As I have talked about many times before on The Gentleman Select, tailoring is something I have an obsession with to put it mildly. A form of clothing that dominates my wardrobe, I ‘am always looking for new and exciting cuts and styles to add to an ever-growing collection. With this in mind, you can imagine the complete joy that consumed me when the opportunity came along to meet up with re-knowned Scottish tailor Andrew Brookes, to discuss all things fashion and style, whilst putting together a stunning three piece suit which would knock it out the park at any occasion. During my visit we also explored deeply into how I could wear this suit smart and formal, before splitting it up for a more casual, laid-back look, really re-inforcing both the versatility and importance of having a well cut suit in your wardrobe arsenal, along with the style choices men are making in the modern age.
Every now and then a vehicle comes along that is perfectly suited and crafted for long adventures on the open road. Last month I was lucky enough to drive one such vehicle and take it out on a short road trip to the historic Scottish town of St Andrews. It is a journey I’ve done before but never in quite so much comfort and elegance. This time I would be making said trip in the magnificent Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV.
In the past St Andrews was always a place I visited to play golf and why not, it is the home of golf after all with its incredible links courses presenting so many challenges. What I also love about the place is the narrow, cobbled little streets leading to quaint little pubs for drowning your sorrows after several wayward tee-shots during the day! Most recently however I visited St Andrews for a different reason. It was to check out the newly refurbished The Saint Bar & Kitchen, the ideal place to see what culinary delights this picturesque Scottish seaside town has to offer.
For the gent of today, it is hugely important to have some excellent go to, versatile accessories that will really spruce up any outfit. One of the most used has to be the good old belt and a particular style which looks fantastic with summer ensemble is the woven variety. There is a lot of choice out there at the moment however if I was to pick a personal favourite on The Gentleman Select, it would be the Smartweave from Arcade Belts.
This month I attended my first ever horse racing event at the exhilarating and historic Musselburgh Racecourse, home of the newly titled Edinburgh Gin Scottish Sprint Cup. To get myself properly prepared and looking sharp for the big day, I was lucky enough to have the assistance of Walker Slater, a brand rich in heritage with styles and outfits in abundance. My choice was a representation of just how fantastic their outfits are and very much fitting for The Gentleman Select.
Sound and music is a massive part of our daily lives. Whether it’s at home, in the car or gym, more often not we can always be found listening to our favourite tunes. Of course its hugely important that sound is also delivered perfectly, something of which, I’am happy to say, one such Glasgow brand is doing exactly that. RHA. Recently on The Gentleman Select, I took the new RHA MA650 Wireless – Bluetooth Headphones on a trip abroad, using them both at the beach and gym to see what they were all about.
There is nothing better than staying in a hotel which is packed full to the brim with style and character. Since 1881 the building which has now become The Principal Hotel on George St, Edinburgh, has been welcoming guests into its delightful surroundings. It is made up of five listed Georgian townhouses in what is a truly stunning location in the capital’s city centre. Fast forward from those wealthy citizens who entered many years ago and I recently found myself lucky enough to be a guest at the hotel, spending an overnight where I experienced its charm and elegant ambiance to the full.
Horse racing or The Sport of Kings as it is also known, offers an incredible day out. Whether it be a little flutter on your favourite stallion or a glass of champagne and some delicious food, there is something for everybody. Excitingly the five star visitor attraction of Musselburgh Racecourse and its richest and most acclaimed race is back with its own headline raceday. The highly anticipated £100,000 Edinburgh Gin Scottish Sprint Cup.
It is something of a rarity to come across a brand which is directly inspired by the Scottish highlands, a place that for me is very much close to home. FIDIR is the name of one such clothing company. Designed to “capture our love for this special corner of the world” it is a brand I couldn’t wait to explore further and try on some of their key pieces.
Earlier in the month I mentioned of my excitement at adding another great feature to The Gentleman Select website in the form of the first travel and hotel review. Delightfully I have been on more travels, this time experiencing the hospitality and delights of an astounding boutique hotel in the heart of Edinburgh the details of which I couldn’t wait to get started writing about. The establishment I speak of is the Radisson Collection on the Royal Mile.