While seeking individualism, conforming to old school norms can actually be your most distinctive play -- a crew cut can stand out in a sea of shaggy bed heads, and in a world entangled by zero-G bang-harnesses, missionary's the new Dirty Cannoli. Dropping this logic on clothes, Philip Sparks.
Proving that Toronto's about more than just retractable domes, Sparks' Spring lineup of double-pocketed blazers and Eisenhower-era collegiate casualwear reflects the 1950s by drawing on "heirloom tailoring techniques" and "fabrics [that] celebrate a bespoke tradition" (even if their tailors don't). Most of the gear's produced from a choice selection of gray-hued classic fabrics, like a plaid cotton/linen featured in a slim-fit three-button blazer w/ watch pocket, a two-button blazer w/ cargo pockets, a vest, and a pair o' flat-front, cuffed slacks; for shirting, black-and-yellow thin-striped gray cotton finds its way onto the buttondown triumvirate of a short sleeve "Havana", a longsleeve w/ covered buttons, and another w/ a detachable collar and black studs, the naughty one-two of Catholic priests. Still-gray outerwear includes jackets like a twill cropped trench w/ cargo pockets and button-down epaulets, and a moto-inspired double-breasted leather zip-up with a belted waist, keeping your jacket from falling up during dirt bike loop-de-loops.
As for accessories, Sparks purveys a handful of belts and ties, some cobbled from the same plaid fabric as the aforementioned blazers, as well as a smattering of shoes, like perforated leather lace-up sneaks rocking wing tip toes, and straight white leather slip-ons, a borderline sleazy look that'll have you experiencing the ultimate individualism: being completely alone.