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The SmARTORIALIST: Knit Ties…Spring’s Underdog Story

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There once was a little cravat named, Knit. Knit was unlike all the other ties in his class. Knit was flexible. Knit had texture. When properly looped, Knit would make a variety of masculine, yet sophisticated knots about the neck. But all his classmates made fun of him, because he lacked ‘a point’. The pointy ties were favorites among all the power players; you know, businessmen — captains of industry. Knit’s pointy collegues were traditional, accepted by EVERYONE, and thus, far more popular than knit could ever hope to be.

But one day, the Bold Graduate came along. Debonnaire, in an artsy-book-smartsy kind of way. He was respected and reputable, well-versed and cultured. The Bold Graduate approached the class of cravats — poised and perspicaciously. He once-overed the Broad, Power ties — quickly writing them off for being too ostentatious and gaudy. The narrow, yet structured Repp ties desparately grabbed his attention, causing the Bold Graduate to vacillate a bit. Eventually, he broke their subdued trance and moved beyond them as well. Skinny, Bow, and Ascot…all starved for attention; he would not indulge them on this day. Finally, in his periphery stood Knit — bashful and quiet — yet, confident.

The Bold Graduate was intrigued by Knit’s humility. Knit seemed to get along with EVERYTHING knit came in contact with. Knit was refined, and had an accent. Most of all, Knit, by design, did not look like everyone else — The Bold Graduate could identify with that wholly. The Bold Graduate and Knit went on to become great friends, showing Spring how to be a modern rebel…and to look good while doing it. The END.

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April 9, 2010 at 1:15 pm

The SmARTORIALIST: The Masters

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I’m perpetually astonished by men who avoid color. On every blog we’ve been featured on, every bit of style advice delivered through the u|T|o lens, we offer ‘pops of color’ as the most readily-integrable sartorial option for fellas. But, some just don’t listen.

Fine. We’re wiping the slate clean — winter is ending (slowly, esp. for mid-atlantic and northeasterners), and Spring is anxiously peering around the corner. Invest in COLOR NOW.

As guys, we have a tendency to “go COMPLETELY IN“. Why have a hamburger when I can order a STEAK (it’s ALL red meat…right)? Don’t give me a $10 haircut…I want the tapered fade, the edge up, the beard and mustache trim — why be half-assed?

Fine. Have it YOUR way.

This Spring, if you’re going to try out ‘COLOR‘…hell….GO ALL THE WAY IN. Commit entirely. Our suggestion — rock a green blazerArnold Palmer did it. Jack Nicklaus did it. Tiger Woods did it.

Green is a regal color when worn properly. In terms of hue, aim for rich tones (True Green, India Green, Hunter Green = GOOD; Chartreuse = BAD). Avoid all military greens — period. Pair with light-colored trousers (i.e. bone, white, khaki), or denim. In my opinion…pair with anything EXCEPT…more green (you will look like Leprechaun in the Hood).

Use the picture above as an example of what you want to look like….use the picture below as an example of the Jacket you want…but not the follow through you need (baby steps, baby steps). I mean, c’mon….what’s the worst that could happen — you looking like a Tournament champion fresh from Augusta??

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February 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm

u|T|ø endorses…Public School

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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.

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October 2, 2009 at 8:42 am

u|T|ø endorses…3sixteen Fall 2009

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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.

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August 30, 2009 at 1:24 am

Rocksmith Fall 09: Undisputed

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Rocksmith has been one of the more heavily-acclaimed streetwear labels for a while now.  When we heard they released a new look book for their fall collection, we acted accordingly. Enjoy the visuals (uTo’s in-house favorites: The black perforated leather cap and the red crewneck sweater w/ Jay-Z graphic).

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August 19, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Get Familiar | F/W09

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Grads, it’s mid-August, which means that “the season of versatility” is right around the corner. Before you think about putting away those chinos, chambray, and bright colors — take a look at some of the incoming styles. You may be surprised to see that some motifs are going to hang around this Fall, and into the cold season. Here are a couple of items that u|T|o staff has gathered to help you brainstorm your F/W wardrobe — GET FAMILIAR!!:

Summa-Fall

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Blend some of your favorite summer pieces with elements from the fall. Mixing textures is one of the best ways to incorporate cross-seasonal looks.

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Accessories that SPEAK!

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Arm band by Maison Martin Margiela

Fall neutrals and cool colors will always be dependable options. But don’t abandon those electric colors and vibrant splashes that make your wardrobe POP!

Scarf by Nonnative

Fall/Winter 09 Accessories and Sneakers by Raf Simons

TEXTURE, Tailoring….Always work

Vest by Nonnative

J+ Collection Suit by Jil Sander x Uniqlo

Alexander McQueen F/W 09

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August 17, 2009 at 9:44 am

Get Familiar | A Knight’s Tale

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Shout out to designer Liza Koifman and creative director Tomas Overtoom of OntFront for thinking about us Urban Grads here at Urban Takeøut. As we keep our ears to the concrete to forecast upcoming trends and keep our heads to the sky to create new ones, we love to present to you the newest and sometimes overlooked fashion designers. So here is some fashion armor for the Urban Grads to do battle with. GET FAMILIAR!!

“…designed to catapult the bold sophistication of the valiant medieval knight into comfortable gallantry for the modern-day street cavalier.”


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August 3, 2009 at 6:48 pm

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