How’s your summer been? Good? Have you over-used all those new beach blankets and tank tops that you so eagerly bought at the beginning of May anticipating the awesomest summer ever? Yeah, neither have we. In our effort to turn this messed up weather around, we’ve decided to 1) start preparing for the Apocalypse, and 2) at the very least, start getting psyched for winter. If you can give yourself a positive point of view regarding the crappiest of circumstances, you can generally trick life into working out your way. Enter the help of The Drake General Store.
After being caught umbrella-less with our laptops in a torrential downpour, we finally made it to The Drake General Store on Queen West yesterday for a preview of their Holiday 2013 collection. Normally viewing holiday collections in the summer feels strange or at least lets us imagine what we think Christmas in Australia is like, but yesterday was so dismal that we felt like fall and winter must be just around the corner. Nevertheless, we’ve decided to get stoked for winter, all thanks to The Drake General Store, which will have some of the coolest winter gear as of October…
1) An Ontario Sweater That’s So Hipsterific We’d Wear It In The 90-Degree Heat That’s Never Coming
Not only is this beauty of a sweater above ($175) 100% cashmere, it doesn’t get anymore provincial (in a good way) than this. The whole “Canadiana is cool” thing is going nowhere (even the Brooklynites still dig it) and, thank God really, because as Canadians it would totally suck to go out of fashion as a nationality.
2) Scarfs that Look Like They Were Designed by Sufjan Stevens
Um, is that the name of a Sufjan Stevens album on your scarf, or are you just that in love with the northeast? If you don’t want to start wearing tourism-inspired winter scarves ($38 each) immediately after looking at the above photo, then we’re calling the Passport police because you’re clearly not from around here.
3) The Very Thought of Over-Matching With Our Toques Rocks Our World
Guess what we think is going to be a total winter 2013 “do”? Matching your Ontario scarf with your Ontario toque ($24), of course. Look, as we mentioned, Canadian memorabilia has been chic and trendy for awhile now, especially with the hipster set, but nobody’s fashionably overdone it yet. Why not be the first to match your scarf and your toque? The whole “Oh, I just happened to find this scarf at Value Village” thing is out; the “I love Canada so much I wanted to show my pride in full patriotic gear” is in. Mark our words.