If you’re like me, your attention to detail is always a high point. Furthermore when putting fits together you may want to showcase your taste in detailing but not go too overboard with it. Suspenders are the perfect accessory that walks the link of being a strong piece but also extremely subtle if played right. Thats Right ! Suspenders aren’t just for the Larry King’s of world, the suspenders can now be considered just another element in the well-dressed modern gentleman’s sartorial playbook.

I have a thing for things that get better with age, gives it time to build character and everything feels better once you really break them in and give them your own personal mold.  These leather suspenders by JJ Suspenders fits the criteria of a quality product that without a doubt gets better with time.

But with every sartorial move we make there a a few tricks to the trade to keep an eye out for.

First and foremost stay away from suspenders that only have clips, suspenders should always have buttons to fasten them. Thats it! Thats all! No exceptions.

Secondly keep in mind that suspenders are a method of keeping your pants up and in place. Belts are also another method of keeping your pants hoisted. The two should never be worn together, it’s  either you wear suspenders or a belt. If you’re wearing both you’re telling the world you don’t trust your own pants. And who trusts a man who doesn’t even trust their own pants ?? No one that’s who.

Suspenders used to come in different sizes/lengths. Now they have adjusters. When dialling in the right length, there’s a balance point between being too loose and too tight – the latter can lead to an uncomfortable tightening of the pants between the buttocks. Ahem! My advice here is to go by feel. You’ll know when you’ve got them set up properly. Suspender should not be digging into your skin. Suspenders should framing your shoulder and torso, where men carry their pride and powder.

If you’re new to suspenders id highly suggest to keep it simple. Contrast solid coloured straps with the hue of your shirt, like a tan on blue or a black on white. Complimentary colours may work just as well. As long as its clear where the shirt ends and the suspenders begin.

Essentials | The Denim Jacket


Patches by HALF PATCH

The first denim jacket dates back to the 1870’s by denim legend and Levi’s founder Levi Strauss ( early jacket records are unclear because the San Francisco earthquake in 1906 destroyed the archives of many workwear companies). There were brands such as Boss of the road, Stronghold and Heynemann made all sorts of workwear in denim. However Levi Strauss & Co. introduced the first riveted denim jacket, he even owned the patent on the design.

The 506, that would be labeled as the favourite model by rocker Eddie Cochran, introduced in 1953 Levis brought the 507 jacket to the world of mens workwear , adding an extra pocket and removing the buckle back in favour of side adjusters ( deemed a cleaner more modern look of the time ).





In 1962 Levi’s introduced the pre shrunk 557XX, considered to be a “classic trucker style”. Not considerd by Levi’s because they targeted the jacket to be worn by ranch workers. Nonetheless  fans of this style were the long-distance haulage drivers of the USA.




While the Levi’s denim jacket has evolved since then, the functionality and innate coolness of the piece has earned it as a definite essential to every mans wardrobe. A blue denim jacket belongs in your closet, no question, It even looks decent with a button-down and a tie if that’s where you feel like taking things. And because denim jackets won’t cost you an entire paycheck what’s the harm in owning blue and black?


Naked & Famous – Slim Shirt Chambray Selvedge

If your are not yet familiar with Naked & Famous, it’s about time you take that initiative and check out their work. While doing so you will come to find that Naked and Famous only uses the most unique and rare denim from Japan.  Through out the production processing  the mill uses a combination of old school and modern methods and practices, really giving the best of both worlds. Naked & Famous prides themselves on not only their production but as well as their aesthetic just as much. No washes, no embroidery, no gimmick just the best fabrics the world has to offer with modern construction.

Slim Shirt Chambray Selvedge by N&F is in a league of its own. The fit, the feel, and construction is top notch. With it being chambray selvedge it gives consumers the ability to “customize” their own fitting for this shirt just as they would if wearing out selvedge jeans. What’s also awesome about this shirt is that it can easily be dressed up or worn in a more casual minor. Pending on your personal preference. Just look at my buddy Darryl he’s thrilled in his N&F piece, why shouldn’t you?

Happy Friday!

Nudie Jeans F/W 2012

Lets get one thing out of the way, denim has a own culture of its own. I don’t know as much about denim and treating denim as I would like to know. There are sneaker heads and yes there are also “denim heads” if thats what you want to call them. But I am intrigued and have had many sit down and discussions on denim, yes discussions solely on denim. Which usually lead to me getting a minor head ache. Word of advice never tell a denim fanatic “but they’re just jeans though”. But after many discussions I believe I got the basics down pat pretty well and I must say denim is definitely an entire world of its own.

 Well whether you are a big denim fanatic or not.  9 times out of 10 you may be a bit familiar with the brand Nudie Jeans. If not, don’t worry I got you covered on a quick rundown.

Nudie Jeans is a Swedish clothing brand thats takes great pride in not only providing great jeans but offer a way of thinking, a concept and an undying passion, fuelled by the traditions of denim and the characteristics of itself.

Since 2001 when Nudie was founded, they have had a vision of designing a completely organic collection. Over the years the brand has ambitiously worked to fulfill the vision and gradually share of organic  garments has increased. Nudie Jeans F/W for 2012 is completely  made from organic cotton. All pocket linings and trims are made from organic raw materials as well.

The jeans above are from their F/W collection is most definitely my favourite fit. The fit is ” Thinn Finn” it is a slimmed down version of the 1950’s carrot shaped silhouettes. It also has a normal rise and an extra low back yoke. It’s slim from the hip and tapers down to a narrow leg opening. They are a tad too slim at first, but over time they will break down and fit my body the way I desire. Also they have a bit of a stretch which is a lot more comforting, unlike its cousin raw denim.

If you’re living in the Montreal area and looking to pick yourself up a pair Alibi has you covered. They will also be available online in a few days.