Talking to Harry Jarman, Gentleman's Journal
A Life Well Lived
As part of our journey to redefine Wealth we are exploring what “A Life Well Lived” means: interviewing artists, entrepreneurs, explorers, and change-makers as they share their stories and ask “what is my life well lived?” Here we talk to Jeff Taylor, founder of Courier Magazine, about his business and what living well means to him.
Launched in 2011, Gentleman’s Journal has since grown to become one of the leading lifestyle media brands for men in the UK.
Far from growing up with ambitions of running a media brand, after leaving school Harry became a deckhand and explains that the idea for launching Gentleman’s Journal came from his first, albeit less successful, business venture.
“At the time I had a men’s swimwear company and I was looking for magazines to advertise in. I couldn’t find anywhere in the UK that catered towards men that just liked really good quality – an investment in terms of men’s style, not necessarily trend-led. So we wanted to start a publication that was all about quality in the fashion world.”
“We are still a media brand, we’re still a print magazine, we still have a website – all the stuff we started off with we still have, but over the years we’ve also developed things that were never in the original business plan. Today, we have a full creative agency side of the business, called G Studio, which creates campaigns for some of the leading watch brands, car brands and property brands. And we’re about to launch a lot more things next year, which I can’t talk about but, yes, the business is developing in completely different and weird and wonderful ways than we ever thought it would.”