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RecessionPrøøf 220: Jockin’ (+J) – Z

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Who’s gonna run this fall? Fashionably speaking, it will be none other than +J – Z. Let me clarify; we’re not talking about Hov, we’re talking about the fall offerings of two affordable fashion powerhouses, Uniqlo and Zara.


The heavily anticipated +J collection (Jil Sander for Uniqlo) is set to launch October 1st, and from what we’ve been privy to viewing…the pieces are BANANAS (especially the women’s down ¾ length coat)! The monochromatic grays used in this line will establish a legit base for every look you attempt this Fall/Winter. We’re talking, Japanese engineered garments, with a reputable designer’s vision, ALL ranging from $21 to $155 (we know…those are like Canal St. prices). Don’t SLEEP!


+J by Jil Sander for Uniqlo+J by Jil Sanders for Uniqlo



The budget chic underdog, Zara, usually gets overlooked because of H&M’s popularity/ accessibility, and Topshop’s coup d’etat of Europhile fashionistas. However, there are 2 lanes that Zara succeeds both brands: Outerwear and Footwear. In terms of outerwear, Zara uses a unique color palette and mixes different, yet complementary materials to recreate traditional blazers, jackets, and overcoats. In terms of footwear, Zara manages to produce tasteful analogs of designer/runway shoes, with better construction than ANY budget chic brand – for prices ranging from $39 to $89 (women & men). That’s a no-brainer!


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On that note, just act accordingly: this F/W, your Blueprint for fashion…+J – Z (AWH!…in my best Hov voice).

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September 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm

The.DøubleShøt

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Here’s your quick u|T|ø doubleshot — everything you missed or need to be reminded of:

  • Dime Piece and Cassie have collaborated to unleash a A/W ’09 collection, celebrating female empowerment. Read here.
  • Streetwear giant 10.Deep and budding artist Donnis celebrated the joint mixtape/t-shirt release in Atlanta. View here.
  • Justin Timberlake teams up with Givenchy to produce PLAY, a new fragrance for men. Read here.
  • ARISE Cape Town Fashion Week 2009 designer reviews. Read here.
  • Rachel Roy for Macy’s Fall 2009 Lookbook. View here.

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August 29, 2009 at 8:05 pm

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Denimation 201: Warrior Chic

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Warrior chic really got its push from the gladiator sandal, however…the designers over at Acne Jeans decided to take it one step further. Their Spring/Summer 2010 skinny denim line features metallic plates or armor fashioned along the thigh, knee, or shin of the pant leg. We’re not sure whether the inspiration behind this is Joan of Arc, Xena – Warrior Princess, or that Beyonce robot suit (designed by Thierry Mugler), but…yea — to each his/her own. What do you think about Acne Armored Jeans?

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August 29, 2009 at 7:20 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

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

u|T|ø Endørses…Nitro:licious Shop

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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.

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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.

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July 22, 2009 at 10:06 am

3sixteen [S/S/F] 2009

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If you haven’t had the opportunity yet to check out some of the collections by 3sixteen, then you are seriously in a deep slumber. Check out their Sping/Summer ’09 Lookbook and their upcoming Fall 2009 Photoshoot. Enjoy!!

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April 28, 2009 at 12:39 pm

u|T|ø endorses….The Brooklyn Circus

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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, BKcu|T|ø salutes you.

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April 16, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Stussy x Hellz Bellz [03|07|09]

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Stussy x Hellz Bellz

We gave you a glimpse at the collaboration back in the Valentine’s Day “Cupid’s Collage” post. The Official release date for the long-awaited Stussy x Hellz Bellz Ladies First Collection is this coming Saturday, March 07, 2009. The two iconic labels volley signature elements, such as Stussy’s CRAAAAZY typography, and Hellz Bellz’s Femme Fatale flair and colorways. I really appreciate their minimalist, bad ass chick approach — job well done. This will more than likely sell out, so jump on it like a trampoline before you see MIA (sans-preggers) or Santogold with every piece.

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March 5, 2009 at 11:31 am

Get Familiar: Little Bow Peep

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Graduettes, GET FAMILIAR!! This spring, as your style blossoms, grab it by the ends and tie into a nice little bow — then repeat that procedure A THOUSAND times. Several of the latest looks by designers have featured what we like to call, “Bow Collages” or “Bow Gardens”, a myriad of bow-like elements and ruffles that creates a flowing visual masterpiece.

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The key is to look for clever embellishment. Keep your eyes open for unorthodox uses of bows, placement, and varying sizes all within the same item.

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March 4, 2009 at 10:44 am

Valentine’s Day [Preview]

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Our Valentine’s Day essentials series will be posted at the end of this week. Here’s a little something to wet your whistle..

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February 3, 2009 at 11:38 am

5 Spots You’ll Shop, and They Won’t

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Most of us take pride in purchasing items that no one else (we know) has. So we go OUT OF OUR WAY to find the boutiques, fashion nooks & crannies, and stylish cubby holes in our respective cities. The worst part is when you THINK you bought something that “merges” you into the exclusive lane — only to discover, your best friend’s roomate has the same damn shirt! [Urban+Take(øut)]  is here to lend a helping hand in the matter. Here’s 5 resources to give you that consumer edge:

1. ETSY.COM

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This is like a virtual marketplace. Home to thousands of private (and independent) vendors, ETSY is the spot you hit for one-of-a-kind items. Get anything from handmade jewelry to custom bags. I guarantee that no one will be able to find that knitted scarf you purchase from Etsy. *Men’s & Women’s.

2. OKI-NI.COM

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Fellas, this is where you solidify your “BOSS” status. The reason why Oki-Ni is so exclusive is simple — there’s a barrier to entry! Most people can’t afford to rock this stuff. It’s practically a web-stock of the high-fashion, designer label, boutique-ready wears. If you have the paycheck to do so, I’d recommend making this your spot for go-to designer sneakers (Ato, Raf Simons, Jil Sanders), tees, and denim. **Men’s Only.

3. ASOS.COM

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Ladies, ASOS has some of the best WEARABLE contemporary designs I’ve seen. The variety is large, and they tend to run very true to size. Finally, the items are AFFORDABLE (within a realistic fashion budget). Don’t sleep on this honeycomb hideout. *Men’s and Women’s. 

4. TOPSHOP.COM & TOPMAN.COM

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Newsflash — You….AND EVERYBODY ELSE shop(s) at H&M. What TopShop and TopMan present is a formidable alternative. In my opinion, they have better constructed trendy garments. If there were a Trendy Wears Totem, it would have Forever 21 at the bottom, then H&M, then TopShop/TopMan, and finally Uniqlo at the apex (very hard to get in the U.S.). Act accordingly. *Women’s/Men’s.

5. KARMALOOP.COM

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One of my personal favorites, Karmaloop is the Mecca of (Indie) Streetwear. I mean, all the Crooks&Castles, LRG, Supra and MTTM you ever wanted is right here. Only drawback is….they are an electromagnet! This site is HEAVILY frequented, and so you might run the risk of purchasing a product that someone within 2 degrees of your social circle owns (i.e. Supras, Creative Rec, OBEY). *Men’s & Women’s.

**Honorable mentions: Uniqlo.com, Net-a-Porter.com.

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January 12, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Greek 2 Chic: Picks of the Week

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Okay, I’mma do the picks of the week a tad differently today — I’m posting only ONE of each type of item. I know, I know, this is truly a challenge, especially since we locate some of the dopest pieces out there. But hey, as Unique Trend Øriginators…we need to operate outside the box, feel me. Follow along:

The Sneaker

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The Coraline Dunk by NIKE. Apparently, Coraline is an animated horror film that will be released in early Feb. To commemorate the film, their making these limited edition (1000 pairs) sneakers winnable. I’m lowkey mad at this marketing ploy, but hey, get it how ya live. The colorway is ridiculoso, the materials…sick (it’s got a damn button on it!) — all around, a work of art.

The Jacket

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Stadium Jacket by Swagger x Trilly & Truly (Lupe Fiasco). Whenever I see a letterman-style jacket, I get reminded of classic swag. This piece is no different. The Camou Pattern fully contrasts the white leather used on the arms. But most importantly, the designers speak for themselves! CLEARLY, with this on, you will be a Varsity member among JV players.

The T-Shirt

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Fingerprint T-shirt by Maison Martin Margiela. I don’t know what it is about this shirt, it’s just so striking. The concept of wearing something as unique as a fingerprint is dope to me. Now, aside from the subtle meaning, the shirt’s materials are among the highest quality ever (highest being japanese handmade). Kinda pricey, but a t-shirt that will last for a while.

The Gear

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Les Ateliers Ruby Helmet by Jerome Coste. Okay, I’m pretty sure this won’t apply to everyone’s tastes and pocket space. But honestly, this might be the flyest motorcycle helmet on the market. If you’re not feelin the chrome wit crimson and ruby accents…check ur swagometer — you might be below standard.

The Device

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Vintage Mulberry Wool iPhone Sleeve by Wrappers UK. Ladies…..this is incredibly chic. Most people are tacky with their device game — no protective gear at all. Some people are adequate — hard plastic cases, holsters, the works. Very few people are savvy — insert the joint you see above. Which one are you?

The Lady Kicks

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Satin Shoes by Lanvin. Okay, I hope I’m not violating the challenge by posting two shoes — but really, these are not “sneakers”. THEY are waaaay more official, and they are constructed of SATIN uppers. How serious of a matter is that!?

The Belt

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Leather Bape Belt by A Bathing Ape. Every now and then, you have to let the ostentatious rebel out of the conservative fly box. This belt is the avenue to accomplish that. Quality leather, metal buckle with BAPE imprint, courtesy of Nigo. Apes….you already know this goes hard.

The Bag

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Leather Tote Bag by Cole Haan for Assouline Boutique (New York). So, you know the phrase, “Strong enough for a man, but built for a woman”? I think it applies right here. This is a “unisex” bag, but honestly, I think it would be a dope addition to a female’s arsenal. It’s durable as hell, a nice size, really stylish, and versatile. What more could you want? It’s like having a Goyard bag for the price of a Cole Haan Shoe. Nirvana.

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January 9, 2009 at 2:57 pm