What with regards to dressing well, what do you appreciate the most?
Definitely a suit. I am wearing one right now, a Samuelsohn made-to-measure, the quality and cut of which make it the key garment in my wardrobe. The devil is in the details though: Personally I prefer generous peak lapels, a ticket pocket, and well-tapered trousers. What’s great about my suits (which already fit well) is that, depending on how I accessorize my look, different facets of my personality can be shown. The potential ties, pochettes and cardigans I can put together with it are the way I make the suit my own.
Who is your style icon, the person or persons from whom you draw inspiration?
Many names come to mind but Steve McQueen stands out among them all. (He isn’t titled “The King of Cool” for nothing.) He made it as a reference of timeless style and rugged elegance in menswear. He wore Barbour jackets, Persol sunglasses, slim but refined suits. It is impossible to not see his influence in mens fashion today. What he wore in The Thomas Crown Affair has undoubtedly contributed directly to my personal style preferences and vision of how a suit can fit a man.
What is your favorite hangout in Montreal?
The Furco Bar on Mayor Street (Downtown). The 5 to 7s are lively and the music is great.
What made you decide to pursue a career in menswear, considering also the unique place of Clusier in Montreal?
The quality of the products as well as the excellent service is what drew me to Clusier. Since our mission is to help the modern businessman build and maintain a professional wardrobe, we do our best to give him direction towards investing in smart clothing choices. Our comprehensive custom clothing services in suiting and shirting is in itself a commitment to our clientele, so that they get exactly what they’re looking for. We do our best to really take care of our clients, so that when they get dressed in the morning (or evening), they can be confident that they always look good.
According to you, what is the essential piece of sartorial advice every many of today needs to know?
Invest in the shoes you wear. If at first glance the excellent quality of a shoe can be discerned, the same can be said for one of poor quality. A shoe that is well made and is beautiful as a result will always compliment what you wear. Avoid shoes that are square-toed or pointy, with superfluous stitching and nonsense. White shoes are also to be avoided.