Life of a Gent: The Evocative Erudite

Meet the dapper gentleman with a humble disposition and inspirational presence.

LIFE OF A GENT

An original series exploring distinct gentleman in contemporary society.

The glint of a glorious stainless steel Engineer’s ring reflects off the finger of an affable individual who exudes an enigmatic, congenial character. A man of action greeting others with a sincere smile, he speaks with a warm tonality that is gentle and tranquil tone yet indicative of an intellectual with a deep background in education. A striking bon vivant with an extraordinary sense of fashion, Jake Shirokane is a man of distinct character who is well-versed in eclectic dress and impeccable manners.  A humble individual with a plethora of skills, Jake is always seen with a radiant disposition and speaks with an elegant avidity indicative of an erudite of interpersonal communication.  Indomitable in achieving his goals, Jake exudes a gentleman character that provides a deep respect from his peers and a curiosity as to the identity of the man of mystery.

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A diffident youth, Jake faced challenges stemmed from his introverted nature coupled with insecurities about his own personal self-confidence.  Jake reminisces about life as an adolescent; lacking a passion and a point of direction which left him astray in a rut of mediocrity.  A far-cry from the gentleman we see today, Jake remembers not being especially happy during those times and found a loneliness from a lack of companionship. Facing the divorce of his parents at the age of 10 was an unfathomable situation requiring the recalibration of his lifestyle.  The recalcitrant attitudes he had were only fueled by the separation of his parents, and although his family understood the arduous stress that the situation caused, he found himself hard to adjust to the multitudinous difficulties.  At such a young age, Jake showed the fervor of a true gentleman of tenacity.  While adjusting to the biweekly schedule of seeing his parents, Jake found an assortment of hobbies such as building RC cars.  Working on this pastime took his mind off his anxiety which is a testament to his resourcefulness as a person, but it was also the support of familial figures such as his grandpa that aided him. Now, known as a genial man of confidence, Jake has a wonderful relationship with his parents and is able to inspire others through his systematic methodologies on pursuing his passion.

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Eventually finding his passion in dance, none would guess from first glance that Jake is a purveyor of the b-boy (breakdancing) dance style.  Not one to boast of his accomplishments, Jake has won numerous tournaments due to the exceptional work ethic he commits to.  While in college, Jake did lose the fervor he once had for his craft, and took a year from the implementation of his dreams in a misguided mindset on the path of maturity.  Settling for the preplanned path of the status quo left Jake with a feeling of something absent in his life, and he eventually found his way back to the zealous commitment he once had for the dance. With new found vehemence, Jake fortified his ambitions to find a way to make his dreams a reality and has excelled at finding clarity in his life since that pivotal decision.  Jake continues to strive towards mastery of his craft, and is well prepped on paving his path to success.

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Speaking with an avidity only a true practitioner can offer, Jake discusses the important traits of a modern gentleman. “Gentlemen definitely have class.  They are respectful and considerate, and their sense of style can be definitely seen by others.  A gentleman is not boastful and loud; he is subtle and still able to stand out,” Jake emphatically explains. As can be seen by the way Jake carries himself, he understands the need for an understated approach to your persona.  A gentleman inspires others in a way that is understated and sometimes inscrutable, but he is able to galvanize the amelioration in others to be outstanding.  A worldly, suave man of elegance, Jake unquestionably exhibits his definition of a gentleman on his daily interactions with others.

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Always humble and never without a jubilant smile, Jake is an undeniable virtuoso of the radiant personality needed to be an inspirational figure.  The Minimalistic Gent recognizes Jake Shirokane as a true purveyor of the gentleman lifestyle, and we are most excited to see his future successes in all of his endeavors.  There are individuals around us that provide a beacon of positivity and an air of sophistication that inspire us to be better, and Jake’s approach to subtle gentleman class is a verifiable example of the modern chivalries of an impassioned individual well-versed in the tutelage of life experiences.

Life of a Gent: The Resolute Motorist

Meet the gregarious gentleman with an ardor for extreme speed and timeless style.

LIFE OF A GENT

An original series exploring distinct gentleman in contemporary society.

It’s 6:25PM, and I feel the rumble of an HKS single exit exhaust system that unnerves my senses and vibrates the outer reaches of my skin as it approaches.  The slowly increasing sound reverberates through the quiet neighborhood, and I can see the voluptuous luster of a sleekly designed Subaru BRZ that contains the most engaging of gentleman, John. John Datu is a newly graduated finance major who has a deep appreciation for things that roar in the night.  He is a purveyor of the tantalizing culture of car modifications while being regarded as an affable and gregarious character whom is always willing to lend an ear to another.  A gentleman in every aspect, he is not afraid to be distinguished by his love of cars while carrying himself with a strong confidence that is unshakeable in the face of risk.

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A true purveyor of tribulations, he still continues to enjoy what he loves despite serious drawbacks and dangerous difficulties.  Dealing with the loss of two cars would be detrimental to most, but John still retains his infatuation with cars while being determined to never lose the drive for his passion.  Losing his Nissan 300Z to an almost deadly accident and having to deal with constant engine failures of his following Mazda RX-8 has constantly riddled John’s life by creating barricades to his path.  “It sucked!” John commented when discussing his hardships.  It took two painstaking years of sharing his family cars until John finally achieved his goal to buy his 2017 Subaru BRZ.  The catastrophes that beset his progress, in creating a truly desirable car that he can be pleased with, were great but a true gent like John knows how to persevere.

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His current car, a metallic silver 2017 Subaru BRZ is a work in progress that is perpetually being improved.  The ebony ceramic coated wheels, offset by Japanese decals and a Nike Air Jordan tag hanging from the rear all show John’s other lighthearted pleasures.  Greatly knowledgable in the functions and capabilities of different components, John never makes someone feel obtuse.  In a world of pompous car aficionados indoctrinated on the highbrowed mastery of vehicles, John stands out through unwavering patience and fervor for his love of cars.  His passion can be seen instantaneously as a singular topic about cars provides him with enough momentum to educate someone on a plethora of car terms.  More than willing to explain and expand on trivial questions that non car experts would have, he never ridicules individuals.  Instead he provides valuable knowledge to the questioner and provides them with a thorough explanation to exemplify those interested in his craft.

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Even though John is a part of the virile, aggressive culture of altering cars, he is a true gentleman.  When asked to elucidate his definition of a refined gentleman, he emphatically said, “A gentleman should uphold his strong arguments yet understand the view points of others.  Open mindedness and an ability to adapt go hand-in-hand when talking about gentleman.” Well-spoken on the subject, John attributes Anthony Bourdain as the secular epitome of the gentleman lifestyle.  “In No Reservations he travels all around the world and learns about the cultures of other people.  He has strong opinions from his own perspective, but he is always willing to learn before making a keen judgment,” John comments.  Evident in his actions, John keeps an open mind when trying to comprehend information from others.  In such a noisy information filled age, it is important to stand behind the distinguished viewpoints you have in life.

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The Minimalistic Gent recognizes John Datu as a purveyor of the gentleman lifestyle.  Persevering through two detrimental wreckages and still retaining his passion for cars is the mark of a well built individual who continues to push forward despite the complications that life throws you.  John is such a joy to be around that he is easily designated as a cordial and personable car enthusiast that has a bright future ahead of him!

A New Perspective to Collecting Items

A true gentleman knows that clutter and disorganization are two of the key ineffectual habits that inhibits productivity.  As individuals who still enjoy the grandeurs of life, a modern approach to the acquisition of items needs to be taken in order to reduce the stress associated with a large amount of possessions.

Accumulating a plethora of goods has become a typical status quo of what it means to be a purveyor of success.  As previous curators of anything collectible, we too once felt the incessant need to purchase additional items in order to find the temporary boost of contentment from the ownership of something fresh.  Unfortunately, this feeling is fleeting and is not an interminable path to elation, so an avant-garde alternative would be to change your personal definition of collecting.

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Instead of collecting mass amounts of items, resolve to procure only the upscale, precious items that virtuosos appreciate.  Eliminating the cursory enjoyment you receive from constant purchases, delve into the realm of collecting significant, unforgettable pieces that any connoisseur would appreciate.  Whatever you are collecting and find value from, commit to downsizing the collection to fund the acquisition of the items of most magnificence in that particular sector.  Seemingly counter-intuitive, this instead enables you to relinquish items that are not as pivotal to your curation of items and enables you freedom of space to really appreciate the nonpareil items that others will admire.

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An example of the conceptualization of this divergent idea can pertain to a gentleman’s watch collection.  There is a functional limitation of only needing to wear a singular watch on one’s wrist at any given moment.  Therefore, downsizing a collection of 12 watches would potentially allow for the purchase of higher-end watches with stronger value propositions.  Having three impressively expensive, high-quality watches would instead enable one the ability to upgrade into the grandeur of a connoisseur’s collection of opulence instead of a huge collection of clutter.

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In your pursuit of an unparalleled, condensed collection you will understand that in almost all collecting habits there is always a better item that is perhaps more expensive or exclusive.  This truth enables you to still find deep enjoyment in the hobby of collecting but in a different contemporary way.  With the example of watches, you are limited to three high-end solid watches.  The pleasure derived from this collecting process is from the choices made on what items can remain and which ones must be removed.  Frequent upgrades are possible in this collecting style which will not take away the euphoria experienced from the purchase of new, fresh products. Being concise with your collection means removing items to fund or upgrade new ones; enabling you to attain items you never thought was possible.

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Frankly, being a minimalist takes discipline, and being an austere gentleman who is rigid on his accumulation of possessions requires onerous decisions that are not natural to many.  Due to factors such as the eminence of social media, many see the accumulation of large quantities as an indication of success.  In reality though, the upkeep of titanic collections leads to unnecessary stress stemmed from living a profligate lifestyle.  In your journey of cultivating your gentleman persona, you also need to cultivate your collecting habits to be concise, prestigious, and significant.  Many minimalists will advocate for the total abandonment of any type of collecting habits, but we believe that fulfillment can come from items if they are invaluable to you.  The negative term hoarder comes from the idea of uncontrollable, habitual collecting, so find the items that are most pivotal in your collection to ensure you are viewed as the prestigious gentleman that has a keen eye to the majestic splendors of the world.

 

Life of a Gent: The Impassioned Globetrotter

Meet the legendary world-traveling gentleman with a commitment to success.

LIFE OF A GENT

An original series exploring distinct gentleman in contemporary society.

There are those that find immense fulfillment in the pursuit of their passions and exude an excellence of character that we admire and endeavor to emulate.  Incredibly versed in the art of being a modern gentleman, Mario Abaya exudes the chivalries only a man well-versed in the heterogeneity of the world can extend.  A magnificent individual with an appreciation for opulence and the grandeur of traveling the world, Mario converses in an elegant fashion demonstrative of his cultivated characteristics.  Having a deep understanding of the prodigious world that we live in, the knowledge he imbues in others leaves an everlasting understanding of the altruistic, enthralling individual that he embodies.

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An erudite at pursuing his passions of world travel, Mario found his humble beginnings through his personal pursuit of refinement in the arts.  His outer gentleman appearance conceals a covert artist whom works tirelessly at his craft.   A purveyor of contemporary dance styles, Mario’s physical prowess astonishes everyone who witnesses, yet he is diffident and is not ostentatious to bloviate about his expertise.  Through vigorous labor and exceptional patience one can muster the confidence to accomplish their wildest ambitions, and Mario is the personification of the possibilities of intrepid individuals.

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With a man so enlightened on personal confidence and class, Mario attributes his beginnings from the experiential learning he received in his youth.  Looking back, Mario remembers the days of lacking his own self-confidence and dwelling on insecurities; a stark disparity from the man we know today.  Overcoming the negative personality traits of his youth eventually came about through the discovery of dance which amended his disposition to become the distinguished individual he is today.  With such a prodigious influence on his life, Mario relates any life ambitions towards the efforts and tribulations he faced on his journey through becoming a virtuoso of his craft. “If your passionate about something, you need to go all in” Mario emphatically advises; reminiscing of the tenacity he learned from being indefatigable in reaching for his goals.

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A maestro of gentleman class, Mario advises on the importance of your everyday persona.  “Being a gentleman is about the way you carry yourself.  It is not about age but is a sign of maturity level.  It is an everyday commitment that you can not fake, and it needs to be natural in all that you do,” Mario states.  Allegiance to the modern personification of a gentleman needs to be the leading principal in any man’s life.  You can not elect to choose solitary situations to be chivalrous or enthralling.  Instead, you need to exude those characteristics on a daily basis until it is engrained in your typical nature.  Inauthenticity is a facile way to be ostracized by others, and the fraud of one’s personality is easy to detect if one does not actually emanate a true gentleman’s attributes.

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The Minimalistic Gent recognizes Mario Abaya as a true practitioner of the modern characteristics of a gentleman.  A world-class traveler with a commitment to pursuing his passion, Mario is still embarking on a pursuit of personal cognition that only comes from the peripatetic nature of exploring the world.  Never settling for mediocrity, Mario is an inspiring character whom continues to galvanize and astonish others to the grandeur of pursuing one’s passions in life to their utmost capabilities.

Empowerment Through Distinctive Style

A true practitioner of the Minimalistic Gent lifestyle has an eclectic yet timeless sense of fashion in all that he does.  By understanding the fundamentals of fashion while offering a twist on the historical garb of triumphant individuals, you will awe and inspire others to empower themselves with their own methodology of dress. 

“I’m not the kind of person who tries to be cool or trendy.  I’m definitely an individual” (Leonardo DiCaprio).  It is imperative, as a gentleman, to be an awe-inspiring individual who’s sense of style galvanizes others to refine their own personal fashion. Having an encyclopedic knowledge of the various style cues of the ideal gentleman ensures that you are able to comprehend the quintessential elements of dress while allowing yourself the freedom to transfigure outfits of old into contemporary masterpieces.  As a gentleman of class, you understand that there is an art to subtleness, and your own perspectives on style will portray the man of chivalry that you are.

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Understanding the zeitgeist of gentleman fashion is the first step to finding your own interpretations.  Although you may not fully follow out-dated trends, knowing and understanding their prominence in history allows you the mastery of a true connoisseur of fashion.  The three-piece suit is still the epitome of manliness and it will never be unstylish, but understanding what elements make a great suit are important to capitalizing on this exemplary style.  Dating as far back as the early 1900’s during the Regency era, it can be clearly seen that some styles will always be relevant in the realm of menswear.

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Taking the initiative to be a practitioner of unique style starts with history and is followed by personal preference.  Minute modifications into your classical style will lead to wondrous variations that are explicitly noticeable.  The impeccable details are crucial to enable you to stay away from gaudy, ostantatious elements that do not exude your personal style.  Assertive understanding of your own personal self is key to making the small refinements in your daily dress; whether it be simplistic additions such as a signet ring or a tie bar.  Minuscule changes make the world of difference when it comes to portraying a confident and divergent personal sense of style.

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Finding what works for your own daily cultivation of style is a process riddled in a trial-and-error approach. Only by having supreme self confidence will one be able to venture into unfamiliar fashion choices.  Feedback from your peers can be a tremendous source of extraordinary value in this facet of life.  The vocal opinions of others can help to mitigate fashion choices that you are not completely comfortable with, but you need to be wary in understanding the clear difference between constructive criticism and negative belittlement.

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The path to a phenomenal sense of fashion that will rouse others to internalize a yearning for betterment is an ongoing one.  True gentleman are always impeccably dressed and only by truly understanding the elements of menswear, can you maximize your style potentials.

3 Tips To Find Your Passion in Life!

The Minimalistic Gent is committed to helping you find exactly what makes you happy in life.  Finding your passion can be a difficult and extremely time consuming endeavor, but it is key to your well being.  Finding the self-awareness within yourself to find your passion can be made easier through these three tips:

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1. Think About What You Already Like!

Are you afraid of truly pursuing what you enjoy? A deep fear of failure can deter individual from really accomplishing what they want to do.  Think about the consequences of not doing what you love though.  If failure is your biggest fear, remember that you can also fail at things that you don’t like (so you might as well go for the things that do bring you joy).

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2. Be Open Minded To Suggestions!

Sometimes our friends and family see something in ourselves that we can not.  If you find that your inner circle of friends constantly compliments you on a talent or your family encourages you to do something with a trait you have, it may lead you in the direction you need.   Although we believe that you need to find your passion on your own, suggestions may be helpful to take that leap you always wanted to take!

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3. Try New Things!

Many of us have a variety of habits and routines that are comfortable in our lives.  Sometimes stepping out of that comfort zone will lead you to find something you really enjoy.  One of the most random excursions to a rock climbing gym was extremely exhilarating and mind opening for myself.  Granted this is not my passion, I am glad I was able to do something different and find out myself.  The more activities you try, the more knowledge you will gain. Only then will you be able to make an internal decision on whether you love doing this or not.  Go out and try new things because you’ll never know if you’ll find your passion along the way!

Finding your passion is important to your happiness. Becoming self-aware of what you are amazing at will take some time, but you will be happy you made the effort to change your life.  We can’t wait to hear what passions you decide to pursue at Minimalistic Gent!

 

Minimalistic Gent’s Guide To Minimalism

The modern minimalist is a contemporary blend of millennial ideas with an unruly urge for more to life than just possessions. But should you want to take those premises and maximize your self-image, you’ll need the Minimalistic Gent’s guide to minimalism.

Do you know a stark individual that is exceptionally trepidatious about spending? We all know this angst-ridden individual that is extremely frugal and scrounges around leaving an air of unsophistication.  There is nothing wrong with making wise spending decisions, but being inordinately frugal will affect the individuals that surround you and leave you with an unfortunate presence of negative perceptions.

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Can a minimalist be extremely lavish and inspire a splendor of opulence in others?  We at the Minimalistic Gent are heavy advocates for planning the acquisition of high quality items riddled with enduring excellence! At first glance, it may seem counter-intuitive to buy expensive things when living a minimalist lifestyle, but in reality it resonates with the concept of not buying more things. By making infrequent purchases of high quality items, it removes the constant need to replace items of old.  Therefore, minimalism can be a luxurious lifestyle that is more about the lack of clutter than the frugalness of life.

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Magnificently well crafted pieces that embody quality are pivotal to adding the refreshing idiosyncratic mood of one’s style.  Artful pieces that resonate well with your being are well worth the extravagant costs if it provides a strong connection consistent with what you envision in a gentleman.  Without the restraints of frugalness, you will project a lavish lifestyle that others will adore and be influenced by.

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The obvious difference in less, high quality items is the power to be in control of your surroundings at home.  Having huge amounts of items can take a toll on your personal threshold for clutter.  There is an extreme power found in the total control of your possessions and being able to live clutter free.  The empowerment you will feel from looking at your living space and seeing the clean, masterfully done arrangements is both stress relieving and helpful as you start every single day.

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The valuation of time is extremely evident in minimalism, and others will be motivated by the plentiful accomplishments that will adorn your life.  Buying multiple items and constantly shopping around is extremely time deficient with hours spent shopping for replacement items.  This is a necessity as antediluvian, low quality dispirited items of old have a short shelf life. The time replacing old decrepit items could be much better utilized on enjoying life and carousing with other provincial characters that would enjoy your company.  Minimalism frees up our greatest commodity, time, and allows us to mediate a maximized lifestyle that all gentleman pursue.

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Minimalism allots for freedom from the inelastic standards of society that keep us from standing out as divergent gentleman with a refined style.  Allow yourself to be a minimalist without the negative frugality that comes with living with less items.  By becoming an organized and refined individual with a well versed sense of style, you will awe the masses and provide a feeling of polished elegance that will always be remembered.

 

 

 

Are Street Wear Brands Luxury Brands?

The rise of street wear has been swift from small subculture to being featured on celebrities and actors alike.  This once underground fashion style has resonated with huge audiences over recent years, and many are led with questions about street wear and their place in the market.  Due to the exclusivity, prices, and brand awareness, we at the Minimalistic Gent believe that they can be categorized as luxury brands in today’s society.

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Exclusivity

The main attraction that gets A-list celebrities wearing street wear is the exclusivity and lack of stock.  Brands like Bape and Supreme spread their releases across various dates while controlling the supply to produce an air of exclusivity also found in luxury products.  Street wear brands are extremely proficient at not meeting the demand for their products, much like luxury brands, so they control their respective markets exceptionally well.  Lineups are immense around these stores when they release their product; reaching record amounts of individuals that want their hands on these coveted items.  The fact that exclusivity is at such extreme heights means that street wear brands are wanted on a grand scale which makes them comparable to the exclusive luxury brands that limit their supply.

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Prices

Street wear can be comparable to luxury brands in price.  Although they may lack the quality that we at the Minimalistic Gent advocate for, we can’t deny the exuberant prices street wear comes in at.  An example of an item would be the iconic Bape shark hoodie (cotton hoodie) which starts at around $405 in stores.  The brand still does well and is able to instantly sell out of their stock every single release.  Prices are extremely high in street wear which is comparable to other introductory luxury brands and that’s without even going into the exuberant second hand market (where prices can even be double of what the retail is). The infamous box logo tee from Supreme is iconic enough to be extremely desired and can go on the secondary market for prices easily exceeding $1,000.  This is an insane markup from the t-shirt that was purchased for about $148 from the Supreme store.  The price range that street wear brands can reach is extensive, but it is comparable to the price ranges of various luxury brands.

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Brand Awareness

Street wear has evolved from the confides of a select few people wearing it to being common place in media.  Seeing an A-list celebrity wear a street wear brand increases awareness where others try to emulate the style.  The air of high-end haute culture is very similar in this aspect because you will instantly be recognized by your peers for the clothes you decide to wear.  Supreme’s flagrant box logo can be recognized from distances away and it is one of the most counterfeited items.  There is an insane counterfeit market for these brands which shows how the worldwide awareness of these items has reached cult following levels.  Due to the brand awareness, anyone will recognize items such as the Bape ape logo or the Supreme red box logo.  The brand awareness of these street wear brands has become so great that it is easily recognized as a high end commodity comparable to luxury brands.

Although some may say that street wear lacks the quality or the history of other luxury fashion houses, there is no denying their impact on contemporary culture. Even historically stringent brands have recently been more accepting of street wear culture (like the eye opening collaboration between Louis Vuitton and Supreme).  We at the Minimalistic Gent advocate for less items that are of quality and value, and street wear brands definitely carry a huge value when it comes to resale and brand recognition.  Street wear brands can be considered luxury brands because of their price, exclusivity, and brand awareness which has been an unexpected but interesting phenomenon in contemporary times.  Let us know your thoughts below on whether street wear can be considered luxury-esque, and stay tuned for more from the Minimalistic Gent!

Life of a Gent: The Determined Historian

LIFE OF A GENT

An original series exploring distinct gentleman in contemporary society.

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There are certain conversations in life that resonate so strongly with our sense of purpose that we can’t forget.  Spending a fractional moment in time with Mike Martin was both invigorating and enlightening; leaving me with a feeling of familiarity that I did not expect.  It embodied the meeting of someone who understands and exhibits the attributes you both envision and strive to become.  Extreme work ethic and undeniable devotion to his craft is evident by the enthusiastic way Mike both carries himself and discusses topics related to his passion.  An undeniable expert at discussing days of old, he understands the artistic zeitgeist of those before us and implements them in a way that only a true historian can masterfully do.

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Mike Martin, who goes by the moniker “PopRockz,” is a contemporary artist who specializes in the field of dance.  A purveyor of many styles, Mike found his roots in “locking” (a funk style of dance created in 1969) which helped to mold the unique way that he adds a noteworthy flare on his everyday style of dress.  Going past the coveted title of dancer, he is a modern archivist of the roots and beginnings of various dance styles.  An expert at his craft, he is an avid traveler around the world; learning the history and movements from the founders of iconic dance styles.  A teacher in his own right, when asked about his obsession with attaining the utmost knowledge about the history of a dance style, he casually remarks, “I want to teach the right way.”  Without an understanding of the chronicles of these other dancers, you can’t provide a thorough and impactful class.  The passion for knowledge that he exudes is infectious, and I found myself determined to be relentless in understanding this remarkable man.

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Growing up in Whitmore Village, Wahiawa, Mike speaks as a man who is extremely well versed in understanding the complications that life can throw at you.  A stroll through his hometown provided a microscopic view of the struggles he has conquered.  “They used to find bodies in those pineapple fields” Mike solemnly uttered while driving thru the rural areas of Whitmore Village.  The dilapidated houses were plentiful showing the deterioration and age of the slums from which Mike has had his humble beginnings.  In addition to his rough origins, being deployed while serving his country in the United States Air Force showed a side of humanity that he believes none should see.  These copious challenges would shock any, but Mike is never seen without a trademark smile on his face.  A pronounced virtuoso at vanquishing negativity, he has an exceptional knack for employing a positive warmth that changes the atmosphere of anywhere he travels.

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When asked for his definition of a gentleman, Mike elegantly answered in the suave manner that can only be seen in a true practitioner of the gentleman lifestyle.  “A gentleman is classy and respectful.  He just looks good man!” says Mike.  Further than this notion though, the concept of “commanding presence” is what Mike truly advocates as the crucial aspect that defines a true gent.  Both desirable and breathtaking, a gentleman can enter a room and become the center of attention; yet he doesn’t acknowledge or revel in it.  To explain Mike says, “A gentleman looks the part and is extremely chivalrous; but not just for romantic interests.  He has a deep respect for people, and shows it in a way that is subtle.  Matter of fact, a gentleman leaves an impression once he walks in and even allows strangers to have their own sense of empowerment in themselves. A gentleman is sexy!” Mastery of the hallmark signs of a gentleman is clearly evident in the way Mike confidently describes a gent.

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The Minimalistic Gent recognizes Mike “PopRockz” Martin is a remarkable individual that fully embodies the attributes of a modern gentleman.  Despite grappling with his rough circumstances and becoming the intellectual and hard working man that he is today, Mike is an inspiring testament to the willpower of determined individuals.  The ambiance that he sets within a room is extensive, and his work ethic is an undeniable insight on the staggering determination he has to accomplish goals.  Without a doubt, he is a leader that will remarkably inspire a whole generation of dancers, and his thirst for knowledge leaves him in an outstanding position to leave an unforgettable impact on any he meets!