Skin In the Game
April 26th, 2017
I was fortunate to grow up in a very diverse place.
In Canada we don’t have terms like “African Canadian” or “Indian Canadian”. We’re all simply “Canadian”, the same way we’re all simply human.
As a young farm kid with hoop dreams – wearing XXL throwback Isiah Thomas jerseys to school – people joked that I wanted to be black. And I did. I loved the nickname “White Chocolate“. I thought the black kids were the cool ones, the stylish ones, the confident ones. The more time I spent emulating my basketball heroes (including having my hair braided into Allen Iverson-style cornrows), the more I began to associate being different with being cool…even if others were laughing at me. I fed off the laughter and learned that true self confidence starts with leaning into who you are, and not apologizing for what you dream to become.
Most importantly, I was taught to treat people with respect, no matter their background or skin color. As a recluse whose best friend was Wilson (we didn’t use Spalding up north), I always felt like an outsider and naturally gravitated toward people who were not the majority. As a result, my friend circle became almost comically multiracial. My best friends are Mauritian, Palestinian, Nigerian, Indian, Jamaican…just about everyone in my close circle is an immigrant from somewhere. It’s a true Canadian thing.
This unique upbringing allowed me to appreciate the beauty in the world’s array of skin tones. I find it ironic that every Spring we marvel at the beautiful colors that occur naturally in blooming flowers, plants and animals – but in our stubborn human way we fail to appreciate the beauty found among our own species.
With that said, for our Spring/Summer 2017 collection I took inspiration from human skin tones, which look great when blended together and always create an appealing aesthetic.
In this shoot we use our new Spring fabrics to show the beauty that results when different skin tones come together.
Our Performance Hopsack fabric represents the best of modern innovation within the age-old textile industry. This basket-woven fabric is made with certified organic “Super 140’s” tropical wool that is designed for function, comfort and travel. Incredibly, this line of fabrics is natural stretch, stain-resistant, waterproof (yes, waterproof), crease resistant and realized with eco-friendly wool. We’ve scoured the earth for sustainable fabrics with “natural performance” qualities, and it truly doesn’t get any better than this.
- Silk grenadine tie by Aklasu ·
- Brown double monkstrap shoes by Scarpe di Bianco
- · Classic Camel Hair Coat by Articles of Style
- · Performance Hopsack Vest in Camel by Articles of Style
- · Buttercream Broadcloth Shirt by Articles of Style
- · Performance Hopsack Trousers in Camel by Articles of Style
Our Wool Gaberdine fabric is a pure 100% worsted wool woven in Italy. The beauty of this gaberdine twill is not only its durability and drape, but also its ability to retain beautifully rich colors, like this saturated tobacco. This is a true 4-season fabric that looks fantastic in the Spring/Summer months due to it’s bold color and subtle sheen.
- Chocolate linen tie by Articles of Style ·
- White linen pocket square ·
- MacNeil wingtips by Allen Edmonds
- · Wool Gaberdine Suit in Tobacco by Articles of Style
Our Chino Cotton is a luxurious all-natural fabric woven in Biella, Italy by the lightweight fabric experts at Ormezzano. This super smooth cotton is designed to serve as the foundation of your Spring/Summer wardrobe. When it comes to comfort, versatility and laid-back elegance, it doesn’t get much better than this pure Italian cotton. Think of this one as a lightweight suit that is designed to break-up into a go-to lightweight jacket and the perfect pair of chinos.
Our Pure Linen is a luxurious all-natural fabric woven in Biella, Italy by the lightweight fabric experts at Ormezzano. This fabric is the cream of the crop in terms of breathability, comfort and casual non-chalance. It’s the perfect choice for a summer event like a wedding or a tropical vacation, or just to add some gentlemanly charm to your long-term Spring/Summer wardrobe.
- Tobacco Suede Perfecto Jacket by Schott USA ·
- Beige Knit Polo by Reiss ·
- Suede ankle boots by Jack Erwin
- · Pure Linen Trouser in Chocolate by Articles of Style
Thanks, as always, for reading.
Yours in style,
Photography by Alex Crawford.