If we told you that spring and summer were nothing but 27C degree days of scorching sun, we’d be lying to you. If you have noticed the weather lately, it almost seems as though you should pack a survival guide with you when leaving the house just to pick up a six pack.
Until Mother Nature decides to get her act straight, we refuse to simply stand around and rely on the weather forecasters, cause their guess is as good as ours. In order to keep your swag factor (and yourself) dry in the meantime, check out the top men’s jackets for this season.
(1)The man who loves the classics, will equally adore the Gloverall Summer Duffle. Made of 100% cotton that features a water resistant coating, this is definitely the season’s investment piece. It'll last you through at least early fall. Keeping your threads clean, your ego dry, and the ladies interested, it’s sure to be the smooth operator for the outerwear scene.
(2)The non-traditional look and feel of the Vassan Wax Gingham from Penfield is a somewhat nostalgic way of looking at outerwear. This coat is sure to remain lightweight through the heaviest of storms; waxed Gingham fabric provides a modern take on a typical summer fabric. Two different looks are fused from top to bottom to give the coat a bonus visual appeal. Also comes in a navy blue combo.
(3)Camouflage is one of the looks that can be best attributed to Montreal. Rough and utilitarian, the print appeals equally to girls as it does to the guys, making the girls want you for your coat and what’s inside. The Gibson Coat from Penfield was made for the elements, featuring a hood, weatherproof exterior, and reinforced elbow patches (another sought after feature).
(4)Pop Culture fanatics will understand when we say this coat could have you thinking about titles like “Little Miss(ter) Sunshine” or “500 Days of Summer” because this coat is bright! Guys with a color fetish will definitely gravitate towards the glow of this coat. Wind and Waterproof, the Cornell from Penfield repels water, and attracts all the attention.
Don’t let the unexpected rain showers harsh your mellow, add some outer style with a quality made jacket this summer. It goes without saying that there's nothing worse than slugging around in a damp t-shirt.
To a die hard Habs fan, enough is never enough. There will always be some new, inventive way to show your Habs-pride, one that goes beyond simply cheering during a game. A couple of weeks ago, Habs fans clamored for the limited edition Nike-Canadiens shoe, and now it's all about the Montreal-made Habs jacket.
Montreal boutique Off The Hook, which is right on Sainte Catherine and Peel, has announced the release of their Habs-themed clothing line. Dubbed "Season 2," as it's the second year the clothing store has teamed up with the Canadiens to produce a limited edition line of apparel, the collection features a variety of items, but it's the varsity jacket that has us most excited.
Styled after the varsity jacket worn by actual Montreal Canadiens players, and made in collaboration with the team, the Off The Hook varsity jacket design is the closest a fan can come to sporting a real Habs jacket, so it's pretty much everything a fan could want . There's even "Les Canadiens Sont La" written right on the chest.
The CH X OTH "Season 2" line of clothing, which also features a Habs hockey puck, sweater, and more, is set to be released on November 5th, and will only be available until November 15th. So you're at the ready to place your order, head to Off The Hook's website here. Here are some pics to get you excited, too.
Over 100,000 votes and 24 winners. Montreal has chosen.
The MTL Awards 2014 officially closed on May 14th, and last week we officially announced the winners at our inaugural MTL Awards Gala (see the photos here). We received more than 100,000 votes for over 150 local small businesses and Montreal personalities!
Today, we would like to officially announce the winners of all 24 subcategories inside the three main categories (Food, Arts, and Nightlife).
In this column, I usually hate on Montreal. Not as a whole, but specific aspects of the city that really piss me off. But I thought that in the spirit of the holidays, I would give Montreal the respect it deserves. Yes, I hate the price of transportation and the fact that I can't jaywalk without getting ticketed makes my blood boil, but Montreal is a great city and there are lots of reasons to love it. We've already gone over traditional reasons why people tend to love Montreal. The food, the bilingualism, the party scene. But that's only part of the magic. Montreal is an understated city with lots of subtle beauties and they deserve to be acknowledged and appreciated.
1. Amazing architecture
Okay, I know we've already written about this, but it needs to be said again: Montreal is a beautiful place. The traditional architecture of Old Port with its cobblestone streets transport you back in time, while the Plateau and Mile End apartment buildings, duplexes, and triplexes have a beautiful individuality. Not to mention the amazing staircases that every house in the Plateau has.
2. Passion for sports
Montrealers love their Habs. Since the days of the Original Six in the NHL and through the golden era, the Canadiens de Montreal have been an integral part of this city's culture. Even now, when the team hasn't won the Stanley Cup in a decade, people still love their team. Now, if only Montreal could bring back the Expos and set up an NBA team, then it would be a great sports city.
3. Student city
This city is crawling with students. Montreal is ranked the 9th best student city according to QS Top Universities, just behind Boston and Hong Kong (Paris, France is number one). This young atmosphere accounts for the energy of this city and the renowned nightlife in Montreal.
4. Cheap Rent
Not only are the apartments beautiful inside and out, they're dirt cheap! According to Numbeo, a 3 bedroom apartment in downtown Montreal will cost you about $1,550/month, which comes out to $516.67/month per person. The same 3 bedroom apartment in downtown Toronto will cost you $917/month per person and in Vancouver it's $967/month per person. Conclusion: Montreal is a helluva lot cheaper for a helluva better time.
Call it hipster, progressive, or whatever else you want, Montreal style is off the charts. Our residents can rock a classic suit with a modern twist or push the envelope with a hip style you won't see anywhere else in the country. Boutiques like Les Étouffes and Off the Hook celebrate Montreal's eclectic street fashion.
6. We have a freaking mountain in the middle of the island
Now that's epic. Even more epic, it was designed by the great Frederick Law Olmsted, the original don of landscape architecture who also designed Central Park in New York City. You can hike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski up the mountain. You can sled down or ice skate on Beaver Lake. No matter how you experience the mountain, you're going to have a good time. You get to escape the city without spending the time and money it would take to get off the island.
You're not perfect, Montreal but that's fine, you're far better than average. Keep it real and happy holidays y'all.
The Angry Anglo
Do you love these things about Montreal? What did I miss on my list. Let me know in the comments below. I know you will.