Saturday, November 28, 2009

Friday, 6:55 p.m.

Volume 01 Number 01: Launch of first issue of Inventory. Roden Gray hosted the party, and shop-within-shop featuring fall Inventory Items - collaborations with designers and craftsmen. Considered content on menswear, in print.

Now where did I put my... shoe? Clockwise from top, shoes in: oxblood, brown, whisky, brandy, tan, olive and claret.

Tuesday, 6:53 p.m.

Before the show: Forty nine anxious graduate designers and countless proud supporters waiting for what will be 143 looks down the runway at Blanche Macdonald Centre's annual fashion design show.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

About Town

Photo: John Goldsmith, Waxy Photography

I did not see the picture coming and only looked over after I heard the shutter. Thanks to the photographer for capturing the moment.


A touch of mismatch between items of clothing brings depth to a day's look. The pop of color of an accent piece. The shine of a bag against a matte coat. A silk scarf on a cable-knit sweater. A patterned shirt under a solid suit.

Contrast and compliment. As the saying goes, the only two things that should match are your shoes and your socks.

Grey flannel trousers. Brandy calf oxfords. Patterned cotton socks.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Folds and Waves

Greens And Oranges

Carried Away

Personal preference can easily lead to owning multiples of a given item. How many shades of red lipstick or nail polish can a person own? How about blue shirts or brown shoes? Granted each item is different in its own way from the other, there are other things to get stuck on. Something about variety being the spice of life.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Best Foot Forward

I make it a point to put my best foot forward. Not content with just a daily shower, I gravitate towards ironed shirts - tucked, no less - polished shoes, gentility and charm to face the day. If that makes me dull, so be it. It is what I do and what I am good at.

Olive calf derbies.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Play on Black

As It Goes


Twelve Hours On

Saturday, 9:56 a.m.

Designer lineup: What started at 4 pm the day before stretched down the street and around the corner. All for the chance to be the first to select from H&M's latest designer collaboration. And still four minutes to go.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Silver Lining


A Break in the Clouds

Setting the Tone

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Point of View

Warming Up to an Idea

This is a story of apprehension turned joy.

A sensible Englishman, accomplished in his many years. He who has worn all manner of menswear from virtue of his profession and time in the trade. He who has never worn loafers for fear of looking old or American. And there before me, as I was being helped in his store, he put on his first pair of loafers, looking ever young and elegant, a smile on his face.

Tell Me About It

I have a thing for hats, with a budding collection that I can see get out of control if I let it. So I promised myself not to get a hat this fall. I was doing well, up until I stumbled onto Downchild's new album. Now I find myself needing a hat.