When a designer learns his craft behind the stages of the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet of Canada, and the Stratford Festival, you might expect a few theatrics. But Toronto’s Philip Sparks had his eye on the details.
Drawing inspiration from heritage tailoring, vintage fabrics, and the Canadian great outdoors, he began his namesake label with tailored menswear in 2007. Sparks soon found success with his signature aesthetic, which blends British haberdashery with a rugged Canadian sensibility. He expanded to womenswear in 2011 and opened a signature boutique in Toronto’s Ossington Village the year after. Now the Philip Sparks Tailored Goods label encompasses the lifestyle with the addition of shoes, handbags, and accessories. From Oxford shirts to knitwear to leather satchels, the designer keeps an eye on his own heritage, ensuring everything can be made in Canada.
Lightweight double-breasted blazers, tailored denim, and pastel hues feature in Sparks’s latest collection for spring. For women, vintage-inspired full skirts and shirt-dresses steal the show.
One sure thing Sparks has taken with him from the theatre is a resounding bravo.