More 1953 Gucci Loafers

Yes … I can’t get enough of the iconic 1953 branded Gucci loafers!  Presented here is the Straw Horsebit loafer in black.  Features of the shoe:

  • Black straw with white leather trim.
  • Gucci horsebit loafer 60th anniversary inside tag.
  • Gold horsebit detail.
  • 0.6″ heel.
  • Leather sole.
  • Made in Italy

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I sported them today with a white striped half sleeve shirt (Banana Republic) and gray shorts from (The Gap).

Oxford Wingtip Paperweights

These miniature shoes make for an awesome gift for men!  Metal with real leather laces that tie and rubber soles, packaged in  a mini gift shoebox.  Spotted at a Manhattan Beach boutique Fresh Produce.  A good idea for Father’s Day … beats getting a necktie!

5 Fashionable Villains

By special contributor John Leite

Here’s a fun segment for The Classic Gentleman … A short take on our 5 most fashionable villains from the silver screen

Starting at #5 …

Dracula in “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” played by Gary Oldman

Wisdom of the ages, command of the forces of evil, irresistible to women and the power of immortality all wrapped up in the best Victorian fashion.

Our alternate …

The count

At #4 …

Agent Smith in “The Matrix” played by Hugo Weaving

Psychotically methodical…check. Order and precision obsessed…check. This self-aware counter-terrorism computer program rocks a black and white ensemble and reminds us that tie-bars serve a function: they keep the tie off your face when you’re kicking the butts of hacker punks who would stir up trouble.

Our alternate …

The gentlemen from the “Reservoir Dogs”

At #3 …

John Dillinger in “Public Enemies” played by Johnny Depp

Ah, the good old days when men were nattily attired even when robbing a bank. Great fabrics make for great textures and last forever. Odds are a well-made wool coat like the the wore in the movie, would be practical to hide your Thompson submachine.

Our alternate …

DeNiro as Al Capone

At #2 …

Patrick Bateman in “American Psycho” played by Christian Bale

Big shoulders, bold silhouette cuts and bolder ties. That perfect mix of Reagan-era self-absorption wrapped in Pat Riley style where cocaine was considered an accessory.  The best accessory: confidence and attitude.

Our alternate …

Gordon Gekko

At #1 … Drum roll please

Julian in “American Gigolo” played by Richard Gere

Arguable whether Julian is a true villain but Armani takes us to school in this movie showing us how to blend wool, silk, denim in sharply sculpted cuts. This movie catapulted Italian style into the American conscience. This was 1980 and you can still draw lessons from this film that apply today…in other words, this is the new classic.

Our alternate … none

The dude is in a class of his own …watch this today!

You can buy fashion but do you have style?

Anyone can buy fashion, but not everyone can have style.  Style is the goal though it should never be the aim. The Italians call it sprezzatura. It’s an effortless self-expression that comes after mastery of the medium. It’s the way that you can wear something just slightly off, just slightly wrong but it can only come after you’ve mastered wearing everything right.  It’s the little idiosyncrasies that personalize fashion, individualize it to the point it becomes style.

I can sense it now. You’re skeptical as you read this and already dismissive.  I don’t blame you.  I’m not saying I have it all figured out. What I am saying is that I recognize the value.  I understand its importance.  We remember JFK, his impeccably tailored suits and worn, stretched pockets because he kept his hands in there. His suits bore the damage of how comfortably he wore them.  I grew up in New Jersey and attended public school my whole life. I remember how the cool the private school kids looked wearing their uniforms with such disdain, such irreverence that they made a crested jacket a symbol of rebellion.

What clothes you wear have less to do with how you look and more how you present yourself to the world. Should people trust you?  Should they listen to what you have to say?  If you only had 3 seconds to make an impression, what would you focus on to improve?

Don’t make the poser mistake and use your clothes to project an image that doesn’t represent you. Be honest but be ambitious. Be bold if you’re bold, be modest if otherwise.  Always opt for quality even if it means buying less. Have fun!

Special contributor, John Leite