20140415

Wear It Like: Jared Leto - Wednesday 4/16 Edition


1. Belstaff Thornwood Leather Biker Jacket @ Matches
2. Esposito Antique Zip Down Shirt @ InforMANt
3. Perry Gargano Manntackle Cuff @ InforMANt
4. Native Sons Thompson Aviators @ Haven
5. Nudie Organic Denim Jeans @ Mr Porter
6. Ann Demeulemeester Suede High Top Sneakers @ SSENSE
Sounds: What Is and What Should Never Be by Led Zeppelin @ Amazon
What Is And What Should Never Be

20140414

Wear It Like: Jared Leto - Tuesday 4/15 Edition


1. Gents V Neck Tee @ InforMANt
2. Karma Mantra Nox Luna Bracelet @ InforMANt
3. James Perse Lightweight Jersey Hoodie @ Mr Porter 
4. Balmain Wax Coated Biker Jeans @ Matches
5. Civic Duty Sensation Shoe @ InforMANt
6. Avalone Classic Italian Leather and Suede Billfold @ InforMANt
7. Fairline Two Button Blazer @ Reiss
Sounds: Tell Me Why by Supermode @ Amazon
Tell Me Why (Original Mix)

20140413

Wear It Like: Jared Leto - Monday 4/14 Edition


1. Burberry Prorsum Chesterfield Coat @ Burberry
2. Gents Striped Tank @ InforMANt
3. Balmain Waxed Coat Biker Jeans @ Matches
4. Kem Ajachel Hand Woven Scarf @ InforMANt
5. Karma Mantra Tibetan Bone Bracelet @ InforMANt
6. Rick OWens Ankle Boot @ farfetch
Sounds: The National Anthem by Yoshida Brothers @ Amazon

Sunday 4/13 Edition:

Cash. 

20140411

Saturday 4/12 Edition: Audio/Visual Series

A Tribe Called Red is a three member DJ crew made up of NDN, Shub and Bear Witness. Their music fuses native chants with pulse pounding EDM beats that has made them popular around the globe with sell out shows and a Juno (the Canadian Grammy) for this years Breakthrough Group of the Year.
Listen to the song below in its entirety as you scroll through the hypnotic images and enjoy this weeks Informant Daily audio/visual series:
Erdal Inci Light Pattern GIFs 2 Erdal Inci Light Pattern GIFs 3 Erdal Inci Light Pattern GIFs 4 Erdal Inci Light Pattern GIFs 5 Erdal Inci Light Pattern GIFs 6 Erdal Inci Light Pattern GIFs 7 Erdal Inci Light Pattern GIFs 8 Erdal Inci Light Pattern GIFs 9 Multimedia artist Erdal Inci has created a mesmerizing series called Light Pattern GIFs. Using his body, he swings devices attached to lights to create a movement of light that mimics the rhythm of night. Check out his series, along with his other work on Tumblr.

20140410

Wear It Like: Nick Wooster - Friday 4/11 Edition


1. Garth Notch Lapel Blazer @ Reiss
2. DSquared2 Beige Flap Pocket Chinos @ SSENSE
3. L'eclaireur By Officine Creative Ankle Boot @ farfetch
4. Blake Green Nautilus Cufflinks @ InforMANt
5. Artfully Disheveled Epsicle Pocket Square @ InforMANt
6. Avallone Reversible Executive Belt @ InforMANt
7. Emma Willis Blue Linen Shirt @ Mr Porter
Sounds: Sideways ft Citizen Cope by Santana @ Amazon

20140409

Wear It Like: Nick Wooster - Thursday 4/10 Edition


1. Kilgour Navy Mohair and Wool Blend Suit @ Mr Porter
2. Sebastian Cruz Contrast Pocket Square @ InforMANt
3. Bottega Veneta Silver Tie Clip @ Mr Porter
4. Skinny Tie MAdness Loose Lips Necktie @ InforMANt
5. TOKYObay Jazz Wristwatch @ InforMANt
6. Esposito Seamed Button Down @ InforMANt
7. Hydrogen Blue Wingtip Shoe @ InforMANt
Sounds: No Stress by Laurent Wolf @ Amazon
No Stress (Original Club Mix)

20140408

Wear It Like: Nick Wooster - Wednesday 4/9 Edition


1. John Varvatos Double Zip Coated Cotton Jacket @ Matches
2. DSquared2 Skinny Trouser @ farfetch
3. TOKYObay Eddie Pocket Watch @ InforMANt
4. Artfully Disheveled Outlaw Pocket Square @ InforMANt
5. Red Wing Leather Boots @ Mr Porter
6. Sebastian Cruz Flower Lapel Pin @ InforMANt
7. Gents Tri Blend Crew Neck Tee @ InforMANt
Sounds: So This is Goodbye by William Fitzsimmons @ Amazon
So This Is Goodbye (Pink Ganter Remix)

20140407

Wear It Like: Nick Wooster - Tuesday 4/8 Edition


1. Richard James Cotton Blazer @ Mr Porter
2. Comme Des Garcon Nylon Shorts @ SSENSE
3. Want les Essentiels Kastrup Backpack @ InforMANt
4. Sand Classic Loafer @ farfetch
5. Linda Farrow Acetate Sunglasses @ Matches
6. Sebastian Cruz Contrast Pocket Square @ InforMANt
Sounds: Double Trouble by Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood @ Amazon
Double Trouble [Live From Madison Square Garden]

20140406

Wear It Like: Nick Wooster - Monday 4/7 Edition


1. Skinny Tie Madness Loose Lips in London Necktie @ InforMANt
2. Esposito Seamed Button Down @ InforMANt
3. Riva Two Piece Pick Stitch Suit @ Reiss
4. Gerrett Leight Acetate Sunglasses @ Mr Porter
5. Blake Green Macapa Cufflinks @ InforMANt
6. Florshiem by Duckie Brown Yellow Brogue @ 6PM
7. Bottega Veneta Tie Clip @ Mr Porter
Sounds: Rooster by Alice in Chains @ Amazon
Rooster

Sunday 4/6 Edition:

“Be here. Be present. Wherever you are, be there.” 
Willie Nelson. 

“Be here. Be present. Wherever you are, be there.” 

Willie Nelson. via

20140404

Saturday 4/5 Edition: Hang Your Hat - Modern Home Built from 31 Shipping Containers

Beautiful Modern Home Built From 31 Shipping Containers

Todd Miller of the architecture firm ZeilgerBuild designed this three storey, 6,000 square-foot home built from 31 shipping containers complete with an outdoor saltwater pool. Both the interior and exterior are a nod to the industrial nature of the building’s materials.

The facade features a combination of corrugated steel walls and street art. Graffiti spans nearly the whole side of the house, like something you’d see on a container if it were docked at a port. Here, it’s a planned detail, and this aesthetic is carried into the decor of the home. The family room displays graffiti work on a large canvas as it lives among a leather couch and antique sewing table. A long hallway spans the width of the building, and galvanized pipes sit opposite to the contemporary art that’s on the wall.

Miller does a great job of balancing the home’s cool-feeling industrial elements with warm and comforting woods. The white and gray steel is offset by a harmony of brown hues that are flooded with natural light. He employs different textures throughout the space that complement both the metal and wood, adding another level of visual complexity. Considering that shipping containers value function above all, it’s incredible to see their transformation into a luxury home.

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The front entry presents a reserved profile with visual interest being created by the textures of the containers as well as the additional wood detailing.

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Stunning graffiti art creates a dynamic fa├žade on the side of the home that blends harmoniously with the street chic elements of the shipping container aesthetic.

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The colours within the graffiti art are pulled from the deck rails above and pool just around the corner.

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The saltwater pool performs double duty by offering a place to swim and also by cooling the air before it enters the home. While this side of the home does not feature any graffiti art, the interior zone does.

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The family room adjacent to the pool features a large canvas of contemporary graffiti, creating an immediate connection to the art on the outside of the building. Even the colours within the canvas are similar to those used on the building art.

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Just outside the family room a long hall spans the width of the home, connecting the side yard with the entry and the flight of stairs in the foyer that leads to the living, kitchen and dining areas as well as 3 bedrooms, a study and a washroom.

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The combination of the galvanized pipes and corrugated steel walls create a unique industrial statement that creatively balances the wall of art. Additionally the repeat pattern within the ceiling of the wood cladding softens the overall scheme and creates a connectivity to the view beyond the door.
 
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The stairs lead up to the social zone on the left and the private zones on the right.

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While the lower level featured an industrial aesthetic within the shipping container surrounds, this second level offers a richer, warmer visual created with the deeper hued walls and while the walls are a very deep shade, the large expanses of glazing keeps the rooms light and bright.

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The post and beam architectural details belie the container construction and the voids created by these details allows for double volume heights and large open plan living.

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The white of the kitchen cabinets pop against their charcoal backsplash while the large hand pulls on the cabinetry play off of the shadow lines within the container surround.

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Right next to the kitchen is the dining area, set within its own container that has most of its sides removed, the container texture on the ceiling is reminiscent of board and batten.

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A hallway divides the social zone from the bedrooms and office while a stairway at the end of the hall leads to the Master Suite. The glitz of the lighting in the hallway is a fun contrast to the industrial surround.

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Its amazing how many different textures have been used within this awesome home.

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The bedroom zone of the Master Suite is huge and features a large walkin closet behind the headboard wall.

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The private ensuite showcases an amazing wall mural that continues into the tub surround – absolutely incredible.

20140403

Friday 4/4 Edition: Men Are Dressing Better. And It’s About Time.

Men Are Dressing Better. And It’s About Time.

HSBC recently published a report about the new man called a YUMMY, or young urban male with disposable income which he chooses to spend on premium items such as clothes and accessories. While we refrain from pegging demographics with catchy nicknames, the point is true.  Men are in fact taking pride in the way they look. The climate has changed from tennis shoes, boot fit jeans and a flannel button down to pocket squares, fitted blazers and cufflinks. And we say, it’s about time.

The demand for menswear products continues to outpace womenswear with men currently accounting for 40% of the total luxury market. Men are beginning to approach fashion with the same excitement as women do.  And the internet is the reason.

It’s no secret that most men hate spending hours browsing mall stores looking for one or two items, trying to find the right size, and god forbid, trying it on. With a few swipes of their tablet, men can now check out curated selections from websites like Informant Daily’s shop, and get the latest in menswear from buyers who stay ahead of fashion trends and find great designers for you.  Shopping online takes the experience of shopping that men hate, and makes it simple, delivering what they want, with little effort.

Lets take a quick look at The Menswear Movement:
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1985 only 25% of all mens apparel was bought by men. 75% was bought by women for men. (NPD)


1998 men were buying 52% of apparel for themselves (NPD) but in….

2004 …it was 69% with no sign of slowing. (NPD)

2005 “The result is a full-blown category of menswear that draws equally from skateboard and surf culture, the preppy canon and the runways of Prada & Marc Jacobs.” (NYTimes, June 19, 2005)

2011 Does the Menswear Industry Matter? Um, yes. (Forbes)

2011 Study shows that men are more active social shoppers than women (E Marketing and Commerce)

2012 “Men don’t shop; they buy. Men spend 30 percent less time browsing online than women, viewing fewer pages before purchasing,” Frederico Marchetti, CEO of Yoox

2012 “Men are the New Women……The luxury menswear market is growing at almost 14 percent per year, outpacing growth in womenswear by almost double.” (Business of Fashion, Bain)

2013 “Men, look how far you have come….the arrival of a generation of young men who are taking more risks with their style.” (NY Times February 13, 2013)

2014…….$50 Billion. At least.

For far too long men have been relegated to the back wall of the department store. The internet was able to understand that men don’t shop, they purchase. They see what they like, and they buy it. The simplicity of this fact, coupled with curated selections from stylists and educational content from bloggers at your fingertips, has made taking pride in ones style accessible, or perhaps more important, acceptable for men.


Informant Daily was launched because we wanted to present informative content to men while creating a one stop shop for stylist curated accessories, shoes and outerwear that went beyond the same 20 brands you find in every department store.  We are strong believers that shoes and accessories make or break a stylish man. A well played pocket square with crisp brown loafers goes a long way. Visit the store for over 500 stylist curated items.


Nick Ralph for InforMANt Daily

20140402

Wear It Like: Tinie Tempah - Thursday 4/3 Edition


1. Gents Crew Neck T @ InforMANt
2. Canali Linen Suit @ Mr Porter
3. Cutler & Gross Square Frame Glasses @ Mr Porter
4. Karma Mantra Tibetan Bone Bracelet @ InforMANt
5. Acne Adrian Trainers @ Matches
6. TokyoBay Agent Wristwatch @ InforMANt
Sounds: Time is the Enemy by Quantic @ Amazon
Time Is the Enemy [Explicit]

20140401

Wear It Like: Tinie Tempah - Wednesday 4/2 Edition


1. Fairline Two Button Blazer @ Reiss
2. Gents V-Neck T-Shirt @ InforMANt
3. Saint Laurent Slim Fit Washed Denim @ Mr Porter
4. Sebastian Cruz Plaid Contrast Pocket Square @ InforMANt
5. Rumba Mulberry Fresh Squeeze @ InforMANt
6. Super Black Classic Sunglasses @ SSENSE
7. Bottega Veneta Leather Loafers @ Matches
Sounds: La Miranda by Band O Neon @ Amazon
La Miranda


20140331

Wear It Like: Tinie Tempah - Tuesday 4/1 Edition


1. Burberry Prorsum Slim Fit Floral Print Shirt @ SSENSE
2. Saint Laurent Sequin Wool Blend Tuxedo Jacket @ Mr Porter
3. Gavio Foldable Stereo Headphones @ InforMANt
4. Huxley Revolver Glasses @ Warby Parker
5. Daniel Wellington Rose Gold York Wristwatch @ InforMANt
6. ACL Mushroom Ox Shoe @ InforMANt
7. Chadbourn Smoke Grey Chino @ Lumina
Sounds: Everything by Radio Citizen @ Amazon
Everything