The Modern Gentleman

You hear the word ‘gentleman’ everyday, mostly find it in media, in blog posts and even in your workplace. Being a gentleman is important to what the 7th Suavenue stands for, so we took our time to break down what the word ‘gentleman’ stood for, and what the modern gentleman represents now.

Let’s define the word gentleman in simple terms:

  1. A chivalrous, courteous, or honorable man
  2. A man of noble birth attached to a royal household
  3. A polite or formal way of referring to a man
  4. A man of good social position, especially one of wealth and leisure

These days, the title “gentleman” is no longer relevant as an indication of one’s refinement and character, as it was once assumed to be for men of wealth and title who didn’t have to work for a living.

In our opinion, the term is far more egalitarian, and these days, to say you are a gentleman means you have to earn it. Wealth and power are no longer enough, and in fact, they simply aren’t a relevant part of the modern definition. Money and position can’t buy you class or respect.

  1. First and Foremost, the Gentleman is Imperfect. The term isn’t meant to mean perfection, and even though the 7 in our brand stands for totality, basic human nature must be taken into account. The gentleman is not perfect but strives for perfection. What is important here is knowing your shortcomings and working towards it while holding a high standard with what you’re already good at.
  2. A Gentleman Treats People with Respect: When we say people, we mean everyone – women, colleagues, superiors, waitstaff and customer service people. This reflects a gentleman’s belief that all people are created equal; he does not claim to have more or fewer rights than those around him. He is compassionate with those less fortunate than himself. He doesn’t believe that the world is a zero-sum game, nor does he believe that putting someone else down will lift him up.
  3. A Gentleman is Well Dressed: We don’t have to stress this any further, this is the main reason this brand was born. Dressing well isn’t a matter of money for a gentleman, but rather of careful curation of clothing and accessories based on his means, the occasion, and his tastes. Throw in knowing the importance of smelling good and how to smell on a particular occasion or time of day.
  4. A Gentleman Has Good Manners: A gentleman is courteous, polite, and respectful. He says please and thank you, waits his turn in line, and treats others as they wish to be treated.
  5. A gentleman knows the difference between Arrogance and Confidence and acts accordingly. Confident people allow others to be themselves around them. The confident man understands things don’t give him confidence, however it’s his confidence that helps him get things.
  6. A Gentleman is Open Minded: A gentleman does not believe that his opinions and knowledge are complete and unquestionable. He strives to learn, is open to new ideas, accepts constructive criticism, and welcomes failure as a path to growth and self-awareness.
  7. A Gentleman is Interesting and Informed: An interesting man can successfully carry a conversation about a number of subjects, is interested in the world around him and how it works, and actively seeks to grow his knowledge for his own character building and enjoyment.
  8. A Gentleman’s Actions Match His Words. Quite simply, a gentleman makes promises that he intends to keep.

Now there you have it, Stay Classy!

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