A few months ago, Rose Callahan – the photographer behind the Dandy Portraits blog and the book I Am Dandy – put out an international call for subjects for her next book. Having little to no modesty, I sent her a number of images of myself. To be fair, I made mention of numerous other classically-dressed Torontonians I have featured on this site she might also want to consider. Thankfully, she decided to venture north to our fair city and photograph the lot of us.
In honour of her visit, Loding Toronto graciously hosted a special evening this past week. The folks at Loding – Yannick, Zofia, Michael and Emmanuel – did a fantastic job of making everyone feel welcome and providing plenty of cheese, charcuterie and wine. The crowd in attendance was impeccably dressed and quite diverse, including artists, writers, tailors, shoemakers, haberdashers and flâneurs.
Partway through the evening, I hosted a Q&A with Rose (click on video above) that sparked some very interesting conversation about clothes vs. costume, modern masculinity and the personal obsessions that drive some men to dress to the nines. Rose also revealed that Toronto was her first stop on an international photography tour, all building towards the release of her next book, hopefully in the fall of 2016.
I am very thankful to everyone who attended, to Rose and the people at Loding for such a memorable evening. Have a look through the gallery of images for some highlights of the night (click any image to launch the gallery).
Rose Callahan and guests.
In the midst of the party, with John Jay of Hook and Furl.
Loding’s patina artist Emmanuel Farre.
Rose and opera singer John Kriter.
Toronto dandy Yoshio Suyama.
Ryerson University School of Fashion Chair Robert Ott with Rose.
Julian Finkle, owner and operator of Model Citizen.
Urban planner and photographer Sean Galbraith.
Emmanuel in conversation with Catherine Kustanczy.
Trend tailor Ian MacMillan.
Artist Gordon Shadrach and friend admiring Loding’s shoes.
One of Emmanuel’s patinas in process.
Rose in conversation.
Emily Kulasa and husband Jonathan Hagey of Kingpin’s Hideaway.
Writer Pasquale Casullo.
With Rose and her husband Kelly Desmond Bray.
Rose in conversation.
Christopher Sharrock and Aldous Choi share a laugh.
Kelly and Rose with John Jay, winner of the I Am Dandy book giveaway.