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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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How to Staycation Like A Pro

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As a young professional working in a very fast-paced city and industry, I thrive on being busy. Perhaps technology can be partly to blame for this, but my short attention span requires constant stimulation that is, for better or worse, remedied via a task list that is often long and winding.

But even for someone that loves to be kept on his toes, I’ll admit that I am often left feeling exhausted and stretched thin. In many regards, the life of a creative is full of peaks and valleys, and for those moments when you’ve reached a deficit in energy and motivation, a recharge is often necessary. I don’t do it as much as I should, but I’ve come to realize that for many of the priorities in my life, scheduling and making concrete plans is the most effective way of making sure my goals are reached. Blocking off your schedule assigns a finite amount of time to a task, which helps to avoid distractions that I would otherwise succumb to with a less structured approach. That includes everything from going to the gym to editing a story for the magazine that I work for, right down to relaxation. And before you say anything, yes, actually marking down time in your schedule to relax is more necessary than you might think. There will always be tasks that need to be completed and errands that need to be run, but having downtime for yourself is just as important. If you’re like me, however, having a vague plan to relax inevitably results in the opposite. Blocking off that time to recoup is a way to re-establish your equilibrium.

Recently, I was put on to the idea of trying out a staycation. To me, the idea of going to a hotel within my own city has never been that appealing, mostly for the reason that I’d rather just stay within the comforts of my own home than go through the fuss of packing and staying somewhere else.

As it turns out, they’re actually great.

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Recently, my friends over at Toronto’s Shangri-La hotel invited me over to experience what a great staycation should be like. Having gone through it, I can understand the appeal. For today’s modern professional, planning a getaway outside of the city can sometimes be more stress than it’s worth. Precious amounts of time are put towards planning, and then furthermore traveling to and from a destination. When you have to accommodate a schedule that only allows you to get away for a few days, every hour counts. Why spend that in transit? Furthermore, the amount of money that you put towards travel expenses could be put to better use via a beautiful dinner or spa treatment within the walls of a great hotel in your home city.

Naturally, the opportunity to stay at one of the city’s most luxurious hotels was one that appealed to me. Should you decide to take a staycation of your own, here are a few things that I’ve learned from my trip to the Shangri-La hotel that you should consider. Continue Reading…

Culture, In Good Company, Portfolio

In Good Company: Will Cannabis Become the New Luxury Frontier? A Word with Tokyo Smoke’s Alan Gertner

 

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With the legalization of cannabis in the not too distant future, it’s unsurprising that entrepreneurs have recognized a lucrative business opportunity in a market on the brink of skyrocketing success. It’s uncharted territory, and they are the pioneers. But while many have focused their efforts on legally offering a product that is, more or less, already available on the market, there has been little mention of those who are seeking to offer an elevated experience around the misunderstood plant.

Enter: Alan Gertner.

Gertner sees things a little differently. He aims to bring beauty to cannabis in a time where perception and stigma are swiftly shifting. A quick browse through his LinkedIn page will show a professional pedigree that ranges from stints at financial institutions to being a senior associate of Global Business Strategy at Google. And then there is his most recent and current position at Tokyo Smoke, where the only description under his title of CEO is: “Building a disruptive luxury collective.”

It’s a simple statement, but one that captures the Toronto native’s ambition to weave cannabis into the fabric of our lives as a luxury experience via beautiful design and exceptional quality. The question that begs now is not if, but when cannabis will enter the luxury market. Continue Reading…

Culture, Fashion, Food and Drink, Portfolio

New Work: A Taste for Style featuring Toronto’s Leading Culinary Talents

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In case you haven’t noticed, Toronto has become a hotbed of culinary talent, giving people ample reason to leave their kitchens and never worry about ruining a recipe again. Leading the charge are a group of individuals who are forcing diners to pause and give thought to what they are eating — experiencing the marriage of different ingredients, savouring flavours and just enjoying damn good food. Here, three of Toronto’s finest chefs and restaurateurs — and stars of Food Network Canada’s new show, Chef in Your Ear — show off some of the must-have wardrobe essentials you’ll need this season to take you from apèritif to ziti (and whatever else you decide to order in-between).

The Man: Cory Vitiello

The Restaurant: THR & Co

The Food: If Vitiello’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s one of the guys behind Toronto’s famed The Harbord Room*. Just a few doors down from the culinary establishment, THR & Co. offers its own takes on contemporary Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Try their squid ink linguine for a mouthful of flavour you won’t soon forget.

The Fashion: Fall is truly man’s best friend. At least when it comes to the plethora of options he has to work with in his wardrobe. A chalk-stripe suit is an easy way to balance the conservative sensibilities of the corporate office while still adding a little charm and bravado to your boardroom look. Throw in a beautiful knit tie and Chelsea boot for added effect.

Suit, $1,590, and shirt, $225, by Davido Afnani; tie by Tom Ford, $220, available at Davido Afnani; shoes by LodinG, $330. Continue Reading…

Culture, Fashion

Presenting #InGoodCompanyTO, Episode 1: The Art of Sashiko

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If you want to work in media, being a social animal is part and parcel of the whole package. While others may conduct deals and build a network on the golf course or the boardroom, some of my strongest business relationships have stemmed from discussions done over drinks and at various social functions.

The only problem is that after a while, all these events start to blend together. I’ve worked in this industry for a few years now, and I can tell you that I’ve completely lost count of the different outings and functions that I have been to. I’ve found that most events follow a general template, resulting in the same crowds, set up and experience. And if everyone is doing the same thing, then nothing sticks out. It’s something of particular importance because if you’re a brand that engages with the media, you want to be remembered.

My best friend Sharad (who heads up his own men’s lifestyle website called Freshly Educated Men) and I have often lamented over this very fact. And so, last month we created our own event series that encouraged what we thought was missing in the ones that we had been to. The first of many to come, In Good Company (which is separate from my interview series on this site) was created to encourage a community of male tastemakers, leaders and innovators across various industries to interact with each other, all while learning something new through an interactive experience.

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For our inaugural event, we introduced our guests to the art of sashiko, a traditional Japanese mending technique. Seen on the runways of designers like Junya Watanabe and Dries Van Noten, as well as on style icons like Nick Wooster, the basic ethos behind sashiko is really all about honouring the past and rejecting today’s disposable culture.

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Social responsibility and craftsmanship are things that, personally, have become increasingly important to me. I come across a lot of stuff for my work, and the amount of waste that I see is at times nauseating. Don’t get me wrong, I’m just as guilty on my end and could certainly do more. But introducing this art form to our guests was something that was more than just a cool workshop, it communicated the value of slowing down and investing time and effort on the things and people that matter.

What is it?

Literally translated as “little stabs”, sashiko is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) that is applied to points of wear, or to repair worn areas with patches. You may have heard of the term “boro” as well, which goes hand-in-hand with sashiko, and refers to the Japanese art of mending by using different scraps of fabric.

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A Quick History Lesson

Boro was originally worn by peasants, merchants and artisans who could not afford the lavish kimonos and obis worn by the upper classes in Japan. No less beautiful, their clothes were made from cheaper materials and handed down through generations, constantly being worn and repaired as needed. And that’s where the charm really lies, don’t you think? The fact that entire family histories and generations are woven through the threads of a single garment that is worn, nurtured and mended. It’s a beautiful concept that we could certainly apply to aspects of our modern lives today.

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We wanted to play on the idea of December being tuxedo season (given the holiday and new year festivities), so we decided to invite our guests to create their own take on the Canadian tuxedo using sashiko stitching. With the very generous donation and support of PAIGE, a fantastic luxury brand based out of California, we set each of our guys up with a pair of premium jeans and denim shirt to work on.

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Guests included:

Shayne Stephens: Marketing Director, Saks Fifth Avenue Canada

Christopher Turner: Editor-in-Chief, Complex Canada

Marcus Kan: Blogger, Draw.a.dot

Daniel Ocean: Blogger, Mr. Daniel Ocean

Jonathan Cavaliere: Blogger, Mr. Cavaliere

Marc Andrew Smith: Stylist

Nigel Seebaran: Buyer, Over the Rainbow

Chris Aznar: Photographer and blogger, Meridian Made

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Done out of Toronto’s The Shop, instructor Bree Zorel led the session as our guys followed along with the presentation on Samsung’s new Galaxy View tablet. Perhaps tablet is a bit misleading, because these puppies are about 18.4 inches across and more akin to a portable TV with full 1080 HD touchscreen display and stereo speakers. In other words, it was fully immersive experience where everyone could easily follow along.

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Because proper sustenance is key to any great event, we had some help from our friends over at Peroni and the Carbon Bar, who kept us equally full and hydrated throughout the night. For any of you that are unfamiliar with the establishment, the Carbon Bar is essentially Toronto’s ultimate destination for the urban carnivore. Think unpretentious snacks, plates and platters accompanied by impeccable Southern-style hospitality.

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Culture, Fashion, Sports, The Rounds

The Rounds: Style Uniforms, the NFL and How Dressing Up Boosts Productivity

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FASHION: While I was in Portland, I discovered this amazing shop called Kiriko Made. If you’re into repurposed, vintage Japanese clothing, this is your jam.

STYLE: It’s a story that’s been written before, and yet it never seems to get old. A gentle discussion on the style uniform, and why we go back to the things that work well for us. (via Mr. Porter)

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SPORTS: Will Smith is in a new movie about brain injuries in the NFL. It looks pretty good. Read the story that inspired Concussion. (via GQ)

SCIENCE: Some of you may not know that I used to be a science major back in my first two years of university. That is until organic chemistry obliterated my sanity. Nevertheless, I’m a nerd at heart and still love to consume science content. Check out this fascinating podcast from Josh and Chuck, of Stuff You Should Know (a favourite of mine), on how the body completely replaces itself every few years. (via Stuff You Should Know)

BUSINESS: In today’s day and age, isn’t everyone a salesperson, in some shape or form? Check out 10 things every salesperson should know about marketing. (via Inc.)

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BUSINESS: “Why are you so dressed up?” Researchers have found that wearing more formal clothing can help boost productivity. (via Canadian Business)

FASHION: John Gallagher is a fit model that is hired by 70 different labels (of which, include the likes of Ralph Lauren and Thom Browne), has a licensing deal on mannequins based off of his body and makes about $300 an hour. He’s also 54. (via T Magazine)

BUSINESS: Emily Weiss, of Into the Gloss, talks about growing her blog into a community-driven digital brand. (via Business of Fashion)

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SCIENCE: And because we all love animals, artist Brooke Barker showcases some unusual facts about the animal kingdom with her site, Sad Animal Facts. (via I Fucking Love Science)

Culture, In Good Company, Portfolio

In Good Company: Meet Don Shipley, the Grand Maestro of the 2015 Pan Am Games’ Panamania

Despite what some of you may think, I like to throw a curveball every once in a while to keep things interesting. In other words, cover a topic outside of fashion. While the world of sports is certainly not my forte, I was given the opportunity interview Don Shipley, the creative director of Toronto’s upcoming Panamania (the cultural component of the Pan Am Games that the city will be hosting this summer) for the spring issue of the Bay St. Bull. I will admit that before this year, the Pan American Games were but a blip on my radar, if that. But upon investigating further, I came to discover that it’s actually kind of a big deal. Held every four years, it’s an international sporting event that, like the Olympics, has a major socioeconomic impact on host countries and displays the sheer magnificence of the human body. I have also felt that there has always been a mutual respect between athletes and artists (something that Don also mentions in the interview) because of their shared struggles, determination and passion. It’s this relationship that Don was charged to communicate that I thought was so fascinating about his role.

Below, the creative director talks about what to expect, the marriage between art and sport, and what it takes to assemble one of the biggest events North America has ever seen.

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The Grand Maestro of Panamania

Don Shipley is a man of many talents. With a pedigree that includes the artistic direction of some of Toronto’s greatest cultural landmarks and events (Harbourfront Centre, Luminato, etc.), it’s fair to say that this is a man who knows a thing or two about the arts. His greatest talent, however, is the ability to bring people together. It’s a skill that he will have to put to good use as he is charged with the responsibility of bringing Panamania, the cultural component of this summer’s widely anticipated Pan Am Games, to life.  Continue Reading…

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In Good Company: Photographer Tyrone Lebon Premieres Reely and Truly

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In my line of work, I’ve had the incredible good fortune to speak to some of the world’s most interesting people. Being in the creative industry has provided opportunities to really learn from a diverse group of people, including those who are just starting out to the visionaries leading the charge in today’s landscape. One of those people includes photographer, Tyrone Lebon.

With an impressive resume that includes shooting for the New York Times Style magazine, Vogue UK, Pop and i-D magazines, along with campaigns for Celine, Isabel Marant for H&M, Moschino and Supreme, Lebon is a photographer that has achieved what many dream to attain. Tyrone Lebon’s unique style and take on his craft can also be seen in his other works, like Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz album artwork, and has featured supermodels Georgia May Jagger, Cara Delvingne and Daria Werbowy. Needless to say, he has certainly earned a place in the industry through hard work and a unique perspective. So naturally, when I was offered the chance to talk to him about his most recent work, I jumped at the chance.

Commissioned by Grolsch Film Works, Lebon’s short film, Reely and Truly, features some of the most iconic photographers in the world, including the likes of Juergen Teller, Mario Sorrenti and more.

“Taking time to reflect on where I was at by being able to observe and talk to photographers I admire and am interested in felt like an exciting thing to do. So in 2014, I made a decision to take six months off from shooting myself to do a project that showcased my peers.”

Below, I spoke to the photographer about his work, Reely and Truly and whether today’s digital age has impacted his work. Take a read below! Continue Reading…

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MR. LANCE CHUNG x the Thompson Hotel Toronto

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A couple weeks ago, I was asked if I would be interested in being interviewed as an influencer for the Thompson Hotel‘s Upper Stories blog. Aside from the fact that their Toronto outpost is one of my favourite spots to hang out (their rooftop pool has, hands down, the best views of the city), I took a look at their previous features and found myself in incredibly good company: photographer Nick Hudson, Patrick Janelle of @AGuyNamedPatrick (who also won the CFDA’s first Instagrammer of the Year award), designer Kim Newport-Mimran (of Pink Tartan) and more.

Here, I talk about style, Toronto and some of the best men’s stores in the city. Read: Thompson Hotels Toronto Influencers x Lance Chung