WINE WEEKENDS: BERINGER

For someone who is an avid wine drinker ( I don’t use that word connoisseur), it is quite surprising that I have taken this long to create dedicate wine posts. But so be it, I was probably too busy enjoying delicious wines.

Wine Weekends (aka wino weekends for us insiders) will be dedicated to bringing you the best wines I have sampled during the previous week – high prices, low prices and everything in between. The focus will be on great taste and there will probably be a slant towards the reds and the bubbles (personal bias noted). Up first, Beringer‘s Cab Sauv (yes I shortened it, how gauche of me).

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The first thing to note of the Beringer Founders’ Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is its deep ruby colour – it’s almost black. Next you will notice that this Cabernet is robust with bright cassis, green tea, black olive and sweet vanilla aromas. Now take a sip, you will notice black fruit, cherry, cassis, and spice flavours. The best way to describe the flavour is medium bodied yet fleshy. The wine finishes with a slight oak flavour and vanilla after taste. I would drink this wine again. And again. It goes down smooth and it’s a steal at $18.

KOBO

No not the e-reader, Kobo the candle.

I discovered Kobo years ago at one of my favourite New York spots – Cafe Cluny. Upon entering their washroom, I was struck by the amazing smell of a candle. I immediately lifted it up to look for any clue of a brand, it was a Kobo. I must say, that as someone who is an officially sanctioned candle connoisseur, Kobo is one of those underrated brands on the ‘luxury’ candle market. Everyone raves about their love of Diptyque and don’t get me wrong, I love their candles. But at half the price, Kobo is a tempting offer of affordable luxury. Sacrilege? I know.

The latest venture from Kobo comes in the form of a collaboration with Swedish designer Lotta Jansdotter. Not only are the scents intoxicating, the clean white porcelain vessels can be washed out and reused as a modern minimalist tea mug. Below are my picks.  $40 each

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Travis Taddeo SS2015

Travis Taddeo has always been one of my favourite Canadian designers. This kid has been doing sportsluxe before everyone else jumped on the bandwagon and he does it well. Very well. For SS2014 he has discovered patterns yet maintained his street cred sporstluxe aesthetic. My personal favourites: laser cut leather shirting, the short sleeve sweatshirts and all of the shorts.

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HD HOMME SS2014

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HD HOMME has built a brand on slick yet well tailored suiting, but what I found refreshing this season at WMCFW was the inclusion of more casual pieces. Well casual luxury, this isn’t your average hanging around the house type of casual, unless you’re Tom Ford. Runway highlights, for me, included the series of mesh jackets – from bomber to trench, rose printed swim shorts and the polka dot lounge wear.

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Ann’s Black Tome

AnnDemeulemeester-01-thumb-620x465-92852 If you are like me, then you silently mourn the loss of Ann Demeulemeester and her label from the fashion industry. Now we can take solace in the fact that she has published an iconic black book that chronicles the visual history of Ann Demeulemeester‘s contributions to the world of fashion. The Flemish designer has been an intellectual touch point for years in fashion. She is known for her sleek and essential touches, her devotion to form and construction. I always admired her approach to fashion, it was always achingly beautiful with a dark side; she always pushed convention and form through the use of deconstruction/reconstruction. Ann was an influential part of the Antwerp Six, a group of creative minds (including Dries van Noten and Walter van Beirendonck) who have deeply influenced global fashion for more than a decade. Demeulemeester founded her label in 1985 but after almost 20 years of successful, recently stepped down.AnnDemeulemeester-02-thumb-620x465-92855The new tome tells her story and represents the perfect incarnation of her signature style. It looks and feels sacred, with pages so thin the images can be seen on both sides of each sheet. Just like her approach to fashion, this is a truly delicate beauty. Every page is printed only on one side. The fragility of the paper makes this a book one cannot race through – it sets the pace of the reader, creating a uniquely singular reading experience. In sharp contrast, the book is large and heavy; while the inside feels starkly white, the outside is blackest black. This is Demeulemeester. This is a must have for the intellectual fashion lover.

Available through Indigo by special order, $62.50

 

 

 

 

Macking with Mackage

Mackage just stepped up the game, the game everyone else thought they were playing. For their SS2015 collection, they took to the streets. From cobalt blue moto jackets to black blue mesh jackets. The collection had leather shorts, mesh shorts and extended shorts with knee pad detailing. There was mesh, mesh and more mesh. This collection brings the street back to streetstyle. As Ms.Jackson would say: This is sick (you can still say that when referencing old school Janet). I am particularly in love with the trench coast with the double armbands. But what are we protesting again?
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All images: George Pimentel