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Home for the Holidays

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Every year, I look forward to the holidays, not only because it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but because I get to travel back to where I grew up and recharge. Some may call it paradise, I call it home.

In Banff, a small ski town nestled in Alberta, a quick look around will make you feel like you’ve found yourself in a postcard. Formidable mountains that make up the world-famous Rockies jut out of the ground and contrast against swooping valleys and crystal-clear lakes. Picturesque, I consider myself extremely lucky to have grown up in such a resplendent town. Before I hopped on the plane, I stopped by at the Eaton Centre’s EXPRESS store to pick up a few essentials that I would need for the holiday festivities.

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Lately, I’ve had an affinity for monochromatic dressing — layering different shades of the same colour to achieve a simple and effortless look. Usually, I tend to avoid buying pieces that market a special feature because they often come across as gimmicky. But I tried on this classic grey suit and didn’t realize until afterwards that it was wrinkle-resistant and had a little bit of stretch. After testing it out today against the cold backdrop of the national park, I can honestly say it’s one of the most comfortable suits that I have worn.

If you’re looking to build your arsenal of suiting, build your foundation with one great navy and grey number. They’re timeless classics that can be worn to a variety of different occasions and can be dressed up and down. If you’re looking to switch things up, ditch the shirt and tie, and go for a thin merino turtleneck instead.

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A Night Out at the Museum

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Ah, the holidays. While some of my comrades lament over the fact that winter is upon us and yet another chapter in life is drawing to a close, this is my favourite time of the year. Having grown up in the Rockies and in cold weather, I thrive as soon as the temperatures start to slowly drop. September straight through to New Year’s celebrations are my golden months. Unsurprisingly, most of that has to do with the fact that the opportunities for dressing up are boundless when it comes to my wardrobe. Outside of the obvious benefits of being able to layer without actually melting into a pool of perspiration, there are usually a few occasions that call for a bit more of a formal touch.

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Working with EXPRESS as an #ExpressPartner, I took an upcoming event at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario as an opportunity to dress up to the nines and test drive the brand’s selection of tailored formal-style clothing. Now, you would think that working in the fashion industry over the past few years, I’d have a plethora of options to pick from for an event like this. But the fact is, there are still so many classic items in my wardrobe that I haven’t managed to acquire. How I’ve gotten by all these years without a classic black tie ensemble is beyond me.

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For these types of occasions, I find that it can sometimes be difficult to set yourself apart from the herd of penguin suits. My advice, if you’re looking to inject a little personality into an evening look, is to stick to a classic silhouette, but play around with texture, like velvet, and colour, such as midnight blue or burgundy. In this case, I picked up a very handsome jacket from EXPRESS’ Eaton Centre location in Toronto made of velvet and complete with satin peak lapels. Pair it with some classic black dress pants (a tuxedo trouser would be ideal), and you’ve got a recipe for success.

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Style Journal: Saturday Strolls with EXPRESS

Lance Chung Express 4While I will proudly admit that fall is my favourite season, I’ll never turn down the opportunity to relish the few remaining days of summer before preparing for hibernation. In life, I find that the simplest things are what make me happiest. Strolling in my neighborhood, with a coffee in hand, is one of my favourite things to do when I’m not running around the city and have a free moment. Recently, Toronto had a spell of warm weather, which I took as the perfect opportunity to get out and relax.

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As you may have noticed, I’ve been working with EXPRESS as an #ExpressPartner over the course of the next few months to showcase some of my favourite items available from the brand. A lot of guys will often ask me what kind of items they should be buying when it comes to their wardrobes. My answer is always to stick with the classics — timeless pieces that will give you longevity and always look good. For me, if I find something that works for my style and body, I’ll always go back to it as a reliable option. Call it a sartorial uniform, if you will. Of those staples, a black v-neck sweater, crisp button up and dark wash jeans are mandatory. They’re effortless and work in a variety of environments, whether at the office or on a weekend stroll.

Take a look below and make sure to head over to EXPRESS (I picked these items up at the Toronto Eaton Centre location) to stock up on some great pieces.

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Ask Lance: How to Dress Down A Suit featuring Express

Lance Chung Express 3A few days ago, I was chatting with a prominent men’s buyer in the city about – you guessed it – men’s style. More specifically, the many reasons why a suit is the most versatile item a man can have in his wardrobe. While some may argue that a pair of jeans or a white shirt should take that title, the amount of ways that a suit can expand your options are nothing but impressive – and practical. Outside of the boardroom, you can easily deconstruct an ensemble by wearing each piece as a separate item for something more fitting of a weekend brunch or evening cocktails.

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Now, some may argue that they don’t find suits very comfortable. But to that, I will counter that they haven’t found the right one. Understanding the importance of proper fit and fabric can make a world of a difference. For example, those cut with a higher armhole are infinitely more comfortable because they follow the natural movements of your body, allowing for a greater range of movement as you go about your day. In addition, the type of fabric used can be crucial to your experience. If you’re a guy that is constantly on the move or traveling for work, getting a suit made of lightweight, flexible materials will drastically change your entire experience.

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Recently, I teamed up with my friends over at Express as an #ExpressPartner to highlight some of my favourite items on offer. I’m familiar with the brand, but had never really worn anything of theirs outside of their slim sweatpants (which, by the way, are fantastic for at-home lounging – I bought one style in four different colours.) When I popped into their Toronto Eaton Centre location, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they’ve got a great selection of suiting on offer that were begging to be taken out for a spin – which is exactly what I did.

I love being able to dress down a suit for a pared back take on the tailored look. Of course, if you’re going to go down that road, there are a few things that you should keep in mind: Continue Reading…

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36 Hours with Tommy Hilfiger and Rafael Nadal

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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.

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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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At the Rogers Cup Tennis Clinic with Peroni and Friends

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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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Style Journal: Day 5 at World MasterCard Fashion Week

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One of the joys of fashion week is being able to bring people so that they can experience all the energy, excitement and Canadian talent with you. On the last day of World MasterCard Fashion Week, I was able to bring my little cousin, who runs a blog called GLOBAL GARÇON, along to the tents for the closing shows. Here are a couple snaps that were taken as we arrived at David Pecaut Square. For a recap of my experience at fashion week, take a look at my instagram @mrlancechung and the hash tags #WMCFW and #BusyEarning! Style credits below, with Canadian brands/designers italicized.

Suit: Suitsupply

Jacket: A.P.C.

Shirt: J.Crew

Tie: Club Monaco

Sunglasses: Vintage

Bag: Krane

Gloves: Quill & Tine

Shoes: Maison Margiela for Converse

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Photos by Mauricio Calero

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Style Journal: Day 4 at World MasterCard Fashion Week

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It’s Day 4 at World MasterCard Fashion Week! I arrived on the scene with one of my best friends, Sharad Mohan of Freshly Educated Men and GOTSTYLE, as we braced ourselves for another jam-packed schedule of Canadian fashion. Take a look at a couple snaps from the tents (the last image looks like a promo shot for a TV series or late night talk show) and continue following along as I sport some of my favourite Canadian talents at @mrlancechung, and using #WMCFW and #BusyEarning! Style credits below, with Canadian brands/designers italicized. Photos by Mauricio Calero

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Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Jacket: Camoshita United Arrows

Pants: Gian-Paolo Mazzotta

Shirt: Garrison Bespoke

Tie: J. Crew

Tie Bar: Suitsupply

Lapel Pin: BRRYBNDS

Watch: Rolex

Bag: daff

Socks and Shoes: LodinG

On Sharad: 

Suit: GOTSTYLE

Sunglasses: Vintage

Pocket Square: Amanda Christensen

Lapel Flower: Hook + Albert

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Style Journal: Day 3 at World MasterCard Fashion Week

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Aside from going to the shows and supporting local designers, one of my favourite things about fashion week is being able to see all my friends in one place at the same time – and dressed to the nines, no less. More often than not, it can be a little difficult to coordinate everyone’s schedules together to hang out, but the tents offer an environment where we can catch up and celebrate fashion at the same time. Take a look at a couple snaps from Day 3 at World MasterCard Fashion Week and continue following along as I sport some of my favourite Canadian talents at @mrlancechung, and using #WMCFW and #BusyEarning! Style credits below with Canadian brands/designers italicized.

Sunglasses: Vintage

Suit: Gian-Paolo Mazzotta

Shirt: Hugo Boss

Tie: Drake’s London

Tie Bar: Suitsupply

Lapel Pin: Club Monaco

Bag: Krane

Shoes and socks: LodinG

Umbrella: London Undercover

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With Sharad Mohan, Shayne Stephens and Tyler Kenny.

Photo by Mauricio Calero

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Style Journal: Day 1 at World MasterCard Fashion Week

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When it comes to fashion week here in Toronto, especially, I consider it a mandate of mine to wear as many  Canadian designers and brands as I can. Not to put a damper on the efforts of others (because any opportunity where we can shine a light on homegrown talent is great), but I don’t think that wearing Canadian should ever be considered a “challenge”. We have such a large, diverse pool of talent in this industry that it really shouldn’t be difficult to do so. With World MasterCard Fashion Week in full swing, follow me as I sport some of my favourite Canadian talents at @mrlancechung, and using #WMCFW and #BusyEarning. Style credits below (Canadians brands italicized!)

Sunglasses: Vintage

Jacket: Danier Leather

Sleeveless Coat: Krane

Sweater: Club Monaco

Pants: United Stock Dry Goods

Gloves: Quill & Tine

Bag: AMANDA LEW KEE for Roots Canada

Shoes: New Balance

On Nausheen:

Sunglasses: Vintage

Jacket: Mackage

Dress: Club Monaco

Belt: Anderson’s 

Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

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Photo: Mauricio Calero