Category Archives: the Gentleman Smoker

A Good White Shirt and Pipe Commissions

Steve Morrisette The White Shirt – Virtually every man has at least one. Some men love them, some men hate them and some men are ambivalent about them. Depending on the shirt and the circumstances, one might feel shifting combinations of those attitudes wearing this most ubiquitous of garments. But wear them we will, almost […]

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Spend More for a Bargain

Steve Morrisette Since I was a boy I’ve always been intrigued by those who seem to acquire goods and services at a lower price than typical retail. They seemed smarter, more clever and creative than those that simply looked at a price tag and plunked down the cash. Don’t get me wrong, I am not […]

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Coffee House Etiquette

Steve Morrisette This month’s column will harken back to my first piece in that I will remark on points of etiquette and behaviors both to avoid and adopt as one may wish to cultivate the gentleman’s demeanor. Resolutions of the New Year sort are much discussed now and admit I rarely make them. I am, […]

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Options and Alternatives: Slush & Smoke

Steve Morrisette This time out I thought I’d discuss some timely choices, alternatives or options that could be useful or appealing to you, dear readers. The first of these involves footwear and a bit of a seasonal introduction. Snow, Hills, RWD, and Loafers: Recently folks living in the central plateau of Tennessee (properly known as […]

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Devil in the Details: The Style of Accessories

Steve Morrisette In this column I always try to discuss style in dress as well as smoking and the overlap of the two as they concern today’s gentlemen and ladies. As the title suggests, it is the subtle finishing touches of wardrobe and style in general that really create a fully realized whole regarding one’s […]

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Hunting: Jackets, Pipes and a Watch

Steve Morrisette Since hunting season is upon us now it might be fun to look at some hunting gear. I chose the hunting jacket, pipes and a special watch to limit what could become volumes of material. My father was an avid hunter, pipe smoker and a watch aficionado, so I was introduced to these […]

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Hats on Men and Caps on Pipes

Steve Morrisette My friend and colleague Brian Levine, host of The Pipes Magazine Radio Show, recently suggested I write a column about choosing a hat type or style that works for a man’s face. Brian pointed out that he definitely had a face for radio and as I agree it seems his best choice would […]

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Summer Cool: Unlined Jackets and Thin-Walled Pipes

Steve Morrisette Both the ladies and gentleman should find application in this month’s column. I rue the day Rupert Murdoch got control of the Wall Street Journal. Over the twelve years I spent working in journalism, the WSJ was always respected and considered pretty reliable when it came to the ideals of journalistic integrity. Since the […]

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The Aviator Watch and Pipes on Duty

Steve Morrisette The subject of wristwatches has been on my mind of late and I thought it might be of interest to examine this small corner of the vast horological world. Subset of a Subset: Though aviator watches and military type watches are a subset of the larger subset of sports watches, they have fairly […]

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Fit your Body, Fit your Face

Steve Morrisette There are three main elements that warrant close consideration in a gentleman’s or lady’s sartorial choices. These are fit, fabric and style. Fit is overwhelmingly the most important. It actually deserves more attention than the other two combined. This is because fit has the most profound effect on our visual impression and our […]

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