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July 17, 2015

Menaji: Make Up for Men

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There is nothing wrong with wanting to look your best, so why not wear make-up? It's 2015. If women can do it, so can men. Enter Menaji. Menaji is a brand leader of affordable men's lifestyle products. It was founded in 2000 by Michele Probst, a Nashville-based beauty expert and professional makeup artist, and acquired in 2010 by a group of investors who have partnered with Michele to transform the company into one of the best known men's skincare companies. Naturally, we at Universal Gear needed to get in on the action and we started to offer them in-store an online. Now we know make-up and skincare can be overwhelming, so we created this blog post to help you out. Read on to learn about some of our favorite Menaji products.

Deep Cleansing Masque

Let's start with the basics: Cleansing. Menaji specifically made this formula to handle the higher oil output of men's skin. Skin treatment for men begins with a deep clean to absorb oil, exfoliate dead skin and reduce pore size. Apply a quarter-sized amount all over your face and let sit for 15-20min. Rinse off with warm water and gently dry your skin. Your skin will look tighter and youthful in no-time! Great for over-night spot cleansing, too!

911 Eye Gel

Everyone's had at least one happy-hour last a little longer then planned. When you get into work the next day, it's written all over your face, specifically under your eyes. That's where Menaji's 911 Eye Gel comes in. Apply a small dab under the eyes and it will instantly cool your puffy eyes. Apply daily to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Keep in the fridge for an icy application.

After Shave Hydrator

Shaving is something that most men cannot avoid. Even if you only can grow a few whiskers, shaving is inevitable, and can ultimately be damaging to your skin. That's why we've brought in Menaji's After Shave Hydrator. This after shave moisturizes and soothes your chin with antioxidants and botanicals without stinging your face like alcohol-based after shaves. Great for your elbows during the winter time!

HDPV Anti-Shine Powder

Before walking about the door, you want your skin to be looking your best. Sometimes your skin is just extra blotchy or shiny. That's when you bust out your HDPV Anti-Shine Powder. Just gently pat your face with the sponge applicator for light coverage. You skin will look smooth and even all day long and if formulated to withstand the harshest conditions and the higher oil output of men's skin. It even helps heal damaged skin with vitamins C and E. And don't worry - we've got them available in all skin tones!

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Looking your best doesn't stop with your outfit, and sometimes, that can be overwhelming. Thankfully, Universal Gear is here to help with a wide selection of products devoted to your grooming habits. We have hair products like Fellow Barber, skin care products like Menaji, Molton Brown, Archipelago Botanicals, and even more! Click around on our website and read up on the products we have available to see which is right for you. Or if you're in the neighborhood, why not stop in and ask one of our sales reps for tips and which products are their favorites? Helping you look your best is what we love to do!

--Team UG

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July 10, 2015

Summer Styles

We're right in the thick of it, now! It's July which means dressing for the heat, and we're here to make sure you look cool.

Summer Style

Sure, Spring really helped your bring out all those colors that were hidden during the winter and shed some layers, but are you still dressing your best? Sometimes a little restraint can go a long way. We want to give you a few tips about dressing for the weather and what is in for this season.

Summer Tanks

Get tanked with us! A summer favorite for guys everywhere is the tank top. #SunsOutGunsOut You can't go wrong with the right tank top. Everyone will be admiring your arms and how hard you've been working at the gym. You can get crazy and find a really cool graphic, or keep it simple and coordinate your tank to contrast your shorts! We've got plenty of vendors, from Timoteo, TRains, Distortion, Alternative Apparel,, & more! We're getting more and more every day so be sure to stop in regularly or you may miss out!

Summer Shorts

Don't forget leg day, because now everyone will be able to tell. Shorts are a necessity during the summer to try and stay cool. And now that it's summer, adding a little color and pattern to your shorts will really make you stand out! Just because they don't cover your whole leg doesn't mean you can ignore slim-fit styles. If you really want to look your best, the shorts that fit a little more snug around the thigh will make it look sharp! If you come try them on in the store, we'll help you find one your assets look great in.

Summer Styles

The last thin you want to be thinking about is covering up, but sometimes you have to go to an event where those short-shorts and tank top aren't exactly appropriate. But don't worry, you can still dress for the season without exposing yourself. Tropical and floral prints are always a big summer hit, so is almost anything nautical. And when it comes time to hid your knees, but denim it's just a bit too hot for denim, chinos are the way to go. You can always find a pair that might be a little lighter and breezy. Also, if you cuff the bottom, you can still stay cool. (Hopefully the locals won't judge you for showing off your ankles.)

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Summer is not the time to be shy with your closet. Using less fabric to cover up isn't an excuse to be less stylish. We keep getting new clothes in every day. Check out our online store for our latest selection. Or stop into any one of our storefront locations where our sales associates want to help you dress your best! So get out there, go enjoy this weather, and turn some heads!

--Team UG

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And special thanks to model Adam Ayash and Chris Gunn Photography for the photos.

June 05, 2015

Vendor Spotlight:ES Collection & Addicted

It's finally here - SUMMER! Which means it's time to tuck away the sweaters and jeans away and pull out the shorts and tee shirts. Up until Labor Day there is only one place you need to be: the beach. Grab a towel, some sun screen, a tank, and your bathing suit, and meet us there!

Make a Splash!

Our two most popular brands have just arrived in stores: ES Collection and Addicted! These suits are sold exclusively in our stores, so you won't be able to pick any up unless you're in town. We've decided to give you an exclusive look at why these brands are so popular with our customers:

ES Collection

ES Collection has some of our hottest styles. ES Collection is based in Barcelona, bringing European style to Universal Gear. A preview of our styles can be seen in the picture above. Most of our styles feature skin-hugging fabric, allowing you to show-off. What makes their swimwear unique is the front foam cup. The cup (which is removable) sits up front to improve the aesthetics of your silhouette and and gives your front attributes a boosted appearance without leaving marks on the front of the garment. If you like to look sexy, yet classy, ES Collection is your brand.

Addicted by ES

Addicted is our other swimwear line that keeps the summer hot. Addicted is another Barcelona based company. Their underwear sells out fast for us, and their swimwear is no exception. Like ES Collection, most of our selection feature a form-hugging style and foam cup in the front. With a pair of these, you're sure to have all eyes on you at the beach!

Shop Swim

If you want to look hot at the beach, we're here to help. Stop in either of our stores to try on a pair of ES Collection or Addicted swimwear. Or you can shop online for any of our other swim styles! Beat the heat this summer and make a splash at the beach with the latest swimwear!

--Team UG

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May 21, 2015

Vendor Spotlight: Fellow Barber

When trying to look your best, getting dressed is only half of the battle. Before you walk out the door and into the rest of the world you have to make sure your hair looks good, your skin looks clear, your facial hair is trimmed, you smell good, etc. Basically, you need to be well dressed and well groomed. Universal Gear is here to help with a wide variety of men's grooming products, the latest of which is Fellow Barber.

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Fellow Barber is not just a line of products, but actually a small chain of modern barber shops "committed to offering a hassle-free, yet high quality experience, without the pretensions of a salon". With three barber shops in NYC along with locations in both San Francisco and Detroit, Fellow Barber is often credited for the revival of time-honored barber shop traditions. Their success has allowed them to create their own line of products which we are bringing to you at Universal Gear.

Shave Essentials

Facial hair is always a topic of dicussion when it comes to men, and each week the internet likes to change it's mind on whether it's in or out. No matter which side of the debate you stand on, knowing how to properly manage it is important. Their Shaving Cream makes for a smooth shave. The light and airy formula gives an abundance of glide. The cream is naturally scented and will not clog up your razor. Follow up your shave with their Aftershave Lotion The lotion helps your skin recover from a shave while moisturizing your face, cleaning off dirt and grease, and tightening your pores. Scented with natural oils, it will keep you smelling as fresh and clean as your face looks.

Shower Essentials

Having healthy hair is important, after all, Fellow Barber is a barber shop. To keep your hair looking it's best you'll obviously need a superior shampoo. The Complete Shampoo is just what you need to keep your hair strong. The light cleansing formula won't strip your hair and the mild conditioning formula keeps your hair looking natural. Tip: If you shampoo daily, use in small doses.

Hair Styling Products

Your hairstyle is what really pulls together a 'look'. Unkept hair can really make you stand out for all the wrong reasons. The key is make it look deliberate, and depending on what you're going for depends on which products you should use. If you're looking for a more care-free and loose style, the Styling Cream is going to be your best friend. It has a very light hold and a hint of shine in the finish. Ideal for the man with mid to long hair or just the guy who doesn't like to be spending too long in the mirror with a comb. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you prefer to have more precise, detailed looks, then the Texture Paste is going to be your tool. The paste has a medium hold and matte styling, so it should be applied to dry hair. Use liberally for a stronger hold, or apply small amounts to tame waves of hair. Additionally, the paste will work better for men with coarser hair.

Shop Skincare

Taking care of your appearance doesn't stop with your closet. Thankfully, Universal Gear has a wide selection of products devoted to your grooming habits. We have hair products like Fellow Barber, skin care products like Das Boom, Molton Brown, Archipelago Botanicals, and even more! Click around on our website and read up on the products we have available to see which is right for you. Or if you're in the neighborhood, why not stop in and ask one of our sales reps which products are their favorites? Helping you look your best is what we love to do!

--Team UG

Don't forget to like us, follow us, and check in with us on social media. You may even find one of our secret flash sales.
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May 01, 2015

Bring On Spring!

No, the color on your monitors hasn't been adjusted, everything actually has gotten brighter. That's because it's finally spring! And that means it's time you brighten up your wardrobe!

Bring On Spring

It's time to dial up the saturation on your closets! After spending the endless months hibernating, bright and colorful clothing can seem a bit too loud. And sometimes it is, and that's why we are here to help. We wouldn't let you wear something that is ridiculous, so let's look through some of our more popular labels...

G-Star

G-Star gives us an urban feel. Famous for it's slim-fitting clothes, it'll help you preview that figure you're working on for the beach. If you're afraid of bright colors, then G-Star is for you. They keep it colorful, yet not too bright that you're blinding everyone on the street. Throw together an outfit from G-Star for that beer garden you plan on going to this weekend.

Original Penguin

If you're ready to hit spring right on, Original Penguin is for you. Original Penguin is the perfect mix between dressed-up and casual. You can find anything from cheeky t-shirts, to brightly colored pants, to flattering polos and button-down shirts. You can find a pair of twill shorts in vibrant greens or coral to a low-key navy or beige. If you stick with Penguin, you're sure to look great in all those pictures at your friend's rooftop BBQ.

Scotch & Soda

Hit spring from an unexpected angle with Scotch & Soda When you do the unexpected, you're sure to stand out. Scotch & Soda makes casual look posh. Their clothes are filled with unique patterns and colors that always look fresh. Polka-dots, to pineapples, to floral prints that show you it's cool to flirt with the line between high-fashion and tacky. Next time you go to that upscale dive-bar you love, all eyes will be on you.

shop SPRING

Spring is about renewal, and what better way to renew than to breathe new life into that cold, cold closet? I find it hard to believe, but some of these brands may still not be your style and that's ok! We have plenty more where those come from - Ben Sherman, Fred Perry, Jeremiah, & so much more! Check out our online store for our latest selection. Or stop into any one of our storefront locations where our sales associates want to help you dress your best! So get out there, go enjoy this weather, and turn some heads!

--Team UG

Don't forget to like us, follow us, and check in with us on social media. You may even find one of our secret flash sales.
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And special thanks to model Adam Ayash and Scott Henrichsen Photography for the photos.