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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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3sixteen Fall 2009

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!!:

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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

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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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Get Familiar | Ten in Spring 2010

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 Bottega Veneta 2010 Spring RTW Collection

Here’s a round-up of the Latest Spring 2010 Collections showcased in RTW shows. GET FAMILIAR!!

01. Junya Watanabe  – “The lineup, defined as snobby by the famed designer, paired a variety of essentials into a comprehensive collection of contemporary menswear.”

02. Comme des Garcons“…designers have shown tartans, African prints & nautical stripes, but Rei Kawakubo was the only one to pack all three themes into the same garment…patchwork trousers and blazers with collages of colorful panels, pockets and silk neckwear appliqués.”

03. Bottega Veneta“We wanted to offer clothes that are particularly individualistic. Changing the shape of the pants and breaking the silhouette with color add an energy, even a brashness, that feels invigorating.”

04. Louis Vuitton“…a fun and innovative collection for the spring which features both style and function. Inspired by what is seemingly a popular theme, New York’s world of messengers lends its aesthetic through various bright offerings.”

 05. Jil Sander“…a minimal design aesthetic, constantly implementing a plethora of solid colored pieces…offering a multitude of simple, well cut apparel with white being the focus…”

06. Moncler Gamma Bleu“Under the creative direction of fashion designer Thom Browne, Moncler presented their new 2010 Spring/Summer Collection for the Gamme Bleu line. The show featured a Summer sports-inspired theme…”

07. Dries Van Noten“…marked by an obvious injection of life and color through noteworthy prints and motifs…even the most finely tailored suits with exaggerated shoulders… purged of any businesslike sensibility”

08. Issey Miyake – “The Dai Fujiwara-directed line took inspiration from Turkey, with an assortment of loose-fitting garments including suits, cardigans, and knits featuring a wide array of flashy colors and textile choices.”

09. John Varvatos“Implementing a strong range of gray hues…showcasing a blend of checked suits, cardigan knits, trousers and shorts, all featuring minimalistic details while remaining distinctly fashionable.”

10. Undercover“…embodied the ‘simple but beautiful artistic touch that exists after discarding the unnecessary’…a nice mix of technical materials and executions such as hidden welted pockets and weatherproof seams.”

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June 26, 2009 at 2:57 pm

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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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.

[Sneak Tip]: Alessandro Dell’Acqua Hi[FLY]Tops

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Check out the “8731” hi-top sneaker from Italian designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua. These joints have been obviously low key or you would have seen them in blogs alongside the Ato Matsumoto’s, Kris Van Assche’s, and Raf Simons’ hi-tops. I guess because a celebrity hasn’t acknowledged these yet, they aren’t really out there…but that’s what urban grads are for. We research and find those gems that make our wardrobes the s$%! What sold me on these [besides the contrasting fabric and patent leather exterior] was the giant velcro strap across the top of the sneaker…riDONKulous. Get on em.

Check out this designer’s latest runway shows here.

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March 9, 2009 at 11:29 am

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.

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2. A Pullover

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3. A Suit.

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

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5. A Trench.

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6. A Duffle Bag to put everything in.

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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