If you're unfamiliar with Vincent Law or his blog, binzento.com, let me preface this profile by saying he is one of, if not the most, interesting and multifaceted person on the YYC scene. For most people, I wouldn't expect you'll ever meet somebody with more hobbies, more creative drive, or more motivation. While I am perfectly content focusing in on menswear and lifestyle topics, Vincent refuses to be constrained to any single genre. In his own words, Vincent describes his conundrum as boiling down to this: "I have too many interests for just fashion." If you consider that his day job is cancer biology research, his part time job is a contributor in emerging talent for Vogue Italia, and his side projects include developing indie games, it's clear he's not a typical fashion blogger.
Binzento.com (as well as a Facebook and Instagram page) has been up for the past four years. Vincent explains that it was bred out of his love for fashion, and originally focused more closely on just fashion and discovering up-and-coming talent. However, as he moved forward, Vincent moved away from what he describes as the typical "fashion blog on what to wear" and moved toward developing a broader place to explore fashion, inspiration, and creativity in general. With no more boundaries, Vincent now explains his focus "is not about the fashion, but the creativity."
Through his local acquaintances, Vincent was introduced to Vogue Italia and given the opportunity to be a contributor for their emerging talent department. "Essentially," he explains, "this entails researching and visiting designers and events around the world to identify new potential talent. Then I refer them to Vogue and their staff decide whether or not to involve these designers in their magazine." This position works just fine for Vincent, who loves travelling and upholds Vogue Italia as his "favourite version of Vogue, due to their artistic creativity and originality."
As far as his views on the Calgary scene, Vincent is optimistic. "For such a conservative city, I'm happy to see how far we've come when today I so many guys with a good fashion sense." He goes on to explain that the biggest measurable difference is the number of visibly fashion-conscious men he sees around the city now as compared to the past. In terms of us on the Canadian scene at large though, Vincent is not a fan of all the comparisons between us and other major cities (I may be guilty of doing this). In his opinion, we will never be London, Milan, or other fashion capitals, and it's useless to try and start something like a fashion week here where we can't sustain it. "If we were going to be a fashion capital, it would've already happened."
However, coming from what may seem like a pessimistic view are also some benefits, he explains. By not having such a huge fashion scene like Toronto, Calgary has more opportunity to hold smaller, more organic events and therefore highlight smaller up-and-coming creative talent. Unlike European countries that are so close together and therefore so successful with major fashion events, Calgary's growth direction is set more towards width than depth. Meaning that our advances will be in creating more fashion conscious and diverse local people, rather than a single well-known identity. "In the grand scheme of things though, it's alright because we don't get recognized internationally as Calgarian or Torontonian designers and influencers, but Canadians. And that's something to be proud of."