140 Pairs of Shoes and Nothing to Wear

Thought of the day: We can only wear two shoes at once… why do we need so many pairs?

One of the more stressful times of my life was owning a multitude of sneakers and living the life of a “sneaker head.”  The diversification of shoes that I owned in my closet was immense, and I had utterly committed myself to “win” the collecting aspect of sneaker culture.  As you have already surmised, there is no conclusion to the accumulation of commodities, as shoes are constantly being released on a daily basis.  Sneaker head culture glorifies the idea of hoarding, and boasting the “freshest” kicks.

Stress was a daily part of my life which stemmed from the constant need to triumph in owning the most profound collection and the unceasing maintenance needed to keep 140 pairs of shoes impeccable.  Although I met some astounding individuals during the course of my collecting phase, it was not for me.

The best part about owning so many colorful and rare sneakers was that I rarely had a sneaker that would match my outfit.  By choosing only the ostentatious pieces that would stand out or were immensely valued, I found that I did not have a casual pair of sneakers.

Oh the irony… 140 pairs of sneakers, and nothing to wear.

Life of a Gent: The Irrepressible Twosome

Meet the renowned contemporary artists who have a knack for style

Winner of the Nobel Price in Literature, Luigi Pirandello said, “Anyone can be heroic from time to time, but a gentleman is something you have to be all the time.”  Contemporary artists well-versed in hip-hop culture, Lord Jordvn and Chris Waters of Wavy Souls exude stylish elegance in their chic aesthetics and graceful conversational tone.  In the realm of rugged, acerbic rap artists, the enriched individuals of Wavy Souls emanate sophisticated mannerisms that only those who are well-versed in the idiosyncrasies of a modern gentleman can manifest.  The preeminence of Wavy Souls is distinct, and through their sophisticated and polished mannerisms, they are able to sanction astounding success in all avenues of life.

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The coruscating lyricists of Wavy Souls embody cultivated individualists encumbered with the propriety of hip-hop culture. The imperturbable comportment of Chris Waters is a striking contrast to the genial affability of Lord Jordvn which provide a pedagogic view onto the divergent qualities a modern gentleman can truly possess.  Although dissimilar in their disposition, they have a recherché affinity that allows them to produce exceptional mellifluous lyrics that propitiate those listening.  Their edgy, avant-garde approach to gritty, telltale songs allows them the conviction to be at the forefront of remarkable performances, and the presentation of their lyrical renditions are portrayed in an effervescent fashion.  Prodigious individuals of extraordinary talents, Wavy Souls atypical approach towards music allows for them to be conspicuously revered in modern hip-hop culture.

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The topical success of Wavy Souls was not without arduous setbacks.  Dealing with an intransigent view from his parents, Lord Jordvn had to deal with feedback from the sometimes vulgar candor found within the verity of his message.  Although it was difficult at first, Lord Jordvn took a fundamental approach and eventually was able to receive the countenance of his parents when they saw his exceedingly virile commitment to his craft. In contrast, taking his roots from poetry, Chris Waters found it onerous to translate his old craft into a new one.  He indadvertedly found that it was not a blasé translation into hip-hop, and although the messages he wanted to portray were similar, the rhetoric was extravagantly different.

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Performing with an ardor of only found in those that are truly committed to their passion, Wavy Souls remembers their initial performance.  When reminiscing about their first formal show, they recall performing a song that was not entirely completed.  A testament to their bravado and the ability to work under pressure, they were still able to finish by ad libbing various lyrics; leading to a mediocre performance. A stark contrast to their first performance, Wavy Souls now conduct themselves in a much more disciplined fashion, formulating a well thought out performance that astonishes any who watch.  The extreme assertiveness of their presence coupled with bridled self-confidence has led to numerous outstanding and memorable performances that have resulted in a superlative career of high stature.

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When posed with their definition of a gentleman Wavy Souls elucidates characteristics that they exude assiduously.  Lord Jordvn explains, “It’s not just doing the average but going above and beyond with your personality; whether it be through holding doors or dressing a little bit nicer.  It is caring a little bit more than the average person.”  Extremely powerful advice, Lord Jordvn shows an importance of fastidious minuscule aspects that exude the traits of a gentleman.  A gentleman is unique in that he stands out from the status-quo by putting particularly recognized effort in the way he carries himself among others.  Chris Waters further clarifies that it is about “how you look, how you dress, and how you treat people.” The persona that you portray to others is extremely pivotal in Chris Waters’ definition of the modern gentleman, and the recollection that others have of you is vastly important.  Through their explanation of these distinct characteristics, Wavy Souls show that they are remarkably well-versed in the traits of a gentleman; exuding unbridled class in all that they do.

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Men of sophisticated elegance, Wavy Souls continues to amaze and entertain titanic crowds through their exceptionally compelling music and remarkably engaging performances.  True gentleman at heart, their unique approach to music will allow them future successes in the hip hop scene.  As purveyors of the gentleman lifestyle, the Minimalistic Gent recognizes Wavy Souls as two unforgettably well-mannered individuals who display civilized finesse in everything that they do.  Poised for prosperity, we can not wait to hear of their future endeavors!

The Sensibility of Efficiency

Working in an excruciatingly tedious fashion does not always provide the desired results that you truly desire.  Should you want to learn how to have more time to accomplish your goals and enjoy the beauties of life, you’ll need the Minimalistic Gent’s guide to efficiency!

Former Prime Minister Winston Churchill said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” Ownership of a willingness to change is impeccably important to becoming an increasingly more efficient gentleman who accomplishes phenomenal feats.  With only 24 hours lined up for each day, one must understand that there is a finite amount of time in the day, and it is how you efficaciously utilize those hours that will determine your prosperity.  A gentleman knows the austere value of time and chooses to indulge in a constant peregrination towards increased effectiveness.

An important angle to approach your eagerness to utilize your time more efficient is to do an in-depth analysis on your experiential behaviors.  Virtuosos do not begin their long journey at the peak of prowess.  Instead, you must acknowledge personal shortcomings regarding your deportment by providing a clear proposal to improve upon them.  The amelioration of your time-management skills commences with a clear visualization of what is problematic in your personal efficiency and envisioning the potential effectiveness of better time-management skills.

Setting stringent deadlines for actions is a requirement to the splendiferous results that efficiency provides.  Have you ever had an assignment where the deadline was a month away? Did your personal behavior habits cause you to push that enterprise until the final week or day of the deadline? This is all too uncommon when there is a discord between the amount of time the action takes and the proposed date of deliverance.  Challenging yourself to stricter time frames enables you to unconsciously become more efficient in your deliverance of productive action, and be committed to quick resolutions to your unfinished activities.  The unbalance imbued from a prolonged deadline will encourage lethargy from lingering unproductive routines, and only by hastening your deadlines, will you force yourself to accomplish more and be committed to efficiency.

Inanition caused by the lassitude of one’s state can be overcome through insight to one’s greater goals and aspirations.  The feeling of torpor can be exceptionally rigid in hindering one’s performance, but it is the understanding of the rationale of specific actions that will allow one to be in closer proximity to one’s ideal personage and state of mind.  Envisioning an extraordinary reasoning behind one’s actions allows for immediate undertakings that will ensure one is efficient and effective in all that they do to accomplish their stupendous dreams.  A clearly laid out vision, where you can picture the outcome of continuously being efficient in all that you do, will aid in self-motivation towards austere efficiency.

The provocative process of becoming a more efficient gentleman inevitably stems from the discipline one is able to exhibit through persistent routines.  Having relentless habits enables one to accomplish a plethora of achievements on a daily basis which allows for your schedule to be completely transparent and foreseeable.  Patterns in one’s schedule that are placed for the purpose of maximizing one’s potential will garner a much more efficient stigmatism due to the constant, purposeful rituals you decide to undertake.  Therefore, in order to maximize your potential and become the gentleman you ought to be, you need to be inexplicably efficient in your time management and be open to constant change regarding your pursuits in an unconventional, prosperous life.

Life of a Gent: The Vigorous Ascender

Meet the contemporary fashionista with a passion for climbing.

LIFE OF A GENT

An original series exploring distinct gentleman in contemporary society.

Soft, powdery chalk envelops the entire flooring of the Arch Project Climbing Center; a place where many take on the new and exciting activity of climbing a plethora of paths carved across a 2,000 sqft climbing surface.  Inventive individuals take their physical prowess to the test in creative and fulfilling approaches to the climb.  A purveyor of his new-found passion of indoor rock climbing (bouldering), Gray Goodhue embodies a true gentleman that has set himself to succeed in a challenging atmosphere.  A former practitioner of Kajukenbo (a portmanteau of Karate, Judo, Jujutsu, Kenpo, and Boxing), Gray’s deep roots in martial arts allowed him the physical prowess that many admire and revere in him.  Clad in contemporary clothing, Gray is a master at combining wardrobes of dissimilar styles while still paying strong homage to the zeitgeist of men’s dress. A perplexing individual with a strong conviction to his beliefs, Gray exhibits an inspirational disposition of confidence that others admire.

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Credence in one’s capabilities is an extremely paramount factor in accomplishing one’s goals, but learning that your notable skills are not as relevant in a new endeavor is extremely humbling.  Facing bouldering for the first time was a grueling escapade that forced Gray to look internally for the willpower to endure the difficulties of developing an unfamiliar climbing adroitness.  Acknowledgement of his personal fortitude and his exceptional dexterity had Gray going into climbing from a predisposed place of competence.  In hindsight, Gray quickly learned the fallacy of his misunderstandings after failed attempts through the pathways that were exceedingly difficult.  “The first day I thought it was all about strength.  I was totally wrong.  There are so many techniques involved in bouldering such as smooth transitions and the ability to minimize wasted energy” Grey explains. After pensive practice, Gray eventually understood the importance of an open mind which was a turning point in understanding that the most pivotal attribute needed to succeed was a nonpartisan approach to fresh endeavors. Having an extremely fortified mindset towards accomplishing the new-found obstacles he faced in bouldering, Gray showed impeccable ascendancy to sovereignty over his limitations, and has expanded his mindset to succeed in this new craft.  The supposition he once had towards his own abilities had to be superseded by an indomitable willpower, and Gray exemplifies this trait through the accomplishments he has seen in bouldering.

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Bouldering inevitably caused Gray to become part of a community that valued equivalently powerful mindsets towards the accomplishment of their goals.  Gray stressed the importance of the community in bouldering, with various individuals often advising and mentoring others in maximizing their potential and offering tips to further their technique.  By having other individuals who were willing to share their modus operandi to finishing their routes, Gray found an expedited pathway to improving his competence at his new expertise.  Social interaction allowed Gray to feel part of a faction of individuals whom shared homogenous interests and corresponding positive mindsets that were impactful in Gray’s astute progress.

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When asked to explain his definition of a gentleman, Gray speaks from a position of authoritative experience.  “A gentleman shows maturity in the respect he has for others. He also feels good about himself and is confident in his ability to affect others in a positive way” Gray explains.  An individual who is able to elucidate clearly the traits of a gentleman, Gray is enamored with the idea of dressing for success.  Known for his stylish everyday attire, Gray is not afraid to push the bounds of men’s fashion while still keeping it appropriate for the situation at hand.  Making divergent adjustments that exude his idiosyncratic methodology to individuality, he is never faulted for being overly ostentatious in his attire.  A classy man in every sense of the word, Gray always portrays an impeccably dressed, well-mannered individual that has a deep yearning for prosperity in all that he does.

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Having the fearlessness to pursue a new endeavor utterly and without hesitation is a true mark of a gentleman that is ready to find his life’s avocation.  Making the transition from proficient martial artist to dexterous bouldering practitioner has allowed Grey a new perspective on the viability of pursuing new aspirations. The Minimalistic Gent, therefore, recognizes Gray Goodhue as a true purveyor of the gentleman lifestyle and can not wait to hear of his accomplishments in the world of bouldering.  Having a cultivated willingness to engage in unconventional activities of fulfillment are the marks of a modern gentleman, and Gray has put himself in a substantial position to eventually become a virtuoso at his new craft.

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!