For those of our followers who are a bit curious about us - here is an interview we did for our friend Isaiah over at A Collected Gentleman
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A Collected Style Interview
Urbane Menswear is run by two girls in Texas. We aim to show that style can be effortless and the perfect mode for self expression. Graciela is a freelance journalist with a love for traveling & personal adventure. Nereida is a photographer with a passion for portraiture, film, and fashion.
What’s your opinion on the state of blogging ?
Graciela: I love blogging & the idea of publishing your own thoughts, opinions & interests for everyone to see. It’s allowed us to connect with a lot of different people all over the world in ways we couldn’t have otherwise.
Nereida: I feel that it is a great way to express yourself and to keep an archive of what inspires you most.
What inspired you to create urbanemenswear?
Nereida: It started off when I first got into the groove of Tumblr and I came to realize that I would post a lot of menswear fashion on my personal blog. Graciela suggested that I should start a separate blog dedicated to menswear posts. After I began to get a following, I asked her to join me in running this blog.
How do you feel about the evolution of menswear and how it’s perceived?
Graciela: I think more men are starting to warm up to the idea of putting more effort & self-expression into what they wear. Menswear is becoming more accessible to men who perhaps previously didn’t put much thought into what they wore.
Nereida: Every day I see more and more men who have impressed me by the choices they have made in deciding what they are wearing.
What inspired you to blog about menswear?
Graciela: It’s fun & influences the way both of us dress, so we both just have a natural interest in it. Also, we bring a woman’s perspective to menswear, which means we tend to be more open-minded about clothing than most men.
Nereida: Curiosity mostly. When I began I was intrigued by the creativity it took for men to dress better. Now it has simply become something I look at every day and use it as inspiration in my daily life.
Who are some of your favorite designers and why?
Nereida: One of my favorite designers at the moment is Carven’s Guillaume Henry. I’ve been closely following Carven for a few seasons already and I can’t help but fall in love with the simplicity of the design and the colors chosen for their most recent lines.
Graciela: Junya Watanabe’s collections are consistently impressive & always cutting edge, but wearable.
Do you have any tips for people who are looking to start a blog?
Nereida: Blog what you are interested in and be confident about it. Someone out there will share your passion for your content.
Graciela: Blog often & develop your audience. Be original with your vision, have a clear focus & develop new ideas to take your blog further.
What’s the process behind creating a post for you blog?
Nereida: I tend to look at new and upcoming brands and bloggers who bring a lot of great and innovative ideas to the menswear community. I like to look at what some of our followers submit to us, as well as lookbooks that we receive. Creativity plays a great part in what I look for.
Graciela: I just keep an eye out for interesting looks, perhaps something men wouldn’t think to wear or think they could pull off. I prefer street style to runway, fashion looks because they’re usually more timeless & less trendy.
What are some trends to look out for S/S 13?
Graciela: I have no idea. To me, trends are less interesting than something that can still be worn twenty years from now.
Nereida: No trends necessarily, but more creative ways of wearing less in the heat.
Who are some of your favorite bloggers and why?
Nereida: Aside from this blog, some of my favorites include: Street Etiquette’s Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs, Beyond Fabric’s Miguel Vieira, The Midwestyle’s Jeff, Seth, and Cam, Feather & Oar’s JD Elquist and Travis Pranger, Gabi from Gabifresh, and the Cole Haan tumblr. They all either inspire my personal style or the style of the blog.
Graciela: All of the above, plus Scott Schuman of the Sartorialist, Tommy Ton of Jak & Jil, Lee Oliveira, Soren Jepsen of The Locals & Pascal Grob.
Nereida Valles & Graciela Razo
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