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Holiday Gift Guide 2011: 17 eye-grabbing offerings for the finest fellas

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Holiday Gift Guide 2011

By Fraser Abe, Karolyne Ellacott, Kevin Naulls and Mark Teo | Photography by Carlo Mendoza

The modern man is more complicated than the slipper-wearing, pipe-smoking, paper-reading image of yesteryear. This year’s gift guide reflects a different breed: instead of slippers, consider a pair of ultra-comfy cashmere socks from Harry Rosen, and while pipes are passé, a Siglo humidor will keep his cigars in pristine condition. But if you feel like embracing the stereotype for a moment, fear not—we still have a bottle-opening wrench for cracking a few brews before the big game.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2011: 21 execu-gifts for working girls and business bros

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By Fraser Abe, Karolyne Ellacott, Kevin Naulls and Mark Teo | Photography by Carlo Mendoza

Any aspiring Tess McGills or Gordon Gekkos would be pleased to get any gift on our list for the Bay Street broker. There aren’t any miniaturized rock gardens, stress balls or Tiffany lamps because, let’s face it, we can do better than that. We’ve found a beautiful humidor to hold post-meeting cigars, a phonograph-shaped iPhone-docking system for when that Patrick Bateman–esque Walkman finally conks out, and a whisky decanter for when, um, the market crashes (or to celebrate—it’s up to him or her).

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Holiday Gift Guide 2011: 19 festive finds from $31 to $99

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By Fraser Abe, Karolyne Ellacott, Kevin Naulls and Mark Teo | Photography by Carlo Mendoza

It’s the jolliest time of the year for some, and for many, mulled wine, cider or anything, really, are the social lubricants that make life a little cheerier (as well as cookies, big turkey dinners and spiced coffee drinks), so we’ve found a mid-range carafe for the special merrymaker in your life. For a little young lady, we’ve found an adorable toy tea set, which will go perfectly with a tray of cucumber finger sandwiches and, for the wee lad, a plastic toy tool set (but hey, don’t conform to gender stereotypes if you don’t want to—mix and match). Money is required for the purchase of all of these things, and since money goes into a wallet, we’ve found a great one.

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Best of the City 2011: Toronto’s best clothing—from basics to bespoke

Best of the City: Fashion

(Image: Maja Hajduk)

Plain white T Bargain Bespoke suit Custom shirt Espadrille Raw denim Summer loafer Sun hat Sunglasses

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The Thing: Great style is in the details this season, so we’ve dedicated these pages to the all-important art of accessorizing

Purple feather and netting fascinatorPurple Reign
Not quite a hat and not quite a hair clip, the fascinator is spring’s most regal fashion statement, thanks in large part to England’s newest princess-to-be, who is often photographed with one perched atop her head. At Lilliput Hats on College Street, requests for fascinators have doubled since the royal engagement was announced in November. And unlike china or mouse pads emblazoned with the royal couple’s heads, this is the kind of matrimonial hysteria we can get behind—if only for the opportunity to play dress-up with coquettish netting and decorative feathers. $70. Lilliput Hats, 462 College St., 416-536-5933.

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Joe Fresh’s anticipated New York opening excites tourists, not analysts

Joe Fresh is making the move to New York this fall, but some skeptics suggest that the Mimran dynasty may have to pull back to Canada sooner than anticipated. Analysts seem mixed on the potential success of yet another fast fashion retailer. The Financial Post notes that companies who moved south of the border (among the fallen are Danier, Harry Rosen, Tristan, La Senza and Brown’s Shoes) haven’t always been welcome, while the New York Times highlights a boom in tourist traffic around Joe’s chosen 5th Avenue and 43rd Street location.

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Our everything-but-the-pocket-watch-primer on the season’s sartorial schoolboy

Shoes $215 at John Fluevog; socks $30 at Harry Rosen; trousers $89 at Club Monaco

The Third Law of Motion says every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and while we generally shy away from breaking fashion down into a science, the current collegiate craze—the one that has Toronto dandies rolling up their pants like a pack of post-pubescent Tom Sawyers—neatly demonstrates Newton’s point. Just a year ago, our most fashion-forward subsets were flannel-shirt deep in the urban woodsman aesthetic, celebrating all that is burly and butch. Now we have a city full of grown men reining in their facial hair (because baby’s bum is the new beard) and taking fashion cues from the halls of higher learning—that world of privilege, pomp and paisley.

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Best of fall fashion: nine favourite must-haves

Three of the city’s most stylish personalities reveal what they’re buying this fall, plus six of our favourite autumn looks after the jump.

NICHOLAS MELLAMPHY
Creative director of The Room

Black Brown 1826’s cashmere jacket
$399, The Bay

“This cashmere jacket from Black Brown 1826 is going to be the centre­piece of my fall wardrobe—I live in denim and jackets. I’m getting it in both black and charcoal. I love the luxurious texture of the fabric and the super-slim cut.”


JULES POWER
Womenswear designer

18 Waits’ Johnny hat
$225, 18waits.com

“I’m completely in love with 18 Waits’ Johnny hat for fall. It was designed in collaboration with Biltmore, Canada’s oldest hat maker, and made in Guelph. It’s an amazing smoky grey colour and totally in keeping with the earthy gypsy style that’s inspiring me this season.”


COCO ROCHA
Model

Greta Constantine’s Doris dress
$1,595, gretaconstantine.com

“I love the draping on Greta Constantine’s new Doris dress, a midnight blue gown that recalls Old Hollywood. It’s perfect for a red carpet event anywhere.”

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Michael Bastian debuts his Gant collection at Harry Rosen

Bastian flanked by models sporting his Gant clothing (Image: Fraser Abe)

Last night, the Bloor Street Harry Rosen played host to New York designer Michael Bastian, who was in town launching his collaboration with Gant, unsurprisingly named Gant by Michael Bastian. The menswear collection borrows from Bastian’s fascination with Americana—rugby, polo and lacrosse are obvious influences—and is perfectly timed to the release of True Prep, the follow-up to The Official Preppy Handbook. Rugby shirts abound, along with such prepster elements as chunky-knit sweaters, corduroy pants and collegiate blazers. Prices start at $130 for a knit scarf and run to $798 for a navy peacoat.

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The List: 10 things Alex Anthopoulos, the boy wonder Blue Jays GM, can’t live without


1. Live music
There is nothing like seeing a great band live. My first concert was Poison, when I was in Grade 6. My all-time favourite is Springsteen: I saw him twice at the ACC. If you haven’t been to a Springsteen concert, you haven’t lived.

2. My native cuisine
Obviously, I love Greek food, especially feta and olives. One of my favourite memories is my dad roasting lamb on a spit every Easter. In Toronto, I go to Kalyvia on the Danforth (420 Danforth Ave., 416-463-3333).

3. Raptors games
I love going to basketball games because I get to be a fan and relax, drink a beer, yell. When I’m watching baseball, I’m analyzing and thinking about how this applies to my job.

4. Hair gel
I’m not a big product guy, but I’ve been using KMS California HairPlay for a while—it gives me the kind of spiked look that I like.

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Best of the City 2010: Toronto’s top shopping

Left: Robber’s shirt-dress, Chasse Gardée’s sandal, Ella and Elliot’s dishware for kids, Harry Rosen’s cufflinks; Right: Canuck kitsch at the Drake General Store (Image: photographs by Jay Shuster; cufflinks courtesy of Harry Rosen)

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Best of the City 2010: four choice bathing suits, cut stylishly modest or barely there

Featherlight
Vocado, 171 East Liberty St., Unit 121, 647-347-7153

New Toronto label Destineau is known for its artful patterns—feathers, jewels, cacti and others—designed by illustrator Courtney Wotherspoon. The suits can be ordered in split sizes, and some styles come in matching versions for toddlers. $165.

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The Path Guide: 24 spots worth getting lost for

(All photos by Karon Liu)

Even those who were born and raised in Toronto have a hard time navigating the city’s underground labyrinth, with its dead ends, identical food courts and utterly useless maps—not to mention the complete lack of sunlight, which can drive a person mad. Still, the world’s largest below-ground shopping complex is like a city of its own, with lots of unique shops, restaurants and attractions that are worth the slight possibility of getting cabin fever. An added incentive for people going to a game or a concert: most of the restaurants offer free parking. Here are 24 places to check out.

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Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan makes modelling debut

Patrick Chan for Harry Rosen (Photo courtesy of Harry Rosen)

Last year, figure skating became the stuff of reality television dreams, and now figure skaters have become the stuff of fashion inspiration. The men of skating are proving to be a fashion-forward bunch, scoring modelling gigs, taking on PETA and acting as muses to designers.

The leader of the pack is Johnny Weir, the dramatic American singles skater, who’s created controversy with a staunchly pro-fur stance, saying he wouldn’t stop wearing fur until he saw “a chinchilla wearing me.” Weir also played model in the New York Times Magazine recently, wearing a revealing crocheted costume made specifically for him by Rodarte, the avant-garde label known more for quadruple-digit prices than quadruple lutzes. Designer Vera Wang, a former figure skater herself, has created outfits for her new muse, U.S. skater Evan Lysacek, in Vancouver for both his short and long programs.

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Harry Rosen party turns into an electro mash-up extravaganza with Steve Nash

When we arrived at the Harry Rosen party last night (the event’s special guest was Steve Nash) we knew exactly what we were getting into. Virtually every guest (mostly older men) wore head-to-toe black. The music was slow, low, ambient house—loud enough to be noticed, but not nearly so distracting as to take away from conversations about which BlackBerry model one is carrying.

Once conversations turned to Peter Mansbridge, we knew we were in for quite an evening. Fellow guests were heard remarking how “the market is recovering” and talking about where they summered. “Oh, you’re a broker, too?” was a commonly heard remark. When the DJ played a mash up of the Ghostbusters theme with Michael Jackson’s “Bad” and the room remained stoic, we knew we were in trouble.

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