Walking down the stairs to the newly re-opened Club Monaco men’s shop on Bloor st. feels almost forbidden for a girl. The hall way filled with real books, old posters and charming little treasures that looked like they were collected over the years from traveling all over the world. Wooden floors, ethnic rugs, smell of leather and whiskey makes me feel like I just stepped into a real gentlemen’s club; but this club is not just for men.
The shop is warm and welcoming, filled with old cabinets that house beautiful clothes. Every corner of this small space houses a surprise; vintage watches, handmade ties, beautiful leather shoes and soft cashmere.
For the re-opening event, Garrison’s Barbershop and Harry Klien, a local barber and a professional shoeshiner, each had a corner to add to provider their services to the shoppers. In the back corner, Proof Brands whiskey had set up a bar, offering great Canadian made whiskey.
Somewhere in the back at the cash area the men behind this amazing visual adventure were hanging out. Continue Reading
After receiving my Founding Member’s pass for my sneak preview of Mr Porter this weekend, I decided to share some of the great pieces (in my opinion!) that I found on this website. Don’t forget, Mr Porter is officially launching tomorrow Feb. 22, 2011. See you all there!
Marni Leather Safari Jacket $2185
Burberry Prorsum double breasted trench coat $1840
Lanvin Zip up hooded top $485
Jill Sander Contrast-trim cashmere cardigan $975
Alexander McQueen Asymetric wool cardigan $1075
On Friday the 18th of February, the highly anticipated online luxury men’s only fashion retailer Mr Porter opened for business for a few lucky “Founding Members”. Having the entire long weekend to go through the website and drool over some of the pieces, I thought it would be great idea to share some of my favorite parts about Mr Porter.
Style Icon Paul Newman 1957
Besides having the usual easy to find categories to sort through hundreds and hundreds of items from luxury brands, Mr Porter provides a few extra categories to guide any guy while they are shopping on their website. The Journal is filled with interesting style and fashion related articles as well as few tips on something as random as a how to on shucking oysters; but my favorite part of the website is the last two categories, Style Directory and Wardrobe Manager. Style Directory takes away the guess-work out of shopping, providing style guidance from A to Z. From finding style inspiration from well-known style icons to learning about how to wear a suit or take care of a watch. Thinking about impressing that special person in your life next time you’re in Melbourne? Checkout the Style Council page and address book and find a hotel recommendation by Hugh Jackman. The Stylepedia gives you everything you need to know about the fashion lingo, from the difference between herringbone and houndstooth to finding out who or what is Balenciga.
To top off all the services and guides on Mr Porter, the Wardrobe Manager allows the shopper to find “what they need, like and have already”, use the recommendations area to find what your friends think you should have/wear. Imagine being able to go through a shopping website and picking out all the outfits and pieces you want your man to wear and just clicking on the recommend button. They’ll receive an email with all your recommendations on their Mr Porter account, ready to be checked out.
After learning more about Mr Porter I can’t wait to see how much of a rush and buzz they’re going to create tomorrow on their official opening. All I know is that thousands of fashion savvy online consumers are patiently waiting for the clock to hit midnight so they can start their shopping. Being one of the only few websites catered to men only, I for one wonder if it’s going to be as big a hit as its big sister Net-a-Porter. What do you all think about that?
*All Pictures from Mr Porter website.
I always found it a bit too hard to pack my suitcases back when traveling back home from a shopping trip. There’s always issues with weight restrictions or running out of space which usually means buying a new suitcase to bring all the new goodies home. Somehow Mr.BBM did not have this problem.
This is what we left behind when we checked out from our lovely hotel (Chelsea Hotel) in Miami. I don’t think Florida was ready for what hit them! Lol
Robert Wayne suede boots at Neiman Marcus Last Call for $60!