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Style Counsel: The Puffer Jacket

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Growing up in Banff and the Rocky Mountains, I can say that I am no stranger to outerwear. Maybe that’s where my love for layering stems from, the fact that I was always trying to figure out how best to stay warm while still maintaining some semblance of style. To look good, or lose all feeling in your extremities – the plight of many a Canadian.

The good thing is that you don’t have to choose one over the other, not anymore at least. These days, when it comes to technical outerwear, the brands that are doing it the best are putting out some of the slickest performance gear on the market. Of course, they’ll keep you warm and dry, but today’s selection is so versatile that they can easily be incorporated into your existing wardrobe or stand strong on their own.

Visiting my family back home in Banff, I was inspired by my parents and this particular family photo to create a story on bold, bright puffer jackets. I loved the idea of this stark pop of colour set against the wintery backdrop of my hometown. One of my old friends from high school, Nick, owns one of the best outerwear stores around, called Monod Sports. Calling him up one day, I proposed the idea of collaborating on a story focused on these very pieces in some of my favourite scenic places around town.

Gentlemen, embrace your sporty side and mix things up this winter. Below, you’ll find a few spotlighted brands, some of my favourite places in town and a few ways you can work this seasonal essential into your wardrobe. Enjoy! Continue Reading…

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Style Counsel: At Home with Roots Canada

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Whenever I get the chance, I try to go back home to visit my family and catch up on a little R&R. While Toronto is one of my favourite cities in the world, the constant hustle and lack of family members close-by can at times feel a little draining. Being raised in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Banff National Park was a surreal experience that I only started to appreciate after I had already left for university. That’s why when I come back, I try to relish every minute of it. Here, in this majestic little town, you can breathe fresh air, connect with nature, drink the tap water and see the stars as they light up the night.

I’m sure I speak for a number of people, but I find it funny how we try to connect to our roots more and more as we get older. Maybe it has something to do with nostalgia, where we find comfort in things that bring us back to simpler times. Whatever it may be, it’s something that I often find myself doing when I come back to Banff. Growing up, I remember wearing ROOTS as a kid. Its iconic beaver logo has always been a symbol of heritage and comfort to me, something that we Canadians could call our own. Everyone in school had something from that company and would always wear it proudly, almost like a badge of honour. Coming back to Banff for the holidays, I thought it would be fun to revisit my love for ROOTS by wearing some of my favourite items this season at home, where I grew up wearing the brand.

Read below to see my selects, why they’re great and, of course, what #sweatstyle is really all about!

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Style Counsel: Sully Wong x Amanda Lew Kee Sneakers

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Throughout the last couple years of working in this industry, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some incredibly talented people – some of whom I am lucky enough to call my friends. I am more than thrilled to announce that designer Amanda Lew Kee, one of my closest honey badgers, has teamed up with the dynamic duo behind shoe and accessories brand, Sully Wong, to create a limited edition line of luxury kicks exclusively for women (sorry, fellas.) Now, you might be thinking that I’m a little biased here – of course I am – but the fact of the matter is, this is one bad ass shoe that deserves your attention. Ladies (and gents), take a look and decide for yourself. Continue Reading…