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10 Year Anniversary | Best Of | Part I

As we enter Autumn - our favorite season of the year - our 10 year anniversary is slowly starting to wind down. And while we’re looking forward to entering our 11th year, we wanted to reminisce on some of the highlights over the last decade that helped shape our brand, brought joy to our hearts, smiles to our faces and more cheers and clinks of cups than we can possibly remember.

Through Autumn we’ll post some of our favorite moments, pictures and pieces that we’ve had the pleasure of creating. We're starting things off with our very first video from Fall/Winter 2012. We always have so much fun making our videos - it's the perfect excuse to collaborate with our super talented filmmaker friends.

It’s been a wild ride. Thanks for taking the trip with us, folks - wouldn’t be the same without you. Enjoy - and here’s to the next 10!  xo dt

 

 

18 Waits - Fall / Winter 2012 from Robert Scarborough on Vimeo.

September 21, 2017 by Daniel Torjman

Summer Jams 2003

I was inspired to make a Summer 2017 mix tape based on the last one I made - 15 years ago. We recently shared the Summer Jams 2017 mix and we got a lot of requests for the original one. It took a bit of digging, but I found it. It's a little past summer now, but these classics will serve you right no matter the season.


Without exactly remembering the track listing, our store manager Sean asked whether there'd be any songs I'd be embarrassed my 15-years-ago self put on the mix. Immediately replying with a confident no, we put on the CD (of note: tracking down an actual CD player took longer than digging up the CD...) and had a good listen. One of our colleagues Jill mentioned that it sounded as if I made the mix today as we listen to that exact music still. And without knowing the track listing on the original mix, there was only one song that I accidentally carried over to the new 2017 Summer Mix. I guess no matter the summer, you always need that "peaceful easy feeling". 


Let the good times roll...
-DT
September 11, 2017 by Daniel Torjman

18 Waits Store Series | En Riet


Music
has always played a big role in our lives. We collect it, we play it, listen to it and see it live on a daily basis. The inspiration behind the brand has always had music in mind - whether it’s the aesthetic of an entire collection or more subtle tones within our branding - it plays an integral role. When we opened our Flagship Store last Autumn we wanted to make it a hub within the community we all love, live in, work in and play in. The 18w team lives (and works) in the Queen Street West neighborhood and we’ve called this place home for the past decade, since our brand inception. Our store isn’t simply about selling shirts (although the shirts we sell are boss…) - it’s about bringing like-minded people together who share similar interests, aesthetics, pursuits and dreams. Many of our customers have now become friends and we confidently and humbly include them within our growing group of supporters. Friends & family alike swing by daily to simply chat, catch up, listen to good music and - if it’s after 11am - sip on cold ones. 


So we’ve been thinking about ways to have fun events at the store that have nothing to do with selling products and have everything to do with bringing great people together to meet and enjoy themselves. The natural consensus was hosting live concerts in the store. Our friends are in bands, we’re in bands, the pool of local musical talent in Toronto is bottomless and so, with that in mind, we launched our own 18 Waits Concert Series this past June.


Our first Concert featured En Riet - an Ontario based folk/blues collective that includes 18 Waits' very own Shop Boy (aka Store Manager), Sean. The place was packed and the vibes were top notch. En Riet really kicked off the series with style. Give them a listen here

As we continue to have more store shows, we'll post photos in our Ramble (blog) but, better yet, come on in to see them for yourselves when the timings right. We’ll be hosting one a month through the rest of the year and will start up again in the Spring of 2018. Hope to see you all sooner than later for some evening libations and some sweet rocking justice.


Here’s to the soundtrack of our lives...
August 28, 2017 by Daniel Torjman

Summer Jams 2017

So, 15 years ago I was living in Vancouver and "borrowed" 50 of my roommates blank CDs (thanks Frankie...) and made a summer mix and mailed them out to 50 friends all over the world. Something along the lines of "Hey - if we can't be hanging out together this summer we might as well be enjoying the same rocking tunes."

 

I haven't made a mix tape since. So in the spirit of summer and sweet rockin tunes, here you go. My "part II" to the summer mix. In the 15 years that's passed, my penchant for high octane days and nights has turned into backyard hangs with patio lights, rosé and crab - and I think the music here reflects that, but hey - it's where I'm at. 

 (Note: This is easy listening. Very. Best enjoyed outdoors with shoes off. And no, I haven't "hung up my rock n roll shoes" - if you want a rocker mix, lemme know and maybe we'll jimmy one up for Autumn...)

 Here's clinking my glass of extra dry rosé from Provence to you, pals. 
And a wonderful rest of summer 2017.
xoxo
dt

August 15, 2017 by Daniel Torjman

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