A Gentleman’s Decor: Embrace Fresh Flowers

Every gentleman should embrace fresh flowers in their life.

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Since I was a child I have always been exposed to flowers. Since setting up my own home I try to have fresh flowers in my apartment all the time. Most men resist the inclusion of flowers in their life as they feel they are too feminine or they will tarnish their masculine reputation.

Waking each day and seeing flowers always make me smile. Different flowers remind me of different occasion and times in my life. Lilies in my apartment always remind me of my grandmother, while hydrangeas remind me of my mother.

Buying / Receiving flowers are spectacular for any occasion. If you are arriving for dinner, furnishing your host with flowers will never disappoint. Learn their likes and dislikes over time and take note of flowers you have seen in their apartment so you may arrive with them on your next visit. Understand their origins, if they are Dutch, bring tulips when they are in season, if they are English bring them roses.

READ MORE: Three Elements of Masculine Interior Design

Remember rose color rules, don’t bring red roses for your mother. Red roses are for your loved one and there is no greater gift than a spontaneous offering. Red roses on a rainy Tuesday are the perfect gift to send or receive.

Ode à la Rose, provide great flowers in New York. The personal touches they offer are outstanding. Delivery by bike, rose petals in the top of the box and one rose exposed making you order of 12, 13 or your order of 24, 25.

Give flowers a chance!

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Summer Travel Addition – A Day in Nantucket

Things to do and see while visiting Nantucket.

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Moving to America in 2010 presented a plethora of places to visit. I had longed to visit Nantucket to experience what many describe as the nicest place to visit on the east coast. I was invited by a summer resident and hopped on the ferry from Hyannis . Just an hour on the high speed gets you there and back for $50. Be prepared in the summer and make a reservation, arriving at the ferry on the day won’t guarantee a spot during peak times!

Nantucket is a delight from a travel perspective. The towns and homes are full of charm and to stroll around is both peaceful and beautiful. The items for sale tend to be tourist related or some highly priced interior design pieces. Not a great place to shop for clothes, however a wonderful afternoon wandering around the cobbled streets. The property prices are fabulously expensive. The real estate is idyllic and an absolute retreat from the hectic life of New York City.

Where to stay

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Check out the Wauwinet hotel as it is like stepping back in time. At least $500 a night is a little restrictive! That said a gin and Tonic in the bar or a light lunch is a definite option.

Where to Lunch

The summer side Beachside Bistro is a lovely spot. A nice lunch looking over the ocean with great service.

Cycling

The island is not huge and a great way to see it is on a bicycle. Many tourists do this and the traffic is very calm and it’s easy to navigate. No traffic signals, helpful divers, bike lanes and a trusted stop sign system means you will be all set.

READ MORE: What to Wear for an Evening in The Hamptons.

 

Mango – A Spanish Jewel That Won’t Destroy Your Budget

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Whilst shopping in Madrid this year I stepped in a store named Mango one afternoon. One of the things I really like about shopping/dressing is the ability to mix expensive designers with other brands that don’t eat your entire pay check. When this is done well you create delightful fashion for men or women. Fusing different brands that complement each other are as effective as being head to toe in extreme high end clothing.

Mango has great style and I picked up Chinos and a casual tee-shirt for $100. The model above provides and impeccable look for business and casual with a blazer and simple white square. The fusion with a turtle neck or a white shirt with a hoody is genius fashion.

$129.99 for the blazer at full price is a must buy for the fall. Mango provide a range of options online and in store. I will be visiting their store regularly when next in Europe.

Weekend in the Hamptons: What to Wear in the Evening

The summer is now in full swing and for most New Yorkers that means either the Hamptons or Fire Island for multiple weekends. The big question is what to wear in the evening?

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My life is dominated by blazers of all colors and styles. There are few occasion that I feel a blazer doesn’t work!

The key question is how bold can you be with color and style? The examples above are about as bold as it can get for me (slightly conservative English boy), that said with the correct additions it works perfectly.

The first, light grey and blue create the perfect combination. The look is conservative and creates an elegant hot look.

The Second, the blend of the tee-shirt and blazer makes it perfectly casual.

The final, BOLD and the perfect Brooklyn Boy style!

For all, White pants are never a mistake, just the challenge of keeping them clean. Pocket squares are the secret of any well-dressed gent.

For the extra trendy you can combine any of these with shorts. That said proceed with caution as this can kill the entire look for some people. If you are looking for something a little safer then stick to a white or light blue pant.

For cool summer blazers check out Gant. Gant is not the cheapest option, however the style and quality are great. The sales tend to see them discounted to half price (currently active).

Weekend in the Hamptons: What to Wear to the Beach

The summer is now in full swing and for most New Yorkers that means either the Hamptons or Fire Island for multiple weekends. The big question is what to wear? 

what to wear in the hamptons

Vilebrequin shorts are timeless classics. The shorts are amazing and come in many different styles. I have been buying from Vllebrequin for many years and the quality and design is exceptional. They are a must buy for any trip to the beach. The style will last for years and the quality allows you to enjoy them for many summer seasons. Added bonus, they come in father and son (as shown below) and they are adorable, but not cheap.

Quality never is!

A price tag ranging from $300-$400 will get you a great pair, but just remember you are making an investment for many summers to come!

Build up your collection over a numbers of year and you will have your private Vilebrequin closet collection.

Hamptons Weekend Tip:

Check out an early class at Soul Cycle to get you day off to a good healthy start.

Follow your spin with Coffee at Sag Town Cafe.

How to Wear a Blazer in the Summer

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Being a European, it is difficult to imagine life without a blazer. But if you are attending a formal event or shopping in Soho, you may ask yourself how you can you manage the summer heat whilst still looking stylish in a blazer?

The Blazer should feature in anybody’s wardrobe and can be worn at any time of the year. Here are some tips on how to keep cool in the summer:

Linen

If Linen is well kept (beware of it looking weathered and like you have had it in your pocket for a few weeks) it can provide the perfect casual or smart jacket for the summer. If you are going for a formal look, head for the dark colors, and if going for a casual afternoon, go for the lighter option.

There are many colors available for any occasion. For added style, a casual silk pocket square will add that final touch. Remember, you don’t need to follow the rules of pocket squares (per my earlier article) just pop it in and the casual look will be perfect!

Tee-shirt

Most people are closer to blazers with shirts (myself included). During the summer don’t hesitate to try plain colored tee-shirts under a blazer! It is a cool (meaning keeping cool and also a cool (trendy) way to rock your blazer in the summer).

Caution, avoid colored tee-shirts the look is too casual for a blazer.

blazers during summer

As always Massimo never disappoints. Elegant and stylish whilst keeping tn cool for the summer. If a meeting with your CEO or your bank manager how can you go wrong?

 

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Men’s Shopping Guide: Summer in Madrid

I have been making semi-annual trips to Madrid for about the last decade. Apart from excellent friends, great food, and culture I find the fashion and shopping exceptional. As an English Man in New York I often try to find European designers that can’t be found in the U.S. Madrid has an array of small boutique stores offering marvelous things for any European or American. The prices are reasonable and the fashion is very different from anything you can source in New York.

A couple of my personal favorites:

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Bow-Tie

Bow Tie is a Spanish store based on old English Fashion. They hand make shoes of many varieties. I personally like the slippers that come in many designs for men and women. Over the years I have collected several pairs and I wear them with everything from formal suits to shorts. I always receive compliments, and it is a sure stop of point for any trip to Madrid. Prices range from €100-€300 a pair.

The quality and the style cannot really be matched. There are brands in the U.S. doing similar options, however they are much more expensive.

Bow-Tie only has stores in Spain and having items shipped is complex. For the more conservative they do excellent formal shoes for the lounge suit or for something more casual on a day-to-day basis.

 

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Loewe

Loewe can only be described as the very best of brands. Whilst in Madrid I made my first purchases at Loewe. The leather is simply outstanding. I have never experienced such leather in my life.

Brief Case – I have been looking for a briefcase for the office for many years. I really wanted something that was simple and could last me a working life time. For many years I had considered going for the Hermes classical case, however at €5,000 I have never been able to make the move! Whilst Loewe is far from cheap the quality and style of the brief case is simply timeless. Outstanding workman ship and I will carry this with me for many years to come.

Loewe is not an everyday shop unless you are very wealthy, that said, the occasional piece is simply stunning.

Leather Jacket – The second piece I bought was the dark blue Leather jacket. The design is simple and I love waist length jackets. I bought a biker jacket from Ralph Lauren back label a few years ago and fell in Love with the style. The quality of the leather on the Loewe jacket is simply outstanding. The design is sleek, the color unique and I don’t think the quality can be matched by any brand.

I will return to Loewe on my trips to Madrid. I am not sure how often I will buy as the price tag is very high. I think it is worth the money for quality. The quality will allow me to keep these two items for a long time and I truly believe the leather will get better with age.

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TENKEY

Finally, I am happy to report a wonderful new addition to Madrid! TENKEY is a relatively new store in Madrid and offers a number of great options. During my last two trips I have bought quite a few items. The shirts have exceptional detail, the jumpers unique and the hoodies are excellent quality and a great style. I was stopped twice in NYC to ask the brand! This is often the case when wearing Spanish Brands, Unique in New York.

This is a must to add to your Madrid list!

They don’t appear to have a website at the moment. An in person visit is therefore required until they expand to an online option, but is definitely worth the trip.

Fondest Regards,

Michael