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MIEN Easter

MIEN Easter

by Katie Antoniou Here at MIEN,  we're big fans of written correspondence, and whilst there are still a lot of people who send Christmas cards, the Easter card seems to have been almost forgotten. How are we supposed to get children interested in cards when there's chocolate to be had? Easter eggs to be hunted? The humble greeting card doesn't stand much of a chance.
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Tom Ford's five commandments to being the ultimate gentleman

Tom Ford's five commandments to being the ultimate gentleman

"A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out."  Wise words offered by George Bernard Shaw, which very much elude to social graces and formidable etiquette. Now, a man known for grooming and dressing dapper gentlemen offers his own wise words. Fashion designer and top gentleman Tom Ford  recommends these five commandments to becoming the ultimate gentleman - and they go much further than good dress sense and holding doors for ladies. Cin cin!
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Crafted: Luxury brands support new generation of craftspeople

Crafted: Luxury brands support new generation of craftspeople

by Katie Antoniou Whilst there is no shortage of experts practising traditional crafts in the UK, it can be hard for them to infiltrate the retail industry and make a living from their work.
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Boardwalk Empire inspires 1920s mode revival

Boardwalk Empire inspires 1920s mode revival

by Katie Antoniou If you've managed to catch any of the much-hyped Boardwalk Empire, then you'll know that the series celebrates 1920s glamour in the way that Mad Men revived the 1950s look.
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A dedication to Chloë Sevigny and manners

A dedication to Chloë Sevigny and manners

Over here at the MIEN Magazine nerve centre, we relish any sort of dedication to good manners and gracious behaviour. We especially adore this lovely little moving picture featuring a most genteel
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Happy New Year! Welcome 2011...

Happy New Year! Welcome 2011...

Dearest Gentlepeople We wish you and yours a fantastic, healthy, joyous, genteel, and love-filled 2011. We look forward to connecting with you and sharing many stories. For now, we leave you with the lyrics from Robert Burns' "Auld Lang Syne" (below), which celebrates the memory of old friendships and toasts the new ones. And as a special treat, there is a link to the the fantastic scene from the heart-warming moving picture When Harry Met Sally.
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Competition: Hackett calling dapper gentlemen

Competition: Hackett calling dapper gentlemen

Purveyors of fine gentlemen's clothing Hackett are running a lovely sartorial competition for a dapper gentleman to win a handsome Correspondent Postman Bag.
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Everyday Courtesy (moving picture)

Everyday Courtesy (moving picture)

This sweet moving picture from 1948 demonstrates the importance of please, thank you, excuse me, and may I? How simple and smooth, yet so effective and genteel.
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Opening the door for a lady: gentlemanly or passé?

Opening the door for a lady: gentlemanly or passé?


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Who Said So?! - The Origins of Etiquette

Who Said So?! - The Origins of Etiquette

by Jay Remer “So, where did all these rules for good manners and proper etiquette originate?” This was recently asked of me, and it is a very fine quetsion. After all, when I was a young boy and asked the “Why?” question that all young children ask, the answer was usually “because I said so!”
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