“You sit back in the darkness, nursing your beer, breathing in that ineffable aroma of the old-time saloon: dark wood, spilled beer, good cigars, and ancient whiskey – the sacred incense of the drinking man.”
Gap Clean Chambray Shirt ($60). Old Navy Color-Blocked Vest ($36). Timex Weekender Navy Leather Watch ($27). Levi’s 511 Slim Fit Jeans ($43). Eddie Bauer Khakis Belt ($35). The Bone Art Place Double Koru Necklace ($48). Urban Outfitters Birdseye Pattern Camp Sock ($12). L.L.Bean Allagash Penny Loafers ($109).
“The appellation of Gentleman is never to be affixed to a man’s circumstances, but to his Behavior in them.”
~Sir Richard Steel~
Butc(h)er is dedicated to the idea that anyone can be a gentleman. If that is true and you don’t have to be a man to be a gentleman, then what exactly is a gentleman? Defining what makes one a gentleman is like trying to hit a moving target because it is a little different for each person.
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“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. . . .”
~Henry David Thoreau~
St. John’s Bay Sweater ($20). Merona Button Down ($25). Jack Threads Melton Wool Peacoat ($120). Warmen Winter Leather Gloves ($28). Tie Bar Knit Wool Tie ($25). Dockers Alpha Khaki ($50). Target Fair Isle Socks ($6). Perry Ellis Dress Belt ($25). Planetary Design Double Shot French Press Travel Mug ($30). Seiko Japanese Quart Analog Watch ($90). Bass Pembroke Oxford ($48). Sumo Pant Pocket Bundle Briefcase ($50).
Starting in college, I began slowly amassing a tool collection. At first, it was just duct tape, a rubber mallet and screwdriver to handle dorm room projects. Over the years, as more projects presented themselves, I’d head off to the hardware store to buy the necessary tools. This scattershot approach occasionally enabled me to buy some good quality tools even when I was broke because I wasn’t buying everything at once.
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