Fashion

2013 - The Year it All Began

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An idea and a dream. The idea for Eng•lish Menswear was just around making quality garments in Canada. Specifically I set out to design garments that I could wear day into night. That worked with not against our environment. I love technical wear, I love work wear. The idea that if you make a garment correctly it will go on to live several lives to get repaired and donated. Not thrown away. The first collection was simple a few oxford shirts in Japanese cotton, some wool overshirts in a Canadian wool, some fleeces in recycled Canadian fabric, and then a...

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2014 - Is this Menswear?

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2014 was the year it happened. My first season was fall winter 2013 and though that positive reception the ship had set sail. 2014 was a crazy fucking year. I quit my job at a whim. I had a fashion collection I really wanted to see come to fruition. Thus I made the sceptial decision to open a retail location to essinatly stock my own clothing. If no one was going to book my minimum order I guess I would. Although this also required me to face the facts that I wasn't really a real business let along a sustainable fashion...

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2015 - Writing on the Wall

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2015 was a really hard year when I start to look back. It really was when the reality of being a business owner started to hit home. Although, in time I have come to love the phrase creative comes when constraints are applied. At the time I was frustrated and feeling a little lost. The year came with an early decision to make more oxford shirts and sweatshirts. Hindsight of course I would perhaps have pivoted away from oxfords and gone more into casual wear with sweatshirts, tee shirts and the like. The change in design to a simple sweatshirt...

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2016 - The end of Is this Menswear?

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2016 marked the last year I designed clothing. Although there were some printed tee shirts I included them in the 2015 collection as they spiturally belong there. The fleece collection was the first time I returned to the fabric since the original 2013 collection. I was really excited to see the similar bonded fabric that would give me contract to play with. The colour options were strong with the teal/ grey and black/ grey being very nice to work with. The jacket was inspired by the jacket liners from an m-65 field coat. Also guaranteeing it would work as a...

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