Living most my life in Toronto, it’s hard to believe that Nomad has been open for 10 years now. I still remember the first time visiting the boutique at the old Richmond street block (rip Goodfoot). From then til now the store has been a leader in Toronto and Canada’s men’s clothing scene. To commemorate a decade in the biz Nomad has teamed up on a small collection of collaborative pieces. They include several long button downs by Robert Geller, a bomber from CMMN SWDN and a wings+horns M-51 Fishtail parka. These are sure to go quick so check the site or step into the brick and mortar to grab these.
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The good folks at Nomad Toronto posted up an interview with Errolson Hugh founder of ACRONYM and designer at Stone Island Shadow Project. As a visionary in technical clothing, it’s always worthwhile reading some of the insights that Errolson gives into his design process. Most of the interview focuses on his designs under the Stone Island Shadow Project label. A quote from the interview is below
What has Shadow Project enabled you to do that you haven’t been able to do with Acronym?
Errolson Hugh: Colour. Colour, and all the fabric research. We’ve learned an incredible amount making things in Italy. The way things are made in Italy is unique, I think, to the world. The tradition, the manufacturing culture in Italy is so, so strong, stronger than anywhere else I’ve ever seen it. It’s incredible to meet people who have been in the industry – like, Carlo is eighth-generation textile. And his son, Silvio, will be the next. It’s crazy. People identify themselves with their work here, with manufacturing, with making fabrics, with knitting garments. And, so, when you talk to them about it, and you talk to them on the level of, “I’m really into this and want to try that,” if you’re sparking new ideas, they’re totally excited to try it. They’re not like, “Well, are you gonna order two million?” It’s really a product, craftsmanship-based culture that I hadn’t encountered at that level before. Without which, Stone Island is basically impossible. The suppliers they work with closely, they have a partnership where, in some cases, Stone Island is almost like their research division. There’s an incredible amount of openness between the fabric suppliers, even the yarn manufacturers, or the dyers. That’s something we would never have seen otherwise. And then, of course, designing fabrics is something you just don’t usually get a chance to do. And designing fabrics in the way Stone Island can make them is also its own special thing. Very, very interesting.
Read the entire interview on Nomad
In case you missed it, take a look at our previous shop profile with Nomad.
Director: Paolo Azarraga & Liam MacRae
Director of Photography: Liam MacRae
Creative Direction: Jesar Gabino
Editing: Liam MacRae
Styling: Bobby Bowen
Model: Damien Kim
Toronto boutique Nomad draws from it’s spring/summer stock for this editorial video shot in the Canadian outdoors entitled ‘Test the Waters’. The short visual features items by Silent by Damir Doma, Mr. Start, Comme des Garçons Homme Plus, Robert Geller, and Barena Venezia. Be sure to take a look at our shop profile on Nomad HERE if you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet.
Continuing with the shop profile posted yesterday, I styled these three looks using the items available there. You can find the items online or in-store at Nomad Toronto.
Cory wears: Junya Watanabe x Gloverall ‘Varsity’ Duffle Coat, Junya Watanabe camo shirt-jacket, Wings+Horns oxford shirt, Levi’s Jeans
Cory wears: Arc’teryx Veilance jacket and sweater, Adam Kimmel trousers, Trickers shoes, Cote-et-Ciel back
Cory wears: Wings+Horns Wool Jacket and cargo pants, APC shirt, and Reebok sneakers (models own)
Styling: Rocky Li
Photos: Joel Lee
Model : Cory Wong
Shop Profiles are a new feature on Third Looks focused on introducing unique retail experiences worldwide. In them expect to see visuals that capture the staff, spaces and product found in these stores. Nomad has been a store that is a cornerstone to the men’s fashion scene in Toronto as well as one of my absolute favorite places to shop.
Before Nomad there weren’t many multi-label stores in the city that guys could go for brands such as APC, Wings + Horns and Common Projects. The shop recently moved from it’s original Richmond location to a larger space at 819 Queen St. The buildout maintains some of the natural-wood elements of the original Nomad shop and carries an distinctly Canadian ambiance. I’m really proud of Zeb and the whole team at Nomad for outfitting some of Toronto’s most stylish.
See below for more shots of the interior and portraits of some of the Nomad family.
Be sure to check back tomorrow to see looks I styled using my favorite product in shop.