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Michael In St. Michaels

There's no better cure for the recession blues, than a weekend boating getaway on a beautiful Friday afternoon with a handsome model named Michael for our Spring 2009 fashion photo shoot.

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Born and raised in Belle, West Virginia, Michael is a true grandma's boy. Sweet and spirited, Michael has a curious wonderment of each new experience on life's curvy road. That sense of wonderment was clearly evident in Michael's ocean blue eyes when we arrived at the marina and boarded Sinquanon, a 50 foot boat for a weekend jaunt down to St. Michaels.

The skies were deep blue, and the water sparkled with the sun's reflective rays, warming everything in its sight to a balmy 75 degrees.

Bags in hand, we loaded up the boat with a weekends worth of provisions including a few trunks worth of Universal Gear's Spring 2009 collections. We fired up the mighty twin diesel engines and headed down to St. Michaels MD, a charming historic town on the Eastern Shore of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay. We arrived by late afternoon and docked at Harrison Yacht Club. Although Michael didn't know his spring line from his aft line, he sure did know how to handle those ropes. We scoped out shoot locations for various scenes and worked up an appetite for a delicious dinner at the 1927 restaurant, in a charming early 20th century storefront on Main Street, next to the 3 Crazy Ladies gift shop. After a delicious dinner in town, we turned in to get an early start on our first day's shoot.

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Saturday morning brought another spectacular day and our shooting started right at the dock. A little camera shy at first, Michael quickly warmed up and his constant outfit changes caused a dockside fan club to gather, growing larger by the minute. You're sure to be a fan of Michael's too once you've seen the outtakes of this shoot. From dockside, to bayside, to the charming Maritime Museum, we captured our Spring 2009 collections, from the looks of Ben Sherman and Energie, Blue Man and Cha Cha Boy, and many others. Be sure to visit our stores for the new style directions of 2009.

Energie:

Safety comes first as Michael strides down the dock with life jackets in hand wearing Energie's cotton distressed 10" Brac Short sitting right at his hips. Appropriate to the weekend, Energie's Nautical themed collection included whites and blues in super soft cottons such as the Ohio State distressed polo.

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Ben Sherman:

With big equipment, and ropes, Michael is geared up for pile driving at Harrisons Marina. His Ben Sherman workman plaid shirt quickly snaps open when things heat up on the job.

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Michael looks for some fresh rosemary to spice up tonight's dinner abroad. The late afternoon's cool temps are kept at bay by Ben Sherman's Lightweight poly nylon Navy and Rustic Red track jacket with cotton knit striped baseball collar.

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Blue Man:

Michael searches the horizon for other boats, but we're happy he's stranded on the boat in his dip dye army cut Blue Man swim suit.

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Michael hangs on while walking towards the plank to jump ship in his plaid board shorts from Cha Cha Boy.

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Everyone want to kiss those lips, but Ace, an equally adorable Boxer pup, gives the affectionate lick on the face as Michael lounges aft in Cha Cha Boy plaid board short.

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Though we had to leave charming St. Michaels and head back to reality, we compiled some great shots from the weekend to keep the memories fresh, oh yeah, and to remind us of the great collections at Universal Gear this spring.

--David

More About Michael - We've got him unzipped and exposed with this Q & A.

Meet the Model: Michael

1 - Where are you from originally? A tiiiiiny town in West Virginia.

2 - What initially drew you to modeling? The chance to travel to new places and meet new people. And I have to admit, it is a pretty cool feeling to see yourself in stores and magazines.

3 - What do you do to stay in shape? Pretty basic really; I try to hit the gym as much as possible, at least 4 times a week. I am also sure to mix up work with play and not deprive myself of junk foods or lazy days that I feel like having.

4 - What's your least favorite body part? Favorite body part? Least would be my legs... Twigs. Favorite, I guess, is my stomach; I seem to like working on it the most.

5 - Besides modeling, what do you enjoy in life? My family and friends more than anything. I love to get outdoors, to travel, to make new friends, and to experience as much of life as I can.

6 - Who are your favorite photographers? I'm a huge fan of Adam Bouska... I would love to work with him.

7 - Who is the most famous person you have ever met? Just this past weekend, I met Mo Rocca in Florida. That would be the most famous person that I've met and actually got to hang out with... he is witty!

8 - Who is the most interesting person in your cell phone? My best friend Megan... It is ANY body's guess what I might hear on the other end when I pick up her calls... I love it!

9 - If we would give you $100,000, what would you do with it? My dream would be to take a few months off of work... make a list and plan a route of all of my friends all over the country... then travel state to state, across the U.S., spending a few days with each. (and I'll take big bulls, please :) )

10 - Tell us a secret about yourself your mother doesn't know. Hmmm... well one that won't get me killed or arrested would be that I used to play with my Christmas presents and then put them back under the tree. ;)

11 - Boxers of Briefs? Briefs.