First and foremost, we look for extraordinary value. Garden-variety value won’t do. Stunning design, however, exquisite fabrics, meticulous manufacture and realistic pricing — that’s okay. That makes the cut. Nothing less.

The other thing we look for, whenever possible, is Canadian-made. It’s a total no-brainer. When it comes to high-end men’s fashion, fabriqué au Canada is among the best of the finest of the greatest in the world. Besides, it’s the land beneath our feet — the true north, strong and free. Why wouldn’t we celebrate that? Who we are and where we live is a humongous deal.


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SAMUELSOHN

These guys do not compromise, ever. They’ve been making premier-quality suits, jackets and trousers since prohibition and, being Montreal-based and all, they’re as Canadian as whiskey.

Fabrics are chosen with wisdom: select cashmeres, camelhairs, silks and wools, spun by some of the finest weavers in Italy and Great Britain. Craftsmanship, in a word, is impeccable. Whether it’s made-to-measure or off-the-rack, garments are built to last and last. They’re hand-sewn and pressed, with fully basted canvas construction. All the small stuff has been well and truly sweated: buttons, pockets, linings and thread. Treated properly, these items will maintain their shape, even after multiple, multiple cleanings.

And, in honor of their 90th anniversary, they’re showing off. They’ve created an all-new line of clothing. It’s called 1923 Black Label and it’s the culmination of nine decades of master craftsmanship and, even as you read this, it’s available in-store.

Click here to visit the Samuelsohn site.

JACK VICTOR

If you’ve ever tried on a Jack Victor suit, you know what we’re talking about. Quality is consistently legendary, as it’s been for the last hundred years. Design, cut, fit, materials and manufacture, the whole Nanaimo bar, is on par with anything you’ll find anywhere.

They start every year by planning for the next — their whole body of work, the company’s entire output. When they’ve nailed the silhouette, they source the necessary materials, shopping the best mills in the world. Exceptional quality is the only criteria that matters, and that follows right through to the end — the garment in question, hanging in some well-dressed someone’s closet.

2013 is their centennial year. In honor of their platinum jubilee, the company is donating a percentage of profit from every Jack Victor Exclusive Collection item sold to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. They’re also tagging these garments to inform people about the JDRF and its works.

Visit Jack via the Infonets.

TRUEFITT & HILL (by appointment to H. R. H. the Duke of Edinburgh)

In 1805, not long after Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar, when England ruled the waves, William Francis Truefitt opened his first gentleman’s salon and somehow managed to establish himself as Court Hair Cutter, Head Dresser and Wigmaker to England’s Most Sovereign Majesty, King George III. Of course, Old King George was as squirrelly as a jar of crunchy by then, so it’s difficult to say just what happened there, exactly.

A couple of centuries roll by. Truefitt hooks up with Hill and the company expands hand-in-glove along with western civilization. Not only are they groomers to the powers that be, they’re also manufacturers and purveyors of, arguably, the world’s finest in gentleman’s shaving gear: badger-hair brushes, razors, mugs, creams, soaps, aftershaves, colognes and the like.

Most of which, you will find displayed under glass at our front counter. 

Go to the T&H site.

ADRIAN KLIS FINE LEATHER

Bags, briefcases, totes, wallets — the whole kit and caboodle — Klis products are made, quite literally, to last a lifetime. They start with select hides chosen for a specific function. For instance, if the item in question has to be bulletproof, cow-hide is best. It’s supremely durable, but not particularly flexible. If the item wants to be soft and supple, deer-hide is the obvious choice. It’s remarkably pliable, but not even remotely hardwearing. Bison-hide is somewhere in between—an excellent compromise, a superbly functional mix of both attributes. It’s the starting place for almost everything Klis makes.

Raw hides are tumbled for days and days in huge drums, in a specially formulated slurry of plant extracts, fats and non-toxic aniline dyes. In the end, you’ve got what’s called ‘old stagecoach leather’ — super-strong and soft with a rough, tough, near-indestructible finish.

Hand-cut and stitched, Klis products are made near Sundre, Alberta at a small, family-run operation, not much different from something you’d find in the Wild West.

If they had a website, you could visit, but, sadly, they do not.

ANTONIO VALENTE — SHIRTS, TROUSERS & ENDURING QUALITY

What goes into a Valente shirt?

Design is the first thing. There’s a mind-boggling array of styles and each one is a work of art in its own right. They range from dress shirts you could very easily wear to a Grammy Awards ceremony to casual-wear you’d feel comfortable in at a backyard barbecue.

The next thing is meticulous manufacture: fabric, buttons, collar, cuffs, yoke, stitching, gussets, seams, pattern, armholes, hemline — these garments are masterworks in every respect. Workmanship is everything you’d expect from a decades-long tradition of excellence.

The last thing is durability. While another shirt might get a little loose in its stays after a few launderings, these shirts are built to last. Expect them to outlive most everything else in your closet.

Valente also makes trousers. They’re everything the shirts are. Expect nothing but further excellence.

SOX APPEAL

If someone shattered the stained glass windows in Chartres Cathedral, and all those little multicolored bits somehow, magically, turned themselves into socks, well, that’s what our selection’s like. It’s a magnificent array of some of the finest hosiery in the menswear world: Corgi, Pantherella and Richard James, to name but a few.

Nothing is machine-finished. Everything has hand-linked toes and heels, so your tender tootsies will never, ever experience an uncomfortable moment. And, it’s all here — an exultation of socks — waiting for the time when you and your feet require a little extra happiness.

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Here’s a by-no-means comprehensive list of the suppliers we deal with. Click on an underlined name
and — presto — the corresponding website will open in a separate window.

CLOTHING:

Antonio Valente
Trousers & shirts
Baumler
suits & sport
jackets
Jack Victor
tuxedos, suits
& sport jackets
Samuelsohn
tuxedos, suits,
sport jackets
& trousers

CASUAL WEAR:

AG Jeans
jeans
Alberto
casual pants, denim
Antonio Valente
dress & casual 
shirts & trousers
Codice
sweaters
Dale of Norway
merino base
layers, sweaters
& outerwear
Fidelity
denim
Gala
trousers
Gianni Marcello
sweaters
Haupt
sport shirts
Johnathan
Macintosh

sweaters
Jack Lipson
sport shirts
Montechairo
sweaters
Serica
sweaters
Signum
sport shirts
Smedley
knits

FURNISHINGS:

Antonio Valente
dress shirts
Dion
ties, bowties,
ascots, vests &
cummerbunds
Empire
vests
Jack Lipson
dress shirts
Various
Manufacturers

cufflinks
Woodlore
cedar products

OUTERWEAR:


Andean
outerwear &
alpaca sweaters

Baumler
overcoats,
car coats &
casual jackets

Bugatti
overcoats, car coats
& casual jackets

Canada Goose
light & winterweight downfills

Empire
overcoats

Jez
leather coats
& jackets

Milestone
casual & leather
jackets & coats

FOOTWEAR:

Allen Edmonds
dress & casual
Manitobah Mukluks
slippers

MISCELLANEOUS:

Adrian Klis
bison-leather
products
Bench Craft
Leather belts
Brave
belts
Corgi
socks
Leyva
belts
Majestic
boxers, robes
& silk pajamas
Pantherella
socks
Richard James
socks
Saxx
underwear
Truefitt & Hill
shaving gear
& cologne
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