STYLE TIPS
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To Celebrate Canada’s 148th birthday, we put together a Canada Day Survival Guide. These are the Canadian coloured items you’ll want with you on Canada Day. Find something for the beach, cottage, rave, fireworks, or baseball game.

If you don’t have plans, check out our Canada Day guide here.
Our favorites pieces include The Home is Toronto Varsity Jacket from The Peace Collective. The perfect light-weight jacket for watching fireworks in the park. You’re gonna want a blanket to curl up on, so we included that with this one by Wool Rich. If you’re heading out of town, were jealous. Don’t forget your Swims and Nixon blaster!

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Details: Letterman Jacket by The Peace Collective $199 buy now, Helmer Leather Backpack by Sandqvist $475 buy now.
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Details: Acron Ridge Stripe Blanket by Woolrich $120 buy now, George Summer Lace Loafer by Swims $199 buy now, Coloured Laces by Stolen Riches 19.99 buy now.
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Details: Watch by Daniel Wellington $220 buy now, Woven Belt by Andersons, Sunglasses by Custom Projects, Slip On by Lacoste, Long sleeve crew neck by Benson, Knit Cardigan by Haspel, in store only.
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Details: Leather High Tip Shoe by Tiger of Sweden $229 buy now, SWJ 5 Mid Leather Sneaker by Sully Wong $280 buy now, Toronto VS Everybody Tee by The Peace Collective $30 buy now, Slim Fit Shirt by Haight & Ashbury in story only.

DESIGNER PROFILE
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For the inaugural issue of the Gotstyle MAN and in celebration of our 10 year anniversary our founder Melissa Austria goes back in time to recall the varying moments when she met and fell in love with the 10 of her favourite Canadian menswear brands. Here they are (in no particular order).

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– VITALY –

When I first saw Vitaly jewelry in 2011, I immediately loved it. But I knew it was too fast for my guys. They were just getting into jewelry and a double ring would be too much for them. Fast forward two years and the men of Toronto have caught up to Shane and Jason. Their jewelry is edgy, masculine and well priced making it easy for the accessory newbie to get initiated.
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– STOLEN RICHES –

When Dave came onto the menswear scene colourful socks were in their early stages of popularity and I was looking for another great colourful accessory line to add to our mix. I picked up other coloured laces, but the quality wasn’t up to snuff. Then I heard the story of Stolen Riches. They have been in the local industry for generations and got their start lacing our WW1 soldiers. I was also amazed at how Dave saved his family’s business from the brink of closing by revamping with coloured laces. I knew this would be a winner.
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– SULLY WONG –

George Sully walked into our King Street store over 8 years ago selling his t-shirt line. But, he kept talking about a sneaker collection he was developing with his business partner Henry Wong. I’m no sneaker head, but I loved the clean aesthetics of their shoes and how passionate Sully was. We were one of the first stores to carry them and he’s still as passionate about them as he ever was.

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– OUTCLASS –

Matteo’s collection was always tightly designed with great fabrics. I dabbled with the line for a few seasons unsure if it was the right look for us. Then I realized that he had one of the best fits in shirts and a great eye for fabrics that get better the more you wash them. Our once dabbles turned into an obsession for his entire collection that extended to pants and outerwear.

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– BAFFI –

I was out at a charity event and saw this well dressed guy. When I took another look, I noticed his pocket square and that it was made of wood! I immediately approached him wanting to know where he had bought it. To my delight, Ayman said it was from his own company that he had started with his equally dapper business partner, Michael. They were always complaining that their pocket squares kept falling down when they were out, so they wanted to design a product that would always give a crisp pocket square look. The fact that it’s made out of wood also makes it very Canadian.
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– KRANE –

After many trips to Europe, I searched for many seasons to find the right portfolio briefcases. I soon found out that Ken was making exactly what I was looking for, and in our very own backyard. With design stints at Marc Jacobs and Robert Kellar and coming from FIT New York, these utilitarian, masculine, yet streamlined, portfolio cases really showcase Ken’s great design pedigree.

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– HALF WITS –

I found Half Wits when I was walking through the Agenda trade show in New York, which isn’t really my style since it’s more of a street style/urban show. I think it’s always good to look outside of where I would normally buy to get inspired. There I was walking through the aisles pretty quickly when a henley with a floral patterned cuff caught my eye. Upon closer inspection, I immediately noticed the designed in Canada stamp on the inside collar. If I’m going to bring in well priced, young and fun collections, I would rather buy them from Jesse, James and Mark who fit the bill perfectly.

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– KOLLAR –

David got started by sewing and designing his own clothes at an early age. I’ve always liked the pieces he was doing, but thought they were still too fast for our customers. When street brands like Zanerobe started selling out in store, I knew it was time to give Kollar Clothing a serious look. Their styles are on trend and comfortable with an edgy aesthetic. And, of course, I love the sweet spot price for my younger guys.
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– MONTE & COE –

When the Monte and Coe boys (Ron, Andrew and Matt) walked into the Bathurst store in 2013, I was immediately struck by how well dressed they all were and by the fact that they were all carrying these cool duffle bags. I found out they were made in Canada with great fabric combinations and leather details, so we placed an order on the spot. And what do you know, our first delivery completely sold out. It’s the perfect bag for the man about town.
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– LOFT 604 –

Willy first came into our King West store over 5 years ago; I loved his story. He had worked for some bigger design labels but wanted to build a brand that was closer to his design aesthetic – effortless, easy and stylish. I was sold on his chunky shawl collar sweaters with awesome horn buttons and rich cabled cardigans. He was also the first guy to offer luxe loungewear years before it was trendy.

STYLE TIPS
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What to do on Canada Day

June 30, 2015

If you couldn’t find a cottage to crash this week you’ll want to know all the spots for Wednesday’s Canada Day celebrations. Here’s a list of what you could be doing, and wearing.

July 1st, Toronto Island
Music by Sasha, Marcel Dettmann, Lee Foss, Dennis Ferrer and others.

Electric Island is a perfect place to spend the day blissing out to beats and appreciating the freedoms we have as Canadians. We wouldn’t let you forget that fashion thrives at music festivals. Show some love for Toronto with a Peace Collective Tee and Gotstyle X Sully Wong Digital Camo Canvas High Tops. For sun protection, we’ve got you covered with a Varvatos Fedora and new Le Spec Shades. (Sunscreen still required) 

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Outfit Details Digital Camo Shoe by Gotstyle & Sully Wong buy now, Toronto VS. Everybody Tee by The Peace Collective $30 buy now, Dynamo Chino by Zanerobe $149 buy now,  Fedora by John Varvatos $98 buy now, Sunglasses by Le Spec (in store only)


Wednesday July 1st 1:07 pm

Jay’s Vs. Boston – Rogers Center

Is anything more Canadian than a Jays game on Canada Day? Don’t let a sold out game discourage you. Hit up the scalpers or watch the game from a bar. Go Jays go!

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Outfit Details Cargo Short by Globe buy now, Shirt by Lyle & Scott $130, Floral Hat by Globe  $40, Sunglasses by Le Spec (in store only)


Fireworks

Wednesday July 1st 10:00 pm(ish)
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Nostalgia, nostalgia.. fireworks still bring out the kid in us. Fortunately, they’re going off all over the city– although our favorite spot is the amateur show in Trinity Bellwoods. Add bubbles and a blanket you’ve got a date. Other firework spots include Harbourfront Center, Ashbridges Bay, Centennial Bay(Ribfest).

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Outfit Details One Pocket Sweater by Champion X Todd Snyder $115 buy now , Tan Shorts by Zanerobe $90 buy now, Watch by Nixon, Tennis Shoe by Lacoste, $90 (in-store only)


Of course you can always spend Canada Day shopping with the Gotstyle staff.
We’ll be open at our Distillery location, 11-6.

PRESS
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The 2015 edition of NOW Magazine’s Best Of Toronto Reader’s Choice is upon us. Now’s your chance to have your say about the Best of T.O., including food, music, stage and your of course your favourite menswear store. Click on the category of your choice ie. Toronto’s Best Men’s Clothing Store to see the nominees. Then vote for your favourite candidate. Voting closes September 18. Check out the results November 5.

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Now that summer has officially arrived it’s time we celebrated with a fresh round of Summer markdowns!  Drop by in-store at our Distillery District or Bathurst locations or shop online from the comfort of your home to get 30% – 50% off select merchandise.

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MAKE OVER
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Pride Guide Makeover

June 23, 2015

For the sake of Pride Week, we put together a mock makeover. Check out our bad examples of clashing colours, long shorts, tank tops, bad sandals, and athletic wear. You may laugh at these examples but unfortunately not every man is as style conscious as you, Mr. Gotstyle Man. We’re still seeing it, and we’re scared.

P.S. We know you would never commit one of these fashion crimes but for that friend who needs a hint, sharing is caring.

(Big thanks to our Merchandiser Neale Conway for sporting these bad styles because he actually has great style!)

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The athletic trend is still going strong. This doesn’t mean you can wear your gym shorts from your university days. For the makeover, we traded the shorts for a pair of white joggers by Zanerobe. Added a socially conscious tee from Peace Collective. Embossed croc leather slip on by Tiger of Sweden and added extra edge with Vitaly accessories.

Outfit details: Home Is Toronto T-Shirt by The Peace Collective $30, Dynamo Chinos by Zanerobe $140, Embossed Croc Leather Slip On by Tiger of Sweden $229, Jern Twisted Barn Nail Pendant by Vitaly $50

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Swim trunks are a pretty effortless way to incorporate fun and colour without making a mistake. This mistake is in the fit. Say it with me… Above-the-knee! The other major makeover was the sandals. They’re just as comfortable as they are stylish.

Outfit details: Gym 245 Tank Top $64 by Champion,  Pakalolo Print Swim Shorts $65 by Globe, Helmer Leather Backpack $475 by Sandqvist, Tobago Stitched Slide Leather Sandal $268 by John Varvatos, Wood Sunglasses $275 by Custom Projects

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In this makeover, we traded a shapeless cotton polo for a nice weighted Canadian made short sleeve from Outclass. Shorts please, always above the knee! Keep the look clean and ditch your socks but instead of going nude get a pair of “no show” socks.

Outfit details: Sunset Short Sleeve Shirt by Outclass $169, Solid Cotton Shorts by VITO $89, Graduate Leather Sneaker by Lacoste $100