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Donovan Bailey, Jamaican Canadian Olympic athlete sat down with us and played 20 Questions…

It’s been 20 years since Donovan Bailey won the 100m race in world record time. Not only did he win a gold medal, he held the world record title for 3 years. He has been inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame twice: in 2004 as an individual, and in 2008 as part of the 1996 Summer Olympics 4 × 100 relay team.

To celebrate his 20 year anniversary and achievements, he is being honored and awarded at the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil. When the gold medal athlete needs a suit, he deserves the best. So Donovan turned to us as his official style team to get decked out.

It was also the perfect opportunity to get Donovan to sit down with us to answer 20 questions!

Behind the scenes shots

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Donovan was a natural behind the camera, making us all laugh

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We put money on Mel, she’s a scrapper

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The digital team along side the fastest man in the world

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Photographed and written by Alexander Whitfield

Just John is a local artist, curator, rapper, writer and all around entrepreneur. Since April 2016, Blank Canvas has become a bubbling gallery for music and art in Toronto. We sat down with him to get to know who he is, what he does and the current artistic state of Toronto.

Who is Just John?

Just john is definitely a peculiar name for an artist in the lane he’s in. I wanted to know the significance of the “Just”, was it a representation of a humble demeanor? “It goes along with my humble demeanor, yes, but the point of it at first was because when I had a dance crew I’d always put myself into the background. Just john was the first embodiment of my identity. I was really embracing myself for who I am and what I believe in. It is who I am as a human being with my story through dance, and now I tell my story through music. The “Just” also represents good, fair and of course “just”.”

It comes from the idea of being true to who you are and John is just who I am as a being. You know my eccentric, groovy, vibey self. And being true to myself and not knowing how to be anyone else but myself.

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“And I’m just representing myself with my music, and that’s why I think my music is very free that way. Cause you can’t put me in a box. You know I could be whoever. “

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I Love Ugly academy shirt ls w chest pocket $115, Neuw Denim iggy skinny black Jean $190 garment project

What is Blank Canvas to you?

“I want Blank Canvas to be a conduit of the Renaissance happening in Toronto right now. I want it to be a safe place for artists to come together and cultivate no matter what they do, or where they’re from or what level of art they’re at.

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John is wearing the Apollo Button Up Shirt by Kollar Clothing $88, Goodstock Beach Short by Globe $85, Legend Leather Sneaker by Garment Project $290, sunglasses by Spitfire $85 and John’s personal Bape tote bag

I’m in a different hustle. I want to be the representative to let other people know it is realistic for you to live off doing what you love. I want to be a reference point for that.”

In the last year alone, Just John has been featured on CP24, Complex Magazine, Toronto Guardian and more. The art gallery has already been perused by some of the big upcoming artists in Toronto.

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Black Spitfire sunglasses- $88 I Love Ugly academy shirt ls w chest pocket $115, Neuw Denim iggy skinny black Jean $190 garment project – Classic white leather low top sneakers $257 nixon watch $150

 “I want to be that representative to let other people know it is realistic for you to live off doing what you love.”

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Inspiration and purpose are key to the life of Blank Canvas. There have been many times where John has had the door shut on him, but his vision keeps him stable to stay persistent.

“You think of places like Andy Warhol’s factory you know? Spots like that where people come together to cultivate and collaborate, it’s healthy for the city, and it keeps me inspired too. Inspiration and purpose are key to the life of Blank Canvas. It’s about purpose and vision, a lot of people like to have a vision. But there’s no purpose. Once you find why you’re doing what you’re doing your vision will always be clear.

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“Inspiration and purpose are key”

Now 23, dressed down in an I love ugly painted shirt accompanied by Nixon and spitfire accessories. “I always loved [brand] I love ugly” I have this one black screen printed shirt I love!“

 

“My style is pretty minimal, I stay with versatile pieces. I choose my clothing with the mindset in which if I were to close my eyes at 5 am in the morning or in the day, or at night, and put on my clothes would I still feel like myself? Can I still do what I need to do, I can pick up this artwork and put it back down, or run to the beer store. Comfort is first now; it wasn’t really like that [before] for me but definitely now, comfort is first.”

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Black Spitfire sunglasses- $88 I Love Ugly academy shirt ls w chest pocket $115, Garment project – Classic white leather low top sneakers $257 nixon watch $150

What the future holds?

Currently, Just John is taking care of his baby, Blank Canvas, overseeing the vibe at Omit Limitation and completing his next music project. This fall you can expect the renaissance boy project (his second musical release), and check out Just John’s anti-establishment charged song “ignorant youth”. “In the future, I want to open up a gallery in New York, further down the road, I want to open up a venue space with an arcade at the front.“

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ESPYS 2016 Red Carpet Style

We look at the ESPYS 2016 Red Carpet for some style inspiration

What do we see on the ESPYS 2016 red carpet? We see people’s personal shine through. We see less of the traditional black tuxedo and more colours and patterns. It excites us because we like to see people push their boundaries and embrace new and different styles. We took a look and picked out a few of our favourite outfits from the ESPYS 2016 red carpet.

Take your tux game to the next level by going double breasted. Those embroidered slippers are just the cherry on top.

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Coloured suits make a dapper statement. Paired that with a 3-piece suit? Top notch.

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 The t-shirt and tux look is tough to pull off. But he keeps it laidback and cool with man and sneakers.

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Sometimes you wear designer, sometimes you wear designer and bring the designer with you!

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We always appreciate a well-fitted double-breasted sportcoat

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Andrew Hawkins brings a streetwear vibe to a dinner jacket with an untucked band collar shirt, gold chain, and killer slippers.

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Andrew Hawkins Photo: Alberto E Rodriquez Getty Images

This look won’t work on everyone but it’s one hell of a suit.

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A coloured dinner jacket always adds a good pop of colour

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The point guard of the season: Kyrie Irving assassinating in a sweet suit.

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Steph Curry rocking that navy velvet dinner jacket. Fire.

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Stephen Curry Photo: Alberto E Rodriquez Getty Images

A burgundy suit done right.

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DeAndre Jordan showing us how to rock an olive suit.

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Russel Wilson and Ciara looking like a power couple!

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Keeping it classy with a navy 3-piece suit.

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Dwayne Wade in a sweet navy tux with a contrast lapel.

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Dwayne Wade in Givenchy Photo: Alberto E Rodriquez Getty Images

 

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Pitti Uomo 2016 was the 90th gathering this June. The biannual trade show fair that happens in Italy is the largest gathering of the most stylish men. This high-fashion affair features the world’s top menswear brands and sartorial experts. Among these attendees are the dandiest of them all known as the “Peacocks”.

Our made-to-measure tailor Konstantine paid Italy a visit this year and a first looking on what’s happening on the streets of Pitti Uomo 2016.

Colour suits are one of their favourite ways to stand out of the crowd

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A camo blazer? Count us in.

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Striped vest and trousers, micro-spotted shirt AND a coloured blazer

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Blues, blues, blues

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Tassel loafers were a popular choice of footwear

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Cotton candy pinks as sweet as the outfits

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Double monk-strap on loafers = the ultimate summer shoe

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Our favourite: women rocking menswear trends

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Short Sleeve Shirt Trend

July 12, 2016

Summer 2016’s Short Sleeve Shirt Trend is simple, easy, and versatile.

We’re going to show you four different ways to wear the same shirt. The best part? The short sleeve shirt trend works for every body type!

Realistically the short sleeve shirt is not so much a trend as it is a summer essential. Why? You need shirts that are easy to wear, and that go with anything. Avoid the basic dude t-shirt and shorts uniform! Last week we talked about The Hawaiian Shirt. This week we put the spotlight on another revived classic, The Short Sleeve shirt.

Melissa Austria (Founder & Buyer) picked out one of her favorite short sleeve shirts. This one is The Malibu shirt from Tiger of Sweden.

Here’s why we love it.

  • It comes in neutral colours: white, navy and black, making it easy to style.
  • It’s lightweight and has stretch to it. (Lightweight + Stretch = Comfortable.)
  • It fits most guys. Yes, it’s one of our slim brands, but because of the stretch, big guys can wear this shirt too!
  • It’s so versatile. It can be dressed up or down for almost any occasion.

Check out how our team styled the Malibu shirt from Tiger of Sweden.

Black short sleeve shirt with black denim Matt is wearing the Malibu Short Sleeve Shirt by Tiger of Sweden $139, Nick Slim Straight Denim by $218, Classic Low-Top Leather Sneaker by Garment Project $257 and watch by Nixon

White short sleeve shirt with suit Graham is wearing the Malibu Short Sleeve Shirt by Tiger of Sweden $139, Super 130s Window Pane Notch Lapel Suit by Gotstyle $895, Linen Pocket Square by Armstrong & Wilson $65, sunglass by Spitfire $80

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Max is wearing the Malibu Short Sleeve Shirt by Tiger of Sweden $139, Axel Slim Trouser with White Dot Twill by Moods Of Norway $299, Multi Stretch Woven Belt by Anderson’s  $190, Classic Low-Top Suede Sneaker by Garment Project $257

tiger-short-sleeve-shirt-neale Neale is wearing the Malibu Short Sleeve Shirt by Tiger of Sweden $139, Seersucker Pant by Individual $185, Multi Cotton Stretch Belt by Anderson’s $175, Tie by Common Folk $110, Tie Bar by Gentlemen of the North $30, Leather Loafers by Ted Baker $220, Hat by Van Gils $115