Photography by Rich Smith on location at Alleia
There are many published guides on how to be a gentleman, and the rules have changed over the years. In 19th century Victorian England, one etiquette book insisted that, among other traits, a gentleman must know how to ride, shoot, fence, row, and dance. Today, modern blogs tout both the importance of finding your personal look and being able to cook a signature dish.
While the external traits of a gentleman may have altered over the years, the essence of a gentleman – putting others before oneself – has remained. A true gentleman is guided by something other than his own wants or needs. In their own words, these six men share what principles guide them and how their past experiences and influences have defined and shaped them into who they are today.