The Well Crafted Gentleman

– 5 Mar. 2015 –

Last week we celebrated the first Gentlemen’s Evening at our newly renovated Gough Street gallery in Hong Kong. It was a hearty toast to traditional craftsmanship with gentlemanly pleasures from Swedish whisky to tailor-made suit fittings, fine sake and bespoke Belgian beer and chocolates. The finer pleasures in life, all in the comfort and relaxation of our cosy gallery.

Dapper gents and cultivated ladies were welcomed into the newly kitted out two storey space by Benjamin and Olivier, owners of The Artist. This Belgian duo specialise in bespoke Belgian craft beer and personalised chocolates – a creative gift idea with that personal touch.  Bowler hat chocolates were laid out on the Boston dining table underneath the mellow glow of the Zig Zag chandelier, and guests sipped their beer as they meandered through the store.

From Belgium to Sweden, and the juniper-infused liquor from masters of malt Mackmyra. Sweden’s first whisky distillery produces almost only single malts and is right up there with some of Scotland’s best. Golden drams covered the Timothy Oulton Tracks console, deliciously paired with Swedish Västerbotten cheese. We have to admit, there’s definitely something in that fresh Scandinavian air.

As the crowd enjoyed their drinks and made new acquaintances, some started checking out the Timothy Oulton Bags collection. Craftsmanship Ambassador, Bryan Cheng, talked them through the brand new Bespoke service which allows you to customise a selection of classic designs to your own preferences, including a personalised monogram to really stamp it as your own.

Tailor-made flair is of course integral to Italian tailor Il Sarto, who dress some of Hong Kong’s most well-groomed gents. Their time-honoured skills were showcased with a British tweed suit they had designed especially for the evening, and guests couldn’t help but be impressed by their smart array of accessories on show from pocket squares to sunglasses.

In another celebration of fine craftsmanship, we were thrilled to welcome prestigious wine merchants Royal Oak to the evening, who brought their carefully curated selection of sake with them. Tastings included Kirinzan Daiginivio’s seasonal Kagayaki sake, which is only released in the winter months.  That fruity aroma and rich umami hit just the spot as guests lounged on the Viscount William sofa and toasted the evening.

The excited chatter got louder when the prize draw was announced, with lucky winners taking home a pair of Il Sarto cufflinks, a bottle of Mackmyra whisky, bespoke craft beer and chocolates from The Artist, vintage sake from Royal Oak and a bespoke personal accessory from Timothy Oulton. And despite this being a Gentlemen’s Evening, it was the ladies who came up trumps, winning all prizes bar one.

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