Where to get your Yeezy on, Canada.

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As everyone probably knows by now, the second installment of Kanye West designed adidas is set to drop this weekend (June27) with the Yeezy Boost 350. Priced at $200 USD. Here is where to get it in Canada.

Foot Locker

Capsule
J2 Sneakerbox
Jonathan + Olivia
Less17
Livestock
Nomad
Roden Grey
SSENSE
TNT
 

Racquet Club Cocktail

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The original Racquet Club Cocktail called for pink gin but what exactly is pink gin? Simply, gin with a dash of Angostura bitters stirred through. The first use of pink gin is widely attributed to the Royal Navy who mixed the bitters with gin to take the edge off and apparently ease sea sickness. While I can’t guarantee that this one will ease your stomach, I can guarantee that is the perfect update to a classic martini.

 

  • 3/4oz Dry Vermouth
  • 2oz Gin Tanqueray
  • 3 drops Peychaud Bitters
  • 3 drops Orange Bitters
  • Twist of pink grapefruit for ganish

 

1. Combine all ingredients in an iced shaker (except the twist).

2. Shake hard.

3. Serve in a chilled glass.

4. Garnish.

5. Drink.

6. Repeat.

Hardy Amies SS2016

Born in London’s Maida Vale in 1903, Hardy Amies opened the doors of his Savile Row headquarters in 1945 and soon became a pioneer of British tailoring. For Spring Summer 2016, the brand update its classic silhouettes with a sports influence. And finally someone showed men how to incorporate a one piece flight suit into work wear appropriate for the office.

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SS2016: Post Dystopia

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You probably recall the fashion hard on I get from 3.Paradis, and the boys, Emeric Tchatchoua and Raymond Cheung, don’t disappoint for SS2016. Their collection, aptly titled, Post Dystopia, features a great mash up of military and streetwear inspired garments with references to a  variety of global cultures. This just might be what we will be wearing after the impeding apocalypse.  Here’s a sneak peak. Enjoy.

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Kris Van Assche for Adidas

And the designer sneakers collaborations continue to roll out like a juggernaut (that seems to be powered by our insatiable consumption), this time around it’s Kris Van Assche for adidas originals. The Ultra BOOST has been re-imagined with a menswear staple,  argyle, on the Primeknit upper of the sneaker. Two colourways are available: red and navy design or a grey and black one. Available June 25 at select adidas stores, $299.

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Gotstyle Turns 10

I can still remember watching an episode of Opening Soon that featured Melissa Austria and her new store Gotstyle. This was 2005, it was this new men’s concept store launching in Toronto that featured a selection of men’s contemporary brands and suiting (some known and many unknown in Canada); it also had a tailor and classic barber shop on site (a concept ripped off by many a Toronto retailer these days). What was interesting was that Melissa chose to launch in one of the least fashionable/fashion retail neighborhoods – King West. And it was on a second floor with no direct street access or windows.

At the time, I was working in fashion retail, for a Canadian fashion icon, and I remember my VP and I discussing this new player entering the marketplace. His only comments: How would people find it? How would this place even survive? He thought Melissa was crazy. I thought she was brilliant – she was picking a neighborhood where men needed the most help getting dressed for their high paying careers. She had the right amount of guts and insight to make this thing work.

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Well, people did find it and it thrived. In fact, this year it celebrates 10 years: two locations (62 Bathurst St. – not far from the original location and 21 Trinity St. in the Distillery), an online shop and now an in-house magazine. Many people credit the success of the store for tapping into the metrosexual wave that was slowly entering the mainstream but I would counter that Melissa was much further ahead of her time than that. She was tapping into a wave that was yet to come still – the gentleman (or the dandy). While the metrosexual was often distilled in the media down to a short checklist of vanities, like skin care products, scented candles and costly, colorful dress shirts and pricey designer jeans, Gotstyle pushed a slightly more gentleman aesthetic with fine tailored suits and straight razor shaves. Melissa was bringing Pitti Uomo to Toronto before most men had even heard of Pitti. Pity for them but lucky for Toronto, they had Melissa. They Got style’d.

You can read the premiere issue of Gotstyle Man here

My Love for Dauville

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I have always been a big fan of the Dauville collection from Canvas Home; it was love at first when I discovered the collection many moons ago. But I will admit that I would never buy the whole matching collection, that’s a bit trop much. I love the tea cups (perfect for cold tea) and bowls; the perfect additions to my all white Wedgewood dishes. The exterior of the pieces is a creamy textured bisque finish which contrasts with the irregular gold glaze (also available in platinum).

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Adidas Proud

Apparently it’s pride month, but don’t expect to see too many pride posts on this page (I still don’t understand why we highjacked the rainbow which has no historical significance and dismiss the pink triangle) but I will make an exception when it comes to shoes. adidas Originals is paying homage to the LGBTQ community by releasing a “Pride” pack. The trio features, you guessed it – a  Stan Smith, a Superstar and an adilette. Perhaps the models from their line up that is most purchased by said demographic? Here’s the rundown.

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The Superstar

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The Stan Smith

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The Adilette

Don’t worry, it’s not all about cashing in on Pride, a portion of the sales from the “Pride” pack will be awarded to LGBTQ charities. Look for the kicks to drop on June 6 at in store and online.