Monday, November 29, 2010

Fashion.Retailers.To.Support: SSENSE.COM is a Montreal-based online retailer that specializes in cutting edge fashion, with a vast number of popular higher brands mixed with international designer exclusives for both men and women. What makes them different is their keen eye for good taste, good fashion sense and good styling. Their diverse and great choice of collections vary from the ever-so popular Diesel and G-star (full collections so it seems) to the more avant-garde and luxurious designers such as Rick Owens, Marc Jacobs, Viktor and Rolf and the list goes on and on and on.

See below a few pictures of other international designers they carry and see how wonderful the presentation is:

(Lanvin/ @

This leads me to another amazing facet of the company which is the touch of high-end magazine-like feeling you get when going on their site. Everything is well put together, very clean with incredible editorials each month and season. They sell you the clothes very well and make you want to want it. High praise for that. Everything feels luxurious and it is a great way of differentiating yourself from the ferocious online business competition in today's world.

See below a few shots of their inspiring editorials:

(Before.Sunrise.2010.Editorial @

(October.2010.Editorial @

But, the reason why I like them so much is their ability to also carry and find the brands that the more fashion conscious and savvy customers only might know of. The likes of Shades of Grey, H by Hudson and Rag & Bone to name a few, are unfortunately brands that very few and limited Montreal shops will carry, if carried at all. Montreal fashion tends to follow the crowd and popular demand but many other cool, trendy and comparable price points/affordable brands do exist and its fun to know understands that.

See below a few pictures of other cool brands they carry and the fresh presentation :

(Chronicles.Of.Never/Kidrobot @

And, brace yourselves...they go on crazy sales...not very often (wishful thinking!), but oh so worth it. You can follow them on facebook & twitter to keep yourselves updated on their newest arrivals, newest sales, newest editorials and crazy contests they have.
And take a look at their "profile" section on facebook or "news" section on their website for designer education, information and knowledge.

Yes, its expansive, but yes, its totally worth it., go check them out.



Thursday, November 25, 2010


Guys, I know you hate shopping. I know you'd rather watch a football game, sitting in your lazy-boy, drinking a beer and eating chips. However, in today's world, this won't cut it. You need to make an effort nowadays. Clothes are, for many of us, an effort we do not wish to give time into. However, it doesn't take that much to look "decent".

With the proliferation of fast fashion for the mass in today's fast fashion markets, it is very easy for one to look polished without ruling your line of credit and looking lost and confused doing so.

Here is a short list of Fashion.For.The.Mass stores a guy needs to KNOW and VISIT once in a least 3 times a year...and I'm being generous here.

1-ZARA: The Spanish-owned chain of fast fashion is a MUST for everyone. There, you will find everything from basics to trendy items that will appeal to your senses and won't kill the
budget. It is a real one-stop shop as they have everything from outerwear to shoes, underwear and suits.
**Plus: There's a Zara in every mall so it seems, therefore, very accessible.
**Minus: Size unavailability . A tip I can give is to go at the beginning of the season and not wait until their items go on sale, as one, it is not really worth it to wait for the sales as they are not expansive to begin with. And two, you will definitely find your size at the begin of the season. Also, fits can sometimes be targeted to the the European clientele, therefore it is very important to try the clothes on.

Fall 2010 must haves:

(3-button coat-$269/crossover blazer-$159/knit cardigan-$98)

2-H&M: The Swedish-owned chain of fast fashion is comparable to Zara in many ways as they offer similar products but at a lower price point. Therefore, lower price points also means lower quality. But, it is a place where you will find good items for cheap and you won't feel guilty giving them away after one or two seasons.

**Plus: Like Zara, H&M seems to be in all the malls across the nation!
**Minus: Don't expect to wear the items for the next 10 years. They will break down eventually!

Fall 2010 must haves:

(blazer-$79/sweater with elbow patch-$34/dressy boots-$59)

3-Aldo: The Canadian-owned shoe company is a success story. With lots of variety at good prices, it is really hard not to find a good pair of shoe to compliment your wardrobe at a usually low price point. And guys, shoes ARE important.

**Plus: Like the above stores, Aldo is everywhere. It wouldn't surprise me if they start opening at gas stations eventually.

**Minus: For the shoe connoisseur, the choice can be limited. As well, their insistence on branding their name on everything quiet visibly can be somewhat annoying for some.

Fall 2010 must haves:

(casual boots-$160/dressy boots-$140/classy lace-up-$100)

4-Forever21: The Us-owned chain of fast fashion is predominantly targeted to the young mass, especially the female customer. However, you can find some great add-on pieces to your wardrobe at a very competitive price. It is intended more for the younger crowd, but you will find good pieces there.
**Plus: Their measurements are catered to the North American clientele. This will make you feel good about yourself as you won't need to size up to fit into something!

**Minus: The men section in Montreal is limited, especially when compared to the ladies section. As well, the very competitive pricing do take away a lot from the quality of each item. However, keep in mind that fast fashion usually means a better price for a lesser quality ratio.

Fall 2010 must haves:

(peacoat-$58/1-button v-neck sweater -$32/oxford shirt-$30)

For store location in your area or for more information, visit each store's website as mentioned below. Now guys, go shop!




Dear All,

I took a break, a very long break from my blogging duties to travel the world and see new horizons. I am sorry for the lack of post (almost a year!) but am now back to this blog venture of mine. I will still promote talent from our local and international scene, covering the world of design, fashion and art as this passion as not faltered. So stay tuned, as I am back!