Being a polished gentleman takes effort. And an inherent sense of style. They have a certain quiet charm and refined sensibility that sets them apart from their less stylish, less chivalrous peers. Ladies know him well: he commands attention whether it’s because of his tailored suit, the monogrammed handkerchief he offers, or his obvious attention to detail.
My father, the most dapper man I’ve ever known, taught me what to look for: a man who carries an exquisite ink pen, one who’s well-read, well-traveled, one who has taps on his shoes and-- perhaps most impressive-- the ability to see a woman's true beauty. This is, my father insists, a man’s best treasure. A few posts ago we peeked inside my bag, now let's find out the other must-haves for today’s seigneur:
1. A signature cologne
My choice: Creed Aventus, Neiman Marcus. $55.
2. A black bespoke tuxedo
My choice: a classic Henry Poole of London’s Saville Row. (Price varies)
3. A signature cocktails
My choice: The Vesper, favored by 007 himself.
4. A luxury timepiece
My choice: Hubolt Moonphase Titanium Orange or a vintage Rolex from the year you were born, or your child was born.
5. A set of silver cufflinks
My choice: Asprey’s of London rocket cufflinks $470
6. A sterling silver, monogrammed money clip
My choice: Deakin & Francis saddle clip $305
7. A good driving shoe
My choice: Tod’s Gommino suede shoe $445
8. A cashmere top coat
My choice: Paul Smith wool and cashmere coat $1295
9. A quality ink pen
My choice: Caran D’Ache RNX, 316 PBVD-coated Steel fountain pen $730
10. A quality camera
My choice: Leica M6 Gold Edition Sambutan Jubli Perak $27,114
11. Wool pea coat
My choice: Salle Privee Felix Virgin Wool-Blend $1360
12. A subscription to at least one quality magazine and newspaper
My choice: Tatler, Mr. Porter, Esquire, The New York Times, or The Washington Post.
13. A pair of gold and silver aviator sunglasses
My choice: Barton Perreira Gazarro Aviators $610 (when they aren’t sold out)
14. A man bag
18. A favorite author
My choice: Jay McInerney. Bright Lights, Big City is a classic for a reason. Hypnotic, epic male-lit.
19. A well-worn passport
My choice of passport cover: Goyard $495
20. And, of the utmost importance: a woman who knows her worth!