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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, Sports, Style Journal, Travel

36 Hours with Tommy Hilfiger and Rafael Nadal

Tommy Hilfiger Rafael Nadal Lance Chung

When it comes to American fashion, few names come to mind before that of Tommy Hilfiger. While the brand has transcended the man, himself, the two have become pillars in the industry and have helped shape what American fashion is today. One simple Google search will show just how much influence the brand has had on culture in the 30 years since it was founded. If you grew up in the 90’s like myself, you’ll remember the brand’s red, white and blue logo emblazoned on some of the music industry’s biggest talents, spanning from Aaliyah and Snoop Dogg to Usher and Britney Spears. Indeed, their influence was far-reaching and served as a case study for music moguls like Diddy and Russell Simmons down the road.

The Hilfigers Tommy Hilfiger Lance Chung

For me, the ads are what I have always loved about the Tommy Hilfiger brand. Their iconic group photos have always portrayed a sense of togetherness, much like a family (albeit, a very stylish and good-looking one), that has captured the very essence of Americana done right. They are inviting, fun and don’t take themselves too seriously.

A few weeks ago, I was presented with the opportunity to fly down to New York as the only Canadian media representative to cover Tommy Hilfiger’s coronation of Rafael Nadal‘s as the newest spokesperson for their tailored, underwear and fragrance divisions (check out #TommyxNadal for extra coverage). As you may have noticed, tennis is something that I’ve really started to gain an interest in, so to pass up an experience like this would have been both a tragedy and a missed opportunity. Now, I’ve been fortunate enough to have gone on some very cool work trips in the past (Suitsupply’s private tour and SS14 preview at Amsterdam’s newly-renovated Rijksmuseum, visiting Nike’s world headquarters in Portland, etc.), but this trip definitely ranked among the best of them. I got to see one of the world’s greatest athletes, meet a bunch of really cool people and take part in a major global launch. Not too shabby, right?

Check out the rest of the post below to see my 36-hour play-by-play with Tommy Hilfiger in New York. Big thanks to their entire team for an incredible experience. Truly, it was an honour to be the only Canadian on hand at such an incredible event.
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Culture, Fashion, Sports, The Rounds

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

Kiriko Made Lance Chung Portland

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)

football will smith concussion lance chung

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.)


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)

Sad Animal Facts Lance Chung

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)

Sports, Style Journal

At the Rogers Cup Tennis Clinic with Peroni and Friends

Lance Chung Rogers Cup Tennis 2

I’ve come to realize in the past few years that setting myself on a path where I am constantly learning is something that is very important to me. Acquiring new skills and enlightening yourself about the world around you, whether that be something as little as mastering a new recipe to becoming better informed about politics, is something that I think all modern gentlemen should aspire to. It’s a great way to constantly keep yourself challenged, break out of the monotony of life and become more self-aware.

This summer was really an exercise in that. Aside from taking improv classes (more on that later), I also wanted to challenge myself to take up a new sport. Tennis has always been something that I wished I knew how to play. It is a beautiful sport with so much class and distinction, but also forces you to build on your cardio, strength and strategic thinking. Around the beginning of summer, I decided that this year would be the one where I would commit myself to finally learning how to play. With a few friends (pictured above, from left to right: Sharad Mohan, Justine Iaboni and Alexander Liang), we made it our mission to meet every weekend to play. You see, the great thing about learning something new with others is that you’re not just developing skills, you’re taking the time to bond with your friends as a part of a shared experience. Since we started, we’ve met up almost every Saturday to play for an hour or two and grab brunch afterwards. We’ve met new friends, built on existing friendships and, to put it simply, just had a damn good time. There really is something to be said about traditions…

During the Rogers Cup, Canada’s premier tennis tournament, we were given a really great opportunity to hone in on the skills that we had been working to build all summer. Thanks to our friends at Peroni, one of the official sponsors of the Rogers Cup, we had the chance to work with professionals from Tennis Canada on the courts at the venue. Now, having been in this industry for a little while now, I can say that I’ve been to my fair share of media events. Not to sound jaded or anything, but they are all the same and start to blend together after a little while. This particular event, however, blew it out of the water. Decked out in our custom shirts and racquets (check out the carrying bags in the group shot), we all worked on our tennis game for an hour before heading up to the Peroni VIP lounge to watch the women’s semi-finals. Now that is how you put on a great event! Big thanks to Peroni for an incredible experience (and my first Rogers Cup match!)

Check out photos from the big day below!

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Fashion, Portfolio, Sports

New Work: Jose Bautista, Bay St. Bull Summer 2015

Jose Bautista Bay St. Bull 5A few months back, we approached Toronto Blue Jays outfielder, Jose Bautista, to see if he would be interested in being featured on the cover of our summer issue. Originally, I had met Bautista at a work event and briefly mentioned the Bay St. Bull to get it on his agent’s radar (ah, the power of networking!)

With this story, we wanted to keep things simple. This is a guy that needs no extra bells and whistles, so we shot him in a few different looks on a clean background in order to get a crisp final product. I can happily report that he was one of the easiest, down-to-earth guys I’ve worked with, especially for someone of his stature and accomplishments. At one point, a fan ended up crashing our set, legs shaking with baseballs in hand, wondering if he would be able to get a few signed from his idol. Unsurprisingly, Bautista was a complete gentleman about it and made that guy’s day. All in all, it was a great shoot and certainly one of the highlights of my career so far. To read the full interview, head over to the See more original images of Jose Bautista below!

Creative Direction: Lance Chung and Sharad Mohan

Photography: Ishmil Waterman

Hair & Make-up: Demi Valentine

Jose Bautista Bay St. Bull

Jacket by SAND, $695; shirt by Circle of Gentlemen, $255; shoes by Van Gils, $250; tie by DIBI, $45; lapel flower by Hook & Albert, $30; belt by Anderson’s, $150; pocket square by DION, 3 for $30. All items available at Gotstyle. 

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