Driven by the genuine intellectual curiosity

Meet Mr. “Cultural Vagabond” (he prefers to remain anonymous), a young gentleman living between Philadelphia, USA – London, UK and Imperia, Italy.

He will be graduating next year in International Business & Finance from Pennsylvania State University. In the meantime, he’s eagerly working to start a career in Brand Management/Strategic Planning within the Luxury Goods & Services industries.

What does it mean for you to be a Modern Gentleman?

My life as a Modern Gentleman is driven by the genuine intellectual curiosity for the history, conventions, and evolution within not only men’s fashions and lifestyle, but also culture more widely. To me, a Modern Gentleman is always aware of what is happening in the world, having a keen interest in contemporary societal and political issues or events, being eager to travel and gain knowledge about other cultures.

When it comes to style, where do you mostly get your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from the fashion aesthetic of the 1950s & 1960s Italian and French Riviera’s, specifically in the diversity that existed at the time: from Gianni Agnelli’s casual yet trendsetting outfits showcased on his yacht in Portofino, to the ultra-elegance of celebrities in black tie at Casino de Monte-Carlo.

What’s your personal style signifier?

Out of necessity a nice pair of sunglasses, but I love the look too.  More unique to me is a good Irish sweater and a pair of Chelsea boots in the autumn and winter. During the spring and summer, linen suits with loafers.

What are your main passions and how do you cultivate them?

I love photography, cars, travel, and food. Nothing too eclectic in terms of interests, but I like to develop my understanding and skills regarding them. As much as I love wearing tailored Italian suits, I also fancy rolling up my sleeves. You could either find me working on my Mercedes-Benz 190SL or observing the chef at the restaurant to learn a certain technique for a dish I enjoy, which I will use at the next dinner party. I love interacting with people who are masters of their craft and learning about what they do and how they do it. Seeing their passion for a certain craft is just beautiful. I am far from an expert by any means, but constantly trying to improve and learn makes life a very enjoyable journey.

Tell us what can never miss in your liquor cabinet.

In my bar, you will always find an Irish Whiskey, either some type of Jameson or more specifically Redbreast 12. I have been trying to get into mixology more, but for me, a great glass of Whiskey is always a go-to choice.

Originally posted as part of the Gents Cafe Newsletter, a bite-sized read about men’s lifestyle to enjoy over a coffee or a nice cocktail. Join now!