So, the key to being a gentleman according to Thomas Ford off-of fashions and stubble and suspicious hairline lie in the following rules…
1. You should put on the best version of yourself when you go out in the world because that is a show of respect to the other people around you. (By which he means, be nice, you pig!)
2. A gentleman today has to work. People who do not work are so boring and are usually bored. You have to be passionate, you have to be engaged and you have to be contributing to the world. (This shows that in his circle the only reason not to work is because you don’t have to. In the rest of the world people sometimes can’t find a job. But then that’s probably because they’re just boring anyway).
3. Manners are very important and actually knowing when things are appropriate. I always open doors for women, I carry their coat, I make sure that they’re walking on the inside of the street. Stand up when people arrive at and leave the dinner table. (We have found that women can open doors all by themselves these days and sometimes find your opening one for them patronising. And they have a point. Open for everyone or for no one at all).
4. Don’t be pretentious or racist or sexist or judge people by their background. (We are never sexist or racist – ask anyone we own! – but are sometimes homophobic *giggles* We can’t help ourselves)
5. A man should never wear shorts in the city. Flip-flops and shorts in the city are never appropriate. Shorts should only be worn on the tennis court or on the beach. (We live in London. Rules about how to dress do not apply here as we will wear WHAT THE HELL WE LIKE up to and including pill-box hats. Yes, in the city!)