August has come and gone and Fall is officially upon us. But to look back, I had the pleasure of attending one of the biggest events Toronto saw this August… TOM*

Hosted in the Fairmont Royal York hotel, TOM* launched their first Annual Men’s Fashion week, with some amazing designers, celebrity models and pop up shops.

What we got was a stylish well put together event, bringing out the best that Toronto has to offer by way of men’s fashion… and the men are really stepping up their game in how to dress.

TOM is Toronto’s official men’s fashion week and the 8th Men’s Fashion Week in the world, joining the ranks of London, Paris, Florence, Milan, Singapore, Vancouver and Los Angeles. Toronto Men’s Fashion Week, or TOM* was a celebration of the best in menswear design, showcasing established and pioneering Canadian and international menswear designers and brands. TOM* premiered on August 11-15th, 2014 with main runway presentations on the 12th, 13th and 14th, 2014 at the Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto, Canada.

“The time is NOW to celebrate and support Canadian menswear. Toronto Men’s Fashion Week will absolutely stimulate the industry from every angle, from nurturing menswear design itself to growing the male modeling industry, to increasing buying and spending on men’s products and brands and increasing the overall image and profile of menswear in Canada. It will show that creativity and business in this country are not mutually exclusive.” Says Jeff Rustia, Founder and Executive Director of TOM*.

TOM* aims to increase the profile and visibility of menswear while stimulating the fashion industry and boosting tourism. TOM* is designed to create a huge economic impact on Toronto through increased spending in men-focused products, brands and services.

Among the many exciting highlights of Toronto Men’s Fashion Week, TOM* included: The Menswear Collections, by Canada’s most iconic and innovative designers such as Christopher Bates, Sons of Odin, Hussein Dhalla (HD Homme), Pedram Karimi and many more.  The event will also feature top menswear brands and men’s shops in TOM* Presents. Other highlights will include Suits & Styles, featuring the latest in suit designs; The International Spotlight Series will showcase notable menswear designers from around the world and the Avant Garde series will feature the collections of designers who are breaking the mold and setting the course for modern men’s style.

About the Author

Brandon Michael Lee is a Toronto based Award Winning Event Designer, Writer and Filmmaker. He spends his days surrounded by his two dogs, cupcakes and coffee and one day dreams of having a big fat gay wedding. While on the outside, he is a fabulous and stylish gay man… on the inside he is a tool belt wearing, shelf building, Tori Amos listening lesbian. Oh and he loves beards and tattoos.