The Helm – One of Canada’s Top Clothing Shops

The Helm – One of Canada’s Top Clothing Shops

The Helm – One of Canada’s Top Clothing Shops

The interior of this full-service menswear boutique is open-concept for two reasons: to highlight the distressed 1912 brick of the converted warehouse, and to let you visualize your year’s wardrobe at one glance – from summery AMI woven-cotton Henleys showcased in the front to cozy cashmere-and-silk-blend Corneliani swatches in the back. Somewhere in between, you’ll be greeted by veteran suit-salesmen Brad Kahler and Chad Helm, a pipe fitter turned model whose years on Milan runways taught him a few things about Italian garments. “Don’t judge me,” he says, sniffing a Tino Cosma pocket square with a burnt odour, “but high-end fabrics all have interesting smells.” When Chad and Brad aren’t on the floor, they’re scouring fashion capitals for new lines like Ovadia & Sons, or buying Luigi Bianchi Mantova’s latest.

10125 104th St. N.W., 780-425-4344, thehelmclothing.com

 

The Helm


 

BY KAREN ASHBEE, CHRIS JOHNS, OMAR MOUALLEM, AMANDA ROSS, EVE THOMAS & CAITLIN WALSH MILLER
on http://enroute.aircanada.com/en/articles/canada-top-clothing-shops