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CA | International Gentleman

There is a Japanese saying that ‘a man is whatever room he is in’. Simply put, environments shape our behaviour and so too does the clothing that we wear. Put a man in a suit and he will likely walk through the world differently to if he was dressed down in his weekend polo shirt and khakis.

To the same end, clothing shapes the way in which people perceive and behave around us. With that, we've gone international to compare and contrast the thoughts of men’s style experts across the world on what image they think defines a ‘gentleman’.

 

Marco from Mr Volpato

Marco Volpato

Mr Volpato @mr_volpato

 

What is your nationality and country of residence?

I am Australian, with an English Mother and Italian Father. Currently living in Sydney, Australia!

What is your profession?

Director / Editor In Chief.

Who are your style icons and why? How have they influenced your sense of style and the way you dress?

I’ve always been drawn towards the grace with which Italians wear their clothes. People often say 'sprezzatura’ (or artful dishevelment) comes naturally to Italians, but it’s quite the opposite. These gentlemen take great pride in their appearance and put in an immense amount of time and effort to present themselves impeccably every day. The difference is how they wear it. Here’s a quote by Hardy Aimes that I feel embodies the notion of ’sprezzatura’ perfectly.

“A man should look as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten all about them.”

As for style icons; if I had to be specific: Johannes Huebl, Lino Ieluzzi and Tinie Tempah.

The term Gentleman is often associated with British culture, but what does the word ‘gentleman’ mean to you?

To be a gentleman is to be powerful, yet refined; chivalrous, yet unpatronising; naturally confident, yet always humble. It’s politeness without stiffness. A gentleman is a man who takes great pride in his appearance, moving through life confidently and purposefully.

How would you define the modern gentleman? (i.e Style, fashion, grooming, etiquette etc.)

Times have changed! To me, a modern gentleman is the quintessence of untamed masculinity and tasteful sophistication. He has mastered all the rules, so he can break them effectively. His charm, irresistible. His charisma, intoxicating… and his style? Impeccable.

If you had to choose one wardrobe staple that no man should be without, what would it be?

This is a tough one! If I had to pick one item, it would be a tailored navy sport coat.

 

 

Marcel from One Dapper Street

 

What is your nationality and country of residence?

A German dude based in New York.

What is your profession?

I'm a student of Fashion Merchandising Management at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. I also run a personal style blog, One Dapper Street.

Fashion and Style are widely vague concepts. Briefly, how would you describe the difference between them?

Per textbook, fashion is a certain style -- sneakers with a suit for example, which is trending right now and I'd call a fashion -- that is currently acknowledged by a large part of a certain population. Style has a few definitions: if we talk about a style, it could be a double-breasted blazer, which simply is a certain style of clothing; but if we talk about a person's style, we mean personal style, something that is more long lasting and reflects their personal taste.

What were your motivations for cultivating a greater interest in style?

Simply my own interest. I'm very passionate about fashion, and I believe that life is a lot about our passions, about the things that make us forget the time. I want to share my passion so people find theirs, can cultivate theirs and ultimately share theirs.

How would you define the modern gentlemen in terms of how he approaches style, grooming and etiquette?

I think he's evolving a lot right now, with every minute of every day. The modern gentleman is a man who cares about his appearance - this is beyond "metrosexual", an over-used term with a negative connotation. He plays with traditional elements, meaning suiting, but he takes a contemporary approach. He realizes that grooming and hair style are part of the look, and most of all, he sees that the right look, will get you places. Anyone who says clothes do not have an impact on the way one is perceived by others is neglecting the obvious - with exceptions to the rule, of course.

In your opinion, what are a few core items for a man to begin building a classic and timeless wardrobe?

Classic and timeless... Suits. Start with navy, then black, charcoal and brown. Mix it up and play with three-piece as well as double-breasted options. A white shirt. Raw denim jeans. A pair of khakis, and a pair of white pants. A simple white and black t-shirt. Classic white sneakers and cognac oxfords. Ultimately: a nice watch, a silver one is versatile, though I prefer having leather straps, both brown and black.

This should cover you for 90% of the time, neglecting furnishings for the moment.

 

 

Nick from Cut and Copy

 

What is your nationality and country of residence?

100% Hong Kong born and bred

What is your profession?

Architecture student

Who are your style icons and why? How have they influenced your sense of style and the way you dress?

I'm a big fan of Edward Enninful and his styling at W Magazine. In general, I always like to look at London for fashion inspiration (especially menswear), as I find younger designers being more avant garde and experimental.

The term Gentleman is often associated with British culture, but what does the word ‘gentleman’ mean to you?

As with anything in terms of style, being a certain type of person is not just something you can wear. Being a 'gentleman' requires style and poise, neither of which can stand alone. They should coincide with one another, highlighting attributes like sensitivity, for example, through one's choice in accessories.

How would you define the modern gentleman? (i.e Style, fashion, grooming, etiquette etc.)

I don't suppose time changes the definition of a gentleman other than his knowledge of the modern times. Making use of modern technology is an absolute must - firstly to enrich his mind, whether it be for the latest style or a restaurant recommendation, and also to connect socially with friends and family.

If you had to choose one wardrobe staple that no man should be without, what would it be?

I swear by a well-tailored shirt. Having said that, you can never have enough shoes!

 

 

Elias from SMF

Elias El-indari

SMF Blog @SMF_Blog

 

What is your nationality and country of residence?

I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia to Lebanese parents and I currently live in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

What is your profession?

I currently work as a digital sales executive for the only English sports daily newspaper in the world, Sport360. On the side though, I am the founder and editor of SMF, a men’s fashion and lifestyle blog.

Who are your style icons and why? How have they influenced your sense of style and the way you dress?

I have always been a massive fan of Nick Wooster. His effortless style when curating outfits ceases to amaze me. For more of a European/Italian inspiration, I am great follower of the amazing Alessandro Squarzi, Lino Ieluzzi and Fabio Attanasio. Their style is impeccable and they sure know how to rock a killer double-breasted suit without even trying. For street style inspiration, I follow Tommy Ton, Scott Schuman and Lee Oliveira greatly.

The term Gentleman is often associated with British culture, but what does the word ‘gentleman’ mean to you?

A gentleman is an all-rounded individual who has covered all facets in becoming a true gentleman to himself and the people around him. How would you define the modern gentleman? (i.e Style, fashion, grooming, etiquette etc.)

A modern gentleman is a man who still believes in chivalry, dresses impeccably and is always clean shaved, possess a distinct fragrance scent, has great taste in wine and scotch, is well travelled, intelligent and street smart and possess great morals and values that he lives by.

If you had to choose one wardrobe staple that no man should be without, what would it be?

Personally, it would have to be either a pair of killer tan double monk strap shoes or a bespoke navy double-breasted suit. These two pieces are by far my most favourite and I highly encourage every gentleman out there to invest in both as soon as possible.

 

 

Mxolisi Ngonelo - Perfect Gentleman

 

What is your profession?

I am a supervisor in the local government sector. I run a municipal centre in a semi-rural area which offers services to the local community. Fashion and Style are widely vague concepts. Briefly,

How would you describe the difference between them?

Fashion is cyclical and has a very short lifespan. It appeals to many but has very little staying power, immense resonance and mass appeal. Style is an individual thing, very niche but can be mastered through diligence and a good eye. Fashion lacks the longevity of style because style can be passed on from generation to generation.

What were your motivations for cultivating a greater interest in style?

My father is the greatest motivation behind my style. As a professional, I used to see him in a suit and tie every day. He was well coordinated and put together and I’m fortunate to have experienced this first hand. Somewhere along the way my style and dress were influenced by hip-hop culture right up until the white tee era. Around this time I started reading men’s style websites and blogs and this is where my interest and journey in style resumed. Right now my motivation is driven by how versatile a gent’s wardrobe can be with just a few items. I want to master the art of maximising the potential of the few items of clothing that I have.

How would you define the modern gentlemen in terms of how he approaches style, grooming and etiquette?

The modern gentleman approaches the whole spectre of style, grooming, etiquette, etc. with trepidation, apprehension, ambivalence, but most of all, intrigue. At times, it can be a little too much for a gentleman to absorb all at once; which explains why some give up. Therefore, it’s important that a gentleman learns the rules and basics of each concept first, study them and then find what works for him and stick to it. I think with any concept a gentleman is always looking for perfection. In matters of style it’s about bringing all these elements together in the right combination and balance in order to achieve a winning formula.

In your opinion, what are a few essential/core items for a man to begin building a classic and timeless wardrobe?

For me there are five:

1. A navy suit. 2. Black cap-toe oxford. 3. Neutral chinos. 4. A white shirt. 5. Light cotton trench coat

 

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