Written By Adam Cantor Places / Shops / Victoria Nov 18, 2015 Is This Menswear Brings the Opposite of Mass Production To Victoria SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestIs This Menswear? Yes? Maybe? It is a store filled with clothing manufactured and designed in Canada; here in Victoria. There is a revolving display of local artists up on the walls. The space itself, flooded with afternoon light, is full of odd angles, and wood, and architectural touches. The beams running across the ceiling remind me of random photos that may have fallen out of William Egglestone’s portfolio.I suppose that Is This Menswear is as much about the concordance of different sorts of art as it is about clothing. As soon as I walk in, designer and proprietor Iain Russell engages me on the subject of photography, of different lenses. It is how the thematic arc of the conversation goes. Is an Instagram photo still a photograph? What makes film special? Why do anything conscientiously?A single 35mm film negative is absolutely unique. It can be copied, and digitized, but the original will always be an item unto itself. When an item of clothing is made, by a single store, locally, it becomes the opposite of mass production. It is an item that only you will wear. Nobody else in the world will show up to the party dressed up quite like you are.Iain tells me that what makes Is This Menswear special is that the design is something that every individual who comes in can wear differently. A rock star or a bond trader might buy a particular shirt, but the way they wear it will be totally different. Individuality means a lot here. At the same time, the designed are meant to evoke a sensibility particular to the West Coast, to the weather and style native to this place.The talk runs to cabinet making (another trade of mine). Iain’s father builds furniture, his partner, Jason is an urban planner. Whenever we build something, whether it be a rain jacket, or a table, or a city, or a store, the object is to make it something that lasts. The object of the local craftsperson is to create things that will defy disposability and last. They will not break easily. They will maintain a sense of timelessness that transcends the bubbles of fads that rise up, and pop too quickly.Is This Menswear? The question begs more than whether the clothing has been cut specifically to fit comfortable on the frame of male bodies. It there a men’s aesthetic? Can women wear Menswear, and if so would it be Womenswear? All these things seem better left as questions; as ways of opening up conversations, rather than blunt statements. Even the store itself is an open question, hidden as it is down an obscure side street, yet looking like it should be planted in Manhattan. This is Menswear. It is an interesting place. Is this Menswear Design Exchange1014 Meares StVictoria, BCV8V 3J648°25′43″N 123°21′56″W250-217-1505Websiteinfo@isthismenswear.com SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Adam Cantor Born and raised in the mysterious East (by which I mean Ontario and Quebec, not Asia), Adam migrated out to British Columbia in search of adventure and fortune. He had been at different times a scholar, a musician, a poet and a ... Read More You may also like First Look / Restaurants / Victoria July 31, 2020 The Palms Launching a restaurant in the middle of a pandemic may seem counterintuitive, but don’t tell that to Rob Ekstrom and Darren Cole – the two ... Read More Destinations / Travel March 3, 2020 Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort Continued from March | April EAT magazine’s Best of Asia in Mexico. by Shelora Sheldan The morning after the Taste of Asia event, after ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Chefs / Food Events / Food Pairings / Restaurants / Review July 29, 2019 Creatives Collaborate – Veneto’s Chef Jamie Huynh and Toptable’s Chef Kristian Eligh Creatives Collaborate—at first glance, the title suggested storytelling, workshops and artistic endeavours. A hotbed of artful storytelling in ... Read More Events / Family / Food Events / Press Release / Restaurants July 15, 2019 Family Dinner Series at The Courtney Room The Courtney Room is excited to announce a family dinner series, with three dates throughout the summer, starting this Sunday, July 14th. ... Read More Events / Family / Victoria July 11, 2019 More Than Just Cracker Jacks at the Old Ball Game On June 7, the Victoria HarbourCats played their home opener game at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park against the two-time defending ... Read More Comments are closed.