November 11, 2019
Special thanks to our Anniversary sponsors!
One of the reasons we wanted to host this anniversary event is to show appreciation to the people we’ve worked with in the past. We started Seattle Gents based on community. We want to bring people together and enable them to strengthen their brand. Part of that means collaboration with members of your community. We’re excited to introduce our brand sponsors who will be at the event!
Walnut and Oak designs beautiful modern furniture, built with unmistakable quality at surprisingly affordable prices.
DITA Eyewear is a luxury eyewear brand with product ranging from bold character frames to new interpretations of timeless shapes through innovative technology.
Zeacon is a mobile app dedicated to fostering real world connections through real time, hyper-local search.
Look forward to seeing our sponsors at the event as they tell you more about their businesses!
November 5, 2019
Our 5 Favorite Bakeries in Seattle
Some of the very best places to stop for croissants and a coffee
Picks by Chanson Kuo
Sweet or savory? Croissant or brioche? Coffee or tea? For here or to go? Whether it’s for new folks in town, soon-to-be regulars, or seasoned pastry addicts, bakeries are one of the few places where you walk in and are immediately greeted with dozens of options – most of which you can’t even pronounce, but all of which are delicious.
In a fast-paced city, sometimes it’s nice just to sit down inside somewhere, avoid the rain, and chow down on some carbs and cholesterol. The appeal of flour, sugar, and butter is pretty much universal, so here’s our picks for our favorite bakeries in the Seattle area – go treat yourself.
Note: the following is not a ranking, features are listed in no particular order
An iconic installation of Seattle, Bakery Nouveau has been around for years, now with three locations throughout the Puget Sound area. Nouveau boasts a wide array of choices between pastries, desserts, fresh baked bread, and even pizza, so you could go there for breakfast, lunch, or even just a mid-day snack. In the past couple years, Bakery Nouveau have even started their own line of craft chocolate – perfect for a gift or as a treat for yourself 😉
Our picks: Any of the Gateaus (French layer mousse bar cake), Savory Croissant, Twice-baked Almond Croissant
A relative newcomer to the area, the founder of La Parisienne comes straight from Paris to realize his dream of opening a bakery in the US. We’re lucky he chose Seattle, as their creations are incredibly elegant. We almost felt bad tearing into their superbly crafted pastries, but it quickly faded away when we found them to taste even better than they look.
Our picks: Paris Brest, Tuna & Red Pepper Quiche, Seasonal Fruit Tart
Hiroki’s offerings are not in the same ethnic ilk as the European establishments on our list, but are no less delicious. This place has quite the homey feel, as it’s run straight out of what appears to be a modified living room (don’t worry – they have all the necessary food safety permits on display). Though their hours are rather odd, it’s worth it to stop by when you get a chance.
Our picks: Green tea tiramisu, Houji latte
Sea Wolf Bakers
Opened by brothers & fellow Washingtonians Jesse and Kit Schumann, Seawolf offers an interesting selection of pastries and breads not found at some of the other places on our list. Their primary focus is on fresh bread rather than pastry, so go on ahead and grab a loaf for lunch, dinner, or maybe just to chew on right then and there.
Our picks: Classic Baguette, Rye Sourdough
Crumble and Flake
Though no longer headed by their former pastry chef Neil Robertson as of late 2018, the new folks running the show at Crumble & Flake still reproduce that same level of quality that brought the little hole-in-the-wall to the fore some years ago. Don’t expect a place to sit – Crumble & Flake’s space is roughly the size of my bedroom. Compared to some of the other spots on our list, Crumble & Flake offers a limited selection, but have really taken “quality over quantity” to heart. Tucked away in a small corner of Olive Way, get there early before they sell out for the day!
Our picks: Classic Kouign Amann, Twice-Baked Ham & Paprika Croissant
Hope you enjoy!
About the Author
Chanson is an undergrad student at the University of Washington and has an affinity for pastry and for bean-to-bar chocolate. He prefers savory over sweet and thinks oat milk is the best alternative milk.
October 23, 2019
Layering Up for Fall featuring Mizzen+Main
We partnered with Mizzen+Main to show you how to layer up this fall! What most of us fashionable men love to think about in the fall when it comes to style is finding pieces with the right kind of tones and the perfect amount of layering.
If you’re looking for some ideas for layering pieces, check out the link below for our styles and read on to see how 2 of our influencers chose their outfits!Shop our styles!
Influencer Alex Hooi (@thealexlad) chose to layer the Archer dress shirt with the Wooster quarter zip, which is a warm, pullover sweater perfect for Seattle weather. This outfit is a good choice if you are a corporate professional in tech like Alex who works at a company with a relaxed dress code. His style is usually either dapper or casual.
Influencer Hector Diaz (@hector_diaz_mtz) went with the Belson charcoal heather vest over the Malone shirt. Hector is an engineer by trade who works in the tech industry and he doesn’t like to dress up formally at work. The outfit he chose blends casual and professional together. For more fashion inspiration, check out his blog Geek-Q.
Mizzen+Main is a purveyor of performance menswear that focuses on quality material. Their fabric is wrinkle resistant, machine washable, non-iron, stretchy, and super comfortable. If you’re a professional who is looking to find layering pieces this fall, check out the Mizzen+Main site for their new fall products!Shop our styles!
October 2, 2019
Dining & Style: A 3-Year Anniversary Celebration
We are excited to announce our 3-Year Anniversary Banquet!
Our celebration will be held at the University District’s exquisitely restored Art Deco hotel, the Graduate Seattle, on Thursday, November 14th. Come together over dinner with the other VIP ticket holders and dress up if you enjoy excellent food and unexpected prizes as we celebrate 3 incredible years of Seattle Gents! You won’t want to miss an opportunity for the following:
- Win raffle prizes from amazing brand sponsors
- Take photographs with members of your community in the ultimate social media setting
- Discounts from local vendors
- Cash bar will be available to purchase drinks
There will be two ticket options:
- General Admission tickets include heavy appetizers, photo booth to take pictures, chance to enter raffle, and access to vendors. General Admission starts at 7:30 pm after dinner is served for VIP ticket holders.
- VIP Plated Dinner tickets include dinner with the Seattle Gents, VIP exclusive raffles, special performance, and more. Dinner will be served from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.
September 10, 2019
Recap of Dapper as ****
For the second year in a row, we partnered with the Young Professionals of Seattle to host the 5th annual premiere summer party Dapper as ****! We had such a blast partying with 500+ of the most fashion-forward, influential young professionals in the city.
There were so many fun things about the party: DJ, several bars, lawn games, photo booth, and other activities. Representatives from our sponsors DITA Eyewear and Indochino displayed some of their products so that guests could stop by and explore the brands.
It’s always a great time mingling, meeting new people, and introducing ourselves to a group of young professionals who might not have even heard of us! If you didn’t get to attend Dapper as **** this year, stay up to date with our upcoming events.
August 6, 2019
Seattle Gents & YPOS present The Seattle Style Panel
True summer in Seattle has begun and we are excited for the 5th annual Dapper as **** on August 17th! Before we party in style, Seattle Gents & YPOS are hosting their first ever Seattle Style Panel to help you gear for your everyday wardrobe.
We can all agree that Seattle is on its way to the top, with a flourishing professional community, economic boom, and fun events all around the city. But do you ever struggle with what to wear at a date with that special someone, networking event with other professionals, or happy hour with friends? Well, we are excited to host our panel event featuring local personal stylists to talk about the do’s and don’t’s of fashion in Seattle!
July 23, 2019
Goodwill Style Session
In June, we hosted a special Whiskey Wednesday event to promote this summer’s 5th annual Dapper as **** event partnered with YPOS. At our event, we selected two contestants to win a personal style session at Goodwill by the Seattle Gents influencers.
Parker Phend (top) is a program manager who is very active with business and entrepreneurship. Gloria Cropper (Bottom) has her own business where she takes people’s dogs on adventures and offers training sessions and overnight boarding. They both love fashion and enjoy getting style inspiration from local experts. Check out below the outfits they chose!
Most people wouldn’t think of thrifting shopping at Goodwill. It’s a hidden secret that you can find some beautiful and great-quality pieces for cheap prices. Do you ever struggle with what to wear at a date with that special someone, networking event with other professionals, or happy hour with friends? Well, to prepare for the Dapper as **** party, we are hosting a panel of local personal stylists to talk about the do’s and don’t’s of fashion in Seattle!
If you purchase a ticket to our style panel, you’ll receive a discount to Dapper as **** on August 17th. Hope to see you there!
June 25, 2019
On June 19th, we hosted a very special Whiskey Wednesday to celebrate Dapper as **** with the Young Professionals of Seattle (YPOS).
Dapper as * * * * was launched by YPOS back in 2014 with intentions to provide the growing young professional community with a unique event experience, promoting fashion and networking while celebrating the close of a beautiful Seattle Summer. For the second year in a row, we have partnered up with YPOS to enhance the event experience and help bridge the gap between local fashion, social media influencers and young professionals.
Whiskey Wednesday Special was an opening party for Dapper as ****, which will be held on August 17th. Our guests enjoyed getting together and meeting new people while sipping on delicious beverages at the historic Hotel Sorrento. Some of the highlights of the event included the following:
- Preview of what Dapper as **** is
- Inside look of who our brand sponsors are (Indochino, Wolf Clothing, and Timbuk2)
- Raffle giveaway to win a bag from Timbuk2 and sneakers from ROOY
- Contest to win a styling session with some of our influencers (clothes provided by our non-profit sponsor Goodwill)
- Swag from Wolf Clothing
Check out the full photo gallery on our Facebook page!
Next Event for the Dapper Series
Our next event leading up to Dapper as **** will be our stylist panel in early August. Stay tuned as we provide more details in the weeks to come.
Free Service at Kiehl’s
Co-founder Antonio Smith went with his dad on Father’s Day to get facial treatment from Kiehl’s! Check out the video below to see how it went.
Mention SEATTLEGENTS by the end of July for a free Kiehl’s Pampering Treatment that revitalizes eyes, face, neck, hands with an indulgent relaxing service.
Location: Neiman Marcus at The Bravern in Bellevue
May 21, 2019
Last week, we had an incredible experience getting our community together for the launch of the new Rodd & Gunn store at Bellevue Square! Rodd & Gunn is a New Zealand lifestyle brand that offers a range of men’s apparel, from casual to formal wear. We had such a fun time getting to know new faces in our community, the Rodd & Gunn staff, and sipping amazing wine that they brought all the way from New Zealand.
The best part of the event was the style session that a few of the Seattle Gents influencers led! The influencers picked a couple guests, went through the store to select an outfit they think would best suit the guest, and had them try it on. The influencers then presented the outfit that the guest wore and explained why they styled him that way. To wrap up the event, we drew raffle tickets for 2 guests to win a $500 gift card to the store. The evening was a fun celebration of the new store and we’re happy that guests walked away knowing more about the brand!
About Rodd & Gunn
Rodd & Gunn is a New Zealand-based menswear brand that offers a wide range of clothing and accessories. The brand’s clothing is focused on the casual part of its customer’s lifestyle, and meeting his aspiration for relaxed comfort whether it be the working week or weekend. Rodd & Gunn’s philosophy is to create clothes that draw the best from nature.
Photography by Sarah Wolfe
May 8, 2019
The Gentleman’s Prologue: How Seattle Fashion Has Evolved
On this episode of The Gentleman’s Prologue, we sit down with Butch Stevenson. He’s been in the fashion industry in Seattle for quite a while and he now works at Barney’s New York at Pacific Place in downtown Seattle. This episode is an interesting one because we talk about how Seattle fashion has evolved over the decades and where we see it going.
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