A few weeks ago I decided to pack up my 70L bag and enjoy the last remaining days of Summer; what better way to do that than to spend 4 days in the great outdoors, wandering through the largest Provincial Park in Ontario.
The terrain was a lot more challenging than I had first expected. Navigating through bush on steep inclines with a 40kg + bag was not easy, one of the more challenging things iv’e done in my life.
Although, despite all the arduous hiking and navigating auspicious trails there were a lot of serene moments to enjoy.
The Stone Island Cotton Canvas Zip Shirt Jacket was one of the most essential pieces of kit I packed. The morning and night times were brutally cold and it offered the perfect balance between retaining heat and blocking the wind; a key layering piece.
Its sad to see the summer go, but the last of my Summer days were pretty good. Larger and more ambitious trips in the works, until next season!
A few weeks ago everyone at the Haven Toronto shop decided to pay a little visit to our friends over at Easy Tiger on Dundas West. They were having an opening party and invited us to come celebrate the unveiling of this unique space they built for themselves. Besides having some of the most interesting grooming products and locally hand crafted goods that i’ve seen, they also know how to throw a great welcome party; good music, Philips Ice Pops, banh mi sandwiches, and the spiciest Mojitos ever!
Functional bar by night / Delicious gourmet drinks and edibles by day
It has real wormwood in it, but I wouldn’t try drinking it.
Congratulations and the biggest thanks to everyone at the shop! looking good over there! For more info on them check out www.easytigergoods.com
This jacket by Japanese brand Nonnative has crazier detailing than I could capture in one drawing, from the welted upper pocket opening to the elasticized cinching on the sides this piece packs in the unique features. I’ve also been drawn towards ‘rider’ style jackets the past few seasons, there is something about the fitted cuts, stand collars, and often asymmetrical zip fastenings that interest me.
My favourite outerwear piece from this season, the Neighborhood ‘L-1D / C-Coat‘, is an impressive recreation of a classic military style jacket. It resembles a WWII ‘Mackinaw’ Coat that was a carry over design from WWI, which was also known as a ’Jeep Coat’. Neighborhood knows their vintage when it comes to aged and authentic detailing, this coat is the real deal.
illustration: Tim Le
KINGYO Toronto- A new Japanese Izakaya to the city’s east end has, as of the New Year, become our new go-to for everything drink and food related. Located near our shop at 51 B Winchester Street (Cabbagetown) you can find any one of us (usually all of us) sharing pitchers of Sapporo and getting our Short Rib fix, amongst other amazing dishes (see: Tuna, Hamachi, Amaebi Sashimi Platter).
No detail too small, every aspect of this place has been thought out and executed meticulously.
Pachinko machines imported from Japan!
Crocodile drinking game of death…
Its not a HAVEN party without our favourite ‘biru’, Sapporo
Shori Imanishi’s tools of the trade, 2 generations deep and as sharp as the day it was forged.
One pour, two pour…. Shori keeping it coming with that Shochu
Hana Mugi Shochu!
‘Mr.Sada’s Sea Urchin Shooter’ topped with some gold.
We highly reccomend ordering the pork belly.
Famous “O-Sho Restaurant” Karaage with Magic Powder – Classic
A Big Kingyo Short Rib – Done to Perfection everytime! Mandatory.
Tuna, Hamachi, Amaebi Sashimi Platter – ‘Da-bess’
Koji and Shori
The ever wise Daisuke
Seven Skulls-Seven Sons
Each skull is a one off, characterized by its idiosyncratic cracks and hand painted by the artist, Charles W Krafft.
Generally one would look at ‘Dutch Delft’ style ceramics and think of antiques and Kitsch, but Kraffts dark and ironic subject matter juxtaposed with ceramic antiquity gives his work an eerie wit. It was a pleasure displaying these at the shop, I gained a whole new respect for the work of Charles Krafft and Maiden Noir (Big Thanks to Nin & Christa)