Posts Tagged ‘sneakers’

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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ATLANTA STYLE: The Rise of Sneaker Culture, High Museum of Art

 

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“Wait… I sneaker exhibit at The High?!” That was the general reaction when people learned that Atlanta's finest museum would have a bunch of rubber-soled athletic shoes on display this summer. The concept intrigued me so I made plans to go opening night, and I must say it was quite the experience.

THE OPENING NIGHT:

As I walked up to the High Museum of Art it seemed as if I had entered into an alternate universe or atleast onto the set of a movie… “Panda… Panda Panda Panda”. Are they playing Future, I mean, Desiigner? Bro… seriously, what's going on here?!  I had never seen so much hip-hop flavor at my neighborhood museum. You see I go to The High quite often, just about once a week or so. And while I’ve definitely experienced lots of music, people, and dancing in the courtyard of The High, I’d never seen this before. It was like a high-end, fancy HBCU cookout where dress code required sneakers valued no less than $300..

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50 Pairs of White Sneakers You Can Try This Summer

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We've talked about the classic white sneaker on The Urban Gentleman since the beginning… since 2008. We told stories of yearly back to school shopping and finding the perfect pair of white sneakers for the upcoming year. Now in 2016 our view and nostalgic childhood flashbacks have made it mainstream and nearly everyone and every brand has a pair of white sneakers you can rock.  

So to help narrow down the choices, there are 50 pairs of white sneakers for men below ranging from classic shell-toe Adidas to Common Projects. My advice is to choose the style that makes you hype + fits your budget. I think all the styles, sleek or bulky, futuristics or classic, can look good on any body type, frame, or complexion. Let us know about your favorite pair of white sneakers by commenting on hereFacebook , or Instagram.

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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 >>>

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