THE BREAKERS: OVER 100 YEARS OF LUXURY

Henry Flagler founder of Standard Oil and Florida East Coast Railway (and countless others) had an eye for luxury. On January 1896 Flagler opened the luxury hotel The Palm Beach Inn.  After many requests for “rooms by the breakers,” Flagler renamed the establishment The Breakers Hotel in 1901.  

The Breakers Entrance
Beach Palm Beach
The Breakers

Two fires in 1903 and 1925 lead to a fireproof concrete renovation by the architectural firm Schultze and Weaver (Waldorf Astoria, The Piere) and New York based Turner Construction Company (Lincoln Center, MSG, NY Stock Exchange, NYC Subway projects, and the JFK library to name a few). The hotel reopened December 29th, 1926 and has since hosted distinguished guests such as JC Penny, The Vanderbilt’s, JP Morgan, The Rockefellers, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Harry Truman.

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The Breakers Room
Room Decor The Breakers

The hotel has clearly made efforts to both sustain its enriched and charming history all while updating its aesthetic with contemporary attributes like “HMF,” a dining/lounge named after Henry Morrison Flagler himself. The room showcases incredibly articulate gilded ceilings hand-painted by Florentine artists and food that is absolutely exquisite (we recommend the Korean short ribs, shrimp pad thai and potentially the best Wagyu beef sliders we’ve ever tried).

The Breakers Dinning HMF
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The grounds include multiple golf courses (envisioned and laid out in 1896), tennis courts, spa, shopping, fitness, 4 pools, 5 whirlpools, 9 restaurants, and acres of beach for one or an entire family to enjoy!

The Breakers View

PS: We highly recommend tapas at HMF and at least one cocktail at the Seafood Bar for its views and incredibly unique bar. Ever been able to say you had a drink over a fish tank?

Seafood Bar - The Breakers

Cheers, gents!

Book a stay at The Breakers!  You won’t regret it!

LOOKINg AND BEING A WINNER: ENTREPRENEURS TURN CLASSIC STORY INTO CLASSIC GROOMING

Inspired by fond memories of a classic shave and the lack of Bay Rum grooming products on the market founding spouses Chris and Lillian built Gilbert Henry Company quite literally from scratch!  “You should know what you’re putting on your face,” Chris said in a recent interview with Gent Life. Put quite simply, Chris sought a high quality, naturally fragranced, and paraben free aftershave balm and figured “why not make it myself?” The Orlando couple spent over a year selecting oils, formulating and experimenting blends despite the normal uphill setbacks every entrepreneur encounters.

What we find most unique about these finely scented products is the story behind them. Gilbert Henry is the name of Chris’s father whom he sadly lost in 2009.  “Remember… you look like a winner and you are a winner” were daily words of encouragement he recalls from his father. The principles of integrity, honesty, diligence, and devotion that are so important to the conception of Gilbert Henry sound quite familiar to us here at Gent Life and if you read our “about us” summary you can see why.

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We highly encourage you to give Gilbert Henry’s independently crafted men’s grooming products a try so you too can look, smell, feel and be a winner.

If you would like to try Gilbert Henry products use our code GENTLIFE to get 15% off.Shop online at Gilbert-Henry.Com and use the code: GENTLIFE

If you want to keep in touch with them here’s how… 
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Cheers, Gents! 

Pick Your Pocket: 3 Simple Ways to Fold a Pocket Square

The handkerchief can actually be traced back as far as the ancient Greeks, English and French noblemen, often credited to King Richard II of England. In preserved documents, he was known to carry a square piece of cloth to wipe his nose. By the 20th century, the pocket square became widely used as a male fashion accessory with jackets, suits and vests.

Over history the art of folding and pocketing a square has evolved in so many unique ways, however, here are three classic ways we particularly appreciate:

The Presidential Fold – A simple fold that can be formal or casual. You may have commonly seen this style worn by Don Draper in the Netflix original Mad Men.

The Presidential Fold – A simple fold that can be formal or casual. You may have commonly seen this style worn by Don Draper in the Netflix original Mad Men.

The One-Point Fold – A simple fold that can be business or casual. This is one of our favorites because you can show off a little more color or style in the square. It can make your outfit really stand out!

The One-Point Fold – A simple fold that can be business or casual. This is one of our favorites because you can show off a little more color or style in the square. It can make your outfit really stand out!

The Puff Fold – A simple fold that can business or casual and looks great with cotton, linen or silk squares.

The Puff Fold – A simple fold that can business or casual and looks great with cotton, linen or silk squares.

Again, folding pocket squares is an art that has evolved for over a century. There are many ways to style and achieve the look successfully. Here’s some inspiration! Which looks best on you?

Interested in our featured pocket squares? Check them out here:

The Presidential Fold: Similar styles from Stag Provisions

One-Point Fold: Gentlemen Essentials from Gentleman’s Box

The Puff Fold: Similar styles from Eton Shirts

Cheers, Gents!

 

Frankly, A Great Deal: Frank And Oak

In search of great style, but can’t afford $200 on shirts or slacks? Look no further than Frank and Oak! In 2012, the Montreal based company hit the scene with the goal of helping one dress better while not breaking the bank. After visiting their Toronto shops and online store we can safely say; mission accomplished!

Need to find a snappy casual number? This is the perfect contemporary brand for weekend outings. Find classic tees in crew or v-neck, patterned or solid in multiple colors, breaching even multiple seasons. 

How about work casual? Add a sport coat to a Frank and Oak tee or collared shirt (again, in many different styles and colors) and be ready for happy hour with a client or a date.

In addition, Frank and Oak offers a monthly “Style Plan” program for gentlemen on the move. For $79 a month (or every other month) members get access to 5 tokens (worth $125) to choose select clothing with free shipping. If you click the link below you can get a one time special discount of $49 to start your style plan. 

Interested? Check it out here: 
www.frankandoak.com/invite/gent.life

Cheers, Gents!

MIXOLOGY MEETING 001

Cocktail guides in the 1890’s would often refer to bartenders as mixologists. This classic art of mixing cocktails has re-surfaced in a fury and we’ve chosen to highlight a few we’ve had the pleasure of meeting along our jaunt through time.

MIXOLOGIST:
Josue Romero“The Garnish Guy”
From: Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela        
Resides: St, Augustine, FL
Instagram: @the_garnishguy

FAVORITE SPIRIT:
Gin, it has the most versatility. I love floral notes, as well as astringent flavors. I can create spirit forward savory cocktails as well as full body, rich with vegetal notes.

UNIQUE RECIPE:
Gin Sour
1 and ½ oz St Augustine Gin
½ oz Bauchant
½ oz Giffard Apricot
½ oz Velvet Falernum
1 oz Lemon Juice
2 dashes orange bitters
Egg White

FIND ME AT:
Odd Birds St. Augustine, FL as well as private events/guest shifts

WHATS A QUALITY SPIRIT THAT’S OVERLOOKED:
Batavia-Arrack van Oosten

MIXOLOGIST:
Denise Moberley
From: Tampa, FL
Resides: Orlando, FL
Instagram: @ieatvomit

FAVORITE SPIRIT:
I love every spirit, so it’s a hard one. It usually depends on the day, the season or should I say my spirit? I’m a sucker for mescal though, but who isn’t?

UNIQUE RECIPE:
One of my favorite recipes and most popular, was when I was working at Cask & Larder in Winter Park, FL. It was called Eau de Rye. I love keeping cocktails simple, yet balanced.

1.5 oz Dedemtion Rye
¾ oz. Giffard Pampiemousse
¾ oz Carpano Dry
1 dropper Bittermans Hellfire Shrub

Pour ingredients over mixing glass, stir over ice, strain into double rocks glass. Serve over large rock, garnished with a grapefruit peel rose dashed with orange blossom water over the rose.

FIND ME AT:
The Guesthouse and The Courtesy Orlando, FL.

WHATS A QUALITY SPIRIT THAT’S OVERLOOKED:
OK, Don’t hate but, come on… Jager is pretty fun.

MIXOLOGIST:
Jonathan Fite                
From: Los Angeles, CA            
Resides: Los Angeles, CA
Instagram: @jfite17 @whatsyourpoison_17

FAVORITE SPIRIT:
There are so many great qualities to using different spirits. I feel I work best with rums of all variety. I like using juices and fruits for my mix-ins, opposed to the colas or club sodas.

UNIQUE RECIPE:
Rum Lt. – Green Wave
1 and ¼ oz light rum
½ oz triple sec
½ oz blue curacao
Orange juice
Conclude it with a cherry pineapple garnish

FIND ME AT:
I will soon be working alongside an excellent craft bartending team at Hotel Figueroa when they re-open with their beautiful renovations. Currently freelancing.

Cheers Gents!