Grayson Miller is the VP at StyleDemocracy and is an aficionado of the retail landscape in Canada. We sat down with Grayson to talk chat about retail, #TorontoStyle, and what he reeeeally thinks about us.
What first sparked your passion for the digital space?
My passion for the digital space arose from my interest in the fashion industry. I wanted to be a part of the industry but did not see an opportunity that interested me until the proliferation of social media. I saw the power of connecting brands to digital audiences and I knew that I wanted to be a part of it.
Who are your ‘must follow’ influences on Instagram?
@Garyvee, @mattymatheson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
What makes “style” in Toronto unique?
In all honesty, Toronto’s style isn’t that unique right now. Every guy in the city seems to own a bomber jacket and ripped jeans, which is similar to Montreal, Vancouver, New York, and LA. I think the best part of Toronto’s style is the multicultural approach that individuals take to elevate their style. I love seeing cultural influences seep their way into common and everyday outfits.
How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is an evolution of my past interests. Over the last 29 years of my life, I’ve been influenced by skate style, hip-hop, prep, and sportswear. I think that my look now pays homage to all of those elements as I try to incorporate each into my everyday style.
What tips and tricks can you share when it comes to shopping for Fall?
My advice for fall shopping is to splurge on outerwear and footwear and try to save big on sweaters, shirts, and jeans. There is nothing that pulls a fall outfit together better than a killer jacket and shoes.
If you could invest in 3 pieces for the upcoming season, what would they be?
- I would invest in a versatile heavy wool blazer that can be worn as a stand-alone or as a layering piece for colder days.
- A pair of suede Chelsea boots. The Chelsea boot can be dressed up or down, making it a great fall option.
- A blue denim jacket. Great for fall, a denim jacket is very versatile and can act as a layering piece. The denim jacket is a must because when styled right, it can make a shirt and tie seem more casual, and make a T-shirt and jeans appear more formal.
Gotstyle – Describe us in 3 words
Big thanks to the Riva Richmond, Director of Digital Media at The Story Exchange for her awesome feature on our Founder Melissa Austria. For those of you unfamiliar with The Story Exchange they are a nonprofit media organization dedicated to telling the personal and professional stories of women business owners. As a women in a “man’s world” this feature is both an honour and poignant reminder of everything Melissa has accomplished in her entrepreneurial life. Compound that with the fact that we’re celebrating out 10yr anniversary and this story only solidifies that women do mean business.
Click here to read the full story.
The day of emerald hued beer and verdant clovers is almost upon us. Gotstyle is feting St. Patrick’s Day with a sale that celebrates good fortune. Every 24 hours, all March long, one noteworthy piece from our collection will be seriously discounted. Try your luck; it might be the very item you’ve been eyeing- the cardigan to complement your favourite shirt, the coat to complete your closet, the blazer certain to cement you as best-dressed Lucky Ball attendee. Be forewarned; the other revellers will be utterly green with envy. *Extra serendipity comes in the form of a promo code with purchase- receive ten dollars off your next online order. Valid on new spring arrivals and everything in-store.
TODAY’S SALE: MARCH 18, 2014
It’s not often that Melissa Austria truly opens up about her journey as an entrepreneur, so when Arlene Dickinsons‘ YouInc team approached her to share her story she realized that perhaps now was the time to finally let people in. In this exclusive YouInc profile, Melissa talks about just how close she came to losing her now thriving business – a series of bad breaks that included a partnership gone wrong, stress-induced shingles on her face, and coming only a few days away from closing her doors. This is Melissa like you’ve never seen before.
Thank you Arlene Dickinson and the YouInc team for this great feature!
Genius German brand, Hiltl takes discipline to extremes. The label designs only pants, with precision and attention to detail long lost by others; zippers and buttons are custom made, fabrics are chosen with care and pieces are still hand sewn- where machines can’t do the job right. Also noteworthy- these sought-after trousers look insane and wear even better.
Warning: wearing Hiltl risks complete refusal to even try any other pair.
Another Gotstyle first! We are now officially carrying a limited selection of Duchamp London for Fall. Duchamp is a great British success story and lets face it who doesn’t love a some Brit dadaism in their life. The luxury brand launched in 1989 as an mens accessories brand named after the famed French surrealist artist Marcel Duchamp.
Although Duchamp now offers everything from trench coats to trousers, the core of the collection is very much occasion wear for men who love dressing up, with tuxedos and evening dress shirts for events from big nights out to a day at the races. The brand has proved to be a huge hit with the wedding market…after all Duchamp is all about the feel-good factor, and what could be more important than feeling good on your biggest day?
Here is your exclusive access to our latest arrivals from the British Isles.
AVAILABLE AT:The Menswear Store & Distillery