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April 30, 2008

My Summer Passion

Summer time is upon us. Tis' the season for margaritas, beach blankets, sand, sun, fun and friends! It's the time for getaways to tropical locations, pool side romances, and late night dips in the ocean. Summer has always been a time of romanticism. Dolce & Gabanna seems to have captured that feeling entirely with its style.

To get you in the spirit of D&G, imagine that you are the quintessential Italian man, lean with a dark tan glistening on the Mediterranean coast. The sleek D&G bathing suit grabbing the attention of your fellow beach goers while you survey the scene behind dark sunglasses, you casually kick at the sand as you walk the shores of paradise. You and your friends take the yacht out at sundown to leave the city behind, conversation crosses from fashion trends to politics with unnoticeable ease as you sip your Bellini slowly and enjoy the night breeze. Good, now you've got it.

D&G's beachwear line has a timeless elegance mixed in with an understated modern style, complimenting your shape and exuding an overall vintage look. The swimwear collection, made in Italy, is well crafted and designed. The sporty Rugby collection is unique in its style and unsurpassed comfort. The overall look and feel will draw all the right attention and you will soon find yourself bombarded with compliments.

Indulge yourself even further with the sandals from D&G. They are comfortable and the perfect summer accent piece. Last weekend I bought a pair and have already gotten several "Nice, where did you get those." Luxury is for everyone and should no longer be for the fashion elite. Be bold and confident, refine your appearance and get what you want. Dive into our new line of D&G beachwear.

-- Will & Dustin.

April 25, 2008

NEW YORK: Meet Andrew Christian

Shop Andrew Christian

All at Universal Gear New York
140 8th Avenue (between 16th & 17th)

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April 23, 2008

It's all in the Bag!


Over the years the man-bag or "murse" has evolved from the controversial "Hey is that dude wearing a purse?" to "Hey, dude where'd you get your bag?" The man-bag has become the corner stone in accessorizing for men with the recent comeback of the brief case, weekender, and camera bag (which rarely ever holds a camera). Men are becoming ever bolder in their selections. Texture and fabric have become important players when it comes to choice. Be it a smooth suede handle, a bold plaid body, or even the occasional hard edgy studded leather messenger comes into play when it comes to diversifying your assortment. When on the go, whether it's on a three day trip to Miami or just down the street to your local gym, it's your responsibility and duty as a fashion conscious male to travel with style and class resting on your shoulder.


April 16, 2008

It's All About What you (Under)Wear!


Fashion has evolved to fit, accentuate, and impress on a daily bases. Shirts are more fitting, pants are low rise, and underwear can be seen. Whether you are sitting at a bar or getting dressed in front of you significant other, chances are that your oh-so-personals are not so personal.
It is fortunate then that there are brands out there which are just as fashion conscious and body conscious as we are. It is possible to find well designed and well fitting underwear. Underwear can be bold, fun, athletic, sexy, playful, understated, outrageous, or elegant. It can make you look good or look bad. It can wear you all day or make you adjust, scratch, and shift. It is an essential part of a man's everyday wardrobe yet few men are willing to take the time to think about and actually shop for it. The underwear you buy makes a difference in how comfortable you are in your clothes and in your self esteem. Have you ever been complimented on your underwear? If not then you should be paying more attention to what you're putting on.
Universal Gear has a huge and diverse selection of underwear to choose from. We carry the latest in hot brands such as Diesel, 2(x)ist, C-IN2, and D&G. We carry many different styles and cuts to fit your personal style. Be sure to check it out at the Universal Gear website and check out the video below from our in-store fashion show, showcasing many of our styles.

April 08, 2008

Q & A With Kristine W

Kristine W has been toping the charts and flooding the dance floor with killer beats for nearly two decades. The high energy diva has recently released her new hit single "The Boss" which went on to be her eleventh number one hit on Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in March of 2008.
While Kristine was in Washington DC on March 15th for a performance at Town Danceboutique she came to our new Flagship store for a CD signing. Looking as fabulous and flawless as ever, this Diva turned out to not be much of a "diva" at all. With all of the celebrities I've encountered, I have to say I was a little thrown off to find out how kind, sweet, and down to earth she was. Kristine graciously welcomed the crowd at Universal Gear. Between posing for photos with fans and signing autographs she made time to talk with nearly everyone who came in and most of the staff. Upon her departure she walked by our accessories display where she spotted an amazing pair of Marc Jacobs sunglasses and, being a girl after my own heart, she just had to try them on. A fashionista in her own right she couldn't leave without them. Thanking everyone at UG she posed for one final picture with the staff and left to prepare for her performance.
Later that evening I was granted backstage access to Kristine's dressing room at Town, and right as I walked in she was having the finishing touches put on her outfit,; a gorgeous black frock ( that was rhinestoned to death). While doing so, she paused to ask one of the Drag Queens and I which shoes she should wear, to which we both unanimously answered yes to the black sequined boots. I left the dressing room shortly before the show started so I could get a front row view, a goal that was much harder to achieve than I thought it would be. As I reached the performance area I was met by a sea of men jumping up and down in anticipation for the concert to start. Given my relentless personality I made my way to the front row just in time to see her start the show. Doing a range of songs from "Stronger" and "Loving You," to "Walk Away" and "The Boss;" the night was truly as incredible as her performance was. I caught up with Kristine W later on and had the opportunity to ask her a few questions.

Q&A (March 2008)

DUSTIN: What musical artist was your biggest influence?
KRISTINE: I would have to say as far as tenacity and just hanging in there I would have to give it to Donna Summer and Annie Lennox.

DUSTIN: If you could do a duet with any recording artist today who would that be?
KRISTINE: Donna Summer I adore her. I idolize her.

DUSTIN: What's your favorite Kristine W music video? Which one did you have the most fun making?
KRISTINE: Queer as Folk was the most fun, ("Some Lovin") yeah because the whole cast was there. There were just so many people, I got to meet Sharon Gless.

DUSTIN: What did you think of the new flagship Universal Gear store in DC?
KRISTINE: It's a beautiful store, I’ll tell you that, great design! I think what was the best part of the store was the staff, an amazing staff.

DUSTIN: We found out that you're a former Miss Washington do you still have your crown? If so do you ever wear it around the house please say yes!
KRISTINE: I still have the crown it's in the kitchen on a shelf (laughing) yes I have!

DUSTIN: With so many music artists crossing over into the movie industry, have you ever considered making the switch? If so what kind of role would you love to play?
KRISTINE: Not really, It'd be fun to play somebody sassy I like the role that Vanessa Williams plays (Ugly Betty( that's a great character.

DUSTIN: Is there any thing you would like to say to your fans?
KRISTINE: Thank you so much for your support your loyalty your friendship, always checking in on the website and for their feedback. Staying after the shows and chatting about the music because it's so inspirational for me and I get so many ideas.