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Roots Canada and Huck Magazine have collaborated on a radical Spring/Summer collection that’s scheduled to drop in May 2015. Staying true to Huck’s vision of celebrating people and movements that ‘paddle against the flow,’ Roots aimed to focus on that mantra with quality apparel and leather goods to represent the quality of living life unconditionally.

Made locally in Canada for a world of possibilities, this collaborated collection is honoured in celebration of Huck’s Paddle Against the Flow book release with insight on cultural influencers, living creative lives. Catering and relating to its lifestyle beliefs, Roots has built an inspiring premium collection from local quality materials meant to withstand any adventure one’s creative mind may paddle them to.

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Originated in 1973, Roots has always been a supporter of the independent, organic spirit, which ties well with Huck’s Paddle Against the Flow philosophy as its principles are rooted (pun intended) in celebrating people and roaming the globe to document and unfold grassroots counterculture.

Seeking out freethinkers who are wellspring of new thoughts and ideas, such as the rebellious heritage of surfers and skaters, Roots Canada and Huck have creative an ideal lifestyle collection, which caters to both male and female within the community.

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Huck has always been inspired by DIY principles and Roots chimed in with their classic design aesthetics. The “Paddle Against the Flow Exclusive Awards Jacket” mimics Roots’ classic varsity bomber with leather and wool detailing. In addition, it’s tees, long sleeves, and three-quarter shirts are made with Roost’s choice of 100% organic cotton; and its “Vagabond” long sleeve and “Maker” full-zip hoody are made with French Terry cloth. A timeless “Paddle Against the Flow Exclusive Student Pack” stays true to Roots’ classic leather backpack aesthetic. The entire collaborated collection has all the ideal pieces needed to withstand any adventure forthcoming this spring and summer seasons, including the “Paddle Against the Flow Hardcover Huck Magazine”. This will certainly come in handy for stimulating creative reading material when road tripping.

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Be on a lookout for the entire collection come May 2015.

Posted by Christina Cheng

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PKG – Distinguished Digital Carry Goods

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Andy and Mike Priestman don’t believe in fashion over function. They think we deserve both and we agree! The brothers are the brains behind the beautiful brand known as, PKG, which caters to the urban commuter.

“We focus on versatility, functionality and timelessness.” With that in mind, they’ve managed to create something that can endure, “the 9-5 grind with your laptop, as well as for a Sunday in the city, a visit to the gym or an overnight trip.” The light-weight, weather resistant fabrics heighten the functionality; perfect for the person always on the move.

“It’s not necessarily about inventing something brand new, but it’s utilizing existing elements in a way that hasn’t been done before to create a product with new meaning and value to the end-user.” The brothers say the experience is very rewarding explaining, “At the end of the day, you’re building something with the people closest to you, so it makes all the small successes along the way, that much more fulfilling.”

Check out their gear and let us know what you think!

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For more info: nice-pkg.com

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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Muttonhead presents its second annual holiday collection entitled, High & Dry, which features favorable winter pieces and quality essentials. The latest lookbook collection was shot in Iceland by Eric Greene, and showcases a slew of Muttonhead’s latest Fall/Winter basic additions including: Classic and Two-Toned Crewneck sweaters, Quilted Coaches Jackets, and their most popular textured 6-Panel Wool Camel and 5-Panel Cord hats. Captured in some of the most rustic and scenic locations of Iceland, the collection’s use of neutral and earth tone colourways contrast well with the peaceful backdrop. Inspired by Iceland’s mountains and beautiful wild horses, the latest FW collection incorporates additional high-quality pieces such as: Mountain Socks, Wild Horses Blankets, and Magic Mountain Longsleeve tees. Muttonhead steers its High & Dry collection into a more lifestyle-focused brand.

Shop the collection now and pull outfit inspirations from their latest lookbook.

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Photography by Eric Greene

Posted by Christina Cheng

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In today’s health conscious society, living a healthy and organic lifestyle has become indispensable to the longevity of life. This is not only applicable to nutrition and health, but also to skincare. Trinitae has recently opened its first ever flagship store in Toronto that offers unique, all-natural skincare products using a combination of organic cleansing salt and soothing mud from the Dead Sea, with extracts and botanicals from locally sourced herbs, fruits, and plants of the Jordan Valley.

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According to Ariane Laezza, co-owner of Nubi Trading Co. she says:

“A lot of the plants such as the Succulents and Aloe Vera are elements that we have in our Trinitae products. It’s high enriching, paraben free, sulfate free, and naturally sourced. That’s something that people are really interested in these days; they want to know what goes into their products.”

The Aloe Vera mud line is one of Trinitae’s most popular as its base product incorporates a simplistic blend of Dead Sea minerals and Aloe Vera. The body lotions, hand creams, and facial masks are said to be this winter season’s go-to items because Aloe Vera is known to typically have healing property as it balances your body’s natural moisture.

Being that the human skin is the largest organ of the body, it’s crucial to understand what your skin absorbs. As for Trinitae, their bath crystals and aroma therapy oils are their most pure items because it is sourced from Dead Sea crystals right from the Dead Sea Mud of Jordan, combined with natural botanicals that offer no artificial scents and colours. All Trinitae’s ingredients come from the fruit, vegetables and herbs of Jordan, which in turn provide a wide range of natural scents: Rosemary, Rubina, Herbal Citrus, Lavender, Vanilla, and Patchouli.

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“Aroma Therapy products are apart of feeling better and taking care of yourself through the power of scent,” Ariane said. Our luxury soaps are also really delicate and beautiful, which are enriched with Dead Sea minerals and have natural scents and colouring such as: Pomegranate, Orange Blossom, and Apricots.”

The Jordanian-based brand is designed to envelop the senses and soothe the soul, carrying a wide range of restorative products including: balancing cleansing milk, herbal balancing toner, moisture replenishing day cream, and enriching body lotion.

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“Even though we’re a skincare line, it’s more about a lifestyle brand so it’s not just the skincare portion we believe in, it’s also eating well, drinking lots of water, having passion in life, and enjoying what you’re doing. Our motto here is: Love Yourself First.”

With Valentine’s Day just weeks away, Ariane predicts her best selling item will be the Aromatherapy Dead Sea Salt Crystals with romantic Rose botanicals.

In addition, their latest face line with Dead Sea minerals and rose extracts has been a top gifting package which includes: Day and night cream, cleaning milk, eye serum, and toner.

“Our age demographic is a wide net and gifting ideas are endless,” she said.

“We can customize your packages as we have five different gift boxes that range from $35 – $200+ and despite only been open in November, we’ve noticed a lot of men and women enjoy the line. It’s a bit more unisex— everybody should be able to take time to pamper themselves!”

Trinitae has you covered from skincare to homecare with their: Aromatherapy line, Original line, Massage Oils, Aloe Vera mud line, Pure Dead Sea muds and salts, Bath crystals with botanicals, Luxury soaps and scrubs, as well as the Room Diffusing oils.

Gift a loved one and pamper yourself. Visit Trinitae’s new Toronto flagship store on Queen St. West and Niagara (254 Niagara Street).

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Posted by Christina Cheng

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Last night we attended the Monogram Dinner by Design event in Toronto, founded by GE Monogram Appliances and Azure Magazine as a way to celebrate design talents and to raise funds for two incredible organizations: Casey House & The Design Exchange. The concept of the event provides a unique dinner and cocktail experience highlighting well-know interior designers, architects, decorators and influential members of the design community. We participated in the ‘Cocktail by Design’ portion of the evening and saw everything from minimalist design, class & sophistication, to some unique and extremely artsy settings. See some of our favourites below.

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Watch a beautiful recap video from last year’s event in Vancouver.

For more info: dinnerxdesign.com

Thanks to the good folks at Kronenbourg 1664 for the invite.

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SPiN Toronto has become the hottest Ping-Pong social club in the city’s eclectic entertainment district on King Street West. Equipped with 12 high-quality Ping-Pong tables, Olympic-quality flooring, custom-designed lighting and two full service bars, it’s inevitably the go-to spot to fulfill a night of fun with a competitive edge. Building a community that consists of sportsmanship; SPiN Toronto has collaborated on four limited edition graphic tees, designed by Toronto-based artisans including: Doublenaut, Good Kids, Brianne Donut, and Fieldguided. Entitled, “White Dove and Paddles,” “SPiN Kombat,” “Funny Paddle Faces,” and “White Paddles,” each design is unique and available in both basic tees and raglans that are suitably themed for the sport at hand. The collection is exclusive as it’s limited to just 45 shirts per style. These shirts make for the ideal gift to represent your respective Ping-Pong teams. They are currently available for purchase at $38 a piece at 461 King St. West, Lower Level.

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For those interested in joining, SPiN Toronto is open seven days a week between the hours of noon to 1AM from Sunday through Wednesday, and between noon to 2AM from Thursday through Saturday. All are welcome and membership packages are also available.

For more information visit: toronto.spingalactic.com

Tell ‘em we sent ya!

Posted by Christina Cheng

Previously: SPiN Toronto’s Spring Menu

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3•W•Y (When We Were Young) releases their latest winter ’15 lookbook collection entitled, Jameson & Cigarettes, while drawing lifestyle inspirations from their own home city of Toronto. Photographer Barbora Simkova, incorporates the city’s skyline with rustic elements of brick and mortar, which characteristically contrasts well with 3•W•Y’s clean aesthetic.

“Toronto is our home and our goal is to always showcase the city and its aesthetics as true to self.”

Paying homage to the eclectic Toronto Fashion District, the lookbook highlights three of the most popular pieces in the collection: the Ruche Pants, the Vance Bomber Trench, and the Ranger Camo Bomber. Toronto’s rising artist, VITAL, showcases the collection’s use of simplicity, clean lines, and basic must-have winter pieces. Essentially catering to practicality and versatility, the lookbook centres its perfect go-to items that’ll easily take you from morning to evening.

Aside from dropping a fresh collection, 3•W•Y has been working on multiple projects and collaborations including: A sneaker collab. with Filling Pieces— which has been published in Hypebeast’s FW14 lookbook and various other style blogs. In addition, they have expanded their premium stockist accounts with Hypebeast’s online worldwide shop, Contraband in Canada’s Toronto and Vancouver locations, and many more.

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Visit 3-w-y.com and shop their entire collection.

Posted by Christina Cheng

Previously: 3•W•Y – Spring 2014

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Torontonian vintage heads are in for another treat as founders Josh Roter and Chantal Varela of, In Vintage We Trust (IVWT), expands their e-commerce market and opens its first ever retail headquarters store in the city’s ever growing Parkdale area. With their innate ability in retail, wholesale, design and fashion consultation, their passion lies in vintage clothing.

“eBay has been an excellent platform for us to grow our business internationally. However, the majority of our customers are not located in Canada. We knew that we wanted to bring IVWT to the local market and the best place to do that is right here, in the heart of Parkdale,” said co-owner Josh Roter.

Having earned its share of recognition and winning the eBay ‘Service-preneur of the Year’ award, IVWT guarantees to source some of the rarest vintage garments on the face of the earth by bringing the best of workwear, sportswear, military, and popular culture to the Toronto market. Both Josh and Chantal’s approach to vintage is unique as they aim to create a new way to view vintage menswear along with excellent customer service and product knowledge.

“We pride ourselves in being able to provide a back history to all of the items that sit inside our store.”

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Inside the newly opened brick and mortar shop, you will find some of the vintage industry’s most elusive hand-picked garments that you simply can’t (and won’t) find anywhere else.

Despite another vintage shop coveted on the West Queen West strip, In Vintage We Trust believes itself to differ from the typical vintage clothing experience as they have grown from being an online shop (in 2010) to one of the top names for international vintage menswear and collectibles at fair market value.

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Support the ever growing vintage wave and visit their newly opened retail location at 1580 Queen Street West, visit them online invintagewetrust.com, or follow IVWT on Instagram @invtgwetrust.

Posted by Christina Cheng

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Follow Joffrey Lupul on his off days at some of his favourite spots in the city. From his local coffee shop, to his favourite live music venue, to his “boys night out” steak house. Rate his style by Gotstyle and for every vote, Joffrey Lupul and Gotstyle will donate $1.00 to local charity – The Remix Project. Last year the #LupulStyle collaboration raised $25,000 for the True Patriot Love Foundation, this season they’re looking to raise even more for The Remix Project.

VOTE HERE: lupulstyle.com

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To learn more about The Remix Project, please visit: theremixproject.ca

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The Remix Project was created in order to help level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged, marginalized and under served communities. Our programs and services serve youth who are trying to enter into the creative industries or further their formal education; The REMIX Project provides top-notch alternative, creative, educational programs, facilitators and facilities. Our mission is to help refine the raw talents of young people from across the GTA in order to help them find success as participants define it and on their own terms.

The Remix Project is now accepting applications for the following youth programs.

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APPLY NOW (DEADLINE: DEC 27TH, 2014)

For more info: theremixproject.ca

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PEKOTA – Designed & Made In Canada

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We met Marco Pecota, Owner and Creative Director of PEKOTA, a Toronto-based boutique design firm, at the “RISE UP” party by DX and were wowed by his stunning designs throughout the venue; fitting for a party that is dedicated to design excellence! We had to know more so we caught up with Marco to talk art and design.

1. You wear many different hats, from publishing to film; why venture into furniture, how did you start?
I have always loved design. Once I finished designing and rebuilding my home a few years back, I felt a craving for more design. The hobby of building my first chair quickly turned into a small side business and then into a full blown design company.

2. Describe your creative process.
I am inspired by the design of the early 20th century. Not just furniture but also automotive, aviation and architecture. Combining this passion with an industrial edge has led me to design what I like to call “Industrial Elegance.” Everything I design starts with pencil to paper. I sketch out the design which is then converted into technical drawings and finally into 3D renderings. From there it goes to steel fabrication via laser cutting and CNC forming. After that we craft the wood components in house and handle all of the finishing and packaging.

3. Made and designed in Canada; why is this important to you?
Being made in Canada is very important as it allows me to have greater quality control over our products. I am hands on throughout the entire process allowing for quick changes to perfect the piece. This also allows for quick customization for customers. It is also important for me to support our local suppliers because it fosters a manufacturing community.

4. What do you hope people experience through PEKOTA designs?
I hope that people find my pieces both beautiful and original. I think that any art form should aspire to achieve this. Our pieces should make people feel comfortable and inspired.

5. Favourite experiences via designing?
I enjoy the entire process: from researching inspirational designs, to capturing a new look, to the process of manufacturing. There is great satisfaction in seeing a fresh idea come to reality in the matter of a few weeks.

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For more info: pekota.com

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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From Street Art To Feet Art

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Toronto-based sock wear brand Huely transformed their latest Street Art Collection (Series 02) with the help of co-founder and lead curator Nate Kogan. Nate selected eight of Toronto’s top street artists including SPUD, Uber5000, Anser, Darryl Graham, Lazerhorse, Paul Byron, Justin Pape, and Poser. Each artist designed their own Huely sock, drawing on inspiration from their respective styles.

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Remember when getting a pair of socks at Christmas was the worst gift ever? There’s a good chance most of the men out there would welcome a pair of Huely’s this holiday season!

SHOP HERE huely.com

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