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Toronto’s Underground Music Scene

Toronto’s Underground Music Scene

Now, you might be wondering: what does music (and thus a blog post about music) have to do with denim? As it happens, music and denim actually have a long-standing history together. Jagger, John, Jackson… Some of the music industry’s biggest names are almost synonymous with the denim they wore. Some might even argue that the popularization of denim as a casual staple in the average person’s wardrobe was brought on by the commercialization of these musical giants. Besides, our staff here have lives and passions outside of just denim… we promise.  A scene that I’ve personally been involved with for the last decade of my life has been the punk/hardcore scene. Punk dates back to the 70s and 80s with bands like Sex Pistols and The Clash, sure, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a thriving subculture today. In major cities all over the world, there are groups of young people expressing their frustrations, both political and personal, through fringe genres like punk and hardcore. After all, punk music started out as a symbol of rebellion… kind of like denim, no? Denim became a symbol of rebellion in the 50s and 60s because of its association with the American […]

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Dutil Stories: Meet Abba

Dutil Stories: Meet Abba

This blog post marks the start of a new series of posts we’ll be hosting on our blog — Dutil Stories. Denim is fascinating in its own right. A person could spend hours and hours online familiarizing themselves with manufacturing information, product knowledge and history alone. We believe, however, that denim is most interesting when it intersects with the lives of people. Dutil Stories is our effort to investigate these intersections and give explanation to the phenomena of denim through the lives of its owners and lovers. Which brings us to our first entry. Meet Abba. A Background Abba’s originally from Saskatchewan. Well, she’s originally originally from Sudan, Africa — at the age of three her family immigrated to Saskatchewan, Canada. Youngest of eight kids, Abba recalls the distinct freedom that came with being the ‘baby’. She’d pick out bold outfits to wear starting at a young age as a way of carving a pathway unlike her older siblings’. Little did she know that carving out pathways of her own would become a theme throughout her life. At the age of eight, Abba’s mother taught her how to sew. Abba’s mother learned to sew from her mother, and so an […]

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Top 5 Tips for Making Denim Work Appropriate

Casual Friday, everyday? Clearly, we love denim and we think it can be worn for just about any occasion if you do it right. So, we’ve compiled a list of tips for making your denim work appropriate. Don’t worry, you won’t look out of place or too casual. These styles will have you looking professional and feeling comfortable. Top 5 tips for Making Denim Work Appropriate A perfectly tailored jean goes a long way It may seem obvious, but tailored pants are important. Likewise, tailored jeans are crucial to make your ensemble feel put-together and professional. To make your jeans work for the work place, make sure the initial fit is neither too big nor too tight. Your jeans should look like they were made for you. Sometimes, this may call for tapering of the leg and hemming the length to ensure the perfect fit. (P.S., dutil does these alterations!) 2. Fewer fades, more indigo There is really nothing like a solid pair of dark wash jeans. Though we love and fully support good denim fades, often too much fading can look too casual which is not what we want for the workplace. Try a classic dark indigo wash or […]

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Back to Life: Fall/Winter ’17 Lookbook

Fall/Winter ’17: Falling back into rhythm Well, what can we say? Summer has once again come to an end and the fall season has arrived. However, if you live in Vancouver, then we’re used to 300+ days on Winter. By that, we mean rain, rain and more rain! If you’ve been lucky enough to enjoy the wonderfully warm and sunny days of summer laying on a beach, traveling around, drinking and eating to your heart’s content, or doing any other relaxing summer activities, then welcome back to the regular routine, welcome back to life. Welcome to Fall/Winter ’17. Browse our collection in our Vancouver and Toronto locations. We are calling this post “Back to Life” because fall truly feels like a fresh starting point. As the air is fresh and crisp, September marks a new start to the year for those in school and those who have just come back from their summer holidays. Basically, we are trying to say that life is back in full swing. We thought we’d celebrate and embrace this time with a visual creation. Thus, we created a Fall/Winter ’17 Lookbook for your viewing pleasure. It is an ode to a fresh start, though with […]

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Hit Play: Leave it All on the Dance Floor

It’s time to Hit Play, folks. Last month, we worked with the good people at Cheap Monday and the hip hop mavens of RSVP 33 on a unique celebration of denim and dance in our Toronto location. We’re keeping the soul train going and focusing on the pop culture gems that inspire us to bust a move. Cue those jazz hands.

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Hit Play: Cure for the Post-Pride Blues

Welcome to Hit Play, a monthly sampler of various film, podcasts, TV, memes and music our pop culture writer Shauna Wootton consumes in her obsessive, unending quest to take in all media. Every edition is loosely curated around a specific theme. This month: Pride!

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Ride With #TheMotoSocial

Toronto can be perceived as an “every man for himself” type of city – a place where you can easily fall into the cement cracks devoid of community. But with monthly, summer events like #TheMotoSocial, it's pretty hard to lone wolf it, especially if you often find yourself perched in rush hour traffic on two wheels.

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