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Fragrance 101

It’s really easy to get confused by all the different types of men’s fragrances out there. In fact, today we tend to use the term “cologne” to mean men’s fragrance but cologne was actually named after a perfume originating from Cologne, Germany in 1709 by an Italian perfume maker named Giovanni Maria Farina. He was the first to coin the term eau de cologne.

So let’s begin with some basics. Cologne is made of extracts, oils, alcohol, preservatives and water. As the percentage of aromatic compounds increases so does the intensity and longevity of the cologne. First, we have perfume or parfum which is usually over 20% of aromatic compounds and it’s also the most expensive. Next, we have eau de perfume or parfum and it’s usually 10-20%. Eau de toilette is typically 7-12% of aromatic compounds followed by eau de cologne which is commonly 3-7%. The key here is the less percentage of aromatic compounds cologne has, the less potent and expensive it will be.

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The Wonderful World of Socks!

I’m often asked if there are any style rules for wearing socks. There are a few basic rules one should keep in mind. The first one is only wear white socks when you’re playing sports. Sounds pretty simple but I guess there are some men that still let that one slip.

All right, let’s talk going sockless. Gentlemen, please never walk to your sock drawer when you’re thinking of wearing sandals or flip-flops. Not cool. Although, if you want to go sockless with loafers, invisible (or no-show) socks are the way to go. With invisible socks you can look as if you’re not wearing socks but your feet will be comfortable, dry and to boot you’ll save yourself from unwanted blisters!

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Custom “Su Misura” Service

Most of the men that walk into Gentil Uomo can easily find a dress shirt that fits them perfectly – whether the fit is slim, contemporary or classic. However, we do have men that find it a bit of a challenge due to their size or shape to comfortably fit into a ready-made dress shirt. The solution? Our made-to-measure or as they say in Italian “su misura” service.

We also have men that do fit into a ready-made dress shirt but prefer custom because of the fabric and style choices and selections. I often tell our customers that with our custom service you are the designer. And you really are. Starting with our fabrics that come from the finest Italian mills, which are truly stunning!

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Made in Italy

MADE IN ITALY. These words bring to mind quality, innovation, craftsmanship and excellence. Italy is called the fashion capital of the world. And it’s no wonder with such designers as Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Ferragamo, Prada, Versace and Valentino. I also believe it’s no coincidence that the shape of Italy is a boot!

Being Italian and so very proud of my heritage it was very easy for me when I decided to open a shop in the Distillery District, that without a doubt I would only carry men’s shirts and accessories made in Italy. I always say to folks that our shop is designed to give you a fresh new look without having to buy a brand new suit.

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Bow-Ties

I’m often asked if bow-ties are back in style. The answer is they never went out of style. You may be interested to know that black bow-ties are worn for “black tie” attire while white bow-ties are worn for “white tie” attire; white tie being more formal than black tie. However, today, bow-ties come in a wide array of colours, patterns and styles for any social or casual function. Or they can simply be worn just because. You don’t have to have a function to attend to wear a bow-tie. I wear them all the time. I love’em.

I’m sure many of you had teachers or professors who wore bow-ties and chances are you remember them because they wore bow-ties. They sure make you stand out in a crowd when you wear one. And they’re definitely not just for the academia. Men of all ages wear bow-ties. In fact, I have many customers who collect bow-ties – now that’s dedication.

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