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An Exception to Being Exceptional.

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Born in 1919 in Cairo, Georgia – Jackie Robinson was a four-sport standout at UCLA — starring track, baseball, football and basketball. In fact, he was the school's first athlete to win varsity letter in all four sports. They say you have to focus on one thing, one trade only, to really be great. And for the most part, I do agree. But I've found an exception to the rule for those who can't be bolted down to repeatedly doing the same thing, no matter how awesome it is. That exception is diversifying in your chosen field.

EXAMPLES: For a person in finance this might mean having your comfortable Wall Street gig, but becoming Director of Finance for a start-up that really interest you. For an artist this might be painting and selling your own works, but also curating art galleries and writing about art for a publication you love. For an athlete like Jackie Robinson, it meant being an athlete in different sports while in college.

 

An ode to vintage sports style with a few chill summer jerseys, tube socks, and white tennis shoes. 

He’s So Swank in Navy.

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Navy Blue Vintage Ferrari

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Our Favorites: The Brunello Cucinelli sneakers, essentially if you want or like the Nike Cortex, but wanna turn it up a notch. The Gucci backpack – it's an investment at $1950, but it's one heck of a subtle essential statement piece. With 27 navy pieces, there's something for everyone.

Southern Businessmen: A.G. Gaston, My Grandfather, and No Excuse Success + Matching Entrepreneur Style

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Last month my grandfather turned 80. Yep, the big 8-0. *round of applause*. He's the man in The Urban Gentleman classic logo. Georgia born and bred. This Southern Urban Gentleman is still moving the same way he did 10 years ago, 20 years ago, shoot 30+ years ago from my perspective. He owns two businesses and just keeps it moving. The oldest of 8 children and a true pillar, a backbone, in our family. I enjoy talking to him about life, business, and generally any topic at all… 80 years of knowledge will certainly give gold nuggets to those who listen. 

Well, one Sunday dinner, not too long ago, he told us about A.G. Gaston. I, shamefully admit, that I hadn't heard of him, or perhaps I had, but not in any sort of memorable way. Long story short, A.G. Gaston is nothing short of amazing, truly amazing. He was born in Alabama (the super deep south) in 1893, and he was a multi-millionaire. When he passed away in 1996 at 103 years old, his net worth was over $130,000,000. Many think that’s a gross underestimation– it may have been closer to half a billion. So of course, as my grandaddy was sitting their talking and reminiscing about Gaston, to a table full of his grandkids, I had to do a little internet searching (I'm a millennial that's what we do). I discovered a wealth of practical and inspirational information.
 
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The Style and Music of Michael Kiwanuka

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I found myself in the little town of Hapeville, Georgia today, working out of Drip Coffee Shop. As I was there preparing the final looks for a wedding I'm styling (the groom and groomsmen of course)  the song, "Cold Little Heart" calmly started playing in the background. The mood of the shop shifted from bustling energy to a sort of 70s haven of soulful soft rock. I decided to figure out who the person was captivating us all– I swore the song had to be from the 70s or 80s, but nope 2016. The artist is Michael Kiwanuka. After a mini youtube study session of his music, I make the preemptive conclusion that he's the UK version of our US country soul singer Leon Bridges. Some even say he gives them Otis Redding vibes. He's a talented guy, so today we listen to his music and analyze his style.

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