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Andre 3000 Benjamin, the New Face and Creative Director of Tretorn, Swedish Footwear Brand

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I first met Andre 3000 a couple years ago when I was surveying shoes for an upcoming photoshoot. It was July 2015 at Walters Shoe Store in Downtown Atlanta, I had just returned from New York's Inaugural Men's Fashion Week. In my calm excitement I found myself motioning him to come over to where my assistant and I were standing. He smiled, said what's up and asked my opinion on a couple pairs of shoes he was considering. I chillfully gave my input and continued my shopping until he and I naturally settled in the same spot again. This time we unexpectedly talked for nearly an hour.
 
I told him about my recent  adventures at New York Fashion Week and at the Trade Shows that followed, he kindly inquired about my experience. We discussed Greg LaurenKanye West, my dog, and of course Benjamin Bixby. I expressed my sincere interest in working with him, and how I loved his debut fashion line. I knew it's short life was merely a victim of the economy, but I also knew the state of menswear was great now (I had done the research) and his line would be a surefire success, if he wanted it to be. Andre gave a me a mini on the spot interview, asking about my education and The Urban Gent."You went to Georgia Tech?! Smart and creative. Yea, my team will definitely love you… [if we relaunch Benjamin Bixby] we're gonna put you to work". He smiled, got my card, and well…. I haven't heard from him yet about partnering on a new Bixby collection, lol… but there's still hope right?! riiight??
 
Once I discovered Andre "3000" Benjamin was named the new Creative Director of Tretorn, an 1891 born Swedish shoe brand, I knew my dreams of being Co-Creative Director of Benjamin Bixby had to be put on the shelf for just a little longer. 

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Tretorn’s Fall Winter campaign is finally here and features Andre in modern form. I must admit the styling is thoughtful, humming  of Motherland influences in each look — patterns, hats, harem pants. I love the cleans lines, and nothing is out of place– socks, cuffs, and single-buttoned up jackets. His signature jumpsuit in a Malian mudcloth print sets the tone for it all.  Lucky for Tretorn, Andre has been a fan of the brand since he was a youngin, "My first pair of Tretorns were in middle school, and since then the Nylite has always held a space in my closet. With this collaboration, I got to go into Tretorn’s closet and play. The capsule collection translates my daydream sketches to the real world.” 

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Christian Louboutin Tassel Suede Loafers and Louis Python Sneakers

With his studs retired for a brief moment, here's a little taste of what Christian Louboutin has to offer for Fall/Winter 2011.

Christian Louboutin Tasselissimo Suede Shoes, $1,450. In well-known over indulgent Christian Louboutin style, these tasseled loafers have been taken to the max… and then some. At very first glance, these lingered as off-putting, but then a few more seconds passed and I envisioned these being paired with a well tailored navy suit, worn sockless (down a cobblestone street in Italy, lol).

Christian Louboutin Louis Python Crystal Sneakers, $1,495. Simple all black python snakeskin exotic sneakers, with his signature Louboutin red bottoms. I can easily see these on the red carpet– maybe on Usher, Pharrell?

I must say, Louboutin is making the best crossover from women's shoes to men's, while some of his designs may be a bit ornate for some they definitely stand out as bona fide statement pieces. See More Photos Below, —> CONTINUE READING MORE >>>

S/S Men’s Style Essential: Espadrilles

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Our next featured style essential? Men's espadrilles… the perfect summer kick-around shoe, along with your canvas lace-ups of course.

And this year designers and brands have really expanded their espadrille offerings, they're not just offering the basic slip-on anymore… we've got high-top espadrilles, lace-up espadrilles, suede espadrilles, even leather espadrilles.Check it all out below:

 
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Check out the complete Spring Summer Men's Style Guide, here.

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RYZ Sneakers: G3-Series

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There are always new products coming out, and most of it ends up being pretty damn mediocre, yanno #basic. But when you combine former Adidas U.S. and Japan President, Rob Langstaff, and well-known artist/designer Todd Alan Breland you get more than mediocre. These guys combined their experience and expertise to create a new, design-focused footwear brand– RYZ. Initially starting with graphic focused designs, RYZ has recently introduced a new modern, streamlined line of sneakers– The G3-Series.The G3 kicks are meant to provide men a staple, "all-around sneaker"– something you can wear with cargo shorts or a suit. I'm not always keen on sneakers -and- suit pairings, but I can easily see these with a slim-fit casual suit. In the words of RYZ Founder Rob Langstaff and Creative Director Todd Breland, "By combining the refined sensibility of dress shoes with the comfort and aesthetics of athletic footwear, RYZ challenges convention creating a refreshing foundation for men of every generation".

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Some of the design work of Todd Breland: Coca-Cola, Absolut/Kanye West, Elephant.

To take it a step further you can customize the G3-Series: the style, the color, and the soles. So we gave it a try…

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Can't get any better than T.U.G branded kicks: all black, style H-G3, T.U.G modern logo repeating on the sole

AND of course in true Urban Gentleman fashion we're going to giveaway a pair of H-G3 in black or white (courtesy of RYZ) . Plus, for the next month you can get 20% off RYZ sneakers using the code: RYZ-Dietch-20UrbanGent. Start creating a custom pair by going, here.

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. Also be sure to Like RYZ on Facebook. (winners are chosen via random.org)
 

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