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FINALLY! For all the graduettes who are in that last minute crunch for gifts…URBAN+TAKEOUT has some “just in time” suggestions to get you right with him for the Holidays. And to two of our favorite graduettes, fabwrldgoodlif and shesgoterown, I hope this does some justice.
There is something we need to make clear from the beginning. Never, never, NEVER give a man a pair of shoes, sneakers, J’s, SB’s, boots, etc. for a gift — Period. I recall my grandmother telling my sister, “Don’t give a man a pair of shoes…cuz he’ll walk right on out your life.” My grandmother has been married for 58 years — I’m just sayin.
With that said, let’s begin:
The Goods: A linen or cotton pocket square is extremely versatile. It can accent any suit, or it can be the perfect tool after a meal, a movie, or a party.
What He’ll Think: “The only person I ever knew that had assorted handkerchiefs was my Grandfather. He was a GREAT man. She must think I am too.”
How You Win: Most guys probably never use these — but most guys who are interested in having strong relationships will make the effort to please their woman, i.e. wearing/using what you give them. He get’s fresher — You get to have a subtle impact on his style, one pocket square at a time. FTW!
2. Something Electronic – The Droid ($200)
The Goods: This is arguably the coolest gadget on the market right now. Simple equation: iPhone + Blackberry + crack = The Droid. Any questions?
What He’ll Think: “This sh*t is LIVE!! Baby, I’m gonna be the ONLY kat with this year 2029 futuristic phone! Stunt HARD.”
How You Win: Okay, this is a 2-fold win. 1) You get to shine cuz in the most lowkey of ways, your man is gonna tell everybody, “Yea I got that new Droid…FROM MY GIRL”. Instantly, you be come The COOLest Wifey of the clique. 2) Being that you got him a new phone…you now have leverage to politely imply that you want one too! Just keep hinting…in a month or so…you’ll be good. FTW!!
3. Something BadAss (one word…BADASS) – Marc New York by Andrew Marc ($325 reg. price – Sale price: $189)
The Goods: A Leather Jacket is one of the most coveted items of any man’s wardrobe. Andrew Marc makes sleek designed jackets with very supple leather.
What He’ll Think: “This is BADASS! They not gon’ be ready for me when I break this bad boy out! Oooooh sh*t!”
How You Win: If you’re a seasoned shopper like I am…then you know that the best time to buy outerwear is in the off-season. A leather jacket will be TREMENDOUSLY marked down! On top of that, you’re giving your man possibly the most MANLY gift of all time! Don’t be surprised if tries it on, pops his collar, then grabs your ass — he’s a man…in leather. FTMFW!
4. Something Distinguished – David Donahue Links ($45); or Epaulet Tanner Goods Sterling Silver Tie Bar ($40)
The Goods: Every guy should own at least one pair of links and one tie bar, preferably sterling silver. They make the gentleman look refined. The links are sleek and stylish, not too much, but just enough. The Tie Bar actually comes with 4 interchangeable leather strips that are inserted in the middle part of the sterling bar — now he can match with his shoes.
What He’ll Think: “Okay, I can definitely wear this/these to work. I might have to step my dress shirt game up though.”
How You Win: This is a symbol — As his girl, you are showing that you care about his future. You know his dreams/aspiration, and you understand that the suited man gets/keeps the job. For the Refined Win.
5. Something Custom: A Button-down Dress Shirt, or a Gray/Monotone Blazer…Tailored of-course. ($79 – $225). Suggestion for shirts – Ralph Lauren Purple Label or Thomas Pink.
The Goods: Practically anything from a great dress shirt, to nice a blazer. Here’s the trick — get his measurements, BEFOREHAND. Look at the one item that you think he looks GREAT in..and use that as your barometer. Get the article tailored (by a professional), wrap it, and watch his mouth drop open at how nicely it fits.
What He’ll Think: “How the hell did you know my size? This fits like that one shirt of mine that I like! Not too tight across the chest, the arms are the right length. Damn, you really did your thang on this one babe.”
How You Win: Well, this falls under that warm, fuzzy, thoughtful category. Guys don’t know how to respond to getting gifts — in fact, their mindset is to just give them, not to accept them. But when you go the EXTRA MILE, not only will he notice, but it makes him remember why you are the best woman for him. For the Inelastic Win, the Game, the Season, and the Championship! Now bring on that ring!
An Example of what you want the tailored shirt to look like
(See Michael Ealy in merlot Ralph Lauren Black Label Shirt – screen left):
UNIQLO is setting a solid standard for great looks this winter. Ladies, I stronnnngly urge you to peep the overall composition of these outfits!! I know all our readers aren’t in the closest proximity to a Uniqlo store — but you can definitely use their lookbook photos for inspiration. There seems to be an emphasis on color, tailoring, extended knits, and fur accents. (Things that I dig on women….the colored tights, the patina-toned denim, and ivory) Peep game:
Okay so we get it — Tis the season of GIVING. And for the gift-giving Urban Graduate, this only leaves two options: either complete WIN, or complete and utter FAIL. Never fear, Urban Takeout is here to help you navigate those tricky gifting waters between you and your significant other. Here are some options, courtesy of GQ online:
1. Something Cute – Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S ($85). www.amazon.com
The Goods: The Instax is essentially the new age, japanese rendition of the classic Polaroid camera.
What She’ll Think: “Wow, this is really cute!! It can fit right inside my clutch. My girls are gonna love this!”
How You Win: One word — Attention; she’ll get more attention from her friends and random folks who are fascinated with polaroid technology. It also says, “Babe, I want you to take pics of yourself and give’m to me”. FTW!
2. Something Sophisticated – Riedel Cabernet Decanter ($49). www.glassware.riedel.com
The Goods: Show of hands, how many people knew what a decanter was? SMH — it’s a glass vessel that allows wine to “breathe” before/during/after serving.
What She’ll Think: “Damn babe, this is NICE! My parents have one of these, and it only comes out on special occasions. Thanks!”
How You Win: This is a lay-up fellas! GO FULL ROMANCE — explain that you want to use this in your next intimate candlelit dinner with her (cue the romantic violins and swiftly descending panties). FTW!!
3. Something Useful – Nook ($259). www.barnesandnoble.com
The Goods: This is arguably the hottest commodity on the 25+ gift market right now. Imagine having a complete Barnes and Noble stowed away in your bag — yea, it’s something like that.
What She’ll Think: “This is gonna save me sooo much money! And it’s so much lighter than those books I lug onto the train with me.”
How You Win: Rarely do we get the chance to show our mates that we care about their personal enrichment. This goes above and beyond. Oh, and then there’s the fact that your 1 gift = OVER 10,000 books. How bout them apples! FTW.
4. Something Sexy – T by Alexander Wang ($75). www.alexanderwang.com
The Goods: Great designer + Modern cut basics + Sheer = Epitome of Natural Sex Appeal
What She’ll Say: “Mmm…this shirt is gonna feel GREAT on my body! I can’t wait to wear it TONIGHT (automatic blockbuster night)!”
How You Win: Dude. I don’t wanna spell this one out. Just think…soft, thin, almost see-thru t-shirt. If you can’t win off of this shirt — you might be a lost cause. FTMFW!
5. Something Nostalgic – Sarah Horowitz Parfums ($45). www.sarahhorowitz.com
The Goods: Sarah Horowitz online process allows users to create a bespoke fragrance, via personality questionnaire.
What She’ll Think: “OMG! I finally can have a signature scent made JUST for me! Thank you baby, this is sweet and sooo thoughtful!”
How You Win: Think about how many guys are gonna get duped (by some female saleswoman who you AREN’T dating) into buying fragrances from Sephora, Macy’s, & Victoria’s Secret. This, however, is interactive, it’s unique and original, and at the end of the day, you get cool points for thinking outside the box. Finally, if she smells great….you get to enjoy knowing that you facilitated that. For The Inelastic Win!
Shouts to our friends over at Married to the Mob for blessing us with some of the looks for the Holiday collection!! Ladies, these leggings will be a nice addition to any cold season outfit. I’m just saying…you gotta step outside blacks and grays — and here’s the way to do it.
Back in February, we gave you a brief introduction to Omelle, and designers Nicole LaFave and Cherise Agnelle. Now, here’s a look at what’s to come in their S/S 2010 collection, slated to launch this coming February. Peep how this label continues to challenge contemporary design through their use of vibrant colors, unconventional heel shapes, and construction.
We’re back at it!! I think some of the brands, labels, and manufacturers are followin’ us cuz….the latest gear just seems to have GREEKDOM written all over it. Peep these items and you decide which colorways dominate the look:
This past Thursday (Oct. 29) Levi’s and acclaimed artist/designer Shepard Fairey launched their collaborative limited edition collection. The Obey x Levi’s collection apparently boasts two pairs of denim (511 & 514 cut), two denim jackets (one of which is below), and a mess load of tops (a flannel, and some tees). And get this…price-point: $34.50 – $148!
Here are some details from the release:
SAN FRANCISCO (October 19, 2009) – This October, the Levi’s® brand – the name responsible for the invention of the blue jean – continues its ever-evolving relationship with acclaimed street artist Shepard Fairey by unveiling Obey x Levi’s®, a collection of co-designed, street-inspired styles for men. Obey x Levi’s® is a celebration of the renegade spirit embraced by both pioneering partners and features denim silhouettes, distress details, and finishes inspired by Fairey’s personal collection of Levi’s® jeanswear and collaboratively developed by Levi’s® and Fairey.
The highly collectible Obey x Levi’s® capsule collection will be carried exclusively at select Levi’s® Store locations in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Santa Monica and at http://www.levi.com. It will be available beginning October 29 and will range in price from $34.50 to $148. To commemorate the launch of the collection, on October 29 Fairey will unveil a series of four new poster designs at a live art installation outside The Levi’s® Store in New York City’s Times Square. Once Fairey completes the installation, he will meet-and-greet event participants while autographing free museum-quality reproductions of his new posters.
Shouts out to our friend Tomas for hittin us off with the first look at the Spring/Summer 2010 OntFront collection. “The spring summer 09-10 collection is called Tonight is the Knight. OntFront created a 60 piece collection inspired by the bold iron armor of the middle ages. “Tonight is the Knight” is designed to catapult the bold sophistication of the valiant medieval knight into comfortable gallantry for the modern-day street cavalier.”
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.
OPENING TODAY IN NEW YORK (via Crosby St.) is the GUCCI ICON-TEMPORARY pop-up store. This “flash sneaker store” has brought Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini and DJ Mark Ronson together to design a limited edition collection of sneakers. At each stop on this 18-city international tour a new Gucci Ronson sneaker will be introduced to the world, in addition to exclusive editions of 18 sneaker styles in the Gucci Icon-Temporary collection. The Gucci Ronson sneakers retail between $500-$600, while the Gucci Icon-Temporary sneakers are between $500-$1,400. Each sneaker comes with exclusive packaging and the option of having your initials placed on the leather lace adornments.
Shout out to Bay Area Kicks for the photos.
**UPDATE** — Here are some shots from the pop-up store, courtesy of Nitrolicious
A couple weeks ago, we got up with our friends over at Watermelon Democracy to talk about their brand, the vision of their label, and their Fall 2009 collection (available through the Watermelon Democracy® website or Red’s Swagger in Cedar Hill, Tx). Check out the interview:
UTO: Off top, the name Watermelon Democracy® stands out among other brands. Tell us about the name’s origin.
WD: WD truly started out as just a joke with my friend. We were discussing funny clothing line names and my friend mentioned Banana Republic. I made a joke about [Watermelon Democracy being] the opposite of it. I couldn’t sleep that night because I kept thing about the phrase, so I woke up and started researching the meaning of Banana Republic and what WD [being its opposite] could represent. came up with a definition of WD.
UTO: Ok, I can dig that. So, how is WD defined?
WD: The image of the Watermelon symbolizes toughness and an inner spiritual richness (sweetness). Democracy symbolizes freedom and power, 2 traits we should aspire to achieve as individuals and the two most important aspects of Democracy. The combination of the two presents this message. Develop your Watermelon and achieve individual Democracy. Through the development of your mind, body, and soul you can put yourself in a position to achieve your goals.
UTO: That’s very empowering! Now, since the last time we talked, you all have been preparing a fall product line. Tell us a lil bit about that.
WD: The concept of the new line is “The Anatomy of WD”. [Expect to] see images of the body with a WD spin on it, [conveying] the message that, bit by bit, we should all develop and achieve our own WD. You’ll also see more color offerings and exclusives with a set number printed this season.
UTO: Dope, as usual. You guys are known for having thought-provoking tees. Is there any chance that WD will be expanding into other apparel markets?
WD: Absolutely, our tees are setting the stage for our full apparel line. We have to always keep that in mind when we come up with designs. We’re getting ready to release some crazy winter products, which will be our first step to branding ourselves as more than just a t-shirt company. With investment groups reaching out to us, we must do everything we can to ensure them that WD is not a fad, but rather, a way of life.
UTO: These days, longevity is definitely the name of the game. Sounds like you all have great direction! What can we look forward to from WD? What’s on deck?
WD: There will be a lot of surprises, exclusives, and collaboration with a popular Atlanta Blogger (ASampWasRight.blogspot.com) and a Houston based brand that is the only brand that I love right now almost as much as WD….lol. We also have a design competition that will give a young designer a chance to make a name for themselves by having their design printed through our distribution and marketing channels. I’m really excited about the future of WD!
UTO: So are we brother, so are we.
LADIES in the New York area, here’s your opportunity to stay ahead of the class! Hellz Bellz is having a SALE, 100% samples, 100% straight from the cutting room floor. Don’t sleep!!!
Dates: Saturday — October 10th (10/10) & Sunday — October 11th (10/11)
Times: 12pm – 7pm E.S.T.
Location: 151 Orchard St. (between Rivington St. & Stanton St.), New York, NY 10012
Contact: (212) – 253 – 0588