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Japanese or Italian Selvedge Denim Jeans: High Premium Quality, Low Price from One Denim

One Denim Japanese Raw Selvedge Denim, Worn by Urban Gent Taariq Tut

It's been awhile since we've done a proper denim piece at The Urban Gentleman, so when the kind folks at One Denim hit us up we decided to to explore their offerings instead of just bypassing the request like we sometimes do (sorry others). A little history lesson… We wrote our first denim article, "Top 10 Jeans" back in July 2008, just a month after we started (the styles have changed so so much, it's kinda hilarious). In 2010, we were asked to do a Denim Style guide for H&M. Then in 2011 we collaborated with Italian brand Meltin Pot on their in-store and online campaign to relaunch their new collection. I reference all that to say we're definitely denim lovers and we've seen the growth in the past decade from a focus on just jean style to a more dedicated focus on premium selvedge denim.

Since 2010, selvedge denim has been a staple in any stylish man's wardrobe. The rise in popularity of course lead to more and more companies making their jeans selvedge, nearly every brand has caught on, but there's mediocre quality and high quality. You of course want high quality. The price for a really good pair of premium selvedge denim ranges between $195 – $450, generally landing around $300. This can be a little bit pricey if you're on a budget– whether it's saving for university or saving for that floating home you're itching to build in Seattle. The thing we like about One Denim is that they've found a way to cut out the middle man and offer a $300 pair of denim for $100 (£80). Pretty sweet right? Yea, we think so. To test out their line we chose to compare their staple Italian Selvedge Denim and Japanese Selvedge Denim

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Can Men Wear Rompers? Brompers, Short Jumpsuits, Onesies, One-Pieces for Guys

 

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left to right: Asos slim jumpsuit, Sheehan and Co jumpsuit, RompHim 

I was at my nephew's soccer game several weekends ago when my brother-in-law asked me, "What do you think about guys wearing rompers, like jumpsuits, but with shorts not pants?" "Hmmm" I responded. He went on, "It was a big thing on Facebook this week and everyone was going in about it, making jokes, figured I'd ask the fashion expert".  So how do I feel about men wearing rompers?

My Top Picks: For the summer, if it's in your budget, I'd suggest the preppy Thom Brown jumpsuit in the middle, but cut the sleeves and pants to make it more airy. The raw edges would look stylish or you could take it to a tailor and have them do it so it's sewn properly. Paired with perforated Common Projects  + the perfect pair of shades — it's an easy win. If you try this definitely let us know. 

I think everything is so relative. When asked this question my initial thought was of men in their work uniforms. My family is in the car business (car dealerships, auto shops, custom shops), so I have seen men in logo embroidered one-piece work jumpsuits since I could open my eyes. And of course, there's nothing wrong with that. My grandfather owns lawn and building management service companies, so again I've seen men in overalls my entire life as well.  My next thought jumped to Europe, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Austria countries like that and I envisioned lederhosen— which is traditional to the culture.  After computing that, I thought about an article I briefly read a couple months ago discussing the new trend of rompers for men… and it just didn't quite sit well in my mind. I imagined men in short semi-snuggly fitting body suits, legs very exposed… it felt a little too feminine. This series of thoughts took about 30 seconds or so, and I was finally able to respond to the question my brother-in-law so fervidly inquired. 

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In The Nude.

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ART: William Blake – Europe Supported by Africa and America (1796), Dino Muradian – Beauty

FASHION: Topman Design, Balmain, Issey Miyake

 

One doesn't have to look further than a carton of Neapolitan ice cream to know what colors are dominating the palette of our lives these days. Whites, Browns, Pinks. Whether it’s a blonde Kanye, A$AP Rocky, or the first man of footballer style David Beckham, being vanilla has never been so sweet.  We've translated these colors into the perfect Spring Summer 2017 looks below:

Men in Floral Prints Fashion Trend: History, Celebrity, and Look Book

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Celebrity Men in Floral Prints: rapper A$AP Rocky;  rockstar Jimmy Hendrix; UK rapper Tinie Tempah; menswear editor Nick Wooster

 

Floral – a print that was thought to be for women only has beautifully made its way into menswear. It's always been around, but more commonly seen on Hawaiian shirts and in paisley prints on ties and pocket squares.  Now, it has expanded to so much more than just a vacation shirt. Why? It's the mood of the world, I suppose. I don't know if it's debut, several years back, was indirectly a political thing— making its way into designers hearts from the happy loving years of President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama being in the White House. OR Like many trends it could be based on the growing success of a particular designerand other designers being greatly inspired by their creativity and style (Etro maybe? They've always had prints, which is why I've always adored them so). Then there's the widespread expression that, "What Comes Around Goes Around", and perhaps it's the natural way of trends recycling themselves… a little 1960s – 1970s Jimi Hendrix swag never hurt nobody, right? Or lastly, one could guess the likeliest cause might be the natural need for more variety. With the menswear industry growing and more men spending time (and money) to uniquely outfit their wardrobe, they want more than just solid colors and stripes to choose from– floral is one of those options.

As a men's fashion stylist, I humbly recommend having atleast one floral piece in your wardrobe– a hat, a backpack, a shirt, or if you're really feeling yourself, a suit that can be worn as separates when you're feeling less audacious. From tonal to brights, Gucci slippers to Etro polos, I've custom chosen several pieces for you below…

 

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