To continue our celebration of Canadian fashion this month, we reached out to one of the country’s best-known bloggers, Alexander Liang of Kenton magazine, to curate a sale of the must-have pieces for spring. Here, he expounds on his favorite picks — as well as the best menswear spot in Toronto, the coolest trend right now, and one thing no man should ever wear.
How would you describe your style?
Rough yet refined — I love mixing a more casual and distressed aesthetic with refined pieces. I really like to be comfortable with what I wear, but at the same time I’m definitely a fan of luxury – and for people who have ever bought anything from a luxury brand, you understand the experience and what that’s like.
What’s something every guy should be wearing this spring to stay ahead of the trends?
Definitely taking inspiration from sport — I think there’s a lot of brands that are doing edgy and modern sport with mesh and jerseys, and there’s also the classic varsity look that’s been around for a couple seasons now. I love mixing sneakers into outfits, like wearing suits with sneakers.
What’s something no man should be wearing right now?
I’m pretty open to everything — I think everyone should do what they want to do, and that everyone’s style is different because everyone’s personality is different. But I will say that you shouldn’t be wearing something that you think is on trend but you don’t feel comfortable in.
Who’s the most well-dressed man in Canadian history?
That’s a good one… I would say that Dean and Dan [Caten, of DSquared2] are very representative of Canadian fashion today on the more global scale, and I think they have an aesthetic that’s pretty clear and that people know.
What is on your shopping list right now?
Everything. [laughs] Right this moment, though, I’m really into finding a great camel coat since it’s still so cold here. For spring, I’m on the hunt for a fresh pair of white jeans to really wear through the season.
What are your favorite Toronto menswear spots?
There’s a brand and store here called Klaxon Howl, and they have a really cool boutique for men. It’s a lot more of a lifestyle situation, where you walk in and have a coffee, and the designer is often there and he’ll go into the details of the clothes with you.
What are your favorite pieces from your curated sale?
Randolph Engineering aviator sunglasses: I have a pair of Randolph Engineering aviators and they’ve been my go-to sunglasses — you can’t go wrong with aviators!
7 For All Mankind Slimmy: White jeans can sometimes seem hard to pull off, but this Slimmy fit is the perfect cut for white denim — it’s slim, but not too skinny, which is exactly what you want your white jeans to be.
Billionaire Boys Club floral jacket: Floral prints are a big trend for men this spring and summer. This jacket is casual and incorporates a cool, dark floral print that makes a statement without being over the top.
Omega De Ville Prestige watch: Classic style, simple yet luxurious. The gold case and light brown leather strap are a beautiful combination for spring.
Eastland Made in Maine moccasin shoes in orange: The orange leather makes for a nice pop of color that’s still muted enough to work with a variety of outfits. They’ll also look fantastic with your white jeans.