Grooming

The Perfect Shave: the Philips OneBlade

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Brand loyalty is a powerful motivator that can often dictate what we decide to spend our money on, regardless of another product’s merits. Are you a Pepsi or Coca-Cola guy? Apple or Android? In many circumstances, we align ourselves to the attributes of a certain brand over another for a variety of reasons, from design and aesthetic to the values that a company associates itself with. The line in the sand is drawn and it can take a lot for us to cross over to the “dark side”.

Grooming is not one of those areas for me. In many respects, I am not a terribly brand loyal person. I suppose that given the nature of my job as a magazine editor, I’m often required to review and test out many different products in order to determine what is unique, effective and right for my reader (and myself). But specifically in the realm of grooming and self-maintenance, I have yet to find the holy grail of items that have consistently delivered for me, from razor blades to moisturizers to even the right barber! (Lord give that individual strength once I find him or her because I am never letting that person go.)

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Shaving, for me, is a necessary nuisance that I have to tend to every three or four days (which I realize is not a lot compared to some other fellows who have to do it every. single. day!) Recently, I was introduced to the Philips OneBlade. I’ll admit that it is definitely one of my favourite grooming tools that I’ve been able to take out for a test run. Often, I’m usually in a big rush or on the way to some sort of meeting, event or other commitment. On some days, my job has me out the door by eight in the morning and not back until midnight, occasionally with an hour after work to eat something and get changed for the evening. As such, my schedule leaves me with a limited amount of time to do certain things. What I like about the Philips OneBlade is that it’s a hassle-free solution that will get you from Point A to B quickly and effectively. It comes with three different combs or guards to help you get that perfect five o’clock shadow look, and uses a razor that moves at about 200 times per second for a nice and clean cut. The edges of the Philips OneBlade also easily allow you to trim and edge your facial hair for precision, particularly around the neck, sideburns and around any moustache that requires a little touching up. One of my favourite things about the OneBlade is that it’s compact and easy to use while on the go. Because I am sometimes required to travel for work, or if I am visiting my family, packing this into a dopp kit is a simple process that takes up little space. That way, I’m able to get a great shave no matter where I am. Could this finally be a holy grail grooming moment for me? All signs point to yes!

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Fashion

A Day of Style with First Canadian Place and Exchange Tower

 

lance-chung-first-canadian-place-mens-fashion-5Shopping in a big urban centre has its benefits and drawbacks. For a city as diverse as Toronto, the downtown core has a multitude of offerings that cater to a variety of people, providing a colourful spectrum of choices for anyone looking to engage in a little retail therapy. However, the drawback to this is that such a dense landscape can often lead to a few cumbersome scenarios that any urbanite has surely encountered. One, getting to your favourite places can often be more frustrating than the journey is worth when you consider bumper-to-bumper traffic jams and the stresses of downtown commuting. Fuelling the fire further, it can also be frustrating and physically taxing when you find yourself hopping around like a pinball around the city in order to get to your favourite stories — sometimes to the point where a strategy has to be devised beforehand in order to make the best use of your time. Lastly, given the plethora of options available, it can be daunting to try and find exactly what you’re looking for. For me, I’m the type of person where, given too many options, will end up getting nothing because of the overwhelming selection.

lance-chung-first-canadian-place-mens-fashion-4lance-chung-first-canadian-place-mens-fashion-3First world problems, right? But still, problems nonetheless. Enter: First Canadian Place and Exchange Tower. I often find myself in the downtown core for a variety of reasons, from shopping to holding meetings. This place is great because it’s connected directly or in very close proximity to the main transportation arteries of the city, and offers a one-stop shopping destination curated nicely to the needs of the urban consumer.

Recently I paid a visit to First Canadian Place and Exchange Tower in need of finding a few items that would effortlessly help me transition from day to night. You see, often I’m usually out the door first thing in the morning and don’t get back until 10 or 11PM due to work commitments or industry events after I’m done at the office. So given this routine, much of my weekday style is dictated by pieces that will help me transition from the boardroom to a restaurant, or bar, or some sort of venue. While I was at First Canadian Place and Exchange Tower, I dropped by one of my favourite shoe stores, LodinG, to pick up a pair of handsome Chelsea boots. The beauty of these kicks is that they’re easily one of the most versatile items that a man can have in his wardrobe. They look just as great with a pair of ripped jeans as they do with my favourite suit. Complemented with some great trousers and a turtleneck, which I’ve become obsessed with as a cold-weather essential, from Express (some really great and affordable staple items here, gentlemen), I topped off the look with a beautiful overcoat from Harry Rosen, arguably one of Canada’s premier menswear destinations. At my office, a comfortable pair of pants and sweater are great as they allow me to roll up my sleeves and get to work (yet still look polished if a meeting is on the books), and easily transition into something I can layer with handsome outerwear for an evening event.

lance-chung-first-canadian-place-mens-fashion-2lance-chung-first-canadian-place-mens-fashionIf you find yourself in need of a few sartorial options downtown in one convenient location, check out First Canadian Place and Exchange Tower. Even more convenient, they’ll be open on Saturdays for the holidays starting November 19th until December 17th. Let me know what you think!

Culture, In Good Company, Portfolio, Travel

A Journey Through Time with Steve McCurry and Vacheron Constantin

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If you told me before moving to Toronto that I would interview one of the world’s most renowned photographers, I would have laughed. And yet here we are. Very proud of this story I did for the Bay St. Bull featuring magnum photographer, Steve McCurry, and luxury timepiece company, Vacheron Constantin. Head over to the Bay St. Bull or read the full interview below.

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Even if you don’t recognize his name, Steve McCurry’s work precedes him, existing in the upper echelons of photography alongside other great masters of the craft. Known for his perspective on humanity, McCurry’s most recognizable works have transcended the art form and become symbols of the human condition, most notably National Geographic’s iconic ‘Afghan Girl’. Success, at least on his level, is the result of decades’ worth of tireless devotion — something that can undeniably be attributed to McCurry’s patience, discipline and keen eye for beauty.

        Similarly, watchmakers, Vacheron Constantin, embody the same characteristics. Since 1755, they have dedicated themselves to creating horology’s most beautiful timepieces; works of art that capture life’s ultimate luxury: time. It was only fitting, then, that a brand as revered as itself would choose a photographer like Steve McCurry to create a truly unique partnership. In a major move in the company’s history, Vacheron Constantin recently revamped their Overseas Collection and introduced the Overseas World Timer, a self-winding, mechanical timepiece that features a 255-part movement and 37 time zones. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Overseas Collection, McCurry was commissioned to find 12 rare, little-known (and sometimes inaccessible) locations to create a series of photos that served as a global journey in time. The results are nothing less than inspiring.

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Culture, Fashion, In Good Company, Portfolio

In Good Company: Sol Guy for Oliver Spencer

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While we were putting together our Fall 2016 issue for the Bay St. BullI had the great opportunity to interview Sol Guy, former creative director of Tribeca Film Festival, mover, shaker, creator, motivator and all around very cool guy. I have to say, it is one of my favourite interviews that I have done throughout my career, so far. Sol is a charismatic man driven by his passion, which you can immediately feel as soon as you meet him. After interviewing him, and while I was putting this story together for layout, I couldn’t help but feel so moved by his words and approach to life. Truly, a very inspiring guy. Read the full interview below, or on BayStBull.com
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Fashion

Back to Fall with Perry Ellis and #100PiecesofPerry

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Fall has, and always will be, my very favourite season. It’s not just the beautiful change of colours and cooler temperatures, but also the fact that a man’s wardrobe expands drastically with a multitude of new sartorial options. Alas, freedom from the constraints of t-shirts, shorts and more t-shirts that summer often imprisons us with.

I grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, so it’s safe to say that I am conditioned to (and quite enjoy) cooler weather. Don’t get me wrong, I love the heat, but Toronto’s humidity is next level and right now, I’m ready to move on. After wrapping up another issue of the Bay St. Bull, a business-lifestyle publication that I handle the editorial and creative direction for, I needed a respite from the madness of the concrete jungle and flew back home to Banff to decompress and revitalize with my family. There is something to be said about growing up in this haven, a true gem of Canada’s natural landscape. Right now, the colours have started to change and there is a slight crisp to the air that I absolutely thrive in and relish.

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While out here, I’ve partnered up with my friends at Perry Ellis to showcase some of their menswear essentials set against the backdrop of my hometown. Not to mention, I’m also a part of their #100PiecesofPerry campaign, an exciting new take on the traditional runway show from the legendary menswear brand. I’ll be showcasing one item from their fall collection (see: beautiful burgundy button-up shirt) along with 99 other guys from around the world in this “social runway” of sorts, which will also be showcased on Perry Ellis‘s website and social channels, as well as GQ’s (A DREAM!!!)

Take a look at more photos below and head over to Perry Ellis to see how other stylish guys are contributing to #100PiecesofPerry!

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Fashion, Portfolio, Tech

WATCH: My Samsung Gear IconX Campaign!

Finally, the cat’s out of the bag! I’m so happy to announce that I’ve partnered up with my friends over at Samsung Canada as an official brand ambassador and face of their new Gear IconX campaign! Over the course of a few days, I worked with their team to showcase what I do on the daily, whether that includes going for a quick run in-between meetings, visiting a designer showroom or producing a photo shoot. The campaign was built around the concept of “rhythm” and capturing what that looks like within the context of being a creative consultant. Certainly, no one day is ever the same, which makes my job a mixture of chaos and excitement — things that I thrive off of in the fast-paced work hard, play hard lifestyle that Toronto embodies.

Within this concept, we highlighted Samsung’s new wireless earbuds, the Gear IconX, as the perfect device for someone who is constantly on the go. For me, tangled earphones are one of life’s big annoyances. What I love about the Gear IconX is that they’re seamless and subtle, integrating easily into my lifestyle. For someone who is always plugged in, whether I’m listening to music at the gym or my favourite podcast on the way to work, I couldn’t ask for a more convenient mobile device that accommodates my everyday routine.

Take a look below at some photos from the shoot and let me know what you think or if you have any questions about the Gear IconX!

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#travelwithLance, Sports

24 Hours in Montreal with the National Bank of Canada and Rogers Cup

201607071299497994Tennis has always been a sport that I have admired. From its rich history to its ultra-prep status, it is something that I’ve always wanted to be more involved with. Last summer, a few friends and I decided to teach ourselves how to play the sport as a way to get outside and learn something new. While we’re certainly no Federer or Nadal, regular weekend practices have finally got us to a point where we can at least have a few good rallies and not totally embarrass ourselves. Consistency is key, my friends!

Continuing with the tradition, it’s that time of the year again where Canada’s premiere tennis competition, Rogers Cup, draws near. With Milos Raonic’s advancement to the Wimbledon finals recently (the first time a Canadian male to ever play for a Grand Slam title), tennis is very much a part of the Canadian dialogue this summer, along with all the great activities and celebrations surrounding the sport.

A few weeks ago, I was invited by the National Bank of Canada on a 24-hour trip to Montreal to celebrate tennis and the upcoming Rogers Cup. Together, with a really great group of friends from Toronto, we joined in on an exclusive private party alongside some of Montreal’s top creative talent, including an art collaboration by pénélope et chloë and Etienne Dufresne and DJ Ryan Hemsworth. Continue Reading…

Fashion, Portfolio

New Work: The Midas Touch

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From Bay St. Bull Spring 2016

Direction: Lance Chung

Photography: Jeffrey Carlson

Styling: Jo Jin

While steel and titanium will always remain perennial favourites, luxury timepieces are making a return to gold as the latest standard in the world of horology. Much evolved from from the garish iterations of the past, today’s variety are refined, striking and ready to make an impact. (Above: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41 mm Chronograph, price available upon request) Continue Reading…