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If you haven’t got the memo by now….we’re knocking on Winter’s door. Before she opens up that bad boy up, it’s essential to have the proper gear on deck. Now, we’ve been putting people onto all kinds of outerwear titans, but the Massachusetts-based newjacks, Penfield, may be edging out the competition. Their latest collection of 80/20 premium down-filled vests and jackets not only showcases their attention to detail (i.e. pocket placement, material usage, lines and contours) but their full understanding that good quality should be AFFORDABLE. That my friends is a Win-Win.
Check out some of the classic styles available this season from Penfield.
One of the best ways for women to add character to any outfit during the Fall/Winter season is to take FULL advantage of unique accessories. Sure, everyone is gonna have a scarf or a bracelet here and there, but how many ladies will have truly eye-catching pieces? ….riiiiiight…not many.
Insert B-Side by Ken & Dana. Their latest accessories collection features a variety of exotic, vibrant pieces. B-Side recreates the modern accessory by using geometrical shapes and mixing them with fluid, yet textured staples like silk scarves and beaded neckwear. The dopest thing about these accessories is that they actually have VOLUME! Chunky accessories are GREAT complements to fall/winter wears. Kudos to B-Side for being bold in the fall, and kudos to the Graduettes with enough moxie to pull of these accessories.
Very rarely do we come across brands that effectively merge conceptual wear with practicality. In the case of Public School, their S/S 2010 line accomplishes the unlikely. The collection, which is inspired by The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, offers some of the most stunning pieces I’ve seen from any brand for that season. Raw materials blended with synthetic….in a manner that comes off as Nuvo — not contrived; It doesn’t get much better than that.
We’ve been watching Public School’s collections for the past few seasons. One of the dopest things about this brand is that it actually takes risks! Their craftsmanship is superb, but more impressive is the subtle sense of maturity that comes with each collection; it’s almost as if there’s an organic progression in construction, concept, and presentation.
If you haven’t got the picture by now, Urban Grads, you should renew your Public School spirit! Support quality, support conceptualization, and support practicality.
Frankly, 3sixteen needs no introduction. Back in April, we previewed the S/S 09 collection just to give Grads a taste of the creative genius this brand possesses. This fall, our friends over at 3sixteen have truly outdone themselves, presenting a collection that is both sophisticated and unique. View the video look book here.
The entire collection emits a rich urban zest, offering a variety of pieces (from staple outerwear like pea coats and toggle coats to elite accessories like ties, bracelets, and glasses). Their latest look book is set against a New York City backdrop, adding a sleek cosmopolitan element to this collection.
Honestly, it’s refreshing to see such an astute approach to presenting a designer collection. A brotha can look at something like this and visualize himself in these settings, wearing this apparel, and giving off this vibe. With that said, u|T|ø stands behind this product — unequivocably.
Being one of the most-followed fashionistas in the blogosphere has its perks: access to exclusive events and shows, custom articles & samples of designer product lines BEFORE the official release, and the ever-coveted license to SHOP — whenever, wherever. So what happens when said fashionista, Wendy Lam, Editor-in-Chief of Nitro:licious, accrues SO MANY articles of clothing and accessories that closet-space becomes an issue?? Insert VIRTUAL YARD SALE.
At the new Nitro:licious Shop, Wendy has opened up her closet for all Urban Graduettes to rummage through. Inside, you’ll find BRAND NEW or lightly-worn garments for RECESSION-FRIENDLY prices (I’m talking $75 for a denim Marc Jacobs jacket — here)!! The site is a gold mine; shoppers are getting fashion-tips from a world-renown stylist as they browse. Even further, this e-shop gives access to exclusive items that will surely add punch to any graduette’s wardrobe.
**Note: Please consider that Wendy is a size 6, XS or Small. Thus, her closet will reflect that. Purchase accordingly.
The Brooklyn Circus, or simply, BKc is hands-down one of the most refreshing labels I’ve seen in fashion today. I first got my taste of their style a lil over a year ago (shouts to FlyyNerd Will) with one of their screen tees — shortly thereafter, I was hooked.
As artisans, they master what I like to call “urban savoir faire”. Their garments tend to reflect a rare maturity, while blending traditional styles inspired by the Renaissance period, industrial wardrobe, marine/naval workups, and New York’s streetwear culture. For transitioners (aka Urban Graduates) like myself, this brand establishes a working standard; classic, but not old — bold, but not abrasive. Well done, BKc — u|T|ø salutes you.
Like the swimsuits, these are another Lenny Leleu original. These plexiglass and steel shades are…DIG THIS…from her graduation collection at the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Belgium. Now I have three favorite Belgians; Ms. Leleu, Kris Van Assche and the elusive Raf Simons. Urban graduettes, these are definitely a good look for the Spring. These shades come in a white and orange colorway, but they are pricey as hell. Last time I checked, I found a pair for $498…yeeEAH. Maybe eBay can help you out on this one.
Introducing Dutch designer Gonnie Janssen and her bags of the future…or at least I think they are. Coming in simple jet black finishes, the innovation in these bags is in the actual construction. They fold and bend in ways that allow for different combinations of “shape and volume”…
…Special thanks to NOTCOUTURE.com for the ecclectic finds.
I have to admit, I’ve been sitting on this one for about a month. Upper Echelon shoes are “fly-tops” for the ladies out there that like to have fashionable ankle support. Each sneaker is made to order so they can get a lil’ pricey, the cheapest shoe being $175. Once you get into the leather joints with the 18K gold and sterling silver plated chain laces then your looking at the $400 price range. Still though, these are all around necessary sneakers in a game saturated by hi-tops for men. Go get em Urban Graduettes.
Big shout out to Clutch Mag for putting me on to this brand.
All I can say is Urban Graduettes begin to drool over these accesories from Borba Margo. There is no price for these things (only contact info) on the official Borba Margo website. However there is a site that gives the line’s history and shops that carry the accessories. These pictures are just a “blanket” taste of what they are working with. There is more on the official site.
I almost didn’t post this because I was enjoying my Christmas break (even though Christmas is definitely not the same as it used to be) but I decided to listen to my motto “grind over glamour.” I have been on these shoes since I first discovered them because of their simple look. I’m loving the \un/derstatement on these shoes…the purple bottoms. So if you like minimalist design, simple construction, and subtle use of color, then you will like what Zuriick has to offer.
OK, so you know how you see outfits on the runway that no one could ever pull off in real life? Well this post highlights clothing like that…well more like undergarments. [Urban+Take(øut)] is endorsing Strumpet And Pink, a line that brings couture from the runway to the bedroom (I’ve just awarded myself two douchebag points for that). [Sidenote: I wonder when a rapper is gonna call a girl a "strumpet" in a song] Vicky’s Secret has nothing on this line. These unmentionables are strictly for the privacy of one’s home; plus there is no way that a woman could comfortably wear this lingerie under her clothing because of all the wonderful embellishments. This is the go-to line for that I’m-going-to-slip-into-something-more-comfortable situation. Graduettes, show that special Graduate that you really care by holding it down publicly and privately.
With that said, FELLAS…if you need a gift idea….Ding, Ding. This is one of those gifts that will show A) you want to keep things fresh, B) you’re romantic, C) you are really knowledgable about random things and D) you know here size (ALWAYS a pl+s). Here are some links from which to cop…Faire Frou Frou and Catriona Mackechnie.