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Meet Mr. Nathan S Guthrie (@nsguthrie) from Charleston, SC. He is an entrepreneur, however he typically introduces himself simply as a designer. As the Founder & CEO of Matthias Kaupermann (@matthiaskaupermann) – a maker of beautiful objects designed to elevate everyday life.
Nathan, how do you define your style?
I’ve never sought to be either in-style or out of style. I would describe my style as timeless and classic, mixing old and new with high and low in a formula that is situationally appropriate for the occasion. Thoughtful enough to be unique, but not enough to be distracting. Invest in quality staples and take care of them.
What does it mean for you to be a Modern Gentleman?
That’s an intriguing question for sure… I’m reminded of the quote that suggests (and I am paraphrasing) that success isn’t owned, but rented and the rent is due every day. Likewise, I feel that “gentleman” (modern or otherwise) cannot be defined by a single instance, but rather by a consistent pattern that becomes his natural state of being.
Not to go too deep here, but the term “gentleman” was attributed to ancient Greek & Romans who demonstrated two virtues: gentle + man. That is, being considerate and sensitive towards others, yet also being strong in body and mind able to perform his duties or defend his convictions.
When it comes to style, where do you mostly get your inspiration from?
I’d would certainly say that Ralph Lauren’s brand of style has had a considerable influence on my style.
What’s your personal style signifier?
I love mixing high and low. For example, pairing an alligator belt with chambray button-down from Old Navy. It’s not about how much it cost so much as how it fits and feels all together. Oh, I hate wearing socks… so unless I’m wearing sneakers or boots in the winter I opt for loafers sans socks year-round. Fortunately, Charleston tends to favor mild winters! You’ll typically find me with pen clipped to my shirt. However, I would say my favorite personal style signifier is a monogrammed sterling silver engine-turned slide buckle. It’s a timeless, personal accessory that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion and it only gets better with age.
What are your favorite wardrobe essentials?
Belgian loafers (Matthias Kaupermann) Alligator belt with slide buckle (MK) Medium fade denim jeans (7forallmankind) Fine twill white button-down (Custom) Navy blazer with side vent, sans gold buttons (Brooks Brothers) White cotton handkerchief Slim leather wallet (MK) Stainless steel dive watch (TAG) Tortoise shell sunglasses (Persol) Cheap ballpoint pen (G2) Grey v-neck cashmere sweater (J. Crew) Green Waxed Jacket (Barbour)
What are your main passions and how do you cultivate them?
I find myself driven by a constant curiosity about the world around me… I’m passionate about learning – that sounds super nerdy! What I mean is, by studying a product or process to understand the why it exists and how it works, perhaps there is an opportunity to create a better, more efficient, mouse trap. Often times I find myself scribbling thoughts and prototype sketches on scraps of paper or cocktail napkins at happy hour. I love the challenge of creating more efficient spatial solutions for interior design and architecture projects. Travel cultivates and inspires me to look at things differently.
I’m passionate about promoting sustainability. Matthias Kaupermann was founded to create thoughtful purposeful designs handcrafted to heirloom quality and worthy of future generations. We’re crafting a journey measured not in miles, but in camaraderie – and the best is yet to come.
I’m passionate about being a good husband to my wife and a father to my son. Quality time with my family life helps me keep everything in perspective.
I’m passionate about my faith and growing in my relationship my Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
What does your ideal Sunday look like?
Church, brunch, play or watch golf, walk on the beach, grill something for dinner, prepare for the week ahead.
Describe an interesting trip you have taken and tell us and what’s the next destination on your bucket list.
Italy and France are both on my bucket list as are many others. Most recently I was able to sneak in a last- minute golf trip to the Dominican Republic with the guys. My wife was 37 weeks pregnant so I flew my mother-in-law to be with her over the long weekend, but we didn’t think it was going to happen due to an approaching hurricane and the forecast called for 100% chance of rain. Miraculously the skies cleared out at the last minute, and we made it without any travel hiccups. We enjoyed great company, local was a great weekend.
Tell us what can never be missing in your liquor cabinet.
I pride myself on keeping a fully stocked bar with all the essentials, but I gravitate towards bourbon most often. I make a pretty good Manhattan – which isn’t complete without a bourbon-soaked cherry and a few dashes of peach bitters. My house bourbon is Woodford, top shelf is Blanton’s, and on a very special occasion Pappy 15yr.
What are your three favorite books?
Good to Great, Setting the Table and The Toyota Way.
What are your three favorite movies?
Braveheart, Thomas Crown Affair, A Good Year and Scent of a Woman.
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