Being male is a matter of birth. Being a man is a matter of age. But, being a gentleman is a matter of choice.” – Edwin Louis Cole

Recently I attended Nival Salon and Spa’s Modern Gentlemen event hosted by stylist William Henry Rawls. I arrived at the event with my lovely plus 1 and made my way to the food table. There I met shoe designer Marcus Flythe, where we discussed his range of shoes and his plans on expanding to online. I was happy to meet up with photographer, Joy Asico whom I first met previously at a Jimmy Choo event.

The event featured:

  • Celebrity Barber Marvin Church (who has worked with Brad Pitt & Jay Z)
  • Fragrance by Bulgari
  • Bow Ties by MCMXXI1920
  • Seraphin Cognac Tasting
  • Cigars from Cigartown
  • Shoe Shine by The Cobbler’s Bench
  • Man-friendly cupcakes from Frosting
  • Beats by DJ Mim
  • A performance by Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Chevy Chase


The Rules of A Gentleman:

1. Work Hard.
2. Act Chivalrous & Mind Your Manners.
3. Keep Your Word.
4. Master Confidence, But Stay Humble.
5. Live A Passionate Life With A Compassionate Nature.
6. Always Make Eye Contact.
7. Opening A Door For A Lady Is Not Optional.
8. Extend A Firm Handshake
9. Have A Romantic Sensibility
10. Remember: A Gentleman Is Always Presentable.

I had a great time meeting new people and catching up with Joy and Nival Salon’s Therese Quiao.

- Christine Shepherd

Photos by Joy Asico and Jack Conroy via Guest of a Guest