Photo by Simeon Rusnak. Courtesy EPH Apparel
Popular purveyor of menswear EPH Apparel has moved their flagship store into a stunning new downtown location. The brand, which launched an online-only operation in 2010, has made a mission of proving customized, made-to-order suits are attainable for any budget. Face to face consultation at the new shop offer gents the opportunity to create their own bespoke suit, from cuff to lapel, in person. Drop by the sleek space or call ahead to book a consultation. Mon-Sat 10 am-7 pm. 190 Smith St, 1‑888‑343‑6117, ephapparel.com
Gerhard Supply stocks hyper-local apparel for stylish Toronto gentlemen
If you’re in the market for superior Toronto-made menswear, you can’t get more local than Gerhard Supply. The Junction-area store is the brainchild of Langton Willms; the young proprietor believes that quality merchandise can come from within the community, as opposed to being imported from far away places. Decorated with unique objects like an original 1919 Singer sewing machine, the spacious establishment stocks goods from the homegrown likes of Muttonhead Collective, Nozo, Eighteen Waits, Outclass and Bay Cooper. Designer Philip Sparks also collaborated with Willms to create shirts that are exclusive to his store—not even Sparks’s own west-end shop carries them. Open Wednesday to Sunday. —Linda Luong
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Hanson’s Fishing Outfitters is the shopping destination for dads who love the outdoors. Photo: Adele Brunnhofer.
Dads are notoriously difficult to shop for, but these seven papa-approved local shops offer something more than the standard “zany” necktie or drab coffee mug.
Upscale boutiques and opulent galleries speckle the converging Lilac and Corydon strips. Originally Winnipeg’s Little Italy, this district has become diversified over recent years, and now boasts more sushi than manicotti. Begin on the south side of Corydon, near Daly, where Uomo has been suiting dapper men for 20 years. Here, slick Massani leather jackets are cashmere lined for cozy comfort. Cross the street and walk west just past Lilac to Room for Style Interiors, where classic and contemporary furnishings co-exist in a stunning showroom. Adjacent Radiance is Manitoba’s go-to for all things metaphysical, including fashionable jewellery that employs the beauty and power of crystals. Footwear fanatics kick up their heels at Soul Shoes, which carries chic shoes and boots from the likes of Steve Madden and Sam Edelman (pictured). Next door readers find the perfect retreat at Whodunit, a quaint book shop curated by avid mystery-loving owners.
Bespoke suits at Indochino's Traveling Tailor
It’s said that clothes make the man — but that’s only true if those clothes fit the man. Luckily, finding the perfect bespoke suit is easier than ever thanks to Indochino’s Traveling Tailor, a clever pop-up shop operating in downtown Ottawa this week. Just make an appointment (walk-ins are welcome too), and a team of stylists and tailors will provide a one-on-one consultation and help you put together the perfect suit, shirt, and accessories. And it’ll cost less than you think: basic bespoke suits start at an incredible $379. April 24-28, 8am to 8pm. 151 Slater St., Suite G089. For questions or to book an appointment, contact email@example.com.
schad blü carries a host of unique brands.
Men who pride themselves on staying ahead of the fashion curve will love schad blü. The store carries brands such as Diesel, Citizens of Humanity, and J.Lindeberg, as well as other lines from Europe, Los Angeles, New York, and Canada. They’ve also recently added collections by John Varvatos and Denham to their stock, which contributes to the mix-and-match attitude of this posh store. Says co-owner Andre Schad, “You can pair an $85 pair of Levis with a $2,000 Belstaff leather jacket and it all works well together.” 521 Sussex Dr., 613-860-6800.