Update From Paris

I hope the start of 2022 has found all of you in fine health and a (relatively) optimistic frame of mind. Despite breathless headlines about skyrocketing infection rates around the world, daily life here in the French capital seems to carry on in its measured, elegant routine. Cafes are full. Boutiques bustle. Children toddle off … More Update From Paris

The Two Sides of The Old Money Coin

Living in Paris, of course I interact daily with French people, many of the Parisians. This important distinction is necessary because Parisians are French, but obviously not all French are Parisians. Parisians are a unique breed: they are separate and apart, not just from their fellow countrymen, but from anyone else on the planet. In … More The Two Sides of The Old Money Coin

A Small Thought for the New Year

Perhaps the best way for us to call attention to ourselves is not through our attire, not through the car we drive, or the house we live in, but through the quality of our work, the depth and scope of our education, the integrity of our choices, and the nuance of our opinions. So much … More A Small Thought for the New Year

New Year’s Resolution: Less Distractions

One of the more enlightened comments I’ve heard recently came from a young man who had just been immersed into an Old Money environment. He’s currently a college student, and he just started dating a young lady. They reached the ‘meet the parents’ stage in their relationship and took a long weekend to go to … More New Year’s Resolution: Less Distractions

Old Money Talks Guns

One of the things I’ve noticed since relocating to France in 2017 is the absence of firearms. I’ve only seen them in the possession of on-duty law enforcement officers. Of course, I live in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. Here, being civilized is one of the most highly prized attributes one can exhibit, often communicated … More Old Money Talks Guns

Jaeger-LeCoultre – A Wristwatch to Consider

The wonderful and sometimes irritating thing about travel and learning is that, on occasion, it requires you to rethink your position on certain things. While we have to hold fast to certain values and ideals, we should allow ourselves some flexibility as we consider other, perhaps less important, issues and choices. One such item that … More Jaeger-LeCoultre – A Wristwatch to Consider

Old Money Style is Back in Style!

Well…sort of. Our international correspondent, C.V., provided the two links below. (I believe David also spotted one of these and posted in the comments section of a recent post.) The articles make note of a recent fashion trend that embraces clothing that is subtle, durable, and timeless. Previously referred to as Ivy League style or … More Old Money Style is Back in Style!

Too Many Choices

We are conditioned to believe that the more choices we have in life, the better chance we have of finding what we want, acquiring it, and consequently being happy or even happier. Surprisingly, psychologists tell us that the opposite is true. Having a multitude of choices often leads people to confusion, frustration, and bad decisions. … More Too Many Choices

Origins of Old Money Behavior

Last week, I received the following email from one of our readers… I recently read The Old Money Book — it was really insightful (and entertaining). Thank you! You wrote that Old Money prioritized modesty over display, refinement over brashness, etc. It got me interested in these rules of behavior re Old Money.  Where do … More Origins of Old Money Behavior