Saturday, June 28, 2014

Style: Fashion And Style At The 2014 NBA Draft

Andrew Wiggins - It appears that every once in a while the number draft pick has to come out in something bold and attention grabbing; this was it. Going sockless was ill-advised though.

Well, the 2014 NBA Draft has come and gone and there some surprises for me. I didn't expect Elfrid Payton Jr to go so high at number 10. It was also perplexing how the Sixers could draft Joel Embiid, the Cameroonian big man, at number three, considering the fact he is currently out with a foot injury which could take up to 12 months to heal. Doesn't make sense to me, especially after the whole Andrew Bynum debacle, Nerlens Noel as well, Royce White...I'm sure you get the picture. Most importantly we should be happy that the style of the 90s, ballers with 5/ 6 button suits, is long gone but not forgotten. This year's crop of young fashionable gents held it down in conservative, edgy, trendy, fashion forward, and safe looks. A few things stood out for me with each pick and this is my take on things.

Jabari Parker - That brand Jordan tie bar.

Marcus Smart - Midnight blue shawl collar tux jacket.

Shabazz Napier - Very safe, all greyed out look.

Tyler Ennis - Double breasted, double stripe suit with brown buttons.

Aaron Gordon - Monogrammed shirt.

Adreian Payne - This is straight-up 70s fly; big, bold, rounded bow-tie, colourful pocket square, violet trousers and the matching boutonniere. It doesn't get more colourful than this.

Julius Randle - Colour coordinated pocket square and boutonniere.

Dario Saric - Patterned shirt, bow-tie and beltless.

Nik Stauskas - Big, bold, peak lapel windowpane.

Noah Vonleh - Contrast colour shirt matching with the pocket square.

T.J. Warren - Matching details; contrast collar shirt with matching tie, and red candy stripe matching with red sleeve buttons and lapel stitch.

Elfrid Payton Jr - Safe, conservative double breasted look.

And in the most touching moment of the evening a projected pick, Isaiah Austin of Baylor University, received an honourary selection from commissioner Adam Silver. He suffers from Marfan Syndrome, a genetic disorder, which precludes him from playing competitive basketball. How he played at the collegiate level and actually came within a draft pick of playing in the NBA is a testament of his strength, determination and willpower.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Style: Autumn/ Winter Knitwear

V-neck sweater

There are so many choices when it comes to stylish knitwear that a gentleman has no excuse to look untidy when throwing on knitwear. Knitwear has come full circle in terms their design, fit and texture. They are even made from luxurious fabrics; I'm sure we all remember the sweaters we used to wear as kids that had the itchy, scratchy texture. Nowadays, you get them in cashmere, super fine wool and other natural fibres that make the wearing experience comfortable and pleasurable. What appeals to me the most is the fact that some of this knitwear can be dressy and casual. Dressy all the way with a neck-tie and casual all the way with a T-shirt. What's most important is that the styling options for all the knitwear below are endless and it's just a matter of taste. My favourites are the v-neck sweater, shawl collar cardigan, placket front sweater and the polo and roll neck. The images below were taken from Gant, except the last one.

Fair Isle sweater

Shawl collar sweater

Roll-neck sweater

Cotton Cable Shawl Cardigan

The Tuck Knit Sweater

Criss Cross Luxury Zip Sweater

Anchor Shawl Collar Sweater

The Cable Sweater

V-neck sweater

Waffle Mock Neck Sweater

Natural Cotton Cardigan

Polo-neck sweater

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Brands: Suit Supply

Well, the South African menswear landscape has been shaken with the launch of venerable and influential menswear brand Suit Supply. The launch takes place this week and the store couldn't be better located than in Hyde Park, Sandton. I'm excited about this because from a quality perspective it means that South African brands are going to be forced to step up their game. I feel that some brands produce low quality stuff which is unreasonably expensive and this is somewhat exploitative because consumers aren't informed. The quality of the garments is also going to start channeling men's focus towards quality rather than quantity. 

Blue Check Havana

This is bold new suiting at its best. I love the fact that they offer both off-the-rack and made-to-measure options, which means that gents with either preference are covered. For the style conscious gent big, bold windowpane suits, double breasted waistcoats and Italian fabrics are part of his daily life, however, the novice is assured of comfort, relaxation and ease because Suit Supply is a learning experience and not only a one time thing.

Grey Lazio Three Piece

In terms of competition, Suit Supply will go up against brands such as T.M. Lewin and other international brands which are in the same price range, this will also impact on other South African brands. Suit Supply is very much talked about internationally and it's going to be interesting to see whether it holds up to its international reputation. I definitely plan on visiting the new operation in the coming weeks, so watch out for a full store review.

Grey Lazio Check

These are exciting times indeed.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Pick Of The Week: Levi's Navy Mac Trench Coat

Ever since the inception of themed posts, under the Pick of the Week, I don't think I have ever featured anything other than shoes. This week's pick is a wonderful change because it is just what a style enthusiast like me needs; a navy mac trench. A mackintosh coat is an essential in any wardrobe because of its form and relevance of function. It looks good, alright, but it also does a great of job shielding one from the wet elements.

This particular Mackintosh Trench is by Levi's and it straddles two lanes deftly. Firstly, it embodies all the mackintosh coat details: the slim silhouette, hidden placket, single vent and a sturdy collar that can be popped. Then there are some trench coat details as well, namely: the reverse side pockets with buttons and the straps on the cuffs with button detailing. One more thing on the mac side of things, it ends at the middle of the thigh thus making it suitable to wear as outerwear, even over a suit. It also boasts a three- layer water repellent breathable fabric. 

Since Runway Sale is offering it on sale, I am very happy to announce that it has been slashed from R3500 to R1749. It is really affordable and the navy colour is a great starting point when looking to invest in versatile outerwear.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Pick Of The Week: Dr Martens Bentley Brogue Boots

There are brands that fade into obscurity because we have moved on from them and found other interests. Others just become dormant because they lose that mass appeal they had before. Such is the case with Dr Martens. This brand was huge in the mid 90s. If you didn't have a pair of Docs then you weren't one of the cool kids. I was incredibly, therefore, when I was trawling the Country Attire site and I came across these leather wingtip boots by Dr Martens. This is a fresh, modern and interesting take on modern boot designs, and Dr Martens has kept true to their style and look. The white welt stitching, the rubber sole and the pattern of the sole are all features of the brand that go all the way back to the 90s. 

These particular boots are the Bentley Brogue Boot in black, and navy, charro and green. Of the two my favourite is the black one. The navy one looks slightly plasticky and frail, even though it is the signature Dr Martens design, with a Goodyear welted sole and AirWair technology which provides durability and ensures a comfortable fit. The boots also feature decorative perforations and wingtip detailing, a 7 eyelet design and a smooth leather finish.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Style: Basketball and Style


So, God has blessed me immensely, I take absolutely no credit for all the good things happening in my life. It is all the good Lord's doing. This video is just a teaser about my upcoming profile as a SuperSport basketball commentator and analyst. This is something I am doing on the side and what I enjoy most about it, is that I get to channel my creativity and energy into something I love. Forget being on TV, that's awesome, but being able to access peoples' homes and communicate and regale them with the game of basketball is an indescribable feeling. Prior to season 2, my director of basketball at SuperSport informed me that he would be coming down to Durban to shoot a profile on me. The whole concept revolved around my interest in the game and how far I've come. This was also an opportunity for me to speak and showcase something about my other passion: menswear and style. The video was shot on location at Durban's Suncoast and Towers Hotel. I also received a pair of Jordan 1s and a hoodie sponsored by Shesha Lifestyle. Since basketball is the epicentre of a confluence of sporting and popular cultures and other sub-genres, our whole approach is to incorporate and showcase a cross section of basketball as a cultural and lifestyle movement.

This has also expedited something that I thought would take longer than I expected: Perfect Gentleman TV. Even though this is sports related, I am also getting an opportunity to showcase my style and the platform I use to express it, which is this blog. I am not a stylist, but, my colleagues ask for styling tips and suggestions on anything related to our on-air appearances. Our director also wanted us to try the sneakers with suits look, something I approached with ambivalence. After a weekend in suits and J's, however, I am sold on the idea. I just need to invest in more Jordan's or get a sponsor, but, the suit and sneakers look isn't garish at all. Especially if you know how to wear them. Fit is key, it's the make or break factor. There are many more things in store, especially for this blog, and being in Johannesburg every now and then aids in this journey. I am just grateful for such a unique opportunity. I hope you enjoy the little visuals presented in the video.

I would also like to give a big shout out and word of gratitude to Shesha Lifestyle for the Jordan gear. The last time I wore Jordan's I was still at university playing on the basketball team. Thanks for taking me back in a good way.

My colleagues and I shooting links for Courtside, a basketball magazine show. On the left KP Ndlovu wearing the Barcelona Jordan's and Quintin Denyssen in the Oreos. That's me in a suit and a grey henley; we are pushing and aiming to revolutionise menswear in broadcasting, especially sports.

You can catch us on SuperSport channel 210/ SuperSport Select on Friday evenings from 17:45 and Sunday afternoons from 12:45.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Brands: EastDane Giveaway Winners

It gives me great pleasure to announce the following entrants as winners in the EastDane x Perfect Gentleman giveaway: Steph Christine from Canada, Andrea Rust from Austin, Texas, Bianca Rogoveanu from Romania, and fellow blogger, Aliotsy from California. Three ladies and a gentleman; how do you like that?

Congratulations to you all and a heartfelt thank you to all who entered. A representative from EastDane will be in contact with you shortly.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.