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How to Dress for a Summer Wedding

Wedding season is upon us and we get asked almost daily how to navigate the dress code for these events.
If you’re outdoors, chances are the weather will be warm, so you’ll want to keep that in mind. Coupled with some dancing and/or afternoon libations, you’ll want to ensure your outfit suits your needs accordingly. Also, it’s summertime so let’s have some fun! You can get a little more playful and interesting with pairing your accessories. Here are some examples of great looks suitable for summer weddings, both indoors and out.

Go For The Fun Shirt
A great shirt can make the outfit. Here are a couple of examples of the shirts being the focal point. With a louder shirt, you don’t even need a tie – the shirt is doing all the talking. (Note: if you do want to wear a tie with a loud shirt, matching the tie color to the blazer/suit is best. At the least, make the tie more subtle if the shirt is loud.)

 
Just The Vest
Dropping the blazer entirely and wearing a vest is a great way to keep it casual while looking really sharp. The “vest only” is a great option for outdoor weddings in warm climates.


Three-Piece, No Tie
Going 3-piece is a real classy look – we personally love the 3-piece. It looks so sharp but also has nice versatility as you can lose the blazer once the party really gets going and you’re still looking dapper (depending on your dance moves, mind you, but we can’t really help in that department…).


Traditional and Timeless
Lastly, you can never go wrong with the traditional suit & tie combo. To spice it up we like matching the tie to the blazer. It’s a subtle style statement that just looks so good.


Tips:
  • Choose a summer weight fabric. Wool and tweed should be left for Fall/Winter. Look for cottons, linens and lighter natural blends.

  • If it’s a really hot day and you’re prone to sweating, bring an extra shirt (or undershirt if you’re wearing one). Doing a daytime/nighttime shirt change not only keeps you fresh but is also a fun transition from a more toned down ceremony shirt to your party time shirt.

  • Don’t be shy. Wear a bold tie or a loud shirt. It’s summer and it’s a celebration – let’s party!
June 28, 2017 by Daniel Torjman

10 Year Anniversary Party!

2017 is a huge year for us - we're celebrating 10 years of 18 Waits.
The brand started off with just t-shirts and jewelry and over the years has grown into a full-fledged lifestyle brand with a robust offering of everything from shirts and trousers to knits and suiting, flasks and park blankets.


We also started our kids brand 
Hopper Hunter this past year, which has been a long time coming and an absolute joy to work on. It turns out making tiny versions of adult clothes is super fun and adorable. And we opened our first flagship store this year! It's been a whirlwind to say the least, and we wouldn't have it any other way.
Our nearest and dearest came out to celebrate the big birthday last week, which we so appreciated. We're well aware that we wouldn't be here without the on-going support from our friends, family and of course customers.
We want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who came to the party, but also to everyone who has supported us over the years. We feel pretty damn lucky to be able to do what we do, and we tip our hats to you for making it all possible.
Hands-down, our best-selling shirt of the season - The Wanderer.
Look! It's Jay from Coup de Tete!
This guy!
Joseph, the face and body of 18 Waits (off-duty). Plus the men behind our Junction stockist, Gerhard.
Also a huge thanks to Peroni for providing the libations for the evening - you guys are the best.
We released the first instalment from our limited edition Small Batch Collection at the party as well - the Red Plaid Weekender. We only made 8!
And a big shout out to our pal Brendan Canning for playing all the hits, Joni Mitchell included. 
 
Photos by Hayley Hruska
May 25, 2017 by Jill Wood

The History and Mystery of Wool Sweaters

18 Waits Wool Sweater
 
For fisherman, this was the wetsuit of their time and a small piece of their life story...

We’ve always loved a great wool sweater. Maybe it’s growing up in Canada and the extreme weather we’re prone to. Or maybe it’s the coziness they provide on cold winter days and nights when curling up by the fire, or the warmth when venturing out into the wild with some whiskey. Maybe it’s the style and history of these sweaters – remembering family members who wore them – and passing them along. Most likely, it’s a combination of all of these things.
The methods we use to create our sweaters take their cue from traditional Irish sweater knitting originated many generations ago, off the West coast of Ireland.

Charcoal Wool Sweater


The many combinations of stitches seen on the garment are not incidental and can impart vast amounts of information to those who know how to interpret them. On the Aran islands, sweater patterns were zealously guarded and kept within the same clan throughout generations. These Aran sweaters were often used to help identify bodies of fishermen washed up on the beach following an accident at sea.

The Aran Sweater has many attributes which made it suitable for the island's community of fishermen and farmers. It is water repellent and can absorb 30% of its weight in water before feeling wet. The natural wool fibre used in the sweaters is breathable, thus helping the body maintain an ideal temperature. Most importantly - an Aran sweater kept the wearer warm on cold days and nights at sea or on the farm.

Wool Scarf, Wool Hat

Our wool knits are all custom designed by us and crafted on antique Swiss looms in Prince Edward Island, Canada. The knitted panels are assembled through point-by-point linking, using the same yarn used to knit the sweater. Every sweater is then painstakingly hand finished to perfection. There is no cutting and, with the exception of soft leather elbow patches and labels, no sewing anywhere on these sweaters. They're built to last - to be handed from one generation to the next.

SHOP KNITS

February 15, 2017 by Jill Wood

18 Waits X Romero House Coat Drive

With all of the recent events happening in the world, we found ourselves wanting to give back, and make newcomers to our city feel welcome. That's why we partnered with Romero House - they do tremendous work helping refugees establish their families in Toronto by providing all manner of support.

It's still mighty cold out there, so now is a great time to do some early spring cleaning. For the next month, until March 9th, drop your outerwear donations (mens/womens/kids) off at our Queen Street store and in addition to doing some good for our new neighbours, you'll receive a code for 20% off our new Spring/Summer 2017 collection, which will drop in the next few weeks. It's a classic win-win.
February 07, 2017 by Jill Wood

Flagship Opening

After 9 years of producing high quality menswear and selling it to specialty boutiques worldwide, as well as through our webstore, we opened the doors to our first Flagship on Queen Street West, just east of Ossington - the best neighbourhood in town in our opinion.


A former gallery space, the store is clean and uncluttered - with custom dark wood and black metal racks and shelves which allow our Canadian-crafted line of menswear and recently launched kids collection - Hopper Hunter - to speak for itself.


We've built a cult following over the years based on our attention to detail, high quality manufacturing and our beautiful fabric selections, mostly sourced from Japan, Portugal, the US and Canada.


Our first brick-and-mortar shop is home to our own wide and varied collection of clothing and lifestyle accessories, alongside a handful of independent brands carefully chosen for their quality and on-brand aesthetic.


Many of the brands, like Misc Goods Co., known for their handcrafted leather goods, aren't widely available in Toronto.


TSOVET
 are an independent Los Angeles based watch brand offering an array of beautiful styles inspired by the freedom of travel and exploration - both key attributes of the 18 Waits brand.
 


Lunettes Kollection glasses and sunnies are designed in Berlin with an accent on aesthetic detail, and painstakingly produced in Italy using traditional methods.
 

We place great emphasis on the importance of quality Canadian production, so it only makes sense that our flagship also stocks pieces from other Toronto designers, like Headmistress' hand knit alpaca toques with vintage fur pompoms.
 

Artist, Joe Frontel's hand-etched zippo lighters round out the Toronto artist offering in the shop.


The opening of the Flagship store also coincided with the launch of our highly anticipated kids collection, Hopper Hunter. “The highest quality clothing for the littlest people." 


The collection features miniature versions of our popular adult pieces, made from the same high quality fabrics so that Dad and child can match.


Our Flagship store is open 7 days a week, and is located at 990 Queen Street West.
 
Photos by: Hector Vasquez for BlogTO

November 15, 2016 by Jill Wood

Coveteur

If you’re not yet familiar with Coveteur and what they do you should take a few minutes to have a look. Established only a few years ago by fellow Torontonians Jake Rosenberg and Stephanie Mark, they’re now one of the leading fashion blogs to follow and the daily entries they feature are always entertaining, well written and include beautiful photography - a real winning combo. Jake and I go back years, actually, to the very first 18 Waits season. He was helping us on a photo shoot for our first ever collection and we’ve been friends since. Also since, Jake has now become one of the best, most sought after fashion photographers in the industry! I couldn’t be more proud of him and when I was contacted to be featured in a spread for Coveteur it took me all of 3 seconds to respond and accept. In true Coveteur form, they killed it. It was also a ton of fun to shoot. Thanks guys - we love what you do and are so happy we were able to be a part of it! xo 

Full Story here

Photographer: Renee Rodenkirchen

October 12, 2016 by Jill Wood

70s RocknRoll Skateboarding Pirate




Like many kids of my generation, one of my favorite pastimes throughout the 80s and early 90s was skateboarding. We'd skate as much as we possibly could - it wasn't a hobby - it was a way of life. It was like Jimi Hendrix and his guitar - we were never without our decks. We would skate all day and come night (if we weren't skating under some street lamps or parking lot lighting) we'd watch skate videos at our parent's houses. Everyone had their favorite pro skater back then. Our own personal hero we looked up to for style (both skate and fashion) we tried to emulate. But, regardless of who you liked best, there was never a question that Rodney Mullen was one of the best technical trick skateboarders out there. We watched his videos over and over in awe - his montages more like dance routines than street skating. Not only did he master traditional skateboarding - he INVENTED so many tricks. He was truly an innovator and, although we couldn't come close to emulating anything he did, he was certainly an inspiration for us back then. The possibilities of what you COULD do. Thinking outside of the box and pushing the envelope of what's already going on. 

This video, backed by my favorite Aerosmith song, was the one we watched the most. Our VHS skateboarding tape called "Second Hand Smoke" grew fuzzy from wear...





Sadly it's been years since I've skateboarded. My excuse is that I'm getting too old and that my body won't be able to keep up with what I'd want it to do with the skateboard - ultimately just hurting myself (we bounced back so quickly in those days...). Regardless, it's a bad excuse and I'm hoping to get back on the skateboard and teach him once my young son Hopper is old enough to push a deck.




Anyways, this missive doesn't come out of the blue. This morning an old friend from high school sent me a Thrasher video of an New Zealand-born skater named Richie Jackson. As I've been out of the skateboarding loop for almost two decades, of course I've never heard of him (when I got the link I was just happy to see that one of my favorite old brands - Thrasher - was still around). This video blew my mind and I immediately realized that it had to be shared. If you're a skateboarder (or were one), then you'll love this. If you've never skated, you'll still appreciate how nuts this is. I haven't seen skill and innovation in skateboarding like this since Rodney Mullen and, quite frankly, Richie Jackson takes it up about 10 notches. The cherry on top is that his style and fashion choices are the best. He's a 70s rocknroll skateboarding pirate. With incredible creativity and the skill to match. At the least, this is highly entertaining. At best, I hope it sparks some creative juices in you or at least reinvigorates something in you as it did in me. 



Enjoy.
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July 04, 2016 by Daniel Torjman

Spring/Summer 2016 | Lake Huron

Our good friend and all-around talented pal Jess snapped some beautiful
photos of our Spring/Summer 2016 collection in the wilds of Lake Huron. We
caught up with Jess to share some of the images and hear about how she
approached the shoot.





I think the Spring/Summer collection is lighthearted and playful, so I 
wanted to shoot my friends in a place that to me feels fun and free - 
 Lake Huron. 



We just had a good time with it, went about our regular outdoor 
adventures, just with very cool clothes on. 







It's all shot on film and unexpectedly, the photos came out with a bit of
a blue and green tint, which makes them feel kinda dreamy. Happy 
accidents are my favourite part of shooting on film. 



Jess is also one half of the stop-motion
animation team, See You on the Moon.

You might remember SYOTM's work from our SS15 Video,
Check out Jess' website for more of her work: www.jessclaire.com
June 04, 2016 by Brittany Mannetje

It’s what’s on the inside that counts…

A key element to our approach to design and manufacturing is attention to detail. It has always played the most important role in how we approach everything we do - whether it’s designing a blazer, or as seemingly simple as our business cards or safety pins used to fasten our hang tags. Every little detail is considered - and that’s what helps make 18w a brand that stands out and makes every piece in every collection special, timeless and an instant classic.



What you might not know about our pieces - unless you already own and cherish them - is the attention to detail and thoughtfulness put in to the inside of our garments. Like the features and comfort in the interior of a luxury vehicle, the inside of our garments are oftentimes even nicer than what you see on the outside. The sewing is perfect, the finishing is clean and the details are always very special. Take the inside of our trousers, for instance. Our trousers are always clean and classic looking. They aren’t loud or faddish - they are meant to be paired with almost any garment that you may already own in your closet - making them an instant go-to for almost any outfit. Subtle, sharp, understated details make our trousers special. But if you look on the inside, you’ll notice that they are all expertly finished with bright white bound seams, playful Japanese pocket lining and a front fly over-flap to ensure your pants always look properly and securely fastened. 

Only you, the wearer, will know how well-made, detail-oriented and “fun” the inside of your garment is. But hey, just cause we’ve never been the type to yell at the top of our lungs “Hey! Look at me! I need attention!” doesn’t mean we don’t like to let it loose. We just like keeping it a little more refined. A tip of the hat, a grin and a wink, a sartorial nod to those who are wearing the clothes for themselves and enjoying them selfishly - while looking damn good doing so. 
Wear Well, Enjoy, Love, Destroy.
18 Waits 
April 18, 2016 by Jill Wood

Studio Sounds - Lee Dorsey

Have a great weekend folks! Our Studio Sounds today to get us geared up for it is Lee Dorsey - Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky (From Now On)
There's no way you can't like this song...enjoy!

 

February 19, 2016 by Brittany Mannetje