It was a night of gentlemanly indulgences and a toast to tradition, as we celebrated the modern gentleman at Singapore’s very first Gentleman’s Evening at Timothy Oulton on December 4th.  Sophisticated swag filled the air with over 70 guests enjoying the stylish space at Curio, a Timothy Oulton Gallery, at Dempsey Hill.  The men embraced the spirit of the event by dressing like true modern gents, some even wearing their finest suits; and their ladies sizzled.

To kick off the night, the enthusiastic crowd received a special welcome and introduction to the event from British High Commissioner of Singapore, Anthony Phillipson. The elegant event was co-hosted by Mark Nicholson from Truefitt and Hill, Singapore’s first, full-service gentleman’s barbershop, who entertained guests with a shaving demonstration and then offered up the Truefitt and Hill experience with complimentary, proper cut-throat shaves.

It was all about the wine, whisky and wet shave as guests noshed on delectable cheese plates and mingled with the other Partners present at the event among rich backdrops of deeply pigmented leather sofas such as the Shabby and the old world charm of our Axel Parquet Dining Table while romantic crystal chandeliers cast the perfect, brilliant hue on the evening.  High spiritedness flowed and glasses clinked as attendees took in wine tasting from Top Wines, had a chat over fine cigars provided by Davidoff and relaxed with a dram of whisky or two, as Glenrothes offered up tastings.  The gents and their ladies were also schooled in the art of style by Kevin Seah, one of Singapore’s top ateliers, who gave an introduction to his art.  John 15 Photography not only brilliantly captured the energy of the evening with photos such as the one featured here, but also inspired guests with his brief presentation “What’s in Photography”.

To add to the enthusiastic energy of the night, five lucky guests’ names were drawn out of the signature bowler hat and received prizes sponsored by Top Wine, Davidoff and Truefitt and Hill.

The smell of hand finished leather, hand rolled cigars, and shaving cream in the air echoed the days of the exclusive private gentleman’s club, a sort of second-home to men where they could relax and shoot the breeze with friends over excellent claret.  Our Gentleman’s Evening was an ode to the old-fashioned gentleman and traditions by a group of stylish, modern gents and discriminating women.

Now where can I get an ironed newspaper?