NEW ARRIVALS: KIN SPRING SUMMER 2015 SHIRTING

IMG_6333A longtime favourite at the shop, our KIN shirting is a shop exclusive and has been subtly refined for nearly 10 years. Special attention has been paid to ensuring that the fit is absolutely perfect, which is why many customers swear our shirts are the best-fitting they have ever owned.

Available in both our signature hidden button down and structured collar styles, our KIN shirts are proudly made in Canada from Japanese and European fabrics.  This season, we see a selection of lighter fabrics and subtle patterning, perfect for Spring.

Visit us in-store to view our selection and, if you haven’t yet, try on a shirt to see for yourself.

Shop KIN now

NEW ARRIVALS: SIDIAN, ERSATZ & VANES

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Introducing a collection of spring summer separates from Sidian, Ersatz & Vanes (SEV).  Created on a road trip through America by three friends wearing shirts, Sidian, Ersatz and Vanes, a luxury menswear shirting brand was born. With a love of basic principles and an interest in geometry and minimal forms, the trio wanted to reinvent the classic ‘dress shirt’ and destabilise the view of monotony when it comes to shirts. With an ever-expanding palette of prints and colours, their expertly produced line of shirting is defined by the designers’ own idiosyncratic styles.

For spring 2015’s “Geoclassical”collection, SEV collaborated with Danish graphic designer Christian Zander to produce custom fabrics in multi-layer and die-cut prints with some of the finest Italian mills.

This season’s Sidian, Ersatz & Vanes collection brings a collection of relaxed and easy separates consisting of a quiet reworking of classic pyjama stripes through the off-setting and juxtaposition of the distance between each vertical line or block of line, and a venture into digital pattern generation.

Available in-store now.

TORONTO WEDDINGS: ALEKSANDRA & DAVE

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One of the most fun couples we’ve had the chance to work with.

Aleksandra and Dave, happily married on June 14, 2014.

Groom’s Attire: Sydney’s Made-to-Measure suit and shirt, Sydney’s tie, and Allen Edmonds footwear.

Photo Credits: A Brit and a Blonde

NEW ARRIVALS: 08SIRCUS SPRING SUMMER 2015 COLLECTION

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Sydney’s is excited to have Japanese label 08Sircus join our brand roster. This is the first season we’ve carried Kiminori Morishita’s label.

The designer Kiminori Morishita launched 08Sircus in Tokyo in 2003 before bringing it to Paris in 2007. Born in Hiroshima and having lead several menswear brands before launching his own, the brand has gained critical acclaim with its collection of relaxed tailoring and sportswear done in unique japanese technology.

Modern cuts and traditional garments are reimagined with technical details. Spring jackets are updated with technical fabrics and a bold floral pattern while a traditionally cut oxford will be redefined with a technical bonded nylon chest pocket.

Each piece is a contemporary viewpoint on a menswear and spring’s collection is youthful, relaxed but still sophisticated and precise.

08Sircus is now available in-store and will be available for purchase online shortly.

SYDNEY’S RECOMMENDED: PINTXO & COCKTAILS

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We’ve enjoyed a number of delicious dinners at Bar Isabel, and it’s played host to a few of our staff dinners, so when we heard that Chef Grant van Gameron was opening a new bar/restaurant, we couldn’t wait to see what was in store.

This “standing room only” Spanish pinxtos bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. A pincho or pintxo is a small snack,typically eaten in bars, traditional in northern Spain and is especially popular in the Basque country and Navarre. They are usually eaten in bars or taverns as a small snack while hanging out with friends or relatives; thus, they have a strong socializing component, and in the Basque country and Navarre they are usually regarded as a cornerstone of local culture and society. They are related to tapas, the main difference being that pinchos are usually ‘spiked’ with a skewer or toothpick, often to a piece of bread. They are served in individual portions and always ordered and paid for independently from the drinks.

Stepping inside Bar Raval, the first thing you notice is the décor.  The sprawling custom mahogany woodwork interiors were designed by our friends at Partisans. Nearly everything is custom, right down to the espresso drip tray which is adorned with a Wu-Tang logo.

Order the King of Ginger cocktail and start with some sobrassada, bread and manchego.

We love seeing independent business owners taking risks and bringing new experiences to Toronto, so we welcome Bar Raval with open arms.

Photo credit: Bar Raval on Instagram.

Bar Raval
505 College Street West
Toronto, ON

NEW ARRIVALS: MARNI SPRING SUMMER 2015 COLLECTION

Vibrant energy. A loose, natural attitude: upbeat, neat, fast. The Marni Men collection for s/s 15 continues taking elements from different worlds – sport, utility, tailoring – dissecting and assembling them in a graphic yet spontaneous language.

The dense color palette is rich in unexpected mixtures: tones of inky blue, deep green, grey, black and beige are accented with dashes of deep red, pale yellow, rust. Prints have a gestural quality: scribbles, geometries, stripes and inky flowers. Fabrics are light and airy, yet firm: suiting wools, bonded jersey, parachute cotton.

EVENT: LUST FOR YOUTH AT BAMBI’S

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On Monday March 9, Sweden’s Lust for Youth will be making their first appearance in Toronto. Hannes Norrvide’s early efforts under the name Lust for Youth have been described as “…dark, cold, atonal, tormented, lonely, and lower than lo-fi.”

Now as a 3-piece, Lust for Youth now sounds closer to Depeche Mode or New Order than early industrial. Hooks are now front and center, though the drone of his earlier efforts is still present, however now it is slightly buried by synth chords and pop hooks.

Lust for Youth will be playing in Toronto on Monday March 9th at Bambi’s supported by locals Bile Sister and local DJ’s Josh Voynovich and Josh McIntyre. View the event here.

Tickets are available at the door or at Rotate This or SoundScapes.