Saturday, August 29, 2009

Thoughts of Fall and Winter

Shorter days and the end of August have me thinking about fall and winter. I am looking forward to the textures - flannel suitings, checked patterns and knit ties - and colors - deep greens and redish browns - which the season will bring. The days will be dark, cold and even wet, but sun-filled nonetheless.

Saturday, August 22, 2009


A New World Altogether

There is just something about a hand-written note. Unexpected. A sense of warmth and welcome. Delight.

Insights and Commentary - David Smyth

Insights and commentary from people involved in style and fashion in Vancouver

You are…
David Smyth - Made-to-Measure Specialist, Harry Rosen

The road travelled…
I started at Austin Reed in Belfast, and transfered to London where I studied cutting and tailoring at the London College of Fashion. I worked for Burberry at their Regent Street, London location, and for various designers in manufacturing.

The more things change…
The most changes have come in going from bespoke, which usually requires two additional fittings before arriving at a finished garment, to made-to-measure which delivers a finished garment. Bespoke became too labour intensive, hence costly, and was also time consuming for the customer.

The more they stay the same…
Men still wear suits, shirts and ties.

Favorite memory/experience…
Watching the faces of a family light up after a complete style transformation of a family member.

Big fan of…
Manchester United, and made-to-measure.

Insights and Commentary (this is a blog afterall)…
The suit has been around for over 100 years. It has transformed from being made with heavy 16-18 oz fabric to today’s lighweight engineered suits. It will still be around for another 100 years.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Bare Essentials

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Dots and Checks

In Rhythm

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Equestrian

In the Rain

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Vintage Appeal

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Color Mix


On a Cool Summer Day

Shirt and Shoe


"Shoes and shirts required" - you don't say. Well then, might as well add clean underwear to the list, as one can never be too prepared when grocery shopping.

Art and Dress...

...go hand in hand - a form of communication and expression, on display, and subject to interpretation.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Ease and Elegance

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Winning Team

The Fan