Every year I want to do a ‘Year In Review’ type post but for whatever reason, I never have. This is the year that changes and I write about the things I loved in 2017. I’ve debated what to call this post for a while. Most websites do a ‘Best of 2017’ list of some type. This won’t be one of them. I don’t claim to know enough to be able to crown anything as ‘the best.’ The list that follows will simply be my favourite things of 2017. Let’s get into it.
Favourite Movie – The Big Sick
A comedy/romance story involving a stand up comedian!? Come on, this movie was made for me. It is a beautiful look at relationships in 2017. I don’t want to get into the plot too much as I don’t want to spoil anything but it was a very fun watch. The fact that it is a true story also blows my mind. Of all the movies I watched this year, this is the one I enjoyed the most and isn’t that really the point of a movie?
Favourite Album – The Search for Everything by John Mayer
Source: Entertainment Weekly
It’s been a while since John Mayer released a new album and it certainly didn’t disappoint. I’m a huge John Mayer fan who has been not-so-patiently awaiting this release. I watched the Facebook live video where he announced the project. I downloaded all three segments of the album the moment they dropped. I downloaded the second act in the airport in Tokyo moments before boarding a plane to come back to Canada. Experiencing those songs on the plane helped soothe the pain of leaving Japan behind. ‘In The Blood’ and ‘Changing’ are two of my favourite songs of the year.
Favourite Song- Rut by The Killers
The Killers Wonderful, Wonderful was a close second to John Mayer in my favourite album category so I had to find a way to give them some love. Luckily, it wasn’t very difficult to find a category for them to win. ‘Rut’ hit me hard the moment I heard it. Not only as it beautiful sonically, but there’s a great depth to it. As someone who has battled depression, the line ‘don’t give up on me, cuz I’m just in a rut, pops into my head a few times a day. I’m very thankful for those in my life who haven’t given up on me and provide support every day.
Favourite Show – Master of None
Source: Just Watch
There are a few shows that were in the running for this section but the second season of Aziz Ansari’s Master of None was my favourite. From the first episode being entirely in black and white to Aziz’s character continuously using the Italian word ‘allora,’ it was a great season of television. It also helps that Aziz is one of the most stylish men in the world these days. If you’re one of the few who hasn’t seen the show yet, give it a try. You’ll be done it in no time.
Favourite Book – Basketball (And Other Things) by Shea Serrano
Source: Duane Watson
Basketball was one of the biggest things in my life from grade 7 to grade 12. It was all my friends and I watched, played and talked about. Some of my best memories come from basketball. Mike Lyall made a shot from half court to beat A.E Cross in grade 7 and I absolutely lost my mind. I’ll never forget dancing and jumping around Drew Wilson’s basement with Curtis and the boys when Derek Fisher pulled up on Jameer Nelson from 3 to tie game 4 of the ’09 Finals with less than 5 seconds left. For these reasons, Shea Serrano’s book was the most fun I had reading all year. He’s an incredible writer who writes about basketball in a very different way and I love it. Every chapter in the book is a different question that he answers. These aren’t the type of questions you watch ESPN analysts break down. They’re the type of questions you’ve debated with your friends where no one ever really ends up being right. But Shea is right, always.
Favourite Stand Up Special – Norm MacDonald
I watch a lot of stand up but wasn’t too familiar with Norm’s work. When this special popped up on Netflix this year I took a flier on it and pressed play. The special starts halfway through a joke. Who does that? Norm’s delivery is so nonchalant and his phrasing is perfect that he made me laugh in spots I wouldn’t usually laugh at. His joke about dogs loving their humans, no matter what, is one of my favourite jokes of the year.
Shiki has been around for a few years now but my love for this place grew to insane levels this year. If you come visit me in Calgary, I’ll probably take you to Shiki for lunch. The ramen is amazing, the space is well designed and the overall feel is perfect. Yes, I get the same thing every time I go, but it is so good and can’t stray from it. There are very few places that I’m willing to stand in line for but Shiki is an exception. I can’t wait until they drop their next clothing collaboration with 6 Streets so I can buy even more Shiki merch.
Favourite Store – Lukes Drug Mart
Source: Avenue Magazine
Every time I go to Luke’s the same three things happen:
I go directly to the counter and get a mocha.
I start to wander up and down the isles looking at records, grooming products, clothing, magazines, etc.
I look at my watch and discover 2 hours have passed.
To me, that is the sign of a great store. One you can go to over and over but get lost in it every time you go. Without fail, I discover a new brand or product every time I’m there. It is a very welcoming and inspiring place to spend time.
Favourite Shoe – John Elliott x Nike Lab Vandal
Source: Viral Cypher
I’m not a huge sneakerhead. As mention, I played basketball growing up and was fairly plugged into the sneaker scene. I had Kobe’s first Nike shoe, I had Dwayne Wade’s first Converse shoe, I had T-Mac 2s and 3s, I had five or six pairs of Air Force 1s but when I stopped playing basketball, I lost touch with sneaker culture. That all changed when I saw John Elliott’s Nike Vandal for the first time. It was the first time in years I’ve seen a shoe before it was released and thought, ‘I need that.’ Luckily, Curtis is the greatest guy in the world and surprised me with a pair for my birthday!
Favourite App – Reporter
While this isn’t a new app, it came into my life this year and I need to give it some love. I’m a big nerd. I like to know things about my life. Reporter is an app that asks you questions about your life and your answers will give you data about your routines. You create the questions, you decide when you want Reporter to ask you the questions. Some of the questions I ask are rather mundane like ‘where are you right now?’ or ‘who are you with right now’ but some questions give me a lot of insight. I have set the app to ask me, ‘am I wasting time right now?’ randomly throughout the day. I’ve always felt like I waste a lot of time and by having to answer yes or no whenever the question pops up, I’m able to see if I am the time waster that I think I am. Reporter is a great way to answer questions you’ve always had about the way you live.
A Few Notes
Curtis and I wanted to end the year with some thank yous. First of all, if you made it to the bottom of this post, thank you. We really appreciate those of you who read the stuff we post. Feel free to throw your own favourite things in the comments!
We know our posts have been rather infrequent this year. Curtis and I are busy and unfortunately the site takes a backseat to our 9 to 5s and the marketing work we do for our clients. That being said, this platform remains important for us. We have a vision for We, the Timeless and hopefully that vision will become clearer to you, the reader, over the next few months.
That being said, we hope you had an incredible 2017. We can’t believe how fast it flew by but we are ready to crush it in 2018. You know what, let’s all crush it in 2018, deal? Keep in touch, we’d love to journey together with you.
Do not proceed to read this if you are hangry or craving a hot beverage. You will excrete saliva all over your mobile device and/or lap top, and nobody wants that kind of water damage, no matter how instagrammable they may be.
The Top 10 Most Instagrammable Restaurants & Cafes in Sask:
One thing I love about Saskatchewan is the number of unique restaurants and cafes that we have. It’s perfect because when you’re too lazy to cook for yourself you’ll never run out of options for restaurants to explore. In both Saskatoon and Regina there are a number of spots that are both expressly instagrammable and undeniably delicious. These are excellent date spots. The kind of places you take your date and make them wait while you awkwardly and shamelessly capture #foodporn worthy photos. Ah, thank you Instagram, now you can savor your scrumptious experience for a life time.
We perused our photo collection and created this “top 10” in no particular order. We have sincere hopes that you can enjoy a delightfully instagrammable meal or beverage at these local joints too. Along with these 10 there are countless other eateries, cafe’s, or wine & dine locations that we haven’t adventured to yet. Either that or we didn’t have the boldness to capture a photo of our grub OR they seated us with lousy lighting, heaven forbid.
Enjoy the top 10 and feel free to comment below with any additions that we could check out!
The Hollows YXE
The Hollows is located in the Riversdale area of Saskatoon in the “Golden Dragon” building. This is a very rad area of the city that is taking on new local business all the time. We’ve actually only eaten off the brunch menu at The Hollows but from what we hear they have an attractive supper menu. Just be careful you don’t fall in love with one menu item because they are always changing it up to keep it diverse.
Fresh & Sweet YQR
This is a killer “go-to” spot in Regina. You can pull from their sweet or savoury side for breakfast and lunch and you will never really go wrong with anything off the menu. Extremely consistent service and it’s nicely accessible in downtown so you can take your car, bike, or walking shoes. 10/10 would recommend. Due to inconsistent lighting it’s not always an instagrammable spot, ask to sit near a window.
Malt City YQR
Malt City is in a beautiful old building in Downtown Regina. It has super high ceilings and a very spacious layout making it feel like an old classic whiskey bar; super instagrammable. It’s the type of place where the servers and bartenders are rocking beards & aprons. The food has always been stellar, I recommend the steak with coffee rub.
Cafe Drip YQR
First of all, Cafe Drip feels like a hidden gem in Regina, it’s “healthy fast food” with superb coffee drinks located in warehouse district. I’m not sure how many of the locals even know about it but they have really dependable coffee and super warm vibes. I love the large mugs so you can crush an extra few ounces with every order. It’s really relaxing to walk your coffee through the furniture store it’s attached to – just don’t get looking at the price tags.
Truffles Bistro YXE
Truffles is a long narrow corridor in downtown Saskatoon that serves up one heck of a “chicken & waffles”. You might want to call ahead before you consider popping in for breaky because they get busy very quickly and always ask if you have a reservation. This is a fun spot to go because they make you feel fancy by taking care of your coat when they seat you. I’m not first class but everyone loves to be primped now and again.
Hunter Gatherer YQR
We all know “hunter gatherer” is the name of a profession, not a restaurant, but we will let it slide. This is a fun hipster spot for vegetarian grub in Regina. Personally, I have a hard time eating a meal without any meat involved because I need my protein gains. That said, whenever I make an exception, it’s usually to crush a sammy & fries or hashies at hunter gatherer. The food is amazing and the place is definitely instagrammable!
33 1/3 Coffee Roasters YQR
Take it from us, the crew at 33 1/3 coffee know how to roast a bean. If you want a good strong coffee freshly brewed, this is the spot you need to hit up. It has creaky wood floors and a little second hand shop inside as well which is worth a browse. You want an inside secret? Fresh locally made donuts are brought in Friday & Saturday mornings right at 9am. As a result, the early bird gets the donut!
Atlantis Coffee YQR
Atlantis is a quaint coffee shop off Vic in Regina. It’s known for it’s large glass windows on all sides which makes for a great afternoon of watching the busy street. Again, I’m a fan of the large mugs and I recommend the caramel apple cider if you fancy a sweet beverage!
Mystic Java YXE
Mystic Java on 8th in Saskatoon is a very playful spot to eat brunch. They have the best bagel menu on the planet I’m pretty sure. The “All Day Works” bagel is highly sought after – at least by us. Inside Mystic they have a decently solid collection of board games, puzzles, and card games which makes for a fun meal and instagram ops.
Bon Temps Cafe YXE
All you really need to know about the Bon Temps menu is the “firebird” but everything is good. The firebird is this spicy version of chicken & waffles served with maple syrup on the side. If you happen to be in for lunch try to sit nearest to 2nd ave. You can ask them to swing up the warehouse door, it changes your experience dramatically! Most of all, Bon Temps offers live music, good vibes, and crafty cajun cousine.
Thanks for reading! Let us know your recommendations!
Our friends at ELEVEN03 have taken massive strides over the past few years. Yes, you’ve seen their product on this site before, but get ready to see a progression. We’ve seen it ourselves and are so proud of the boys. They are about to release their second handmade collection titled LOW LIFE. We have the lookbook for you to check out right here.
We are so proud of Logan and Luke – the co founders of ELEVEN03. They are two very smart guys who are extremely talented. Watching them grow and push boundaries has been very inspirational for us. We’ve seen the work that goes into a collection like this. Logan and Luke do everything from the designing of the pieces to the actual fabrication of the line. There is such beauty in the fact that their hands are the only ones that ever touch these pieces before they are sold.
We get so excited to see a lookbook like this. There is an energy to it. It has life. There is so much anticipation to see the pieces in real life; I know I can’t wait to get the opportunity. You can bet a couple of pieces will be going straight from the lookbook to my closet as soon as I get the chance.
We are so lucky to work with small brands like these. Logan and Luke pour their heart and soul into every part of ELEVEN03 and it’s an honour to help them spread their message. We think it is so important that people support brands like this. Small, local brands who are putting their all into the brand. When this collection becomes available for purchase we will tell you exactly how to get your hands on it. Also, look for more content about Logan and Luke and ELEVEN03 coming soon.
Here is something you maybe didn’t know about us: we love award shows. We love the spectacle of it all, from the fashion on the red carpet to celebrating of some of the best creatives of our time. Yes, they can drag on too long and be overly dramatic but we love them none the less.
With the Grammy Award on Sunday, we want to offer our predictions. While we listen to tons of music, we certainly aren’t music scholars. We’re only going to make predictions in categories we are familiar with. We don’t know nearly enough to offer an opinion on the Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song category. Also, our predictions are basically just what we like most and we know a couple of these picks have no chance of winning. We don’t expect to be historically correct on many of our guesses, but it’ll be fun to try. Let us know what you think. Who are your picks? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
Without further ado, here we go. Our predicted winners are in bold.
Hello – Adele
Formation – Beyonce
7 Years – Lukas Graham
Work – Rihanna Ft. Drake
Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots
Song of the Year
Formation – Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) Hello – Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
I Took A Pill In Ibiza – Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
Love Yourself – Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
7 Years – Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)
Best New Artist
The Chainsmokers Chance the Rapper
Best Pop Vocal Album
25 – Adele Purpose – Justin Bieber
Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande
Confident – Demi Lovato
This is Acting – Sia
Best Pop Solo Performance
Hello – Adele
Hold Up – Beyonce
Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
Piece by Peace (Idol Version) – Kelly Clarkson
Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Source: Music Bazaar
Closer – The Chainsmokers Ft. Halsey
7 Years – Lukas Graham
Work – Rihanna Ft. Drake
Cheap Thrills – Sia Ft. Sean Paul
Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots
Best Dance Recording
Source: Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
Tearing Me Up – Bob Moses
Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers Ft. Daya
Never Be Like You – Flume Ft. Kai
Rinse & Repeat – Riton Ft. Kah-Lo
Drinkee – Sofi Tukker
Best Rock Performance
Joe (Live From Austin City Limits) – Alabama Shakes
Don’t Hurt Yourself – Beyonce Ft. Jack White Blackstar – David Bowie
The Sound of Silence – Disturbed
Heathens – Twenty One Pilots
Best Rock Album
California – Blink 182 Tell Me I’m Pretty – Cage the Elephant
Magma – Gojira
Death of a Bachelor – Panic! At The Disco
Weezer – Weezer
Best Alternative Music Album
22, A Million – Bon Iver
Blackstar – David Bowie
The Hope Six Demolition Project – PJ Harvey
Post Pop Depression – Iggy Pop
A Moon Shaped Pool – Radiohead
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Lemonade – Beyonce
Ology – Gallant
We Are King – KING Malibu – Anderson .Paak
Anti – Rihanna
Best Rap Performance
No Problem – Chance the Rapper Ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
Panda – Desiinger
Pop Style – Drake Ft. The Throne
All The Way Up – Fat Joe & Remy Ma Ft. French Montana & Infared
That Part – ScHoolboy Q Ft. Kanye West
Best Rap/Sung Performance
Freedom – Beyonce Ft. Kendrick Lamar
Hotline Bling – Drake
Broccoli – D.R.A.M. Ft. Lil Yachty Ultralight Beam – Kanye West Ft. Chance the Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream
Famous – Kanye West Ft. Rihanna
Best Rap Album
Coloring Book – Chance the Rapper
And the Anonymous Nobody – De La Soul
Major Key – DJ Khaled
Views – Drake
Blank Face LP – ScHoolboy Q
The Life of Pablo – Kanye West
Best Country Solo Performance
Love Can Go to Hell – Brandy Clark
Vice – Miranda Lambert
My Church – Maren Morris
Church Bells – Carrie Underwood Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Source: Baltimore Sun
Different for Girls – Dierks Bentley Ft. Elle King 21 Summer – Brothers Osborne
Setting the World On Fire – Kenny Chesney & P!nk
Jolene – Pentatonix Ft. Dolly Patron
Think Of You – Chris Young with Cassadee Pope
Best Country Song
Blue Ain’t Your Color – Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey & Steven Lee Olsen, songwriters (Keith Urban)
Die A Happy Man – Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett & Joe Spargur, songwriters (Thomas Rhett)
Humble and Kind – Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw) My Church – busbee & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris)
Vice – Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
Best Country Album
Source: Verge Campus
Big Day in a Small Town – Brandy Clark
Full Circle – Loretta Lynn Hero – Maren Morris
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth – Sturgill Simpson
Ripcord – Keith Urban
Best Americana Album
Source: Slant Magazine
True Sadness – The Avett Brothers
This Is Where I Live – William Bell
The Cedar Creek Sessions – Kris Kristofferson
The Bird & The Rifle – Lori McKenna
Kid Sister – The Time Jumpers
We realize that we are now well into January, but it’s not too late to outline our plans for 2017. 2016 was a slow year for the website. Curtis and I are both busy people and the website has always been the first thing we sacrifice when we get short on time. The car ride Curtis mentioned in the Francis and the Lights piece [see it here] was big for us. It was the first time in a while that the two of us got to chat. We talked about a lot of things as we always do: music, sports, girls, style, and the website. It’s funny, no matter how long we go between conversations, we’re always on the same page about things. We came away from our car ride conversation with a new dedication to the website. Here are a few things you can expect from us in 2017.
As you’ve maybe already noticed, we’re going to be posting a lot more this year. We published only 13 pieces in 2016. This post will be our 5th post of the year, and we’ve got a few more in the hopper. We want to bring you more content. We want to you see something new whenever you check back in on the site.
More Community Engagement
We are going to be more plugged into the culture of our cities. While Curtis has been good at getting into the community in Saskatoon, I haven’t done enough in Calgary to pull from and add value to my community. That is going to change in 2017. There are so many talented people doing amazing things around us and we need to be interacting with these people. We want to showcase them. We will be launching a series of posts interviewing people who are doing great things in our communities. Also, we will be attending and documenting more events. The fashion culture is growing so quickly in both Saskatoon and Calgary and there are always very interesting events and meet ups happening. Look for us to be much more engaged in the community around us.
More Music-Related Content
Music has always been huge for Curtis and I. Every time we see each other there is always an unspoken competition to see who can play the best song that the other person hasn’t heard yet. The aux cord always goes back and forth when we’re ripping around town and the sentence “oh, have you heard…?” is often said. The beautiful thing about music is you both hear the same sounds, but it doesn’t necessarily evoke the same emotions. Some songs will always mean more to one person than to another, but it is something that brings us together. Music is a shared experience and that is so interesting to me as we live in such an individualistic society.
We’re going to be writing about new releases, live performances and our favourite albums of all time. We will jump into artists we love and what they mean to us. We’ll be making playlists of songs to get you through your work day or your road trip.
More Minimalistic Wardrobes
One of the conversations we had during the drive from Red Deer to Calgary was our personal style. I was surprised to hear we were both changing the way we currently approach style. We are both simplifying. Curtis and I have both gone through stages where we bought absolutely everything we could. We both own ridiculous amounts of clothing, but our attitude towards it is changing. I have 4 pairs of jeans but wear 2 of those pairs 90% of the time. I have a few high quality t-shirts that I wear a lot because I love how they fit. Sure, I layer on top of these basics, I am in no way a uniform dresser, but I have a core group of staples that I rely on and that you’ll be seeing a lot of this year.
I really admire Sean Hotchkiss as a creative and he recently wrote an amazing piece in GQ about being a menswear minimalist [read it here]. I’m not suggesting that Curtis and I are going to this extent, but look for a much more streamlined approach to fashion from us in 2017.
More Value for You
The whole purpose of this site is to provide value to you, the reader. We want you to learn things, to gain new insights and to look forward to our posts because you know they’ll benefit you in some way. In 2017, we’re going to double down on this focus. We want to answer your questions and to help you in any way we can. So please, engage with us on all our platforms. Ask us questions, tell us what you like and what you don’t. Each post we write is with you in mind so let us know how we’re doing.
We’re so thankful for each and every one of you. Thank you so much for following along and we hope 2017 is your best year yet!
First of all, I’ve never really viewed New Balance as anything more than a sneaker company until I laid eyes on this beautiful transitional jacket a few weeks ago. While lifestyle sneakers by New Balance are among the best out there, this bomber style jacket puts them right in the heart of the street style game. I love the coach-style block letters sprawled across the back. I can’t get enough of the contrasting snaps and cinch lace. The New Balance Classic Coach Jacket is a windbreaker by day and a game changer by night.
Norwood Clothing Company
Norwood is a Regina favorite clothing store and for good reason. They carry all the classic brands. All quality products – New Balance, Reigning Champ, Brixton & Levi’s to name a few of my favorites. I was shopping in there a few weeks ago with @vanpetays when I stumbled across this classic street piece. So now I have since reached for it every other day almost inevitably. Looks like I’ll have to pop back in to Norwood to say hello and see what else they have in store. (or you can shop them online)
In the heart of the prairies we have the pleasure of tangibly observing every season very distinctly. However there seems to be a small transitional phase in between all 4 seasons. As a result, we have become very crafty in our layering and clever in our wardrobes. Clever and stylish. In essence, this transitional period can be sometimes awkward to dress for. This New Balance coach jacket is the perfect neutral ground which is why I have such a vaunting opinion of it.
Brick & Mortar
Watch brick and mortar fall like dripping water, ugh!
– Chance the Rapper
In my humble supposition, brick & mortar is not dead. There is still so much value in sifting through racks and breathing in retail experiences. Brick and mortar gives boutiques the ability to create a vibe within a distinct environment. I’m really glad for the menswear culture shift that has inspired so many great clothing stores to have life. Norwood is among these shops and it feels good supporting the local scene. Having the ability to try on the New Balance Coach jacket is truly what sold me. To touch and feel and enjoy a garment before you purchase it cannot be replaced.
All Black Everything
See I fell asleep and had a dream
It was all black everything.
– Lupe Fiasco
Okay, so I’m not quite wearing all black everything. However, black on black outfits are a staple in my wardrobe right now. If there was a gun to my head and I was being forced to choose just one color for all my garments it would be black. It’s just so versatile and it plays nicely into the street style scene. I wear most of my black with moderation with some white or grey tones to maintain a balance.
Y’all act like you’ve never seen a Canadian tuxedo before. This denim on denim look goes to show that the Canadian tux isn’t dead. In fact, it’s not an awful 90’s play either. It really lends itself as a transition into the whole street style movement which is inevitably taking over my fits these days.
Function vs. fashion
This look is inspired by function as much as it is fashion. In the bitter Saskatchewan cold you need to layer garments that will block out the wind and retain warmth. The denim trucker by Levi’s is obviously a timeless classic that serves the purpose of a wind blocker. The cashmere wool blend topcoat hugs the denim close to your body and keeps in the heat while providing a natural stance pocket to keep your hands from freezing off as well. Other than my face looking cold, I’m warm and comfortable in this denim look.
Layering Is Key
Adding long, contrasting layering pieces has become a go-to move when dressing up for a weekend on the mean streets. These are pieces that add character and flare to keep a denim on denim look from being too elementary and monotonous. I love this button down by Saturdays NYC. It can be easily dressed up for a more casual event, or layered in to a denim street style combo. It is a very versatile piece. For the scooping white tee, let’s just say that a man can never own too many of these. You can wear them around your house paired with sweatpants, or layered under virtually any street style inspired outfit.
What says fresh to death like a pair of clean white Nikes? These classic pure white Air Max are really the icing on the cake to this look. Denim on denim can be worn casually with a tie and dress shoes. Denim on denim can also be worn with fresh white nikes and some layering tees giving you a whole different story.
These bitches want Nikes
They looking for a check
Tell ’em it ain’t likely
Said she need a ring like Carmelo
Must be on that white like Othello
All you want is Nikes
But the real ones
Just like you
Just like me
Jack & Jones Denim
I love the way Jack & Jones fits my legs. With denim, you really have to find a brand that fits you well and stick with it. I won’t say that I’m only going to buy J&J going forward because I’m keen on brands like Naked & Famous, Levi’s and Neuw but JJ has locked down a really good fit. Being a cuff roller by trade you will often see me letting my ankles breathe. It looks really clean with the shoes especially in a street style scenario.
Don’t Sleep On The Accessories
Dad hats, dad hats, dad hats. If you want to up the ante and really max out your street style looks you’re going to need one of these. A plain solid color hat, perhaps a small logo is the key. This one here is from our good homies over at Eleven03Apparel. The Daniel Wellington watch goes a long way too, another versatile piece that brings any look home.
They say street style don’t smile, this ones for a hater.
Music is something we haven’t touched on for our readers in a long time. When Francis and the Light’s album Farewell, Starlite! dropped, we couldn’t help but fall in love.
Farewell, Starlite! is absolute chemistry. A blend of R&B, Autotune, and synths, with no regard whatsoever for traditional song structure is what makes it so unique. I mean, if your debut album harnesses collaborators like Kanye West and Bon Iver you know it’s inferno.
In the car, driving from Red Deer to Calgary. Graeme and I haven’t jammed in a long time. As per usual, music fills the speakers of my VW Golf, it’s Farewell, Starlite! and it’s pure fire. Unique sounds like nothing I’ve ever heard before start to tell me a story. At first, I’m not really sure how to react; what genre is this? I quickly concluded that this music is not categorizable. It’s creative beyond any foreseen barriers. We let the whole album play out, start to finish. We take in every note, every melody, every finger click. Refreshing to the ears, it holds our interest to the very end, anticipating every beat. Great music and great company make for a quick drive.
Graeme and I have been listening to the likes of Bon Iver and Kanye West like it was gospel since we were kids. These are artists that collaborate and inspire some of our deepest memories together. In retrospect, it’s only fitting that an album so similar in Farewell, Starlite! triggers the same response in the medial temporal lobe of the brain.
Here is the video for our favorite track, Friends. As you can tell, Farewell, Starlite! is not only acoustically creative but its videos bring the exact same vibes that you would expect. To download the album on iTunes, click here.
Francis and the Lights - Friends ft. Bon Iver and Kanye West - YouTube
I walked into the store and asked for Max. Five minutes later we had 15 pieces in a change room for me to try on. Ten minutes later Max and I were laughing and joking as though we’d known each other for a long time. This is the KIXS life I’d heard so much about. In addition to offering a range of brands you normally don’t find in a mall, they offer an experience you definitely don’t expect at a mall. The KIXS life.
Founded in 2009, KIXS now has nine stores in Alberta and one in BC. They have always been on our radar, I stop by their shop in The Core regularly, but it has taken a little while to work on a project together. My friend Luke, whose blog I would happily link to if he ever got around to publishing it, asked if I would model for a lookbook featuring KIXS clothing. I told him I’d be happy to. With Max’s help we pulled some looks from KIXS Cross Iron and hit up 17th ave. With frequent stops at Clive Burger [check it out here], we ventured up and down the avenue shooting in the dusk. Max was the loyal packhorse and Luke’s talent was on full display. We had a great time and got many excellent shots along the way.
Let’s circle back around to the pulling of looks at KIXS Cross Iron. It was ridiculously easy. KIXS stocks the brands and clothing I like to wear. Max and I walked through the store and had more than enough pieces for the lookbook in minutes. In fact, I felt bad for Max because he had to put all the clothes back that we didn’t use. The range of brands at KIXS is wide and they have lots of price points and styles. It’s safe to say they can make anyone look good for a very reasonable prive.
Let’s talk about some of the brands we used in the shoot. Neuw Denim really has our attention lately. While known for their denim program they have been putting out amazing tops and outerwear as well. Vitaly is an incredible brand out of Toronto providing perfect basics and accessories. Their more advanced offerings are cut beautifully and have great texture. i love ugly is a very challenging brand creating very exciting pieces. I’m sure you’ve heard of Zanerobe, but they are much more than joggers now. Their tops have really come a long way. While these are just some of the brands KIXS offers, we heavily recommend them.
I am working on simplifying my wardrobe and I wanted to showcase that in this lookbook. We wanted to let the quality of the clothing speak for itself. Also, we made sure to build looks that were easy to replicate. Other than the camo pants you’ll see when you scroll down, we stuck to staple colours. You’ll never regret adding black or forest green to your closet. One quick recommendation, add a knit piece that has some texture if you don’t own a couple already. The sweaters in the first and seconds looks aren’t flashy, but they draw attention because of their fabric. Wearing a textured sweater with jeans will make you the best dressed guy in the room in an understated way.
I didn’t want to use all Luke’s pictures – he took tons of great ones and has plans to use them. Here are just a few photos of each look and an explanation what I wore. Go see Max at Cross Iron if you live close. If not, find out if you live close to one of KIXS other locations [here]. I promise you an incredible shopping experience. It won’t take much time for you to live the KIXS life yourself. If you aren’t close enough to a KIXS location, their online shop will look after you [here].
Neuw Combat Knit in olive
Vitaly Double Scoop Tee in black
Zanerobe Scrambler in tough black
Vitaly Strejk Necklace in silver
Vitaly Fishtail Sweater in black
Vitaly A-Cut Tee in black
Zanerobe Sureshot Jogger in tan
Vitaly Strejk Necklace in silver
Zanerobe Pack Crew in peat
Vitaly Double Scoop Tee in black
i love ugly Zespy Pant in camo green
Vitaly Strejk Necklace in silver
Vitaly Dubbel Bracelet in black
Have you experienced the KIXS life? Tell us your story in the comments below!
I rolled over, turned off my alarm and immediately opened Instagram. Full of excitement, the day had finally arrived. John Elliott was showing his 10th collection and his 5th at New York Fashion Week on Instagram live. I watched the entire show on my incredibly cracked iPhone. While I couldn’t make out much detail, the overall vibe of the show was captivating. A few hours later I watched Mark Anthony Green of GQ sit down with John and chat about the collection. We’ve posted that conversation at the bottom of the post, so check it out! Finally, I got an email I had waited for all day. John released the show’s look book on his website – my first really good look at the collection. As always, John Elliott killed it.
It can be tough running a men’s lifestyle website from western Canada. Yes, it has been incredible to watch the community grow over the past few years and it is our goal to get even more plugged into the culture this year [read about that – here], but we are very far away from all the big menswear events. While Curtis and I have often talked about hitting up NYFW: Mens one day, we haven’t been able to make it work. We are thankful for designers who embrace technology and live stream their shows. Sure, we aren’t getting the full experience but it’s nice to be able to enter into the designer’s vision through technology.
John Elliott has been on our radar for a while now. Founded in 2012 in L.A., John Elliott was first named one of GQ’s Best New Menswear Designers in 2014. When GQ did a 10 year anniversary All Star team of BNMD in 2016, John Elliott made that list as well. He has always said he only makes clothes that he wants to wear. Luckily for him, he has impeccable taste and has tons of people who want to wear the clothes he makes. I’m one of those people.
We’re going to do a full brand profile on John Elliott at some point this year, so instead of getting deep into the brand, I’m going to show you some of the looks I loved from the Stretch The Floor – F/W 17 collection. The concept was two teams arriving at the arena to play a basketball game. One team has an old school coach who forces them to dress up on game day while the other coach lets his team wear what they want to the game. All photos are courtesy of John Elliott.
This zip denim trucker is unreal!
This coat is one of the standout pieces of the entire collection. I can’t wait to get a more detailed look at it.
I didn’t think I’d ever see John Elliott get into suiting. You see it throughout the collection.
The turtleneck – windbreaker – bomber jacket layering is impeccable.
Forrest green is a colour we are very big on right now.
This look is why John is so talented. A windbreaker under a cardigan shouldn’t look as good as this does.
This is a nice, simple look that has been executed perfectly.
I struggle to make denim on denim look as good as John does here.
Another master class in layering. Maroon and black always look great together.
Yes, you can wear white jeans in the winter. We encourage it.
I really like this unstructured coat. It might not be warm enough on a winter day, but it looks so good.
NikeLab x John Elliott Vandal High
As part of the collection, John Elliott also unveiled his latest collaboration with NikeLab – his take on the Vandal high silhouette. In the interview with MAG, he talks about buying Vandals in high school because he could play basketball and skateboard in them without sacrificing style. Crafted with suede and featuring a leather tongue, these shoes will look good with anything and everything in your closet. [Shoe photos courtesy of Hypebeast]
So, those are my favourite looks from John Elliott’s latest collection. What do you think? Head over to his website to see the entire collection and let us know what looks you loved. [See the entire look book here]
If you’re interested, here is John Elliott’s full interview with Mark Anthony Green of GQ.