Canada has some great style on campuses–all across the country–and I spotted this Simon Fraser University student in Vancouver on a sunny day on the west coast. He kept it simple by wearing black from head-to-toe, but he added colour in his accessories. These details added some personality to the outfit–from his floral pocket square to his maroon backpack.
Name: Ben Etienne
Major: Public Administration
CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your style?
Ben Etienne: A streetwear–menswear blend for the most part. Influences get taken from other subcultures, but those are the big foundries.
CF: What are some of your wardrobe staples?
BE: A watch and a pocket square–fashion and function.
CF: Where do you like to shop?
BE: Livestock! Honest Ed’s in Toronto, markets where you get to barter or anywhere they take the time to talk craft and quality.
CF: Whose closet would you love to raid and why?
BE: Theophilus London. Everything works for that dude. When it comes to fashion, distinction is key. It’s not about label dropping the whole time. His style really seems to encompass the importance of that.
CF: If money weren’t an issue, what one item would you love to splurge on?
BE: An in-house tailor that can carrot taper denim as well as he tailors suits.
CF: What are some of your favourite menswear trends this season?
BE: Long slim tees and stitched-in contrast trims.
How To: Start off with a black T-shirt with a small pattern on it–try polka-dots. Or in this Fashionisto’s case, he rocked a ‘Polka Bomb’ print. Then, add a pair of black jeans and sneakers. Accessorize with a pocket square, bead necklace, black sunglasses and a maroon backpack.