Answering FAQs from Viewers & Fans (10-Year Anniversary)

Its the 10th year anniversary of the Gentlemans Gazette! To kick-off our celebration, well answer frequently asked questions we received from our readers and viewers in todays video. Cheers!

Video Transcript:

Sven Raphael Schneider: Welcome back to the Gentlemans Gazette!

Preston Schlueter: And cheers to 10 years!

SRS: Absolutely, cheers!

SRS: I started the website in February 2010 and we thought it was a good idea to talk a bit about our history, our journey, our wins, as well as our fails.

PS: Right, so with that in mind, were actually putting out a couple of videos to celebrate this ten year anniversary but todays video, were going to start by answering some frequently asked questions from our fan community.

SRS: Yeah, we thought its easy to just have a boring about us video but we wanted you to get involved and you provided tons of questions so lets dive right in!

PS: So heres a question for you, what did you do before you started the Gentlemans Gazette?

SRS: Honestly, I am from Germany. After graduating from high school, I went right to law school because thats how it works there and I realized it wasnt for me but I kept going and so I had an exchange semester that brought me to the US which is where I met my now wife, Teresa, and I went back to Germany, finished my law studies up until 2009, and then I came to the US in August of 2009. I did a Masters of Law at the University of Minnesota, finished that but realized I did not want to work in law. I then got married to Teresa and in the time period between waiting for my work permit and getting it, I started the Gentlemans Gazette.

PS: So another historical question for you, why was it that you chose to start the Gentlemans Gazette and how did you pick out the name?

Montblanc Masterpiece 142

Montblanc Masterpiece 142

SRS: I mean, frankly, at the time, it was just a hobby for me, right? It was the first time in my adult life that I didnt have anything to do, I wasnt allowed to work but I had picked up that hobby of classic mens style as a teenager and it all started with Montblanc fountain pens and then I bought Montblanc cufflinks because I was dealing with him on eBay and so I needed a shirt that had French cuffs which, I did not know what it was and so I realized, Oh now I have the shirt, now I need a suit. Then my first big book was a Gentleman from Bernhard Roetzel and I dove into that and I just realized, Wow, theres so much more to it, right? And so that became my hobby, I think forums like Ask Andy about clothes that already were around, A Suitable Wardrobe was around, its not around anymore really and so I just thought, I could do it better and I had time on my hand, and so I just wanted to share it and write about it and create something that I enjoy.

PS: Ad where did the name come from?

SRS: Frankly, I mean, Teresa and I were just thinking about it and we liked the alliteration Gentlemans Gazette because it has this kind of newspaper feel, it had this kind of vintage-inspired feel so I think it was very easy and then Gentlemans Gazette was like, Oh yeah, we could we could use that.

PS: So if you were going to start a blog on classic mens style, you obviously had a wealth of knowledge to work from, where did you find all of your resources?

SRS: Yeah! I mean, I started with the Gentleman book from Bernhard Roetzel, as I said before, from that, I found other German books and I read all of them then I also started visiting craftsmen, right? I went to shirt makers, tailors, umbrella makers, shoemakers, and so forth and just learned from them by being there, by looking at things. I found vintage mens fashion magazines which I thought were fascinating so I would travel around in my spare time, visiting flea markets and libraries and old stores and oftentimes, people just give me their old magazines. In libraries, I would bring a digital camera, just take lots of snapshots and so I was just able to build up a wealth of knowledge by that and whenever there was a book I could find on Amazon or eBay, at the time was huge, I would just buy it and thats how I accrued on my knowledge.

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PS: Another bit of history here, how did we come up with the Gentlemans Gazette logo and is it a portrait of anyone in particular?

SRS: You know, thats actually a good question. This particular logo was inspired by the Arrow Collar man and the original logo though looked a bit different, right? It was actually something that I designed myself that were just like two figures from illustrations around the crest with like Gentlemans Gazette in a scripted font that was kind of gold and you know, a year in or so, I realized, you know, its not that great of a logo, its hard to put in watermarks, its hard to print on anything, so it was like okay, time for a new logo so I actually saw this one and I used Adobe Illustrator and other things to kind of create it. I wanted it to be simple but very distinctive so I chose White Tie because most people dont even know what that is anymore, right? But I also left the top hat off because I felt like that made it too dated and so yeah, I dont have any plans on redesigning it anytime soon. Maybe we will, in the future, but for now.

PS: So obviously, at the very beginning, it was a one-man operation for you, but how long was it the case that you, yourself, were doing everything before you hired anyone else?

SRS: Honestly, it was too long and in the beginning, I think were all like, you know, we want to do things our own way because we think we know it best and only we can do it exactly the way we can do it. Talking to Antonio actually opened my eyes to outsource things. He was like, you know, Are you still doing everything yourself? I have these Virtual Assistants in the Philippines and they take up so much of my load. And I was like Wow, that sounds really cool. So I did that, I hired a virtual assistant and my expectations werent that high, right? It was like her English is not perfect, shes not from here, and her work ethic wasnt that great either but it still helped a lot and then I got another VA and she was a lot better and it was like, Wow! It blew my mind what they could all do and so from then on, we started bringing on more of those virtual assistants, remote workers, and over the years, theyve gotten really better and better. We learned how to hire better and now, we can really find excellent talent who can even research and write and then have an interest in the subject matter which is really hard to find in the US, in general.

PS: And since then, the team has continued to grow, of course, weve got Chris now, our full-time videographer. Weve got Kyle, who is here part-time as on-camera talent.

SRS: Exactly!

PS: Weve got lots of virtual assistants both on our content team and on the customer service side.

SRS: And we have a whole team in a warehouse but thats all outsourced through 3PL which means third-party logistics and they, you know, pack the goods exactly the way we want them to and theyre here in Minnesota so we can go over there and check it out but theyre not our employees, right? And then even people like Santiago, who kind of manages the Spanish Gentlemans Gazette channel, if you dont know about that, you can check it out here.

PS: Was there anything at the start that you took for granted or thought would be easy and turned out to be more difficult than you originally expected?

SRS: Oh yeah, totally. I mean, the first thing was just building a website, right? I went to law school, I was always interested in computers and hardware but Id never really built a website. I had a little bit of an experience with Dreamweaver and so thats what I thought I would use until I realized, wow, this is hard. And then a friend told me about WordPress which, at the time, was really new in the marketplace and then later on, you know, when you create products, I never created products before, it took a long time and we had a bunch of different product lines and it was just some products were already in our living room just waiting there to get into the warehouse but we werent ready yet with a shop, just developing the shop took a lot longer and I mean, the lesson I really learned was it always takes longer and it costs more, no matter what it is.

PS: So we know how the Gentlemans Gazette got started. Now, how did you specifically then start the Fort Belvedere side of the business?

Treasures can be found at vintage stores but rarely during sales

Treasures can be found at vintage stores but rarely during sales

SRS: Frankly, it was because of you, right? I would write about my acquisitions from flea markets or vintage stores and people asked, Well, where did you find this? and I said, I got it from a flea market in Vienna. And I realize it wasnt helpful and they were not really happy with the answer so we said, well, what if we actually made these things inspired by the 30s, with the vintage flair but now, modern in sizes that people can wear today in a way that we can reproduce what we really wanted and so that was a starting point. You know, that came really early, it was in 2011, right? The idea sparked and then by the time we created our business plan and everything and created our shop and everything, I think it took around like 2013 for us to actually sell stuff because it just takes a lot of time. Especially, if you have no experience in products and for me, it was just like a dream come true because now, I could actually create. I couldnt just say, Oh it should be like this. I could actually make it like this and offer it like that and sell it. So, its like the perfect opportunity to create exactly what you want, not just you know, find some vintage item that is somewhat close to what you want but not really exactly. I think just by continuously doing the research, working with smaller companies in Europe, especially for all the raw materials that have a tradition and a commitment to quality, I think thats so important that we can provide an end product that is also about quality.

PS: Are there any plans to make our Fort Belvedere products more easily accessible to European customers?

SRS: Well, its an interesting question, we get it a lot, especially from German customers, which is quite funny. But we are a relatively small company, right? Were not Amazon that ships tens of thousands of packages each day and because of that, the rates we get, especially international shipments are higher than bigger companies would get. Now, we offer free shipping at certain thresholds, you know, $75 in the US. I think its $325 currently internationally and if youre below that, shipping can be quite expensive and were just quoting what FedEx or UPS quotes us and we pass it on to you. Now, there are other companies such as and were trying to implement that, were basically, you know, we would ship to their warehouse in the US and they would then ship it to the customer in different parts of the world and they can do that at such low rates because thats their entire business. You can just go to and sign up there. Were also trying to implement and by the time you see us, we may have already implemented it. So we dont try to exclude customers in Europe or elsewhere and we even thought about opening a warehouse in Europe but that leads to a whole slew of other things, right? You have to look at taxes in a different way, you have to look at GDPR in a different way because now your goods are located in Europe so youre subject to different laws and just having a physical warehouse and shipping from there complicates things. It drives up costs because energy costs and regulated costs are more expensive there so we calculated it through and at the end of the day, you, as a customer would pay more if you bought something that was shipped from Europe than if you ship it from here and keep it simple. Sad but true.

PS: The devil is in the details, I guess.

SRS: Absolutely!

PS: So we talked earlier about how our team has grown over the last 10 years and is continuing to grow, how specifically did you go about choosing me for the channel and also Kyle as our on-camera presenters, in addition to yourself?

SRS: Yeah, I mean basically there are two aspects of it, right? One is subject matter expertise, right? Is this a person who knows about classic mens style? And cares about it? Is there passion? Is there interest? Because being in front of the camera and explaining things is just essential that you know what youre talking about and that you are really like a clotheshorse and if you want to do that. Two is I wanted someone who was different than myself in their style because I think classic style is manifold and here, at the Gentlemans Gazette, I want to show that there is not just one cooking recipe, I want to show their different takes on things, right? There is the vintage angle, there is a more modern angle, there is maybe a mixed angle, and its an evolution to find your own style and so I wanted people to be different the way I was, right? Like Preston is super slim and skinny and you know, hes sometimes very kind of academic and its very different than I am and I like that about him and the same with Kyle, you know, like physically very different, right? Hes bald, he has a beard, and he likes, you know, no pleatsin his pants, I like pleats, right? He likes a slim cut, I dont but nevertheless, were all classic style and so as we grow and progress and bring in more people on the Gentlemans Gazette, I want to keep that spirit, right? Passion and caring about it and knowing about it and being different than what we already have.

PS: Good to know! So what would you say is our current video production setup and how has it changed over the last 10 years?

SRS: Well frankly, let me start with how it was and then you can talk about how it is right now.

PS: Sure!

Kyle looking confidently dapper in his winter outer wear

Kyle Thibodeaux

SRS: In the beginning, it was just Teresa and me, we were filming in a small basement studio and it was just a small room of a porter that was in our apartment building. It was all very tight, we had to move stuff around when we took photos and we could film but we both had no experience in this and I mean, you can tell in our early videos, we definitely got better. Then, I think later on, we started hiring local freelancers who would come in and film and today, its so different.

PS: Right! So when I first started about a year and a half ago, our location had changed. Of course, were now in our much more ample studio space in your home which is nice, not in a cramped basement room somewhere. And I first started working with our freelancers to some extent, we have currently moved to a model where most of our in-house production is filmed by Chris, our videographer, and then weve got a team of editors who are still working for us in that capacity. Chris edits some of the videos and our freelancers do some of the other editing so weve got kind of a well-oiled machine right now with our filming and our editing so that we can get lots of high-quality video out to you, the viewers.

SRS: Yeah! We also have like, you know, people who write scripts, right? Theres Christopher Lee, he writes articles and we do scripts. So, we just have that entire team and then we have people in the backend, you know, create all the links for YouTube, who transcribe all the text, who make sure description is all correct, the links are all set, the cards and the videos we mention are all there, so everything works together, so its a swift production.

PS: It takes a village, as they say.

SRS: Absolutely!

PS: So heres kind of an open-ended big question, what are future plans for the channel?

SRS: Honestly, I mean, we want to make more videos for you. At the same time, we want to keep them in high-quality and increase the quality. So I think the next step is that we will have three videos a week and by now, that may already be the case, but thats kind of the short-term goal, three videos per week and then just making those better and better. Right now, we dont have any plans to publish, you know, once a day or really even multiple times a day. Wed rather keep the standards high, make them higher, maybe make longer things, maybe travel more, travel to Europe, travel to all those craftsmen doing things like that where we feel we provide a lot of value and then the other thing we mentioned, just bringing in more people that are different so we can represent a different shade of classic mens style.

PS: So heres a question as the business continues to grow, would you ever consider doing an in-person meet up for some of our fans and followers?

SRS: Yes! I think, you know, at the Gentlemens Gazette, we try to build a community that brings like-minded peers together, right? We had a forum at one point in time but it was so much spam, it was really hard to manage so we got rid of that but in our future, I definitely see real-life events. Ive seen something like Menfluential where there are a lot of people, right, so theres a lot of interesting cool minds but very little time to talk to everyone. So I think if we were to do something, that would be in a smaller scale with more a more select group of people, and we would try to add value in the sense that you know, you learn about lets say, how to shine shoes or you learn how youre measured for a suitor for a shirt and we go shopping together, right? Or do things that are of interest to you, wed have you know, maybe have Preston sing, you know. Well go to a nice bar, we have a nice dinner together. Things like that, we have an opportunity to wear nice clothes, Black Tieor White Tie, right? Where else can you do that? I think thats something we want to do. The problem right now is that none of us here is an event manager so were trying to find someone and the first probably would be someone local but its definitely something we want to do, thats part of our future and its just not happening now quite yet. Alright, what was your dream job, Preston?

PS: Thats a good question! Well, I think it has changed a little bit over the years. My parents always remind me that when I was very young and people asked me what did you want to do when you grow up? Even at 3 years old, I would tell people I want to be a Paleontologist which is somebody who examines dinosaur bones and science in that regard. So things have changed over the years, obviously, menswear is a big hobby of mine so Im very glad that I landed where I did, here at the Gentlemans Gazette so I can talk about that to people and Ive got a little bit of an audience in that regard too but other than those two things, obviously, music is a big part of my life as well. You know, if I could continue to grow that music career, that would obviously be ideal for me.

SRS: Yeah! Lets make it happen. For me, as a kid, I wanted to be a professional soccer goalkeeper, football. Now, I am a happy entrepreneur and I want to be part of the Gentlemans Gazette and Fort Belvedere and grow that and just offer more and more things gentlemanly, right? Id love to create like a furniture line with nice club chairs, right? Or just things pertaining to the gentleman lifestyle, no matter whether its a suit or you know, a bottle opener, things like that. So we have a long way to go and clothing is at the core so we start with that first and hopefully, build a full-fledged clothing line and then we see what opportunities arise and what we can do but thats what I want to do. So Preston, what are the pros and cons of being a jazz singer?

Preston's Jazz Concert

Preston at the mic during a jazz concert

PS: What I would say is difficult is really probably not something that applies just to Jazz but really to any musician, the arts are not greatly subsidized here in the United States as they are in Europe or other places. So if you want to do big things like put on a concert, you oftentimes will have to self-fund that as I did for my most recent endeavor. There are places you can go to find some funding but its not easy, you have to be a self-starter and in a way that kind of relates to how you started this business, you have to have enough of a passion for it that youre willing to make a financial outlay and go the extra mile and take risks in order to get that reward that you want. As far as benefits or pros are concerned, I just love making music for people. When I have an audience whether its a hundred people or whether its five people, if they are grateful for what I am doing and they appreciate the way that I handle a song and how Im working with my fellow musicians. To get that applause and that gratitude from people, there are few feelings that are better, in my opinion.

SRS: I think the number one request from people was that they wanted to see Preston sing.

PS: Well, weve got good news for you, in that case. Weve finally got some footage ready and as I said, were putting out multiple videos to celebrate the anniversary so youll be able to see some concert footage of me as part of this celebration, so stay, tuned!

SRS: Honestly, we werent just slacking but the rights management with YouTube and the kind of music Preston sings, first, we had to figure out just how that all works. Alright, so this question we get asked all the time, why are you not making a Ladys Gazette or when are you making the Ladys Gazette?

PS: Well, I think there are two components to this. The first one is sort of a logistical component which is just the fact that classic menswear has a greater sense of continuity. Obviously, there are details that have changed but the overall wardrobe of a shirt and jacket and trousers and maybe a waistcoat has stayed generally the same in the broad strokes for about a hundred and fifty years whereas womens wear is much more kind of cyclical and dictated by fashion and changes a lot more so that continuity isnt there but that actually really isnt even the main reason why we havent done it.

SRS: Yeah! Honestly, I think even in menswear, you could find more fashion-forward stuff but we dont do that because it all started as a hobby, right? It was a passion for me so and I did this because I cared about it, I wasnt interested in starting a business or just making money, it was about classic mens clothing and I think its just very important to stay true to yourself and not just be everything to everybody, right? And for that reason, were not talking about trainers or the latest fashion trends because its not us, its not what interests us, were interested in the classic piece of it and we truly care about this, right? And so I think you can only love a job if you really care, otherwise, its very kind of obvious youre just doing something, I dont know, have a mattress review side so then you get like affiliate income. Well, thats great, you can make money that way and I can respect people for that but its not something I want to do with my time. I want to spend my time doing something I enjoy and I love, not just because I can make money with it.

PS: So if you were holding out hope for the Mattress Gazette, sorry but youre probably not going to see that any time soon.

SRS: Yeah and you will also never see a Ladys Gazette by us but if someone else picks it up, sure go for it! Wed love to direct people there but were not going to do it.

PS: Obviously with that said, we do, of course, appreciate our female viewership and were glad youre here and that you can get some lessons from us or some enjoyment out of our content but at the same time, the Ladys Gazette, if you will, just isnt where our passion lies so youre not specifically going to see that from us. We had one comment here wasnt really a question but actually just more of a request which was that we not change our jazzy intro. I think that is something that really has become kind of integral to our brand, if Im correct, it was actually composed for us so its personal to our channel and at least as far as I know, its not anything that were planning on changing anytime soon.

SRS: Yeah, I think never say never but as Preston pointed out, we had it composed for us. Sometimes, people ask Oh, where can I find it? No, this is the Gentlemans Gazette intro song, you cant find it anywhere else, it was made for us. Next up, is there anything that changed in your approach to menswear in the last 10 years, Preston, or maybe even rules that you look at differently now?

PS: Well, Im currently 25 so 10 years ago, I would have been 15 and I think around that time, I was really just starting my style journey, kind of getting into classic menswear.

SRS: I mean you were 15, right?

PS: Right! Yeah so obviously, a lot has changed in those years because Ive really gone on the entirety of my journey since then, learning all about the history of classic menswear and everything we cover here at the Gentlemans Gazette. So I think within those last 10 years, that whole journey has really been fully formed for me.

SRS: Oh yeah, I remember when I was like 19 or 18 graduating from high school, I was wearing like a white suit with a mao collar. I mean it was bad, I had like these black boxy shoes, yeah, wasnt a good look. For me, I think 10 years ago, I was a little more vivid in colors, I think Ive toned down a little bit more now. It was even more extreme 15 years ago for me but I think, style is a journey, right? You start somewhere and its constantly evolving. You never stand still and so as you find new things, you may be infatuated with one style for a while and you only wear knit ties or you only wear, I dont know, naturals and pastel tones and it changes and that, for me, thats the fun part about it. Alright, Preston, next question, what style mistakes have you made in the past?

PS: Well, I remember when I very first got into classic mens style, some of the things I would do, you know, is wear maybe a tie and a pocket square that were almost the same in color or pattern or maybe they werent exactly matching but they were definitely close and now, obviously, you want to have a little bit more variety between those two accessories so that its harmonious but not so matchy-matchy.

SRS: Yeah totally! I actually just made a video about all my beginner style mistakes, lets say, some of them I probably committed a lot more. Just check it out! The next question is what do you guys do that is ungentlemanly that you do on a regular basis? I mean, the modifier is regular basis, otherwise, there would be a lot of things I think that I would have to mention there. I think if you would ask my wife, shed say that Im not always friendly when I talk to customer service representatives and I think they just feed me scripted answers. I can be very direct and its sometimes funny when Im on the phone, people around me, theyd just almost laugh, right, because its very unusual. Im just more German, direct, and harsh in a certain way, right? People also tell me in email, sometimes, my tone can be very harsh and not warm and welcoming and I think it probably has to do with the fact that where I grew up, it could be very very direct but yeah, I mean theres challenges all the time and I think when, you know, I or you realize that we were in the wrong, we apologize. Because there are lots of things that I think we do that are ungentlemanly, right? Maybe you yell at someone, right? Maybe you get drunk or wasted or there are things that I have done, you know, that Im not proud of and I think even as a gentleman, you do those things and the question is how do you deal with them and how do you kind of apologize, do you own up to your mistake and take responsibility? Do you walk away and just behave the same way? Or are you embarrassed or are you going to make any changes about it?

PS: I think nobodys perfect and on that note, if youd like to learn more about How to Apologize Like A Gentleman, you can find our video on that topic here.

SRS: My man, Preston! Alright, Preston, what do you think when you see a man in a nice suit wearing trainers?

PS: I think to myself, here is an opportunity to reach out to this gentleman and try to key him into the wisdom of good classic mens dress shoes. In other words, I consider it a teaching opportunity and a learning opportunity for that gentleman so long as hes willing to have a conversation.

SRS: Yeah! I would just think he could have looked better. So what are some of the least favorite aspects of fashion today for you?

PS: In my opinion, I dont love the current trend that has really persisted, I would say, for maybe almost 10 years or so now that really favors very very slim cut everything and of course, I say that as a guy who is very slim cut myself. Obviously, our commenters are often quick to point out that a lot of the things that I present in videos are cut roomier for my slim build than what is currently popular in mens fashion and while I think there are certainly some opportunities for me to maybe get a few more things in my wardrobe tailored so that I could really zero that fit in, I appreciate having just a little bit more volume and a little bit more body and structure to kind of build up that ideal male silhouette that they had focused on in the 1930s, in particular, rather than having everything be so slim that its almost kind of sprayed on or constricting.

SRS: Okay yeah no thats very true. What I want to say is fast fashion, I think thats something I despise and you know, clothes today, are a lot less expensive than they used to be 30 or 40 years ago. The quality is also lower, you know H&M and Zara, they, you know, produce a lot of low priced stuff and the emphasis is on having more and more different seasons and always something new and Im more interested in Lets make one piece, lets make this one tie in a fabric that is timelessly classic that I can wear now, five years from now, ten years from now. You know, that its not slim but its not too wide. Its just very stable and if you look at it from an ecological point of view, you know, it is just one piece of silk that you can wear for a long long time rather than buying cheap, throwing away, buying cheap, throwing away, so I think there are many advantages to not having that fast fashion but to investing in quality and I think that focus on just cheap and fast versus slow and quality is what I dislike.

Antonio Centeno and Aaron Marino

Antonio Centeno and Aaron Marino

PS: Well said! So on that topic of more modern approaches to menswear, people want to know if we have specific opinions about some of our contemporaries in the YouTube space like Alpha M or Teaching Mens Fashion?

SRS: Well, you know, I think at the end of the day, right, we all like our style and what we do and deep down, we think what we do is probably best. That being said, I know Ive met Jose Zuniga in person, Im friends with Aaron from Alpha M and I have a respect for them and what theyve built, you know, do I agree with them in everything they say? No, and thats okay, I think its remarkable what both of them have been able to achieve and for other channels, its the same thing, right? If its a smaller channel like the Kavalier or the Elegant Oxford, I just always look at it from what can I learn from them, right? How can we become better and serve you better by seeing what they have done well and maybe the mistakes they made because if they made mistakes and you dont have to do them, whats better, right? Whats your take on it?

PS: I would echo all of that. I guess to just sort of sum up at the point weve made here, we applaud them on their successes and of course, you know, everybodys got their own opinions but to each their own and I think one of the great things about our YouTube menswear community is there is room for all of our different opinions to coexist.

SRS: Yeah! And I think that is that, right? We actually meet, we are friends, we try to work together, we help each other out. If you dont understand something thats going on and I think that is very valuable for a community because its not about against others and then against us, its like together, were creating something thats bigger than ourselves.

PS: Another thing that folks are often curious about, do you own your own tailoring shop?

SRS: No, we dont and as a matter of fact, like when I started, right? I never wanted to be in a physical shop location, even though for some people thats like their dream, I always felt like standing there in the shop and waiting for your customers was waste of time because once you started doing something, someone would come in then you are interrupted and its just not something that I ever personally enjoyed and I still dont enjoy it today and so I built the business knowing that I never wanted to be a shop clerk. That being said, as were growing, will I rule out that well ever have a shop? No, that being said, creating physical shop locations is expensive. You pay for the staff, you have an upfront cost of just you know renting or maybe even owning but then also building everything out and if you own or rent their long-term leases and as you grow, theyre not very flexible so at this point, its not a focus for us at all. I could see us getting there as were growing just to have a place that was more like a gentlemans lounge where people can experience everything that is gentlemanly but at this point, were not there yet. Alright, how do you feel about secondhand clothing such as suits or shoes?

Preston Vintage Brooks Brothers Tie

Preston Schlueter wearing a vintage Brooks Brothers tie

PS: Well, speaking from my own personal experience, I love to find vintage items. I think they can fit into my personal aesthetic and I think you would probably say the same.

SRS: Oh absolutely and its not just clothes, like a lot of the furniture we buy or other things, I buy vintage. I love vintage! Now, I draw the line in underwear but other than that, pretty much Im all for it.

PS: Absolutely! So if you want to see some videos about the pros and cons of buying vintage and about our personal best vintage buys, you can find them here.

SRS: Yeah and obviously, the great advantage of vintage is you just get extremely high-quality. I dont care if someone else has worn it before me youre going to wash things and disinfect them, I have no problems with it.

PS: Yeah, I would assume that years from now after Im gone, some of my clothing is probably gonna survive me too and itll be handed down to somebody else. So thats the hallmark of a quality garment, I suppose.

SRS: Yeah, the way I think about it is its greener, right? Its more ecologically friendlier than just wasting all that stuff and even today, where Im at a point, you know, I could just buy everything bespoke made for me, I still love to find old vintage overcoats because its hard to find a specific fabric and I love, you know, that the bargain aspect of it. I love that its vintage, that its different, and I simply enjoy it.

PS: So to close us out today, weve got one more question. Do you ever, in the future, plan on retiring the channel or passing it down to somebody else?

SRS: Well, never say never, right? If someone shows up tomorrow and offers us 1 billion dollars for Gentlemans Gazette, Id lie if I said I wouldnt consider it but honestly, this is what I love to do. I am 35 now, I have zero interest in retiring the channel or passing it down, Im not tired of it. I feel like were just getting started here, especially with the team growing and the dynamic and being able to do more, I love that. Yeah, if I die, I hope Ill pass it on to someone that keeps the torch lit up because I would hate for it to just go away.

PS: Thats good to know! So with that said, I guess cheers to our past 10 years and to 10 more and hopefully, many more in the future!

SRS: Thats right! Cheers and thank you for being part of this!

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