[Not] Lost in the light. Afie Jurvanen is better known these days by his stage name, Bahamas. And for good reason. Following his sophomore release, Barchords, and a with a Juno nomination under his belt, this gent knows how to serenade. He also knows how to properly outfit himself for those cold Ontario months.
Food. Fashion. Family. I’m quite aware that I’m deviating from my West Coast mantra of style, but I can’t ignore my Ontario roots. And in the heartwarming video “Sunday Dinner”, it’s apparent the aesthetic of Nordic culture is appealing – and very cozy – set against chilly Canadian winters.
Dissected Comfort. I’ve gone ahead and picked a few pieces, recreating the wooly, flannely goodness of Bahamas’ video. A little slice of his style, of which his has an abundance.
Reality Check. Why, oh why, did I wait so long to pop my head into Qvorvm? The very best Italian and French labels, espresso while you shop, and remarkable tailoring; seems like a no-brainer. Truth be told, this Vancouver menswear store skewed a little too ‘middle-aged-business-man’ for my liking. I was quickly handed a reality check when I was asked to partake in a photo shoot, demonstrating the young, vibrant style that can be found amongst the pinstripes and pocket squares. All it takes is the right attitude and the perfect lapel.
Two-tone. Colo(u)r combinations have come and gone. Complimentary or contrasting, many overstay their welcome. Some, however, are perfectly suited to the winter months. Blue and grey make an unbeatable pair. Cashmere and wool transform these cool hues into the coziest blends of the season. (Excuse the amateur photography – inspiration can strike at any time.)
An early autumn. In an unfortunate turn of events, the temperature took a nose-dive this weekend, and what began as a knee-jerk purchase quickly turned into an impromptu photo shoot. Naturally.
With the weather as a reminder that our summer days are numbered, it also hints at the wonderful layers that will be adorned in the fall months. Plaid flannel has been a seasonal staple since the invention of the axe, and has an entrenched popularity amongst the hip set. However, quantity has surpassed quality in the plaid flannel game. Here’s one word to restore your faith: Woolrich.
Learn it. Love it.Woolrich has been around for a long time, and for good reason. If you haven’t yet felt their superior cotton flannel against your body, this fall is the perfect time to take Woolrich for a test drive.
Nip it in the bud. Woolrich is the wardrobe of the working class. You won’t see it on runways this season, and that’s what makes it both accessible and unique. Looking for a ‘slim fit’ flannel shirt in their line? You may be disappointed. But just like any shirt, you can make it your own; get it tailored.
Game Face. What should one expect to see when they enter a Nicki Minaj concert venue? Neon pink leggings? Check. Leopard-dyed hair? Check. Patent leather hooker boots? Check. But what about the other side of Minaj society? The side that takes pride in their wardrobe, and actually appreciates a lyric like, ‘Guiseppe Zanotti, my own sneaker’?
‘If you cute then the crew can roll’ These ladies didn’t let the Minaj fanfare cloud their fashion judgement. The only person who should be dressed like Nicki Minaj is Nicki Minaj. In a sea of poorly-glued false lashes, style prevailed.
Style is his middle name. Ok, his middle name is actually Ole (OH-LEE), but Chandler Ole Herbut is the founder and artist behind the hip Vancouver-based t-shirt line Ole Originals. This eclectic collection of vintage-inspired tees has been seen around Vancouver for four years now, commanding attention and a loyal following since the beginning.
DIY. Based in an archetypal artists’ studio off of Main St, Chandler does all the silkscreening himself. This paint-splattered labo(u)r of love ensures that every shirt is crafted to perfection and is a true original. “People on the west coast, even though casual, want to be individuals – they don’t want something that’s mass produced,” says Chandler. “It’s an exclusive, limited edition piece.”
The artist’s studio
West Coast inspiration
Picking favo(u)rites. Although we can surmise that the west coast-centric designs are fan favo(u)rites, there’s no shortage of options on the Ole Originals Website. Scan the guys section until you see a familiar face, and you’ll see which ones are Style Glutton’s faves (Hint: the very first picture.) If online shopping just isn’t your thing, check out the list of Vancouver retailers carrying these rad rags.
Boxy and loud sweaters seem to be a serious trend for fall. If you forgive the lack of sex appeal these are some seriously cool pieces. I wonder how the fast fashion companies will translate this look for all us normals out there. I hope they do it well because I would die for one of these sweaters!
Yigal Azrouel | Balenciaga | Altuzarra Mary Katrantzou | Proenza SchoulerChole | mm6 Maison Martin MargielaDerek Lam | mm6 Maison Martin Margiela
Some like it hot. And while it’s not nearly as hot in Vancouver as the Sahara, the warm weather is certainly welcomed with open arms… and wardrobe to match. Ever glance at a Michael Kors ad and wish you were on a wild Safari with those two beautiful models? Me too. Constantly.
photo: Dave Giglio
How to. Some finds from my wardrobe. It’s a dangerous mission venturing into the depths of the walk-in.