While attending a boutique wedding show recently, I came across Toronto bow tie atelier Maison des Bows.

Priscilla and Rocky are the heart and soul behind this stylish brand.  With backgrounds in architecture and wedding photography respectively, this creative team is inspired by fine art, fashion and the finest details.  Together, they set out to create custom, timeless and fun pieces perfectly suited for the modern man and woman looking to make a statement.

With an emphasis on allowing fabrics to showcase their natural qualities and properties (be it silk, wool, cashmere or velvet) and with a strong focus on quality craftsmanship, MdB’s exquisite line of bow ties, pocket squares and accessories (including the most delicate lapel pins and uber cool cufflinks) is an incredible combination of elegant design infused with traditional elements.

It is such a pleasure to share with you today a little bit more about the art of Maison des Bows. Enjoy!

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EACH ONE OF YOUR PIECES IS SO UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR MAIN SOURCES OF INSPIRATION WHEN COMING UP WITH A NEW DESIGN?

MdB: We appreciate modern and contemporary designs but have always loved things with traditional influence and heritage. We started experimenting with traditional fabrics to see how they could be used in modern designs.  With mass consumerism and the way we purchase things today, we don’t always appreciate the things we buy. We want to change that with the quality and personalized options that we offer. We feel that when you can customize a piece, you come to value and appreciate it more because you have added your personality to it.

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maisondesbows2_rok I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR GOLDEN ROSE AND FEATHER LAPEL PINS, AS WELL AS YOUR GEOMETRIC CUFFLINKS.  WHAT ARE SOME UPCOMING TRENDS IN THE WORLD OF MEN’S ACCESSORIES?

We love classic objects. We design our own accessories as well as work with some talented local designers and jewelry makers to create unique pieces for us. Simple forms and shapes will forever be classics and timeless.

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XpiIBNaoz8ehkVCk1Ku3pSBSuPSK_BMGBmcMIxcfw9Q WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE THAT YOU WOULD GIVE A GROOM WHEN STYLIZING HIS WEDDING DAY LOOK?

MdB:  We often joke that it is the bride’s day and we only need a groom there to make it not awkward, but we know that guys appreciate the fine details too.  While the bride’s dress will likely not be worn again after the wedding, we encourage grooms to pick accessories that they can wear again and again after the big day. These items will be forever memorable and become a keepsake that can be passed down in the future.

12063312_407089309487369_8412703896981606664_n Also, a big part of what we do for weddings is make sure that the groomsmen look just as good standing by the groom.  The guy are such such a big part of the day, yet often get overlooked during the wedding planning process. Each one of the guys is different so why should what they wear be the same? A great way to show appreciation is to put some thought into a personalized bow tie with a custom shape and monogram embroidery as a gift for the boys. We feel that it is the fine details that define your special day.

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MdB:  A night of partying in style!!!

12308698_417467035116263_7449721911745687297_n A big and heartfelt thank you to Rocky and Priscilla for sharing a little bit about themselves and MdB with us!

If you are looking for the perfect gift for yourself, a friend, your groomsmen…or pretty much anyone on your list, be sure to check out Maison des Bows’ beautiful selection of bow ties and accessories.  With a variety of fabrics, styles and customization options to choose from, you are all set to find the perfect piece.  AND, as a special treat to you, MdB is extending a 10% discount on all orders using code “MdBLoveEva” on check out.  Happy shopping!

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Lots of love! xo

All photos courtesy of Maison des Bows.

One of my favorite things to see at weddings is a stylish groom – a cool, fun, dapper dude that is sure to leave just as much of an impression as the pretty lady in white standing next to him.  So when men’s retailer Bonobos sent me a preview of their Spring suit collection, I was over the moon excited to share it with you.  If you haven’t heard of Bonobos, they are one of the coolest online menswear brands, and offer a wide selection of styles for the most varied of tastes. Whether you are going for classic, modern or just plain quirky…Bonobos has you covered.

Check out a few of my favorite looks!

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And if after the big party you are wanting to keep the cool vibes going as you head to your honeymoon, order a few extra items from Bonobos – pair a cozy sweater with one of their wrinkle-free chinos for comfortable travel, and check out their selection of accessories, outerwear, shoes and great bags to carry your travel essentials.

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If you have a few extra minutes and are looking for some fun reading material, I highly recommend browsing Bonobos’ blog, where you can find super useful (and often humorous) tips, such as”Top 12 Things To Do With The Time You Won’t Spend Ironing” (if you happen to be wearing a pair of their wrinkle-resistant Weekday Warriors) or “Three Crucial Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Suit”.  You can also find them here and here and their new Spring arrivals here.

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That’s all for today friends.  Thank you for stopping by, I wish you a stylish week! XO

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Although weddings are usually very much about the bride and her dress, I think it’s just as important to have the guys looking dashing and stylish on the big day. There are small, but beautiful ways in which grooms (and groomsmen) can add loads of flare to their look, starting with the most basic one, the boutonniere. Why not use this (typically) floral decoration to add a nice burst of colour to his suit, or get creative and forget flowers, anything from small fruit to peacock feathers will add that special something that will make his suit look amazing!

And remember, boutonnieres need not be subtle or traditional, check out these bright, colourful and creative boutonniere ideas to make your guy stand out!

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Photo Credits: Image 1, 3, 4,   Style Me Pretty / Image 2 La Belle Bride / Image 5, 6 Green Wedding Shoes