« April 2008 | Main | June 2008 »

May 23, 2008

Meet the Authors vol 2

Some of the faces have changed over the years at UG, so we thought it was the perfect time to introduce you to the new voices of Unzipped; Universal Gear's blog where you can find hear tell on the latest in trends, fashion hot spots, and get the low down on our models and designers.

The Extrovert blogdustin1.jpg

Hailing from the warm shores of Florida, Dustin has been with Universal Gear since he was 18 (2003). This ex Goth is responsible for accessorizing the Universal Gear client but not to worry you won't find spiked collars or platform boots in our stores anytime soon. Though the guyliner remains his look tends to be more hipster than that of the undead. On most nights you can find him (cocktail in toe) with a group of friends playing cards or out at the local bar thrashing about. Rarely shy or quite for that matter; Dustin brings a sense of energy and 'go get em ' attitude to the mix.

Favorite Brands: Diesel, Energie, Marc Jacobs
Favorite Movie: toss up Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Cruel Intensions
Favorite Bands: Mindless Self Indulgence & Britney Spears?
Favorite Cocktail: Raspberry Cosmo

The Ladies Man blogwill.jpg

Originally from Wisconsin (there's not enough cheese jokes in the work day). Will joined our team in the fall of '07 but by no means is new to the game. With years of retail behind his belt not to mention his expertise in the graphic design field, Will landed the job as the Web Coordinator for our online store. When he's not setting up photo shoots or providing the online store with new merchandise you can most assuredly find him at the local dive bar talking up the fairer sex. He brings new meaning to the term mothers lock up your daughters; in fact daughters you may want to lock up your mothers with you. Will's mastery of sarcasm and fresh perspective make day to day office life interesting and fun.

Favorite Brands: G-Star, Diesel, Tank Farm
Favorite Movie: Home Alone, the Edukators
Favorite Bands:The Black Lips
Favorite Cocktail: Jack on the Rocks

The Artistblogjim.jpg

Mysterious, thoughtful and never content to skate on the surface, Jim a native son of Kentucky, has been with Universal Gear since 2005. He enjoys Friday nights more than most people and has quite the wardrobe, look in his closet and you'll find a killer collection of plaid and a range of clothing that could be labeled anything from hippie to bohemian. Our Creative Director can be found every year at the Burning Man Festival and always brings back hilarious stories and 'interesting' footage. Fire dancing is a part time passion but inevitably prepares him for his daily task of juggling photoshoots, marketing deadlines, e-mailings, and his continual search for new models. Jim brings heart, kindness and much needed wisdom to the UG family.

Favorite Brands: Ben Sherman, 24 Standard, G-Star
Favorite Movie: On A Clear Day
Favortie Bands: Zero 7, ACDC
Favorite Cocktail: Wild Turkey 101 Over Ice

The Roadieblogbrian.jpg

You would never guess that this ex roadie was raised on a small farm in Connecticut. Brian the newest member of the UG family is our E-Commerce Manager, making sure runs as smoothly and as efficiently as possible. After causing as much mischief on the farm as he could Brian toured with several bands as a roadie taking him on a very scenic route of north America, from Canada to New Mexico and Vegas, and then finally to Philly. Brian's style can categorized as a hybrid between rock, punk and hipster. With 35 tattoos, piercings to match, and too many bar room brawls to count (hey he was a roadie, cut him some slack) he gives a pretty intimidating first glance but once you get to know him you come to realize that he's great guy with an awesome sense of humor. We expect great things to come from this one.

Favorite Brands: Diesel, Jet Lag, Tank Farm,
Favorite Movie: the Birds
Favorite Bands: the Misfits
Favorite Cocktail: Jack & Coke

May 13, 2008

Meet the Man Behind the BlueMan Brand

bluemanlogo.jpgThe longevity of the brand could be enough evidence to recognize him as a man with rare talents. After all, it’s not easy to maintain the freshness year after year that David Azulay seems to bring to each summer with BlueMan swimwear. What’s really amazing about David however, is that he’s triumphed in a milieu that is so foreign to him. He’s not a stylist, never studied design, is not considered the most personable guy (which at times gets him in trouble in the Brazilian fashion industry), doesn’t like working too hard and has little patience for marketing. And yet, he’s managed to be solely responsible for starting numerous trends in beachwear--especially when it comes to women’s (launched in 1972, his denim bikini was the hit of that summer’s collection).

It was quite a start for a brand that got its name from a drug trip. At 19, after dropping acid and going for a stroll on Ipanema beach in Rio, David started hallucinating while trying to envision his future as a fashion king. The acid was called Blue and his favorite brand at the time was New Man. With one foot in la-la land and one foot in reality, the brand BlueMan was born.

David arrived in Rio in the 60’s with his brother Simao and right away knew they were not destined for the career in medicine their father had envisioned for them. Instead, they took after their mother and both had a way with the sewing machine. David focused on beachwear, while his brother became the creative genius behind the denim brand Yes, Brazil through most the 80’s until dying from AIDS-related complications in 1988.

Personally, David is also not your traditional CEO. His critics say that he could double his business with a stronger focus on marketing and international sales. But David sticks to his guns, “People only think about increasing marketing and boosting sales. I now have 3 times as much as I ever dreamt of having. I have a successful business. Now, I want to enjoy life.” For the owner of BlueMan, now at 49, enjoying life includes spending quality time with his daughter, going to the beach, drinking coconut water and hitting the gym. “I’m an addict now. I can’t miss a day at the gym or I go nuts.”

See David's latest collection.

-- Ricardo

May 08, 2008

Just Walk Away


Your travels are extensive, you've journeyed across half the known world. In your explorations you've trekked across mountain, dessert and rough terrain. You are wild and uncontrollable and refuse to be domesticated by society and civilization.

Ok, who are we kidding, the last major "excursion" you went on was last night to your neighborhood convenience store to grab some mixers and an energy drink. But let's be real. In today's world, the modern man is more likely to be climbing the corporate ladder than scaling Mount Everest. Extreme sports aside for a second (and yes I was referring to the corporate ladder), one of the most important pieces to a man's wardrobe are his shoes. Be they tattered or polished, in style or out of style, it all reflects the man's personal character.

Don't believe me? Take a look at the inner workings of your office and see for yourself. The confident "alpha" is sharply dressed and his shoes are never without shine, the chill laid back summer intern may on occasion rock the converse, and is it just me or does the angry guy in the corner, the one that's worked there far too long, always seem like his scuffed loafers are a size too small. My point here is to take pride in your appearance, people notice, in a glance, what you're wearing and associate those qualities with you.

Side Note: Not that I have a thing for feet, but men listen up: it's beach season again, so before you put on your new flip flops take a hint from the wiser gender and go get a pedicure!


May 02, 2008

CHICAGO: Meet Andrew Christian

Shop Andrew Christian

All at Universal Gear Chicago
3153 N Broadway

Want to be the first to hear about events like this? Click here to sign up for our mailing list!