Menswear Essentials | The Desert Boot

With the ability to dress this one up or down, coupled with its ease of wear and comfort, its a no brainer to why the Desert Boot will be stamped as an essential piece of footwear. From the mind of British soldier Nathan Clark and brought to life by Clarks Originals.

As classic/ essential the desert boot may feel to us today it did not receive the praises from Clarks Original when it was first presented to them. Nathan Clark was actually looked down upon for his design and had been sent overseas to manage production and doing so hopefully taking his mind off the design. It wasn’t until a year later where Nathan Clark debuted the desert boot at the Chicago Shoe Fair in 1950. From that moment the design blew up and had everyone in the world of footwear in love with the design.

The same reasons why the Desert Boot were first loved in the 1950s: can be dressed either up or down, rarely had to be cared for, and art affordable. Are the same reason why we still love them today. In my honest opinion if you plan on getting yourself a pair of Desert Boots. I would advise you to stick to the classic pair of Clarks. These days the desert comes in an array of colours and patterns for you to choose from, which is all well and good, but, you’re very limited on what you can wear these with. So, it’s best just to stick to the classics when buying a pair, just say you can get the wear out of your investment.

Menswear Essentials | Cargo Pants

 

 

 Photography By Oliviero Fontana

Originally designed for the military in the 1930s, cargo pants are loose fitting trousers designed to be extremely durable and be suitable for tough outdoor activities. They are typically characterized by multiple large pockets that were traditionally used to hold field dressings and other equipment. Crafted for paratroopers who literally had to jump out of a plane and be ready for battle the second they hit the ground. The cargo pant has stood through the test of time and carries quite a history.

Despite their reputation for being unfashionable, cargo pants are one of the biggest trend pieces for this season. As skinny trousers become replaced by more baggy alternatives, cargo trousers will become increasingly more popular. They have been looked at as really masculine, and at other moments in time they have been looked at as lame and uncool. They can be spotted being sported by comic book nerds to soldiers on the frontline, ready to step into action at any given moment. The cargo pant is like the double-agent of the menswear world, simultaneously working for both sides of the field – the cool and the uncool.

Arguably the most traditional cargo pant style, Khaki is a colour originally worn by the military for camouflage. Army cargo pants for men have been around ever since they were invented. The practical applications of these trousers make them excellent for extreme jobs. However, the stylish khaki colour also means they’re great for wearing casually. Pair them with a white shirt and a heavy duty workman jacket for a great everyday look.

1920 Somethin’ | Newsboy Cap

IMAGES SHOT BY KEVIN MOFO

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Sometimes referred to as the Baker Boy, Bandit Cap, Eight Panel, The Cabbie, Newsboy Cap, and The Messenger Hat. The Newsboy Cap is definitely a personal favourite of mine in the hat world. Due to the various plays on shapes, textures, and proportions the newsboy cap in my books can never get old, but beware they are not exactly the most flattering hats if not pulled off correctly. It should fit you like a baseball cap with some extra fabric on top. The “rule” is that the fabric should be minimal, never touching your ears or flopping over to one side. However I’ve never been much for style rules, so having more fabric than the average newsboy cap is fine to my personal taste.

During the 1920 hats were essential in a mans wardrobe, so much so that men wouldn’t even leave the house without having their heads covered. While the Top Hat was the most formal hat to sport, the most informal style of hat during the 1920’s was the Newsboy Flat Cap.  As the name suggests, many newsboys in the early 20th century wore this cap, giving it a “working class” reputation. However this is a misunderstanding – the newsboy was commonly worn by teenagers and young men of all social classes. The Newsboy became very popular with well-to-do country sportsman and was seen on the heads of many golfers.

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Surmesur | Bringing Innovation To Suiting

Last night ( Wednesday February 1, 2017 ) Surmesur showcased their newly revamped boutique in Montreal. With their exceptional shopping experience and quality products at the best value, Surmesur aims to be the main reference for custom made-to-measure menswear in North America.

From the wall to wall wide selection of over 8,000 fabrics to the latest design of podium-mirror space, the brand provided lighting specific changing room geared to viewing the selected clothing three different environments. These light settings include tropical sunsets, in the office-colder atmosphere and in home-neutral environment. But it doesn’t stop there, Surmesur has an online tool “ The Studio “ that allows customers to see their creation of personalized suits before placing their order. Too make the shopping experience even smoother, all adjustments needed can be made with their in-house tailors who will take care of everything at no cost!

Surmesur is an original concept-boutique that allows men to wear distinctive shirts and suits, tailored to their measurements, manufactured to their tastes, and offered at ready-to-wear prices.  With many locations in various cities including Montreal, Quebec, Toronto, Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Chicago, the stores are very accessible to the trendy gentlemen. I would highly suggest any menswear enthusiast to check Surmesur out and indulge in the suiting experience!

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