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A Journey Through Time with Steve McCurry and Vacheron Constantin

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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.

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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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Fashion, Portfolio, Sports, Style Journal, Travel

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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Fashion, Food and Drink, Style Journal, Travel

#travelwithLance: Beach Therapy in Mayakoba, Mexico

Mexico is probably the perfect place for North American travellers looking for a brief respite. A mere couple hours’ flight from any major airport, it’s close enough for a weekend getaway but also far enough to escape the clutches of winter. Needing a break before work would start to get crazy (and a serious replenishment of vitamin D), I found myself in Mexico’s Mayakoba at the end of January, relishing every moment before I would eventually have to surrender my swimming trunks and panama hat for overcoats and gloves. From scenic shorelines to amazing cocktails, take a look at a few pics from my trip below.
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Fashion, Style Counsel, Travel

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…