Emerging Young Artist Alert!

Good Day to all you Dapperies out there!

Today will be something a little different, rather than writing about style, I want to proudly introduce a colleague/friend of mine who is a great young artist originally from Vancouver, BC now in Ottawa. Her name is Emily Boulton. She is 23 years old and recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Currently she is applying for admission to do a Master’s in Landscape Architecture.


Art is something that is in her blood as her great-great aunt was a painter and has works in the National Gallery of Canada archives, mother is also an accomplished artist and so naturally she was inclined to follow the same path. Her favorite artists are Lucian Freud, Mark Rothko and Odilon Redon. Her tastes and inspiration is drawn from a wide range of eras, from the Enlightenment to Romanticism to Modern and Contemporary and is a lover of Immanuel Kant’s Theory of Aesthetics .


What I personally love about her paintings is the use of thick impasto, in which you really see the brushstrokes used to piece together the content as it reminds me of my favorite painter, Van Gogh. But she is not strictly a painter as she has done a number of drawings, most impressive to me are her portraits in which the subjects’ emotions are really captured well. Finally she has also done a few abstract sculptures which really stimulate the imagination as they are open to any interpretation.


All in all, I believe she is a natural talent. But if you are not convinced, see for yourself at her website here. She is truly a lover of art as she never created these pieces with the sole intention of profiting. She also  prefers to stay out of the spotlight but this is my blog and I’ll shine it for her!! If you are reading this Emily, I’ll tell you again you got the talent time to let it shine!!

As always folks, stay dapper 😉 and get some art into your life


The Don


Look of the day!


Pattern mixing 101


Complete with "not giving a f*ck" colorful socks!

Color it up!


New tie and pocket square from The Tie Bar! Love the nautical theme of the tie. Why blend in when you can stand out?

Don Dapper

Smoking Dapper

Note: I am not encouraging people to take up smoking in this post, however if you do enjoy the occasional smoke or are a smoker, tune in because there’s a more classy way to do it 😉


Let me start by saying this, if you can’t get enough of your cigarettes that you’ve smoked for years and years, I say man up and throw em out! As we all know regular smoking is harmful to your health, but occasional smoking can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience and that’s why the dapper way to do it is to switch to cigars and/or pipes. Pipes? That’s right I said pipes and I’ll tell you why in a bit.


First off, a quality cigar is a work of art, hand-rolled and assembled there is nothing quite like it, anyone can get a cigarette rolling machine and make their own, but to assemble a cigar from tobacco leaves? Yup not happening for any common folk. The flavours that are in a premium cigar mesh so well with a nice glass of scotch, rum, or whatever your favourite cocktail or spirit may be. Hell, even with a fine espresso a cigar goes good with. Also the size of a cigar forces you to smoke it slowly and enjoy it, take your time there is no rush! Bask in the company of great friends on a nice summer evening on a patio and appreciate the product of craftsmanship that is a cigar. A couple of tips for smoking cigars, light them with wood matches or torch lighter, (though the hardcore way to light it is with a lit piece of cedar wood) and when you are done, don’t butt it out, just let it burn out on its own. To enjoy a cigar without buying a box, visit a cigar bar in your area. My personal favourite in Montreal is Whisky Cafe but for a less expensive choice you can’t go wrong with Stogies! If you do decide to buy a box, don’t store it in the freezer like many people do, it does nothing good! Buy the proper humidification tools and store them with care.


The Don's personal stash

The Don’s personal stash


Now onto the pipes. When you think of a pipe I am certain you picture an old man in a rocking chair near a fireplace puffing away, they seem relaxed right? Exactly! That’s the point. Pipe smoking is a relaxing activity that involves taking your time to enjoy the essence of it. Make yourself a cocktail and fill your pipe with fragrant tobacco (I like black cherry) and puff the time away. Now since pipe smoking requires a few things, if you want to try it out, order an inexpensive corn cob pipe from here or pick one up at your local flea market like I did for $25. As for your pipe tobacco, depending on where you live you can order online or check out a local specialty shop. In downtown Montreal there is a joint called Blatter and Blatter that have been around over 100 years in the pipe business, that’s where I picked up mine. There are a few techniques on how to pack your pipe with tobacco for it to burn evenly, I am not an expert in that (yet) so check out this video found on YouTube



Pipe and bag of black cherry tobacco


So by now I hope you have all learned that there is a more refined way to smoke, to actually enjoy and appreciate the flavours of different types of tobacco and yes, you will look a hell of a lot more dapper smoking these over cigarettes!


Enjoy my friends….


The Don



Being a well rounded man

I have said that dressing well, using different patterns and fabrics to cover my body in is my form of art. Having said that, you are never “too good” to try a different form of art. Teaching yourself a new skill is very relaxing, unleashes your innermost feelings through creative expression and allows you to gain a new perspective and appreciation of other fields.


Learning how to draw/paint with watercolors