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A Journey Through Time with Steve McCurry and Vacheron Constantin

MO Overseas Steve Chine

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.

Vacheron Constantin - Steve McCurry - Tsurunoyu Japan 2Tsurunoyu Onsen, Japan

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

 

Lance Chung Bay St. Bull Cannabis Tokyo Smoke Alan GertnerFrom Bay St. Bull Winter 2015/2016 issue. Photography by Jesse Milns.

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…

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In Good Company: Talking Shop with Kit and Ace’s JJ Wilson

JJ Wilson Kit and Ace Lance Chung

While putting together the summer 2015 issue for the Bay St. Bull, we tasked ourselves to scour the nation and find the coolest people, places and things that were putting Canada on the map. One person that I nominated was JJ Wilson, son of lululemon founder, Chip Wilson, and co-founder of Kit and Ace. What stood out for me when it came to JJ was that he was a millennial who was building a company at an extremely fast rate. Say what you want about him being backed by his family, but the simple fact remains that you need to know what you’re doing in order to be able to create and grow a brand like he has. You have to be in tune with not only what is current, but also have the ability to anticipate the needs and wants of consumers down the road. So far, he seems to be meeting those requirements in spades.

I hopped on the phone with him while I was back home in Banff and was greeted by a really warm and friendly guy. I could immediately tell how passionate he was about his company, as well as all the people who worked for Kit and Ace. At not even a year old, it should be exciting to see how this brand grows down the road. To read the full interview, head over to BayStBull.com, or continue below.

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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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New Work: “Spring Awakening” with the National Ballet of Canada’s Brent Parolin in the Bay St. Bull, Spring Issue

A couple months ago, I conducted a shoot for the Bay St. Bull‘s spring issue with Brent Parolin of the National Ballet of Canada to showcase a few different ways a guy can embrace a wardrobe with some personality. We opted to go for looks that featured fresh spring hues, bold patterns and whimsical prints to not only illustrate this theme, but also communicate the importance of proportion and balance, which is something that I think a lot of men get confused with.

Days after we conducted the shoot, I met up with Brent at the Soho House in Toronto to talk about his career, how digital trends are reshaping old world art forms and, of course, ballet. Read below or head over to BayStBull.com to see the rest of the editorial.

Spring Awakening

With winter coming to a thaw, it’s time you shed your inhibitions and embrace a wardrobe with some personality. We teamed up with Brent Parolin of the National Ballet of Canada to show you how.

Art Direction: Lance Chung

Photographer: Janick Laurent

Stylist: Sharad Mohan

Hair/Make-Up: Demi Valentine

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Suit by Lab, $995; shirt by Moods of Norway, $160; tie by Duchamp, $150; lapel flower by Doro, $20; socks by Happy Socks, $15; shoes by GOTSTYLE, $225; umbrella by Pasotti, $250. Continue Reading…

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The Best Men’s Designers in Canada: Quill & Tine

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(Quill & Tine, Lawrence, $160)

Here in Canada, we have some pretty exceptional talent contributing to the menswear game. Yet more often than not, I find myself constantly having to justify why people should invest in brands and designers born right here on home turf. Supporting something that is made or born in Canada is always great. In doing so, we’re able to not only foster local talent, but also retain it within our own national borders, further supporting the growth and success of Canada’s fashion industry. This argument is a given.

But, if you look at just the design and quality of these products and put any nationalistic opinions aside, you’ll notice that our homegrown brands are just as good, if not better, than any of the ones you’ll find outside our borders. From outerwear, to accessories, to swimwear, Canada has produced some incredible brands that can easily stand on their own when it comes to the merits of a great product. Because I believe there must always be a discussion on local talent, I have a series on MRLANCECHUNG.com to highlight the best men’s designers in Canada. Ours is a country that must continue to raise awareness for Canadian brands in order to support domestic growth and further cement ourselves as a world class fashion hub.

In this post, I sat down with Richard Kang-Choo of luxury touchscreen glove brand, Quill & Tine. Because we both have a mutual love for food and beautiful accessories, I decided to drop by the Metro grocery store to highlight his products alongside some fresh produce and flowers as a celebration of spring! Here, we talk about why you should invest in the little details, the marriage of fashion and technology, and the state of the Canadian fashion industry.  Continue Reading…

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In Good Company: Photographer Tyrone Lebon Premieres Reely and Truly

Reely Truly Tyrone Lebon Lance Chung

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…