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Summer Essentials

Patio? Cottage? Music Festival? Beach? Jays Game? I could go on but you get the point. The summer is a great time to be out and about and to help get you through the summer months in style, we've highlighted a few warm-weather classics that should be in every guys wardrobe. Not only do quality staples provide a solid foundation on which you can build your daily looks, integrating classic, versatile pieces into your wardrobe will allow you to effortlessly pull together outfits for any occasion that arises.

White T-Shirt: We've all seen those bad ass images of James Dean from the 50s wearing a white crew neck t-shirt and it remains as much of a wardrobe stable today as it was back then. A crisp white crew neck paired with well-fitting jeans and a bomber jacket is one of the quickest ways to effortless cool. A crisp t-shirt can be worn with shirts, jeans, and under your sweaters. Todd Snyder + Champion takes their basic t-shirts to the next level by using dyed yarns that give the fabric a soft touch. Outclass adds a little detail to theirs with a chambray pocket and elongated back hem.

 

Short-Sleeve Button-Up: Maybe it's synonymous with a global fast food chain’s uniform, but a smart-casual short-sleeve button-up cannot only be stylish but practical too. Do away with thicker, heavier weaves and opt for a summer staple like a seersucker shirt from Portuguese Flannel.  A little pattern never hurt anyone either. A casual button up can add some life to an otherwise boring outfit, like the 18 Waits White Paisley Shirt.

 

Linen Shirt: Sticking with shirts for a minute, Linen is a labour-intensive material to manufacture, but it's valued for its exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather. It’s a very durable, strong fabric, and one of the few that are stronger wet than dry. We've got a few from Woolrich and Outclass this season. And remember to embrace the wrinkles but if you're worried about looking unkept, look for a cotton/linen blend to help keep the wrinkles at bay. Luckily we have a couple from Outclass and Bon Vivant.

 

Slim Shorts: As the mercury rises, you’re going to want to let your legs breathe in a pair of shorts. And the most versatile style on the market has to be slim shorts, which looks just as good teamed with a short-sleeved shirt (see above) as it does a plain white tee (see above). The Keenan Short from Bon Vivant and The Slim Short from 18 Waits will be your friend all summer long.

 

Summer Fragrance: During the summer heat, your body produces more oil and sweat, causing scents to project stronger than ever. As a result, in the summer you need lighter fragrances that don't become offensive when they project in the heat. The best summer scents tend to be light and fresh with fruity or citrusy characteristics, because those are the scents that people think of when they think of warm weather. The Samphire and Gorse Eau de Toilette's from Laboratory Perfumes have notes of Juniper Berries/Citrus Oil and Coconut/Citrus, respectively. 

SS16 Looks - April Showers

There's a reason they say "April showers bring May flowers" (originally "Sweet April showers/Do spring May flowers"). April is a chaotic month in terms of weather. As we've witnessed here in Toronto this month, one day the weather can change from springtime sunshine to winter sleet and snow. In our first LOOKS of the Spring/Summer season, we take a look at your options to combat the rain.

Woolrich John Rich & Bros. - Teton Rudder Jacket - This technical, short hooded jacket features Woolrich's Teton technical fabric. Waterproof, breathable and durable, this outerwear piece is the perfect companion to keep you dry in and out of the city. Other details include hand-warmer welt pockets, a drawstring hood and adjustable cuffs.

Muttonhead - Waterproof 5-Panel Cap - Made from a dual layered soft-shell fleece, it's 100% waterproof and features an adjustable back leather strap that makes it easy to tighten or loosen to your desired fit. Whether it’s worn to shelter your eyes from the sun or to cover up a bad hair day on a rainy day, the Muttonhead 5-panel hat is sure to do the trick.

Outclass - Twill Pant - Olive Slevedge - These made in Toronto pants are constructed using a soft, selvedge cotton twill fabric and herringbone pocketing. They feature selvedge detailing on the double coin pockets, tonal stitching and an embossed leather patch. 

18 Waits - Neuwirth Shirt - Natural/Blue Stripe The Neuwirth shirt is a style often used as a blank canvas to craft more creative pieces such as this beauty. Everything else that we love about the Neuwirth remains such as the slim fit & hidden button down collar. However, this particular shirt features 45% Linen, providing a lighter-weight fabric for the warmer temperatures. 

Introducing Bon Vivant

As a Torontonian, I'm definitely envious of Montreal. Don't get me wrong, I love Toronto but Montreal is such a great city with such a great vibe. Compared to Toronto, Montreal has an edgier fashion sense (in my opinion), which I admire. Luckily it's not that far of a drive from Toronto so I try to make it there at least once a year. A new label doing their thing in the Plateau district of Montreal is Bon Vivant. Bon Vivant, which refers to someone who enjoys the finer things in life, is the in-house line of their namesake store (formally called Boutique Alibi) and is made in Quebec. Muddy George is proud to be the exclusive stockist of Bon Vivant outside of Montreal. Shop the collection here.

It all started when owner Jean-Mathieu Vincent set out to create the perfect button-down shirt. Paying very close attention to the details - what kind of buttons are used, how big the collar is, the pockets, where it drops to - Bon Vivant has been meticulously designed to fit the modern man - slim and simple, no fuss. In addition to the fit, Jean-Mat collaborates with Japanese fabric mills to create exquisite cloth that suit the tastes of the everyday man.

Recently the line has expanded into chinos, shorts, tees and other accessories. According to Jean-Mat, Bon Vivant is "for the guy who is getting older, but who still wants to wear, not necessarily funky, but something different. He cares about quality and fit.”