Shopping in a big urban centre has its benefits and drawbacks. For a city as diverse as Toronto, the downtown core has a multitude of offerings that cater to a variety of people, providing a colourful spectrum of choices for anyone looking to engage in a little retail therapy. However, the drawback to this is that such a dense landscape can often lead to a few cumbersome scenarios that any urbanite has surely encountered. One, getting to your favourite places can often be more frustrating than the journey is worth when you consider bumper-to-bumper traffic jams and the stresses of downtown commuting. Fuelling the fire further, it can also be frustrating and physically taxing when you find yourself hopping around like a pinball around the city in order to get to your favourite stories — sometimes to the point where a strategy has to be devised beforehand in order to make the best use of your time. Lastly, given the plethora of options available, it can be daunting to try and find exactly what you’re looking for. For me, I’m the type of person where, given too many options, will end up getting nothing because of the overwhelming selection.
First world problems, right? But still, problems nonetheless. Enter: First Canadian Place and Exchange Tower. I often find myself in the downtown core for a variety of reasons, from shopping to holding meetings. This place is great because it’s connected directly or in very close proximity to the main transportation arteries of the city, and offers a one-stop shopping destination curated nicely to the needs of the urban consumer.
Recently I paid a visit to First Canadian Place and Exchange Tower in need of finding a few items that would effortlessly help me transition from day to night. You see, often I’m usually out the door first thing in the morning and don’t get back until 10 or 11PM due to work commitments or industry events after I’m done at the office. So given this routine, much of my weekday style is dictated by pieces that will help me transition from the boardroom to a restaurant, or bar, or some sort of venue. While I was at First Canadian Place and Exchange Tower, I dropped by one of my favourite shoe stores, LodinG, to pick up a pair of handsome Chelsea boots. The beauty of these kicks is that they’re easily one of the most versatile items that a man can have in his wardrobe. They look just as great with a pair of ripped jeans as they do with my favourite suit. Complemented with some great trousers and a turtleneck, which I’ve become obsessed with as a cold-weather essential, from Express (some really great and affordable staple items here, gentlemen), I topped off the look with a beautiful overcoat from Harry Rosen, arguably one of Canada’s premier menswear destinations. At my office, a comfortable pair of pants and sweater are great as they allow me to roll up my sleeves and get to work (yet still look polished if a meeting is on the books), and easily transition into something I can layer with handsome outerwear for an evening event.
If you find yourself in need of a few sartorial options downtown in one convenient location, check out First Canadian Place and Exchange Tower. Even more convenient, they’ll be open on Saturdays for the holidays starting November 19th until December 17th. Let me know what you think!