Category Archives: Men’s fashion

Glossary – Budgie Smuggler

Originally an Australian slang term for a pair of tightly-fitted briefly-cut Speedo-style men’s swimwear that highlight the male bulge – likening it to what a smuggled budgie might look like. The term appeared shortly after the turn of the millennium – the … Continue reading

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Fashionista – Count Alfred d’Orsay (1801-1852)

There have been many fashion leaders who never designed: Kim Kardashian, Twiggy, Madame de Pompadour, Jenny Lind, Lily Langtry, Beau Brummel, and Alfred Guillaume Gabriel – the Count d’Orsay. D’Orsay (1801 – 1852) was a French gentleman who married into … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Mr. Poppleton’s Moustache – c. 1860

I can’t find a publication date for this c. 1860 comic song, but it was composed by English song writer and lyricist Henry Walker and published in London.                     They say … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Shiffer-Hillman

Toronto’s garment district developed along Spadina Avenue in the 1920s adjacent to ‘The Ward’ – Toronto’s version of New York’s Lower East Side where recent (primarily Jewish) immigrants lived. In 1929, a handsome 12 story building, that looked like it had been transplanted … Continue reading

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Cross dressing violation

I snagged this photo off of  (not very original of me to so blatantly lift someone else’s blog material, but the photo was too good!)

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Canadian Fashion Connection – McGregor Socks

McGregor Socks was founded in Toronto in 1928 by brothers Jack and Nathan Lipson and brother-in-law Joseph Doran. Although none had Scottish roots, the name was chosen to capitalize on the stereotype of the frugal Scot. In the late 1930s … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Stetson

As an integral element of the lone cowboy – the Stetson hat is a symbol of America – but a large part of its history played out in Canada. In 1902 the Union Hat Works of St. John’s, Quebec agreed to … Continue reading

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Barbie’s Boyfriend Ken – The Vintage Years

Opening June 4 will be a special exhibition at the FHM. Ken collector James Fowler is curating an exhibition of Ken’s clothes from 1961 – 1967, presented in ‘tableau vivant’ themes. To whet the appetite, here’s Toy Story’s take on … Continue reading

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What Happened in Fashion – 2015

2015 was another year where men had a more discernable fashion trend than women. It started with grooming: 2014’s bushy beard disappeared in 2015’s summer heat, replaced by trim beards and under-cuts as sported by the likes of Justin Bieber, … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection: Grafton – men’s apparel manufacturer and retailer

James Beatty Grafton was born to Irish immigrants near York (Toronto) on September 9, 1826. After apprenticing in the wholesale and dry-goods trade he went into business with Anthony Gregson – opening a dry goods store in Dundas Ontario in 1853. The partnership … Continue reading

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