For the less-travelled, Canada seems a far-off, barren land of ice and maple syrup. To the initiated it is anything but, with metropolitan cities like Vancouver and Toronto (which was just featured on Vogue's coolest neighbourhoods list!) it not only boasts a thriving economy and arts scene, it is also home to some rising stars in the Canadian menswear game.
As parts of Canada are sweating it out in scorching temperatures, the heat wave isn't the only thing heating up across the pond. Here are five Canadian menswear designers bringing new fire to the industry.
Having studied Fine Art in Toronto and interned with Proenza Schouler in NYC before launching his namesake label, it is not difficult to see how his background inspired his brand's aesthetic. Offering up a new relaxed ease and approach to menswear, Andrew Coimbra mixes fine fabrics, contemporary art-inspired prints and loose tailoring for a look that is distinctively his own. Often referencing Canadian artists or natural disasters, his work is rife with references which address serious topics yet maintain their sartorial edge.
Equally comfortable in the boardroom and on the red carpet, the Dalla man is both classic and contemporary with a penchant for the finer things in life. Drawing inspiration from its creative directors jet-set life, Dalla collections always feature standout formal wear, along with modern takes on traditional menswear elements like camo and houndstooth. Dalla suits have been spotted on the Met Gala red carpet as well as the Grammys, so it's high time you invest in one too.
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This self-taught seamster created a line of elevated, streetwear basics that are now carried in a select group of boutiques. David Kollar spends countless hours perfecting the fit and cut of each garment, and an equal amount of consideration goes into his decision as to which retailers can stock his line. The Kollar online shop, which is home to snap-bottom skinny denim and longline tees, frequently sells out, so scoop up this exclusive brand while you can.
Having graduated from FIT's prestigious Menswear Design program, interned with industry giants Marc Jacobs and Robert Geller, designer Ken Chow has a CV to match the exacting standards that go into his bags and garments. With a focus on utilitarian design and sleek, modern details, Krane's accessories and ready-to-wear merge industrial and unexpected details with the familiarity of vintage uniforms.
Championing unisex dressing, Rad Hourani has a special place on this list. Not only is he the first Canadian to be invited to present couture by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris, but he's also the first to be invited to show a unisex line. His work focuses on fluid lines, premium draped fabrics and is free of limit, gender and boundary. Look to Rad Hourani for oversized, boiled, wool coats when the temperature drops and fresh takes on basics like vest tops and tote bags.
Words by Tyler Kenny