Michael Kors & Sharp
You can count on Michael Kors to kick things up a notch — whether we’re talking about an outfit or a colourful quote. So it’s only fitting, then, that the American designer’s newly renovated and revamped store in Toronto takes men’s retail to the next level.
The 5,719-square-foot Michael Kors Lifestyle store, open this month at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, represents an evolution of the brand’s aesthetic, mirroring its London flagship with an interior featuring displays of brushed and polished stainless steel and a rich spectrum of finishes including dark oak wood, multiple textures, and luxe materials. For the first time, the store will carry an edited assortment of ready-to-wear items from the brand’s Michael Kors Mens label, as well as footwear, accessories, watches eyewear, and a selection of the brand’s fragrances.
We were among the first visitors to the new store, and were impressed by the attention to detail and the unparalleled selection of the brand’s men’s products — in particular the selection of wallets and leather goods, such as the Harrison crocodile-embossed leather briefcase and the dapper Jake leather sneaker. Designs in rich burgundies — like the Velvet bomber jacket — are other standouts that speak to this season’s biggest trends. Needless to say, we think they’d make excellent gifts.
But don’t just take our word for it. We spoke to Michael Kors himself in advance of the store opening to discuss this exciting new Canadian venture, the current menswear zeitgeist, and the meaning of luxury.
Sharp Pick: The Harrison crocodile-embossed leather briefcase enlivens morning commutes with its edgy, rock ‘n’ roll attitude.
What do you think of the current state of menswear?
I think we’re in a really exciting time for menswear. You have more men than ever before who are interested in style and who understand that their fashion choices help show the world who they are. They’re experimenting and taking some risks, which is refreshing.
Are there any trends you are particularly excited about? Tired of?
We’ve seen the traditional 9-5 suit really start disappearing over the past few years, which has really opened up the world of men’s style. I’m excited to see how the street trend will continue to weave itself into men’s fashion with the evolution of technical fabrics in polished silhouettes and vice versa with luxe updates on the more athletic essentials, like the hoodie and the varsity jacket.
Sharp Pick: The Jake leather sneaker is a clean, crisp classic that pairs as well with your weekend uniform as it does with more formal attire.
Where do you see your brand fitting into the Canadian market? What makes style up here unique?
I think the men in Canada will love our urban essentials — they’re sophisticated but still relaxed. I find style in Canada unique because you’re forced to deal with the weather a little more than London or even New York, so you see more of a variety in outerwear, accessories and shoes, which I love.
Sharp Pick: This Velvet bomber jacket draws eyes over to you with its textural sheen and rich burgundy hue.
What should every man have in his wardrobe?
For men, I think it’s about having the basics — luxe turtlenecks, a sharp black blazer, a few cashmere sweaters, a great pair of jeans—and then adding a few pieces each season that really help modernize your look. In the fall and winter, especially in Canada, outerwear can play a big part in that so I’d say look for a tartan coat, printed parka or Sherpa-lined trucker jacket.
What does luxury mean to you?
For me, time is luxury. A few days in the sand and sun, with no calendar in sight, is exactly what I need to refresh my batteries.