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Last week the city of Toronto hosted our very first Men’s Fashion Week known globally as TOM*. The event was a monumental success and something we are very proud to be part off. Our role the official sponsor of the Fashion4Hope celebrity runway show gave us the distinct pleasure of dressing some of this city’s most beloved celebrities- legendary designer David Dixon, fashion ambassador Glen Baxter, musicians Jarvis Church and Shawn Desman, TV personalities Devon Soltendieck, Tyrone Edwards, Carlos Bustamante and Steven & Chris…just to name a few.

Taking sartorial cues from screen legends like Frank Sinatra and other old Hollywood heavyweights, our feature runway show previewed a wide collection of formalwear, from vibrant sportcoat combinations to classic shawl collar tuxedos. We are thrilled that our sold-out show had the audience on their feet and raised some serious coin for the Fashion4Hope charity benefiting Kol Hope Foundation for Children and SickKids Hospital (GS alone donated $4,000.)

Here is your exclusive behind-the-scenes look at our show.


Style Tips

If we had a penny for every time a man told us he is either “too young, too old, too tall or too small etc. etc. etc.” to rock a particular style or trend, then there would be ten Gotstyles. The truth of the matter is, age has nothing to do with it, instead personality and attitude are the deciding factors in adopting a trend- and making it your own. The key to embracing a specific style or article of clothing is understanding how it works for you. Shorts are a first-rate example; styling them in your 20s often differs from how 50 year olds choose to wear them.

In this GS how-to, we showcase our wide selection of summer shorts and how to pull them off at any age. Clean and classic or super fashion-forward, there is definitely a pair for everyone.


Style Tips

 Gentlemen, gentlemen.. Wool is hardly a hot weather textile- even if it is cashmere.  Warm climate dressing doesn’t immediately imply casual, especially in the context of an office environment. Choosing attire for these balmy, humid days is actually a simple proposition. You don’t need to change your style- merely need to adapt it to current conditions. For suiting, choose pieces made of lighter textiles and hues. If the office allows for more flexibility, we have sharp options galore; de-constructed jackets with short-sleeved shirt and tie combinations, and many, many chinos- in a striking array of colours. Staying cool, while looking accomplished is getting easier day by (scorching) day. Drop by the store or shop online for this season’s latest styles, not to mention our renowned Summer Sale

Photography by: Ishmil Waterman
Styling by: Sharad Mohan
Model: Ben Lee (Elmer Olsen)


New Arrivals

Christopher Bates is a great Canadian menswear brand that took to the World MasterCard Fashion Week runway last week to showcase his latest FW ’14 collection. In honour of our runway to reality series we wanted to share our love for the Canadian designer by hilighting some his SS ’14 styles now available at Gotstyle. New for this season we’ve got a curated assortment of light Merino wool crew neck sweaters, a pair of great windowpane trousers, matched with a gorgeous windowpane navy blue shirt and last but not least his US Navy digital print camo pants, his signature piece for the season.


AVAILABLE AT: Bathurst, Distillery
New Arrivals

Yesterday we featured a veteran, today we bring you a great young designer that has really stepped up to the plate in the Canadian men’s fashion arena in the last few years. Christopher Bates self title brand was featured as one of the top six leading menswear designers in Canada by Sharp Magazine in September 2009, and was subsequently the only menswear designer in the Mercedes-Benz StartUp Program back in 2012, where he was also awarded with a sponsored show at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto.

While CB is back on runway this week at World MasterCard Fashion Week (Wednesday, October 23 @ 4pm) to showcase his SS ’14 collection we’re happy to announce that we’re officially carrying a curated selection of his great Fall ’13 collection in-stores now.


AVAILABLE AT: The Menswear Store, Distillery

Kiss shirt (trim fit), $229. Embroidered pants, $239.

Toronto based menswear designer Christopher Bates studied at the prestigious Instituto Marangoni, and continued to travel around Europe. His menswear line is influenced by his travels, especially the individualism and creativity he saw. His Fall/Winter 2011-12 line is full of individualism and unique touches, but keeps the look clean and versatile. The pants and shirts can easily be mixed and matched, and the formality can easily be toned down or cranked up.


Black shirt w. white contrast (trim fit), $189. Tuxedo shirt (relaxed fit), $229

The Christopher Bates man wants a clean look, but also wants to show off his personality. He’s interesting; bored of the same old menswear formula, and carries pride in his individuality. Not just any guy can pull off scorpion-embroidered pants.


White shirt with black panel (very slimming!), $189. Black shirt (relaxed fit), $239  

All of his shirts are Italian fabrics made in Canada. He offers two fits – slim and relaxed and everything has his signature “Scorpion” embroidered on it (which was Christopher’s creation before Drive).


Blue stripe shirt with tie tab (trim fit), $189