The Quintessential Gent’s Most Wanted

Since 1895, socks brand Falke have been providing the world with stylish and classic style socks.

Perfect for the stylish gentleman, Falke has produced this limited edition sock made from rare Peruvian Vicuña.  Known for it is fine, dense wool the Peruvian vicuña is considered to be one of the most rarest and most expensive wool in the world.

After the vicuña has gone through the traditional shearing proces, the softwool hairs of the fleece are carefully separated from the coarser guard hairs and submitted to an elaborate hand-washing and drying process. The final step is to spin the yarns.

The socks will be crafted personally for you upon request and shipped in an elegant wooden box and priced at €860 per pair.

To order your own personal Falke vicuña socks, tailored to your foot. Click for more detail. 

You don’t listen to music, you absorb it.

With a successful career as a violinist cut short due to a hand injury, Ros Gilman refused to give up his love for music and instead cultivated a highly successful career as an award-winning music composer. He tells the Quintessential Gent how music is part of his DNA.

I arranged to meet Ros at the Reverend JW Simpson, and I immediately recognised him from his 6-part documentary detailing the process of making the Soundtrack for the critically acclaimed short film ‘Johanne’. A short film for which Ros has since gone on to win the Audience Award for the Best Music at the British Animation Film Festival.

As we settled down and ordered our drinks, the conversation inevitably turned to music and it Ros’ love for music quickly shone through. Both his parents are professional musicians, and growing up in a household where he was surrounded by music, it was inevitable that music would be a big part of his life. A naturally gifted musician, he started playing the piano before moving on to the violin from the age of 5. Ros believes he was is lucky to have performed across three continents including radio and television appearances in Australia. Having met him, I can assert that he wasn’t lucky; his natural talent and strict routine carved the path for this promising young violinist to perform around the world.  He was destined for a great musical career.

A promising career which abruptly came to an end following a tragic hand injury. Ros says that when his violin professor retired, he found a new professor allowing him to complete his diploma. His new professor adjusted his hand position which irreparably injured his hand. The injury was so severe that he was unable hold a knife and fork. He saw several doctors but none could help him. A young man who had sacrificed 21 years of his life to playing the violin must have been heart-broken to have it snatched away; I asked him? Ros smiled contentedly and replied ‘I couldn’t go without music being part of my life, so I decided to study to become a composer instead.

He studied hard for a number of years to master his craft at a number of prestigious universities across the world including the University of Music in Vienna and then at the Royal College of Music in London.  Since completing his degrees he has been in constant demand as a composer and songwriter and has worked on a host of film and television projects, including most recently the short-animated film ‘Johanne’ directed by Anna-Ester Volozh. The film, inspired by Joan of Arc, follows a day in a life of the heroine.  Working with a talented director with such a deep knowledge of music was an honour, especially since Anna-Ester had a clear vision of the music score for ‘Johanne’.  She trusted Ros to be able to interpret her vision through music score. The entire process of creating the score was wonderful but Ros admitted, after further probing, that the real beauty lay when he conducted the finished score with F.A.M.E.’s Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra, an experience he describes as “a great privilege”. The film caught the attention of the industry and it has been nominated for a number of awards. Ros recently won the Audience Award for the Best music at the British Animation Film Festival, which will undoubtedly provide him the platform to write another beautiful score.

So, what’s next for Ros? Well he’s just finished composing music for a TV documentary for French TV channel ‘France 5’ called “Enfants De Daesh” (The Children of ISIS) and is working on his debut EP, ‘Fantasies’, due for release Spring 2018. Does he ever relax or unwind I ask? Ros laughed and replied “I enjoy running or working out; it’s an important part of my daily routine and I find my best musical ideas come to me when I’m working out”.  I laugh and think even when he’s meant to be relaxing music is always at the forefront of his mind.

Ros Gilman’s debut EP is Fantasies is out Spring 2018 and Enfants De Daesh will be broadcasted on October 4th at 8.50pm on France 5

The Quintessential Gent’s Guide to London Pop-Up Bars

Londoners love to drink. But going to your local boozer or some trendy bar just doesn’t cut it anymore. We are a city that is easily bored and are always on the lookout for something unique and innovative. So, of course, Pop-Up Bars are ideal.   Usually, open for a few months before disappearing.  Over the last few years, London has become a haven for pop-up bars across the city. 

So for those people who haven’t got their finger on the pulse, here are my top 5 pop-up bars to look out for this summer. Blink and you might just miss them.

GQ Bar at the Rosewood Hotel

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The Rosewood Hotel in Holborn is by far one of my favourite hotels in London.  Not only do they have one of the best hotel bars in London, Scarfes Bar but also it’s Holborn Dining Room. Home to London’s best-stocked gin bar, offering over 400 gins and 27 tonics, so of course, it’s only natural for men’s lifestyle magazine GQ and Tanqueray No Ten to open their first ever pop-up bar at The Terrace. Described by Gary Robinson, Conde Nast International’s Director of Restaurants as a “ space for modern urbanites to come together in an environment inspired by the magazine.”

Offering cocktails, wines and champagnes and food created by Gary and Holborn Dining Room’s head chef Calum Franklin.  Drinks will include a white Negroni garnished with grapefruit and the Daisy Sour made with gin, chamomile, lime and green chartreuse as well as GQ’s signature Manhattan made with orange-soaked barrel-aged bourbon and vanilla bitters. A GQ Bar Burger by Gary is exclusive to the pop-up and comprises a tower of char-grilled wagyu, caramelised onions, watercress and peppercorn umami in a brioche bun, complete with garlic-salted fries.

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GQ Bar will run from June to September and will be open from 7 am until 11:30 pm (Sunday 10:30 pm).

The Botanical Bar at the Floating Pocket Park


Opening just in time for World Gin Day, the Botanical Bar is a new pop- up bar by the team from Lockhouse at Floating Pocket Park on the Grand Union Canal.  A newly developed urban ‘green space.’

So it’s only fitting the green-fingered team from Lockhouse have created a menu where all the drinks will have a botanical look and feel, featuring handpicked herbs and essences along with a fresh and colourful garnish to reflect their surroundings.  Serving an eclectic range of gins and gin cocktails such as ‘We’ve Got The Whole World Gin Our Hands.  And for you spoilsports there are mocktails.

The floating Botanical Bar provides the opportunity for Londoners to re-connect with the canal and enjoy this newly developed urban ‘green space’; the perfect setting to watch the sun go down with a G&T or enjoy a warm summer evening with a cocktail in your hand.

Gin garden

The Botanical Bar will run from on June 10th, and then every Thursday & Friday from 12pm to 9pm until  August 19th.


El Bandito at the Victory Mansion


El Bandito, already a hugely successful tequila and mescal bar based in Liverpool, it was only a matter of time this bar was going to move to the capital. With the pop up making its way exploring around London and now taking up residency in the basement drinking den of the Victory Mansion in Stoke Newington. Taking inspiration from Asia and South America, you can expect to try cocktails such as frozen watermelons margaritas to Kale Mezcalarita.

The brainchild of business partners John Ennis and Matt Farrell, El Banduti aims to educate and introduce guests to rare and high-quality tequilas and mezcals, including a first for the UK, tequila from the famous El Pandilo distillery.


The El Bandito Pop-Up will run from May 21st. 

The Dead Rabbit at Claridge’s Hotel

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Although we have to wait till mid-august, Claridge’s one of the capital’s most iconic hotel will be playing host to a week-long pop-up to New York bar The Dead Rabbit. Having won World’s best bar 2016 and the pop-up at Claridge’s Bar will recreate the second floor ‘Parlor’.

Serving several of its signature cocktails including Irish coffee and Psycho Killer, along with favourites from their food menu such as lobster deviled eggs, Cumberland sausage rolls and Irish lamb stew. With its familiar ragtime piano soundtrack and comic book-style cocktail menu, the pop up will be bringing a little bit of Manhattan to Mayfair.


 The Dead Rabbit Bar will run from Tues 15th – Tues 22nd August 2017.


Pitch Black at No Such Place


Dubbed the ‘Dans Le Noir’ of the drinking world, Pitch Black as its name would suggest 90-minute blind tasting experience in ‘pitch black’ darkness.  However don’t panic, the evening doesn’t start in complete darkness. The experience begins with a glass of bubbles in a dimly lit room, where you can familiarise yourself with your surroundings before the lights go down.  You are then given two inventive cocktails, a palate-cleanser and two wines, with lots of witty banter from your host.


The ideas behind the Pitch Black is that by depriving us of our sights, our other senses are heightened leaving us to concentrate flavours & aromas of what we are drinking. The evening ends with your drinks revealed to you so prepare to be pleasantly surprised.

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Watch and Jewellery Week at The Royal Exchange

The Royal Exchange is one of the City’s most iconic landmarks. With a history spanning nearly 500 years, this building was once the home to the City’s brokers and merchants. Now its home to the world’s most desired retailers and placing it, once again, in the thriving centre of commerce. So, of course, it’s only fitting that The Royal Exchange are hosting their fourth annual Watch & Jewellery Week (22 -26 May).



Celebrating luxury, heritage and craftsmanship, with exclusive preview previews, expert talks and entertaining events will showcase the creative and technical craftsmanship at the heart of horology and fine jewellery.

Bremont, Georg Jensen, Halcyon Days, Omega, Tateossian, Tiffany & Co and Watches of Switzerland, among others, will be showcasing exclusive collections and offering in-store experiences to showcase the creative and technical craftsmanship at the heart of horology and fine jewellery. Guests will also have the chance to win a pre-owned Rolex Submariner (worth £4,350) from Watchfinder & Co. or enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime flight in a Spitfire, courtesy of Bremont.

Central Courtyard

22-26 MAY

Enjoy £5 espresso martinis at Royal Exchange Grind & Co, exclusive in-store promotions at Georg Jensen and Tateossian, and special offers from many boutiques throughout the week.

 24-25 MAY

Visit the Bremont boutique to witness a watchmaker at work.

24 MAY

Add a personal touch with custom engraving at Halcyon Days available from 12-8pm.

24 MAY, GQ READERS’ EVENT, 6.30-8.000PM

Robert Johnston, fashion director at GQ will host a Q&A with Robert Tateossian, founder of Tateossian London, about watches and accessories.

To  view  the  full  schedule  of  events  happening  at  The  Royal  Exchange  or to receive further details on the exclusive previews and talks, please visit 

10 Minutes with Artist Laurence Jones

Having spent the last two years exhibiting at prestigious international fairs like Seattle Art Fair, Art Toronto and Miami Project, UK based artist Laurence Jones is only now getting his first solo exhibition.  A relative newcomer to the art scene Laurence has been described by Saatchi as an artist to watch. His work features mostly scenes of architecture and interiors. Each painting incorporating elements of both fiction and reality. By varied means of production, Laurence is able to draw from a pool of collected images that are then digitally edited, and serve as a starting point for a process-based practice. So I sat down with Lawrence to find out more about his first solo exhibition. 

 What is your new work about?

My new show ‘Night Works’ brings together some recent large-scale paintings, which explore ideas about our psychological relationship to spaces and how we construct realities.

How do they differ from your earlier works?

I have been exploring different ways to heighten the psychological reading of the works, and they feel much more immersive and real than my previous work due to the larger scale and focus on the technical handling of paint.

Laurence Jones Liminal Framework, 2017 acrylic paint, acrylic ink, glazing medium, self-leveling medium and graphite on linen 140 x 180 cm 55 18

What are you trying to explore within your works?

I am trying to explore how to construct open-ended questions with the medium of paint. I am fascinated by the idea that a viewer of these works can come to any number of possible conclusions as to what the scene is about. The idea that the viewer has a sense of familiarity with the painted environment whether through first hand experience of being in a place, or perhaps more likely in this day and age, the second and third hand experience of shared imagery and video, is interesting to me, because it calls into question the nature of that familiarity, which can be read as being almost a symptom of ‘information overload’. It also questions where real meaning lies, and where to look for it if not to our instantly shareable modes of communication.

What/who influences your practice?

I have recently been quite interested in artists that manage to convey a visceral sense of meaning through their painting, such as Anselm Kiefer and Matthias Weischer. There are many early influences that resonate through my work taken from the fields of street art, graphic design, and illustration. I also look at a great number of artists who work within the expanded field of painting, as a means of creating new possibilities within my figurative work. Also: TV and film stills, books, staged photography, graphic design, skateboard graphics, tea, and alcohol (not combined).

Laurence Jones Black Palms 2, 2016 mixed media on medium-grain linen 140 x 180 cm

You have exhibited at a number of international Art fairs in major cities over the last two years, how would you describe the art scene in Seattle, Toronto, and Miami? And how do they compare with each other?

I have been exhibiting extensively over the last two years, but I feel it’s still early for me to describe the scenes in these cities, as I am yet to visit them! But they seem to be diverse art scenes, and Toronto has been exciting me from afar – lots of interesting art and music coming out of Canada at the moment.

Has this always been the style you have painted in?

More or less – I have always painted with the idea of breaking up the surface and half-erasing it as I go. That way the painting has agency, a life of its own that I am able to respond to as I work.

What atmosphere is it that you are looking to create with your solo show?

I intend for the worlds created to feel real; familiar and immersive, but balanced with the idea that the normal rules don’t apply. I intend for the works to have a dialogue with each other, and wider ideas surrounding the gaze in the current age.

How long would you say it has taken you to prepare for this show?

It has taken around 4 months, along with some fairs in between.

How do you get started creating a painting?

I usually begin by making digital mockups when I have an idea for the work or some images which I would like to work from. Then I build the scene from the back to the front, starting with underpainting and initial washes. From there I get the initial forms drawn in and begin layering the work. However, I try not to have a set format and instead respond to each work based on the effects I would like to create.

Laurence Jones Infinity Pool 2, 2016 mixed media on medium-grain linen 180 cm diameter 71 in diameter

How do you add narrative to your painting?

Because the spaces I paint are highly realistic, I think the initial reaction is to look for a clearly visible narrative. The notion that you may have missed the moment, or are too early is something I want to play with. In this sense, the narrative is less something that is present in the work, but the works are about the nature of narrative itself.

How do you select a good subject for a painting in this style?

I spend a lot of time researching images and ideas pertaining to the work. Generally, I work with a combination of found images and my own photos of surfaces and textures. I try to make works that have motifs that are culturally tied to a sense of spectacle and imminent suspense: pools, cityscapes, and modernist architecture to name a few. Within that, I am able to layer in gestures that may, or may not, give a sense of narrative or presence. Ultimately, there has to be a space that the viewer can fill.

Laurence Jones solo exhibition Night Works will run from 4 – 28th May at Rebecca Hossack, Conway Street, London

The Quintessential Gent’s Guide to Weekend Bags

This weekend begins the first of many long sunny bank holidays. And while some of us will be staying at home, some of us may take advantage of the warm weather and go away for the weekend. Whether you are staying with friends, visiting family or staying in an idyllic bed & breakfast we always make sure to pack appropriately. But we always forget about our luggage. Unless you are going to a music festival, carrying your old rucksack covered in dried up mud is probably not the ideal bag to carry your belongings. We all choose bags based on what works for us as a modern traveller. Some of us choose bags that are functional, versatile, stylish, and spacious or something that will last a lifetime.

So check out my top five picks below:


The Weekender


The Weekender bag from luxury British accessories brand, Bennet Winch is the ideal bag for long weekends away.  A modern take on a classic bag, the Weekender is both aesthetically pleasing and functional.  Each bag is handmade from waterproof canvas and leather and full of compartments. This includes two compartments for shoes, perfect to keep them separate from your other belongings


The Explorer Medium Blue Holdall

The Explorer bag from Tusting is perfect for the demands of the modern lifestyle and the ideal bag for weekends or short breaks and good. It is available in three sizes and made from tough new denim blue canvas. This bag is sure to last a very long time, whilst retaining that distinctive and classic look that Tusting is so well known for.


Cronos Leather Holdall

The Cronos leather bag from Ted Baker is the ideal bag for a stylish gent. It’s incredibly sleek and sophisticated and made from leather with a secure yet chic padlock fastening. You’d be hard pressed not to be noticed with this bag as you’re travelling companion.


Contrast Webbing  Barrel Bagg

Famous for its classic barrel bag, Fred Perry has reconstructed the classic from tough, woven fabric to give it a strong, durable, high-shine, and rich colour finish.  With small details such as a bomber stripe tab, a subtle reference to Fred Perry’s tennis bomber jacket, this bag is perfect for a light or sporty weekend away.


Barbour Wax Holdall

Known for its quality and classic British country style Barbour’s waxed cotton holdall.  This spacious and versatile bag has been made using cotton coated in rich wax, protecting it from the weather and giving it more character over time as it ages. A bag that can be used for years to come. 


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The Luxe Sportswear Edit

Sportswear is now totally acceptable for any non-gym based occasion lunch; with friends, school runs, and even the office. Luxe Sportswear is all about pulling off a chic, high-end look that must also be multifunctional. But how do we make sure that your sportswear look is more luxe than football casuals?

Men’s Cashmere Lounge Pant in Navy

Sunspell Cashemere Track Pant in Navy

Invest in a nice pair of track pants. If you want to take your Sportswear Luxe look seriously then these navy cashmere pants are perfect. Both comfortable and stylish these track pants are perfect for being multifunctional.


Linen Studio Polo Shirt

Linen Polo Shirt

To add a sense of refined sensibility, team those Cashmere pants with a long sleeve polo shirt, linen is best.


Pink Boucle Textured Wool Rich Smart Bomber Jacket

Pink Boucle Textured Wool Rich Smart Bomber Jacket

Bomber Jackets have never been more on trend but finding the right one can be difficult. Avoid bold prints, certain fabrics, and cuts. Fabrics to avoid include silk and denim. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with a good bomber jacket.  I’m a big fan of this pink bomber jacket from Topman, crafted from a wool-rich looped boucle yarn for a heavily textured finish, its bang on trend for Spring/Summer ‘17 and extremely versatile.

Stan Smith Leather Sneakers

adidas Originals Stan Smith

Finally to finish off the look, a classic pair of Adidas Originals Stan Smith sneakers.


The luxe sportswear trend is here to stay, so rather than ignore it its times even I embraced it. A trend that is perfect for the gents who lives a fast past life. A life where we wear clothes that must be comfortable enough to wear on the morning commute, yet still stylish enough for after-hours engagements.

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The Quintessential Gent’s Christmas Gift Guide

With less than two weeks to go to Christmas, it’s about time you start thinking about gifts. Whether you’re gift browsing for someone else or want to treat yourself to a little something special,  here is The Quintessential Gent’s Christmas gift guide, that every true quintessential gent needs.






j-crew-jumper£98 – J.Crew




£398 (frames) £60 (Candle) – Oliver Peoples 020 7730 0085



£155 – The Cambridge Satchel Company



$249 – Brathwait



£75 – Mr Porter


MR PORTER Grooming Kit, Winter 2016

19.95 –  Reiss


Telephone & Post Box Bookend Pair

£160 – Modern Souvenir



£60 – English Pewter Company


Life Styled Planner

 £45 – LIFE Styled Planner



elliot-lapel-pin £95 – Alice Made This



£450 – Church’s

Lock x Borsalino fedora

£395 – Lock & Co Hatters


£185 – Turnbull & Asser 


£49 – Tabl


Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX80

£549 – John Lewis


FORTNUM & MASON The Gentleman's Party Hamper

£250 – Mr Porter



£285 – Hamilton & Hare

Have a Quintessential Christmas


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Sock Monkeys to raise money for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital

One of my favourite sock brand London Sock Company has teamed up with world-renowned photographer Alistair Morrison to host a silent auction of their iconic sock monkeys, signed by some of Britain’s most recognised figures with all proceeds will be donated to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

The sock monkeys have been signed by British household names including brand ambassador and model David Gandy, television baking star Mary Berry, legendary singer Dame Shirley Bassey and actor Rufus Sewell; each of whom have signed – and been photographed with – one of the brand’s iconic sock monkeys.




This charitable fundraiser is inspired by Alistair Morrison’s ‘Great Britons’ legacy photography. A photographic collage of 90 famous Britons, unveiled in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday, a unique photograph, littered with British icons from all walks of life

The silent auction will close on Wednesday 21st December 2016. So pull your socks up and bid online via the following link  to win a one-of-a-kind signed London Sock Co. sock monkey accompanied by a Polaroid photograph of their chosen celebrity with the exclusive prize.







The Quintessential Gent’s Guide to Men’s Fragrances

The one thing I hate receiving every birthday or Christmas as gift is fragrances. The reason being is people never get it right and they tend to be re-gifted (I apologise to my friends and family secrets out) or they tend to gather dust in my bathroom. With more variety out there now for men it’s not surprising that they are overwhelmed on what to buy. Like everything else in life even fragrances have a must have criteria. For me that criteria includes a fragrance that is masculine, subtle, sophisticated, sexy and timelessly classic . So here are my favorites in no particular order.

Dior Homme


François Demachy describes Dior Homme as a fragrance that eschews every masculine cliché. It explores a new virility, immediate yet complex. I couldn’t have said it any better. To me Dior Homme is a fragrance that is very loyal to the spirit of the Christian Dior brand, with it blend of tradition & modernity. With its woody undertones and spicy trail of elegance it’s no wonder I have been wearing this fragrance for the last 11 years.

Tom Ford, Extreme


To me Tom Ford is the epitome of masculinity, subtle and classic. So of course Tom Ford Extreme had to be included. Still a relatively new fragrance it’s no wonder that it’s been described as the gentlemanly interpretation of sensuality and fearless confidence. Traits that all modern men should have, By fusing black figs, dark spices with smooth woods Tom Ford has created another intoxicating and sexy fragrance.

24 Old Bond Street Triple Extract


A recent discovery of mine, I was blown away on this reworked version of the original 24 Old Bond Street fragrance. Although I have to admit I fell in love with the bottle first before I fell in love with its content, which can only be described as very potent, full of tonicity and dramatic contrast. A triumph of English elegance, the 24 Old Bond Street Triple Extract is a fragrant statement of astounding perfume pedigree.

Mr Burberry


Most of my friends know about my borderline obsession with Burberry but I have to admit I’ve never been a fan of their men’s fragrances. However after trying Mr Burberry, it quickly became a new favourite.   The fragrance which was only launched earlier this year captures the essence of London and its moments, fusing classic scents of British perfumery with unexpected ingredients. While the bottle is inspired by the iconic black Burberry trench coat, its quality, craftsmanship, style and timeless appeal, and honours its signature design details: bold and masculine. For a truly unique gift for yourself (remember the cardinal rule never by a fragrance for a loved one) why not get the bottle engraved with your initials. Mine is engraved with Q.G


Valentino Uomo


Valentino once said ‘elegance is the balance between proportion, emotion & surprise’ a quote which is very fitting for Valentino Uomo. A fragrance with its precisely chosen ingredients in the last two years has become a firm favourite of mine. Its classic fragrance with soft smoky and woody accords and a touch of vagueness that upsets the balance, it is an expression of unmistakable style. Everything about Valentino Uomo is restrained, yet enticing. 


So there you have it my 5 favourite which all have my fragrance criteria of  being masculine, subtle, sophisticated, sexy and timelessly classic. Also remember the cardinal rule never buy a fragrance as a gift for someone else. 




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