Friday, 11 September 2015

Toronto Men’s Fashion Week Interview with Tom Caldwell of Thomas Henry Made by Michael.j.Murka

Toronto Men’s Fashion Week
Interview with Tom Caldwell of Thomas Henry Made by Michael.j.Murka

FM: Why did you decide to become a Fashion Designer?
PD:I’ve always enjoyed design, though I come to fashion later than most. I think I’m clearly different from most designers in that I didn’t always know I wanted to be in fashion, and it’s been a journey towards a real love for tailored clothing, and a well-made suit.The short story is when I first started out in the corporate world (I’m self-taught in fashion), I never wanted to be a “suit” and was more reserved about showing my personality. Over time, and as I slowly tried out new things - in particular custom suiting, I really started enjoying wearing a suit to work every day. That got me into trying...a lot of stuff. Off-the-rack, made-to-measure, bespoke, high-end, low-end, you name it, I tried it.
Eventually that was all I could think about, and one day while I was sitting in my office in New York looking down 5th Avenue dreaming of my summer suit designs (again…), and realized I needed to follow my passion.

FM: What is your favorite part of being a Fashion designer?
PD: The opportunity to put together a cohesive collection and tell a story gets me going. My design is all about subtle details, and I love being able to create a scene through textures, patterns and silhouettes. It’s what I would be doing for fun anyway, and being able to get up every day and do what I love is a blessing.

FM: What were your inspirations for the designs you created?
PD:The theme for the collection is the Cote d’Azur and the French Riviera. Think of all of the beauty of the Hotel Negresco in Nice, the red carpet in Cannes and the elegance of the Casino de Monte-Carlo and you’ve got the idea.

FM: How would you describe your style or aesthetic?
PD: Thomas Henry is made for a sophisticated, urbane man who is an experienced menswear customer and appreciates the importance of the twin combination of proper fit and quality fabric. The Thomas Henry man is confident, stylish and appreciates subtle, tasteful details.

FM: What differentiates your line from others? Are there any problems you noticed with other products that you tried to do differently?
PD: Firstly, fit. Fit is absolutely the most important thing with suiting, and you can’t do anything if you don’t nail that. We have a great, tasteful cuts that are a proper European silhouette - meaning it is cut closer to the body, rather than being too boxy or too slim fit and trendy. Otherwise, even though there are a lot of other options out there to buy a suit, I found that there wasn’t really one go-to option for great fit, quality fabric, excellent construction and genuine customer service. I kept looking for something that was the right mix of everything and I never really found an option that was on point – and add in that important little detail of finding all of that at the right price (it’s not the sexiest thing to think about, but it matters at the end of the day).
Instead of continuing to search for myself, selfishly, I decided to offer the product and experience I thought was missing, and I that’s what I’m trying to do with Thomas Henry.

FM: What are your plans for the future?
PD: Staying focused. I am going to make sure to continue to do what Thomas Henry is good at, which is well-fitted, high quality tailored suits and shirts. There is a master plan of course, and in five years from now I’m sure you will see Thomas Henry continue to develop. I’m just not going to lose the emphasis on ensuring I keep all of my clients happy, and continue to grow and build with them to develop a long-term relationship.
In the meantime you can follow us on social media at, and We also do private fittings for full custom suits and shirts here in Toronto and in New York City, so check out

FM: What was it like being part of Toronto Men's Fashion Week?
PD: It was a great experience. It was my first runway show, and I think it went extremely well. It was definitely a crowd pleaser, and it was amazing to see a set of looks I’ve spent so much time putting together, finessing all the details and agonizing over to make perfect really come to life. The show also was really helpful in terms of being a learning experience, in terms of getting a better sense of what I need to do to really nail the collection. From the way the crowd reacted to the show, I definitely think I’m on to something with my particular aesthetic – but I care about the details and making it perfect, I’m going to focus on starting from first principles again, going back to the drawing board and making sure my next collection isn’t just great…it’s perfect.

Tom Caldwell of Thomas Henry Made has recently been a part of:

World MasterCard Press & Buyers Breakfast F/W                    \
Toronto Men’s fashion week TOM*FW SS16
Fashion on Yonge
World MasterCard Press & Buyers Breakfast S/S16
Photos by Shayne Gray

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Toronto Men's Fashion Week - Hip and Bone

In early 2012, Carlos Eli Fogelman decided to combine his extensive knowledge of textiles with his passion for functional quality designs to create Hip and Bone.
Inspired by his surroundings, international travels and personal identities he aimed to design a sleek futuristic collections based on the luxurious sporty personalities behind the Hip and Bone culture.

The result is a modern interpretation of stylish and timeless footwear bags and apparel to be worn anywhere, anytime and unconditionally by fellow sartorial innovators.

Hip and Bone revives the modern man’s wardrobe with an array of redefined basics. Designed to endure changing tastes and fashions, Hip and Bone fuses luxurious materials with relaxed silhouettes to be enjoyed in an everyday setting. Conscious of the aesthetic of his external canvas, the Hip and Bone man’s wardrobe is replete with understated and timeless standouts. The Hip and Bone collection sets the standard in the contemporary sportswear market.

We work meticulously in sourcing every feature of our garments with utmost attention to quality and design. Throughout the production process, we scrutinize every aspect to ensure its adherence to the essence of the brand. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and guarantee to deliver beyond our client’s expectations.

We seek truth every day
Our wish... Our desire is to give people a voice, a way to express their inner selves. We ignore conspicuous consumption.
We honor art and culture.
We came because a generation called.

Pictures by Michael Murka

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Toronto Men’s Fashion Week - Interview with Philippe Dubuc by Michael Murka

Toronto Men’s Fashion Week
Interview with Philippe Dubuc by Michael Murka

FM: Why did you decide to become a Fashion Designer? 
PD: At the beginning it was for my self-expression and then to express my self through people that are wearing our designs.

FM: What is your favorite part of being a Fashion designer?
PD: I don’t have to wait in a line up in nightclubs ...Joke... 
It’s the creativity and its day-to-day challenges.

FM: What were your inspirations for the designs you created?
PD: The city, the urban landscapes, modern art and the people that surround me.

FM: How did you select materials you used?
PD: From Europe, for the modern touch and new finishings.
I love working with new fabrics that have integrated some weavings of natural threads.

FM: What do you think of Eco-fashion?
PD: It’s still a big challenge to get our fashion industry more eco oriented. There is still a lot of research to be done, but we are getting there, more and more.  We always try to make sure that our fabrics are as eco friendly as possible, in the finishing and the treatments.

FM: What are your plans for the future?

To create more and more ...

Sunday, 17 May 2015


At 24, Frederic monceau will exhibit his works for the second time in the fashion designer’s gallery, Stefanie Renoma, who appealed him in the purpose to sublimate, by pictures, her creations.
After a first exhibition about the danse « Dancing Smoking », here is a new story who turns around the mythical CHELSEA HOTEL. Since it construction, it has been the meeting place of the biggest names and faces of the artistic world: Jack Kerouac, Stanley Kubrick, Jane Fonda, Patti Smith, Dee Dee Ramone, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Sid Vicious, Andy Warhol, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Harry Smith…
This legendary establishment has inherited their prints, all leaving behind them makes and memories of their impertinence and incitements.
Marginal and dilapidated institution where all kinds of personalities lived, from the dealer to the prostitute… the Chelsea Hotel became a true shelter: it will have seen pass celebrities from all over the world by welcoming them among it walls, sometimes gracefully or in exchange of works arts. It is one the reasons why today the Chelsea Hotel has become a myth and a global benchmark for the entire artistic community.
Stanley Bard, last owner and director from 1955 to 2007, embodied the salt and the spirit of the Chelsea Hotel. The survivors of the Titanic stayed at the Chelsea Hotel, this one has initially to be the final point of the cruise. Today, its facade is still adorned of plaques engraved with the names of its most prestigious residents. The Chelsea Hotel was also the scene of many suicides, visitors and residents coming there especially to throw them over the balconies.
« Vertige »: Maurice Renoma, last visitor of the place, present us his imagination around the Chelsea Hotel.
« TRIBUTE TO CHELSEA HOTEL » Stefanie Renoma present us his temporary collection through several photographers, included Frederic Monceau.
Come to discover the exhibition at Renoma’s shop, from Friday, May 29th to Friday, July 31st, in Paris

DA : Stefanie Renoma & Raphael Say
Photographer : Frederic Monceau Models : Raphael Say Gwen Pauls & Thomas Signaux Julien Balmain, Alexandre Gauchet and Linus Resenauer Audrey Bouetté, Flora Kaszap Make up : Delphine Perrot Yoan Perez, Alexiane Guyon, Meyloo MakeUp Julie lecoeuvre & Valentina Lee Hair : Laurie-anne Zanoletti Kevin Jacotot Jewels : Christophe Leka

Saturday, 9 May 2015

... and the winner is:


Jesse Reynolds joins JUMP! Mornings with Tony Stark starting June 2

(Friday, May 8, 2015 - Ottawa, Canada) Starting June 2, Ottawa listeners
will be waking up to JUMP! Mornings with Tony Stark & Jesse Reynolds, as
the hit radio station has crowned the winner of its Greatest Gig On Earth
co-host talent search.

The search began in early March, with over 160 hopefuls looking to land
the coveted spot alongside current morning show host Tony Stark. The list
was whittled down to 30, 10, five, and three, respectively, before
Reynolds was announced as the winner this morning.

After submitting an online video, surviving a series of grueling social
media tasks, co-hosting three morning shows and performing a live lip-sync
battle, Reynolds, an Ottawa-based comedian and actor, was the last person

“To say that we’re excited to introduce Jesse to JUMP! listeners across
the region would be the understatement of the century,” said Stark. “If
you’ve followed Jesse’s journey throughout this process, you know that he
is a fresh, uber-entertaining voice unlike any other on local radio.”

Dubbed “Ottawa’s Acid Tongue” by Capital Xtra Magazine, Reynolds is
definitely not afraid to share his two cents and, in his words, “tell it
like it is.”

“I’m extremely pumped to join the team at Ottawa’s coolest new radio
station,” said Reynolds. “I not only encourage, but I challenge everyone
to listen to JUMP! Mornings with Tony Stark & Jesse Reynolds. We’ll bring
more caffeine to your morning than 12 cups of coffee.”

JUMP! 106.9’s Greatest Gig On Earth has taken the city – and social media
– by storm, generating over 20 million impressions and consistently
trending region-wide.

“This has been a wild ride, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Mark
Dickie, General Manager, Corus Radio Ottawa. “On the air, on the street,
and on social media, each participant has made their mark, and we cannot
wait to introduce JUMP! Mornings with Tony Stark & Jesse Reynolds.”

JUMP! Mornings with Tony Stark & Jesse Reynolds will hit the air Tuesday,
June 2, and will be heard every weekday from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Jump! 106.9 greatest gig ever - TOP 30 selected in search for new voice of Ottawa radio.

JUMP! 106.9 Receives Overwhelming Response in Search for New Co-Host

OTTAWA (ON) – Since early March, JUMP! 106.9 has given aspiring broadcasters the chance to achieve instant radio fame with the station’s “Greatest Gig On Earth,” a nine-week search for the new co-host of their morning show.

Over 160 hopefuls uploaded their submission videos before the April 2 deadline, each looking to land the coveted spot alongside current breakfast show host Tony Stark.

“I am absolutely floored by the reaction! And I am positive Ottawa’s next radio star is in this competition... don't touch my shoes!” said Stark. “We launched this search in hopes of finding a total radio newbie – someone the entire city will love listening to. We’re extremely confident that he or she is in our top 30.”

Upon submitting their video, participants were given a series of tasks to complete on social media – further proof the advent of social media has opened the door to finding on-air talent in new, non-traditional ways.

With the field narrowed down to 30, the station is encouraging everyone to vote online for their favourite. Videos are posted on

“With #JUMPSGREATESTGIG, our search has really taken off on social media,” said Mark Dickie, general manager of Corus Radio Ottawa. “We’ve had some fantastic entries, including some humorous videos from members of the Ottawa Fury FC, Ottawa REDBLACKS, and Canadian recording artists Shawn Desman and Kardinal Offishall.”

Online voting closes at noon on April 9, narrowing the field down to the top 10. A live audition process on April 19, featuring a celebrity panel of judges including celebrated Canadian singer/songwriter Karl Wolf, will then whittle the participants down to 5 and 3, respectively. The winner will be announced on-air on Friday, May 8.

Listeners are encouraged to spread the word using #JUMPSGREATESTGIG.