Gentleman’s Gazette was established by Sven Raphael Schneider in St. Paul, MN to enrich the online community with in-depth coverage of classic men’s style and fine living. Mr. Schneider began buying and selling Mont Blanc fountain pens as a hobby at the early age of 15, which quickly flowered into a passion for high quality classic men's clothing. As a college student he steadily built a classic wardrobe, and with it knowledge of the industry, by buying and selling clothes and accessories from eBay.
As Gentleman's Gazette grew in scope, requests for many of the products mentioned in an article likewise grew. Unfortunately, with the rise of modern fashion production, many high quality, traditional wardrobe staples are only available as vintage or bespoke pieces. The brand Fort Belvedere, named after the Duke of Windsor's favorite country house, is the response to the needs of our many readers interested in building their wardrobe with pieces that can be worn and combined for decades to come. Built by Mr. Schneider over two years of international travel and personal design, the Gentleman's Gazette shop holds a curated selection of distinguished Fort Belvedere products that are sure to become treasured favorites.
When browsing through the internet it seems that quality, luxury & durability are omnipresent terms, but few explain what they really mean and even fewer actually offer it. For us, quality starts with the design of a product. Beginning with the purpose of the piece, we analyze and then design the item to be functional, beautiful and durable. Subsequently, we source the best materials for that purpose and test them. We look at the raw hides of animals and the way they are dyed, we compare silks and printing processes, and test durability so we can decide what works best. Moreover, we choose the specific yarns, interlinings, metals, etc., in order to ensure our product provides a great value.
Many fashions are short lived and rather extreme, either in color, cut or both. Design classics such as the batwing bow tie, the oxford shoe or the lounge suit are still wardrobe staples of the elegant man, even decades after they were introduced. It is our goal to provide tasteful accessories that are unaffected by seasons and years, yet more refined and superior to other things available, be it either in material, design or functionality.
All items are shipped from Minnesota, and if you would like to talk to us, you can always reach us via our contact form, chat with us or call at 651-964-2222 . Since your needs and wants were the reason we created this online shop in the first place, we will always listen carefully to what you have to say, so we can serve you better and provide you with a better product. Should there be ever something wrong with an item, or if you have an issue of any kind, let us know and our team will try their best to make it right.