Shopping for the boys is no easy task. But Vancouver's subzero temps and lingering chance of snow present an opportunity to brace your favourite guys for the weather.
Below, a roundup of stylish finds that will keep your recipients feeling chic, groomed, and warm.
Tie one on
Any self-declared fashionista will vouch that a show-stopping outfit is all in the details—a fact that Cursor & Thread takes to heart. The Vancouver-based accessories startup recently added neckerchiefs and pocket squares to its already dapper lineup of bow ties and neckties, and the new Yew bandanna ($48) is at the top of our wish list.
Locally crafted in small batches, it features a playful black-and-white tree pattern that’s a nod to both the Pacific Northwest and Cursor’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint. Tie the scarf around his neck or leave it peeking out from the pocket of his denim jacket for a certain je ne sais quoi.
And don’t be afraid to “borrow” it when your own outfit needs spicing: the look is totally unisex. Find Cursor online and at Gravity Pope (2203 West 4th Avenue).
> Lucy Lau
If Vancouver’s so-called Snowmageddon is good for one thing, it’s giving us an excuse to splurge on—nay, invest in—a pair of sturdy, water-resistant, and grip-equipped shoes.
But forget the padded rubber boots you used to rock on the playground: local footwear wiz John Fluevog’s creations make dressing for the weather surprisingly chic. Our pick is the designer’s recently released Montaigne lace-up hiking boots ($389), which come accented with an aqua-blue or tangerine sole.
The durable leather construction and Fluevog’s signature handiwork are built to last through all sorts of outdoor treks—from off-road hikes to light rock climbing—so you can trust that they’ll be in heavy rotation with your guy long after the flurries have gone.
Find them at John Fluevog (65 Water Street and 837 Granville Street).
> Lucy Lau
For that well-groomed guy on your list, we like JD’s Barbershop’s (various locations) line of no-nonsense concoctions—packed in red-and-white-striped containers that look suitably festive.
Your guy can tame his spiffy new buzz cut with JD’s grooming cream ($25 for 120 grams), a light, fresh-smelling formula that can look either sleek or tousled: for the former, put the cream through wet hair and comb it out; for the latter, use fingertips to get that tidy-bedhead effect.
Check out the shop’s old-school shaving cream, for a clean yet moist lather (about $20 for 120 grams), and pair it with a bracing, citrusy after-shave ($15 for 60 grams).
> Janet Smith
Great denim can take you far in life. In other words, find some flattering jeans—with the right fit, comfy stretch, and a back rise that won’t reveal all if you happen to bend over or, you know, sit down—and you may just get away with rocking the same pair for seven consecutive days if you happen to forget all other pants while on vacation. (Hypothetically speaking, of course.)
And we can say—with confidence—that dutil. Denim’s Quintessential black raw denim ($248) fits this bill. Available in a dark ebony wash, the jeans are crafted from Italian denim that offers plenty of room for movement while keeping its shape. Slim and lean fit enable the legs to tuck easily into boots, while dutil.’s traditional red-line selvedge gives your dude a reason to roll up the cuffs.
Find them at dutil. Denim (303 West Cordova Street).
> Lucy Lau
Show your provincial pride with one of Arborist’s kitschy pom-pom tuques, sold at Drake General Store (Hudson’s Bay, 674 Granville Street), purveyor of all things retro-Canadiana.
The cozy British Columbia version, emblazoned with old-school cursive script, comes in black with grey and white trim—not quite the screaming colour combo of, say, Prince Edward Island’s green, yellow, and white.
The tuques are on sale for $28. Pair them with the Hockey thermos ($38), Mountie socks, and an iconic Pure Maple Syrup pillow (part of a $40 Canadiana bundle) for a gift package that practically screams “Canadian, eh?!”
> Janet Smith