Klaxon Howl is a welcome stop along Toronto’s Queen Street west for mens fashion. What makes it special is that Matt Robinson’s own Klaxon Howl boutique label is something of an anomaly, especially when you understand his obsession and respect for the past. It inspires every thought, every pattern and every stitch.
In a previous post I wrote about the vintage side of Klaxon, Matts curated collection of Vintage Military, Navy, Workwear and Hunting Coats. Today I’m there to document the label. In October while New York Fashion Week was doing it’s thing Toronto Fashion Week had Matt introducing his unique clothing with the Klaxon Howl 2014 Spring line. Anyway here are some highlights from my latest visit to the store.
I scoured the store a few weeks ago with a fine tooth comb and from what I can see the Klaxon label is inspired by workwear and military wear of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. And is designed with an obvious eye for the past, what is classic and functional.
I’ll never forget the first time I entered Klaxon and was immediately drawn to a chambray shirt. Matt described the inspiration for it and how part of the design borrowed from a one worn by James Dean in the film Giant, replete with tobacco pocket. I just had to buy it.
By contrast to today’s fleeting disposable fashion, Klaxon Howl’s menswear and accessories stick to the fundamentals. Vintage buttons and zippers from the 1950s are hand-picked for a particular shirt or style. Even zippers. Every opportunity to borrow from the past is taken. And not surprisingly all of the Klaxon Howl label is mixed together on the rack with classic navy, military and workwear. I was in man-heaven.
Klaxon is one of my favorite stops in Toronto, and as Matt’s own in-house collection of unique clothing continues to grow his affection for the past continues. If you want a well made garment inspired by a time when form followed function, and a garment was made to last, go.
Klaxon Howl – 706 Queen St W Toronto, ON M6J 1E7, Canada
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