February 11, 2008

Young gun: David Wilkes launches a bespoke tailoring studio in Vancouver

Call him David the Tailor.

And then drop your jaw in awe. David Wilkes is of a rare breed: a young man willing and able to hand sew men's suits so that the fit and stylings are perfect.

He was featured in the CBC documentary, Tailor Made, as was I (see below).

I had a chance to talk to him about the unique menswear he creates...but first I asked, "How old are you?"


February 8, 2008

Tailor Made - a documentary about the last tailors of Vancouver's Chinatown airs on CBC Newsworld

"A naïve apprentice and a hot, young master tailor are both interested in taking over a legendary tailor shop in Vancouver's Chinatown, but they'll have a hard time convincing the hard-working Wong brothers to retire."

I'm the naive one! And I also have a story development credit (whatever that is).

But regardless, "hurrah" for Len Lee and Marsha Newberry, the directors.

The Globe and Mail just declared it:
"One of the sweetest, most tender docs in years, Tailor Made is more than just a record of the closing of a long-time Vancouver landmark business. It's a beautifully fashioned story of passion, tradition, family and letting go."

Airing on Tuesday, February 12 on CBC Newsworld: The Lens. Check local listings for time.

February 7, 2008

Read JJ in the Straight: "Guys: be a one-man Valentine’s gift, but do it right"

It’s time to get sexy.

Tradition dictates that a gentleman presents lingerie, chocolates, and flowers to his sweetheart on the feast of Saint Valentine. But face it, the real package with the bow on top should be the giver—and the sexier his wrapping, the better. But amping up a man’s style mojo isn’t like flicking a switch, so let’s get some help...