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How to Protect Your Dress Shoes From the Elements

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Worried about your bench-made brogues taking a beating once the weather takes a turn for the worst? Here are three simple ways to ensure your favourite dress shoes survive the winter.

Buy a Pair of Galoshes

They slip on easily over your dress shoes, and will not only keep them clear of slushy, salt-covered sidewalks, but will also provide you with some added grip for walking over icy surfaces.

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Brush and Polish Regularly

Even with overshoes, salt — which damages the leather — has a nasty habit of finding its way onto shoes in the winter. Keep them fresh with a thorough wipe-down every couple of days.

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Invest in Cedar Shoe Trees

Nothing helps to preserve a great pair of dress shoes better. The unvarnished wood will serve to eliminate odours and maintain the shoe’s shape.

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Written by: Yang-Yi Goh

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Top 5 Discoveries at #TGE2016

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One big takeaway from #TGE2016 is that we discover new things. Our audience tells us. Our vendors tell us. Our chefs tell us. Our celebrity guests tell us. It must be true. There are some killer products and awesome experiences that are here every year and we love them. But here’s a quick snapshot of some of the new items and experiences that rose to the top this year:

5) Jord – Wooden watches. Straight outta Missouri, these guys make some pretty badass watches. The wooden bracelets are stunning. Nothing like it. Get on our wrists!!!

4) The UCC Chef Battle – The Underground Chef Co do these battles on the regular, but this one was live inside The Gentlemen’s Expo. It’s chef vs chef with a secret ingredient thrown in to spice things up. A panel of culinary stars judge the battle and declare a victor. (For the record Chef Ted Reader won this time) Chef Joe Friday and Chef Mike Ward narrated the whole thing. It was crazy. It was a high energy and welcome addition to #TGE2016 and no doubt will be back next year.

3) Tenfed – This is a clothing company that is trying to make a difference. Kory and the crew offer up high quality tees and toques for a cause. Every Tenfed shirt sold helps feed 10 hungry children. Do you need any other reason to support this project?

2) We Are VR. Watching our audience experience VR for the first time was unreal. Slap on the headset and get transformed to another place. Gaming, movies and experiences are all next level now. The future of playing a game or watching a concert will blow your mind, as it did all weekend long at #TGE2016.

1) Parc City Boot Co. – These boots are unreal. They were flying off the shelves inside #TGE2016. Designed and hand-crafted in Portugal. We’re honoured that Parc City Boot Co were here and that our audience embraced them. Gentlemen of Toronto are savvy consumers and these boots have found a home.

Hope you like this list. What did you discover? Tell us in the comments so we can share the love.

 

 

 

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#TGE2016 Attractions

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The Gentlemen’s Expo is back on Nov. 10, 11, and 12 and there is no shortage of experiences for patrons to enjoy! It all takes placeat the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building (222 Bremner Blvd). Audiences will be entertained and educated through interesting and exciting activations as part of the #BeBetter lifestyle. Without further ado, here is what all gentlemen and gentlewomen can expect to see at #TGE2016:

Underground Chef Co. (UCC) Battle

Get ready to experience the biggest, baddest and most epic food battle that Toronto has ever seen! The team at Underground Chef Co. have been hard at work organizing an astonishing line-up of Chefs uccbattle_612x612to create a special edition Chef Battle, exclusively on The Gentlemen’s Expo’s On The Line Culinary Experience. The Chefs battling at this year’s event include Chef Ted Reader and Chef Jeff Dueck. The Chef Battle will be hosted by both Joe Friday (Founder of UCC) and Chef Mike Ward (Formerly Food Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Living). There will also be an incredible panel of judges that is still yet to be announced.

For anyone who has never witnessed a Chef Battle live before, Underground Chef Co., challenges Chefs to create several dishes from secret ingredients in under one-hour and provide audience goers with a real-time experience of life in the kitchen. It’s hot, loud, and it’s messy but this on-stage event will leave you in shock and awe once attendees see what these Chef’s come up with.

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The Yamaha Canada Music Garage Band Experience will WOW attendees with a  fully-built garage that contains a massive selection of instruments to try out, from their product catalog. This is the jam space of any music nerd’s dreams, because they can try everything. Grab a guitar (like the new Revstar) and melt some faces with a solo. Grab those drum sticks and do that part from Phil Collins ‘In The Air Tonight’. Anything is possible! More Info.

The Silver Medal Package Presented By Hockey Hall of Fame

The Gentlemen’s Expo is bringing a true Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF) classic, “The Silver Medal Package.” This area includes the HHOF’s mobile Original Legends Exhibit, an NHL Trophy display and a t100_1235ruly unique interactive hockey component.   In partnership with the premier interactive hockey company, Top Shot Hockey from Guelph, this set-up has traveled from coast-to-coast throughout North America, as well as the world, and has been a popular fan favourite wherever it goes.

Featuring a combination of historical artifacts from the past, present and future of the game, the most prestigious hardware in the world and a selection of interactive games to challenge even the most seasoned hockey veteran; there is a little bit of something that everyone will enjoy. More info.

Openly. On-Stage Discussion

This is a first for The Gentlemen’s Expo main stage; Openly., is a series of talks and videos that showcase some of the most accomplished and influential leaders in the food and beverage, hospitality, entertainment, sports and service industry. They share their stories of professional success, failures and personal triumph as they rise to the top.

Currently scheduled to participate in the Openly On-Stage Discussion is Whiskey Chef Matt Jones, Chef Ted Reader, Chef Jeff Dueck, Krista Faist (Editor of Foosdism TO), Kevin Brauch (The Thirsty Traveller), Chef Amanda Ray, Chef Rob Rainford, Chef Marcus Mariathas, and some surprise appearances from some other well known culinary experts in Toronto’s food scene. The discussion will be hosted by Chef Mike Ward, who was formerly Food Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Living (Canada’s #1 food magazine).

OLG PlaySmart Experience

PlaySmart is OLG’s gambling education program dedicated to informing Ontarians about how gambling works to keep it a fun and enjoyable experience for all players. PlaySmart provides facts, tools and advice to help players, new to experienced, develop smart gambling habits that suit their play.rg-playsmart-en PlaySmart has developed a series of interactive activities for participants to experience at The Gentlemen’s Expo while showing fans the fun of randomness in gambling! Drop by the PlaySmart booth to roll a 122-sided die at their Odds Table, grab a snack from their Vending Machine, or pick a card – any card, from their very own magician.
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The Gentlemen’s Expo Fashion Show

Attendees are certainly in for a treat during The Gentlemen’s Expo opening night (Thursday, November 10) because they will have a chance to experience the latest style trends and get advice from some of the most knowledgeable sartorial experts in Toronto. This main-stage event is sponsored by Reiss, Rent Frock Repeat, SHARP, and Concierge Club.

Best Buy He-Shed

The Best Buy He-Shed (#BestBuyHeShed) is the ultimate haven for today’s modern man. Timeless style merged with the latest tech makes for the perfect manly, backyard escape. The Best Buy He-Shed features everything from wireless home audio systems, to virtual reality, the coolest drones and everything in between! Attendees are invited to demo products, seek advice from Geek Squad Agents and experience all that the He-Shed has to offer.

The Dr Oetker-Casa Di Mama Experience

Dr Oetker-Casa Di Mama is the official pizza of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and as such they will create an experience for attendees in which they can sample a fresh slice of the pizza itself AND enter contests to win tickets to the Grey Cup or to the Dr Oetker-Casa Di Mama “viewing party”.

They will do this via a 23 foot trailer with a lowering stage. Consumers will walk up the stage to receive a sample from their lovely Bas, alongside coupons. Dr Oetker-Casa Di Mama will also set up tents where they host engagements and the contests. Everything is CFL and Casa Di Mama branded!

Clinique For Men / Lab Series Gentlemen’s Lounge

labseriesBoth Clinique For Men and Lab Series will be setting up a unique and fun experience that will definitely give the feel of a Gentlemen’s Lounge. Attendees will challenge each other in a video game while receiving a top-of-the-line facial treatment as they compete with one another. Whoever wins in this game will have the bragging rightsover the other and both will leave feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day . They will also leave with an ice-cold beer because after all… this a Gentlemen’s Lounge and we’re all winners here!

Beer, Spirits, Wine, and Cocktail Sampling

The Gentlemen’s Expo will feature an incredible offering of some of the world’s best potent potables. Ranging from scotches, bourbons, whisk(e)ys, beers, wines, cocktails and everything in between.gentlemensexpo_pv_31-2

Attendees will have a chance to sample beverages from the likes of: Jim Beam, Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s, Bowmore, Laphroaig, Highland Park, The Macallan, Mill Street, Goose Island, Stella Artois, Brickworks Ciderhouse, Budweiser, Innis & Gunn, Great Lakes Brewery, Old Tomorrow, Samuel Adams, Amsterdam Brewery, Bulleit Bourbon, CIROC, Johnny Walker, Ketel One Vodka, Tanqueray No. Ten, and so much more!

The Bag Jump In Partnership with 365 Sports and Tenfed

BagJumpThe Gentlemen’s Expo is bringing the infamous Bag Jump back to the event. Attendees will be able to jump off an enormous 30ft scaffold into an inflatable bag. As part of this attraction, The Gentlemen’s Expo has partnered with Tenfed, a company that provides ten meals to feed hungry children around the globe with every item that is sold. They work directly with Kids Against Hunger Canada to make this happen and will be creating a limited edition shirt exclusively for The Gentlemen’s Expo. Attendees can purchase one of their shirts right at The Bag Jump to show  support.

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The Gentlemen’s Expo will feature demonstrations from some of Toronto’s top Chefs, including: Chef Patrick McMurray, Chef Tonia Wilson, Cheese Master Afrim Pristine, Chef Albert Ponzo, Chef Rob Rainford, Chef Lindsey Greflund, Chef Ted Reader, Whiskey Chef Matt Jones, Bourbon Ambassador Jamie Johnson and so much more!

The Gentlemen’s Den

foosballThe Gentlemen’s Den will be the centre area of The Gentlemen’s Expo and have some of the most popular bar games housed within one massive area for attendees to enjoy. Play ping pong, pool, foosball and even watch sports highlights on screens placed within this area. Attendees can even watch our local Toronto sports teams broadcasted live on game day.

Retail Shopping

With the holiday season just around the corner, attendees can shop amongst some of the most popular international and local men’s retailers. With nearly endless options available, gentlemensexpo_pv_28-2The Gentlemen’s Expo will bring top fashion retailers, men’s accessories, and men’s grooming products. It’s a sure bet that attendees will pick up some great gift ideas and who knows… They may also pick something up for themselves while they are there.

A little more about #TGE2016:

The Gentlemen’s Expo is the premium event for emerging and established men’s lifestyle products, integrated consumer experiences and on-stage programming that will entertain and educate men.  It all happens November 10-12 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building. Oh, and tickets are on sale right now. (AND YOU CAN SAVE $5 OFF GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS BY USING PROMO CODE: FIVEOFF) 

Come to #TGE2016 if you are interested in: style, tech, music, sports, cars, alcohol, grooming, sex, food, entrepreneurship, whiskey, beer, spirits, gaming, DIY, wellness, health and more.  Come to#TGE2016 if you want to see great speakers and compelling ATTRACTIONS. Come to #TGE2016 if you want to #BeBetter.

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Three Haircuts to Consider This Fall

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You’ve been rocking that high-and-tight side-part for a few years now, and let’s face it: it’s gotten a little stale. Next time you’re at the barbershop, ask for one of these of-the-moment cuts to freshen up your look. Thanks to our friends at Sharp Magazine for this piece…

The Pompadour

One easy way to give your current cut a little more edge: Add volume. The classic pompadour was the defining haircut of the 1950s, and the pomade-heavy, swept-high look still turns heads.

See: James Dean remains the gold standard, but John Cho rocks a great contemporary version.

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The Modern Buzz

There’s more to a great buzz cut than simply taking clippers to your head. Ask your barber for a #3 or #4 up top, with a clean fade using a #1 or #2 down the sides. The variations in length will look great kept short, but will also be a big help if and when you eventually decide to grow you hair back out.

See: Ryan Reynolds is a big proponent of this look, as is Chris Evans.

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The Well-Kempt Shag

Thinking about growing your hair long, but don’t want to look like such a, well, long hair? Don’t worry, it’s possible to sport a longer ‘do that still works in the boardroom. The trick is to continue seeing your barber as regularly as you would for short hair: with cleaned-up sideburns and a little layering, your mop will be just as manageable and presentable as it’s ever been.

See: Bradley Cooper and Kit Harrington both maintain handsome length.

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Get more Fall Style Tips and inspirations by checking out SHARP Magazine.

See SHARP’s top style experts and other sartorial aficionados from the likes of Rent Frock Repeat, Reiss, and Concierge Club, live at The Gentlemen’s Expo 2016 Fashion Show. It all starts at 8:15pm on Thursday, November 10 at #TGE2016.

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Use code FIVEOFF to save $5 off General Admission tickets. #BEBETTER at The Gentlemen’s Expo. November 10-12 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Special guest contributor: Yang-Yi Goh.

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Fall Style Picks: Hot Sox

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Looking to step up your style game this Fall without breaking the bank?  Want to stand out from the crowd yet not look like you spent hours getting dressed?   Ties were once considered the easiest way to freshen up a look.  Times have changed though and with casual workplaces now the norm, fewemens-mona-lisar men are wearing ties on a regular basis.  Enter the new basic – fashion socks.

For many guys, socks have long been an afterthought.  Clean was good enough.  Black was standard and stripes counted as fashion.  Socks are the perfect way to add a pop of colour to any ensemble.  Unlike blazers, shirts or pants which can require substantial investment, socks are an easy, affordable way to update your existing wardrobe.

Hot Sox is hands down the go to resource for trend right fashion socks with an assortment that includes everythox3hing from on-trend geometric prints to unique novelty styles to the innovative Artist Series.  For the guy with the travel bug, the new Travel Collection, which features top destinations such as LA, South Beach and Paris, is a must have.  Be sure to check out the Hot Sox booth at the upcoming The Gentlemen’s Expo or shop The Bay (www.thebay.com) or Simons (www.simons.ca) for an extensive selection. Also check out Hot Sox current Halloween collection, pretty spooky stuff! Make sure your follow Hot Sox on Facebook, and Hot Sox on Instagram.

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Get more Fall Style Tips and see more sock inspirations by checking out Hot Sox.

See Hot Sox and an whole bunch more at #TGE2016. Tickets are ON SALE NOW. Use code FIVEOFF to save $5 off General Admission tickets.

#BEBETTER at The Gentlemen’s Expo. November 10-12 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Here are some Instagram shots from Hot Sox account. How about those doggy socks?!!

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Fall Style Picks: Cognac Boots by PARC City Boot

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This Fall every gent needs a great pair of cognac coloured boots. This rich and warm hue is flattering with any look, and should be a staple in your wardrobe!

Whether you’re suiting up or playing it casual, a cognac boot will keep you sophisticated and stylish. This color is essential each season in PARC City Boot’s collection of high quality European leathers. They are dedicated to keeping you in style with our hand crafted boots that won’t break the bank.

The team at PARC City Boot pair their cognac boots daily with dark denim and khakis; reliable style for the everyday man. Seen here in their popular ‘Lincoln’ boot, this handsome color will have you strut from boardroom to boardwalk with ease. Try a pair on today!

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Get more style tips and see more Canadian inspirations by checking out PARC City Boot.

See PARC City Boot and a whole bunch more at #TGE2016. Tickets are ON SALE NOW. Use code FIVEOFF to save $5 off General Admission tickets.

#BEBETTER at The Gentlemen’s Expo. November 10-12 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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Fall Style Picks: Howard Matthews

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Howard Matthews is back with their run of cashmere scarves for men. Scarves have long been a staple piece of clothing in the Canadian fall and winter wardrobe to keeping us warm. But our female counterparts have inspired us to look at scarves not just as a necessity, but also as a statement piece that pulls an outfit together and as a piece of accessorhowardmatthews_scarf_2_copyy that adds detail to an ensemble.

Add a pop of colour when you wear a classic black suit by contrasting it with a bright blue or red scarf. Incorporate a detailed scarf with fringed ends to liven up a simple, solid-coloured jacket. Aside from the popular line of scarves in multiple grey and blue tones and shades, trending this year are a line of rich colours to choose from.

To maintain the highest standard of quality, Howard Mahowardmatthews_lapelflowertthews scarves are crafted using 100% fine cashmere from Mongolia; chosen over a cashmere blend, a wool blend and
merino wool, to provide ultra comfort, warmth and style. Handpick your own Howard Matthews scarf for an exquisitely soft and luxurious look. Get more style tips and see more Canadian inspirations by checking out Howard Matthews.

See Howard Matthews and a whole bunch more at #TGE2016. Tickets are ON SALE NOW. Use code FIVEOFF to save $5 off General Admission tickets.

#BEBETTER at The Gentlemen’s Expo. November 10-12 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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Fall Style Picks: Lord of Ties

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Fall is the season to play around with a lot of colors and prints. Whether you’re a corporate professional, a musician or even a teacher, you will always be setting a trend.

In the 2016 Fall season, men’s fashion is all about tailored suits, leathers loafers, and wool coats. Though let’s not forget about accessorizing. Adding a rosette is essential this fall for men and Lord of Ties (Recently featured in British GQ); a Canadian based company carries an array of handmade, luxury accessories from buttoned, wool bowties to leather rosettes.

Whether you are out for a casual dinner or at the office, adding a funky rosette will spark any conversation. It’s a decorative, poppy like pin that’s made from all kinds of fabrics because it’s important to remember… Your wardrobe is your armor.

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Get more style tips and see more Canadian inspirations by checking out Lord of Ties.

See Lord Of Ties and a whole bunch more at #TGE2016. Tickets are ON SALE NOW. Use code FIVEOFF to save $5 off General Admission tickets.

#BEBETTER at The Gentlemen’s Expo. November 10-12 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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Fall Style Picks: Northern Tech

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If someone told you that there is one shirt which could, among other things, be worn to work, the gym, under hockey equipment, out for dinner, to the club, and casually around the house, all while providing unsurpassed comfort, performance, and style – would you believe them?

It might sound too good to be true, but the reality is that it exists in the form of an extremely simple and classic, black long sleeve shirt. Whether it’s Fall, Winter, Spring or even Summer, this one piece is a guaranteed essential.

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Now to be clear, this sort of versatility doesn’t just happen by accident, and you won’t find it in every black long sleeve shirt. Considerations take a very precise combination of details, from the fabrics used to ensure performance, to the cut and fit of the shirt to maintain an up to date look. But when this balance is achieved, the long sleeve shirt can truly act as a backbone for the modern man’s wardrobe.

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That’s where Northern Tech comes in. As a brand that is dedicated to premium basics and accessories, we obsess over creating the most versatile and functional essentials possible. Made in Toronto using only the highest quality bamboo/cotton blend, our logo free black long sleeve shirt was made specifically for gentlemen that value timeless style.

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Get more style tips and see more Canadian inspirations by checking out Northern Tech.

See Northern Tech and a whole bunch more at #TGE2016. Tickets are ON SALE NOW. Use code FIVEOFF to save $5 off General Admission tickets.

#BEBETTER at The Gentlemen’s Expo. November 10-12 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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Fall Style Picks: Shirt Studs

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Cufflinks and Lapel Pins have always been essential wardrobe pieces to convey a unique message about your fashion sense and style to the world.

Over the last couple years, lapel pins have made a huge comeback in the accessory world and we predict that during this Fall/Winter season, cufflinks along with French cuff shirts will follow suit and become a go-to item in every man’s closet.

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As summer draws to a close, you are likely to be wearing a dress shirt for work or play, and the truly stylish man has a few beautifully fitted French cuff shirts to pair with uniquely designed cufflinks.  The beauty of a French cuff shirt, is that it can be worn to perfection in the professional world and a simple change of cufflinks can transform your day-wear to night-wear to convey a completely different sense of style for happy hour, a fun date, or a night out.

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You can get a well-fitted French cuff shirt from shops such as Harry Rosen, The Hudson Bay, and the budget friendly Tom’s Place. You can also get one custom-made for easier than you think; we recommend peterparvez.ca, bestcustomshirt.com, suitsupply.com, and blacklapel.com.

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While great cufflinks are a rarer find, there are some online stores that offer everything from traditional wood and metal pieces to fully customizable 3D printed designs. Fresh on the scene, is a company called Shirt Studs out of Toronto offering hand-made and fully customizable options that will suit any style.

Get more style tips and see more Canadian inspirations by checking out Shirt Studs.

See Shirt Studs and a whole bunch more at #TGE2016. Tickets are ON SALE NOW. Use code FIVEOFF to save $5 off General Admission tickets.

#BeBetter at The Gentlemen’s Expo. November 10-12 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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#TGE2016 Tickets Now On Sale!

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The Gentlemen’s Expo is back! It’s the premium event for emerging and established men’s lifestyle products, integrated consumer experiences and on-stage programming that will entertain and educate men. Returning to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building, Nov. 10-12, tickets are now on sale. (and you can save $5 off General Admission tickets by using promo code FIVEOFF) 

Gentlemen and gentlewomen can take notice of the #BeBetter movement kicking off this month. It’s an idea fostered by The Gentlemen’s Expo: to encourage men simply to be better men and revitalize chivalry through gestures big and small. The campaign ties in the educational aspect of the event through which audiences gain tips and information geared toward self-improvement, as part of the overall #TGE2016 experience.

This year, The Gentlemen’s Expo is offering even more relevant and engaging content to it’s attendees and it all starts with the Culinary Programme. The event will bring top Chefs like: Chef Ted Reader, Chef Rob Rainford, Chef Tonia Williams, and more, alongside a hand-curated roster of food purveyors. True to tradition, the event will bring back a wide variety of popular cocktails and alcohol brands for attendees to pair with these food options.

Tickets to The Gentlemen’s Expo are ON SALE NOW and start at $35, which include five sampling tokens that are good for any combination of beer, wine, spirits or food. VIP passes to the event are also on-sale which cost $50 and include five additional sampling tokens (10 tokens in total), a complimentary gift bag, and express access in to the event. Additional tokens can be purchased on the show floor.

Headlining talent and attractions will be announced over the coming weeks and will continue leading up to November. To stay on top of the event’s on-going announcements, patrons are encouraged to join The Gentlemen’s Expo Mailing List. Tickets can be purchased at: www.gentlemensexpo.com.

 

Website: GentlemensExpo.com

Facebook: The Gentlemen’s Expo

Instagram: @GentlemensExpo

Twitter: @GentlemensExpo; #TGE2016 #BeBetter

 

About The Gentlemen’s Expo

The Gentlemen’s Expo is an annual event that entertains and educates men and women in topics related to men’s lifestyle through brand experience areas and interesting products while encouraging men to #BeBetter. It is the re-invention of the consumer show, putting experience, content and entertainment at the forefront.

This year, The Gentlemen’s Expo 2016 is happening on November 10 to 12 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building (222 Bremner Blvd).

Hours:

Thursday, November 10th – 4pm to 11p

Friday, November 11th – 4pm to 11pm

Saturday, November 12th – Noon to 11pm

 

For further information, please contact:

Davide De Laurentiis, INTELIVENTS, at dav@intelivents.com

Jon Sinden, INTELIVENTS, at jon@intelivents.com

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Fall Style Picks: Gentlemen of The North

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When it comes to choosing what to wear in a season, the seasons colour must be examined. This winter, maroon and burgundy are in. Deep winters look amazing in maroon.

The featured photos are an example of how you can look stylish while keeping warm this winter. Maroon is a dark red that tends to be a warm, earthy colour. There is no better way to represent this colour in this season than in Canadian inspired toque. 30% wool and 70% acrylic for that perfect combination of comfort and style.

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You want to make sure you look good from head to toe. Try something different and look for a pair of maroon socks. It is a nice compliment to a suit with black shoes and a black belt. Check out the featured pair in the image at the top of the page.

Get more style tips and see more Canadian inspirations by checking out Gentlemen Of The North.

See GOTN and a whole bunch more at #TGE2016. Tickets are ON SALE NOW. Use code FIVEOFF to save $5 off General Admission tickets.

#BeBetter at The Gentlemen’s Expo. November 10-12 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

 

 

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Fashion vs. Style: Know the Difference

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Most men get confused, intimidated, and overwhelmed when it comes to the subject of dressing (and I don’t mean the kind you put on your salad).

When a man wants to dress better, where does he turn? Unfortunately, most men look to current fashion trends for the answers. The problem with trying to copy what you see in GQ or style blogs is that it sets unrealistic expectations and it leads to men looking and feeling uncomfortable in their clothes. Remember; images in advertisements are highly polished, and the models are pinned and photo shopped. Before you fill your wardrobe with this season’s fleeting fads, let’s consider a more personalized approach…

The Flusserian approach would have you change your question from “what width of lapel are men wearing right now?” to “which width of lapel is right for me?” It really is that simple. Put a portly gentleman in a skinny lapel and the proportions will be off. It’s all about what works for you.

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Your individual figure must be taken into consideration. Here are some basic guidelines:

  • Lapels should be half the distance from the base of the neck to the outside shoulder. Anything narrower or wider is considered fashion. Coat length should cover the seat. Wearing trousers as close to one’s natural waist as possible elongates the leg line, which makes a man look taller and slimmer.
  • A man with very short legs in comparison to his torso will benefit from a slightly shorter coat (giving the illusion of a longer leg line). A very tall and thin man will want to use every excuse he can to break up a streamlined look with horizontal lines (balancing the length with some visual width).
  • Someone who still wears a short coat with narrow lapels and low-rise trousers they purchased five years ago, when it was in fashion, will look dated against current fashion.

It’s easy to see how chasing fashion can be a lose/lose game for the consumer; that’s how the industry makes money. The way to break the cycle is by wearing clothes that flatter your individual proportions, whether they’re in fashion or not. If well-made and cared for, these garments will serve you well for decades.

Recast vs. Contrast

You would never put a prized painting in a frame that didn’t complement it. Leveraging the contrast principle is the practice of framing your face with your clothing. Here’s a few tips to consider when it comes to leveraging your contrast:

  • If a medium contrast man has light brown hair, he should wear medium grey suits and a midnight tuxedo. In general; he should wear colors that don’t clash too much.
  • A high contrast man with light skin and dark hair should wear charcoal grey suits and a black tuxedo. He should combine colors on extreme ends of the spectrum (lights with darks).
  • Men with red notes in their hair look best in a fall palette (rusts, olives, reds). That’s not to say he should wear a red suit, but rather something like a navy tie with a little red in it will flatter him.

There’s a lot more to it than that, but the general idea can be summed up by “as above, so below.” If you’ve ever had someone say “that’s a great color on you,” then it was probably flattering for your contrast.

Stale vs. Stealth

There’s a reason why a group of tailors is called a disguisery. A blazer/sport coat/suit coat is the most flattering garment a man can wear. Once you start applying these concepts to your day-to-day routine, people around you will be quick to notice.

The difference between fashion and style boils down to this: Wearing an eggplant designer skinny suit that you saw Joseph Gordon-Levitt sporting in GQ will get you some “nice suit” remarks. Dressing to flatter your contrast/proportion will yield an entirely different type of compliment – it will sound something more like “You look great, but I can’t figure out what’s different.” Which would you rather receive?

Sink vs. Swim

Go into the water slowly before braving the sartorial deep end. You must first learn the rules before you can break them tastefully. Consult with an expert, express your style, let the compliments roll in, and start feeling better with what you wear.


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