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The Code of a Travelling Gentleman

The Code of a Travelling Gentleman – a pictorial journey


So I recently decided to go on a bit of a walk about, just because. I had this great black leather jacket from Premium V.N.T.G. which had been crying out to me from the dark recesses of my wardrobe. What good is such a fabulous item when it is hidden away?


The detail and quality workmanship on this jacket make for a timeless, statement piece. The pocket detail caught my eye when I first saw it at Premium V.N.T.G. – that’s the great thing about the items Shawn stocks in the shop, stand out and full of character. To top it off, it is locally made here in South Africa, we should all be supporting local.


Leather jacket detail


I packed my long-serving Hilton Weiner leather weekend bag with a few essentials and off I went, on my own steam and at my own pace. I have had this bag for over 10 years and the leather grows in character as it ages. Each time I use it for a short trip away, it recalls to mind all the fond memories from trips past. This little sojourn would be one more notch on its grainy side.


Being that it was still somewhat chilly when this travelling mood took me, I paired the jacket with my black skinny jeans from Cotton On and a pair of black leather boots I bought last year at Edgars. The rust coloured top from TopMan added a great flair of colour to the outfit which I wore over a neutral grey polo neck knit from Markham. To round the outfit off I wore my mustard scarf from local label Ministry 4 Style. An outfit fit for a travelling gentleman, going about life on his own terms.


My travels lead me to a forest, where I became lost and disorientated. Which way to go, left or right? The answer was, indeed, blowing in the wind.


Lost in the forest


A gentleman always makes a plan and soon one was formulated to resolve my predicament.


Sitting in road Hitching in black leather jacket

After much plan making, I arrived at my destination, glad for the experience of the journey.


Entering door


And allowed myself some time to contemplate the experience.


Standing in courtyard



But was ecstatic to be at my friend Cheryl’s place, where we enjoyed a great time of chatting and drinking red wine around the fire. A better ending could not have been engineered!


Sitting inside


Do you embark upon such spur of the moment trips? What clothing items work for you when in this mood?


Shot on location at the Mustard Seed Guesthouse in Sandton, Johannesburg. Contact Cheryl on +27 11 783 5034 for reservations and more information.

For more on Ministry 4 Style check them out on the web, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

For more on Premium V.N.T.G. check them out on Instagram or contact Shawn at the shop on 076 216 3645.

Photography by Lebz Skywalker,, @lebzskywalker on Instagram 




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