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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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An Exception to Being Exceptional.

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Born in 1919 in Cairo, Georgia – Jackie Robinson was a four-sport standout at UCLA — starring track, baseball, football and basketball. In fact, he was the school's first athlete to win varsity letter in all four sports. They say you have to focus on one thing, one trade only, to really be great. And for the most part, I do agree. But I've found an exception to the rule for those who can't be bolted down to repeatedly doing the same thing, no matter how awesome it is. That exception is diversifying in your chosen field.

EXAMPLES: For a person in finance this might mean having your comfortable Wall Street gig, but becoming Director of Finance for a start-up that really interest you. For an artist this might be painting and selling your own works, but also curating art galleries and writing about art for a publication you love. For an athlete like Jackie Robinson, it meant being an athlete in different sports while in college.

 

An ode to vintage sports style with a few chill summer jerseys, tube socks, and white tennis shoes. 

Ivy Kids: Oxford, Georgia

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Left: vintage Emory University crewneck circa 1960; Vintage high school varsity jacket; Destroyed selvedge Levi's circa 1985 (after 3 washes and 1 repair); Brooks Brothers oxford; Red Wing Pecos boots
 
Right: Vintage Brown University wool sweater; Vintage Lacoste windbreaker; J. crew chinos; J.crew desert boots; J.crew utility chambray
 
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Winter Ends: Oxford, Georgia

Winter is just about to come to an end, but before it warms up completely we have one last late winter/early spring T.U.G installment. This time in Oxford, Ga  (photos from earlier this year– Jan/Feb 2011, w/ friends of the expanding T.U.G Crew: Cameron and Nedu)

Note: Even though it's warming up in the USA and many other places, it's cooling down and Autumn has just arrived in Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. So this will should especially be useful inspiration for readers in those locations.

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Left: Vintage striped knit sweater; Vintage camo utility jacket; T.U.G pinback; J. Crew jeans; Arrow moccasins; Military issued laundry bag 

Right: Vintage tri-color Columbia jacket; RRL camo thermal; Gucci marine belt; RRL herringbone camo hunting pants; Clark Wallabees; Supreme duffle bag; Eleven Eleven camo watch

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Left:  Vintage Head USA ski jacket; Emory t-shirt; J.Crew denim; LL Bean duck boots; Handmade leather backpack

Right:  Brooks Brothers oxford; Supreme varsity letter hoody; Ralph Lauren Polo fireman jacket; RRL raw denim slim fit; 2003 Air Jordan iii retro; rare Vintage Gucci mini duffle (est. circa 1950s or earlier)

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