Style

Suit up.

When Beth Richards was lured from Toronto to the West Coast, settling in Vancouver, she found both clothing racks and beaches lacking in quality, modern swimwear—so, she started making it.

Strong suit.

Although Christopher Bates is firmly rooted in the reality of the Canadian fashion industry, he is, for all intents and purposes, a rare beast. One of this country’s celebrated menswear designers, Bates is the epitome of his West Coast roots, soft-spoken with a steely and suitably quiet determination.

Repetto, the original ballerina flat.

One day, a young ballerina came to Madame Repetto with a personal request. The 22-year-old blonde was about to make a movie and wished for ballet shoes in glamorous red. The young danseuse was none other than Brigitte Bardot; the film was And God Created Woman.

Berlin-based photography duo Haw-lin Services captures the structured curves of our favourite summer sunglasses.

Classic style.

In fashion, as in life, you almost always get what you pay for. Yet, French menswear line Loding defies this truism with flare and refinement.

Ways of seeing.

“The more glasses you have in your wardrobe, the better. There’s less anxiety in the morning” says Cutler and Gross design director Marie Wilkinson, laughing. “If you only have four pairs to choose from, it’s hard. But if you’ve got 20, I think it’s much easier.” Torontonians are in luck then, as the London-based eyewear brand has reopened its flagship boutique in Toronto.

The new Salvatore Ferragamo handbag.

The round-toe, low-heeled pump with grosgrain ribbon and a gold buckle stamped with “Salvatore Ferragamo” has long been a badge of country-club chic. The Vara, as Fiamma Ferragamo (Salvatore’s late daughter) called the model she designed in the late 1970s, remains a wardrobe staple.