Hot, humid Toronto summers are often cursed with unexpected torrential downpours. One recent downpour sent me fleeing inside a pop-up store on Ossington. As this blog isn’t about promoting Brands for their own sake – I will keep this short and simple – the store was filled with many homegrown brands but only two stuck out – VitalyDesign and monte & coe.  They both make some cool shit.

monte&coe “is focused on craftsmanship and design; each piece is hand-made in Toronto, in limited batch sizes, to ensure that it represents 
an unparalleled dedication to originality and versatility”. Each bag is made with imported wool felt from Italy and genuine leather. Price point is excellent at $429.


The bag collection is tight and focuses on one body shape – the best model by far is the Westpoint camo bag picture below. To be brutally honest, the least interesting of the bags are the ones that are sold out – so snatch up the rest of them before they are gone.


All photography courtesy of the company’s websites.

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Christian has been a cultural and style junkie since the age of 6; while most kids were swiping cookies, he was swiping his grandfathers' Patek Philippe. Raised to appreciate art, fashion,design and  literature (yeah, this one actually reads) by a single mother fondly called Jackie-O. Christian quickly went from childhood cultural capital thief to academia protégé. Referred to as the cat's meow by some, too clever by half by others, Christian eschewed the academic life and ran away to join the circus -the fashion circus. Several well-appointed positions later and a career on the rise would be most people's dream but it was time to say fuck off and start all over again.

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