English philosopher John Locke said: “Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.” Well we were certainly in good company when we hosted a Gentlemen’s Evening last week in London, with a group of fine city gents and lasses together with some of the capital’s most elegant lifestyle brands.
Around 50 guests arrived at the Timothy Oulton gallery at Heal’s, to enjoy an evening of authentic design and the very best in men’s style, celebrating the finest whisky, watches and cufflinks, with traditional shoe polishing and tailor-made suits showcased in the relaxing surrounds of the gallery.
At Timothy Oulton, hosting is one of our great passions and guests were welcomed with warmth, generosity and style. Vintage Babycham glasses brimmed with champagne and the gallery was abuzz with the hum of chatter as our dapper crowd explored each intriguing corner of the gallery.
A group gathered on the Nirvana sectional sofa where Moet Hennessy invited guests to sample three varieties of Glenmorangie whisky, with each dram offering a different experience according to the cask the whisky was matured in. Over on the Shabby sectional, people were comfortably lounging, trying on a selection of vintage and new watches from the archive of British family watchmakers Fears.
The Titus dining table had become a hub of craftsmanship, with Montague Ede showcasing their bespoke tailoring service on mannequins, demonstrating to the style savvy crowd how a pattern is created and cut. In another corner, the Axel dining table was covered with a selection of luxury jewellery and watch boxes, as One Bond Street told guests more about their special aviation-inspired cufflinks. Meanwhile, the Jaunty Flaneur showcased their shoe polishing and patina service to ensure all the gentlemen’s shoes were sparkling.
Timothy Oulton Ambassadors were on hand to demonstrate Room Planning, creating 2D and 3D room plans for a couple who were soon to be moving into their new home, allowing them to visualize their favourite pieces in the space.
There was a flurry of excitement and laughter with the grand prize draw, and some lucky guests had the pleasure to win a Timothy Oulton leather Thomas sleeve, a taster set of whiskies from Glenmorangie, a box of handmade Bristol chocolates from Fears, and a set of cufflinks from One Bond Street.
Guests continued to chat away by the Iceberg and Glacier dining tables, which were adorned with fine wines and rustic wooden paddles of cheese. The music was turned up, and servers dressed in bowler hats and bow ties made sure everyone’s glass was full.
As the night drew to a close, guests left with their gift bags, making their way from the warm welcome of the gallery into the briskness of the winter evening. It had been a wonderful friendly atmosphere with good conversation and great company – an evening of truly distinguished gentlemen.