Month: November 2013

Shopping, Shopping, Shopping!

So this past weekend was one that was filled with shopping for the Don. While I should start Christmas shopping for others, I couldn’t resist the urge to line my closet with a couple of more things before worrying about what to buy everyone else.

It all began Friday evening where I was able to snag a quality green merino wool v-neck on special for $20 at H&M

To my right is my equally dapper cousin, runs in the family!

Now, I had no intention of purchasing anything that day but my lovely girlfriend (pays to have a great woman with a keen eye for men’s fashion!) turned my attention to it and for that price, can’t say no!

Sunday afternoon is where I discovered the jackpot of deals and would have spent a lotttt of dough (if I had it!) . I was able to snag 3 quality items, a red italian made merino wool crewneck sweater, a silk knit tie and a wool knit tie for under $50 after taxes. Where did I find these you ask? For those of you from the Montreal area, check out the old Zellers store in Montreal North in Place Bourassa (Henri Bourassa corner Lacordaire) which until January serves a liquidation outlet for The Bay, or Hudson’s Bay as it is now called. The deals there will knock your socks off (cashmere sweaters for 41.99!) Pictured below is my haul

And I can’t go through a post about tie purchases without including the arrival of my latest order from the fine folks over at The Tie Bar! Total cost again under $50

A beautiful diamond tipped wool bow tie, a wool pocket square and glen plaid wool skinny tie, tis the season for it! Can’t wait to rock em to my holiday parties! 

So there you have it, a few places to get great deals on things you need to look your best, before going out and buying gifts for a bunch of people, go out n buy a gift for yourself, the gift of dapperness 😉

The Don


Don Recommends..

As some of you may know, I can be a very oldschool kind of guy. And one of the oldschool things I do is go to an old barbershop that has been around for about 35 years with the same 2 guys who started it.

The name of this place is Montallegro Barber Shop (located at 7244 Hutchinson in Montreal, corner Jean Talon). I’ve been going to them for about a year now, and am very satisfied with their work. Run by two brothers, Giovanni and Joe, these guys have it right. They do cuts and shaves, and a Chinese woman who does the shampoos/scalp massages, (honestly, she’s awesome those massages nearly put me right to sleep). She also does manicures (guys, there’s no shame in taking care of your hands!). A cut and a shampoo will run you $25, which is great considering the price I hear some guys pay to get their hair cut in salons. And occasionally they’ll even get you an espresso from the bar next door! 

Here’s their latest work done on me:

There’s something manly about getting your hair cut at a good old barbershop, maybe its the smell, chatting with the barbers, the other customers, or the true service you get. Whatever it may be, I certainly recommend it! 
The Don

Collection Corner: Ties! TIes! Ties!

Good Saturday Ladies and Gentlemen and welcome to the Don’s Collection Corner, today I’ll be showing off my tie collection.

As I’ve said before, ties are a great way to look sharp, dapper, stand out or blend in, whatever you choose! They come in all kinds of materials (silk, wool, cotton, linen, knitted silk, knitted cotton, knitted wool!) and widths, (skinny, standard, super skinny, bow ties) And the patterns, gotta love the patterns! (stripes, plaids, dots, paisley, solids)

Here is a look at my personal collection:

32 count em, 32 ties and counting! How have I acquired all these ties? Some of them, such as the light blue in the top left corner, I’ve had for years but rarely wear now, others I’ve gotten them handed down from my pops, such as the sharp yellow number. I’ve even gotten some ties from my pop’s equally dapper friend who changes his wardrobe every once in a while so I’ve reaped the benefits of his unworn ties! 😀 And of course I’ve gotten most of them the old-fashioned way, buying them myself haha.

A piece of advice I must give however, is don’t be afraid to try new patterns and colors for your ties. A lot of men may shy away from paisely or plaid ties, but as the old expression goes, don’t knock it till you try it! A funky new tie can inject some life into an old shirt or suit giving you a whole new look! And of course don’t forget a couple of bow ties into your collection, they demonstrate class and style, look great for formal occasions and hell even not so formal ones! BE DIFFERENT!

What’s that? ties are expensive you say? Well if you shop in the wrong stores of course they are! You gotta know where to look! Always be on the lookout for sales (duh) but beware the material of the tie, you want to avoid cheap looking ties which are always made of polyester or a poly-blend, don’t take it just because it’s a low price. What you want to do is look for 100% silk, cotton, wool or linen. (of course a silk/wool or silk/linen blend is fine)  eBay is a great source for ties of all kinds without breaking the bank! See here Of course I can’t talk about ties without mentioning my favorite source for them, The Tie Bar. At $15 a tie you can’t go wrong, and I’m talking quality here. I honestly will rarely buy a tie in a brick and mortar store anymore. My favorite ties from my collection come from there:

That just about wraps it up for me today, have a great weekend everyone stay safe, don’t forget your tie and stay dapper!

The Don

Simple Tips to Look Your Best!

As we head into the weekend just felt like sharing some of my looks of the week and some simple tips to help you look your best, so rather than sound off with my strong opinions of the situation surrounding my beloved Dolphins, let’s get this going! 
Now take a look at this picture and tell me, what makes this look right? If you answered the bold tie and the subtle pocket square you’re right!…Almost…Look carefully at the colors in each, different shade of the same colors which complement each other but are not too “matchy-matchy”. That’s what you want to go for when trying to match a tie to a pocket square Whatever you do, don’t you dare go out and buy one of those cheap matching sets
Tie and pocket square available at, cost me $25 for both!! 

Tip number 2 of the day is…..don’t be afraid of color! Don’t be afraid to stand out and have people make a double take when passing you by in the street. Have a look at all the color going on in this outfit, from the stripes to the pink shirt to the royal blue pants, it seems like a lot doesn’t it? Well it isn’t because there is a balance to the tone of colors. The navy striped cotton knit tie brings balance to the look taking attention off the brightness of the shirt allowing the pants to be the part that’s noticed.

Pants copped at JCrew for less than $20, always look out for discounts! 

And for my last tip, I feel it’s one of the easiest ways to look sharp and dapper and that is to match a gingham shirt with a solid silk knit tie as seen here:

Tie provided by who else?!

Guaranteed you’ll look awesome wearing this combo, go for it!

And there you have it gents, 3 simple tips on the road to dapperness!

Stata buon,

The Don

P.S. Shameless plug here for my Movember page! check it out and donate to a hell of a cause, let’s kick men’s cancer to the curb!!!

Sock it to me Baby!

Hello and a belated Happy Halloween to all! Been out of commission for a few days but I’m back now so let’s rock out with our socks out!

Today I’ll be touching upon a little accessory to an outfit that I feel is under-utilized and/or scrutinized by “rules”. Well saddle up because you’re in for a little awakening!

Too often I come across men wearing rather bland socks: black, black with argyle, black with dots, etc.
And often I hear about how socks should match something in your outfit, color of your tie, pocket square, shirt, and so on. Well I’m here to say that those rules should be thrown out the window

Observe part of my personal collection:

As you can see I have some socks that are more traditional and conservative to slightly different to what I like to call my f-you socks at the far right, because some rules are meant to be broken!!!!

So go nuts! Inject some life into an otherwise bland part of your outfit. Stand out, dare to be different….dare to be dapper 😉

The Don