As a classic menswear enthusiast, I've always found it a little hard to find inspiration walking down the streets of Toronto - my home for the past 20 years save for 2 years I spent working abroad. Trends always seem to dominate here and that translates to the various shops as well, making it difficult to find the classics. I was tempted many times to buy those skinny suits and the accompanying ties but the sartorialist inside me refused. In the last 3 years alone, this city has seen immense growth in classic menswear and an introduction to quality footwear - from the likes of Leatherfoot (Read my story on them here) and Loding Toronto.
I first heard of Loding from a friend who was vacationing in Paris. He stumbled across their store and was so impressed with the level of service and no-fuss pricing, Loding could do no wrong. Three years on and his brogues are a true testament to the brand's high quality craftsmanship, made possible through their simple premise - making luxury accessible. I visited their beautiful shop a few years back and fell in love with a pair of single monks. As my friend had experienced in Paris, I was given equally superb service by a young man who was interning for the summer. If only one could get this sort of service for all of life's purchases.
As fate would have it, I would meet this gentleman (Jedric Viera) again a few years later at the First Canadian Place location. This time, for a lookbook photo op to showcase Loding's shirts and accessories. As a fan of their shoes, these deserved a chance too - to showcase them to Toronto's own and everyone else. Jedric and I took a stroll from the shop up to Bay Street, and back - composing a timeless visual story in the process.
Photos: Casa di Sartoria