Custom-made clothing fit for a king
The latest collection from Toronto-based line Garrison Bespoke, showcased first at Toronto Men’s Fashion Week, is a mixture of bold prints and classic neutral suits – there’s something for both the conservative and flashy dresser alike.
Michael Nguyen – ranked as a top bespoke tailor in Canada – opened Garrison Bespoke in 2002 in the heart of Toronto’s financial district.
The term ‘bespoke’ refers to custom-made clothing, taking fit to another level. Rather than shopping in a department store, in bespoke tailoring the suit is built strictly for every individual customer by fittings. Since there are no pre-made sketches, no pre-cut fabrics and no measurements, this procedure could be lengthy, intricate and costly.
“When we are talking about classic wear, Garrison killed it. They followed through with what the latest trends are.” – Designer Dean Ellis
With this collection, Nguyen debuted bold patterned suits including a gold polka dot ensemble that particularly stood out. The jacket incorporated an exquisitely cut peaked lapel, which first gained popularity in the 1920s. The quality fabric was paired with a white button-up, a black bow tie and black trousers.
Another standout was the diamond designed purple suit. The deep rich purple colour looked like it was only reserved for royalty.
The crowd favourite was a glittery surprise – an all-blue suit that opened up the show and literally lit the room.
“They were definitely one of the best shows throughout the week. It really depends on what you’re looking for,” said designer Dean Ellis, a long-time supporter and business partner of Garrison Bespoke.
“When it comes to fashion, some people want crazy and unique and interesting and other people want it to be just classic wear. So when we are talking about classic wear, Garrison killed it. They followed through with what the latest trends are.”
Photos By. Fitzroy Facey