Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Perfect...Gifts

For Him

The Billykirk Cufflink

Cast from white bronze these cuff links are a nice change from the typical shiny, refined ones you see today. Each bronze cuff link has A oiled and edged chunk of leather secured into it.  $70 at 

For Her

The Crystal 11 Ring by Stefania Lucchetta

Stefania Lucchetta has been producing innovative jewellery since 2007.  Her 3D architectural rings are no exception. 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Perfect...Not Plastic

The Takeya Modern Water Bottle

Whether you are doing it for the environment or simply to avoid the nasty taste of plastic, pick up the Takeya Modern Water Bottle.  Made from leachproof tempered glass, the streamlined bottle comes  with a translucent silicone jacket that makes it virtually unbreakable.  Available in a number of colours. $20 online at 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Perfect...Urban Snow Boot

The Converse Storm Boot Woolrich

I woke up this morning to snow on the ground. Not enough to break out the Sorels, but enough to soak my feet in an instant.  With a little help from Woolrich, the original outdoor clothing company, Converse has created a boot perfect for the urbanite who wants to keep his tootsies warm while The custom Hunter plaid upper keeps out wind and wetness and the rubber outsole grips in adverse conditions. $140 at

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Perfect...Wrist

The Swatch 'New Gent' Collection

Want to reveal your true colours?  Try Swatch's 'New 'Gent collection featuring toned down colours and simple styling.  To me, they are comfort food for your arm.  $65 

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Perfect...Nap

The Area Clara Blanket

Have you ever had one of those days when you leave work early, exhausted, arrive home and fall into bed for the best nap of your life?  Well this is the blanket you will want to be curled up in.  Area linens, out of NYC, combines one-of-a-kind patterns and styles with natural fibres to create intelligent well-designed products. Sweet dreams! From $265 at

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Perfect...Pant

The Wings + Horns West Point Twill Slim Pant

Wings + Horns is becoming my favorite new desginer of men's essentials.  The Twill Slim Pant is cut to perfection and comes in a number colours.  I own several.  $180 online at  If you are looking for something to fit your budget try the Gap's Vintage Slim Fit Khaki pcitured below.  $60

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Perfect...Reusable

The Baggu Reusable Tote Bag

These aren't your average reusable grocery bags.  The Baggu can be caried  in your hand or over your shoulder and hold  the contents of 2-3 plastic grocery bags. They also come a variety of colours and sizes.  I use mine for just about everything.  Folds into a flat 5” by 5” pouch. Holds 50 lbs. 100% Ripstop nylon. Machine washable. $8 - $22 online at

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Perfect...Socks

Made in Leicestershire, England, with 90% Shetland wool and 10% nylon, these socks are designed with the belief that comfort is a key success factor.  Whether you are walking, hunting, hiking or just relaxing Scott-Nichol has the perfect sock just for you.  $37-39 online at Lark in Vancouver

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Perfect...Beard

The Beard Cap by Vík Prjónsdóttir

Just in time for Movember.  The beardcap refers to a traditional cap called “lambshed-hood” which was used in Iceland by farmers who in heavy snowstorms had to walk long distances between their sheds and to the neighbouring farms. The cap covered both head and neck and had only a small opening for the face. 100% Icelandic wool, five different colours and two shapes; The Gentleman and The Farmer. One size. $95  at Mjolk in Toronto or $135 online at Scandinavian Grace

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Perfect...Kicks

I remember my sister wearing Tretorn tennis shoes as a kid. Since then, the company has branded its shoes as the perfect balance between functional and modern style. The Symra Mid is soft, lightweight and subtle, featuring goat leather and cross-over elastic gore straps to ensure a secure fit. I have no problem dressing these up and always get compliments. $100 online at 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Perfect...Shine

The Raimond Pendant Light by Moooi

Moooi, a design firm out of the Netherlands, has perfected pendant lighting.  The Raimond, featured above, has an intricate sphere of LED terminals that light up spaces with an atmospheric ambiance. Available in three sizes, from $2600 at in Vancouver.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Perfect...Cozy

The rag & bone Oval Shawl Cardigan

Founded in 2002, rag & bone had one very clear vision in mind: to make clothes that they and their friends would love to wear every day.  This shawl cardigan, made of 100% extra fine wool, is the perfect everyday sweater.  $290 online at 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Perfect...Shave

Geo. F. Trumper is recognized as the finest traditional gentlemen's barber in London and is known throughout the world for its matchless range of gentlemen's fragrances and grooming products.  A brand new addition to their popular Eucris Range, the hard shaving soap has the same glycerin based formula as their existing soaps. Presented in a special edition black wooden shaving bowl.  $38 online or in person at Masc in Vancouver or at 

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Perfect...Brolly

The Luxury Microfiber Umbrella

If you are going to buy an umbrella, the West Coast is the place to get it…because of the rain, a lot of rain. Stylish and functional, the Luxury Microfiber Umbrella provides ample coverage with its 54’ arch made of high-tech fiberglass. Top it off with high grade rain jacket equivalent microfiber fabric and your laughing...or perhaps singing. $65 online at in Vancouver

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Perfect...Card

The J. Fold Flat Card Carrier

It’s time to lose the bulging wallet and all those random receipts and useless business cards.  Instead, get yourself a slim, practical, and smart card case.  I've had a J. Fold “Flat Carrier” for a number of years and it still looks new.  Includes 3 card slots and a mesh ID window.  $37 at –search under card carriers.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Perfect...Shade

The Oliver Peoples Altman Sunglasses

Sunglasses are the ultimate accessory and we should all own a few pair.  Oliver Peoples has a great reputation for designing quality products that are durable and stylish. The Altman glasses in Matt Onyx with Midnight Express (pictured) are my favorite. $310 online at 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Perfect...Childhood

What a perfect name for a children’s line of clothes.  This French brand is the epitome of style offering quality kids’ wear for the emerging fashionista.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Perfect...Fire

The Delirium & Co. Scented Candle

The Suede & Smoke candle by Delirium & Co. is by far the best candle I have come across in a while. The smoldering vaporous mingling of tobacco leaves, moss, papaya, lapsangsouchong dark tea and green mand capture a time when men were suave and chivalrous. You can forgo lighting the wick and still benefit from the fragrance. $38 online at or at Homewerx in Vancouver

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Perfect...Vintage

The Gitman Vintage Shirt

When it comes to vintage clothing, I prefer vintage redone.  A few years ago Gitman Bros. launched their Gitman Vintage collection, an American heritage sport-shirt and neckwear line that pays tribute to its past, but with a distinct difference. Their design team dusted off old line books to curate an authentic interpretation of the past by selectively appropriating their favorite fabrics and having them remade.  These shirts are incredibly popular right now and can be found in numerous men's shops across Canada and the US.  $155 - $180.  Shop online at Roden Gray in Vancouver.

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Perfect...Sip

The Original Daiquirí 

This is not the blended ice drink from your college days.  In fact, the Daiquirí is one of six basic drinks listed in David A. Embury's classic The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks and was originally served in a tall glass packed with cracked ice.  A teaspoon of sugar was poured over the ice and the juice of one or two limes was squeezed over the sugar. Two or three ounces of rum completed the mixture.  The glass was then frosted by stirring with a long-handled spoon. Later the Daiquirí evolved to be mixed in a shaker with the same ingredients but with shaved ice.  After a thorough shaking, it was poured into a chilled flute glass. L'Abattoir in Vancouver will make you an excellent one. By the way, it was one of the favorite drinks of writer Ernest Hemingway and president John F. Kennedy.  Need I say more.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Perfect...Cap

The Goorin Bros. Duckbill Hat

Hats have made a huge comeback, and with good reason. If you wear the right kind of hat, you’re making a statement, nuff said. The legacy of Goorin Bros. is one that follows a timeless approach to the art of hat making. Founded in 1895, the fourth generation company offers timeless, classic styles with a unique flare and personality. If I could offer one piece of advice – make sure the hat fits. So get a tape measure wrapped around your dome and put yourself in someone else’s hands, someone who understands the finer points of the trade…like Goorin. $35 on-line at or at stores across the US and in Vancouver.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Perfect...Jean

Joe's Jeans

Finding the perfect jean is not easy. It is like winning the jackpot when you find one that fits and looks just right.  I feel this way about Joe's Jeans.  They have a number of styles and even more washes for both men and women.  My favorites are The Brixton (Pictured) and The Outsider.  $189 online at  

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Perfect...Bar

The Tie Bar

When it feels like your look needs a little something extra, consider the tie bar.  Keep it simple and silver and remember, narrow tie means shorter tie bar.  Always cover both the skinny and wide parts of your tie and fasten it onto the shirt placket right about at your sternum.  The best place to find this accessory is on-line at The Tie Bar.  Not only do they offer a wide range of inexpensive bars but you can also purchase ties, pocket squares and cufflinks.  $15 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Perfect...PJ

The Band of Outsiders Pajama Set

We should all start to think about pajamas "outside" of the bedroom.  For example, 3am video conference calls, evacuations from your home due to fire, unexpected company after 9pm...should I go on? The Band of Outsiders black and white chalk stripe pajamas work well in almost any setting or emergency. Brand and price are not necessarily the deciding factor, just make sure they are good quality cotton, have a notch collar, front patch pockets and drawstring pant with button fly.  $320 online at Band of Outsiders. In person-Exclusive to Opening Ceremony

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Perfect...Square?

My least favorite thing to do is fold…anything. The superfine Belgian linen 10” round handkerchief simplifies the complex folding process.  Just stuff one in your pocket and it blooms like a boutonniere.  $45 on-line at Alexander Olch

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Perfect...Grip

The Grip for iPad

Just to be clear, I don't own an iPad™.  If I did I would buy this.  The ColorWare Grip lets you carry your iPad™ securely and with style. All Grips are carefully manufactured with air-craft grade aluminum for durability.  The design studio allows you to customize your Grip, choosing colors and textures.   Approx $300 at ColorWare

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Perfect...Sole

The Mr. Hare Miller Scotch Grain Shoe

My grandfather, rest his "sole", worked in shoes for his entire career.  He had a theory; if you had a great pair of shoes on, nothing else mattered.  These are those shoes.  The Mr. Hare Miller Scotch Grain utilizes super soft scotch grain Italian leather and the high shine leather toe-cap guarantees attention. $695 on-line or in person at Gravity Pope in Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton  

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Perfect...Parka

The Wings + Horns Down Parka

This morning I woke to a familiar chill...winter. We still have a few more warm days ahead up in Canadaland, but I plan to start stocking up on the essentials now.  The Wings + Horns down parka, in charcoal or heather gray, is a wise investment that will take you through a number of winter seasons.  $780 on-line or in person at Roden Gray in Vancouver or in person at Four Horsemen in Victoria.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Perfect...Pit

The Malin+Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant

I have been using Malin+Goetz products for a number of years, but this unisex Eucalyptus Deodorant is by far my new favorite from the line. Its natural fragrance doesn't interfere with other soaps or lotions and is blended to absorb without residue, staining, irritation and pore clogging.  It is also alcohol, aluminum and paraben free.  $24 on-line at Malin+Goetz  or Masc in Vancouver.

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Perfect...Time

The black on black Timex

The new black on black Timex® is unique and dependable. Featuring a sleek brushed dial, boldly marked numbers, genuine leather strap and INDIGLO lighting; this is the perfect “wear it everywhere” watch.  $75 at or $64 at 

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Perfect...Tweed

The GANT by Michael Bastian Tweed Trouser

Tweed is classic, durable and most of all warm during the winter months.  I love these cuffed trousers from Bastian’s rugged and preppy F/W 2010 line.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Perfect...Tartan

The David Hart & Co. Scottish Wool Collection

Who said Tartan is just for skirt wearing Scottish types.  My father was a kilt man and I have always been a big fan of the rich colours and texture.  These bow ties are no exception.  $115 at 

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Perfect...Strap

The billykirk slim belt

Made in an Amish community located in Pennsylvania, these vegetable tanned, hand-oiled and hand edged belts are perfect with dress pants and jeans.  $130 or in Vancouver

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Perfect...V

No matter where you work or what you do for a living, a light weight V-neck sweater, or jumper as our friends across the pond call them, is an essential.  Filippa K offers wide range of knits but I love how you can dress this V-neck up or down. It comes in a wide range of colours from black to evergreen, so choose wisely.  If you are on a budget, H&M has been featuring V-necks in their men’s collection for a number of years.  Again, you will need to choose a colour or if you are like me get one of each. 

Filippa K Cotton Cashmere V-neck

H&M Cotton Cashmere V-neck H&


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Perfect...Case

The Jack Spade Work Twill Inset Brief

Now, this may not be the ideal briefcase for everyone, but if you live in Vancouver or a rainy climate it is perfect for winter.  $395

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Perfect...Blog

Welcome to The Perfect...

and to my new journey as a blogger.  In an imperfect world I offer you a piece of perfection and my personal take on men's fashion and style.  Every day I will post about the perfect suit, shirt, scent, scene and yes the perfect little black dress.  My goal is to make your quest for style seamless and stress-free.