For anybody who isn't familiar with Frank & Oak, you can look forward to a full store feature on them very soon with a full backstory of their journey from a small Canadian menswear brand into the internationally acclaimed menswear icon of today. As a quick synopsis, Frank & Oak started as a small online-only menswear brand out of Montreal (Canada), following a less conventional business model in which they manage all aspects of production and sales of their products. Needless to say, being a Canadian brand who creates and sells their products independently, Frank & Oak produces some fantastic quality menswear at an affordable price. Recently, they have expanded from online-only shopping into retail locations across Canada and America, consequently creating the opportunity for locally-focused progressive events like their magazine launch this past Wednesday.
Oak Street is a biannual magazine produced through Frank & Oak that explores the interaction between media, culture and community (http://www.oakstreetmag.com/#sthash.7iboAXeE.dpuf). This past Wednesday night, the Frank & Oak Calgary store held an event for the release of the latest Oak Street magazine (No. 3) which included live music, food, drinks, and mingling with some of Calgary's progressive modern menswear crowd. The store is located in an awesome rustic old house space on one of the most popular blocks of Calgary's downtown 17th avenue, so there was no shortage of interesting people coming in and out all night. All social aspects aside though, anybody who went knows the biggest highlight was the large buffalo chicken bites they had.
Store manager Eric and all the staff were extremely helpful and welcoming, and everybody had an awesome time, especially myself. Eric is really awesome and if you ever happen by the store, I highly suggest meeting him and consulting him for fashion advice. While we were there, I managed to get lots of great photos from my always talented friend Ben Painter (who still hasn't sent me a picture for his contributor page, but don't worry it's coming). Check out all the photos from the event below, and hover over each one for a little description.
Thanks again to Eric and all the amazing staff who put on this event and made sure everybody had a good time. For more on Frank & Oak and their various stores, visit frankandoak.com. All pieces I am wearing are from Frank & Oak, except the shoes from Tommy Hilfiger and the sunglasses from Banana Republic.