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The Find: coloured chinos for men with bold style

The Find: hot pants

Toronto men have long relegated colour to subtle details: a red sock here, a purple pocket square there. That’s set to change this spring with a swell of bright, look-at-me chinos appearing in shops across the city. Though denim devotees may find coloured pants intimidating, they’re surprisingly wearable—we suggest pairing them with a tailored blazer and brogues for a dandyish look, or a sweatshirt and casual jacket for weekend brunch. Below, our favourite chinos in saturated hues.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2012: a Fred Perry cycling shirt designed by a Tour de France champ

With taxis, streetcar tracks, cars and rogue pedestrians to contend with, biking in Toronto can feel like a high-stakes road race. This Fred Perry shirt, designed by seven-time Olympic medalist and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, will help the cycle commuter in your life feel up to the challenge. Wiggins, a fan of 1960s style, took inspiration from vintage woolen jerseys, rather than the skin-tight suits in eye-popping colours worn in today’s peloton. Thank goodness. $105. See 21 other fashion gifts »

Available at Fred Perry, 964 Queen St. W., 416-538-3733.

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25 awesome Toronto Boxing Day 2011 sales that will inspire you to don gay apparel (i.e. pants)

December 26 (or, in some parts, Boxing Day) is one of the worst days to leave the house, especially if the reason for leaving the house is shopping. People become vicious, elbowing single mothers for toasters or an eighth television (because who doesn’t need an eighth television?). But we’ve made some calls and have taken stock of some of the worthwhile deals in the city for men, women and children (and, of course, shops that cater to him and her, the whole family and homeowners) that will take us away from Best Buy, Future Shop or Walmart. Check out 25 safe bets for Boxing Day sales this year after the jump.

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Behind the Music: Amy Winehouse’s capsule collection for Fred Perry will roll out as planned

By now, we’ve all heard about the untimely demise of favourite soul sister Amy Winehouse, but if the unending RIPs and “too soon” spouting on Twitter (or, the Internet at large) are any indication, the world isn’t ready to let the troubled singer rest. It is often remarked that the value of art increases after an artist’s death, so why can’t the same be said for fashion (it certainly didn’t hurt sales of Alexander McQueen)? Fred Perry announced today that the fall/winter 2011 capsule collection Winehouse collaborated on will continue to roll out at Fred Perry’s flagship store at 964 Queen St. W. by (the full collection should be in by Sept. 1), and Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s father, says any money the family makes from the endeavour will go directly to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

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