Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Toronto Life Shopping Guide 2009

The Philip Sparks Showroom Shop made it into Toronto Life's 2009 Shopping Guide. Read the online article HERE.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Philip Sparks at Holt Renfrew's Fall Preview

Holt Renfrew hosted its fall menswear preview earlier this month. Anita at I want - I got has a great write up about the event and snapped this photo of our plaid duffel coat on display.

For any eager shoppers, here is the complete list of Philip Sparks retailers for Fall 2009. Our first delivery is mid-August.

Balisi, 711 Queen Street West, Toronto

Balisi, 439 Danforth Avenue, Toronto

Covet + Crave, 789 King Street West, Toronto

Delphic, 706 Queen Street West, Toronto

Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Holt Renfrew, 737 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver

Poison Angel, 266 Brompton Road, London, UK

Simons, 977 Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montreal

TNT Blu, 55 Avenue Road, Toronto

Friday, June 26, 2009

Product Knowledge: Ribbon Belt

Keep your pants (and shorts) on with this ribbon belt from the Spring 2009 collection. Grosgrain ribbon in a grey and white or yellow and white stripe is accented with a vintage, metal, hook-style buckle. The belt is adjustable from a 30 inch to a 34 inch waist.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Philip Sparks at Parlor Showroom

We’re excited to announce that Philip Sparks will be represented by Parlor Showroom in New York City for the Spring 2010 season. Taylor Thomas and her team rep some great menswear and womenswear lines including Conference of Birds, The Cast and Samantha Pleet.

The new Philip Sparks collection will be at Parlor on July 13.

For sales inquiries please contact:

Taylor Thomas
Parlor Showroom
7 Mercer Street, 2nd floor, Loft 2E
New York City, NY

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Spring 2010 Sneak Peek

The Spring 2010 menswear shows in Milan just wrapped and Paris’ presentations start tomorrow so we thought we’d give you a sneak peak of the collection we’ll be debuting in New York this July.

Some of the key words to describe the collection are sportsman, translucent and V-silhouette.

Canada’s summer cottaging lifestyle is a big inspiration. This custom illustrated motif is by textile designer Kerry Croghan. More on Kerry and the print in the coming weeks.

We’re adding bags and other leather goods to the collection. This is the prototype in black vinyl. The real bags will be made out of black and cobalt blue leather with brass tacking.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

All Canadian Department Store

More than 25 Canadian clothing and accessories designers are gathering in Toronto for a massive sale this weekend. Lots of our favourite local women’s labels including Karamea, Joeffer Caoc, Mercy and Evan Biddell are participating and Philip Sparks will be there too with our men’s clothing, footwear and accessories. The sale takes place on the third floor of the Burroughes Building (639 Queen West) on Friday (4 pm and 9 pm), Saturday (11 am to 9 pm) and Sunday (11 am to 9 pm).

Monday, June 22, 2009

Employee of the Month

Name: CAT Essiambre

Position: Executive Assistant

When did you first become interested in fashion? When I was six. I started designing bell bottoms with matching belly tops.

How long have you been working in the industry? Isn't that comparable to asking a girl her age? Shame shame...

Who is your fashion icon? "It costs a lot to look this cheap"- Dolly Parton.

What do you do in your spare time? Deadly Nightshades. Sewing. Parties. Saving the environment. Taking over the world.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Gifted 09.06.19

Philip Sparks limited edition boxer shorts made Gifted's Father's Day list. Check out the post HERE.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Balisi opens third Toronto store

Toronto shoe boutique Balisi, which stocks a great selection of Philip Sparks footwear and clothing, launched a third location (439 Danforth) last night. The Greektown shop opens to the public today and carries men’s and women’s shoes, clothing and accessories.

We spotted some Philip Sparks dress shirts, vests and pants on the racks at last night’s party. For Philip Sparks shoes, the Queen West location (711 Queen West) still has the best selection.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Summer Sale

Our Summer Sale at the Showroom Shop (639 Queen West, suite 5005) starts this weekend. Menswear, shoes and accessories (excluding boxer shorts) are 30 per cent off. Stop by on Saturday between noon and 6 pm and Sunday between noon and 5 pm or shop the sale online.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Philip Sparks Boxers

Just in time for Father’s Day, we’re releasing a limited edition men’s boxer short made with spring’s signature plaid shirting. They are 100 per cent cotton and available in sizes extra small to extra large (28” to 38” elastic waist). The boxers are available for $35 exclusively from the Toronto Showroom Shop (639 Queen West, suite 5005).

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Product Knowledge: Dress shorts with cargo pockets

Summer weather has finally arrived in Toronto so the time is right to pick up a pair of tailored city shorts. Our dress shorts hit a few inches above the knee and are detailed with cuffs and a pair of cargo pockets integrated into the belt loops. They are available in grey plaid cotton/linen or grey cotton twill.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Inspiration Point: The Age of Adolescence

Photographer Joseph Sterling’s The Age of Adolescence had a big influence on our Spring 2009 collection. The vintage pictures of bored, stylish kids in the 50s inspired the collection’s athletic details, scholastic knits and the longer length of our newsprint jean which lets you roll up a wide, retro cuff.