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.

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.

Visit the Jack Victor site.

EMPIRE CLOTHING

Back in Dominion of Canada days, 1917, First World War, when Canadian troops were fighting on the Western Front, Joseph Leibovitch, a tailor from the Eastern Front, landed in Montreal and started a business: The Empire Clothing Manufacturing Company.

At first, it was assembly-line stuff — off-the-rack styles in average sizes, but exceptionally well made. Empire earned a reputation for quality. Decades went by and they pushed the envelope in regards to excellence, narrowing the focus, improving. Their garments got better and better.

This is their hundred and first anniversary — a century and a year — and they make clothes in the same fashion, with the same regard for lasting value.

Go to the Empire Clothing site.

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.

CANADA WEST BOOTS

This is buy-it-for-life footwear — well beyond durable and well made. No corners, whatsoever, are cut during the manufacturing process, which is, to say the least, labour-intensive. They use the same tried and true methods that were used back in the day, to make the kind of footwear that existed before the invention of planned obsolescence.

All told, as of their last anniversary, Canada West, as a corporate entity, has been making footwear for 68 years. Twenty-eight of those years happened in its first incarnation, from 1931 to 1959, where it made boots and shoes for the Canadian military. The next 40 years happened from 1978 till now, where they’ve made, and continue to make, function-specific footwear for businesspeople, industry workers, ranchers, firefighters, police and military.

We carry their Wm. Moorby line — boots and shoes for discerning feet.

Visit the Wm. Moorby page on the Canada West 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.

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:

Baumler
suits & sport
jackets
Empire
sport
jackets
Jack Victor
tuxedos, suits
& sport jackets
Samuelsohn
tuxedos, suits,
sport jackets
& trousers

CASUAL WEAR:

””AG Jeans
jeans
Alberto
casual pants,
denim
Dale of Norway
merino base
layers, sweaters
& outerwear
Fidelity
denim
Gala
trousers
Haupt
sport shirts
Hilto
trousers
Johnathan
Macintosh

sweaters
Jack Lipson
sport shirts
Mirto
sport shirts
Montechairo
sweaters
Odean
casual shirts
Robert Barakett
casual shirts
Signum
sport shirts
Smedley
knits
Vneck
sweaters

FURNISHINGS:

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

Jupiter
casual jackets

Milestone
casual & leather
jackets & coats

Torras of Spain
casual leathers

FOOTWEAR:

Allen Edmonds
dress & casual
Angel Infantes
dress & casual
Birkenstock
sandals
Glerups
slippers
Manitobah
mukluks & slippers
Wm. Moorby
shoes & boots

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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