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SCIENCE OF STYLE

Leather-Brown-Footwear-Menswear-Mr.-Derks
2018
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BLACK LEATHER JACKET & BROWN LEATHER SHOES. OK?

A black leather jacket and brown leather shoes … can those two items ever be paired together in perfect harmony? Here at Mr. Derk we encourage men to forge their own paths when it comes to fashion. After doing some research, we’ve noticed that this often questioned combination is, in fact, totally acceptable: A black leather jacket is timeless, classic and can be incredibly versatile. So, why can’t it be paired with
brooch
2018
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BOUTONNIÈRE: THE OVERLOOKED ACCESSORY

The boutonnière is a graceful accessory, one that should be worn more commonly than the odd summer wedding. They offer an intriguing juxtaposition to a suit in numerous ways: – it’s colour offers stark contrast to the typical stodgy brown, grey, or blue – the gentle curve of the flowers stands out against the sharp lines of the lapels and shoulders – for the more poetic, where the cut of men’s suits has
Field
2018
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BRAND FEATURE: G-LAB JACKETS

The debate has always been fashion versus function and g-lab has decided that neither should be compromised. With their modern aesthetics and high-performance materials, g-lab jackets are designed to make sure you still feel like you’re in your element while braving the elements. Tailored for urban life using thoughtful materials and details g-lab seeks to “raise the bar from high-tech fashion to pure, effortless style.”
History-of-Italian-Tailors-Derks
2018
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A CUT ABOVE: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ITALIAN TAILOR

Italian tailoring, much like Italian garments, comes with high quality and a prestige reputation. Here at Derks, we appreciate and know a thing or two about Italian tailoring, too. The roots of the true Italian tailor can be traced back to the Italian Renaissance, starting in the 13th century. Tailoring in Italy isn’t just about making a suit fit “right”; it’s the reason Italy is the world’s most stylish nation.
harris_tweed_grey
2018
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FABULOUS FABRICS

Wool: will is the most popular natural fibre for suits. The properties of warmth, drape and the finished appearance make it ideal for all types of formal wear. Suits and jackets made from wool should be dry-cleaned as washing a wool suit can be very detrimental to the fabric, the lining and the internal construction of the garment. You can maintain the appearance of wool by hanging in on a correctly-fitting hanger when not in use. Gentle ironing at a
JonTronSalon1
2018
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FALL ARRIVALS – PART 2 – TIMELESS OUTERWEAR

Here at Derks, we practice the mantra, “quality over quantity.” We don’t believe quality should ever be sacrificed when buying for long-term use. Most shoppers limit themselves to a price-point when shopping, eliminating options, quality, fabrication and overall long-term satisfaction and performance. Guaranteeing longevity is a must these days wherein as sacrificing quality for trend is a byproduct of big box brand name stores. I can’t
Found-in-translation-Italian-tailoring
2018
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“FOUND IN TRANSLATION”: DISCOVER THE LANGUAGE BEHIND THE JOURNEY TO MAKING A TRUE ITALIAN GARMENT

Italy: known for delicious food, seductive wine, beautiful infrastructure, and, of course, some of the most amazing garments on the planet. Having influenced fashion and style all over the western world for decades, Italy has yet to slow down. It’s the birthplace of world-renowned designers: Cavalli, Dolce and Gabbana, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, and Versace, amongst many other greats. Some Italian tailors are so skilled they’ve also become famous for what
ice cream
2018
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INTRODUCING: THE MANDARIN COLLAR

The Mandarin Collar, also known as the Korean, Chinese, or Nehru collar, has been very popular, especially for men’s button up dress shirts. It exudes minimalism as well as something different. It doesn’t look like your typical dress shirt, which is part of the magic of this type of collar. The Mandarin Collar is a short stand-up collar style that does not fold over at all. Both men and women
ITALIAN
2018
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ITALIAN TAILORS VS. THE REST: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE ANYWAY?

What is it about Italian tailors that makes owning an Italian-made abito (“suit”) feel like you own something so unique? Italian tailors strongly value an accurate misura (“measurement”) of the client. The importance of this is self-explanatory: the more precise the misura, the more comfortable and custom-fit the suit.  Italian suits take into consideration the comfort of the wearer, often utilizing lightweight, softer fabric, rather than
shouldersWEB
2018
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MADE-TO-MEASURE, MADE FOR PLEASURE – WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN GETTING AN MTM SUIT?

Hello, I am interested in your made to measure suits service, and would like to inquire about the process and average price of a regular business suit (jacket and pants). Thank you, G. Thomas. Measurements, timing and details are essential to finding your perfect fit. Up to 20 measurements will be taken, so set aside a
Made-to-measure
2018
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MEASUREMENTS: MTM SUITING

You’ve come to your senses & decided its time to upgrade your life with a Made to Measure Suit. You’re now wondering what the process and time commitment are, but most importantly, who will be touching you and where..? This is a painless process that only requires a few measurements and a small amount of time. To breakdown the process, check out the photos below so you’re prepped on what will go down. Starting from
flower
2018
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NATURE INSPIRED

Picking and matching your attire to a palette can sometimes arguably be the most difficult part of the selection process, trying to match that to
StripedShirtandtie-e1374255010767
2018
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IS IT OK TO WEAR A STRIPED TIE WITH A STRIPED SHIRT?

As a general rule, you can wear a striped shirt with a striped tie as long as the stripes aren’t identical in size. Also make sure at least one colour in your tie matches your suit, shirt, or your belt and shoes. Avoid wearing a striped shirt with a striped tie and a pinstriped suit. Matching three similar patterns together is rarely a winning combination.  
white
2018
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THE ORIGINS OF THE MYTH: NO WHITE AFTER LABOUR DAY

The rule against wearing white after Labour Day has become one of the most commonly debated fashion conventions – and for good reason. The practice is largely attributed to a combination of class-based snobbery and the realities of smoggy city life at the turn of the century. Before the invention of modern air conditioning and heating systems, cities were a grimy and hot mess, buildings were typically heated by burning coal and the only way
tiger-of-sweden-black-morello-suit-mr-derks-whyte-ave-menswear-boutique-edmonton-and-online
2018
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PULLING OFF ALL BLACK, THE RIGHT WAY…

An all-black outfit is extremely sharp and sophisticated, when executed correctly. The key to pulling off a seamless all black look is to vary the textures of pieces, and create layers of definition. Otherwise, you end up looking rather dull. With spring comes unpredictable weather so, we layered a
glasses
2018
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A WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING – VITALE BARBERIS CANONICO WOOL FABRIC MILL

In today’s blog post, we’re talking about Vitale Barberis Canonico, a fabric mill that produces some of the best quality wool for a few of our brands. Vitale Barberis Canonico traces their origins back to the 1600s. Then in the 1800s, it became industrialized and since then, the company
Spalla-Camicia-Italian-Tailor-Mr.-Derk
2018
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WHY THE SPALLA CAMICIA HAS BECOME A STATUS SYMBOL IN THE TAILORING WORLD

The Spalla Camicia, when done right, is sown by hand, which creates a dimpled effect in the shoulder and allows the fabric to flex. It is, by many in the tailoring world, regarded as a status symbol. Choosing the right suit is not a pick-and-go-in-fifteen-minutes kind of task. It can be, but will it look as sharp? As head-turning? As eye-catching? Going suit shopping? Take advantage of Mr.
spalwart-made-by-hand-edmonton
2018
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SPALWART: MODERN VINTAGE FOOTWEAR

Spring weather may be far from here, but we know it’s on your mind, so let us help you prep your step. With new spring items arriving at our Whyte Ave store every week, we’re eager to show you
biege
2018
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WHY A TAN BLAZER SHOULD BE YOUR SPRING GO-TO

When it comes to wardrobe essentials, versatility is key. Investing in a key piece means you should be getting your money’s worth by buying something classic that works for years and years to come. And the sophistication of the tan blazer isn’t going anywhere. Tan is a simplistic and worldly colour—that works extremely well in both spring and summer. Because of its neutrality, it’s a great colour to have to brighten up your overall look and to show you
purple
2018
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THE RULE OF 3

Have you ever heard of the third-piece rule? In the retail world, many high end retailers have a rule to ensure all their employees are dressed ‘to code’, and that is the rule of three. It’s an easy way to make your outfit more interesting, unique, and more personalized and once you master it, you’ll never feel complete without it. Here it is… Your pants and top are your first and second pieces, and your
tiger-of-sweden BRAND
2018
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TIGER OF SWEDEN BRAND FEATURE

TIGER, TIGER, BURNING BRIGHT Established in 1903 under the name Schwartzman & Nordström, after founder Marcus Schwartzman and his partner Hjalmar Nordström, Tiger of Sweden has
MR.DERK-33
2018
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TOP FOUR WAYS TO FOLD A POCKET SQUARE

A pocket square doesn’t need to precisely match your outfit, but simply compliment your shirt and tie. It’s a quick way to take your outfit to the next level, and you have over 20 options on how to fold it. Below we’ve highlighted our top three ways to fold a pocket square.
Van Gils
2018
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THE ULTIMATE TRAVELLING BLAZER

Gentleman know that a well tailored blazer is the easiest way to make the perfect first impression. We even asked the men of Mr. Derk to name their top 5 menswear essentials, and blazer ranked number 1. At Mr.Derk we are constantly asked about the perfect travel blazer, and one of our go to travel blazers is The Travel jacket, by Van
Edmonton-mens-clothing-store-mr-derk-spring-layers-guide
2018
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UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY OF LIGHT LAYERS

  The key to looking sharp when you are running around all day in the spring, is outfit flexibility. When you change from outdoors, to indoors frequently, or the weather changes drastically from morning to afternoon, opt for 3 solid pieces that all work together, but also hold their
willfeature2
2018
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VAN GILS – NO STITCH, NO STORY – PART 1

To introduce this brand to you, we sourced not-your-typical model (and avid cyclist) Will Belyea, DJ by night and media savant by day. With that in mind, Van Gils clothing isn’t designed for just skinny European models; they cater to athletes, tall guys and then some. First we present three key looks below. In the image on the left, Will is sporting the
mr-derk
2018
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WEEKEND WEAR: THE TODD SNYDER X CHAMPION RAGLAN CREW

TODD SNYDER X CHAMPION Todd Snyder has collaborated with iconic sportswear brand Champion for this supremely comfortable collection. Inspired by gym-issued pieces from the 1950s, the robust lineup uses premium materials to modernize archival designs. Todd Snyder and Champion’s collaboration offers athletic-inspired basics that have a smart contemporary appeal – they’re perfect for everyday wear. This causal
Field
2018
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THE WINTER PROOF WARDROBE

The key to surviving a cold winter (and looking decent) isn’t wearing everything you have at once. It’s about making smart choices with waterproof technical fabrics and warm natural fibres like wool and cashmere. If you have the right layers underneath, your jacket can be more tailored and all you need is the right pair of gloves and a scarf to keep you warm when the wind picks up. Waterproof, windproof and breathable, the
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