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Urban Gentleman: Myron Rolle

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One of my best friends forwarded me this article– it aligns itself with the aura and the values of The Urban Gent. Myron Rolle: Rhodes Scholar, future neurosurgeon, NFL-first rounder, and true to heart Urban Gentleman/Renaissance Man is making fellow Urban Gents around the world very proud. And it’s not about the color of his skin, it’s about the the basic principle he steadily lives by, the principle of giving your best at everything you do and always making the most at every opportunity given. Yeah, that may sound pretty simple, but everyone doesn’t do it… but it’s what all men must do. When you get the time read the article on Myron Rolle here.

photos via ESPN The Magazine

Local Urban Gentleman: Curran Swint

At the start of the year we gave it to you guys classic urban gentleman style with Jason Simon. Now, it’s time to switch it up, and display an urban gentleman who feels his uniqueness makes him stand out in any room. Local Urban Gentleman Curran Swint is from Philadephia, PA (an urban gent first! putting Philly on the map) and prides himself on mixing the traditional with the nontraditional. He’s not only inspired by style icons such as Andre Benjamin, but attributes much of his unique style to the sartorial choices of the elders around him.

Presenting Curran Swint
Down Vest: vintage custom House of Ra’oof; Denim shirt: Meezan Artcouture;
Pinstripe pants:  RCVA; Plaid Tennis shoes: Paul Smith

Name: Curran Swint

Age: 22

Location: Philadelphia, Pa

Occupation: Personal Stylist, Event/Party Promoter

Style Icons: Andre 300, Kanye West, Pharrell, My father, and close friends

Favorite Quote: If you’re not trying to succeed you’re not in my class

Favorite Brands: Dsquared2, Energie, Scotch & Soda, Meezan Artcouture, and Paul Smith

Favorite Store: Thrift stores, J.Crew, Barneys, Urban Outfitters, and Kamouflage Concept Store

Favorite Piece of clothing: Pinstripe pants


Bow tie or tie: Bow tie

Flat front or pleated: Flat front

Shades, hat, or scarf: All three. Accessories compliment the outfit, but if only one, a hat.

Ultimate goal: I want to live a happy and prosperous life as a stylist/designer, with a well developed clothing label and my own clothing store.

Favorite Books: The Noble Qur’an

Hobbies: Skating, Traveling, Bowling, Shopping, and Music enthusiast

Grooming product of choice: YSL Cologne

 Velor Blazer: vintage Members Only; Bag/Suitcase: Bally;
Green Glove: Lamb Skin; Merino Wool Turtleneck: Joseph and Lyman;
Pinstripe Pants: Energies; Glasses: Gucci; Wingtip Blutchers (shoes): Alfred Sargent
1. How would you describe your style? I’m a very versatile dresser with unique ideas on fashion. As fashion recycles itself, I am working to stay ahead of the trends.  I pride myself on being a unique individual and trendsetter, so you never really know what I might wear on any given day. It’s just important to you have to be dare to be different.

2. How did you become so stylish? I always wanted to be different. I would rather stand out in a crowd than blend in, I therefore take risks as well as criticism for being myself, but that’s what fashion is about– taking risk. I also have always had older figures in my life who I looked up to because they were big fashion heads in their time, I feel as though they passed on the torch to me.
 
Leather Hunter Bag: customized vintage House of Ra’oof; White Skinnies: BDG;
Duffle Coat: Ralph Lauren; Glasses: Gucci; Sand Chukka Sneakers: Paul Smith

 

3. What advice would you give someone trying to find their personal style? When dressing be creative, dress in the colors and styles that best fits you. Look for styles and accessories that really speak to you. Essentially, just be yourself, don’t dress to please everyone else, dress in a way that makes you feel good.  PS- Don’t be a label whore. Just because its Gucci or Louis does not mean it’s hot. Forget the labels and focus on the style.
4. What’s the best clothing advice you ever received? When you’re shopping don’t worry about whether or not you have items to go with the clothing pieces, just buy what you like and everything will come together.
 
 Loafers: Ferragamo; Wool Scarf: vintage; Chinos: J.Crew;
Polo by Ralph Lauren Varsity Jacket
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Local Urban Gentleman: Jason Simon

We’re starting 2010 off on a high note, with one of the most stately Local Urban Gentlemen to date. He looks more like a Nordstrom men’s model than a student/lecturer… but I guess that’s the true making of an Urban Gentleman– innate versatility. Jason Simon is the first Urban Gentleman to exclusively represent New York, but he’s not just representing the state; he’s representing Brooklyn in particular, a place where more than half of its inhabitants seem to have a fetish for good taste and style. Jason not only offers us his above the bar elegance through his choice of words and style, but provides urban gentlemen around the world with quality examples on how to dress in the winter.
The Urban Gentleman is very proud to present, Jason Simon

Button Collar Oxford Shirt, Belt, Down Vest, Shoes: Polo RL / Polo Sport
Jeans: Earnest Sewn; Denim Jacket: Diesel; Silk Knit Tie: J Crew;
Tie Bar: Vintage Swank, Duffel Bag: David King Boston; Beads: H&M
Name: Jason Simon
Age: 24
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Occupation: Grad Student/Adjunct Lecturer
Style Icons: Gianni Agnelli, Sean Connery circa ‘James Bond’, Michael Caine circa ‘Alfie’, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Malcolm X, JFK
Favorite Quote: “There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.”- Malcolm X
Favorite Brands: Know what designer/ brands work for your style and body type and stick with them: Earnest Sewn, Ralph Lauren, Scotch & Soda, Cole Haan
Favorite Store: Century 21
Favorite Piece of clothing: Blue Bengal L/S Shirt
Bow tie or tie: When in doubt! Four in hand knot.
Flat front or pleated: Flat
Shades, hat, or scarf: Shades!
Ultimate goal: To have increased autonomy to contribute my energies and resources in places that warrant them most.
Favorite Books: Blink! M. Gladwell, The Apology of Plato Aristotle, Black is The New White P. Mooney
Hobbies: Traveling, Reading Periodicals, Thrift Stores,
Grooming product of choice: Andis T-Liner
Blazer, Khakis: Polo RL; Pocket Square: Robert Talbott
Hat: Weatherproof; Vest; Silk Knit Tie: J Crew; Gloves: Fownes; Duffel Bag: David King Boston
1. How would you describe your style?

Classic, functional, and above all, appropriate for my environments and activities.

2. How did you become so stylish?
Style is inward-driven. My style develops as I discover more about myself. I pull from what other folks are doing but my style begins and ends with me.

Beanie, Quilted Jacket, Shirt, Boots: Polo Ralph Lauren
Silk Knit Tie: RL Black Label; Gloves: Vintage Daniel Hayes
Jeans: Earnest Sewn; Duffel Bag: David King Boston

3. What advice would you give someone trying to find their personal style?

To thine own self be true. Forget trends, express yourself through what you wear, be appropriate for your spacings, function over fashion, and most of all, BE COMFORTABLE!


4.
What’s the best clothing advice you ever received?
“The world is bigger than timberland boots”

The story behind the quote:

I was 19 going on 20 years old at the time I was in SoHo window shopping. I went into a few local boutiques like Union NYC (their store will show you how I was style wise at the time) because I was looking for a Leroy Jenkins floral hoodie. By chance and boredom I wandered into a small shoe store, a very non descriptive place. I saw that it sold footwear, but the pieces were too trendy/avant-garde for my taste. They had alot of pointed toe boots with different insignia’s and designs (very Mark Nason-esque). A little italian guy sized me up and down (i.e. for those who step into high end stores as consumers sales associates are taught to look at your feet first.) I’ll never forget [what he said], I can quote his exact words til this day, “The world is bigger than Timberland boots”. It was not rude, he was trying to be helpful (I was wearing a pair of beeswax 6-inch premium boots at the time). I replied “I know” and promptly left the store, but that comment resonated with me more so at the time because I had 4 different colors of size 13 Timberland, and those were only the ones good enough to be in the rotation.

Blazer: Scotch & Soda, White Dress Shirt: Ike Behar, Hat: Weatherproof
Shoes: Frye, Jeans: Earnest Sewn; Pocket Square, Socks: Robert Talbott
Tie, Belt: Polo RL Blue Label

(a small letter of appreciation from Jason to the Urban Gent editors)

Dear [Urban Gentleman],
Your advice helped a pal of mine buy his first bespoke suit in Hong Kong. He is a heavy set guy; he played as a college linebacker for the past four years, is about the graduate in May, and wanted to step away from LRG for his life as a professional. The tips you posted guided him to a sound choice insofar as cut, detail i.e. double vented and color.

– Jason
Jason in Hong Kong. He just returned to the USA not too long ago.
Trench: Club Monaco; Shirt: Scotch & Soda;
Tie, Belt, Pants: Polo Ralph Lauren
What’s the esteemed Urban Gentleman manifesto/decree: “The Urban Gentleman is the modern gentleman, he is a man of style, class, culture…” In order to sufficiently become a cultured gentleman, one must travel when the opportunity avails itself. For the readers who are still students, please take advantage of the Study Abroad programs at your school. Explore the many countries in South/Central America, Africa, and Asia– indulge in their bountiful culture, try to learn their language. Take summer internships overseas if possible… if you are American go over to Europe perhaps London, Paris, or Milan if possible and vice versa. Don’t bankrupt yourself traveling, but seek programs that will extricate most of the costs.

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Local Urban Gentleman: Tk Usayiwevu

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Our newest Local Urban Gentleman can simply be defined as classic. Classic style, taste, and interest. His name is Tk Usayiwevu and he like Local Gent alumni Pat Wolinski, Steven Powell, and L.David Stewart, hails from the great city of Chicago. Sometimes… actually, alot of times style isn’t about how flashy you are or what designer threads you wear- its about having the innate ability to exhibit the confidence you have through the clothing you wear. It’s easy to spot a person who’s trying to make up for their insecurities through alot of extra accessories and flashy clothes. It’s also easy to spot a man who naturally has confidence and style- that’s exactly what we have here.

Presenting, Tk Usayiwevu

Name: Tk Usayiwevu

Age: 17

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Occupation: Student

Style Icons: John Legend, Kanye West, Pharrell

Favorite Quote: “Seeking attention and approval only shows how weak and insecure you are, instead, be yourself…improve yourself and have resilience all the time..”

Favorite Brands: Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Guess, Lacoste, D&G

Favorite Store: Brooks Brothers, Lacoste, Joseph A. Banks

Favorite Piece of clothing: Chinos

Bow tie or tie: Slim Tie

Flat front or pleated: Pleated

Shades, hat, or scarf: shades and scarf

Ultimate goal: Be the best there is…

Favorite Books: Portrait of Dorian Gray, Great Gatsby, Catcher In The Rye

Hobbies: Photography, Music, Singing, Dancing, Acting, Modeling, Sketching

Grooming product of choice: Cologne

1. How would you describe your style? Classically original, and mostly flexible.

2. How did you become so stylish? Icons and media usually are the beginning but then later on you realize there is more in grooming and looking gentlemanly each and every day. It shows class, style, and confidence.

3. What advice would you give someone trying to find their personal style? It’s good to experiment after you’ve have the gist of other styles, but don’t go overboard. With everything there is a limit…

4. What’s the best clothing advice you ever received? Don’t buy the first item you see in one store..look around first at least 5 other stores for both prices and quality. Never look stuffy, and always dress accordingly..

Are you the next Local Urban Gentleman?
Answer the questions above and submit them to
urbangentblog@gmail.com
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