You have become accustomed to seeing the images on the site, but should also expect to read some gems from time to time. I make it a point to re-post this list at least once a year and check it myself, I’d like to believe it’s about more than just photos.


I present to you 36 things every gentleman should do before dying. Of course this is not etched in stone (or in any particular order) and you may decide some don’t apply… the point is to create your list at some point and do your best to live it.



1. Travel to Paris, and New York.
These cities have a certain mystique about them… it’s well deserved. Plan to visit one (preferably both) and be sure to experience what makes those cities unique. Side note - Real gentlemen don’t do tour buses.

2. Master the omelet.
This is one of those things every man should learn. know how to create an omelet and know how to find those hidden and forgotten items in your refrigerator. Nothing goes better with that good morning kiss than that good morning breakfast.

3. Travel to a third world country.
Nothing will ground and humble you more than this experience. walk down a third world street and take a moment to reflect on what’s important in your life. 

4. Get a manicure.
A real manicure and afterwards, might as well cater to your shoes - get an old fashioned shoe shine outside while people watching.

5. Throw a real party.
I mean prepare every detail. from rolling the sliced turkey, to mixing the olives, to slicing the french bread, to lighting the candles. Select the right music, chill the white, and let breathe the red wine. Throw a white table cloth on the table and invite the big boys.

6. Write a love letter.
A high school note doesn’t count. Take time to write a real love letter to someone deservant. No e-mail, no text, a hand written love letter that speaks from the soul. (keep a copy for yourself, you’ll be glad that you did in the future)

7. Establish a reputation
A gentleman, a scoundrel, a dandy, a lazy bum. People will perceive you a certain way and there is power in perception. Hopefully you’ll choose to present yourself in a favorable way.


8. Give something away just because.
One day when someone tells you they like something you have, just give it to them as a gift. it may be a book you’re reading, your watch, your pen, the point is to simply give away something simply because the person complimented you on it or because they noticed it.

9. Fast for 3 days.
Not a juice fast where you fill your belly with sweet stuff, go 3 days only consuming water. Take time to reflect on yourself, your life, and literally let the inner you relax.

10. Give up something you enjoy.
Practice self control and decide to simply give up something you enjoy. be it soda, a certain type of meat, candy, a tv show. The point is to practice self control, you’ll be fine… even a bit stronger.

11. Buy an Antique. 
Take a day and search through an antique shop. Find a piece that you enjoy and add it to your home. Find a piece that adds character to your home and you’ll find it may become one of your favorite things at home.

12. Repair a piece of furniture.
Now I don’t mean go build you an elaborate cabinet with hidden compartments, or putting together an piece from Ikea. Take the time to strip down a table, buff it, refinish it. No need to make it a habit, but at least experience it once.

13. Play chess.
If you don’t know how, learn… if you already know how, play it more often. Chess is for the big boys, gentlemen don’t play checkers.

14. Have a suit tailor made.
Pick out the material, discuss the process with your tailor, enjoy he measuring process. While everyone can’t afford a bespoke suit, this is one of life’s guilty pleasures you should make a point of experiencing.

15. Give away a keep sake.
Find an item, hold on to it for a while (maybe a coin, a token, a lucky pebble, a money clip) then give it to a friend after you’ve had it for a while. 

16. Write a book.
Now everyone may not be able to do this, but everyone should at least try. Take time to document something worth documenting.

17. Have a hobby.
Every gentleman should have at least 1 hobby. be it card collecting, stamp collecting, pens, or watches. Nothing gives you as much peace of mind as sitting home relaxing looking over what you’ve taken time to gather.

18. Spend a quiet evening ALONE.
Cheese, wine and candlelight or a cold beer and pizza - learn to enjoy your own company.

19. Vacation alone.
This one needs no explanation… ALONE.

20. Have a wall full of photos.
Select a section on your wall and frame photos of close friends, family and loved ones in general. A picture paints a thousand words… a wall full of photos speaks volumes of love.

21. Stay up all night working.
I’m not talking about working the graveyard shift. Spend all night working on something you enjoy, something you’re passionate about. Then, look out the window at daybreak before you go to bed.

22. Bid at an auction.
Don’t just bid, WIN. it may be an item you may not cherish forever, the point is the thrill of the win.

23. Strike up a conversation with someone you’re not attracted to.
Take the time to strike up a conversation with a woman on the merits of simply making her smile. Not because you think she’s beautiful, but simply because making a stranger smile is a beautiful thing.

24. Celebrate your birthday.
Celebrate your birthday by giving something back to the world. It has allowed you to see another year, why not give back… write a book, a poem, make it about what you give, not what you get.

25. Buy a painting.
No litho, no generic painting, save up some money and buy an original.

26. Prepare a picnic.
Plan it, surprise her, and enjoy it.

27. Custom make a piece of jewelry.
Although you may think it may be too expensive, you’d be surprised. Design a piece and bring it to a jeweler. It’ll have a special meaning and will be one of a kind … like you.

28. Write yourself a note.
Write about the temperature, how you feel that day, your thoughts on love, life and in general. Date it and tuck it away Come back to it a few years later (if you remember where you hid it) and reread it. 

29. Dance the Waltz.
At least (try it) once. You’ll be surprised…. and the electric slide!

30. Write a thank you note.
Write a note to a close friend, a family member simply because. Let them know what role they played in your life.

31. A Kodak moment.
Capture a special event on film. Time surely flies, but memories have a way of lingering when captured.

32. Buy an Item with the intention of giving it away.
Save it for someone much younger and give it to them when they can appreciate it.

33. Volunteer for a good cause.
Invest one day in something you always wanted to support. giving back is golden.

34. Buy an elderly person lunch.
One day while you’re buying yourself lunch, just turn around and offer… no, insist on paying for the elderly person’s lunch behind you.

35. See an opera, and/or play.
Dress the part.

36. Remember it’s deeper than Fashion - Live with style..


+1. An anonymous person sent me a comment and corrected a few errors that he/her found. This led me to add one more thing to the list.
Humble yourself when wrong, and acknowledge your mistake(s). 
Thank you anonymous.

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Live life as if the theme music is playing, and you’re the star character!

Live life as if the theme music is playing, and you’re the star character!

(Source: Guerreisms.com)

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I’ve had the pleasure to work with a few great brands along the way, My latest project is collaborating with SaksPOV, and I must say this is going to be fun!
Join me on style, culture, and lifestyle journey at SaksPOV.com.  The journey begins…

I’ve had the pleasure to work with a few great brands along the way, My latest project is collaborating with SaksPOV, and I must say this is going to be fun!

Join me on style, culture, and lifestyle journey at SaksPOV.com.  The journey begins…

Categories: Guerre,gu,
Street Style has morphed and changed from when I started shooting it (a lot has happened since 2008). Now there are too many “experts’, too many style opinions, and not enough talent and passion for the art.  Jason Jean is without question one of those chaps that stays true to the belief of quality over quantity - I commend him, in the world we live in, that’s a hard thing to do if you want to survive.  If you care about great photos that showcase more than an just outfit - Citizen Couture is the joint.
If you have it on your radar check it out again, if it’s not on your radar allow me to introduce you to what I call “the pretty picture site” - www.CitizenCouture.com
I am humbled that I was featured. Thanks for the great photos. (click link to see all images)

Street Style has morphed and changed from when I started shooting it (a lot has happened since 2008). Now there are too many “experts’, too many style opinions, and not enough talent and passion for the art.  Jason Jean is without question one of those chaps that stays true to the belief of quality over quantity - I commend him, in the world we live in, that’s a hard thing to do if you want to survive.  If you care about great photos that showcase more than an just outfit - Citizen Couture is the joint.

If you have it on your radar check it out again, if it’s not on your radar allow me to introduce you to what I call “the pretty picture site” - www.CitizenCouture.com

I am humbled that I was featured. Thanks for the great photos. (click link to see all images)

I randomly came across this video interview shot last season in Paris, while on a German website (http://twoforfashion.otto.de).  I have always enjoyed answering without the preparations, or having heard the questions prior to the rolling of the camera.  I get to sit back later when I come across the interviews, and always look to see if it was the heat of the moment, or if I still feel the same way.

P.S.  - I’m certainly not one of the 5 who make a living off of street style.

I recently came across an interview I did a few months ago.  While Pitti Uomo like everything else has it’s serious cats who love style, it also has its share of camera chasers.  I still believe that Pitti is a stylish man’s Disney World.
Feel free to read the article which first appeared in the February issue of Menswear Insight

I recently came across an interview I did a few months ago.  While Pitti Uomo like everything else has it’s serious cats who love style, it also has its share of camera chasers.  I still believe that Pitti is a stylish man’s Disney World.

Feel free to read the article which first appeared in the February issue of Menswear Insight

It’s taken me a minute to settle into my own style, the same holds true with the site Guerreisms.  I didn’t have scores of models to follow, or a blueprint to look over when deciding to focus on mens style.  Instead I had an idea, and wanted to site to reflect how I lived - it was and remains about art imitating life, and not life imitating art.

I had a chance to share some of my views with STEVE & Co. via a short interview.  Click here to read it in both Italian and English: Style notes - Karl-Edwin Guerre.
Thank you STEVE & Co. for reaching out ,and a flip of the brim to the entire team for the quality product you promote.
(I wont hold the fact that they spelled Guerreisms without an ‘s’ against them).

It’s taken me a minute to settle into my own style, the same holds true with the site Guerreisms.  I didn’t have scores of models to follow, or a blueprint to look over when deciding to focus on mens style.  Instead I had an idea, and wanted to site to reflect how I lived - it was and remains about art imitating life, and not life imitating art.

I had a chance to share some of my views with STEVE & Co. via a short interview.  Click here to read it in both Italian and English: Style notes - Karl-Edwin Guerre.

Thank you STEVE & Co. for reaching out ,and a flip of the brim to the entire team for the quality product you promote.

(I wont hold the fact that they spelled Guerreisms without an ‘s’ against them).

(Source: guerreisms.com)

This season’s bespoke piece I had made was inspired from when I was 12 years old.  I lived in Haiti at that time and went to a school that had uniforms.  While the color was different, the foundation was the same - hot weather and clothing that looked good.  Haiti was my introduction to bespoke, while the tailoring may not be as recognized and intricate as in Italy, it still encourages, and presents an avenue for many who love the art.
I had this piece made for my travels to Florence, Italy.  I knew June weather in Florence was unforgiving and while all the chaps would be wearing suits (and sweating), I decided to have a piece made that would be just as sharp as all the suits being worn in Florence, but more comfortable in terms of weather- CASUAL FLY at it’s best..
Inspiration: Haiti mid 1980’s
Material: Irish Linen
Tailor: Beckenstein Bespoke
Photo: Fashion Wire Press

This season’s bespoke piece I had made was inspired from when I was 12 years old.  I lived in Haiti at that time and went to a school that had uniforms.  While the color was different, the foundation was the same - hot weather and clothing that looked good.  Haiti was my introduction to bespoke, while the tailoring may not be as recognized and intricate as in Italy, it still encourages, and presents an avenue for many who love the art.

I had this piece made for my travels to Florence, Italy.  I knew June weather in Florence was unforgiving and while all the chaps would be wearing suits (and sweating), I decided to have a piece made that would be just as sharp as all the suits being worn in Florence, but more comfortable in terms of weather- CASUAL FLY at it’s best..

Inspiration: Haiti mid 1980’s

Material: Irish Linen

Tailor: Beckenstein Bespoke

Photo: Fashion Wire Press

As per Tommy Ton for Style.com

As per Tommy Ton for Style.com

Thanks for the love.
 View the images of Tamu McPherson of me during the past few fashion seasons at: All The Pretty Birds.

Thanks for the love.

 View the images of Tamu McPherson of me during the past few fashion seasons at: All The Pretty Birds.

With men’s  fashion week kicking off in MIlan in the next few days Grazia.it  asked me a few questions about street style, inspiration and things in general including my favorite brands.  Thank you Grazia.it for the sit down and interview. (read it here in Italian - Grazia.it)
The english version:
Tell us a little bit about your story. Where are you from? What were you doing before becoming an accomplished street-style photographer? And what pushed you toward street-style?
I was born in Brooklyn, New York of Haitian parents. Prior to street style I directed a 55 minute film, self published 2 books, and have always expressed myself artistically. I decided to shoot street style because I felt that I could capture ‘cool‘ for a from a different perspective, from the perspective of guy who really appreciated style over fashion.
 


What do you search in a look? When do you decide to shoot “that” picture?
To me it’s about the details and how a person puts things together. I personally don’t like excess (of anything). What I look to shoot is nonchalant elegance and effortless style.  
 

What do you love more about being a street-style photographer?
Street style has been a great avenue in which to share my take on style. I have had the opportunity to travel and both broaden and redefine my definition of style. Street style is like a good friend, she’s been good to me, so I remain true to her. There’s no one thing I love most -you don’t separate the good from the bad.
 
How has your life changed with the street-style explosion?


I’m doing the same things now that I did my first season of shooting - I just have a better understanding and direction.  The explosion of street style is a constant reminder not to become stagnant, but also to remain creative all while respecting the art.
/big
 
 Which is the most fashionable place you have visited? And the place you’d love to go to shoot street-style?
Most fashionable is a hard question to answer. With the internet everyone has access to global style, more and more culture and fashion is overlapping. While I don’t believe one place has a monopoly on being fashionable, I do think New York City is a great place to see a little of everything. As far as a place I’d like to shoot, I have to say wherever great style takes me.
 
 
Is there someone you’d love to shoot?
Andre (3000) Benjamin
 

Do you have a style icon that inspires your looks?
Personal style is a matter of personality and individualism. My style is a reflection of how I view life. While I appreciate the personal style of men like Mile Davis, Frank Sinatra, Gianni Agnelli I understand that their looks worked flawlessly for them. My style inspiration comes from my life experiences.
 

Your are a photographer but you’re also the subject of a lot of street-style pictures, did your looks evolved or changed because of this?
My looks evolved not because of the cameras, but instead because of my growth as a person. While I still like colors, I don’t do certain combinations that I may have done in the past. Right now I’m into simplicity. While it’s flattering to get shot by the photographers, my main purpose (when entering the street-style scene) has always been to shoot, not be shot.  I dress for the joy of dressing, not for the cameras.
 


If you had 5000 dollars to spend in fashion items, what would you buy?
Fabric! At this point I enjoy going to the fabric shop, picking out the‘perfect’ fabric and having a tailor create the piece I have in mind.
 

Three designers you love and why.
Devon Scott - A young American designer that mixes classic cuts and a ‘casual fly’ feel.  He really has a great eye for both fabric and colors, keeps his collections small and consice.
 
Sciamat by Valentino Ricci - In my mind this is Italian craftmanship as it’s best.  The suits are handmade and without question a work of art to be worn.  When I think of best detailed Designer, I think of Valentino Ricci.
 
Borsalino and Super Duper Handmade hats - I never leave the house without a hat, and both these designers/brands make hats that fit my style.  I’m big on details and the hat is often the last detail one puts on before heading out.
 


Do you read blogs? If yes would you like to recommend to our readers some to follow?
I am currently working on some projects and haven’t been looking at any blogs for the past 6 months. Right now I’m focused on creating, and don’t want to be influenced by any outside factors.
While there are plenty of blogs that have cought my eye and that list constantly changes, there are a 2 that have stayed on my radar:
CitizenCouture.com - this was one of the original ‘who’s who’ in fashion/style blogs
hypebeast.com - keeps me current in a casual way.
 

What would you suggest to young guys and girls who’d love to do a job like yours?
I encourage young people in general to pursue their passion. If street style is what they have their eye on, I believe those who are successful are those who do more than just grab a camera and play dress up. There is an art to street style the same way there is an art to writing or painting. If you want to do it for fun – enjoy, if you want to do it as a hobby – great, if you want to do it from the heart you’ll make the world a better place.
 


Do you think there will still be market for street-style in the future or that it will evolve in something else?
span>I believe that there will continue to be a market for street-style, but that the market will evolve as will the‘art’. The question is not will it evolve, but instead will those promoting and capturing it remain artistic?
 


Where will we meet you in the next months? Projects for the future?
In the next few months I’ll be focused on upcoming projects that hopefully will have me in NY, Las Vegas, Tokyo - While I hope I’ll be travelling, only time will tell regardless, I will continue to showcase style from a different perspective.
 
Projects for the future: I have to keep at least one secret - but you’ll surely hear about the projects once they reach fruition.

With men’s  fashion week kicking off in MIlan in the next few days Grazia.it  asked me a few questions about street style, inspiration and things in general including my favorite brands.  Thank you Grazia.it for the sit down and interview. (read it here in Italian - Grazia.it)

The english version:

Tell us a little bit about your story. Where are you from? What were you doing before becoming an accomplished street-style photographer? And what pushed you toward street-style?

I was born in Brooklyn, New York of Haitian parents. Prior to street style I directed a 55 minute film, self published 2 books, and have always expressed myself artistically. I decided to shoot street style because I felt that I could capture ‘cool‘ for a from a different perspective, from the perspective of guy who really appreciated style over fashion.

 

What do you search in a look? When do you decide to shoot “that” picture?

To me it’s about the details and how a person puts things together. I personally don’t like excess (of anything). What I look to shoot is nonchalant elegance and effortless style.  

 

What do you love more about being a street-style photographer?

Street style has been a great avenue in which to share my take on style. I have had the opportunity to travel and both broaden and redefine my definition of style. Street style is like a good friend, she’s been good to me, so I remain true to her. There’s no one thing I love most -you don’t separate the good from the bad.
 

How has your life changed with the street-style explosion?

I’m doing the same things now that I did my first season of shooting - I just have a better understanding and direction.  The explosion of street style is a constant reminder not to become stagnant, but also to remain creative all while respecting the art.

/big

 

Which is the most fashionable place you have visited? And the place you’d love to go to shoot street-style?

Most fashionable is a hard question to answer. With the internet everyone has access to global style, more and more culture and fashion is overlapping. While I don’t believe one place has a monopoly on being fashionable, I do think New York City is a great place to see a little of everything. As far as a place I’d like to shoot, I have to say wherever great style takes me.
 
 

Is there someone you’d love to shoot?

Andre (3000) Benjamin

 

Do you have a style icon that inspires your looks?

Personal style is a matter of personality and individualism. My style is a reflection of how I view life. While I appreciate the personal style of men like Mile Davis, Frank Sinatra, Gianni Agnelli I understand that their looks worked flawlessly for them. My style inspiration comes from my life experiences.

 

Your are a photographer but you’re also the subject of a lot of street-style pictures, did your looks evolved or changed because of this?

My looks evolved not because of the cameras, but instead because of my growth as a person. While I still like colors, I don’t do certain combinations that I may have done in the past. Right now I’m into simplicity. While it’s flattering to get shot by the photographers, my main purpose (when entering the street-style scene) has always been to shoot, not be shot.  I dress for the joy of dressing, not for the cameras.

 

If you had 5000 dollars to spend in fashion items, what would you buy?

Fabric! At this point I enjoy going to the fabric shop, picking out the‘perfect’ fabric and having a tailor create the piece I have in mind.

 

Three designers you love and why.
Devon Scott - A young American designer that mixes classic cuts and a ‘casual fly’ feel.  He really has a great eye for both fabric and colors, keeps his collections small and consice.
 
Sciamat by Valentino Ricci - In my mind this is Italian craftmanship as it’s best.  The suits are handmade and without question a work of art to be worn.  When I think of best detailed Designer, I think of Valentino Ricci.
 
Borsalino and Super Duper Handmade hats - I never leave the house without a hat, and both these designers/brands make hats that fit my style.  I’m big on details and the hat is often the last detail one puts on before heading out.
 

Do you read blogs? If yes would you like to recommend to our readers some to follow?

I am currently working on some projects and haven’t been looking at any blogs for the past 6 months. Right now I’m focused on creating, and don’t want to be influenced by any outside factors.

While there are plenty of blogs that have cought my eye and that list constantly changes, there are a 2 that have stayed on my radar:
CitizenCouture.com - this was one of the original ‘who’s who’ in fashion/style blogs
hypebeast.com - keeps me current in a casual way.
 

What would you suggest to young guys and girls who’d love to do a job like yours?

I encourage young people in general to pursue their passion. If street style is what they have their eye on, I believe those who are successful are those who do more than just grab a camera and play dress up. There is an art to street style the same way there is an art to writing or painting. If you want to do it for fun – enjoy, if you want to do it as a hobby – great, if you want to do it from the heart you’ll make the world a better place.

 

Do you think there will still be market for street-style in the future or that it will evolve in something else?

span>I believe that there will continue to be a market for street-style, but that the market will evolve as will the‘art’. The question is not will it evolve, but instead will those promoting and capturing it remain artistic?

 

Where will we meet you in the next months? Projects for the future?

In the next few months I’ll be focused on upcoming projects that hopefully will have me in NY, Las Vegas, Tokyo - While I hope I’ll be travelling, only time will tell regardless, I will continue to showcase style from a different perspective.
 
Projects for the future: I have to keep at least one secret - but you’ll surely hear about the projects once they reach fruition.