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Global Designer Spotlight: Frank & Oak from Montreal, Canada


 

Frank & Oak Spring/Summer 2014

Frank & Oak Spring/Summer 2014

 

 

Men’s Moda

 

By: Marina Radovanovic

Toronto, Canada

 

Montreal-based design label, Frank & Oak introduced a fresh new collection, “Paper” designed to make every man’s attire not only sleek, chic, but practical, easy and comfortable.

Gone are the days of boring suits or simplistic casuals that are to be used at only certain occasions and times – now with the advantage of mixing and layering various pieces that include an array of patterns, textures and styles, allow men to simply look their sharpest at any given occasion with full confidence.

 

Menswear brand, from New York, Frank & Oak Spring/Summer 2014

Frank & Oak Spring/Summer 2014

 

 

We sat down with Ethan Song, and chatted about his  label, the menswear space and his philosophy of ‘Globalism’.

 

Who is/are the master creator(s) behind the exciting collection for men?

I design the fashion line, and also run the company.

 

The blend of traditional, contemporary and whimsical style adds a fresh and bold look for practically every man who wants to look and feel great, and which he can attain easily via your collection. What is the key motivation that inspired your design?

It’s what I usually refer to as ‘Globalism’. Wherever I travel to, the ‘global youth’ inspire me, because of the need for functionalism combined with the ‘no effort to dress well and look fantastic’ deems to be signature for my series.

 

The unique title “Paper” for this collection is intriguing! Is there a story behind the title?

Because of the Oriental design that is incorporated into the line defines a bold statement; elegance and simplicity, clean and fresh. That is the story behind the title ‘Paper’.

 

Menswear brand, from New York, Frank & Oak Spring/Summer 2014

Frank & Oak Spring/Summer 2014

 

Menswear brand, from New York, Frank & Oak Spring/Summer 2014

Frank & Oak Spring/Summer 2014

 

Menswear brand, from New York, Frank & Oak Spring/Summer 2014

Frank & Oak Spring/Summer 2014

 

It’s fascinating that finally a designer creates collections that men can use throughout the seasons and mix & match! The flexibility is probably most welcomed by men! What is the main motivation that stirred up this creative production?

The blending of contemporary style and function are what the consumers of today want and need. After an extended amount of time travelling throughout the world, I’ve observed the various style trends, the need for function and comfort that every man can use. Passion for life and travel is infused into my collection and offers men an abundance of choices to mix and match their clothes regardless of the season! Naturally, it would depend on the climate where the customer resides, but the flexibility to be fearlessly limitless on seasonal styles is what my collection offers to all men of all ages based on their needs and personality!

 

Who or what inspires you the most when you design and create the pieces in your collection and future collections?

My travels inspire me and plenty of Scandinavian design as well. In addition to the clean Oriental designs, the freshness, simplicity and versatility of Scandinavian designs are another source of inspiration.

 

Where are the amazing articles available for purchase? Are they available for purchase online and in stores? 

Currently the collection is available on our website, where it’s easy to order, and where a million customers have already found the ease and practicality. At this moment, we are not certain whether we will extend our line to brick and mortar stores.

 

Menswear brand, from New York, Frank & Oak Spring/Summer 2014

Frank & Oak Spring/Summer 2014

 

Menswear brand, from New York, Frank & Oak Spring/Summer 2014

Frank & Oak Spring/Summer 2014

 

Menswear brand, from New York, Frank & Oak Spring/Summer 2014

Frank & Oak Spring/Summer 2014

 

 

Will there be new exhibits/shows? If so, where will it be held?

Our focus at this time is New York. The shows and exhibits will be announced on our website and provide the date and location.

 

And there we have it…a bold, traditional and simultaneously contemporary fashion line that not only assimilates globalism, function and style but plucks out various optional pieces from every season of the year!

For more information about this fantastic collection, please visit the website: www.frandandoak.com

 

Photography courtesy of Frank & Oak

 

 

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