Style is how one sets themself apart from the group. When we think about style we often think of a particular individual rather than a style itself, highlighting the strength of individuality through styling. This person holds and presents his or herself in such a manner as to create interest and command attention, without speaking a word. Many throughout history have defined themselves through an innate connection with style.
When looking at style as a collective we talk about trends or ‘what’s stylish at the moment’. It’s painted over fashion magazines, it’s what we’re told is ‘in style’, it’s what that fashion forward group of clones wear when each new range is released. This is the collective style, it allows us to group individuals and label trends easily. This is not the style we aspire for.
The Versatile Gentleman is not only stylish, but has, and exudes, style. Personality, manner, attitude, intelligence, wit and, of course, a perfectly fitting suit are but a few of the many attributes of the stylish gentleman. In the same way that everyday people can recognise and appreciate fantastic design of any type, most can also distinguish between style, and lack there of. It’s almost intuitive in the way we draw distinction between those with style, and those without. Simplicity and ease are often used to describe a ‘stylish’ individual. The catch here is that although simplicity and ease are perhaps the most desired aspects of style, they are the most difficult to achieve.
One does not need to be rich to possess such qualities either. Style is creativity, and creativity is as free as the air we breath. Oscar Wilde once said “Looking good and dressing well is a necessity. Having a purpose in life is not.” Gain yourself some style and the rest will fall into place. Nothing bad ever came from bestowing a touch more swagger.
On a recent trip to New York I visited what could only be described as the best retail boutique I’ve ever stepped foot in. Not only were the suits, shirts and ties immaculate and plentiful, the owner/designer was a true gentleman and treated my friends and I with the utmost respect, something retail inherently lacks nowadays.
Duncan Quinn is British, as was his father. A child brought up admiring his father’s clean cut Saville Row suits – a man of Scotland Yard, always dressed impeccably. Duncan’s designs are inspired by his travels and what some may describe as a life of privilege. Whilst this might sound incredibly snobby I can personal vouch for Duncan, he is nothing of the sort.
Upon entering we were greeted by Duncan and his friend, both men dressed with purpose. We perused the small store on Spring St and chatted with Duncan about his choice of colours and materials from the finest mills in the world. He offers limited edition ready-to-wear suits in all 3 of his stores located in NYC, Miami and LA and specializes in bespoke hand crafted items that are ‘the best a man could ever care to own’.
Whilst Robert tried on some jackets we got chatting about the selection of Balvenie scotch presented next to the register, to which Duncan insisted we try and discuss. The shop possesses an incredible amount of distinction, laden with images of inspirational gentlemen of the past and present. We get onto talking about drive days Duncan and his friends do, followed by lavish dinners appreciating the world’s finest wines and single malt whiskeys. It quickly became apparent that Duncan is a man who does what he loves and his brand is not just clothing, it is a lifestyle, one he lives and sells with passion.
He and his store optimize what retail should be, an experience. A must visit for any versatile gentlemen.
Below is a video of Duncan speaking about the true nature of ‘Bespoke’.
DULY EQUIPPED is a new menswear label from Taiwanese-Canadian designer Yenting Chen, more informally known as Yen. Yen’s line draws from a time when men took great pride in how they dressed and carried themselves through the world, what he describes as the look of ‘the rebellious gentleman’.
When I stumbled across the website I was instantly attracted to the classic shapes and bold details, no doubt meticulously hand crafted by Yen himself. Personally, I think it is difficult to blend traditional tailoring with eccentric finishes and I find Yen’s range arrogant but still respectful of Saville Row, the institution in which he draws the majority of his inspiration.
I’d like to think that it’s fairly common knowledge that wearing a perfectly tailored suit will maintain your edge over the next man. Due to this fact being fairly common knowledge you may find the next man is also in a tailored suit but is it adorned with camel contrast lapels, satin piping and suede elbow patches? I think not. It would appear Yen has provided you the upper hand.
Last year I was living in North West London and working in Notting Hill. On rainy days when I couldn’t ride my skateboard to work, I would catch the bus and walk past a store that sold bathroom products and one particular product showcased in the window fascinated me, the bath above.
Trawling through Tumblr a few days ago I found shot, of another excellent bath and clicked through to the website and found the phantom bath from the store in Notting Hill and subsequently a whole range of bathrooms full of products by Agape.
You’ll come to realise that TVG takes bathrooms and most importantly showers, very seriously. Outdoor showers are our bread and butter. TVG believes man exists to shower in a secluded outdoor paradise amongst the elements.
This particular Italian brand’s products impressed us immensely, especially the shower below – we’ve been staring at it for hours.