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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, Fashion, In Good Company, Portfolio

In Good Company: Sol Guy for Oliver Spencer


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
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Back to Fall with Perry Ellis and #100PiecesofPerry


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.


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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Fashion, Portfolio

New Work: The Midas Touch

Lance Chung Bay St. Bull Luxury Gold Watch 2

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…

Fashion, In Good Company, Portfolio

New Work: Meghan Markle Suits Up

Bay St. Bull Lance Chung Meghan Markle 2From Bay St. Bull. Photography by Janick Laurent.

Meghan Markle is many things. You may know her as a beautiful paralegal on Suits, but outside of the hit TV show, she’s a curious soul that has been busy laying down the foundations of an empire based on living a meaningful, enlightened life. In an era where authenticity is constantly in question, Meghan and her lifestyle brand, The Tig, are keeping things real by focusing on what matters: great people, great experiences and great conversations. Here, the actress and self-proclaimed foodie talks about fashion, how to build a personal brand and the bond between her and her cast mates.
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Culture, Fashion, Food and Drink, Portfolio

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

Bay St. Bull Lance Chung Food Network Cory VitielloFrom Bay St. Bull. Photography by Mauricio Calero.

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…