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The Urban Graduette: [gift.him]

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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:

1. Something Handy – Cotton or Linen Pocket Squares ($15 – $50) http://www.neimanmarcus.com http://www.macys.com

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):

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December 18, 2009 at 3:32 pm

The Urban Graduate: [gift.her]

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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 CuteFujifilm 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 SophisticatedRiedel 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 UsefulNook ($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 SexyT 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 NostalgicSarah 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!

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December 8, 2009 at 2:49 am

The Urban Graduate: [essentially.fall]

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Courtesy of men.style here are the essential Fall garments that every Grad out there should want to look into acquiring. This is a post that you’ll probably refer to numerous times. Not that we recommend copping everything on the list but these are just some suggestive items to help mix and match with your own personal style…

1) Get some of the luck o’ the Irish with a Donegal Tweed Suit

2) Dress up or dress down with the Dressy Puff Vest


3) The “Luxe” Flannel Shirt

u|T|ø SUGGESTION: Box mens flannel shirt by VANS

VANS box mens flannel

4) Back from when you were 5 years old, the Fine-Gauge Turtleneck

5) For that “pop” when layering try the Colorful Cardigan

u|T|ø SUGGESTION: Cardigans by Topman

6) The Minimalist Biker Jacket


7) Look like your on a luxurious safari with the “New” Cargo Pant

u|T|ø SUGGESTION: Trousers Alex by Mango

8 ) The Four-Button DB

9) The Superfine Tee

10) The Fair Isle Sweater

u|T|ø SUGGESTION: Fair isle v-neck sweater w/ pockets by Polo Ralph Lauren

11) The Newsboy Cap (shout out to Alpha Status on this one)

12) The Lug-soled Boot

u|T|ø SUGGESTION: Ranger Boots by Polo Ralph Lauren

13) The Chunky Scarf

14) The Statement Overcoat

15) The Denim Jacket

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September 23, 2009 at 4:40 pm

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The Urban Graduate: [cur.io]

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“…Statuettes’ X eyes on those graffiti’d dolls/ my ghetto b****es ask why, I say ‘It’s just be KAWS’…” – Malice (of  The Clipse)

With all the added pressures of professional life, bills, and grown-up responsibilities, sometimes Urban Grads forget that we are still YOUNG! One of the best ways to infuse that “youthful spirit” is to keep a toy or two around (ok, minds out of the gutter, everybody). The Urban Grad Curio is much more than an action figure — it’s a 5-inch objet d’art… with Kung-Fu Grip. Here are some reasons why you should step your “Curio Game” up:

 

1. Be@rbrick is cool. Period. (We’ve been through this before, Bearbrick releases items in limited series, blind boxes, and always delivers creative collaborations)

Stussy x Reas Be@rbrick by Medicom Toys

Stussy x Undefeated Full Metal Jacket Be@rbrickLeilow Hawaii x Medicom Be@rbrickAnt x Medicom Be@rbrick 400%Levi's x Medicom

 

2. Many of the toys are designed by world-renown artists, i.e. KAWS. (see verse/quote above, and then proceed to Pharrell’s or Lupe’s personal collections)

'Chum' character by KAWS for Original Fake

Kaws Companion Keychain Toys

 

3. (You) + (Japanese Art) = Urban Art Maven. (The artistic culture of Japanese toys has been around for DECADES…are you just now catching on?)

BAPE x Teriyaki Boyz Figures

Inochi Toys by Takashi Murakami

4. They’re Small, Detailed, and EXTREMELY collectible! (A single toy can cost anywhere from $8, i.e.  King Ken by Amos, to $450, i.e. Futura Nosferatu statuette — consider each toy an asset that can appreciate with time).

PAWS! Figure by Coarsetoys

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Coarse x Rotofugi Jaws

 

5. Several suggest, “Hey, I’m a Kid at heart”. BUT, thousands suggest, “Hey, I’m a Kid…and I still prefer pajamas that have footies attached.” (Just like buying framed artwork, make your selections wisely. Be sure that the fun-factor and the art factor are in a balance that reflects your lifestyle).

Throwback Collection by Stussy x Reas x Medicom

Michael Lau Csbooth FiguresMichael Lau FigureLML Edition by Michael Lau x Silly Thingmichael-lau-figures-1

At my office desk: King Ken

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June 26, 2009 at 10:46 am

The Urban Graduette: Don’t Wear Fur…Wear MINX

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Urban Graduettes if you really wanna get your PUNCTILIO game up then check out Minx Nail Coverings! These nail coverings are the perfect blatant understatements when your talking on your cell phone or when you “firmly grasp the last pair of Jimmy Choo’s on sale” (That’s what it says on the official site). The nail covering designs range from alligator skin to distressed leather to “cheeta.”

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June 18, 2009 at 10:58 am

The Urban Graduette [ankle.support]

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OK ladies it’s pretty obvious that most of the hi-profile hi-tops of the season have been for men. So here are some I found (besides the Upper Echelon hi-tops) for the young women who have a little monetary pool on the side for splurging.

Maison Martin Margiela Line 22 women’s sneaker

Maison Martin Margiela Line 22 sneaker [back]

These MMMs are my favorite. I’m not sure if it’s the construction and the fact that they show skin, or the fact that the colorway is “nude.” (Take note of the famous Margiela trademark on the underside of the tongue…fabric with the numbers 0 through 23. He did kind of Mike Jordan the fashion game though. Lol)

Y-3 Kimpu sneaker

Y-3 Kimpu sneaker

Y-3 Kimpu sneaker [back]

Essential…all white hi-top for the summer. ‘Nuff said.

Adidas Nizza Hi-top

“Icccey “…not in a sleazy voice. (It looks like they have the wrong shoe stuffer in the sneaker. It’s making it bulge up in the middle)

Free People Cinched High Top sneaker

cinchedhightopsneaker3Cinched Hi-Top sneaker [side]

I’m loving the gathering on these bad girls…right down the middle of the shoe, no laces. These are definitely statement pieces. You gotta make sure that these standout so subdue the outfit, keep the colors light.

The Urban Graduate [transport.ation]

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Check out this post before you read this one. Ok…this is probably one of the most ingenious accessories that I have seen in a while. Everybody knows how we urban grads love our denim, whether it be raw, washed and colored. Anyway, if you’re a bike-peddler who’s always moving fashion-forward, then these denim ankle covers may be for you. The purpose is obvious, protect the bottoms of your jeans from the grease, dirt, catching, the spokes, etc. STROKE’S Extra Leg claims to “protect your pants and your style.”

They wrap around your lower leg and the long Velcro strips allow them to be adjusted to fit various leg openings. They come in black, white, and raw denim. You can try and match them with the same denim or you can contrast them. For some reason they remind me of the Rick Owens long wedged boots. Some may like these, some may not. Some more may like these when they find out that the Extra Leg is produced by our friends over at A.P.C. Either way, no one wants to always be the person with one pant leg rolled up reminiscent of Ladies Love Cool James, or have their s$%! looking like this…

…HAhaha!

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April 6, 2009 at 9:53 pm

The Urban Graduate [access.ories]

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Man Urban Takeøout is so into Spring this year. It’s because the colors Duke, the colors [I think that was a Bush’s Baked Bean’s commercial reference]! As we have always said here at u|T|ø, its all about accessories. Great accessories make a normal outfit pop, get you more attention, and the envy/hate of others. According to the latest edition of VMAN magazine [Grads if your not on it please check it out] this season’s best accessories are “all about playfulness and color.”

Check out these accessories:

Kris Van Assche Perforated and Coated Hat

American Apparel Unisex Circle Scarf

Tie-Ups Recyclable Belt from NordstromsBrooks Brothers Pebble Grain Stitched Edged Belt

D&G Nylon Backpack

Spring ‘O-nine [Collection]

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OK, ok urban grads and graduettes, if you have not been taking note of how u|T|ø has been endorsing Spring time, I’ve compiled a linked list of jpics to all the relevant posts. If you don’t wanna take our suggestions to the application stage, it’s cool…but remember we’re just doing this for yall. So just click and you shall receive…

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Kris Van Assche Spring/Summer '09 Hi-Tops

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Eastpak x Raf Simons Backpack

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The Urban Graduate [2C+(S)]

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OK, here we go Grads. This post is what this blog is all about! This is a chance for me to make style suggestions and get your opinions. So I’ve been thinking right, what’s a good look for Spring? Then it dawned on me…a concept I call THE TWO C’s OF SPRING (COLOR + CONTRAST). Here’s the equation[2C+(S)]. The COLOR part is obvious, but the CONTRAST element is a little more involved. I’ll explain shortly. Alright, here we go from head to toe:

1. The Eyewear.

My favorite ‘eye’cessories  for this Spring are the Dior Homme “Blow” Sunglasses from the Dior Homme Spring ’09 capsule collection. These are the only white pair of sunglasses that I would rock [they also come in fuschia, royal blue, black, and orange]. There are only 500 of these being produced worldwide so the likelihood of acquiring a pair is slim like a Dior suit. But I posted these just as a reference…big, unique shades for the Spring is my suggestion [but please, no more “shutter shades”].

2. Solid, Lightweight Dress Shirt.

This zip-front dress shirt by Opening Ceremony is a novel, yet very foreseeable concept. Roll the sleeves up during the day and unroll them in the evening.

If you don’t want to do long sleeves then my suggestion is a short sleeve button-up. My favorite is the Short Sleeve Slant Placket Shirt by SHADES of GREIGE. The key is to keep the top a subdued color in order to allow the pants to play.

3. The Pants.

Here is where the CONTRAST element comes in. Since the eyewear, everything so far has been contemporary with clean lines…now is the chance to break the monotony. These J.Crew Classic Fit broken in chinos in warm ember provide the perfect break from a clean look to a more colorful, worn-in look. [Try cuffing these so that they sit slightly above the ankle].

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These J.Crew Classic Fit Hook-and-Bar lightweight chinos would go best with the zip-front dress shirt because it is a much darker shade of blue. Wearing two shades of the same color can be pulled off only when the shades are significantly different from one another. Too close and it will look like you tried to match colors. [Try cuffing these so that they sit slightly above the ankle as well].

4. The Shoes.




These “shiny silver tennis” from Rubber Duck are sure to stand out…as I’m sure anything both silver and shiny tends to do. I also suggest a pair of these Jack Purcell’s if you think the metallic look is too much.

This is the first time I have had to do this…Sorry but I can no longer endorse those shiny silver tennis from Rubber Duck because they (1) are poorly made (2) mine and another person’s came with scuffs already on the soles (3) they are extremely narrow and ill-fitting and (4) I believe the same shoe mold that is used for the women’s is used for the men’s shoe…just in a longer size.

The Urban Graduate [trav.el] cont.inued

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This is a follow-up to the previous post about the DOPP Kit. Every traveling man needs the proper toiletries [of course] but these items make up Louis Vuitton’s “perfect travel wardrobe for men.” You need to be ready for any occasion and weather, therefore LV says these garments are necessary:

1. A Polo.

Marc Jacobs 'Cole' Zip Front Polo

2. A Pullover

Marc Jacobs "Cut It Out" Sweatshirt

3. A Suit.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Lightweight Wool Suit

4. A Leather Biker Jacket [my bad…even though it’s only a slight difference].

Marc by Marc Jacobs Leather Motorcycle Jacket

5. A Trench.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Metal Twill Trench Coat

6. A Duffle Bag to put everything in.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Leather Duffel Bag

I chose to use all Marc Jacobs clothing and accessories because he’s the Creative Director of LV, so it just seemed right.

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March 5, 2009 at 11:33 am

The Urban Graduate [trav.el]

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In every man’s luggage there should be 3 MANDATORY things. First, there should always be a suit or blazer/trousers combination (that’s in case any event pops up). Second, there should always be an EXTRA set of basic undergarments, you know — boxers/boxer briefs, crewneck/A-neck/V-neck t-shirt, and dress hosiery/athletic socks. Finally, there should be (drumroll please….) a DOPP KIT!

A Dopp Kit is to a man what a cosmetics caboodle is to a woman. We’re gonna run down some of the necessary elements of the dopp kit, so get out your pads and pens:

1. The actual Dopp bag

GQ Official Dopp Kit

Go with leather (traditional) or nylon (washable). You want something that’s durable, roomy, and shallow enough to stack inside your luggage.

2. Skin Care Products

Men's Grooming Products by Gentleman's Tonic

Travel appropriate shower gel, shampoo, facial cleansers, shaving cream, aftershave, and lotion.

3. Oral and Bodily Hygiene Products

Esquire's Top Oral Hygiene Picks

Travel appropriate toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, and of course — the toothbrush. For the body, deodorant and cologne of choice.

4. Hardware

Straight-Edge Razor by Hollow Ground

Razor (straightedge is ideal, but disposable or electric works too), finger/toe nail clipper, comb/brush, and nosehair trimmer (seriously).

5. X – Factors

Travel Kit by 3Sixteen x Dickson Hairshop

These are the answers to those “in case of….” scenarios. Book of matches, bandaids, aspirin or cold medication, condoms, lint roller, spare contact lenses, earplugs.

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February 23, 2009 at 3:12 pm