If Tom Ford walked up to us and told us to run up and down Fifth Avenue stark naked holding a pigeon to our chests, we would just do it — because that’s just how influential the man is. Thankfully, Ford’s rules on how to be a modern gentleman have nothing whatsoever to do with nudity.
Ford’s five commandments, transcribed by AnOther magazine’s editor Jefferson Hack, are part of a teaser package meant to get people excited about an “intimate” interview Hack had with Ford. (Of course, Ford once tried to get a guy from GQ into a hotel room during an interview, so take “intimate” to mean what you will.) The rules aren’t exactly Emily Post, but they are pretty good guidelines on how to treat other people in the 21st century. Also, with summer coming up, we’re pretty excited to see how dudes will react to the rule about shorts. Read on:
1. You should put on the best version of yourself when you go out in the world because that is a show of respect to the other people around you.
2. A gentleman today has to work. People who do not work are so boring and are usually bored. You have to be passionate, you have to be engaged and you have to be contributing to the world.
3. Manners are very important and actually knowing when things are appropriate. I always open doors for women, I carry their coat, I make sure that they’re walking on the inside of the street. Stand up when people arrive at and leave the dinner table.
4. Don’t be pretentious or racist or sexist or judge people by their background.
5. A man should never wear shorts in the city. Flip-flops and shorts in the city are never appropriate. Shorts should only be worn on the tennis court or on the beach.
Only the tennis court and the beach? We’ll see, Tom. We’ll see.
Tom Ford [AnOther Man]