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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.

Local Urban Gentleman: Steven Powell

This weeks featured Local Urban Gentleman is Steven Powell. Now this guy… well he first captured my attention late last summer during New School Orientation, all the Parsons “fashion grad-students” were in a meeting and of course we were all, yanno, scoping each other out- (checking out our future competition, lol.) Throughout the semester we would chat, maybe do lunch, and every time I ran into him, he always, I mean a l w a y s looked fly. I like people who always look fly.

Presenting Steven Powell

Name: Steven Hugo Powell

Age: 30

Location: Fabric District NYC, and Chicago IL.

Occupation: Parsons Fashion Design Student/Store Visual at DSW/Creative Director for SHUGOP
Favorite Quote: “I’m far from being God, but I work god damn hard” -Big Homie aka Shawn Carter
Style Icons: Duke of Windsor, Beau Brummell, Valentino, Tom Ford, Oswald Boateng, James Dean, Robert Redford, Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent, Lagerfield, Thom Browne, Andre 3000, Bentley Fonzworth,Sean Combs, Kanye West, Shawn Carter (Big Homie) and Marc Jacobs
Favorite Brands: Tom Ford, Ralph Lauren, Oswald Boateng, and Dior.
Favorite Store: The Mansion (Ralph Lauren) NYC, LAVIN Paris, Billionaire Boys Clubs NYC, Any store on Savile Row (London)
Favorite Piece of clothing: My Louis Vuitton Messager Bag, Dior Hommes Hedi Slimane Skinny Necktie, Ralph Lauren Suit and bow-tie, My Purple Label Tuxs, Yves Saint Laurent jeans, my Marc Jacob sunglasses, Ray Bans Glasses and Lavin Sneakers!
Bow-Tie or Tie: Bow-Tie
Flat front or pleated pants:Flat Front
Shades, hat, or scarf: Scarf (Hermes)
Favorite Accessory: Betsey Johnson and Ralph Lauren pocket-square! Oh my Special made tie-clip! My girlfriend gave them to me!!! Thanks pum-pum! lol
Ultimate Career/Life Goal: Creative Director for Tom Ford Mens, Stylist for Barack Obama or Jay-Z and Fashion Designer and owner of SHUGOP Bespoke Couturier.
Favorite Book: Tom Ford by Tom Ford, The little train that could, The Ralph Lauren Book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Hobbies: Being a Stylist for myself, researching the history of fashion, Studying how to develop a tailored/polished look to the American man, especially my generation!!!!
Favorite Grooming Product :D DF and my Shea Butter from the corner of 125th (Harlem) :)

Always daring with his combinations…

1. How would you describe your style?
My style is a little of everything! My style is the sexy edge of Tom Ford, the rough versatility of James Dean, the elegance of Sidney Poitier, the flamboyant edge of Robert Redford, the confidence of the Duke of Windsor, the color pattern edge of Andre 3000 and B. Fonzworth, the swagger like Big Homie (Jay-Z)and a the classic presentation of Frank Sinatra.

(Brief interruption… ummm… how fly is that?!… did he really just say all those things… makes you want to quote it, hmmm, maybe that is the formula to being the perfect Urban Gentleman… okay, okay, back to the interview…)

2. How did you become so stylish? Where did it come from or who inspired it?

It started from reading, music, album covers, watching people and dreaming… I remember exactly what inspired my fashion passion, it was the 1983 NBA All-Star game, the late great Marvin Gaye came out to do the National Anthem in LA, with so much style and swagger! Bespoke Couturier is the words to describe Marvin Gaye that night… He gracefully blessed that game in so many ways. That’s was when I was said to myself, “I have to become a Mogul in the Fashion Industry!

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

The best personal advice I can give someone trying to find their personal style is to explore it!!! Explore a side of fashion that helps you develop a better you, and building a stronger character each time you upgrade! Don’t Be Afraid!!!!

4. What’s the best clothing advice you ever received?
Let Energy+Vibrancy be the inspiration! Nana Boateng for Akua Adoma!

Steve on the Brooklyn Bridge


*Want a piece of Steven’s look:*

Ralph Lauren Rugby, on sale $54.99

The American Necktie, on sale $16.95
spring plaid or traditional plaid

If you have serious style with a bit of swag send an email to urbangentblog@gmail.com, expressing your interest. Send about 3 pictures of your style and answer the questions below.

Local Urban Gentleman: L. David Stewart aka Nizm

We’re going back to the basics and re-starting some of the basic urban gent sections, like our beloved Local Urban Gentleman! So if you have serious style with a bit of swag send an email to urbangentblog@gmail.com, expressing your interest. Send about 3 pictures of your style and answer the questions below.
This weeks featured Local Urban Gentleman is L.David Stewart. He’s a Chicago native that lives a double life as an architect and rapper– pretty impressive. He spends his weekends kicking, pushing, and coasting, basically he skates– seems like a popular recreation choice among chi-town rappers. Amongst his living a double life, Mr. Stewart also finds time to model and is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity…

Presenting L. David Stewart, aka Nizm…

very nice layer combination.

Name: L. David Stewart
Age:
27
Location: Chicago
Occupation: Designer (Architectural)
Favorite Quote: “Character and temperament change under my dominant power”
Style Icons: John Legend, James Bond, Sean Carter
Favorite Brands (up to 3): Ben Sherman, Do Denim, Seven
Favorite Store: Too many
Favorite Piece of clothing: T-shirt
bow-tie or tie:
Tie
flat front or pleated pants: Flat front
Shades, hat, or scarf: Hat
Description of favorite accessory:
something that works within the architecture of the outfit as it’s own piece but has it own character.
Ultimate career/life goal: architectural designer of the restaurants and offices worldwide Favorite Book: The Bible
Hobbies: Rollerskating, writing, traveling, reading

Grooming product of choice: ANY type of AXE body washes mixed together (2 minimum)

1. How would you describe your style? A grown hip-hop/sophisticated casual with a touch of business.

2. How did you become so stylish? Where did it come from or who inspired it? In terms of stylish I feel its because of my love for design and music. Can’t be into creating style without loving style. I outline my style by my persona and character. As far as inspiration my mother as well as successful Black men in all industries.

3. What advice would you give someone trying to find their personal style? Like music, don’t go with trends, our personalities are not trends, we are who we are, and let your attire market the corporation that is you and be the best representation of that.

4. What’s the best clothing advice you ever received? Be yourself.

Local Urban Gentleman: Marcellus Cooper

As some of you know, there is a new segment to The Urban Gentleman called “Local Urban Gent” in which I will feature Urban Gentleman from around the world. If you have serious style, swagger, and ambition and want to be featured send an email to urbangentblog@gmail.com expressing your interest. Many of you have been shy and hesitant to send your submission, but don’t be! All you need is atleast ONE great picture with style (but try to send atleast 3). And I KNOW I have international readers, so I need some you guys from India, Ireland, Egypt, England, Dominican Republic, Canada, Ethiopia, China, etc to STEP UP and send me your information!!:-)
This weeks featured Local Urban Gentleman is Marcellus Cooper. He is a Graduate student at my rival school, University of Georgia (booo, lol) where he is majoring in Education. He has a serious love for classical fashion and his knowledge only grew when he worked for Brooks Brothers. While working with the company he sent a plethora well-dressed men into the streets of Atlanta… and for that, we thank you.

Presenting Mr. Marcellus Cooper…

it’s always great to be trained in your passion

Name: Marcellus Cooper
Age: 27
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Occupation: Graduate Student
Favorite Quote: Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it. (Colin Powell)
Style Icons: Currently none.
Favorite Brands: Brooks Brothers, H. Stockton
Favorite Store: Currently Brooks Brothers.
Favorite Piece of clothing: Paisley bow tie (Primarily navy blue with red and gold undertones).
Bow-tie or tie: Depends on the occasion but I prefer a bow-tie.
Flat front or pleated pants: Again, depends on the look but most frequently pleated (classic look)
Shades, hat, or scarf: scarf
Description of favorite accessory: Interchangeable watch bands that match bow ties I wear. They are pretty neat, only noticeable to the very observant.
Ultimate career/life goal: Establish and grow a successful multi-national consulting firm, foundation, and hedge fund group.
Favorite Book: Think Big (Benjamin Carson)
Hobbies: Playing tennis or golf, traveling to obscure but beautiful places, speaking with others (about politics, business, and faith), volunteering, jazz sets, UGA football, playing piano and the guitar, listening to old and new music, photography.

1. How would you describe your style? My style is classic or traditional. I enjoy sweater vests with bow ties, calf-skin leather shoes (cap toes) are always a favorite.

2. How did you become so stylish? Where did it come from or who inspired it? I must say throughout the course of my life I admired the men like my father, men who carried themselves with distinction and dressed sharply. I began to see the importance of distinguishing oneself in the journey of life with excellence. Dressing is only part of the equation but it can be a factor that opens doors or closes them whether people acknowledge it or not. I would say my inspiration would be every man that I saw who held their head high and caused people to pause because they were that dapper. Dressing sharp makes me feel great!
3. What advice would you give someone trying to find their personal style? Always remember two things…. 1) your style evolves over the course of your life so don’t fret if you haven’t found your niche. 2) Always remember that your presentation is never more important than your substance, however, your presentation is still important.
4. What’s the best clothing advice you ever received? Regardless of what everyone else is wearing know that you are an individual. Be courageous enough to be you! (My father)

Local Urban Gentleman: Alija Harrison

As some of you know, there is a new segment to The Urban Gentleman called “Local Urban Gent” in which I will feature Urban Gentleman from around the world. If you have serious style, swagger, and ambition and want to be featured send an email to urbangentblog@gmail.com expressing your interest. Only a select few will be featured so be sure to include a top-notch picture showing your style.

This weeks featured Local Urban Gentleman is Alija Harrison. He’s a senior at Bowie State University majoring in Pedology (Children Studies, “Alija love the kids”). After graduation next year, he plans to attend grad school and major in counseling so he can become an elementary school guidance counselor- that’s pretty commendable, huh? America can always use more black men as counselors and teachers- kudos for stepping up to the plate.

Presenting Mr. Alija Harrison. . .

very classic & clean combination

Name: Alija Harrison
Age: 22
Occupation: Student/Exec. Assistant for a national home builder (basic I make copies)
Style Icons: Hands down Kanye West
Favorite Quote: “I am a prince because my Father is the King of kings” -Unknown
Favorite Brands: Creative Recreation, Dsquared, H&M
Favorite Store: Urban Outfitters
Favorite Piece of clothing: Creative Recreation Dicoco Red and Metallic gold (LOVE THEM, see picture HERE)

Bow tie or tie: Tie
Flat front or pleated: Flat front
Shades, hat, or scarf: All three
Ultimate goal: Mentoring kids, motivational speaker, and to become a well known model.
Favorite Books: “Lilies of the Field” and but of course the Bible (Psalms)
Hobbies: Volunteering, Sleeping, Reading, and working out.

1. How would you describe your style? Kanye West, mixed with John legend. I love to pair Creative Recreations with a dress shirt and a tie and blazer.

2. How did you become so stylish? The area I grew up in, Prince George’s County Maryland (Richest African American county in the U.S.), everyone dresses like they are about to be in a photo shoot, lol. I am inspired by the kids I work with, they have to have a stylish guy to look up to.

3. What advice would you give someone trying to find their personal style? Pick the most random thing in your closet and rock it! Wear stuff that is very very hard to find, limited edition type stuff.

4. What’s the best clothing advice you’ve received? Well I would say to keep a clean shape-up (once every other week). Lastly, Buy a nice pair of hard shoes.

Local Urban Gentleman: Craig Muse Miller

There will be a new segment to The Urban Gentleman called “Local Urban Gentleman” in which I will feature Urban Gentleman from around the world. If you have serious style, swagger, and ambition and want to be featured send an email to urbangentblog(at)gmail(dot)com expressing your interest. Only a select few will be featured so be sure to include a top-notch picture showing your style.

The 1st featured Local Urban Gentleman is Craig Muse Miller. He’s a student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, whose style brings classical flavor to an otherwise fashionably dull campus.

Presenting Mr.Craig Muse Miller. . .

Name: Craig Muse Miller
Age: 21
Location: Atlanta
Occupation: Student
Favorite Quote: “Do You” -Russell Simmons
Style Icons: Ralph Lauren
Favorite Brands: Ralph Lauren Polo & Nike
Favorite Store: Any thrift store they have the coolest clothes!
Favorite Piece of clothing: brown “vintage” Ralph Lauren blazer
bow-tie or tie: tie
flat front or pleated pants: flat front
Shades, hat, or scarf: shades
Ultimate career/life goal: real estate guru and to help others reach their goals
Favorite Book: “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by.Dale Carnegie
Hobbies: anything real estate related, watching all sports

1. How would you describe your style?
My style is clean and unique…I’ll wear a blazer and a tie but throw on some graffiti chuck taylors with it!

2. How did you become so stylish? Where did it come from or who inspired it?
My grandfather has always been a smart dresser. He’ll wear a suit to a BBQ…lol. He is the one who got me to pay attention to what I wear.

3. What advice would you give someone trying to find their personal style?
I would say don’t try to dress like everyone else or what is in vogue at the moment…Do You! If you like it and feel comfortable go for it…Mix things up.

4. What’s the best clothing advice you’ve received?
Shoes are the most important part of an outfit…nice shoes say a lot…

Get a piece of this weeks Local UG’s Style

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Linen Herringbone Sport Coat
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Ralph Lauren Cord Blazer
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