Mensstyle

The Gentina’s Lesson.

Today’s lesson is all about a famous, iconic and dead trendy shoe, otherwise known as the ‘Loafer’. On top of that…my personal go to shoe for looking dapper!

There’s a couple of fascinating stories as to why they’re actually called the Loafer, but also known as the ‘Penny Loafer’.

Ever wondered why? Well let The Gentina explain…

The slip on shoe, with the now preppy appearance, dates back to the early 90’s and has a historical connection with dairy farming. A Norwegian family were spotted wearing hand made slip on leather shoes with a strap across them while milking the cows on their farm. But the name LOAFER? Well, other than provide us with milk for the mornings and the most beautiful meat by the evenings…all cows seem to do is ‘loaf’ about which rightfully is where the name ‘loafers’ derived from.
Now, a few years down the line, taking us to 1936, a company you may have heard of called G.H.Bass produced the loafer to sell in America. After they’d seen the Norwegian family rocking these stylish yet functional ‘all day’ slip on’s around the farm for many years, they designed a shoe, very much alike the original and in true recognition G.H.Bass named it the ‘Weejuns’ …which is short for Norwegians.

So, now we’ve learnt where the name Loafer materialized from, next lesson is how the name ‘Penny Loafer’ hit town!

Since the release of the Weejuns, the practical shoes were often worn by college teens while they left home for study or nights out at their favorite milkshake hangouts. And due to the clever little strap across the G.H.Bass design,  it created a little lip for a single penny to sit in for safe keeping. That insignificant little coin back then would be the emergency price of a phone box call home!

One other idea behind the penny slotting in so perfectly to the loafer was to bring the students good luck during their exams…either that or again it was for a call home to explain how their sweetheart distracted them all year in class being the reason for not graduating (at least they looked swanky all term).

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Sir Roger Moore, RIP.

The longest serving James Bond actor sadly dies at the age of 89. Sir Roger Moore played the role of the secret agent better known as ‘007’ in 7 of the famous films stretching from Live and Let Die in 1973 to A View to a Kill in 1985.

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Sir Roger Moore living in luxury with champagne, cigars, fine watches and women.

For me, Moore was a style icon and one that will live on and not be replaced. Like many Bonds, Roger had the full package, the class, the suave style, and a true gentleman’s persona.
He wore many watches, but I guess the most iconic watch to stand out was his Rolex Submariner 5513. This particular example had a special, one of a kind ‘Buzz saw’ bezel which aided Bond to cut a rope in the film Live and Let Die. Yet the best in my eyes was that 007’s Submariner could create a magnetic field upon request and this of course proved extremely handy while undressing Madeline Smith out of her dainty little dress!

Now believe it or not, but despite this timepiece having more gadgets

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Rolex Submariner 5513- Moore’s actual watch.

than you could shake a stick at, it didn’t even do the most obvious and some might say the most standard function of any watch and tell the time…. It couldn’t, It had no watch movement, it was totally empty below the dial. The only thing you’d be lucky enough to find when popping the case back off is Sir Roger Moore’s autograph, which proved to be worth more than the original ingredients when it was recently auctioned back in 2015 at Phillips for CHF 365,000.
Gone but never forgotten, Sir Roger Moore, A true Gentleman a and British icon.

Photo’s: Top, taken from yourtownarizona.com & bottom, taken from phillips.com. 

First blog post

15241228_10154580879843564_2018163474920202818_nWelcome to the blog of ‘The Gentina’. My first personal blog, and as you may have noticed by the title, my very first post.
So may I ask that you go easy on me as I develop a much smoother approach to writing and posting my daily doings and fingers crossed, you’ll actually follow me on a regular basis.

Throughout my posts I will share my lifestyle experiences, my past times, interests of new cultures and a tremendous amount of what I’m wearing on my wrist.

I’m majorly in love with watches and everything that comes with it. Mainly luxury, high-end tool watches, the ones that have history, a story behind them or a job they’re designed to aid. But that doesn’t mean they have to come with a massive price tag to attract me…although this seems to be the theme with a handful of my recent purchases and one that I really need reduced for a while to recover my bank balance (I’m sure I’m not alone in this, so we can all rest together LOL).

I’ve always been one for a hobby, a new interest or a fresh injection of passion for something and I’ve always had to instantly collect everything to go with it. I guess this’ll never change, and if I’m honest, that’s just the way I like it. I’ve shared so many experiences with a wonderful array of people in the past and I hope that this continues for the rest of my life.
However, there are a selected few interests that have cemented themselves in my body and developed as passions, these are the ones that make me who I am, and the main reason I have something to blog about and post on here for you to enjoy and experience with me.

So, on that note, I’ll end my first post here and If you haven’t yet fallen asleep, then I’m assuming you’re sticking around for more. Please Let me know your comments and feel free to follow me on Instagram: thegentina .