No matter where you go you’ll notice that tapered sweatpants called “jogger pants” are one of the hottest new trends in menswear. We’ve been carrying them for over three seasons and can attest to the fact that once you get one- chances are you’ll be back to get more. In today’s style video Melissa shows you some of our latest styles now available for the FW’15 season. From the famous Zanerobes to the new knit joggers from Wheelers, J.Lindeberg and John Varvatos there’s more choice than ever before which means there are more ways for you to work this hot style trend into your daily wardrobe. Press play to learn more.
Call us biased but when you have Lennox Lewis lead a pack of 23 awesome celebrities down your runway during Toronto Men’s Fashion Week there’s no contest that your show just shut it down. That was the scene last week when we teamed up with TOM* to sponsor and style their annual celebrity Men’s Fashion4Hope charity runway show.
Hosted at College park the event was a sold out success- and quite possibly one of the most entertaining shows of the week. Not shocking when you consider that you have a collective of athletes, musicians, actors, youtube superstars and a few politicians strutting their stuff. Perhaps the only thing more interesting than the characters in the show was the fact that each celebrity was outfitted in our latest Fall/Winter styles. That may not seem to impressive at first until of course you take note of the fact that we dressed everyone off-the-rack, ranging From 6’4 Lennox Lewis down to 5’5 Senator Tobias Enverga- there were no special orders or made-to-measure, absolutely everything featured on the runway was off-the-rack! Scroll down to see all the outfits.
Special thanks to our resident stylists Shaeleigh Afton & Sharad Mohan for styling our celebrities.
All photography by: Shayne Gray
Sorry to break it to you guys but high school is over, which means like your education its time to graduate your style. The stakes are higher and your competition more aggressive. You can’t just talk the talk you gotta walk the walk. Which is why we’ve put together another great back to school style guide to help you steer clear of those juvenile graphic tees, dirty jeans and comical knapsacks. It’s time to say goodbye to the boy you were and say hello to man you’re about to become! Because we all know you got to dress better, to do better.
BACK TO SCHOOL STYLE GUIDE 2015
Our first round of new arrivals come from SAND Copenhagen and Tiger of Sweden. This fall we’re definitely going back to British-inspired pieces. Think heavy tweed Sportcoat’s in deep burgundy or navy tones, oh and f*cking bold forest green power-suits.
NEW FW’15 ARRIVALS
SAND Copenhagen and Tiger of Sweden
Sand Plaid Check Double Breasted Jacket $775
Tiger Of Sweden Evert Peak Lapel Wool Suit- $999
Sand Wool/Cashmere Blend Micro Structure Blazer $725
Outfit details // Brown Helmer Leather Backpack by Sandqvist $495 Shop Now, Stenstroms Micro Herringbone Check Shirt $255
Tiger of Sweden Evert Large Check, Peak Lapel Wool Suit $999
Outfit details // Sand Floral Print on Stripes Shirt $225, Amanda Christensen Wool Tie $95, buy now
Gotstyle recently teamed up with Robert Cribb and The Toronto Star to host Mankind’s inaugural man-makeover contest. The contest required people to write to us expressing why they or in many cases their spouses needed a dramatic head-to-toe makeover. After pouring through 100’s of letters both Founder Melissa Austria and Robert Cribb found their lucky winner, Daniel Rocchi.
Daniel, a father of two and a drama teach openly revealed to us that he’s a living, breathing Value Village mannequin. Nearly every piece of apparel attached to his body on the day we spoke could be traced back to the shelves and racks of the Villages. Now there’s nothing wrong with Value Village as a haberdasher. But as the winner of Mankind’s inaugural man makeover contest proves, real money spent on something fresh delivers a lift to male confidence and cool.
This is where we stepped in to give Daniel a $1000 Gotstyle makeover- the end result? Press play below and then click here to read the full story behind Daniels transformation.
STYLE MAKEOVER WITH
ROBERT CRIBB & THE TORONTO STAR
I remember King West back in the day when buildings were boarded up and abandoned with dilapidated cars in the alleyways. It definitely wasn’t a safe place at night and it was practically impossible to find a cab. We would head down there occasionally for 606 and Roxy Blu (where I first discovered house music). Then West opened up and quickly became the “cool spot” in the city despite being in the middle of nowhere.
When Brassii opened in 2003, King Street felt like it could be somewhere in New York. Then Century Room and Brant House came on the scene and the party got started. As time went on and people came down Brassii lead to Buca, Jacobs and now Buca Bar and Century Room begot Blow Fish and Portland Variety. Brant House added Cheval (now Valdez) and partnered in the birth of Everleigh.
But this isn’t really about the evolution of King Street, although the transformation is extraordinary and begs further discussion. It’s about a group of guys who have been friends, family and business partners for longer then most couples have been together. Together they shared a vision to build an empire and today they sit on their respective thrones as the Kings of King West. – Melissa Austria
RALF AND ZARK
“So, I figured I’d better get to know this guy. If you can’t beat them, join them…”
Melissa: How did you guys first meet?
Ralph: I kept bumping into Zark in Yorkville where he was promoting for Fluid Sundays.
Zark: Ralph’s like “who’s this fucking guy”, then he showed up at one of my parties and realized that there were some cute girls there.
Ralph: So, I figured I’d better get to know this guy. If you can’t beat them, join them…
Melissa: So then you joined together to start ZRF (Zark, Ralph and friends) promoting some of the best nights in the city at the best clubs. How did it go from promoting to opening up Century Room?
Ralph: I actually did one of my first parties here back when it was a pool hall called Mocking Bird.
Zark: I wanted to do parties here after I came back from Miami but the owners wouldn’t let me.
Melissa: How did you know that you you’d made the right decision opening Century Room?
Ralph: Oh god in the first week. But those Century Room days are now non-existent; it will never happen again. We opened right after they introduced bottle service.
Zark: It was crazy – people were spending money. It was great energy.
Melissa: What is the future of King Street now?
Ralph: Now with all the restaurants, I think it’s one of those places where people come, jump around. But I do think that people still want to go and dance at some point. That’s why we made [Everleigh] a little more “lounge-y”. We kind of get a slightly older crowd. No 19 year old is going to want to hang out here.
Zark: The best years of Toronto nightlife have passed. It definitely takes more work… constantly coming up with new ideas… more programming. With Everleigh we’re trying to be less trendy and more about being a brand and a fun place to hang out on King Street.
Melissa: So you’ve been partners since 1999 then?
Zark: Nothing prepared me for marriage like my relationship with Ralph. You’re bound together by something you love, but there’ll be days that you’ll come to the office and want to punch the other person out.
Melissa: What happens when one partner wants to cheat on the other?
Ralph: It happened with Zark and Blowfish and with me and Portland Variety, but it’s all still under the same umbrella.
Zark: That’s the only thing I would do different. With different partners its harder to make a unilateral decision to do something like a percentage spend on marketing.
Melissa: So partners forever?
Zark: As long as we both keep making money for each other (laughing).