The workhorse bag works like this: the large duffel shape breaks down flat, which allows easy loading of the suit and shirts you’ll need for a weekend away. Tuck in some pocket squares and other accessory necessities into the zippered pockets, slide your dress shoes into the lined pouches, and zip the whole thing back up. What you’re left with is a bag with plenty of room to handle a weekend’s worth of clothes, but is already safely stocked with your most important pieces. Still not convinced? Check out the double-duty bag in action… – GQ
Diner en Blanc is a unique pop-up style dining experience that was launched 25 years ago in Paris by François Pasquier and a handful of his friends. The concept revolves around bringing thousands of people, dressed all in white, to a secret location (usually in a public space) for a one-of-a-kind outdoor mass chic-picnic.
Last night, we had our very own Diner en Blanc event here in Toronto at Echo Beach located on the grounds of Ontario Place where we had the distinct honour of naming Best Dressed Man and Woman for the evening. Both winner would receive:
- Limo service to and from the GotStyle Distillery store
- Their own personalized wardrobe stylist for the afternoon
- Their choice of libations while shopping (champagne, scotch or beer)
- A $300 GotStyle gift card to be used towards their purchases
September is your lucky month- it’s Made-to-Measure time at GS. Our program is insane; an authentically custom, super advanced process where all aspects of suiting are to clients’ exact taste, body type and specifications. With Konstantine’s unmatched talent, individual style is making a major Toronto comeback. We dare you to go back to off-the-rack after attire like this.
Meet Our Master Tailor: Konstantine Malishevski
Master craftsman Konstantine Malishevski’s intensity for his chosen profession is unmatched. The native Ukrainian (who speaks the precise English of old) is an encyclopedia on the subject of tailoring, effortlessly rocking any discussion on the finer points of suiting, fabrics and finishes.
His experience is ultra varied, interesting, and runs from running his own atelier to textile buying to executing unparalleled made-to-measure services. After completing two-and-a-half years of study (plus a two year internship) at one of the most prestigious institutes in his home country- eight months of which were devoted to learning to sew by hand, Konstantine relocated to Canada. Retailers were soon captivated by his unique skills, seriously rare in the North American market.
Konstantine’s grasp of technical construction would impress anyone on Savile Row. He describes himself as “old- school, but hip” and champions longevity and personal style in suiting. He always works collaboratively, communicating with clients, recognizing that their participation is key to the success of GS’s MTM program. The end result defines perfection- on a completely individual level.
Variety is often referred to as the spice of life; we come in all shapes and sizes- and at Gotstyle so does suiting. Thanks to the skill of our Made-to-Measure tailor and a massive library of fabrications (all British or Italian), common problems with fit are fixed with precision. GS staff members Neale (with one slightly longer leg) and Max (who won’t buy off the rack for many reasons) worked with Konstantine to address their specific issues. The result was custom suiting that lent their unique frames perfect proportion. It’s power disguised as clothing.
“Many people go the MTM route because they may have certain body concerns, for me it’s quite simple- I’m just extremely picky. When it comes to my suits, I’m very specific on the type of fit, cut, style I’m looking for. Needless to say I rarely, if ever find a off-the-rack suit that works for me without some serious alterations. With the made-to-measure process I have the ability to customize every inch of my suit, giving me the ultimate creative freedom to create my perfect suit.” – Maxim
“Having worked in the menswear industry for years I’ve realized that made-to-measure is the only way to go for me. I have tried off-the-rack and always find that I end up spending as much in alterations as I do on my suits. I have prominent shoulder blades, a fuller chest, a larger seat (code for ass) but a trim waist and to top it off I apparently have one leg slightly longer than the other. Do tell me what off-the rack suit is going to fit me? None. My made-to-measure suits are by far one of my best investments. They feel like a second skin and move with me, whether I’m standing, sitting, walking or tearing up dance floor.” -Neale
One of our favourite and long time Gotstyle clients Guy Rubino has a new music project that has us rocking in the store daily. You may know Guy Rubino as owner and executive chef at his wildly successful Toronto restaurants, Zoom, Rain, Luce and Strada 241 and from his hit television series Made To Order.
Rubino has now hung up his chef whites in favour of his guitar, tour bus and life as a budding rock star. His first project is Girl, an indie rock band with Jean Sebastien Roy formerly of the Stills. They draw influences from past and present indie bands such as The Cure and Phoenix. Girl recently has returned from NYC to record their first EP soon to be released on iTunes.
Ever wonder what goes down at our photoshoots, and who the people are behind some of your favourite GS stories? Well, here’s your exclusive behind the scenes look from our latest story for season dubbed the 5 Must Have Jackets For Fall. Outdoor shoots are always make for interesting stories and this one was no different. From random people coming up to Jerry (our sexy model) wondering if he was a celebrity, to us rushing shots so our ice cream wouldn’t melt all over the clothes- there was no shortage of epic moments as we took over the streets of Kensington market here in Toronto. The theme of our shoot, as the title (Must have Jackets For Fall) would suggest was to showcase some of our amazing new transitional outerwear jackets in a streetstyle inspired aesthetic. Focusing on 5 key styles, the sport-coat, bomber, puffer, technical and varsity jackets we endeavoured to create a style story that we hope resonates with our clients. Transitional outerwear is a key part of any mans wardrobe and we wanted to showcase our vast selection in a meaningful yet relevant manner. Whether you’re looking for something to layer with your suit or to make a run to the grocery story, there is a jacket that’s right for you.