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Meet Mr. Miloš Ristić (@m.r.dolcevita) from Novi Sad, Serbia. He is a doctor of dental medicine, now employed in a pharmaceutical company.
Miloš, how do you define your style?
I would define my style as a modern classic that leans more towards a vintage feel, like a gentleman from the 60’s living in a modern day.
What does it mean for you to be a Modern Gentleman?
For me, to be a modern gentleman means following certain rules of behavior. Quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of my favorite poets: “We sometimes meet an original gentleman, who, if manners had not existed, would have invented them.”. Being honest, first to yourself then to others as well, being fair and caring for other people is the essence of it. Don’t be afraid to show kindness. The modern gentleman is also someone who values knowledge, always trying to improve himself in every field of interest, and is aware of his qualities. Last but not least one needs to know how to dress properly for every occasion.
When it comes to style, where do you mostly get your inspiration from?
When I was younger I mostly looked for the inspiration in movies from 60’s and 70’s, as I was trying to move forward from my laid-back college style. Since I remember, I was amazed by suits and crafted leather shoes, so I couldn’t wait to start wearing them on a daily basis. These days I get a lot of inspiration from Instagram and Pinterest, but also from personal stories and advice of other gents, like here at Gents Cafe.
What’s your personal style signifier?
I do not have one, rather few, but the wristwatch is definitely my personal style signifier in every occasion. I’m in love with horology and I enjoy wearing different styles of watches combined with different outfits. If I need to choose one, that would be my Seiko Tank style vintage watch from 70’s, which I found on the flea market and carefully restored it. I also rarely leave the house without my Persol 649 sunglasses.
What are your favorite wardrobe essentials?
My wardrobe essentials are shoes for sure. I started with classic ones like oxford and cap toes, but now I own a lot of diverse styles. Tassel loafers are maybe my most common choice lately, and I have a few in different materials and colors. Classic white shirts, navy blue double-breasted blazers, and quality linen items for summer are also high on the list.
What are your main passions and how do you cultivate them?
I am a horology aficionado, as I pointed out in one of the previous questions, so every day I try to learn something new in that field. I started as a kid with my first plastic Swatch, but over the years I developed this passion and I started collecting wristwatches of all kinds. Mostly there are vintage pieces like mechanical Longines, Tissot and classic Seiko automatic models. I’m exploring on a daily basis for some interesting new pieces and I look forward to expanding my collection someday with a vintage Rolex Submariner, Omega Speedmaster and my two favorites Tank and Santos from Cartier.
What does your ideal Sunday look like?
I spend all my weekends with family and friends, and the perfect Sunday agenda for me would be: easy morning with a cup of espresso and a dose of newsletter or articles of interest, mid-day spent out in the nature with some bike riding if possible, and evening with friends, flipping steaks on BBQ and sharing a nice bottle of wine. When the kid is asleep, my wife and I love to enjoy homemade cocktails followed by some nice Jazz music.
Describe an interesting trip you have taken and tell us and what’s the next destination on your bucket list.
NYC is my city of choice, and I had the chance to visit it a dozen times over my few trips to the U.S.A. It’s an endless inspiration for me, and every time I found something new and interesting. I enjoy iconic spots, food places, rooftops, street markets, parks, and energy. The concrete jungle is a place to be, and I can’t wait to visit it once again. Regarding the next destination on my bucket list, I would go for a drive through the Italian countryside with our “family” car, Fiat 500 DolceVita.
Tell us what can never be missing in your liquor cabinet.
I love whiskey, so a few single malts and a bottle of Jameson (my favorite Irish whiskey) are must-haves. Usually, all cocktails containing whiskey or bourbon are my choice, but I also like martini, gin&tonic, and the King of them all: Negroni. I try to always restock Campari, Gin, and Vermouth in my liquor cabinet.
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