Natalie Davis
Posted on October 11, 2011 by Natalie Davis on Uncategorized

Tool & Tack Giveaway

To celebrate the Tool and Tack event this Saturday, we’re hosting an EPIC giveaway featuring all the designers involved, including two Canoe leather key chains, a Forage birthday bow tie, a Wood & Faulk belt cut to your size, and the Gorge necklace by Fail+Canoe.

To enter, just leave a comment below and tell us who embodies a modern gentleman to you. One winner will be chosen by Miss Natalie of Canoe. The deadline for comment entries is Friday, October 15th at 10pm EST. Limited to US residents only. The winner will be announced on the Tool and Tack website on Monday, 10/17/11 and notified by email.

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    October 11, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Wow, I just came across your site and I love your look! Would it be super corny to say that for me, my husband embodies a modern gentleman? I have so much respect for his versatility in life and his ability to roll with the punches. We’ve had a crazy transitional year and I think that in this busy modern world, the ability to breathe and relax and go with life is so important (and his constant belief in me makes him super attractive :) ) I also love his ever-evolving sharp yet casual look, he would love all of these items, definitely appeal to the woodworker in him :)

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    James U.

    October 11, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I’m a huge fan of Shimon and Ariel Ovadia of Ovadia and Sons, not only because of their personal style, but because their clothing always seems to fit my personal tastes, if not my budget.

    That, and Daniel Craig’s spread and interview in Esquire murdered F/W 2011.

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    Leslie J

    October 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    What a great giveaway–if I won this, it would go to my husband who is definitely a modern gentleman, but since you don’t know him I’ll say that Ryan Gosling seems like a modern gentleman. In interviews he seems down to earth, self-possessed, and respectful of women–all great qualities in a person and rare in celebrities!

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    Caitlin R.

    October 11, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Jesse Thorn is the ultimate modern day gentleman and proponent for dressing like a grown-up. for proof. Thanks! :)

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    October 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Of course I think my husband is a modern gentleman…he sticks up for people and treats people with respect. It’s like he knows when to ‘cage the animal’ and when to let it loose! Love that awesome necklace!

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    October 11, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    My husband is my modern gentleman. Case in point, he always saves the last bite of food for me :)

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    October 11, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    this is going to sound schmutzy, but I think my husband is a good candidate – fashionable without being narcissistic, as comfortable in a tux as in plaid flannel – in NYC and in the tiniest village in the furthest reaches of the world, smart and confident and open-minded, and hella nice to everyone.

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    Erin O.

    October 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I think Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a great example of a modern gentleman. As an actor he’s one of the few to have transitioned success as a child into an interesting adult career. His performances in films such as Inception, 500 Days of Summer, and most recently 50/50 show his incredible range and talent. Moreover, he is perfectly polite, stays away from the gossip-y side of Hollywood, and dresses with an old fashioned nostalgia.

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    October 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    The modern gentleman is like the one I have at home – the kind of man who understands the importance of a groomed beard, a well-made boot and a good bourbon. The kind who puts dogs and babies naturally at ease. The kind who avoids Facebook profanity because he’s friends with my mother. The modern gentleman is the kind of man for whom Swagger isn’t a bottled scent.

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    TaNeesha Johnson

    October 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    modern gentleman: humbled man who leads by caring for others. he takes joy in leisure activities and honey do lists. he enjoys having a drink with his buds as equally as with his beloved partner.

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    Sean Lee

    October 11, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I think my cat Huey is the closest the modern age can come. He has a quiet dignity, and is always willing to share his hard-won dead birds. I bet he would look smashing in a bow tie, for that matter. These days, (humans at least) seem to equate “gentleman” with “well dressed libertine”. My cat is removed from that distinction, as he does not dress (until the bow tie comes, then watch out, world).

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    October 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Clive Owen, Stephen Colbert, Ewan McGregor, Fred Astaire, Colin Firth and Tom Waits. These are my favorite guys who seem to embody the great combinations of both artist and intellectual, snappy dresser and guy’s guy, entertainer and family man. Love them and thanks for the great giveaway and making mull this over this morning.

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    Matt P

    October 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    George Clooney

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    October 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I love the new tool & tack site and store. I’ve been telling all my friends about it. Thank you for sharing and taking such a unique look to men’s style. I look forward to seeing more in the coming future.

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    Rebecca Keller

    October 11, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    My father is an ideal candidate for the modern gentleman. He is versatile to every situation he encounters. He is sophisticated: he’s the one who taught me table manners and an appreciation for opera and musicals. He is rugged: some of my fondest childhood memories are of building and staining cabinets for the house together and him teaching me how to drive my grandparent’s old tractor. He is worldly: a former Army man and Vietnam Veteran, he has seen more than I ever will. And most important he is loving, kind, and has a great sense of humor.

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    October 11, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    This may sound weird, but my boss embodies the modern gentlemen. He puts his family first, no matter what (anytime one of his kids or his wife calls – he stops everything to talk to them…. I’ve seen him walk out on a few business meetings to answer their calls). He is still smitten with his wife, after 40+ years of marriage. He keeps toys in his office for when his grandkids come to visit. He built his (awesome) house with his own two hands. He renovated a run-down, 4th century house in Italy, which is now his vacation home…. and then he bought the empty lot across the street and put a garden there so he and his wife could garden while on vacay. Instead of enlisting during Vietnam, he went to Africa to work and study. He is the best at what he does. He treats everyone (including the underlings like me) with respect. And he pushes me to do my best work (not only in my profession, but also in my hobbies). Oh, and he looks and dresses exactly like the Marlboro man (which is his nickname around the office).

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    October 11, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    A gentleman for these somewhat unchivalrous times; Ben Cohen. Until he retired this spring, Cohen was a professional rugby player from the UK. He’s rugged, and rough when it counts and has made tremendous inroads to combating bullying and homophobia and even went as far to found The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation which combats homophobia and bullying. He is married and a father of two and is also “legally” deaf. He’s quite an extraordinary character who has used his fame, status and notoriety to have a positive and influential impact. He’s handsome too…really handsome if that matters :)

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    October 11, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I found you guys through Design Sponge and immediately had to go to your site – my first thought was of my husband!!! I don’t know if he’s Webster’s definition of a modern gentleman but he’s mine :) He’s a teacher, an athlete, a rancher, treats his mother with respect, and takes out the trash and recycling – perfect modern gentleman if you ask me!

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    October 11, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Brad Pitt. Effortlessly cool and chic in style. Devoted partner, father, and philanthropist in life. Both are unbearably sexy.

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    October 11, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Is it too cheesy to say my father is a modern gentleman, with just a splash of old-school in him which makes him even more gentlemanly? He’s a great father, treats my mother well, is generous, isn’t concerned about his looks but takes care of his health through exercise, he’s a scientist but also built half our house when I was growing up!

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    Tricia Janes

    October 11, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    A modern gentleman would have to be Brad Pitt, he is stylish, involved in charitable causes and has swagger.

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    Jahn Hall

    October 11, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    First & foremost, we’re bummed our trip & pop-up with Stag Austin wasn’t happening the same weekend as Took & Tack. With the roster at hand, it looks as though it’ll be an amazing event. Wish we could join you.

    With that, the modern guy is just as at home at Taco Bell as he is at New York’s Per Se & just as comfortable in a pair of worn in denim as he is in peak lapels & pocket squares. In fact, on a good day, you’ll see him wearing them together with his grandfather’s old pocket watch & a pair of perfectly worn brogues. He’s as happy with a night out on the town as he is camping & is conscientious of style but even more aware of the world & people around him. More importantly, to the modern gentleman, family is paramount & no matter where he ends up for dinner, he knows mama’s cooking is always best.

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    October 11, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Levi Dugat, of Paloma, is a modern gentleman. He has stellar style, raises chickens, curates beautiful art shows and co-runs Paloma, all while being kind, generous and gracious. I aspire to that!

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    October 11, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Well I don’t know about modern, but Hercule Poirot is quite the gentleman in my eye. You really don’t see enough tussie-mussies nowadays…

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    October 11, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I think a MG should be a well-mannered man’s man who cleans up really sharp but isn’t pretentious. I am going with Jake Gyllenhaal :) and just for some fun Andre Benjamin who always looks dapper!

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    October 11, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    My very dapper husband, Steve, embodies the modern gentleman. He always says “it’s so easy for men to dress well, there’s just no excuse”, and I couldn’t agree more.

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    October 11, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    RuPaul embodies modern gentleman. His style is not only dashing, but inspiring. He brings out the best in people. And, boy, could he work that Forage bow tie.

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    Jade Sheldon

    October 11, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    I would have to say that my sweetheart is the modern gentleman in my life. His style, his charm, his ruggedness, his sweetness: it all makes him my modern gentleman.

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    Nick Moore

    October 11, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Robert Redford. ’nuff said.

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    October 11, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    I also think of Jake Gyllenhall when I think of a “modern gentleman.” : )

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    Lauren C.

    October 11, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the new stuff. Especially the keychains. The leatherwork is beautiful, Natalie. I would say my idea of the modern gentleman would be Scott Schuman (The Sartorialist). When I think of gentleman, I think of dapper. Schuman’s effortless and classic style, styled with his almost euro-greaser hybrid swoop of hair is absolutely dapper.

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    Stephanie Press

    October 11, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    The modern gentleman pursues beauty, listens with all of his senses, and wants to project the love he feels out into the world, to share it. He takes time to appreciate and respect things that are well-made and has a natural curiosity. My good friend Bryan Decan is a modern gentleman, he is currently lent out to Barcelona.

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    October 11, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I’m going to have to join the ranks and call my husband the epitome of a modern gentleman. He is comfortable and confident in his own skin, whether or not he’s wearing a Band of Outsiders suit or an old pair of levi’s and a thrifted tee. 7 years and 1 baby later, he calls me beautiful on a regular basis, brings home flowers, visits his grandma, and changes a poop-filled diaper without a second thought. He is welcoming and hospitable, puts people feel at ease, and treats everyone with dignity and honor regardless of status.

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    Matt P

    October 11, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Whoa, impressed to see Jesse and the Ovadia bros dropped by readers in Austin. Going with “modern good guy” since gentleman is being overused as much as curate (it’s now cool to hate those words, guys); anyway, I’d say the Ovadia bros are a great choice, set out to do something they loved and seem to be doing as well or better than anyone else. Well done

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    justin p

    October 11, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    in my opinion, a modern gentleman = integrity + humility + compassion + a dash of style + (should be obvious, but for some reason seems strange): gentleness.

    the problem is that it’s hard to find men that exemplify those traits these days, but it’s what i strive for…

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    October 11, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    I have to say George Clooney came to mind. I mean, so did my boyfriend… but, uh, George Clooney, too. Will Smith also seems awfully nice and dresses so well. I think a modern gentleman is honorable and knows how to act appropriately at all times. He should be well-liked.

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    October 12, 2011 at 1:56 am

    A modern gentleman is a conduit of culture and style. He is worldly but operates locally. To that end, I would say Ben Runkle of near-Austin’s wonderful Salt & Time charcuterie is a great gentlemen. He and Bryan do good work.

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    Treasa of In Haus Press

    October 12, 2011 at 2:46 am

    Congrats on Tool & Tack! Such a great concept. In response to the giveaway, my James is a who I think of when I think of a modern gentleman. The still-opens-the-door-for-you type of guy who is ruggedly handsome without ever having to try.

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    Katie J

    October 12, 2011 at 3:21 am

    I can’t get enough of Jon Hamm. Incredible actor, incredibly self-aware and funny, and incredibly handsome.

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    jared junior

    October 12, 2011 at 3:32 am

    a modern gentleman is a man that leaves a place in better condition than when he arrived.
    a modern gentleman is a man that helps others before he helps himself.

    a modern gentleman is no different from any other gentleman from any other time or place because quality is timeless.

    sense of one’s self and the sense of others is what embodies a gentleman.

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    Kate D

    October 12, 2011 at 4:03 am

    Tool and Tack is a wonderful idea, how exciting! When I think of a modern gentleman I immediately think of my long-haired jack russell terrier, Elwood. He is handsome and athletic, kind and respectful, and always there when I need a furry shoulder to cry on. Best guy I know!

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    Katherine Lins

    October 12, 2011 at 9:15 am

    My boyfriend embodies the modern gentlemen to me. He rescued me from an abusive relationship and takes excellent care of my girls and his son. He buys me flowers on days that are rough, and puts up with my annoying habits(I do the same with him, for the most part). He treats everyone with respect; with his enemies, such as the mother of his son, he responds to with respect and firmness. He is a true gentleman and I am proud to call him my man. :)

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    October 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Not that I know him on any personal level whatsoever, but I’d have to chose George Clooney as the perfect, modern-day gentleman. At least, to all outer appearances he is!

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    Becca Gray

    October 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    This isn’t very original but my husband was the first person I thought of. He is kind, hard working, a super dad and amazingly thoughtful in all sorts of quiet little ways that really matter. Plus-he is incredibly handsome and stylish-mixing vintage and new in a way that is his own.


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    October 12, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I just found your site, and LOVE it! My modern gentleman is my friend Phil. He wears 3 piece suits in all weather- including southern summers. Phil opens doors for all, and kisses his girls-who-are-friends hands in greeting. All of this without being cheesey, I do adore him!

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    mike h

    October 12, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    thom browne! i love his style. and i would love to possess this lot of amazingness!

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    October 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I think of Anderson Cooper or Ryan Gosling.

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    October 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    If I had to pick one man, I don’t know that I could! My Dad would come to mind first, because he was a modern gent before it would have been cool to be so. He married my Mom when I was about a year old, and raised me and loved me as his own, no questions asked. I always knew the importance of it & loved him for it, but never realized how much it meant until I too, became a single mom, and found a man, my boyfriend, that does the same for my son. How lucky am I to have two men in my life that are so good? :)

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    October 12, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Beautiful items, especially that necklace!

    Although I know many modern gentleman in my personal life, the first person that comes to mind is Prince William. As the world recently watched him get married and travel across North America, he demonstrated courteousness, candor, and true love for his wife and his country. Despite being born into a position of entitlement, Prince William is humble and kind–and accepts the fact that he is balding with the true grace of a modern gentleman!

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    October 12, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    My Dad is certainly a mondern gentleman. He looks great in both a tuxedo and his Army fatigues. He also taught me how to tie a bowtie, a trait that should never be overlooked.

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    October 12, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Who embodies a modern gentleman? I could perhaps roll off a list of movie stars who seem to fit that category. But since I don’t know any movie stars in person, I have no idea if they really are gentleman? Modern yes, but gentlemen? I’m looking for that modern gentleman right now actually. I’d define them as a man who focuses on the person rather then on status, looks, or wardrobe. He finds things that are different about people to be beautiful, instead of strange or ugly. Someone who wears what is comfortable and feels good to them, rather than something trendy (just to fit in). Also, it’s a gentleman who offers his hand to help someone across wet pavement or rough terrain, even if they didn’t ask.
    Now go find him for me!

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    October 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    My father has been and continues to be my definition of a gentleman.

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    October 13, 2011 at 4:43 am

    I love everything about this shop and concept, with the exception tha I can’t take part! My gentleman and I would be first in line at your next Detroit event. Said gentleman is my husband, a new word for me, and I entered for him. The urban lumberjack love of my life, I want to gift him everything you feature.

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    October 13, 2011 at 5:51 am

    Conan O’brien for his commencement speech at Darthmouth.

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    October 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I would say John Waters embodies “modern gentleman” for me. He speaks his mind with kindness and clarity, especially if what he’s saying will irritate lots of people. His movies are completely sincere. He’s confrontational without being mean. He always looks put together, wearing items that flatter -his- shape and suit his style, rather than wearing what it is currently fashionable.

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    October 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    my mister is certainly a modern gentleman. he has a style all his own – a perfect blend of dandy meets cowboy with his own practical farmer, baker, bicycle-maker twist. items in his life must be made with integrity and be long-lasting, or at least a handsome score from a thrift shop. he works harder than anyone i know and also has the ability to play harder – always looking good while doing it. my gentleman friend has a sensibility and practicality in life that doesn’t allow for synthetic frivolity. cotton, wool, and leather are his textiles of choice for feeling and looking good. his style is subtle but his heart and generosity are not. he is more old fashioned than modern, but a real gentleman all the same.

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    October 13, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I think a modern gentleman would be Jimmy Fallon. I mean he can be cooky and funny but he is genuine and sincere. Kind and humble. And his wardrobe is crisp and upbeat.

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    October 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    My husband is a modern gentleman. A man who looks as comfortable in a suit as he does covered in sawdust. Who’s charming, independent, loving, respectful. Until we met, I didn’t know men like him still existed.

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    October 13, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    My modern gentleman of today is James Franco. He chases his dreams regardless of what others think, has style and class but is not afraid to upset those that cannot let go of antiquated forms of respect.

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    Lara Hale

    October 13, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    The embodiment of a modern gentleman to me is one Mr. Chagi. He sports a clean-cut beard because it keeps his jaw warm, and he can occasionally be caught in crocs because he finds they don’t put odd pressures on his soles. He wants to know, what makes jeans “designer jeans?”

    He looks into who you are, what makes you tick, but most importantly what makes you comfortable – like a hand on the shoulder or a cup of tea. He looks all around at his environment. He’s finding the right book to place on the wrong table, and he’s bringing home a plant called the Wandering Jew. He’s leaning branches against the base of a tree to shelter his resting spot from the wind, and he’s fermenting pokeberries to develop his own ink.

    Mr. Chagi shares some of himself with you – some of it tidy, some of it shaped more like a question mark. He’s counting on you loving and supporting him, and if you do not, then still, he will open a different window, a different door. He is many levels, and he is of this time because we are now too modern to embody any one time period. Instead he is all of the history he can gather, bundled into a package for tomorrow.

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    Eric Mondragon

    October 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    SO many options, men from ‘Old Hollywood’, to modern actors of today- even family members, or relational partners. However, after sorting threw them all, despite my huge love for my family, George Clooney seems to embody what a modern gentleman really is. I believe, a modern gentleman has to fully encapsulate the idea, and cannot just be this gentleman on weekends or something, but instead just oozes character and respect for all people. Though I have not personally met George Clooney, what I have seen portrays him in a way that reminisce the past, yet adds a modern twist. He is always dressed so sleek, and carries himself well, and there does not seem to be a time when he is out of his element- calm, cool, and collective I’d say.

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    Jennifer Smith-King

    October 13, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    My little brother. Wakefield is funny, kind, athletic, handsome and extremely smart!

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    Melissa Anderson

    October 14, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Jon Hamm. Kind, funny and handsome.

    Great giveaway! I wish I lived in Austin!

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    October 14, 2011 at 1:13 am

    I think I’m going to have to go with our well-spoken, gracious, hardworking (and handsome) POTUS Barack Obama.
    (Don’t suppose you’d bring your pop-up shop to us here in the Northeast sometime?)

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    Nic Pagalilauan

    October 14, 2011 at 11:16 am

    lovely giveaway.

    my vote also goes to commander-in-chief obama.

    ATX i miss you!

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    Josh P

    October 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I think the modern gentleman is confident, but humble; knowledgeable, but lets others speak first; and has shed the desire for consumerism, but buys those few things of quality that become a part of him over time.

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    Chrissy Jensen

    October 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    The modern gentleman’s a stand-up guy. He dresses how he dresses and is into what he’s into, but he’ll help someone in need without thought, he’s kind, he’s appreciative, he’s thoughtful of others. He genuinely wants to make things better and works to make a difference. Oh, and he reads and listens to music. All the traits I hope my kiddo grows up to have.

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    October 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I believe the modern gentleman is elegant, cultured, well-read, well-educated, well-mannered and well-spoken, well-groomed and dresses impeccably. What he is not is arrogant, pretentious and boorish.

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    October 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I would think one would have to have at least met a person to judge them a “gentleman.” To that end, while I do not know him well, I have had the pleasure of hanging out with Billy Reid on a few occasions. He has weathered the clothing industry for a number of years and shown resilience in building his current brand. His clothing line is unique and high-quality and is reflective of the man himself. Of course, similar looks can now be found at other stores such as J. Crew, a store with whom he has collaborated, but I think he is responsible for the polished agrarian style that others have marketed. Nevertheless, it is fitting that his name is on his clothing line. I appreciate that he still lives and works in the hometown of his flagship store in Florence, Alabama…and I don’t think this is in an attempt to authenticate the bucolic tilt of his clothing. Employees from around the country always seem to make visits and are remiss if they miss the annual Shindig that features some great music. Not only does he have good taste in music, he also plays music himself and helps lesser-known bands gain more widespread exposure through his store’s t-shirts, hats and music samplers. He provides similar help to other efforts such as the Southern Foodways Alliance. I just have to admire a guy who can achieve national/international recognition for creating some great clothes that I like to wear without losing sight of his Southern roots. Not only has he not lost sight of his beginnings, but he actively gives back to his community. And he carries all of this off while treating his employees, customers and strangers with graciousness. Did I mention he likes good…real good bourbon. And he shares.

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    October 14, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    At the risk of sounding a little cheesy, I have to say that my fiance is the perfect modern gentleman. He chooses his clothing wisely– always with the right tie or pocket square. The look is old-fashioned without being dated. And, well, he looks damned good in a suit!

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