From the Guv’nor

Being male is a matter of birth, being a man is a matter of age, but being a gentleman is a matter of choice.


25 Pieces Of Timeless Style Advice All Men Should Hear


We are sharing this article by Patrick Cooper.

For generations, men and women far more informed and knowledgeable than we would ever claim to be have been imparting sage style advice that still resonates to this day.

We’ve rounded up our favourite nuggets of wisdom below, which we think all modern gentlemen should hear, in a bid to help inspire the way you dress and approach fashion and style on a daily basis. Enjoy…

1. “Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.” – Gianni Versace

2. “A man should look as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten all about them.” – Hardy Amies

3. “It is both delusional and stupid to think that clothes don’t really matter and we should all wear whatever we want. Most people don’t take clothing seriously enough, but whether we should or not, clothes do talk to us and we make decisions based on people’s appearances.” – G. Bruce Boyer

4. “The difference between style and fashion is quality.” – Giorgio Armani

5. “A good trick as you get older is to get a thick pair of glasses that have a dark frame. Everything else can droop and slide but that pair of dark glasses stays sharp and crisp. Look at Cary Grant. Look at Vidal Sassoon. – Tom Ford

6. “If you’re not sure whether it looks good on you, it doesn’t.” – Scott Omelianuk

7. “Well-dressed men know that nothing worthwhile is ever outmoded, that a superb tailor’s work is ageless.” – Finis Farr

8. “Know first who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.” – Epictetus

9. “Dress up your sportswear and dress down your formalwear.” – Luciano Barbera

10. “To achieve the nonchalance, which is absolutely necessary for a man, one article at least must not match.” – Hardy Amies

11. “Create your own visual style… Let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.” – Orson Welles

12. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

13. “It is totally impossible to be well-dressed in cheap shoes.” – Hardy Amies

14. “The best colour in the world is the one that looks good on you.” – Coco Chanel

15. “If you’re going to play with colour, start with one. If you’re wearing yellow, everything else should be navy and grey.” – Nick Wooster

16. “I do maintain that if your hair is wrong, your entire life is wrong.” – Morrissey

17. “A man must face the world with sprezzatura. It literally means detachment, but a better way to think of it is quite confidence or low-key style. The most forceful statement is understatement.” – Luciano Barbera

18. “A well tied tie is the first serious step in life.” – Oscar Wilde

19. “Always [have] new socks and underwear. Throw away the old ones every six months.” –Tom Ford

20. “All it takes are a few simple outfits. And there’s one secret – the simpler the better.” –Cary Grant

21. “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” –Orson Welles

22. “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” – Oscar Wilde

23. “Fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are.” – Quentin Crisp

24. “Fashion fades, style is eternal.” – Yves Saint Laurent

25. “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” – Coco Chanel

from London Evening Standard

Hornets stock is a mixture of secondhand, new, specialist and the unusual. Yet more remarkable is the charming obliviousness of the staff in all branches to the vulgarities of the high street. You are treated with courtesy and respect whatever your budget.

Richard Godwin
London Evening Standard


Our man from Shanghai

Ziheng Wang, the modern face of China is as usual dressed entirely by Hornets in this shot from a Chinese theatre magazine.

In a couple of months time Ziheng is back in London modelling and as his English is near perfect broadening his acting career.

Good luck Ziheng.  London is lucky to have you back and Hornets is happy to dress you.


Christopher Lee is Dead? He Is Absolutely No Such Thing


The Man From the Hornet writes…


At lunchtime yesterday the news came through that the actor Sir Christopher Lee had passed away. He was 93.


I was with The Guv’nor when the news broke and we reminisced about Lee’s screen performances. We talked of his dignity. His power. And, of course, his style. We resolved to have a think about a fitting tribute from The Hornet, which we will post at a later date.


All through the day I talked with the people that I met about Sir Christopher Lee and his movies. Everyone had a memory of him.


On a Thursday I always get home late. The last stage of my journey takes me through the local churchyard. Although it is dark, it only takes thirty seconds and saves me time at the end of the day. It is a shortcut and I have been taking it for years without batting an eyelid.

Until last night. When this image came surging forth in my mind…


Like so many kids I was occasionally allowed to stay up late and watch scary movies on TV. And I had forgotten – until last night – just how truly terrifying Lee’s Dracula appeared to me back then. And not just back then, either. Last night my heart quickened along with my step and I was through the graveyard in record time without a backward glance.

I’ll be frank: it was a poor show from a grown man.


And it made me think: Don’t believe everything you hear in the news.


Christopher Lee is dead, is he? Just you wait until nightfall, my friend. Just you wait…

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