of what's hot. The in-trend wearing of snapbacks got me thinking about the origin of the popular late 80s/early 90s style hat. After a little digging I found that snapback hats are thought to have originated in the mid to late 1800s– when different types of hats were being used for the old American pastime of baseball. At the time, several different caps were being used with the baseball uniform– straw hats, boating caps, cycling caps, jockey caps, etc. So a less modern, more basic version of the snapback might have been around.
Brooklyn Excelsiors and New York Knickerbockers in 1858
The official baseball hat (as we know it today) was first worn by the Brooklyn Excelsiors in the mid 1800s, but the hat first became an official part of the baseball uniform on April 24, 1849 when the New York Knickerbockers unveiled their official club uniform.
old style (vintage) baseball caps
I guess if there was a "snapback" back in the 1800s, the "snap part" had to have been similar to the metal snap buttons you often find on windbreaker jackets. There is still some speculation on how far back the history of snapping baseball caps go. But what we all know for sure is that the famous snapback caps we know today came about in the 1980s, and were made popular by the hip-hop/rap music culture of the era. That's where American Needle comes in…
Tupac Shakur wearing an American Needle snapback
American Needle (AN) is the original snapback maker, and started selling "the snapback" everyone loves today in the late 80’s. The vast majority of the high fashion snapbacks of the time were American Needle designs. A lot of the hats were worn by musical icons of that era – even American musical icon Tupac wore American Needle's Blockhead style in the movie Poetic Justice. And now, AN has brought back many of their originals for us to indulge in… pretty sweet, right? Moreover, they've chosen to giveaway 5, yes five of their original Blockhead style snapbacks to The Urban Gentleman readers. I mean, who doesn't love a free snapback?
To win: Follow on Twitter, Fan on Facebook, and/or sign-up for T.U.G Mail. Then simply comment or retweet. And as always the more ways you enter the higher your chances of winning. (winners are chosen via random.org)
I'm pretty intrigued by American Needle's history (In 1946, American Needle supplied the first Major League Baseball team caps ever sold to fans in a ballpark – in Chicago's Wrigley Field. ), and I'm very impressed by the vast array of hats they have. I've never quite seen an online retail collection of hats like theirs. They manage to cover most, if not all, historical style baseball hats. (plus you can search them in order from 1869 onwards, check that out here.) I actually felt like I got a mini history lesson just from perusing there website. Case-in-point: I didn't know that the Braves franchise was first in Boston, then Milwaukee, then moved to the best city for the team– Atlanta
From left to right: 1908 Boston Braves, 1915 Boston Braves, 1934 Boston Braves, 1940 Boston Braves, 1946-1952 Boston Braves, 1953-1965 Milwaukee Brave, 1968 Atlanta Braves, 1974 Atlanta Braves, 1982 Atlanta Braves.
Read more of American Needle's history, and see some historical photos below –> CONTINUE READING MORE >>>
Two Door Cinema Club at SXSW
We're fans of Two Door Cinema Club, and we know many of you are too, so courtesy of Ray-Ban we'll be giving away a couple of Two Door Cinema T-shirts along with "Never Hide" frames. 6 winners total– 5 people will receive a Two Door Cinema Club official Band t-shirt and a frame, and 1 person will receive all the same gear, but it will also be autographed by the members of Two Door Cinema Club: Sam Halliday, Alex Trimble and Kevin Baird. This giveaway starts today and finishes today.
To win: Follow on Twitter, Fan on Facebook, and/or sign-up for T.U.G Mail. Then simply comment or retweet -and- let us know your favorite concert or best concert moment. (winners are chosen via random.org)
2DCC at SXSW (south by southwest) in Austin, Texas
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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…
Should have announced these sooner, but the winners have already been emailed: Jay Tomei and Art Lewis.
Our next giveaway? Chrome Bag. Be sure to enter now.