August 22, 2012

Clothes May Make the Man, But Accessories Make the Outfit

Just like a carefully outlined recipe, crafting a bold and eye-catching outfit takes thoughtful preparation. From the jeans to the outerwear and everything in between, not only does each piece come together to create one look, but it also says a lot about the man underneath.

Often times, guys put so much thought into their outfit that they end up overdoing it--too many colors or patterns scattered throughout can turn an otherwise sexy man into a Barney the Dinosaur-look-alike. Avoid being this eye-sore by keeping it simple, and spicing up your look with accessories instead of main pieces.

Simply adding belts, socks, or jewelry with pops of color will make your outfit noticeable without outshining the rest of your clothes (or you) in the process. And best of all, these little subtleties serve as great conversation starters too. Who doesn't want to look hot and pick up a number (or two) at the same time?
At Universal Gear, our men's accessories just went on sale allowing you to treat your outfit (and wallet) with some steamy kindness. Take your look up a notch by pairing solid tones with a multi-colored belt by Antony Morato or fun and funky socks from Happy Feet. These little touches go a long way in sealing the deal, regardless of whether you're walking the runway or to work.

September 09, 2011

Denim Fit Guide

2011 Denim Fit Guide - just in time for the 25% Off Denim Sale

Buffalo Denim Breakdown

EVAN - SLIM FIT: The color and super slim fit give this denim a clean look. With fine, clean striations, contrast stitching, and simple and basic back pockets.

WORKED-WASHED-WORN - SLIM/STRAIGHT: Slim, straight and sharp. Subtle whiskering, a touch of fading and stitching, and elongated back pockets give these otherwise square jeans a casual feel.

SYLVES - STRAIGHT LEG: Low-rise, straight-leg jeans fit for a fashion king. Whiskered at pockets and knees and faded down legs. Jetted pockets over patch pockets in back. Metal hardware front and back.

Super dark, super skinny and super hot. Dark wash denim with fading at the knees and whiskering behind the knees. Subtle fraying at pocket edges and ankles.

ASHTEX - SKINNY LEG: Dark skinny jeans combine clean, straight lines with a touch of distressing and a bold brand patch.

KEEM - SLIM BOOT CUT: Black and blue - with white stitching. Special black brand patch boasting a silver-studded and puncture-hole buffalo. Slim boot cut. Hardware at coin pocket and embroidering at back pockets.

Diesel Denim Breakdown

VIKER - STRAIGHT LEG: The Diesel Viker: the every man's straight-legged jean. The great thing about straight leg denim is that it fits just about anyone. It's versatile. The right wash paired with a sharp dress shirt is the perfect look for a casual workday or a first date. Every guy should have at least one straight-legged pair of denim in his closet!

SAFADO - SLIM STRAIGHT LEG: The Safado is Diesel's slim straight leg cut. It's slimmer than the Viker Str8 Leg, so if you feel that the Viker is too form fitting, this definitely isn't the style for you. The Safado is a nice alternative to the Skinny Jean; it's not skin tight but it gives a great slim silhouette.

ZATHAN - BOOT CUT: The Ultimate Boot-Cut! The Diesel Zathan has been one of Diesel's top selling and long-lasting styles. It tapers at the knee and flares out to create a sharp boot-cut. NOTE: If you have larger thighs, the Zathan may not be for you

ZATINY - SLIM BOOT LEG: The Diesel Zatiny is a hybrid of a boot-cut and straight leg denim. Ideal for an average to lean build, it sits low on the waist and tapers at the knee to hug the thigh, making for a sexy fit.

Fidelity Denim Breakdown

Charger - Bootcut: The Charger is a classic boot cut jean with fit for everyone. Not too slim and not so full. 10" Front Rise, 34" Inseam.

Slim Jim - Slim Straight: The Slim Jim is a slim fit jean with slightly tapered leg opening which is perfect for boots. Don't let the name fool you, the leg is not a super slim. Low-rise. 9" Front Rise, 34" Inseam.

Levis Denim Breakdown
* Levi's offers a collection of premium denim and American heritage-inspired garments. The look reflects the true fit and style of Levi's, classic, wearable, and simple.

514 - Slim Straight: Never too snug or too baggy, our universal slim fit features of our lowest rises and a straight leg that is close through the seat and thigh. Low rise sits below the waist/ Straight-leg style fits close through the seat and thigh/ Classic five-pocket styling/ Zip fly/ 100% Cotton, 11 oz. - Imported

511 - Skinny Straight: Most popular skinny fit for men, adding zip pockets above the traditional patch pockets in back. Sitting below the waist and slouchy at top, it's cut slim through the leg, close and comfortable at the thigh and straight to the ankle. Slouchy at top; sits below the waist/ Low rise/ Slim through the leg, close at the thigh and straight to the ankle/ Zip pockets above the traditional patch back pockets/ 99% Cotton, 1% Spandex, 12oz. - Imported.

527 - Lowrise Bootcut: Slightly slimmer than the 517™ Boot Cut, this modern boot-cut sits low on the waist and tilts higher in back. Sits lows on the waist/ Low rise; tilts higher in back/ Slim through the seat and thigh/ Classic five-pocket styling/ 71% Cotton, 29% Polyester, 11 oz. - Imported

G-Star Denim Breakdown
Founded in 1989, G-Star Raw has been known for its innovative and cutting edge style. This brand is about the futuristic, alternative, experimental, and traditional. The philosophy, Just the Product led to products like the Raw Denim in 1996 and has since broadened to include an array of new, edgy, and trendy collection for all ages.

General 5620: Tapered denim with masterful hand-crafted details and biker inspired design like the slanted front pockets for easy access while sitting, the stitching around the knee, and extra stow pockets. 100% Cotton

Attacc 3D Raw: Heavy duty metal zip in back pocket, chunky binding at front pockets, chunky leather back pocket wokkie, button fly. The Wash raw resin coated. 100% Cotton.

3301 Solar Rugby: Straight leg with a light wash, slight abrasions, G-Star's Signature kick-stitch, and button fly. 100% Cotton.

Coder Straight: Straight Leg Jean with relaxed fit, and button fly. 100%

Heller Low Rise Arizona Rugby: Straight leg cut is a terrific light weight summer denim with button fly, embroidered back pocket stitching, g-star branded rivets, and slight abrasions on back pocket. 100% Cotton.

3301 Raw Brooklyn Slim Straight: Raw denim with dark wash, button fly, five pockets, 2 scoop pockets at front, 2 patch pockets at back, the wash is a flat finished fabric due to combed yarns in warp, double indigo dye, oxidized. 100% Cotton.

Blade Slim Straight Bleached: This skinny fit is a premium hand crafted denim that has undergone an extensive dye and wear process to achieve a specific look and feel. 100% Cotton.

Attacc Bleach Worn Straight Leg: This Jean features heavy duty metal zip on back pocket, chunky binding at front pocket, and chunky leather back pocket wokkie. The Wash is a heavy bleach wash with brushing and marble effect for high-low effect and damaging for worn in feel. 100%

3301 3D Raw Kruce Straight Leg: Jean with 2 scoop front pockets and 2 patch back pockets, button fly. The wash is a pre-worn raw denim with 3D effect and slight brushing on the used area. 100% Cotton.

Scotch & Soda Denim Breakdown
Scotch & Soda is a clothing company based in The Netherlands, Amsterdam the collection distinguishes itself through a rich diversity of moods, materials, colors, fits and styling. Scotch and Soda garments are all uniquely detailed and designed with love. Each one of their collections contains a rich diversity of moods, materials, colors, fits and styling. The Scotch brand DNA, old school with a spicy twist and awesome detailing, is recognizable in each garment from Scotch and Soda wovens, shirts, shorts, pants, jackets and blazers.

RALSTON - Slim Straight: Low rise with tons of hidden details. 9.5" Rise/ 100% cotton/ 15" in the knee narrows to 14" at the leg opening/ Button fly

RUSH - Bootcut: The Rush jean features a low rise, tailored straight fit through the seat and thigh, and a slim bootcut leg. 100% cotton/ / Button fly

True Religion Denim Breakdown

• True Religion constantly sets the standards for premium clothing. With its rugged tradition, trademark washes and fits this product is a must have for any true cowboy at heart. True Religion was founded in 2002 by Jeffrey Lubell with a vision to redefine premium denim. Jeffrey wanted to create denim that was American made, timeless and great fitting with a 70's inspired feel that appealed to the customer of today.

RICKY SUPERFLY - Str8 leg: 10" Rise/ 100% cotton/ 18" in the knee and 18" at the leg opening / Back flap pockets

RICKY INGLORIOUS - Str8 leg: 9.5" Rise/ 100% cotton/ 18" in the knee and 18" at the leg opening/ Back flap pockets

BOBBY CHATANOOGA - Str8 leg: 9" Rise/ 100% cotton/ 17" in the knee and 17" at the leg opening /Slight whiskering along front / pocket

August 05, 2010

Vote UG Best of DC!

Express' Best of DC competition is back, and we're here to ask for your vote! Since 1993, Universal Gear DC has been uniting the hottest and most fabulous men's fashions under one roof. Just like any 17 year old, we'd love some extra attention... We want you to nominate us for DC's Best Local Men's Store! You have til next Friday, August 13, to cast your ballots.

(To avoid bad luck on Friday the 13th, though, you might want to get them in sooner...)

Not convinced? Crank up Miley Cyrus' '7 Things' below, wait for the "7 things I like about you" verse at the end, and imagine a sultry voice serenading you with our 7 Things To Like About UG lyrics. Then go vote.

Express Best of 2010

7 Things To Like About UG

Menswear, Foursquare, our new Levi's
Our Summer Sale keeps you hypnotized
Our entire staff can help you try and
Show you why you should buy
G-Star, Diesel and Superdry
Our 2(x)ist undies fit just right
We always make
Your fashion dreams come true...

Please vote UG for Best of DC
And we'll really love you!!!

P.S. If you have a singing voice and some extra time on your hands, we'd love for you to record our lyrics over Miley's track. This is how YouTube sensations are made, people!!

July 13, 2010

Now Hiring - Chicago


Now Hiring Part-Time Seasonal Sales Associates at Universal Gear - Chicago!

Are you fun-loving and personable? Are you looking to build upon prior sales experience? If so, we want YOU to join our team!

No crazy commitments necessary. This is a seasonal, part-time position.

If interested, please contact Josh at or 773.246.1090.

May 05, 2010

Mother's Day - Gift Guide


All your life she has been there to guide you, teach you and give you her undying love and not once did she ever mention that she was in labor with you for nine hours or that you're the reason she can no longer fit a size four or that, again, she was in labor with you for nine hours. . .without the luxury of an epidural. Well boys it's that time of the year when we can give back and show Mom that we are truly grateful for all she has given us!

Give your mother all the essentials she needs to pamper herself. Universal Gear carries the best in the skin care business with brands like Molton Brown and Malin + Goetz. There are a number of products here that will have mommy dearest feeling like a princess. Below is a list of my favorite fabulous gift picks for Mother's Day. . .now make Mother Proud!


1) Molton Brown Atlantic Trail Gift Set

2) Molton Brown Warming Euclyptus & Ginger Scub
3) MALIN+GOETZ Vitamin E Face Moisturizer
4) Molton Brown Warming Euclyptus Shower Therapy
5) Malin+Goetz 8oz Peppermint Shampoo
6) Molton Brown Touring Gift Set

Happy Mother's Day
--Dustin Schaad

January 14, 2010

Sun, Sand, and Surf. . .in January?

For those of you who enjoy a winter getaway you'll be excited to hear that NEW swim wear is now available at Universal Gear. I've personally escaped the frigged cold of DC twice in the past few weeks to warm sunny destination spots (California and Florida). Before heading on vaca I stopped by UG to pick up some resort wear, I was relieved to see that they had everything I needed! This shopping trip served as inspiration for this blog, think of it as an unofficial Check List for all Winter Escapist.

1) Shirts - When on vaca you want a wide variety of tops to choose from, depending on the occasion. I always say pack a few light tees, some short sleeve button downs, and maybe one nice shirt (in case you go out to a nice dinner)

2) Shorts - You definitely want something comfortable yet well fitted (we always dress to impress, especially when trying to catch the eye of a local), a short that would be perfect for walking the beach or sitting at a tiki bar. Cut offs can be fun. . .as long as the cut is slightly above the knee, sorry boys leave your Daisy Dukes at home!

3) Swim wear - A must for any vaca where you will encounter a beach, pool or hot tub. I always say bring at least three different pairs. One safe (family friendly) One that shows a little leg (modest but sexy) and One Fun (you know what I'm talking about!)
Tip: if you're self conscious about being pale two weeks before your vaca hit the tanning bed one or two visits should leave you with a nice glow, thus leaving your time at the beach for perfecting your tan.

4) Footwear - Sandals and a comfortable walking shoe are all you should need to really enjoy your time in paradise, (if going dancing or to dinner with friends bring one "night out" appropriate shoe)

+Odds and ends
, unless it's a beach party if you go out dancing or to dinner bring one smart pair of denim, well fitted and dark wash, sun screen (it's hot to come back tan it's sad to come back a lobster), a light travel bag and a nice pair of sunglasses.

If you have all of these you are set to jet set out of your winter prison and escape to your vacation destination!

--Dustin Schaad

August 27, 2009

3 Ways To Dress To The Gym


June 16, 2009

Father Knows Best

This blog is in honor of Father's Day, dedicated to the man who taught us how to shave, how to drive, who taught how to throw a punch... the man who gave us our first taste of beer (even if some of us would have preferred a nice glass of Cabernet) this is for you Dad!

Father's Day to me is very special, it's about honoring and saluting the man who has been there for me my entire life, even though he is not my biological father, my Dad has been in my life since I was four months old and adopted me as his own when I was six. This man taught many true life lessons and I can honestly say I owe my father my life. He has always been there for me times were hard and has always accepted me for who I am. I would like to encourage all of you to reach out and show your dads or other father figures how much you care for them and appreciate all that they have done for you in your life.


Top 5 Gift Picks For Father's Day

1) Android Vertex Auto Square Face Watch- A time piece is a classic and traditional gift to give on Father's Day. Your dad will love it.

2) Art Of Shaving The Perfect Shave Kit- He taught you have to shave, and now you can teach him how to shave in style.

3) Molton Brown Thermal Salt Muscle Soak- He's been in the sun all day with his buddies playing golf, give him something to come home and relax to.

4) Kenneth Cole Reaction Wilson Wallet - Your father will love this slim tri-fold wallet from Kenneth Cole.

5) Goorin Terrance Tri Fadora - There is no reason Dad can't look cool, sport up pop's look with this trendy woven fedora.

June 03, 2009

I've Got My Pride...


That's right kids, June is finally here! It's time to pull out your best pride gear and support your community! With major Pride festivals and parades happening in New York, Seattle, Orlando, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and DC during the month of June, Universal Gear is here with all of your Pride essentials. Let me break down for you the four essentials that are a must have for any Pride weekend festivities.
Ok let's start with the basics, for those of you who choose to wear underwear (I don't judge) now is the time to get creative and colorful, after all Pride is a celebration of diversity! Brands like Andrew Christian, Ginch Gonch, Diesel, and 2(x)ist offer a colorful assortment of prints and cuts.

Comfort and style are very important when choosing the correct footwear for Pride. Let's face it you spend a lot of your time on your feet between the parades, bars, and festivals. Sandals by Bed Stu, Replay and Havaianas are perfect for a more casual look but if you are going out at night brands like Diesel and G-Star are a better fit.

The tank is always a hit for Pride weekend because this article of clothing allows you to show off the body you've worked so hard on while still maintaining a bit of modesty. Universal Gear has a plethora of tank styles from a variety of popular brands. Check out some of our amazing tank styles from Alternative Apparel, Diesel, 2nd Edition, Go-Softwear, LASC, G-Star and Zodiak.

No Pride celebration could be complete without an assortment of bottoms (minds out of the gutter people, I'm talking about shorts and jeans). During the day choosing the right pair of shorts is very important, you want them well fitted but also to have plenty of pocket space. Check out are latest summer short styles from Diesel, Jet Lag, G-Star, 24 Standard, Ben Sherman, Energie, Vintage Tailor and many more. Later on, when you are enjoying the night life try our new summer denim styles from Diesel, Levis, Cult of Individuality, Mek, Rich & Skinny and Rock Revival.


To all of my Pride Party Goers I want to wish you a Fabulous Pride 09 and until next time, take care and play safe.


May 05, 2009

Mother's Day


All your life she has been there to guide you, teach you and give you her undying love and not once did she ever mention that she was in labor with you for nine hours or that you're the reason she can no longer fit a size four or that, again, she was in labor with you for nine hours...without the luxury of an epidural. Well boys it's that time of the year when we can give back and show Mom that we are truly grateful for all she has given us!

Give your mother all the essentials she needs to pamper herself. Universal Gear carries the best in the skin care business with brands like Molton Brown and Malin + Goetz. There are a number of products here that will have mommy dearest feeling like a princess. Below is a list of my top 5 fabulous gift picks for Mother's Day.


1: Malin+Goetz Peppermint Body Scrub - Foaming gel scrub synthesizes natural peppermint with amino acid-based, hydrating exfoliation. Gently and effectively purifies and ph balances all skin types.

2: Malin+Goetz Peppermint Shampoo - Effectively purifies and balances all hair and scalp types, unlike traditionally harsh detergents. Mildly foaming, residue-free formula leaves hair soft and scalp conditioned.

3: Molton Brown Rose Granati Hand Wash - Rose granti creates a warm, exotic feel with a shimmering blend of black pepper, cardamom, spicy ginger, nutmeg and vetiver from Haiti.

4: Archipelago Blackberry Sage Votive Candle - An inviting exotic scent that creates an soothing atmosphere.

Happy Mothers Day...don't forget to send a card! (they always expect a card)


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!


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.

March 12, 2008

Sweet 23


Hello all! Well, if you couldn't guess from the title it's my Birthday! Other than the ceremonial birthday shots and inevitable hangover the day after, I always look forward to the presents (and of course spending time with my family and friends)!

So when asked "Dustin, what do you want this year" I always get the same huge grin across my face and that poor individual realizes that they've opened the birthday edition of Pandora's Box! Ok, so contrary to what you might be thinking, this isn't one huge narcissistic blog. It's my Birthday Gift Guide for the Modern Male! Here are just a few helpful suggestions to make sure that you don't look like the lame duck of gift giving.

Unless you know the Birthday Boy extraordinarily well, I say always go for funny over serious. Some of the best gifts I've gotten over the years are hysterical but useful. It always gets a laugh to give fun, funky, underwear. this genre of gift is perfect for practically everyone (exceptions: your boss, your local clergy, & prominent politicians)

For the sensitive soul or the guy who is just really into hygiene and skin care, get him a few fun things for himself. Scented candles have always been a favorite of mine but I also love skin care assortments such as body washes, exfoliates, and cologne! As my Grandmother always said "start taking care for yourself while you’re young" and she just turned 77 and looks terrific!

After all of that if you still are unsure of what to get the guy, go with a gift card. Gift Cards are no longer considered impersonal actually, most people prefer one. They are the perfect way to ensure the person gets exactly what they want for their Birthday!


February 21, 2008

A Fashion Foward


Here at Universal Gear HQ we are daring to be ambitious; working harder than ever to build a vast website rich in new clothing, bordering on obnoxious with the volume of product available to you, our customer. Prepare in the upcoming weeks to get lost in virtual space, wondering about as you browse our selections.

With the task in our sights we are barreling forward to bring you more from Diesel, G-Star, D&G and other great brands. We wouldn't be doing enough though if we stopped at clothing. Skincare, Home Accents, and Accessories will all be popping up in droves onto your screens.

So keep checking back as we bring the latest styles!


February 13, 2008

Scents & Sensibility

If you thought Universal Gear only offered quality clothing for the fashion conscious modern man then boy were you mistaken. While clothing, shoes, and accessories still remain the bulk of our business, UG has evolved to meet the needs and wants of our cliental, we now offer a unique selection of home accents and skin care products. So if you're the kind of guy who likes to indulge his senses after a rough day at the office or unwind after an intense work out at the gym, check out some of our products that will take the edge off of your day.

Start your day off right with a selection from our wide variety of skin care and shave products from Malin & Goetz, Molton Brown and The Art of Shaving. From the stimulating Malin & Goetz Mojito Soap Set, to the Art of Shaving Sandalwood after shave balm, we have you covered. If you're a man who always on the go try the Molton Brown New Age Traveler travel set.


Smell is one of our strongest senses and you can often tell who's around you just by their scent. Make yourself known with our new men's cologne, Diesel's hit fragrance, Fuel for Life. Light but irresistible, and sure to get you noticed.

Archipelago and Molton Brown both offer Candles that when lit, take your mind off of the stressful workday. Scents like Galbanum, Bulgarian Rose, and Bergamot candles will relax and calm you with all the power of aroma therapy.


Well guys if you still can't decide or perhaps you've found this so inticing you want to share it with your loved ones, Universal Gear offers several gift sets to treat yourself or that someone special.


February 06, 2008

What's Love Got To Do With It?


As sappy as Valentines Day can be, this hormonal holiday provides the perfect opportunity to shower the one (or ones) you love with affection, chocolates, and thoughtful gifts that come from the heart. Seeing how the standard male gift on this day of love is usually ether a naughty card or raunchy novelty underwear, I thought we would pole the guys at Universal Gear's corporate headquarters and see what they thought would make the perfect Valentines Day gift. Knowing these fellas this should be interesting.

I think great gift ideas are the creative yet practical ones. I would love to get the DVD box set of Ally McBeal season one or a really killer time piece like the new D&G Medicine Man. Both are totally me. -- Dustin, Asst. Buyer

Nothing says I love you like a stuffed animal and some chocolates, but if you really want to get my attention I think the Diesel Jultras Shiny Tuxedo Blazer would be perfect. It's sophisticated fashion that's great for any occasion. -- Nick, E-commerce Manager

For those who have been in a relationship for while I would recommend buying something that guys need and want.Gift it up with a great tie and great underwear. I would compliment that with a night out followed by a romantic evening in. G-Star makes stand out ties that are stylish and versatile. Right now our store carries two G-star ties that I think are amazing. For underwear I love 2(x)ist. it's attractive, well made, and super comfortable. Try for square cut trunks. -- Will, Web Coordinator

January 23, 2007

Blow-out Clearance Sale


Chicago, it's your turn! Following its great success here in DC, we've decided to have a blow-out clearance sale in our Chicago store (3153 N Broadway). Take advantage of HUGE savings on brands like Diesel, G-Star, 2(x)ist and more with 50% OFF the lowest ticketed price (items marked with a blue dot)! So stop by the store Friday, January 26th through Sunday, January 28th and look for the BLUE DOT to save big on everything from jeans to swimwear!

Don't live in the Chicago area? You can always find great deals in our sale rack!

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

-- Jon

January 11, 2007

Update - Warm & Fuzzy: Helping The Fight Against Aids

Well, the numbers are in and I just want to thank you all for making our holiday donation promotion a huge success! With your help Universal Gear was able to donate over two-thousand dollars to Until There's A Cure. We also sold over one-hundred and eighty bracelets, of which all profits go directly to help fund HIV/AIDS education and research.

Didn't get a chance to buy a sweater and give back? You can still get the bracelet here.

-- Jon

See the original post "Warm & Fuzzy: Helping The Fight Against Aids"

January 05, 2007

Huge Savings!


Universal Gear is having its first ever warehouse sale on January 10th and 11th. Located in our corporate headquarters (1612 U St NW - 4th floor), the sale will run for two days between 5pm and 8pm. The sale features everything from shirts and jeans, to swimwear and underwear, all for under $50! So come and take advantage of huge savings on your favorite brands including Diesel, G-Star, Energie, True Religion, and more!

Don't live in the Washington DC area? Check out our other great deals in our sale rack!

-- Jon

December 25, 2006

Update - Cornered: Diesel


Universal Gear's love affair with Diesel reached new heights last month during the Diesel Corner Launch Party in our Atlanta store. Hundreds of people came out to help us celebrate the new space, the new merchandise and to meet the folks from Diesel that came down from New York for the festivities. Highlights of the party included the hot winged models (bottom right), a poloroid station (above) and a very festive crowd.

(pictured left to right: Shawn our Atlanta Store Manager, Rasdy our Director of Operations, Carmela our Diesel Sales Manager and our Buyer Chord)

Click on any image above to see a larger version.
View more from our Diesel corner party [1] [2] [3]

Want to find out about future events? Make sure you sign up for our e-mail list!

-- Jon

See the original post "Cornered: Diesel".

December 15, 2006

Holiday Gift Guide


It's that time of year again to give 'til it hurts! Yes, we know some people are impossible to shop for, but don't despair. Rather than giving the traditional fruitcake, this year try something with a bit more style. That's where Universal Gear comes to the rescue!

First, practical gifts are always...well...practical. Things like hats and gloves, or even socks and underwear! These are items that everybody needs, but might not think to ask for. Both Diesel and Goorin break the monotony of dull accessories with an assortment of hats and gloves with both style and funk. Not quite what you were looking for? Try a gift that's sure to make them blush. Underwear is something no one ever asks for but everyone needs. "What kind of underwear should I buy?", you might ask yourself. As luck would have it, 2(x)ist and C-IN2 have both come out with new organic lines (new Soy from 2(x)ist and C-IN2 Bamboo) for the season.

If the practical gifts won't cut it, try the gift of beauty. A healthy skin-care regiment is something everyone needs. The famed Malin+Goetz skincare line makes the perfect stocking stuffer. From body cleansers and moisturizers, to shaving cream and exotic soaps, there's something for everyone. Haven't heard of MALIN+GOETZ? Read our post "MALIN+GOETZ Comes to Universal Gear".

Finally, there's that special someone. This year treat your loved one with the one gift no one can resist...Diesel jeans. Stylish and comfortable, giving someone a pair of Diesel jeans really lets them know they're loved! Or if denim doesn't quite work, try a time piece. Watches are always a great gift to give.

Still not sure? Get the gift you KNOW they will use…a gift card! This is one gift you can't go wrong with!

Happy Holiday Shopping!

-- Dustin
(Dustin is a member of our eCommerce Team and a contributor to UG Unzipped.)

November 29, 2006

Warm & Fuzzy: Helping The Fight Against Aids


It's that time of year again! As you slave over your keyboard in search of the perfect gift for everyone on your list (including yourself), consider a gift that gives back. For every sweater we sell from now until December 24th, Universal Gear will donate $5 to Until There's A Cure. Started in 1993 by two concerned mothers, Until There's A Cure is a national organization dedicated to eradicating HIV/AIDS.

"Our goal is to fund prevention education, care services, and vaccine development using The Bracelet as the tool. The Bracelet will serve not only as a bridge to unite people to fight HIV/AIDS, but to help people to recognize that anyone—man, woman, or child—can be infected and that everyone should be compassionate, understanding, and responsible."


With celebrities like Destiny's Child, Susan Sarandon, The Rock and Alan Cummings helping them, Until There's A Cure has raised millions for HIV/AIDS education and research.

Get that warm and fuzzy feeling this holiday by doing your part. Click here to shop our entire selection of sweaters or to wrap your wrist in the hippest accessory of the season!

Happy holidays from the team at Universal Gear!

Learn more about Until There's A Cure by visiting their website.

-- Jon

November 20, 2006

Bigger & Better: C-IN2's New Trophy Shelf

Want a bigger bulge? Don't like dealing with hoops and rings?
Well C-IN2 has answered your prayers with the new Trophy Shelf!


By using two pleats in the fabric (see the return of everyone's favorite illustration), the underwear forces you front and center. The genius of this design is that unlike its big brother Sling Support, the Trophy Shelf has no hoops that you have to jump through (so to speak) so you stay comfortable all day long.

Because of this new design, C-IN2 can now put the Trophy Shelf in styles where the Sling Support could not go. For instance, every style in the C-IN2 Bamboo line including jockstraps feature the Trophy Shelf. But don't worry, they're all still cut low to go nicely with your low-rise jeans!

-- Jon

November 06, 2006

Cornered: Diesel

Here it is...the first look at the new Diesel corner in our Atlanta store.

Diesel selected Universal Gear Atlanta as the next location for a Diesel corner--basically a mini-store within a store (there is only 1 other corner in the country from our friends at LASC). The combination of amazing vintage fixtures and equally amazing Diesel clothing is a site to behold. So hop in your car for a fashion road-trip and check out what Diesel's up to now!

To celebrate, join us for a unique evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, music, models, fashion, Diesel give-aways and more!

Thursday November 16th 2006



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--Jon & Jim

September 18, 2006

C-IN2 Supporting You!

Genius....pure genius! C-IN2 has revolutionized underwear with their Sling Support System. Found both in their No Show Brief as well as their Trunk, it's designed to give you a bigger, know.

This is achieved with an adjustable elastic sling inside the pouch that forms a ring which lifts you forward (check out the graphic R-rated illustration on the right). Cut low to accentuate your lower abs and rear assets, they're perfect with low-rise jeans!


August 03, 2006

(MALIN+GOETZ) comes to Universal Gear!

Created by cosmetic and fashion industry veteran Matthew Malin and longtime marketing professional Andrew Goetz, MALIN+GOETZ is a modern apothecary located in New York's Chelsea neighborhood.

"Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz have always appreciated, even celebrated, how little they have in common. 'We're opposites in every way,' said Mr. Malin, 38. 'Andrew loves to cook, and I hate to cook. He's opinionated, I'm diplomatic. The main inspiration for the pair's streamlined unisex skin care line, MALIN+GOETZ, was yet another yin and yang. 'Andrew has oily skin and mine is dry,' Mr. Malin said. 'We wanted to create products we could both use.'"(New York Times July 30th, 2006 - featured below)

is a two-step regimen for irritant-free, perfect PH balance from head to toe - face, body, and hair.

Each formula blends trusted natural ingredients with gentle performance technologies that address skin sensitivities, irritations, and allergies resulting from unnecessary products and harsh ingredients.

The key to their extraordinary cleansers is their hydration science. Gentle cleansing agents purify and hydrate. The advanced moisturizers are oil and residue-free, instead of traditionally greasy pore-clogging oils or waxes. Into both they incorporate beneficial botanical extracts that enhance performance and provide fresh, natural scents that quickly evaporate. Each ingredient is carefully chosen, resulting in formulas without unnecessary detergents or colorants.

Need more reasons to love MALIN+GOETZ? They do not test on animals and are made in the USA!

Shop MALIN+GOETZ products!

-- Jon

July 17, 2006

Introducing the Levi’s Matchstick Jean

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This just in! Check out the first ad from the brand new Levi's campaign for Fall. The ad features the hot new Matchstick Jean in a dark wash with light whiskering. It's low-rise with a slim (slightly-tapered) leg for an ultra sexy fit.

Get them here!

-- Jon

July 14, 2006

Meet the Authors

jon.jpgThe Sarcastic E-Marketer

As our Marketing Assistant, Jon is responsible for our website visuals and our online marketing programs (including the nice emails you receive every week). Jon recently won the company's coveted "Most Improved Dresser" award for 2005. As an overachiever, he's hoping for a repeat in 2006 and is even considering really stepping out this month and buying a western shirt.

Jon is one of the more kind-hearted people around (though his sisters would probably argue with that). He is unusually intuitive, insanely sarcastic and is obsessed with science-fiction movies, sweet and sour chicken and dark chocolate.

chord.jpgThe Style Maven

Chord's philanthropic mission in life is to help former clubwear junkies (think tight YMLA shirts from the late 90's) make a full and complete recovery into Diesel, Energie and G-Star. As our Buyer, he's responsible for a good chunk of the clothing you see in our stores. He spends a lot of time on his appearance and has earned the distinction of the Charlotte of the group (with a little bit of Carrie’s passion for fabulous shoes thrown in for good measure).

Chord is a bright ray of sunshine and secretly wonders why he’s not famous yet. He enjoys running, making fashion statements and is fully immersing himself in his new hobby: finding the world's best sushi.

jim.jpgThe Crazy Creative Type

As our Creative Director, Jim oversees our promotional calendar planning window campaigns, postcards and photo shoots. He is a media junkie and subscribes to magazines and blogs most of us have never heard of (many of which might be illegal in some countries).

He is complex, somewhat mysterious, thoughtful and never content to skate on the surface. He enjoys Friday nights more than most people and has a killer collection of plaid pants and shorts. You can find Jim every Summer in a number of compromising positions at the annual Burning Man Festival.

ricardo.jpgThe Devil Who Wears Diesel

As our Vice-President, Ricardo oversees marketing, buying, operations, ecommerce and finance for UG. He is also responsible for UG's international imports and insists his annual buying trip to Rio is all work and no play (we don't believe him either).

Optimistic to a fault, Ricardo is friendly, charming and great with people. His obsessions range from Wimbledon to the Academy Awards. He lives for the beach and few things make him happier than a good meal with lots of carbohydrates. Though he owns several dozen pairs of jeans, he often complains about having nothing to wear.

June 15, 2006

Denim Fit Guide

We're all built differently but we all share one common goal: to find the perfect pair of jeans to fit our body type. To help you find the jeans for you, check out our new denim fit guide:

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-If you want to add some curves to your body look for stretch denim and slim fits.
-Avoid rigid, loose fit or wide legs jeans.
-Check out denim with a flap or zippered back pockets. Those details tend to add bulk and curvature where you need it most.

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-You can try a flare or a bootcut. Those jeans tend to balance out the curves of your hips and thighs with a slight flare at the bottom of the jeans. But avoid ultra-slim bootcuts like the Diesel Zathan (you won't be able to get those over your thighs). The True Religion Joey or the Diesel Zaf have more room in the thigh and will better accentuate your body.
- Those looking to play down their curves should try a mid to low rise straight leg. The silhouette of the straight leg will deemphasize your thighs and even out the curves on the lower half of your body. Try the G-Star Low Loose or the Diesel Levan.

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-To elongate the leg and body go for a pair of low rise jeans with a longer leg to wear with boots.
-Look for jeans with different inseam lengths. Most jeans without inseams have a 33” or 34” length.
-Avoid wide leg, flares, or anything that will widen your shape.

TIP -- If you need to hem your jeans, take them to your tailor and ask to keep the original hem -- they’ll look like they are straight from the manufacturer and you'll be able to retain all the worn-in details the brand has added to the hem! But be careful not to go too short...most jeans shrink up to 1/2 an inch if you wash and tumble dry them regularly.

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-Check out denim with a low rise and a narrow bootcut or straight leg. Examples: Levi's Offender, Levi's Skinner, Diesel Zathan.
-Stay away from wide legs or flared jeans.

TIP -- To add some style and a couple extra inches you can always let out the bottom seam, which usually contains close to 1 extra inch of fabric.

TIP -- G-Star jeans are slightly shorter than most brands. If you're normally a 32 length in Diesel and Levi's, you may want to try a 34 length in your G-Stars.

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-Stick to low riding jeans. If you're really daring, try the Levi's Offender Jean--it has a 7 inch rise (one of the lowest in men's jeans).
-Avoid jeans with medium or high rise. The length in the rise will narrow the area between your waist and chest.

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-Look for a medium rise denim with a straighter leg to help balance out your proportions.
-Avoid extra low denim.


May 23, 2006 Model Search

modelsearch.jpgUniversal Gear is looking for male product models for our online store.

If you are 5’9” to 6’1”, tanned and have an excellent muscular defined shape please send at least one face and one full body shot to for consideration.

--Must live in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

--Must be available for a 2-3 hour shoot per week.

--Product models are compensated with gift cards good at any of our stores.

April 25, 2006

The New and Improved

You spoke‚ we listened!
newsite.jpgArmed with fantastic feedback we’ve received from our customers‚ employees and partners‚ we’ve been working hard over the past few months to bring you the new and improved UNIVERSALGEAR.COM.

The new site has tons of new features to make your shopping experience easier and more enjoyable. Here are some of our favorite improvements:

- Shop by Brand: Since most of us are loyal to a few brands‚ we’ve added a Shop By Brand area featuring some of our most popular brands. Don’t see your favorite here? Just enter the brand name in the Search box on the top left of the site. In seconds‚ you get a page of all products currently on that site that have that brand name as part of the title.

- Shop by Fit: Under some departments on our left menu bar‚ you can see sub-categories so you can go right for the item you’re after. For instance‚ under the Jeans department‚ you can select from Boot-Cut‚ Straight-Leg or Flare Leg--allowing you to go straight to the fit that makes the most sense for you.

- Bigger Pictures: Our thumbnails are now much bigger--making it easier for you to browse our departments. And we now give you a zoom option‚ which makes the image even larger so you can see the details.

- More Control: In our department and brand pages‚ we now give you the option to sort the thumbnails by brand‚ by price and by popularity. And you can now see all products in a department in 1 page instead of having to scroll between pages.

- Better Stock Status: The new site is now linked to our inventory system‚ so we’ll only show you products that we have in stock.

- The Blog: Through our new blog‚ we’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest trends in men’s fashion. We’ll also spotlight new brands‚ recount our travels to fashion events throughout the globe (ok‚ mostly in New York) and give you the dish on which celebrities were spotted wearing our clothes (have you seen American Idol contestant Chris wearing the Diesel Zaf jeans?).

So what are you waiting for? It's time to take the new site for a spin.

-- Ricardo