Must Haves For Spring 2014

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Spring is less than 20 days away! We can’t wait for warm weather to arrive!

Here at Garrison Bespoke, we’ve curated a few of our favourite custom made pieces to brighten up your wardrobe and keep you on trend with this spring’s freshest sartorial looks.

Trends For Spring

1.) The New Blue Suit

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“I don’t have a photograph, but you can have my footprints. They’re upstairs in my socks.” ~ Groucho Marx

Nostalgia is a powerful drug. This season, we’re bringing back the retro petrol blue suit popularized in the 1970’s—custom tailored by Garrison’s team of experts, of course. You can now bring to life your very own modern version of the much talked about petrol blue suit, seen on Bradley Cooper in David O. Russell’s film, “American Hustle”.


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A secret of well-dressed Brits for many years counting, Garrison’s custom made “new blue suit” comes in different versions to fit your unique lifestyle. For the office, we carry wools in just the right shade. We also have a luxurious collection of linen and cotton fabrics for warm spring weddings and romantic drives out of town. For those with a taste for some casual fun, we recommend pairing our open basket-weave hopsack sports coat with jeans for after-work drinks and memorable date-nights. Before we forget, for the jetsetters—especially for you—we have a very lightweight tech cloth called “high-performance” from Zegna that is wrinkle resistant and perfect for those grueling red-eye flights. You can finally sleep comfortably on the plane and breeze through your next meeting without having to worry about pesky wrinkles in your suit.

2.) The Tan Suit That Never Goes Out of Style

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No longer your father’s old boring suit, a custom made tan suit is a luxury piece for men with an appreciation for the classics. The tan suit has been a staple in menswear since the 1930’s, when it became a status symbol for purveyors of fine luxury goods. Look no further than inside Great Gatsby’s closet and you’ll find a variety of tan suits in many different shades—this wonderful pop cultural reference has helped earn its place as a classic in men’s fashion for years to come.

At Garrison, we’ve seen first hand how wearing the right clothing can greatly affect your mood and the mood of others around you. A custom made tan suit is a great choice for spring as it keeps you looking fresh and cheerful. Our luxurious cotton, linen, and even silk fabrics will ensure that you look and feel your best on the inside and out.

The key to a great custom made tan suit, aside from excellent tailoring, is to choose the right shade of tan that complements your complexion. At Garrison Bespoke, we have a variety of tan fabrics to choose from, and we carry them in multiples: from pale yellow to brownish tan, to even a gold and greenish tan. We also offer tan patterns with colourful stripes and checks so that you can confidently stand out from the rest of the crowd. It’s spring, after all—have some fun!


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A common misconception about the tan suit is that it’s a casual piece with no place in formal wear; however, tan suits are a perfect choice for formal and semi-formal settings. So whether you’re attending a wedding or heading to the office for a board meeting, a custom made tan suit from Garrison Bespoke is a great go-to choice for your spring wardrobe. If you’re uncertain about styling options, feel free to consult any one of our expert stylists for advice—they’ll make sure you look great in your custom made tan suit.

3.) The Unstructured Jacket

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“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.”~ Federico Fellini

Following many inspirational trips to Italy, owner and operator of Garrison Bespoke—Michael Nguyen—continues to revel in the nuances of Italian tailoring techniques. What peaked his interest during one trip in particular was the way in which their jackets were utilized. He jokes that, “Italians seem to want to do everything with their jackets!”. Michael found this ‘performance in mind’ approach to dressing very practical so he decided to work closely with Italian workshops to develop similar patterns, which he would later take home with him to Toronto, Canada.

This spring, a must-have at Garrison is the custom made unstructured sports jacket. This zero weight jacket is made without any shoulder pads or canvas. We use a luxurious open fabric that allows for air to easily pass through and cool you down. It’s also great for traveling—you can roll it up into a ball and place it into a travel bag without any damage done to the jacket. The unstructured jacket is so versatile, you’ll want to wear it everywhere.

For the ultimate luxury, some clients have had the unstructured jacket custom made in a cashmere fabric and have used it on the plane as a blanket to stay warm. The options are endless with this jacket; we can guarantee you’ll want to wear yours everyday. Oh, and, of course, it’s specially designed with plenty of pockets so that you, too, can do everything with your jacket—just like our Italian friends.