November 5th, 2013
Dark days. Grey skies. Pervy mustaches. Yup, it’s definitely November.
Because the boys supported last month’s pink endeavors, we’re returning the favor and supporting Movember by – what else?! – shopping.
Leave it Montreal’s Frank & Oak to create the ultimate style-meets-substance shirt ($55, with 20 per cent going to men’s health programs), which is guaranteed to stay in rotation long after those ‘staches have been shaved. www.frankandoak.com
And speaking of shaving: Is it December yet?! —Christine Laroche
March 9th, 2011
Imagine our surprise when we found out there’s a clothing store our men can now be trusted to buy from, without supervision.
Mr Porter, the brother site of our favourite fashion porn website, Net-A-Porter, is now live. Don’t expect the glossy, colourful pages of Net-A-Porter; this new site is specifically aimed at men. The clean, masculine homepage won’t put fear in the heart of our guys, in fact, they might just want to browse (there are of course some sexy girls on there, too.)
And while he hopefully saves us from another couples trip to the mall, we can rest easy knowing the edited selection on the site makes it practically impossible for him to buy something embarrassing, like the dreaded sports jersey. —ASI
June 7th, 2010
In the back, the editorial team pens upcoming issues and in the front Stockroom they sell sartorial wares right off their pages. Priding themselves on offering unique and hard-to-find labels from Europe, Japan and the US, they stock the likes of Margaret Howell, Nigel Cabourn and The Real McCoy’s, along with their own designer collaborations.
Buy their best-selling, special edition Duluth Utility Pack ($185) for the fella, then tell him to return and stock up on all the good garb it can hold.
Inventory Stockroom, 45 Powell St., Vancouver, 604-568-5889, stockroom.inventorymagazine.com
June 12th, 2009
Sure your baby daddy has traded in his vinyl collection for Raffi CDs and his skateboard for a diaper bag, but you can help him recapture a teensy bit of his twisted youth.
UK-based Twisted Twee has Father's Day presents sure to pass the test of cool dads everywhere. There's the dad and mini twin set made from 100 per cent organic cotton and shipped in a reusable canvas bag ($60) and a Dad pillow case perfect for an afternoon snooze (because his sleeping in days are done!).
But if you ever catch him complaining about the good old days, show him your stretch marks.
May 29th, 2009
Want the man in your life to dress more like a stylish gent on The Sartorialist and less like Turtle on Entourage? Make his homepage h(y)r collective (pronounced “higher”) and haul him to Roden Gray this weekend.
Using its sharp eye for beautiful products, the Vancouver-based online men’s magazine has collaborated with master shirt makers Gitman Bros. and local bag designer Tannis Hegan to create the essential men’s oxford ($190) and duffle bag ($350). To coincide with the launch of their capsule collection and new online store today, they’ll be turning Roden Gray into their very own pop-up shop of special goods for the next three days.
With the current influx of menswear into women’s fashion, you may just have to raid his new closet.
h(y)r collective at Roden Gray, May 29-31, 231 Cambie St., Vancouver, www.hyrcollective.com
April 9th, 2009
When Father's Day panic sets in (does he really need another man-purse or pair of Paul Smith socks?) Green Shag comes to the rescue.
The Canadian bespoke men's etailer now makes custom cufflinks from your children’s artwork, so Dad can truly wear his heart on his sleeve.
Go through the piles of fun drawings your little Basquiat has created and pick out a favorite (thankfully, abstracts look best) to turn into your next family heirloom.
How’s that for an early lesson in Dadaism?
$200 for first pair, $80 for second matching pair. Deadline for Father's Day orders is mid-April.
December 11th, 2008
Say Hello Sailor! with this gorgeous Louis Vuitton America's Cup coffee table book. $85 at The Cross.
A beautifully designed Nespresso Le Cube cappuccino maker with Aeroccino milk frother will guarantee you coffee in bed! $429 for both at Provide Home.
A sterling silver paper clip money clip is an irreverent accessory for the working stiff. $50 at Bestow Boutique.
The business traveler will love you for these noise canceling headphones to help him survive the, "Sorry sir we are unable to upgrade you today." Just don't let him use them on you! $400 at Bose, Pacific Centre.
For the music lover snap up the Tivoli radio. The sound on this baby is amazing: Whether he's tuning into the CBC or rockin' out to the Beasties he'll be singing your praises. $219 at Vancouver Special and Design House.
For the art hipster, snap up a Jeff Wall coffee table book from the Vancouver Art Gallery store (plus tickets to the current exhibit). $30 to $150 at Vancouver Art Gallery.
For the budding Jamie Oliver give some culinary inspiration with Off Duty featuring recipes from top international chefs including Gordon Ramsay and Thomas Keller. $45 at Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks.
December 2nd, 2008
Vikram Seth fans unite: now all boys can be suitable with custom-made garments from B.C.'s online tailor, www.indochino.com.
Accurate, fashionable and fast (our order arrived in four days) even if he's not a "42 tall" (British shorthand for the perfectly proportioned male specimen) you can get him suited up perfectly for the holidays.
Now if they could turn him into Orlando Bloom, that would be a tailor we'd really get behind.
April 29th, 2008
Is your guy stuck in a clothing conundrum? Before he rushes out for some hot pink shorts at American Apparel, it might be time to step in.
Get him out of his sartorial rut at Gastown’s hottest new store, Roden Gray.
The Italian-made white leather sneakers from local line Wings + Horns are fresh for spring, or splash out for their brilliant collaboration with Dayton—distressed and worn-in looking service boots worthy of Johnny Depp.
Beautiful organic cotton T-shirts come Father’s Day gift-ready in a Wings + Horns black box. And do pick him one of the wide range of Comme des Garçons colognes (we loved the signature scent of Paris’ Hotel Costes) with the help of enthusiastic staffers.
Now he can stop complaining about how much you like to shop….
Roden Gray, 231 Cambie St., Vancouver, 604-689-7302, www.rodengray.com
View merchdise on the Roden Grey blog.
March 26th, 2008
Who doesn’t love the supple leather goods of Montreal’s M0851 (formerly known as Rugby)?
And now it has opened a Vancouver store where West Coast girls can get in on the action.
The slouchy-chic bags from its Knot Collection (from $365) are perfect to sling over a shift dress this spring and the handles can be tied at the length you choose.
Men’s parka-style olive rain jackets ($350) roll up for travel and are nice enough to wear with a suit, and the lime green leather passport holders ($75) have room to stash cash and boarding passes.
Sounds like a weekend jaunt to San Fran is in order….
1035 Alberni St., Vancouver, 604-688-9575 and 3526 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, 514-849-9759, www.m0851.com