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Mini Style Guide to Suits’ Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht)

We've vowed to do 3 profiles for our Men of USA, first we had White Collar's Neal Caffrey, second Covert Affairs' Jai Wilcox, and lastly we'll cover Suits' Harvey Specter (played by Carnegie-Mellon graduate, Gabriel Macht). Harvey Specter truly is the epitome of high-life living, and its constantly shown in the series, take the last episode for example– not only was he perusing around in a new Mercedes S-Class, but one of the guest characters commented on his "$12,000 suits".

He dresses like I expect modern day men in power to dress– widespread and cutaway collars dress shirts, thicker tie-knots (none of that skinny sh*t), double vented suit jackets, and suits that aren't slim, but just very well tailored (so they're often confused as "skinny"). oh and lets not forget he sports more ticket pocket suits than any other TV series character I know, and he likes a  3-piece suit every now and then.

 

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The Men’s Wearhouse Experience

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In conjunction with the National Suit Drive, Men's Wearhouse invited The Urban Gentleman to spend a little time in one of their stores for an exclusive shopping experience.

We visited the Buckhead store off Peachtree Rd. in Atlanta, and were very kindly greeted by the staff upon entering.

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Buckhead store manager and Louisiana-native, Larry Hubbard, charmed us all afternoon, while giving us a few clothing facts and advice along the way– I'll sprinkle in a few of his words throughout. Let me start off by saying we truly had the complete Men's Wearhouse experience. We began in suits and sport coats, hit up pants and dress shirts, then worked our way around to accessories, shoes, and casual wear. Check it all out below:

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Captain Kirk is so GQ: Urban Gentleman Chris Pine in Summer Suits

Captain James T. Kirk
Original and New: William Shatner and Chris Pine
Do I dare admit this? … I think I shall, okay here it goes…. I’m not the biggest Star Trek fan in the world… and I don’t get excited about it- at all. Sorry if that hurt anyone’s feelings, buuut on a positive note I have seen quite few of the movies and they always entertain me. And I’ve also been hearing alot of buzz about how good the new Star Trek is, so I went over to The Spill and checked their review (posted below)- click the ‘Movies’ icon on the top left corner and scroll to Star Trek:

These guys are hilarious, I have NO idea how I came across them, but I check them out every once in awhile when I want to get a random outside review of a movie. Usually I don’t agree with movie critics (that includes these guys), but the difference with them is that they make me laugh, lol… (though they can be offensive at times, that’s another story though).

But anyway, in his breakthrough role, Chris Pine looks pretty good playing Captain James T. Kirk. He also manages to look equally as jaggedly handsome in his latest GQ Summer Suits spread.

The Linen Suit.

Nothing says summer more than linen. Except do you want to say summer 2009 or 1989? Avoid those billowy, pleated linen suits and hunt for a slimmer, more modern-cut one like this. And no cigars, no sandals, please.
(Suit, $825, DKNY. Shirt, $370, by Thom Browne New York. Tie, $85, by Black Brown 1826. Hat, $110, by Biltmore at J.J. Hat Center. Tie bar and pocket square by Paul Stuart. Watch by Hamilton.)

The Dark Cotton Suit.

You can wear a dark suit in summer (especially in the evening), but it should be lightweight. A steel blue cotton suit fills the bill for work and postwork.*
(Suit, $1,450, by Calvin Klein Collection. Shirt, $195, by Theory. Tie, $60, by Gitman Vintage. Belt, $89, by J. Lindeberg. Shoes, $398, by John Varvatos. Watchband by Smart Turnout. Watch by Burberry. Socks by Falke.)

The Whipcord Suit.

Like corduroy, whipcord is ribbed, but minus the fuzziness—and heaviness. Two-tone versions, like this suit in blue and white (also availablein black and white), project a subtle seersucker vibe without that southern lawyer/Ivy League bow-tie-guy oppressiveness.
(Suit, $120, by Uniqlo. Shirt, $40, by H&M. Tie, $135, by Rag & Bone. Tie bar by Kenneth Cole New York. Pocket square by Brooks Brothers.)

The White Suit.

Pulling off a white suit is easy—as long as you dress it down. You are not Tom Wolfe or Mr. Roarke, so skip the silk pocket square and firm tie knot. Keep it as relaxed and fun

(Suit, $895, by Boss Black. Shirt, $100, by Save Khaki. Pocket square, $30, by Turnbull & Asser. Belt, $33, by Paul Stuart. Shoes, $98, by Banana Republic. Sunglasses by Tom Ford.)

The Warm-Weather Plaid Suit.

You’ve got your single-malt, quail-hunting wool plaid, and then you’ve got plaid suits like this one—lightweight, sharply defined pattern, more midtown hustle than country bramble. Like a muted seersucker, it gives your business wardrobe an unexpected—but thoroughly appropriate—edge.
(Suit, $1,900, by Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers. Shirt, $150, by Thomas Pink. Tie, $98, by Theory. Bag, $515, by Porter. Pocket square by Brooks Brothers. Watch by IWC.)

photos by: Tom Schierlitz,Ben Watts
suit verbiage from: GQ Magazine

Presidential Branded: Hart Schaffner Marx

These days its all about America, American Made Products, and American Made Brands… for us Americans anyway. And President Barack Obama chose “made in the usa” for his inauguration suit, tuxedo, and topcoat by wearing Hart Schaffner Marx- he also wore the brand several times on his campaign trail. One of my friend’s forwarded me an article from Chicago Tribune about the company filing for bankruptcy. Quite unfortunate huh… But don’t worry I’m sure someone will buy the company. (let’s hope anyway)
They have some pretty good online sale items, check out a few:

Tan Camel Hair Sportcoat:
Price: $595.00
Sale Price $357.00


Black Stripe Suit:
Price $1,595.00
On Sale $957.00

Cashmere Topcoat
Price: $540.00
Sale Price $270.00

For more Hickey Freeman/Hart Schaffner Marx classic american clothing:
hickeyfreeman.com
hartschaffnermarx.com

Democratic Style: Democratic National Convention 2008

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If you haven’t been watching it you should, The Democratic National Convention (DNC) started August 25th and finishes on the 28th. Now of course you should tune in because it’s historic, but for the relevance of the blog- tune in to check out the top-notch suits these politicians will be rockin‘. Politicians have such a clean, usually well-tailored and classic style. If you want to know how you should look going into the office or to a job interview take notes from them.

The DNC is being held in Denver, Colorado at the Pepsi Center. U.S. Senator Barack Obama is the Democratic Nominee.

Check out some of the pictures from DNC:

Craig Robinson, brother of Future First Lady Michelle Obama

Democratic Committee Chairman Howard Dean

Illinois State Senate President Emil Jones

John Kerry

Pianist and Singer John Legend
performed

New York Governor David Peterson

Representative Dennis Kucinich

Reg Weaver
(of the Democratic Educational Center….)

Senator Patrick Leahy

US Senator Edward Kennedy

Future Vice President Joe Biden

Jesse Jackson Jr.

West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin

Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle

The Future First Family

President Barack Obama
CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN

Style Notations: Notice that the most of the candidates opt for a black or navy suit and a red, blue, or gold tie. That’s called classic clean…. Personally, I’m a sucker for a well-tailored navy suit, spread collar white shirt, and red tie or light blue tie- It’s perfection.

One thing that I do HATE about alot of older politicians styles is there tendency to have a skinny knot… it just looks old-fashioned in a bad way. And it makes them look fat because the tie goes from skinny to fat- it’s uneven and very unflattering unless you’re rocking a skinny tie.

Best Places to Buy Men’s Suits

Terrence Howard in a modern suit

Sometimes there are too many choices, and the choices need to be narrowed down- like where to buy your suit. First off, there are many qualified contenders, but each store has different perks that may sway you to purchase from them.

The Most Classic/Traditional and Best Service: Nordstrom
The Most Stylish and Best Variety: Bloomingdales
Best Value: K&G
Good Prices and Good for the Everyday Man: Joseph A.Bank

Classic Burberry Suit from Nordstrom
Nordstrom
This is where I learned about the details of men’s fashions and styles. If you want superb one on one personal service to help choose a suit, then Nordstrom is the only place you want to go. They only carry the best brands and they have some of the best tailors in the business. Nordstrom does not have tons of promotional sales or coupons, they have a half-yearly and a anniversary sale that easily trumps the sales of all other retailers. Those sales, that are usually during the summer, are the best times to buy suits, shirts, ties, shoes, belts, pocket squares, and anything else. Featured brands include: Canali, Hugo Boss, Joseph Aboud, and many more.

Modern Hugo Boss suit from Bloomingdales

Bloomingdales
If you want the most stylish and most trendy suits, then Bloomingdales is perfect for you. The store offers a wide variety of styles and brands including: Armani, Purple Label, Hugo Boss, and many more. Bloomingdales, known for its brown bags, has sales throughout the year and is great place for anyone on a reasonable budget or who has thousands to splurge. This is usually my first recommendation for someone searching for a suit.

K&G
If you are on a very tight budget and looking to spend $100-$200 on a suit, then K&G is your godsend. K&G is a warehouse so the store has a plethora of suit offerings- every color, style, and cut. K&G carries the Steve Harvey wide-leg suits, Jones New York athletic-fit suits, italian-made suits like Zenetti, and even 3 piece-suits by Sean John. They have a wide variety, but it’s hard to find a teir-1 suit in K&G, you have to really search and you’ll only find a few to choose from.
Signature 3-button suit from Jos A.Bank

Jos A. Bank
I’m sure you’ve seen their commercials and advertisements- Joseph A. Bank is known for its sales. This store is good for the average guy on the search for his first suit. They have helpful attendants and have many traditional styles and brands to choose from.

*Other Notable Stores: Brooks Brothers and Men’s Warehouse

Every man should own atleast one suit. Not one that you got from your dad or brother, but one that you bought specifically for you and your body. I also recommend all men to have atleast one quality designer-type suit. A good suit can easily be spotted and definitely speaks tons about who you are- it says that you are serious and ready to succeed, not to mention that you have great taste!

Modern John Varvatos Suit from Nordstrom

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