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As we endeavour to expand your sartorial vernacular we turned to the pages of GQ’s The Handbook of Style for some inspiration where we found these nine key patterns every man should know. These patterns are an essential building block to any wardrobe and understanding their unique attributes will help keep you one step ahead of the pack. Mixing and matching some of these patterns in your suits, shirts and pants is a great way to add depth and character to your overall style. But before we talk about how to wear-it, lets learn more about each pattern.


Windowpane as the name suggests is a pattern that resembles the panes on a window. Good for: Business suits that moonlight as party wear -GQ [The Handbook of Style]


Houndstooth is a large checked pattern with notched corners suggestive of a canine tooth, typically used in cloth for jackets and suits. Good for: Bold jackets and suits for special occasions – GQ [The Handbook of Style]


Chalk-stripe flannel is a pattern of thin white stripes on a dark background. Good for: Hearty cold-weather suits that mean business – GQ [The Handbook of Style]


Pin-stripe refers to a very narrow stripe in cloth, similar to chalk-strip but the main difference is the thickness of strip. Pin-stripe in comparison is thiner. Good for: Business of any kind – GQ [The Handbook of Style]


Bird’s eye is a micro pattern of circular/diamonds that make up the full garment and is a great way to add depth and texture to any shirt or suit. Good for: Cocktail suits that women always seem to notice – GQ [The Handbook of Style]


Herringbone is an arrangement or design consisting of columns of short parallel lines, with all the lines in one column sloping one way and all the lines in the next column sloping the other way so as to resemble the bones in a fish. Good for: Casual blazers and cold-weather trousers – GQ [The Handbook of Style]


Glen Plaid (short for Glen Urquhart plaid) or Glenurquhart check is a woollen fabric with a woven twill design of small and large checks. It is usually made of black/grey and white, or with more muted colours, particularly with two dark and two light stripes alternate with four dark and four light stripes which creates a crossing pattern of irregular checks. Good for: Classic suits for the office – GQ [The Handbook of Style]


Madras Plaid/check is a lightweight cotton fabric with typically patterned texture and plaid design. Unlike Glen Plaids, this pattern favours bolder colours and uneven checks. Good for: Warm weather blazers paired with jeans – GQ [The Handbook of Style]


Seersucker is a printed cotton or synthetic fabric that has a surface consisting of puckered and flat sections, typically in a striped pattern. Good For: Suits and pants that look sharp in torrid heat – GQ [The Handbook of Style]

Spring is a tricky month, ’cause you’re wanting to freshen things up because can’t completely transition out of your heavier fabrics and suits. A great way to brighten up wardrobe is by accenting your outfits with transitional spring coloured shirts. Pastels are huge this season, as are micro checks, houndstooth and the classic gingham patterns. Here are some great examples of how you can update your wardrobe and make friends with Spring.

[Left] Eterna Textured Dress Shirt W/ Wide Spread Collar (white): $168
[Middle] Eterna Slim Fit Shirt W/ Spread Collar (Pink): $148
[Right] Eterna Tattersal Spread Collar (Red): $158
Strellson Tie: $98

[Left] Gotstyle Private Label Check Shirt (Mauve): $165
[Middle] Gotstyle Private Label Tattersall Check Shirt (Red/Black): $165
[Right] Gotstyle Private Label Check Shirt (Navy): $165
Strellson Tie: $98

[Left] Strellson
[Middle] Strellson Quentin Micro Houndstooth (Blue): $168 Shop Now
[Right] Strellson Jamie Fine Touch Oxford (Blue): $168
Dion Silk Tie: $105

[Left] Eterna Mini Check Spread Collar Shirt (Aqua): $158
[Middle] Eterna Multi Stripe Spread Collar Shirt (Blue): $168
[Right] Eterna Fine Stripe Spread Collar Shirt (Blue): $158

[Left] Gotstyle Private Label Hollow Stripe Shirt (Blue): $165
[Middle] Gotstyle Private Label Stripe Shirt (Pink): $165
[Right] Gotstyle Private Label Woven Check Shirt (White): $165
Dion Silk Tie: $105

[Left] Strellson Quentin Gingham Check Shirt (Blue): $138
[Middle] Strellson Quentin Micro Houndstooth Shirt (Red): $168
[Right] Strellson Quentin Gingham Check Shirt (Blue): $138
Strellson Tie: $98


What’s New: Van Gils

February 27, 2013


For Spring, we’re really excited to introduce you to an amazing Dutch brand called Van Gils.  Known for its unique take on a traditional medium, Van Gils is great for the guy that loves to live life. Their latest campaign “No Stitch No Story” perfectly represents the philosophy, craftsmanship as well as the humanic and honest values of the brand.

We’re no role models.
We’re real men modeling our own life.
We hunt for rich experiences.
Amazing stories and unforgettable events.
We count stitches and collect scars.
They are the trophies of life.
The souvenirs that remind us of our acts.

Sometimes we go off the rails and over the edge.
Sometimes we fall and sometimes we crash.
But always in style.
Always surprising.
Always with pride.
And with a smile.
Feeling surprisingly confident.

These stories shape our personality.
They make us interesting.
They make us who we are.

– Van Gils –

Check out these stylish new arrival for Spring 2013.

Van Gils: 3 Piece Suit w/ Check Blazer, Houndstooth Vest, Tie, Pocket Square & Plain Blue Pants: $995

Van Gils: 3 Piece Suit w/ Check Blazer, Houndstooth Vest, Tie, Pocket Square & Plain Blue Pants: $995

Rexton Jacket w/ Elbow Patch and Surgeons Cuff: $595

Rexton Jacket with Surgeons Cuff: $595

Rexton Jacket with Elbow Patch: $595

Ells Broken Windowpane Suit: $795

Ells Broken Windowpane Suit: $795

Steam Jacket With Peak Lapel: $495

Steam Jacket With Peak Lapel: $495