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INTRO_Gent's-Guide_v041 of 13
The Grandfather Clause2 of 13
We sat down with Benjamin Mohapi on a sunny but crisp Saturday morning for a breakfast and chat at Cecconi's restaurant in West Hollywood, Calif. Over coffee, he shared his advice for honing in on a man's style. "For me, it's all about measuring up to be the man that your grandfather was—together, respected, authoritative, calm, and organized," says Mohapi, who opts for gadgets that are top notch and streamlined.
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Shoe In3 of 13
Mohapi showed up to breakfast wearing a crisp button-down underneath his cashmere sweater, but when it comes to shoes, he prefers something a bit more rugged. "I tend to gravitate toward standard, low-key products," he says.
SHOP NOW: Clarke's Desert Boot, $110
Knit Pick4 of 13
Speaking of his cashmere sweater, when it comes to knitwear, Mohapi swears by British designer Margaret Howell, who is known for her androgynous pieces. "It's not about making a statement, but finding pieces that are made really well," he says.
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Jean Theory5 of 13
Clean, simple and back-to-basic, "A.P.C. makes the best denim for men," says Mohapi.
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Keeping Time6 of 13
"I'm a jeans and trainers kind of guy but this watch can go with my everyday attire or with a tux. It's an investment piece—it's timeless," Mohapi says of the GMT Rolex watch he bought years ago.
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Baggage Claim7 of 13
"There are a few things that every man needs, and good luggage is one of them. It makes you feel accomplished," says Mohapi.
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Worth A Shot8 of 13
Referencing a mid-century modern toast rack and butter dish he inherited from his grandfather, Mohapi tells us, "Where I come from, breakfast done right is necessary. The devil is in the details." According to him, a proper coffee machine is a worthy splurge.
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Seeing Is Believing9 of 13
During our own breakfast, we couldn't keep our eyes off Mohapi's super-stylish tortoiseshell frames. "I like the unique, something no one else has," says Mohapi about his Hotel de Ville vintage glasses.
Bond-ing Moment10 of 13
Aside from aspiring to live up to his grandfather, says Mohapi, "It's all about what would Bond do? Because he's the epitome of cool."
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The Write Stuff11 of 13
We agree with Mohapi that "a good pen is a really nice thing to have—something substantial and elegant."
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Buttoned Up12 of 13
"Every man should have a few handmade shirts. It's not as expensive as you would think. But off-the-rack, J.Crew makes a good shirt," says Mohapi.
SHOP NOW: Thomas Mason Shirt, $125
Coat Check13 of 13
Another Mohapi-ism? "A good tailor can make the man." He tells us, "You can get an inexpensive blazer, have it tailored to you, and make it into something spectacular."
SHOP NOW: H & M Blazer, $149
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