Sell yourself, your brand, your product. First impressions can make or break big numbers so dump those boxy, ill-fitting suits and come in for contemporary looks that inspire confidence. We can fit any size, body type or proportion problem, we’ve got the in fabrics (windowpane checks for all), and warmer textiles for the upcoming freeze (summer suits are lame in winter). Melissa Austria discusses the finer points of modern suiting and what to wear to work now.
Men’s Fashion Trends for Fall 2014
Sport coats that call to mind old-school vocabulary (think natty, snazzy and neat) are key to making fall looks modern. The appeal is obvious, blazers add ten style points to almost all attire. They also work on a technical level to layer, outsmart sloped shoulders or streamline the too-much-beer mid section. Add these accomplished pieces to every day, office and event; sport coats should be considered closet essentials.
[Casual] Blue Industry Jersey Sport Coat
What it does: Store those parkas a little longer. This off-duty jacket is breathable and layers like a champ, working over light knits and long sleeved tees. The unstructured silhouette assures comfort and slims problem areas. The effortless fit works with a range of physiques- no alterations necessary.
What it says: The grab-and-go piece is an uncomplicated option for those new to the blazer. Styled over chinos, denim or even slick sweats, the jacket elevates simple separates to date night status.
[Social] Sand Plaid DB Sport Coat
What it does: DB is a bolder look, best attempted by the seasoned jacket man. A peaked lapel highlights shoulders, while the shorter cut offers a more modern appeal. Wear socially with denim to attract the right kind of attention.
What it says: The double-breasted blazer has surpassed trend; this is hardly your grandfather’s boxy jacket. When worn right, the look is high impact and informs everyone of complete sartorial confidence.
[Business] Haight & Ashbury Paddington Sport Coat
What it does: Give the closetful of suits a much-needed break. Haight & Ash’s blazer is office smart and the ideal mixing piece; just add narrow trousers, pressed shirting and polished Oxfords.
What it says: The on-duty look distinctly channels gentleman of old. Borrowed from the best, think updated Sinatra, Bogart and Grant, the slimming cut and contrast details make this jacket contemporary.
[Formal] Marco Nils Tweed Sport Coat
What it does: An easy fix for the vertically challenged, this event-ready sport coat hits the right spot to lengthen and delivers the sought-after angular shape- thanks to a sharp, peaked lapel.
What it says: The jacket lends formal attire an extra shot of confidence- the contrast collar and understated motif leave dull looks in the dust. This is new, new way to dress up; style with flawlessly cut separates for an evening look that outshines traditional suiting.
At GS, our goal is to educate our very handsome clients on everything style. Instead of spending hours pondering the differences between blazers, sport coats and suits, click to watch our fearless leader, Melissa Austria (long a fan of the dapper jacket) explain the how, what and where of the must-have pieces.
September is your lucky month- it’s Made-to-Measure time at GS. Our program is insane; an authentically custom, super advanced process where all aspects of suiting are to clients’ exact taste, body type and specifications. With Konstantine’s unmatched talent, individual style is making a major Toronto comeback. We dare you to go back to off-the-rack after attire like this.
Meet Our Master Tailor: Konstantine Malishevski
Master craftsman Konstantine Malishevski’s intensity for his chosen profession is unmatched. The native Ukrainian (who speaks the precise English of old) is an encyclopedia on the subject of tailoring, effortlessly rocking any discussion on the finer points of suiting, fabrics and finishes.
His experience is ultra varied, interesting, and runs from running his own atelier to textile buying to executing unparalleled made-to-measure services. After completing two-and-a-half years of study (plus a two year internship) at one of the most prestigious institutes in his home country- eight months of which were devoted to learning to sew by hand, Konstantine relocated to Canada. Retailers were soon captivated by his unique skills, seriously rare in the North American market.
Konstantine’s grasp of technical construction would impress anyone on Savile Row. He describes himself as “old- school, but hip” and champions longevity and personal style in suiting. He always works collaboratively, communicating with clients, recognizing that their participation is key to the success of GS’s MTM program. The end result defines perfection- on a completely individual level.
Variety is often referred to as the spice of life; we come in all shapes and sizes- and at Gotstyle so does suiting. Thanks to the skill of our Made-to-Measure tailor and a massive library of fabrications (all British or Italian), common problems with fit are fixed with precision. GS staff members Neale (with one slightly longer leg) and Max (who won’t buy off the rack for many reasons) worked with Konstantine to address their specific issues. The result was custom suiting that lent their unique frames perfect proportion. It’s power disguised as clothing.
“Many people go the MTM route because they may have certain body concerns, for me it’s quite simple- I’m just extremely picky. When it comes to my suits, I’m very specific on the type of fit, cut, style I’m looking for. Needless to say I rarely, if ever find a off-the-rack suit that works for me without some serious alterations. With the made-to-measure process I have the ability to customize every inch of my suit, giving me the ultimate creative freedom to create my perfect suit.” – Maxim
“Having worked in the menswear industry for years I’ve realized that made-to-measure is the only way to go for me. I have tried off-the-rack and always find that I end up spending as much in alterations as I do on my suits. I have prominent shoulder blades, a fuller chest, a larger seat (code for ass) but a trim waist and to top it off I apparently have one leg slightly longer than the other. Do tell me what off-the rack suit is going to fit me? None. My made-to-measure suits are by far one of my best investments. They feel like a second skin and move with me, whether I’m standing, sitting, walking or tearing up dance floor.” -Neale