Gentlemen Only




“I do not know the American gentleman, God forgive me for putting two such words together.”



– Charles Dickens




Ball at Belvoir Castle by Burt Glinn

Burt Glinn / Magnum

Gieves & Hawkes: The Invention of the English Gentleman

Photography by Bruno Ehrs

Badsworth Hunt buttons made by Pitt & Co




“Repose and cheerfulness are the badge of the gentleman — repose in energy.”



– Ralph Waldo Emerson




Osbert Lancaster – self portrait

The New Mayfair Edwardians (Peter Coats; William Ackroyd; Mark Gilbey)

by Norman Parkinson

National Portrait Gallery




“Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.”



-Theodore Roosevelt (26th U.S. President)




Practical breeches




“A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.”



– George Bernard Shaw (Irish Playwright)




Gieves & Hawkes’ ‘wall of fame’

Edwardian Top hat (1910)

The Cameronians 1908 by GH Brennan


Winston Churchill by Sir William Orpen (1919)




“A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words”



-Confucius (Chinese Philosopher & Politician)




Anderson & Sheppard’s tailcoat worn by Fred Astaire in the 1937 film ‘Shall We Dance’.

The tailcoat is on display in the Theatre & Performance Galleries of the V&A

Lock & Co. at Pitti Imagine Uomo 88

Hatters , St.James’s street in London

Cary Grant

“A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.” – Oscar Wilde

Prince Michael of Kent at Hardy Amies. Prince Michael’s son Freddie Windsor was appointed brand ambassador for the company in 2010.

Vintage breeches

Apparel Arts – July/August 1938




“The final test of a gentleman is his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him.”



-William Lyon Phelps




Norton & Sons

Eton pupils arriving at Lords for the Eton vs Harrow cricket match.




“Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.”



-John Locke (English Philosopher & Physician)










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