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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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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, 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, In Good Company, Portfolio

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…

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…