“A gentleman is someone who does not what he wants to do, but what he should do.” - Haruki Murakami
Some say that chivalry is irrelevant (and even undesirable) in the modern world. However, we believe that the basic tenets of chivalry should be at the core of contemporary gentlemanly conduct.
The apocryphal story of Sir Walter Raleigh laying his cloak over a puddle to allow Queen Elizabeth clean passage epitomises traditional chivalry. Today, a gentleman should offer their partner his coat or jacket on a cold evening.
Jousting tournaments and pageantry have been replaced by high profile social events and occasions that give everyone an opportunity to “dress to the nines”. Today’s gentleman is yesterday’s brave knight, and his outerwear is his shining armour.
At its heart, being chivalrous simply means treating others as you would hope to be treated; respectfully and courteously. If this can be achieved with a sense of style and elegance as well, then the gentleman’s journey to becoming a modern day Sir Galahad is well begun…
Credits: Extract from the Waverley Novels by Sir Walter Scot. Illustration Sir Walter Raleigh lays down his cloak for Queen Elizabeth I by Peter Jackson