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Paul Mason opening the show. Photo taken by Andrea Vacl.

TOM* Designer Spotlight: Christopher Bates

Christopher Bates has come a long way since 2009 when he launched his eponymous label. Now producing and designing his collections exclusively and entirely in Milan, — where he trained at the legendary Istituto Marangoni — Bates is bringing his touch of refinement to the Canadian menswear scene. The Vancouverite was the only menswear designer in the …

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The designer, Benjamin Lafaille. Photo taken by Andrea Vacl.

TOM* Designer Spotlight: LAFAILLE

Montréal designer Benjamin Lafaille isn’t designing for the everyday person. His take on menswear is a testament to the subculture corners of the Internet. From outlandish and provocative silhouettes to prints lifted from the recesses of Tumblr and transplanted on t-shirts, LAFAILLE is a brand that gets people noticed. His clothing is about showing off: …

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Photo taken by Andrea Vacl.

TOM* Designer Spotlight: Hip and Bone

Last week, Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM) held a successful third season showcasing 12 Spring/Summer 2016 collections. While the event began just last year, it has since grown to and international level. As the men’s fashion industry becomes more prominent for consumers of all genders, TOM fittingly saw its most extraordinary week yet. This season’s shows, held from August 19 …

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Photo taken by Danny Ross at Suka Clothing in Edmonton

What you wear; Where it’s from

It’s easy to get high fashion items at discount prices. However, most people don’t know where their clothes come from or why they’re so cheap. Jennifer Sharpes’ documentary, Traceable, follows the concept-to-production journey of Canadian designer Laura Siegels’ debut at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, highlighting the state of fast fashion, which follows Siegel’s quest for transparency within the clothing …

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