A Suit in Every Color feat. J.S. Vann

August 13th, 2014

There’s no way you could have forgotten our friend “Sox” from Toronto. His first profile “Couture Streetwear” was one of my favorites of all time.

He gave us a look at some of his custom streetwear (which raised quite a few comments), but that’s only one part of his style. Sox is an experienced professional in the bespoke menswear industry who’s studied the ins and outs of a quality suit from years of first hand experience. He’s sold them, fitted them, altered them, even made them himself. Most impressively, though, he collects them.

J.S. has one of the most impressive suit collections I’ve ever seen. “About 110-120” he quietly answered over coffee at the Ace hotel yesterday. It’s funny, I collect suits as well – but most of mine are relatively conservative. I guess I’m always trying to think of them of long-term investments. Sox, on the other hand, has a different approach. He swings for the fences and makes some wild one-of-a-kind suits. He was one in just about every color you can image – including pink, yellow, purple, and green. You can take a look through his instagram @dirtysox to taste the rainbow.

Here’s three of his favorites this season.

    1. Burgundy Mohair


    I’ve highlighted my own burgundy suit before, but this one is a pure mohair which gives it a crisp, crunchy feel and a slightly iridescent sheen.

    If you look very closely at the fabric, you can see multiple color shades depending on how the light hits it.


    I also really like the lower “scoop” on the waistcoat here, especially for Sox’s small frame.


    He didn’t bring any traditional “hard bottom” shoes on his trip to LA. Instead he stuck to comfortable slip-ons, like these waterproof mocs by Swims. Its ok though, he’s no stranger to wearing a formal suit with casual shoes.


    2. Solaro in the Sun


    This Solaro fabric by Ariston is having a moment. It’s an old-school Italian fabric that is experiencing a major comeback, thanks to influential clothiers like Sox here, and our friend Angel who wore the same fabric in his article on Summertime Tailoring.


    This is a fabric that you need to look very closely at. While from a distance it can look like a traditional khaki herringbone, it’s not. The Solaro fabric has a beautiful iridescent sheen that reflects many different colors in the sunlight.

    Look closely at the herringbone below to notice the multi-color sheen. In person the effect is much stronger and more eye-catching.



    3. USD Green


    Green has become the new go-to for suit lovers, and it’s more versatile than you might think.

    I love that Sox wears his forest green with orange – a great color combo, especially given his skin tone.



    Sox has a crazy sneaker collection that he’s been working on for most of his life, but he also has a line-up of beautiful benchmade shoes, like these whole-cut cognac lace-ups that he’s rocking sockless.


    Lastly, here’s some more of his colorful suits, pulled directly from his Instagram @dirtysox:

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    Thanks for reading, and special thanks to Sox for participating!

    Yours in style,

    Articles of Style

    Photography by Alex Crawford.

    • MaleStylePro

      Great guy. Great article. I have had the pleasure of visiting Garrison Bespoke in Toronto. It sure is a hive of activity, young men with impeccable style attending to their clients. J.S does style his own way, therefore there are no particular rules.

    • Rodney Daniels Jr.

      This is a great suit, and the loafers are very nice.

    • Rodney Daniels Jr.

      This was a well put together suit and the loafers are on point. Like the Post!

    • Jefe009

      Yeah! Sox killing it in the purple. Tailored royalty!

    • http://www.lucidlingo.com.au/ Gazman

      How does one store 100+ suits?

    • CHHDk

      That USD Green is dope!

    • Jazz Cat

      I enjoyed seeing the Lamy Safari pen (fountain pen, I hope as well) in display and making part of the ensemble.

      • Just Sox

        Yes. Fountain of course.

    • Elz

      cant believe yall dudes slept for so long. This dude is runnnnin the suit game. Dan knows that!

    • Jeanscuffed

      “Orange you going to let me in?” Best quote on his that automatically sticks out. Love this dude’s style. Nice post Dan!

    • M.

      This man mastered the monochromatic suit look. I didn’t even notice he was wearing casual shoes in the first set of pictures, just clicks as a whole.

    • Greg Haney

      Those colors, it’s like he stepped out of the Hunger Games movies.

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

        He’s hungry, but it ain’t a game! :)

      • Jeanscuffed

        Don’t sleep on Caesar Flickerman…..

    • Al Bizzy

      That’s the home right there! Nothing short of pure dopeness as expected. Sorry I missed you the other day out here, brotha.

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

        Love bringing worlds together! The new TSB will foster this community of stylish gents even better :)

        • Al Bizzy

          No doubt. Definitely gotta hand it to TSB (and IG) for connecting me with good folks. Lookin forward to seeing what else lies ahead.

        • Just Sox

          The community is growing. Thanks Dan for putting a big dent into it.

    • David Pardo

      Love the lavender one. By the way, Dan, you look much slimmer in your instagram pic with Mr. Vann.

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

        The new team’s got me shaping up!

        • David Pardo

          Great. You look even younger. ;)

    • Celestrium

      What’s Mr. Vann’s take on cuff length? Two of the pictures seem to show that he doesn’t show cuff… and I like it.

    • LouCaves

      Nice color combinations.

      The shoe selection is dialed in.

      Thanks, TSB.

    • John B

      Burgundy and dark green are definitely underrated colours. He pulls them off perfectly (minus the somewhat thin lapels on suit #3, as Shawn below has mentioned), but judging from his previous feature, that was expected!

      • Just Sox

        That green suit was a fun experiment. Probably first and last super slim lapel.

    • Shawn

      The first look is somewhat matchy-matchy for my tastes, but for a reason I cannot comprehend, I somehow like the result. Maybe it’s the low-cut vest, the absence of a pocket square replaced by a Lamy (fountain, I hope?) or the beautiful tie? I don’t know. I’ve been loving those Solaro suits for a while now, really an intricate fabric! On a side note, I feel the lapels are somewhat thin on the last look against Sox boxy physic (not meant in a bad way). Have a nice day TSB team!

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    • Andrew

      Whenever he post new pics on instagram… I’m always amazed how he effortlessly makes loud colors look easy to pull off… man is on his game

      • Just Sox

        Thanks Andrew. Definitely on a color tip right now.

    • MN

      Love these but I gotta say his Kanye scowl in every shot cracks me up.

      Dat pair of shoes in last look… fire

    • Miguel

      My man got style and he’s not afraid to show it off, love his first post and I think I like this one more, well balanced outfits.
      Again some might say it’s too much but in his line of business he can pull it of.
      Thanks TSB crew.

      • Just Sox

        Appreciate the love.

    • Mario