Mr. Gray (eremos) wrote in sybarites,
Mr. Gray

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I just joined the group and thought I'd introduce myself. My name is Arthur, I'm 21, and I'm an American expat living/studying/working in Paris. Here are some of the finer things that I enjoy:

I like Dior Homme and Jil Sander and have many things by them. I am, however, an avowed addict of tailored and bespoke clothing, which means, for me, shirts by Charvet. When I get around to it (read: when I have the spare cash), I will order a couple suits from Ralph Lauren Black Label. I have a thing for white dress shirts, of which I have an unreasonable number (mostly Egyptian and Sea Island cotton), and on a given day I am more likely to be wearing a white shirt and blue jeans (Diesel, Levi's, or Nudie) than anything else. Belstaff make some very nice jackets, simple and functional and very good-looking. American Apparel, regardless of their trashy advertising, make some nice things, and theirs are the only t-shirts that I wear. No point buying a $90 black Armani t-shirt when a $25 AA model is as well-made, and at that price, almost disposable. For my fellow gentlemen, I recommend you all try Zimmerli underwear. It's an affordable luxury that must be tried to be understood.

At the moment I'm wearing a pair of grey suede Chelsea boots from Barneys New York. Very comfortable. Salvatore Ferragamo's older shoe collections are better than their new ones (I have a favorite pair of black monk-straps) and I also like Prada and Bally.

A true gentleman is not flashy, and so the only jewelry I wear is a jade neck charm given to me by my mother. Although it's not at all becoming, it is a Chinese tradition, and hey, she's my mother. I usually wear an IWC Mark XV on a steel bracelet, and I just bought Rolex's new Milgauss re-issue. They're both beautiful, but I don't think I will ever find a better watch than the IWC. I don't like sitting on a brick, so I use a silver Tiffany money clip which carries: E100 or less in cash, AmEx and Visa cards, my driver's license, and my firearms permit. It's minimal and gets the job done- just the way I like it. My cell phone is a Nokia 7280, which is the fashion phone that looks like a black stick and doesn't have number keys. It looks nice but is impractical, so I'm replacing it with a Blackberry Pearl in the near future.

Probably not common here, but I own two pistols and a rifle in the States. The Kahr PM9 is a tiny polymer-framed 9mm pistol and is probably the world's finest subcompact handgun. The Steyr MA-1 (shown in my picture with a Night Ops Xiphos accessory light, XS Sights 24/7 Big Dot tritium night sights, and an AAC Evolution sound suppressor) is a high-capacity 9mm handgun with excellent accuracy, low recoil and high reliability which make it perfect for defensive use. My rifle is an Accuracy International AE in .308 Winchester/7.62 NATO caliber. It's one of the world's best precision rifles, and many professional marksmen around the world choose it and its variants.

I have an obsession with eggs, and I've recently begun a strange habit of making two egg toasts (a.k.a. "eggs in a basket") every night before I go to bed. I also like sushi, my favorite being white tuna, and Kobe ribeye steaks. Here in Paris, I am a regular at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Benkay and Chez Les Anges, and I like to visit Le Cinq at the Four Seasons about once a month. I cannot resist a good Peking duck, and there is none better than at Quanjude in Beijing.

I like fruit juice. In order: pineapple, blood orange, mango, and papaya. I also like lemonade and iced tea, which I usually make myself. I don't drink much alcohol, although I enjoy champagne (Roederer Cristal and Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial being two favorites) and well-made Cosmopolitans (which I also like to make myself). I drink coffee on occasion (I like the Jamaica Blue Mountain by Coffee Roasters of Jamaica) but I prefer Masala Chai tea, usually the ubiquitous version made by Tazo.

That's about all I've got the energy to write for now. In general, I live by the rule "less but better". I don't have a lot of things, but what I do have is usually the very best that money can buy. This is a rule passed down from my father: if something is worth having, then it's worth buying, and if it's worth buying, then it's worth buying the best. I keep things simple. I like to read, listen to music, and watch movies. Once in a while I'll go to a bar for a few light drinks. Otherwise, I enjoy solitude and peace. Some people call me boring, but I'm not: the richest person is the one who can be comfortable alone, who doesn't have to fill his life with fleeting vagaries of pleasure. The things I own are accessories to my life, not necessities, and that is a lesson that I took a long time to learn.
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