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Concrete Jungle.

This look was all about neutral tones and natural textures. Combining the warm-brown, natural fur with rich, oiled leather boots, army green pants, and an ivory henley to create something really warm and downtown-rustic. I played around with mixing warm and cool tones, gold and silver hardware, and hard vs. soft texture to make this look something urban and utterly winter. It has been in and around the range of -40C for the last few days in Edmonton, so I made sure to dress for absolute warmth – while being careful to avoid overkilling the layers once I have shed my coat for a day of classes inside of the warm studios at my school! Overall, just right!

Fur Vest, Boots & Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Zara // Henley: H&M

Styling/Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photographer: Adaire Beatty

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Cold.

Most Canadians know what it’s like to feel the January blues. It is one of the longest, coldest, and darkest months of the year for us and we really start craving sunshine and blue skies more than ever. Lately I’ve been working with the monochromatic trend – which is going to be really hot for spring. Basically it means you are putting your outfit together with either nearly-matched colours/tones, or you are staying within a slightly broader, but specific colour range. I’ve been adapting the trend for the current weather conditions and wearing all brown tones, in lieu of brighter colours, with subtle hits of rich green or soft pattern. In this case, the pocket on my shirt from Simons is what adds that little bit of pattern with the camouflage pocket. It is definitely best to dress based off of your mood as well as the conditions around you. We’re in for a really cold week in Edmonton, as in -38C cold, and it is going to be tough to make it through this final stretch of winter. In the mean time, I am determined to embrace the last few months I have left of experimenting with my winter wardrobe as I look forward to, and shop for, the upcoming Spring season!

Shirt: DJAB at Maison Simons // Pants: H&M // Boots: Zara // Watch: Michael Kors

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Denim & Red Wine.

I am in love with this Italian wool sweater from Club Monaco – and I have multiple colours to prove it! I like layering a really soft piece like this warm, red sweater with a harder, more distressed piece. For the distressed element I wore a light wash denim shirt underneath that has just the right vintage look. Finishing everything up with dark denim and a great moccasin boot makes this look perfect for a day of classes. Best of all, wearing a layered look is the best way to stay warm when you’re inside and you’ve shed your heavier coats and sweaters. A great sweater, made of quality wool, also makes for an excellent investment piece. You’ll have it for years to come, and the look and feel of the material, as well as the fit, will always make you feel like a million dollars!

Sweater: Club Monaco // Denim Shirt & Boots: Zara // Jeans: H&M // Watch: Club Monaco 

Styling/Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photographer: Adaire Beatty

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Cat + Eames.

I have a gorgeous, vintage Eames shell chair in my design studio that sees a lot of love – but there is still a certain love, the truest form of Eames love possible, that is missing. Only a cat and an Eames shell chair can share this bond, as has been proven by many other people posting photographs on the web. I have tried for months, and been on constant watch of my cat, Cindy, who is aging and seems fairly set in her ways.

When I first brought the chairs home I had flashes of other cat and Eames photos on the internet and thought that Cindy would instantly adopt the sunny, yellow fibreglass chair as her new best friend. To my disappointment, she ignored the chairs, and further ignored the addition of various pillows and blankets that I thought would make the Eames chair more appealing to her cat-self.

Fast-forward to today: here she is. I couldn’t believe it when I saw her circling the chair as I worked on a design project, you could see the desire in her eyes – the time had come. Sure enough, and to my complete joy, she hopped up onto the chair, circled around on the fur throw a few times, and settled down for a peaceful nap. Today was a good day, and I hope everyone else is having a wonderful Friday! What are your weekend plans?

-Andrew

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Schoolhouse Rock.

I had a really fun time playing around in the photo studio at school the other day while snapping these photos with a classmate of mine. There are so many cool, vintage things that have accumulated in the cabinets over the years to use for various photo projects – and I was starting to think of fun ways of using them in the future! This outfit was really just about being casual, comfortable, and effortless – and really, with 8am class it needs to be! One of my all time favourite colour combinations, that I think is a total classic, is navy, white, and brown. It is a really easy colour palette to wear and put together in the morning. That, in combination with a really cozy cardigan and soft v-neck helps make the early morning design-school woes slip away. I also just bought the pants a few weeks ago from Zara, and I am totally in love with the contrast fabric on the knee! It totally gives the pants a nod to their cargo pant cousins, without being quite so bulky and overbearing. A little bit of utilitarian chic is always welcome in my wardrobe, and I think it makes for a great balance to some of the softer pieces I own! Happy hump day everyone!

Cardigan: Club Monaco // Pants, Shirt & Boots: Zara // Watch: Michael Kors

Styling/Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photographer: Adaire Beatty

Winter Fragrance Post

Warm Winter.

There is nothing better than a warm, spicy fragrance to top off a man’s winter wardrobe. If you are forgetting a fragrance in the morning, you are missing out on a crucial part of grooming – something that can create a lasting impression with people. Fragrances are very personal, and set differently on everyones individual skin chemistry, so try on your fragrance of choice and walk around with it on your skin for a while to see if you like how the notes react after an hour or so of wear. If you can get a small tester bottle, even better! Most retailers have testers that are totally free, and let you test drive a new fragrance for a few days – all you have to do is ask! I have narrowed down my fragrance collection to my top three warm winter fragrances that I would recommend you try! Each fragrance is easily worn casually, or with a dressier outfit for an evening out with friends!

1. Tom Ford: Grey Vetiver

I just purchased Grey Vetiver this year, and I absolutely fell in love. It is definitely a more unique, complex fragrance but it sets in such a soft, subtle way that it has become an absolute everyday go-to for me. Tom Ford has always been good at creating very distinctly upscale, masculine fragrances and this one is definitely no exception. I would consider this fragrance to be a little bit more fashion forward, and thus it may not appeal to everyone. In order to decide whether or not you like how the fragrance settles you absolutely must try it on. I found that it smelled very different from bottle to skin, and I liked it even more once I had let it settle for about 10 minutes. I also find that it lasts a really long time, but in such a perfectly subtle way. The fragrance is not overpowering but simply leaves an impression of a warm, clean earthiness.

Notes: Vetiver, Orange flower, Grapefruit, Aromatic sage, Orris, Nutmeg, Pimento, Amber woods and Oak moss

Buy Online at Sephora | $120 3.4oz

2. Tom Ford: Azure Lime

Another Tom Ford classic, only this time a cut above. Azure Lime is part of the exclusive (and priced accordingly) Private Blend Collection. Rich extracts go into every Private Blend fragrance, and they make for something that is really unbeatable when you compare other fragrance brands. The best way that I can describe the wearability of Azure Lime is warm, sporty, and lightly fresh. This fragrance is great for everyday wear, but unlike a lot of sport fragrances, it has just the right amount of warmth to make it an appropriate choice for the colder months. It is the warmth that makes Azure Lime a really rich, well-rounded fragrance that doesn’t smell as cheap as a lot of sport fragrances. I always choose to wear this fragrance on more casual days, but what I really love is that it is a lighter option than the other two fragrances in the list – which provides me with a nice range of choice if I start getting tired of one fragrance or another. It simply goes the extra mile towards being something really special, and classic that everyone will notice on your skin!

Notes: Vibrant citrus, Sophisticated flowers, Warm wood and Sensual musk

Buy Online at Neiman Marcus | $205 1.7oz

3. Yves Saint Laurent: L’Homme

L’Homme is the original in a growing set of spin-off fragrances, and is a true classic men’s fragrance. It is warm, clean and well balanced masculine fragrance. Of the three fragrances listed, this one is definitely the strongest, even when settled on the skin. I find that L’Homme stays very consistent throughout a days wear, and doesn’t fade dramatically. I always get compliments whenever I wear this fragrance, and it is definitely a well-loved choice that I would recommend anyone try! Although I would still consider L’Homme to be an everyday fragrance, with my collection I typically opt to wear it when I am more dressed-up  – either going to work, or going out with friends. That being said, it is a true classic that you can’t really go wrong with – for you, or a gift for someone else. Just don’t spray too much, it is best when you wear no more than 4 sprays!

Notes: Citrus peel, Ginger, Basil blossoms, Violet leaves, Vetiver and Tonka bean

Buy Online at Sephora | $60 2oz

When you go out and buy one of these fragrances, or any other one that you feel suits your personality and skin chemistry make sure you get the best bang for your buck – If you really like a fragrance, and you plan on wearing it on a regular basis, always purchase the 100ml/3.4oz bottles! The price difference for 50% more product is often very slight, but it will always end up being worth it. I hope these tips and recommendations help you find a great new fragrance, so good luck and happy shopping!

-Andrew

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New Vintage.

Army green, rich navy, antique white, classic brown, and bronze metal accessories. I have been playing around with these colour tones a lot lately, and it totally gives a playful spin on the great vintage military look – without actually going camo. This look is all about texture and colour with smooth leather accents on the blazer collar, the boots, and the satchel paired with a roughed-up vintage bronze watch and wrap bracelet. Even though camouflage is a huge trend, it is often not done very well and can end up looking cheap. I haven’t found just the right camouflage pieces yet, so instead I opt to expand the palette you see mixed in camouflage across my entire outfit instead of on just one piece. This is an excellent winter look that will transition nicely into spring because the colours are neutral and earthy. Best of all, when the fashion world says camouflage is out you still have great basics to wear, leaving no need to clear out a closet full of military pieces. When you wear this new vintage look, there is no need to hide away in the bushes – show off your camo palette with pride and don’t be afraid to mix it up!

Blazer, Shirt & Wrap Bracelet: Club Monaco // Boots & Pants: Zara // Watch: Michael Kors // Bag: Cambridge Satchel