No, this is not an EDC or everyday carry list, it’s much rather a list of items that you should have at your office or your home and you can use them occasionally when it’s appropriate. The first item is a good quality well fitting suit. So ideally, that’s a bespoke suit such as you can get on Savile Row. As a side note, the Japanese word for suit is SEBIRO which is their pronunciation of Savile Row. A bespoke suit makes a very interesting experience, at the same time, it’s quite pricey.
To learn more about bespoke and the process, please check out the guides on our website. If you still want a customized garment that is not as expensive, you may want to go with a made to measure item, or if your budget is quite low, I suggest you look for a vintage suit made out of a heavier fabric because it will drape well and that way, you get something that fits well that is of high quality in a very low budget.
By the way, today I’m wearing a vintage suit, it’s a brown three-piece suit, so it doesn’t always have to be a navy suit or a business suit, it all depends on what you would use it for and if you’re in the office, by all means, go with a business suit. If that’s not the case, it’s okay to go with a more casual suit. Now if you want to learn how a suit should fit ideally, or what an expensive suit looks like, and how you can spot a quality suit, along with all kinds of other suit videos, please check out our in-depth guides here. The second item you should own is a quality lighter. Ideally, with a double flame. A traditional brand would be something like a DuPont and if you don’t smoke, not even cigars, it’s okay you don’t need it but at the end of the day, it’s each to his own. The third item you should invest in is a good umbrella.
Obviously, some countries specialize in umbrellas because they have very rainy weather, such as England, or Great Britain, and because of that, you’ll find lots of quality makers on that island. Good brands include Brigg, Fox umbrellas, or James Smith, but you can also go with something from Italy such as Mario Talarico or Francesco Maglia. If you go with a quality umbrella maker, you can choose the size of the canopy, you can choose the ribs, you can choose the material, and especially, the handle and the construction. For example in this umbrella, I had a little seat built into it which comes in quite handy if you like to go to museums and if you want to sit down and enjoy art or the picture. In terms of colors and the woods you choose, it’s entirely up to you. If you’re a business person and you want to go under the radar, maybe something in black, charcoal or navy blue is exactly right for you. If you want to be a little bolder, maybe a bright blue or a red or a green is better for you. One of my favorite umbrellas is this one here with green, red, and gold stripes.
The problem is, the nicer your umbrella, the more likely it is to be stolen. if you leave it, maybe at a restaurant or at a store. So make sure if you invest money in your umbrella that you keep an eye on it. The fourth item any gentlemen should have is a quality trench coat. Some purists swear by the original models from Burberry, others go with Aquascutum. I think both are valid options. To learn why I think a Burberry trench coat is worth it, you should check out this video here.
And to learn more about a trench coat, it’s details, and its history, please check out this guide. The fifth item a gentlemen must-have is a quality corkscrew. Some people like Laguiole, which is a French brand, and they have handmade corkscrews made for sommelier or waiters or people who just use it a lot. They’re handmade, they have different pricing options, depending on the wood, and I think they start around $30.00 and go all the way up to 250 – $300.
Now, you can also find those on Amazon but there are lots of fakes out there, so buyer beware. Another less costly but nevertheless, quality option is a brand called Pulltap’s, it’s a Spanish brand and it’s just a very nice tool. They also can be had starting at 20 euros to around 30 dollars and a good brand to buy them from online in my experience is Pulltex.
The sixth item a gentleman should invest in is a linen handkerchief or ideally, several linen handkerchiefs. You can either wear them as a pocket square, such as these ones from Fort Belvedere, or you can use them to dry your tears, to polish a glass, or do something else. To add a little more detail, we offer our linen handkerchiefs with an initial and traditionally, a gentleman would choose his first initial, that way, if he would hand it out to someone especially a lady, who may be needed it for tears or something else, they would remember who they got it from. The seventh item a gentleman must have is a good quality fountain pen with a gold nib. If you follow the Gentleman’s Gazette, you know that my journey in the classic gentleman world started with fountain pens and to this day, I still own a few even though my collection has slimmed down from over a hundred to just three or four. There’s simply nothing like a good fountain pen because it’s very smooth, it gives your handwriting a very distinguished sophisticated look that can’t be replicated with a ballpoint pen or a rollerball.
If you want, you can have your initials engraved on the cap which makes it more personal. At the same time, you won’t be able to sell it and that should not be the idea, you should rather try to pass it on to a loved one or a child. The only problem with fountain pens is that once you have one that you like, you always invest in more of them, and you quickly become a collector. To learn more about fountain pens and to see whether it’s worth to invest in a Mont Blanc meisterstuck, please check out this video here.
The eighth item you should invest in is a quality toolbox with quality tools. No matter if you own a home or if you rent, you’ll always need some tools. It could be things like installing a dishwasher, maybe hanging a picture, or just measuring a piece of furniture so it fits where it should fit. Sometimes, people swear by certain brands such a Stanley, DeWalt, Milwaukee, or Bosch. At the end of the day, you’ll have to figure out what is an acceptable amount of money to spend on the tool, however, I find that oftentimes you can find quality tools at estate sales or at flea markets.
Of course that way, you hardly ever get an entire full set with exactly all the tools you want because inevitably, if you want to use a wrench, you will have all the sizes but the one you need. Nine, invest in a real camera. By that, I mean something where you can adjust the ISO, the shutter speed, and the aperture manually, so you can take exactly the picture that you want. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a film camera and personally, I used to have film cameras even nice Leicas but I just would never use them and if you don’t use your camera, it’s worthless. Because of that, I only use quality digital cameras and I like to exchange lenses to get exactly the look I want, whether it’s a portrait, a landscape shot or maybe a zoomed in shot on an eagle while in Alaska. If you just want a camera to walk around, you may want to consider a Leica which is something a lot of famous photographers in the past have used to snap iconic shots and while the quality is very high-end, most of them are manual focus so you have to like that and the quality, however, is really top-notch but it also comes with a very high price tag.
Personally, I invested in good Nikon lenses and so I stick with that brand and right now, I’m using a Nikon d850 camera. The tenth thing you should invest in is a black dress shoe more specifically, the black cap toe Oxford that is Goodyear welted. Why black you might wonder? It’s a very formal shoe that you can wear for business purposes, for funerals, or whenever you need a serious looking shoe. You want a cap toe Oxford because it’s very simple but not too plain and it’s just a very standard shoe and I think it’s the first shoe every gentleman should invest in.
To learn more about Oxfords and what we recommend in different price ranges, please check out this guide on the website here. The eleventh thing a gentleman must have is a signature scent. As you might suspect, I always favor quality scents and I stay away from famous name brands such as Armani or Ralph Lauren, or Mont Blanc because generally, the essences they use inside the bottle costs very little, the flacon cost a little more and a profit overall is quite high. For your signature cologne, I suggest to choose something that evokes fond memories because not only does it make it you happy, but it also spreads your mindset around those of you who smell the scent and so you create an aura of positivity around you.
The twelfth item you should invest in is a serious watch. Some people say a proper watch is the first jewel a man owns and while you can discuss about that, it’s definitely something that is part of a classic gentleman’s wardrobe. First, consider the use of your watch. If you work in a professional setting, in a casual setting, or do you want something for evening events. There are some watches that you can wear wherever you go but in general, keep in mind the dial and the strap. For example, for professional use go with an uncluttered clear dial that is light-toned and maybe a leather strap. An evening watch, on the other hand, should have a dark dial and you can go likewise with a leather strap. If you want more of a weekend watch or a chronograph or a dive watch, you should go with a steel band and something that you simply enjoy looking at.
Just like with many items on this list specifically shoes, you should always invest the most money you can into a good watch because it can be handed down to your loved ones; at the same time, find something that works for you. As a side note, if you are not into wrist watches, consider a pocket watch which gives you a vintage elegant look and at the same time, you can get comparable watches out of solid gold, at a fraction of the price you’d have to pay for a wristwatch. The thirteenth item to invest in is a bottle of vintage port. It’s a Portuguese tradition that when a child is born, you buy a bottle of that vintage year and sometimes, it’s not available simply because that year, the wine wasn’t good enough and then you can choose something maybe that’s your bottle and then you can crack it open on the child’s 18th birthday and drink it with them to evoke fond memories and talk about family stories.
Fourteen, get a great copy of your favorite book. By great, I mean either the first edition or another edition where the author made significant changes. Preferably, you want something that is a leather-bound because touching it and feeling it and smelling the leather just evokes different feelings and it can’t be replicated on your Amazon Kindle. A good place to search for these kinds of older collector’s editions is abebooks.com even though you should not intend to sell it one day, I urge you to resist the temptation to leave marks or notes in the books because among collectors that greatly evaluates the price of the book. The fifteenth item to invest in is a pristine white dress shirt. I think it should be the first one every gentleman invests in because it’s something that can always be worn and while there are other shirts that are quite well – such as light blue or off-white especially if you like more casual ensembles, a white dress shirt should be the cornerstone of every gentleman’s wardrobe.
If I had to pick just one white dress shirt, it would be a solid white one along with subtle pattern such as this waffle pattern I would go with a medium spread collar and French cuffs for cufflinks. the 16th item to invest in is a good timeless classic pair of cufflinks. By that, I mean something that you can wear with different outfits no matter where it’s a business suit or a tweed sport coat and I found that probably the most versatile one is a pair of knot cufflinks and because of that I designed a monkey fist knot cuff link in yellow gold rose gold and silver and it’s an investment but at the same time it’s something that you can hand down to your children when you’re not around anymore until then you can enjoy the pair of cuff jewelry on your shirt wrists and earn compliments for them as you go The 17th thing every gentleman should have is a quality belt and a quality pair of suspenders.
Ideally, the belt should have folded edges or should be neatly edged painted. It can be hand sewn or machine sewn because that will outlast every glue you want it to be made from a quality leather from the inside and out and ideally you should always match the color of your belt to your shoes while belts are great, suspenders definitely have their place especially the ones that you button in especially for evening wear or if you maybe have a little bit of a belly or if you like your pants looser around your waist because with suspenders they hang from your shoulders and so no matter how much you eat you can always have a comfortable pair of pants all day. last but not least, the 18th item I think every gentleman should have is a signet ring or a pinkie ring.
Now some people may disagree with me but I think a little pinkie ring it’s just a very elegant thing that a gentleman can wear and just like with fountain pens once you have one you will likely create a collection. it doesn’t have to be solid gold and it can be sterling silver you can go with stones and if you have a family crest, by all means, put one on if you don’t have one that’s no problem just go with a plain stone to learn more about signet drinks and pinkie rings, please check out our in-depth guide on our website here. in today’s video I’m wearing a three-piece suit and it’s, in fact, a vintage suit from Mario Caraceni it used to be very expensive I got it for a very small amount and it still fits me quite well it is not perfect because it wasn’t made for me but because the fabric is heavier it drapes well it’s made out of a charcoal brown color which means it’s a charcoal brown and white in a needlepoint or needle hat pattern the jacket is single breasted with a wider peak lapel and two buttons and no vents which is a very traditional cut especially in combination with a waistcoat that is double breasted with six buttons and a lapel the pants have two pleats which is good for me because I have big thighs and a big seat I’m pairing it with a white cotton dress shirt from Siniscalchi in Milan the fabric has a light waffle pattern which breaks things up and it’s not just like a regular solid I also go with French cuffs because it’s a gentlemen way to wear the shirt my cufflinks are from Fort Belvedere you can find them in our shop here they are monkey fists knot cufflinks in rose gold and they pair well with my pinky ring which is likwise rose gold with a bloodstone I’m wearing a traditional threefold necktie made out of an english printed silk it’s also from Fort Belvedere and it goes well with my pocket square which is red and it picks up the tones of the tie and overall with a brown and the white it’s all very harmonious looking the flower in my lapel is a silk boutonniere likewise from Fort Belvedere you can also find it in our shop just like the shadow stripe brown and green socks that I’m wearing here for my shoes I opted for Derby model with a wing tip and broguing even though it’s brown it has enough contrast to suit so to all looks harmonious and works well together.