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Fall Winter Trend: American Workwear + History

Fall Winter Trend: American Workwear + History

Yesterday we gave you The 2010-2011 Men's Fall Fashion Guide featuring 5 trends/looks. Today we focus on one in particular, our personal favorite: American Workwear.

For this trend we followed our own rules… all-american everything, so only American brands. And we took it a step further by mainly using brands that are a lil' dated, aged, yanno, they go back some (in a good way). We pay stylish tribute to those classic hardworking American occupations, with our slightly modern day interpretations.


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Ralph Lauren gingham. Vintage (label-less) corduroy shirt. original Dickies. Converse All-Stars

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vintage Levi's jean shirt. Dickies. Frye footwear.

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Levi Strauss & Co selvedge denim. Granddaddy's closet… yeah we pulled from my grandfather's closet for the double plaid action above. Both shirts are label-less. 

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Bugle Boy. Bill's Khaki's. Frye.

Bugle Boy shirt reads: "Authentic Adventure Garment. Style Resistant. DSA 100-71-C-1435. 100% Dependable Styling. Bugle Boy. Do Not Remove This Label" (seriously though, how dope is that?).

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1958 Fishing License.

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The History Behind T.U.G's American Workwear.  Sometimes it's not enough to just say the label, sometimes you just gotta expound… So below we have a brief history of the fashion brands worn above.

Frye. Founded 1863, in New England, by John A.Frye. The Frye company is the oldest continuously operated shoe company in the United States. The boots were worn in the Civil War, by Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, and by many pioneers in the mid to late 1800's who headed from the East to the West.

Levi Strauss & Co. Founded in 1853, in San Francisco, California by Levi Strauss.  The denim jean was created by tailor Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss. The first jeans were purchased and worn by gold miners during the California Gold Rush. Modern day jeans first appeared  in the 1920s and were mainly worn by cowboys, railroad workers, and lumberjacks in Western America.

Bill's Khaki's. Founded in 1990 by Bill "King of Khaki" Thomas, in Pennsylvania. Once called the "Pants of the Gods" by GQ magazine, Bill's Khaki's draws its inspiration from a pair of WWII-worn khaki's Bill found at an army surplus store when in college. For him those khaki's were much better than the modern day ones. That thought grew into an idea to start a company that authentically captured and celebrated the America ideal. And that idea lead to Bill quitting his advertising job in Chicago and starting Bill's Khaki's.

Dickies. Founded in 1918, in Texas, by C.N. Williamson and E.E. Dickie. First named the U.S Overall Company, it was renamed in 1922 to Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Company. Once worn by the US armed forces, Dickies is easily one of the most recognizable and classic American workwear brands.

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Bugle Boy Industries. Founded in 1977, in Indiana, by electrical engineer William Mow. He founded the electronics company, Macrodata, in 1970 based on his invention of a unique method that tested large-scaled integrated chips. In 1976 due to an investigation by the SEC he sold his shares and left the company. Although the investigation was dropped, he vowed to stay away from the electronics design industry and found himself designing clothing instead. The company boomed in the 80s and 90s and sales nearly reached $1 billion for the privately owned US label. (Bugle Boy is no longer sold).

Converse All-Stars. Founded in 1908, by Marquis M. Converse, in Malden, Massachusetts.  First only creating/selling winterized footwear, Marquis Converse tried something new and created the "Converse canvas shoe" for tennis. Then during basketball's US beginnings Converse invented the "All-Star" high top basketball shoe. Charles H. "Chuck" Taylor, an all American high school player, played for the Original New York Celtics (no relations to the Boston, Celtics), Buffalo Germans, and Akron Firestones. In 1921 Chuck Taylor joined Converse and improved upon the All Stars for basketball players, he became America's first endorsed basketball player.  In 1923 Converse customized shoes for the New York Renaissance, the game's first all black pro basketball team. The "Rens" took the shoes to a whole new, unprecedented level of play (of course they did).  With a then unbeaten record of 2,588 wins to 539 losses, the New York Renaissance became basketball's most successful team of all time. The Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars are hands down one the most multi-functional  pair of shoes. Although used initially for basketball, all-stars can historically be seen on paperboy's, athletes of all types, and factory workers alike– making it an easy pick to include in the American Workwear trend.

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the New York Renaissance aka "Rens" Basketball Team

Ralph Lauren. Founded in 1967/1968 by Ralph Lauren (Lifschitz), in New York. In his early 20s Lauren attended school and worked at A.Rivetz & Co.. Originally a salesperson, he began designing ties for the company which inspired him to create his own line. So with his inspiration and designs, he acquired a $50,000 loan and started Polo Fashions in 1968. He began selling his men's line of ties to luxury retailers, starting with his own boutique within Bloomingdale's. 

Grandfather's closet. Born in 1938 in southern Georgia, USA. This is the gentleman on the classic Urban Gentleman logo (featured above at the opening of the page). Thanks for letting us rummage your closet granddaddy!

 

Kanayo King. Cindy Samoht.

Simple Summer Style: Red & White

I meant to put this up in time for the 4th, but you can still rep the red and white since July is the unofficial red, white, and blue month.
 

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(shirt: vintage, pants: J.Crew, shoes: Toms, hat: Rag &Bone)
 
Urban Gent Kanayo King keeps it simple with a red and white gingham button-up (though it may appear pink in the photo), white chinos, and his favorite summer shoes– classic red Toms. And it all comes together with the fedora (brown with a red and white ribbon).

 

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It’s in the Details (Italy)

A few detailed street style photos in Italy…
(taken by Tommy Ton.)

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(… collected for the UG by Nii Codjoe.)
via Tommy Ton‘s

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Spring Inspired: The Street Style Round-Up

From New York City to Tokyo, with Madrid, Milano, Barcelona, and Paris in between, check out the latest collection of street style photos. Maybe even get inspired.

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White Out. Not everybody can do it,
but those who do almost always look great.

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A lifetime essential– the jean jacket. The popularity of the jean jacket will fluctuate with each season. But it will, for sure, never completely go out of style.

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Still drumming. The band jacket is still hanging around.

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A little tear and tatter can add character to clothes

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Purposeful geekdom. I can finally admit that I never cared for the Willhem x Farrow glasses, (as seen above) they’ve just always looked, well, lame (for lack of a better word), lol. So those shades combined with the button-up white uniform shirt, high-watered black trousers, and elongated worn-in shoes makes this guy look like the ultimate geek– or a cartoon character. Either way, he still has a sense of personal style.

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Buttoned-Up is how alot of the cool kids do it.
(He should loose the purse though, unless of course it’s a computer bag, which means that he just shouldn’t hold it quite like that).

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90s summer camp x colorized, gone wild?

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“The Basics”

You may not wear yours the same fit as this guy, but when in doubt this Spring opt for a white tee, blazer, dark denim, and a pair of casual low-tops. Its hard to go wrong with those four.

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“And a hint of fatigue”. Army Fatigue/Camouflage is making its way back into our lives. From celebrities like Drake and Rihanna to fly stylish folks around the globe. Everyone is bringing back out or adding in one or two camouflage items to their wardrobe. This guy chose a jacket, the guy above him chose a bag, I chose a hat, what will you choose?

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“Going Sockless” is how a gentleman stays cool in the warm months.

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The beads. I really didn’t think that this trend would move so quickly, but it did. It’s hard to find someone, no matter wealth/status/race/or religion, who doesn’t bead it up every once and awhile. I guess the internet really does make trends alot more global.

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This is a great story on how to match your blues. Like we covered in the Spring/Summer Trend and Style Guide shades of blue are in for this season.

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Quite beautiful. I wish Scott Schuman (or one of his photographers) would have taken a full body shot of this guy’s ensemble. I’m curious to see his pants and shoes.

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“Shorts over leggings” one of the bolder Spring/Summer trends…
And this guy handles it pretty well


Harem Nation… featuring Nike Blazers

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So darn elegant. Love this one.

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“Gritty Sexy” is how I suppose this lad could be described. The ensemble is great in a picture, but I’m not sure if we’d love it as much in real life, hmmm….

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Whimsical elegance. It’s so important to ingrain your personality into your style. It helps tell the story of who you are.

Photos from: TheSartorialist.blogspot.com, LeLook.eu

Hard-Studded in Action via Street Style

One of The Urban Gentleman fall/winter trends is Hard-Studded, basically it’s wearing clothes that figuratively look rough or evoke toughness– leather, studded jackets, rugged jeans, boots, etc. So when I saw this picture on PimPumPam I HAD to show you guys… this goes pretty hard huh? So now maybe this trend will get more love on our “What’s your favorite fall/winter trend” poll… Assorted Swank and Conservative Dapper are in a constant battle for first place… be sure to place your vote.
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Fall Preview: Street Style during New York Fashion Week

It’s fashion week in New York and all the designers are showing their Spring/Summer 2010 collections. While many sites are covering the actual collections I feel it would more beneficial to cover the street style… to see what the guys are wearing as Fall sweeps in. (I’ll cover ss2010 later).


Bryan Boy (sunglasses: Marc Jacobs, tulle top: Veejay Floresca, pants: Gucci, sleeveless shirt: Zara, shoes: custom made)

Ykiro Nigel, designer for the clothing line Laissez-Faire.
(jacket: Laissez-Faire, top: Laissez-Faire,
jeans: Cheap Monday, shoes: Top Shop)

Teen Vogue editor Andrew Bevan

designer Kristopher
(white Gap shirt, rolled up torn Levis Jeans, Ferragamo loafers)
As a woman- the thing to envy about men’s fashion is that it doesn’t radically change. The styles subtly adjust overtime allowing a stylish man to really enjoy the current trend. And as per last Fall there’s still these extremes of men’s style: the over-sized vagabond type look, very skinny/very tailored styles, rugged/torn edginess, authentic preppiness, rolls rolls and more rolls. It’s interesting to see the trajectory of only a few guys consistently rolling up their pants in Spring 2008 to now. It’s hard to catch a stylish guy without them rolled/cuffed up in Fall 2009. I wonder how this will play over in deep fall and winter? Will patterned and colorful socks be all the rave again, so that guys can keep their Thom Brown look without their ankles getting cold, hmmm, I wonder?

For now I advise all guys to purchase a really nice pair of oxfords and boots. Get one pair of each that you feel you can wear with almost anything. I’ll do a post on my favorite oxfords and boots sometime this month.

photos from: thesartorialist.blogspot.com, facehunter.blogpsot.com, altamiranyc, streetpeeper, jack&jil.

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