With over 15 years experience in fashion retail, Christian Dare provides his followers with a seasoned sartorial eye matched only by an uncanny knack for being candid without being catty. It also provides grooming, lifestyle, fashion accessories and more.
I have to admit that I only started using linen bedding when we bought our home in New Orleans. It just felt right to have linen bedding in a southern climate. Linen has been used for centuries in hot weather climates due to the light and airy nature of the fabric. Linen bedding lets you skin breath more while sleeping which means you sweat less… Linen sheets are a game changer. In fact, I loved the softness and feel of linen on my bed so much that I have taken a set north to our place in Toronto. But the tricky part with linen sheets and bedding is finding one that isn’t overly priced. Or too bargain basement (aka sandpaper-y). There is a lot of them on the market now but I opt for Loomstead.
Made from Belgian flax, their washed linen provides that fresh-sheet-feeling every time you get under the covers. Breathable, with an airy softness, they keep you cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and always completely cozy. Now I know most people are used to sleeping on linen and think it will feel like linen clothing – but the process for linen bedding involves a washing treatment that leaves the linen soft and luxurious. Moreover the beautiful linen texture gets softer and suppler with each and every wash. Once you try them, you will never go back to simple old cotton sheeting. Trust me.
The linen sheets from Loomstead are perfectly soft and priced right at $210 for a queen set (pillowcases, fitted sheet, flat sheet). I also love that the brand offers the option to buy a sheet set with only the pillowcases and fitted sheet – which is perfectly logical as I find my flat sheets also outlast the rest of the set. Available in five colours including: white, natural, soft navy, grey and blush. I might have to opt for blush with my second set for Nola.
Building on its 10-year retail relationship, Pyrrha has teamed up with celebrated designer, Paul Smith to introduce a very personal and unique brand collaboration. The Pyrrha x Paul Smith collection is based on the whimsical imagery of the brand’s crest, designed by Sir Paul Smith in 2000.
“We have a deep appreciation for the quality of Paul Smith’s work, and to collaborate with such a creative force in the industry was extremely rewarding for us,” said Pyrrha designer, Wade Papin. “It was exciting to have the opportunity to apply Pyrrha’s aesthetic to the original imagery. Paul always says that ‘you can find inspiration in everything,’ and we definitely subscribe to that philosophy.”
A jacket with six arms, a rabbit for good luck, and Smith’s famous motto, ‘Never Assume’ are featured prominently in the capsule collection. Each piece is handcrafted in reclaimed sterling silver at the Pyrrha Studio in Vancouver, Canada. The collection features rings and pendants.
The Pyrrha x Paul Smith collection is now available online at paulsmith.com and in select Paul Smith stores in London, Hamburg, New York, LA and Las Vegas. Prices start at $230.
The H&M Studiocollection featured clean silhouettes, a relaxed vibe and a striking abstract print inspired by the Japanese writing system. Workwear tailoring, free-flowing fabrics and statement knits also added to the sense of balance between minimalistic design, pure colours and movement. The entire collection was available immediately online and in-store to purchase.
The ongoing Pharrell for adidas’s collections show no signs of slowing down. Their latest, dubbed the adidas Hu Holi “Blank Canvas” collection, is inspired by the spring Hindu festival Holi and includes three signature footwear silhouettes as well as apparel. The colour palette is shades of white on white on white. The shoe component of the collection features 3 models: a NMD, a Stan Smith (of course), and a tennis shoe. The apparel seems to be a re-interpretation of the classic track jacket.
Men’s Pharrell Williams Hu Holi Tennis Hu BC Shoes, $180
Men’s Pharrell Williams Hu Holi Stan Smith BC Shoes, $190
Men’s Pharrell Williams Hu Holi NMD BC Shoes, $340
My personal favourite is the NMD. I may need to cop them to add to my collection. But can the whites be whiter? You can find the collection here. It drops Friday, Feb 23rd and will sell out.
I always love when two industries come together on a new project. Enter the Grey Goose Toronto Fashion Week inspired cocktails.
Grey Goose, my favourite vodka, decided to toast the finest Canadian design talent by collaborating with them on some designer-inspired cocktails. The brand partnered with three great Canadian designers: NARCES, Christopher Bates and UNTTLD. Each cocktail was inspired by the designer and their collection. The Disco Bunny was designed in collaboration with NARCES. It is spicy with hits of citrus. While the Romanov (UNTTLD) is smoky, spicy with ginger. But my favourite was The Bates.
Rebel Empire UKis a newer boutique brand of men’s and ladies’ underwear. This brand is about bringing a luxe element to some classic basics – or what I would call, upgraded basics. Their signature logo’d gold plate on the waistband adds a hint of luxury without being too fussy. They are minimalist briefs and trunks with a great fit. Available in classic black, these are the new standard for sexy underwear for men.
What I love most about the briefs and trunks is the fit – they just fit you right in all the right places. The brief is a slightly higher cut classic brief that provides ample support and coverage. The trunk has a shorter leg, almost like a square cut brief. Perfect for men who want a little more than a brief but aren’t into longer boxer briefs. And the fabric is super soft with great stretch (94% cotton, 6% lycra) so they hold their shape well. Even after laundering, they looked great.
The trunk retails for £29.00 and the briefs retail for £27.00. These are some luxe undies – worth every penny. Currently only available in black.