Anne Caver sports a vintage silk Dolce and Gabbana blouse she found at Kingpin’s Hideaway in Toronto
Last fall Anne Caver of the blog life in the m lane dropped by the Kingpin’s Hideaway pop-up shop on Queen Street West in Toronto and wrote a fetching article about the experience – kingpin’s hideaway : where the vintage goes to play. The author even used one of the blouses she picked up, a silk Dolce & Gabbana blouse, in a feature fashion shoot and article Icon: Anne Caver in the blog à la mode [adj: fusion of effects] . Here’s a little nugget of Caver’s elegant prose:
Hidden in the underground “backstage” of vintage shop Cabaret, Kingpin‘s pop-up shop is every man’s best friend. Lustful for the days of smoking jackets and pipes? You’re covered. Wishing a perfect suit could be easily found with shirt options to spare? You’re covered. Dreaming of that perfect bowler or fedora to top it off? You’re covered. From suits to shoes and all the fixins, you’re covered.
Being well received is always satisfying!
Portrait of Massimiliano Mocchia di Coggiola by Rose Callahan
Portrait photographer Rose Callahan has embarked on a side project titled The Dandy Portraits, a photoblog which features portraits of the well dressed men she encounters, or is referred to, during her travels. Callahan, who subtitled her blog The Lives of Exquisite Gentlemen Today, adds her insight to the stories of the well-dressed gentlemen her photos document. The bonus here is that you have dapper gents presented in a sublime fashion providing you a double dose of visual stimulation. I’ll let Callahan’s images speak for themselves.
Portrait of Dr. Andre Churchwell by Rose Callahan
Lord Whimsy at home, April 2008 by Rose Callahan
Doran the Dandy, San Francisco, May 2009 by Rose Callahan
The opening of Kingpin’s Hideaway, a pop-up haberdashery in Toronto, was mentioned in the local culture website, Blog TO. You can read about it here!
This style site is of particular note as it accompanies a decent web series about, well in their own words, “…dressing like a grownup.” I like the weave of their tweed.
Put This On shares the Kingpin attitude towards dressing and the male wardrobe and it is clear that neither of the hosts, Jesse Thorn or Adam Lisagor, are fops but true men of style.
Their approach to style of male dress encompasses the larger manner of living to which a grown man should elevate himself. They should have an entire channel.
It was a lovely surprise to find The Chap, online! Dedicated to defining the modern gentleman in a cheeky style this magazine is published in hard copy bi-monthly. There online presence is a wonderful treat, as it is hard to find on the newsstand here in Canada!
The online version is full of good advice for the modern gentleman and kingpin alike. Even their manifesto includes a clever and humourous list of a genteman’s requirements. Here are Rules 5, 6, and 7 for your edification:
5 THOU SHALT ALWAYS DOFF ONE’S HAT. Alright, so you own a couple of trilbies. Good for you – but it’s hardly going to change the world. Once you start actually lifting them off your head when greeting, departing or simply saluting passers-by, then the revolution will really begin.
6 THOU SHALT NEVER FASTEN THE LOWEST BUTTON ON THY WESKIT. Look, we don’t make the rules, we simply try to keep them going. This one dates back to Edward VII, sufficient reason in itself to observe it.
7 THOU SHALT ALWAYS SPEAK PROPERLY. It’s quite simple really. Instead of saying “Yo, wassup?”, say “How do you do?”
The Chap provides fashion reviews, as this one on the ugliest shoe ever made (from Prada, no less!), style news, and even the latest on the music called ‘chap hop‘.
A tip of my Homburg to the Chaps across the Pond!