It is a ragtag, yet the most refined group of men on earth. That’s the simple truth about The Barons. But as you can feel it, it is not quite enough to leave it there. Who are these people acting by way of they were the kings of the world, giving themselves grand titles like, The Baron of Monaco and The Baroness of Quito? Isn’t that just some out of proportions game they are playing? No. It is not. These gentlemen and ladies have much more depth than just their exotic and very visual style suggests. They have values. Good values. They have depth, and most of them yearn to make the world a better place.
But let’s get back for a moment to their most noticeable trait. Peacocking. What is that? It is an act when a group of (mainly) men gather together to make an impact with their clothes and manners. It is not for faint hearted. It is a visual fiesta like no other and requires major “cohones” from the participants. Peacocking can be planned, but most often it is an improvised meeting, nearing a grand show on public place. I participated several shows last week at Pitti Uomo, one of the most respected fashion shows. And how was the response? The first day we couldn’t (or wanted) to get inside the show as we were photographed and interviewed for straight 6 hours and that’s while we had the time of our lives.
Enjoying your time is one of the most visible traits of when participating Barons life. There are no dulls or bores among us. It is expected to live like we were meant to live: only once. It is about being present, being there for others and making most out of the moment. Just for it’s own sake. It is an explosion of creativity and good manners where the women are ladies and men gentlemen. The other aspect of being a Baron is about respecting the women and treating them well. As many modern men have not grown with this trait, each Baron needs to find his own path. Some are most comfortable with Gary Grant mannerism, some lean towards Victorian era style and some 1920’s laissez-fair. One thing is certain though; bad mannerism is a taboo, like the casual dressing is not tolerated.
Being a Baron is much to do about respect. Respect for yourself and others. In that order. You cannot just copy their style. That would make you a dandy. Barons go deeper than that and one major element about becoming granted the title of Baron, is not to be a bore. It is about enjoying the life. Being present and showing to others how to do it with style.
To be continued...
My name is Max Noble. I am an Adventurer, Connoisseur and Globetrotter, and I commit acts of nobleness around the world. This was my second part of the article serie: The Barons. Click here for the first one.