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.

Life of a Gent: The Vintage Curator

LIFE OF A GENT

An original series exploring distinct gentleman in contemporary society.

IMG_7543.JPG“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” a quote that sums up the work of the engaging gentleman we interviewed. Brett “Seuss” Freeland is a multi-faceted individual who is known for his endeavors as a hockey player, soccer player, skateboarder, graffiti artist, bboy (breakdancer), and vintage thrifter.  His pastimes are plentiful, but his main pursuit is functioning as the founder and curator of “Sugoi Vintage,” a shop that collects and sells vintage clothing and accessories.  Brett’s personal endeavors led him to finding his passion in vintage items, and his passion for his craft is extremely evident.  A riveting gentleman with an eagerness to learn, Brett carries himself with a sophisticated and gripping comportment of a distinguished man.

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Through pain and hardship, Brett was able to found the famed “Sugoi Vintage.” While letting his life tumble into a spiral of mischief, Brett tried to find positive outlets for his repressed emotions.  Finding bboying and physical activity as a conduit for his negative emotions, Brett needed to find something more mentally fulfilling; which he found through thrifting. “I love the hunt of finding new things.  When I pull up to the parking lot of the thrift store, it’s like getting ready for a treasure hunt,” Brett explains.  An incredibly salubrious venture that requires intense assiduity when it comes to looking through untold amounts of products, Brett found his remedy to his unfavorable circumstances through the procurement of older items.

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Through an extended colloquy with Brett, his fascination into the avocation of vintage thrifting was made evident. The humble beginnings of “Sugoi Vintage” were rooted in a hobbyists perspective, “I was inspired by Gazzelli Sport Vintage posting tracksuits and practice gear.  He inspired me to try to find the freshest gear so that all the homies look fresh.” While rummaging through his extensive assemblage of inventory, his comprehensive understanding of the vintage market was remarkably evident.  Providing a plethora of narratives on his account of the stories of each item, Brett was particularly keen on the sentimental pieces of his collection.  A true archivist of the chronicles of the creation of clothing, Brett shared extensive information on the practices of various companies in the 80’s and 90’s which gave us a glance at his appreciation of these older items.

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As a practitioner of the gentleman lifestyle, Brett explains the ease at which any man can be a gentleman.  “It isn’t hard to be nice,” Brett emphatically begins with.  Instead of the gentleman lifestyle being an unattainable feat, he advocates that there are simple acts that everyone can do.  Opening doors for women and respecting elders are just two examples of the undemanding  actions that gentlemen perform which have not changed through the years.  Brett attributes his mother as the mastermind behind his perspective on interactions with women, “If you want a woman to stay, be a gentleman and treat her with respect.”  With such important traits of a gentleman mentioned, Brett also imparts the significance of a pacifist approach.  “A gentleman doesn’t resort to his fists.  He knows when to walk away, yet he stands up for what he believes in.  Instead, he fights with his words,” Brett explicates.  Being a gentleman is not a painstaking, arduous task, and anyone can carry themselves as a resolute man of chivalry.

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A true gentleman with a plethora of knowledge, Brett is a cordial individual who’s gallantry is exuded in everything that he does.  A thoughtful character with the kindest of dispositions, Brett is a true example of modern chivalry. The Minimalistic Gent recognizes Brett “Seuss” Freeland as a true purveyor of the gentleman lifestyle and look forward to his future fortunes.  If you are in the market for vintage sports wear, don’t forget to check out his shop “Sugoi Vintage” on Instagram, Depop, and Mercari!

Brett also wanted to extend a special thanks to his family and friends for all the support but most importantly his mom and his girlfriend Chanelle.  His final words of wisdom were to  “Always think before you speak, and be considerate to peoples feelings because you never know what is going on in their lives.”

The Urgency of Efficient Methodologists

In order to accomplish anything phenomenal, extreme efficiency and effective methodology must be employed on a daily basis.  Only by consistent hard work can one attain the greatness that one has set out to achieve.  The time to react and make the executive decision to pursue one’s dreams is present, and creating patterns of daily routines is pivotal to putting yourself in the best position to succeed.

Understanding the frailness of human life and one’s personal mortality will enable one to understand the sense of urgency that will enable the motivation to pursue one’s goals without any hesitation.  Life is extremely short and it is easy to forget the transience lifespan that puts a timer on one’s goals.  Only by understanding the agileness of time will one find the responsiveness to achieving all that they set out to do.

A true gentleman knows the urgencies of following one’s personal endeavors in a  methodical way.  By modeling success in others and understanding the impermanence of life, one will transform their outlook on aspirations to focus on the most important facets of one’s life.

Life of a Gent: The Chivalrous Mechanic

LIFE OF A GENT

An original series exploring distinct gentleman in contemporary society.

IMG_7435.JPGA jovial spirit with a radiant outlook on life, Dominic “Dom” Concordia is a man whom knows how pivotal chivalry is for a riveting gentleman.  Having a winsome charm that can be characterized by his captivating conversation skills, he is a man that is always ready to savor the mirth of exciting festivities.  With a distinctive style that shows his depth and understanding of modern fashion, Dom exemplifies the balance of being both trendy and individualistic. A gentleman at heart who knows the grandeur of savoring life as it comes, Dom finds his personal passion in the robustness of customizing and repairing exotic, chic automobiles.

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Overcoming distressing misfortune aided in the formation of Dom’s conviction to find ways to demolish adversity. Dom remembers hitting rock bottom after losing his job and being unemployed for five months. “It was an eye-opening experience.  I was spending more money than I was earning, and I felt the helplessness with the bills piling up,” Dom reminisces.  To make matters even more dreadful, his six year long relationship took a turn for the worst and ended while in this abysmal state of his life. Dom was left in a heap of trouble with his life spiraling into a disarray of chaos, but eventually, he was able to find a resolution to his troubles by pursuing his infatuation with cars.  Through helping friends and acquaintances in the repairs of their cars, he was able to pull himself out of this isolated and vulnerable situation.  Finding an opportunity and not dwelling on his misfortunes helped Dom to reshape his life dramatically.

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Conversing with Dom enabled us to really observe his unfathomable appreciation for automobiles and the way they function.  A prominent figure in the world of exotic cars, Dom has done extensive work on his own car which can be seen and heard through the rumbles of his modified engine.  Dodging hefty speed bumps and being meticulous about parking shows the care and attention he has for the wellbeing of his modified steed, yet he is always the first to offer transportation to friends which attests to his benevolent nature.  Dom is a person that adores his car, but is unabashed when it comes to helping associates in their time of need.

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Being a purveyor of the gentleman lifestyle, Dom states the importance of being both humble and chivalrous.  Having the conviction to be wholesomely honest with oneself is an important characteristic that should be pivotal in how one lives his life. Instead of “fronting,” a gentleman should be completely candid with his lifestyle.  In addition, “A gentleman should not only have a confident persona, he needs to treat women with respect,” Dom explains.  The mannerisms of a true gentleman should be both imposing yet welcoming.  Whilst it is incredibly important to be interesting and idiosyncratic, chivalry towards the opposite sex should be astonishingly sensational always; a trait Dom learned growing up in his household. Someone who epitomizes this persona of a modern chivalrous gentleman for Dom is the great David Beckham.  “Even though he is all tatted (having a plethora of tattoos), he is a total badass that ladies love.” The bravado a gentleman should have towards manners, when dealing with women, is extremely pivotal to Dom’s definition of a gentleman which can be seen through his personal everyday persona and the way he carries himself among others.

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Through stark adversity, Dom was able to find his fondness of exotic automobile culture and was able to find a niche that he could thrive in.  By being true to himself and being the chivalrous individual he was raised to be, he has found his definition of a gentleman and exudes it with gracious class.  The Minimalistic Gent recognizes Dominic “Dom” Concordia as a true purveyor of the gentleman lifestyle, and we can not wait to see his future endeavors!

Becoming a Connoisseur of Vocabulary

The purveyor of the Minimalistic Gent lifestyle is a well-spoken individual with a vicarious desire to be distinct.  By having a thirst for knowledge and expanding your prowess of the English language, you will become the riveting gentleman that everyone desires to be like.  

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Becoming the captivating gentleman that is the focal point of any gathering seems like an onerous, inconceivable task that many stray away from. Making the metamorphosis from a lackluster individual to the fascinating gent can be a simple, facile venture that any can undertake; given the right skill set.  The virtuosity of any compelling gentleman is not only chivalrous manners and a keen sense of style, a gentleman must possess a robust vocabulary that portrays his mastery of the idioms of the English language.  Therefore, fulfilling the aspiration to become a superior conversationalist can be undertaken by constantly refining one’s proficiency at language.

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To begin one’s peregrination of becoming a more fascinating, divergent gentleman, one needs to understand their own short-comings.  The decrepitude of vocabulary is not abnormal, and only through the acceptance of your deficiency can you proceed to destroy your own personal limitations.  All true virtuosos of the English language started from humble beginnings, and knowing that there are others whom speak with an air of sophistication should galvanize yourself into understanding your potential.

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Having a fondness of the idiosyncrasies of vocabulary will lead to a facile, linear path to the multiplication of one’s capacity for language acquisition.  By enjoying the journey of the perpetual thirst for knowledge is pivotal to absorbing as much information as possible. Seeing the act of studying vocabulary as a monotonous activity will hinder one’s personal growth in this aspect.  If you instead envision the grandeur of becoming a more engaging gentleman though, you will expedite the process unconsciously.  Enjoying the peregrination of language acquisition eliminates one’s own hindrance on improvement and will empower you to become the idealistic gentleman you wish to become.

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Finally, understanding that the acquisition of vocabulary will never end will ensure you stay committed to this pursuit of knowledge.  A quick look at any dictionary will offer a perspective on the vastness of nomenclatures there are in the English language.  Taking a sustained approach to one’s personal academics will lead to a prodigious bank of vocabulary words over a period of time.  Even the act of utilizing two or three new words on a daily basis will formulate the framework for one’s success.

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A gentleman is compelling and offers others his own sense of refinement through the finesse he exhibits in his speech.  Taking the grand endeavor to cultivate one’s personal linguistic expertise will lead to the splendor that can only be seen by a purveyor of the jargons of English.  Although basic communication does not require an extensive list of words, true gentleman know the advantages of a robust vocabulary!

Minimalistic Gent’s Guide to Being Unconventional

Being an immensely robust individual who is supremely adept at projecting a divergent lifestyle from the norm is a nerve-racking experience filled with the persecution of smaller minded individuals.  The distinct perspective of being an uncommon individual is extremely pivotal to your well-being as a consciously self-aware gentleman.  The only way to truly embrace your maximal gentleman self is by being the best at what you love to do and providing yourself with the work ethic to attain such a feat.  The fine art of luxurious excellence and confidence is befitting of a man of your aptitude, and with enough exertion and patience, you will achieve your goals.

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Although it may seem daunting at first, it is pivotal to keep your mind constantly challenged to improve your personal standing in life.  Finding solace in comfort is a sure way to ensure that you fall short of achieving your personal endeavors.  Engaging in activities that provide rewarding experiences should be undertaken with furious conviction, and the amplification of your mindset through accomplishing these formidable tasks will resonate brightly in a way that was before thought impossible.

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To ensure you set the right avenue and make the correct decisions to put yourself in the best position to succeed, it is important to surround yourself with corresponding like-minded individuals.  The famous quote “misery loves company,” is extremely germane in this context, and the individuals who are not ready to pursue greater goals will err you to disassociate your mind from your undertakings.  By finding other studious and courageous colleagues and acquaintances, your network will expand and force you to irrefutably chase your wildest of aspirations.

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Excellence is within your grasp if you are willing to tackle the unconventional path that you truly believe in.  By metamorphosing into the quintessential gentleman that you envision, you will be more apt to perform the arduous task of being an individual in a harsh and unrelenting society.  The Minimalistic Gent is ecstatic to hear the process of your significant undertaking and can not wait to see your phenomenal achievements!

Life of a Gent: The Illustrious Hustler

LIFE OF A GENT

An original series exploring distinct gentleman in contemporary society.

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Alex “Axel” Dahl is a sedulous individual whom understands the necessity of constant amelioration in yourself to maximize your potential . A perplexing individual whom specializes in the knowledge of “street wear,” (articles of clothing and accessories that are released in limited quantity and have a high resale value) Alex is well-versed in the propriety of working hard.  An avid reseller and participant in the grandeur of street wear, Alex is known for his compelling, congenial disposition that is unforgettable at every outing.  Through bboying (break dancing), Alex displays his artistic creativeness and has seen much success in this area of his life. A true gentleman at heart, Alex is a master at the social arts which is demonstrative of his outgoing and heart-warming presence.

IMG_7166.JPGA true pioneer, Alex has faced many adversities that have imparted him with valuable experience.  Recently moving to Washington DC, Alex had to start life anew in a hard-pressed area that was significantly away from his friends and family.  With immense effort and a commitment to adapting, he was able to establish stability in this unfamiliar environment and proceeded his start into the street wear culture.  Giving up everything and starting anew is not something that is facile, and Alex endured the struggles to put him in the advantageous position that he is in now.

IMG_7167.JPGAlex is a true purveyor of Hip Hop culture which can be seen through his love of street wear and bboying.  Understanding the need to dress the part of the role you want to portray, Alex dresses in the casual yet distinguishable clothes that are well recognized for their exorbitant costs.  Looking the part is only the first step, and Alex understands the commitment that one has to make in order to excel at their craft.  An innovative artist who excels at bboying, Alex is not satisfied with performing dance moves that the masses are able to.  Instead, he exhibits his passion for being distinct and unforgettable which  are the key foundations of his dance style.  Furthermore, the ambitious nature that he received from dance competitions have fueled his personal life choices in order to live a successful lifestyle in an unconventional way.

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When asked about his definition of a gentleman, Alex exclaimed a need for respectfulness.  “A true gentleman has respect for another person and it shows on how they treat others.  It may take years of learning, but the most important thing a gentleman does is respect women,” Alex remarked.  A true purveyor of his definition, Alex shows the utmost respect when meeting new individuals which is paramount to understanding why others regard him so highly.  Being a memorable young gentleman, Alex also has a deep reverence for elderly individuals and offers them exceptional admiration which is a testament to his chivalrous nature.  A true gentleman at heart, Alex’s vivacious nature can be seen in his main advice for other gentleman, “Just don’t be a douche bag, and you’ll be fine.”

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The Minimalistic Gent recognizes Alex “Axel” Dahl as a true purveyor of the gentleman lifestyle.  By having a distinct, fun-loving attitude towards life, Alex exemplifies the respectful nature of an ever-growing gentleman.  His hard work ethic has led him to always see the grandeur of possibilities rather than insubstantial obstacles which is why we look forward to seeing his future successes!

 

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.