Articles Tagged ‘style’

MY LOOK: Matt Carson

This article first appeared in the September 2014 issue of Ottawa Magazine. Sign up for a subscription or order back issues here.


I hear you’re having a lot of success as a model. What would you say is your biggest accomplishment so far?
My most recognized work has been for Le Chateau, RW & Co., and Tristan. But I also did a video for Bon Jovi. It was the weirdest casting call ever: I had to stand in front of a camera with no shirt on, eyes closed, and scream like I was drowning.

Matt is wearing a Z Zegna suit and tie, a Hugo Boss shirt, a vest by Diesel, and Terra Lite work boots. Photo by Andrew Carson

Matt is wearing a Z Zegna suit and tie, a Hugo Boss shirt, a vest by Diesel, and Terra Lite work boots. Photo by Andrew Carson

What did you do before modelling?
Handyman work. I still do it — it’s how I support my interest in modelling. About four years ago, I was looking to get away from being an employee. I was losing interest in working for someone other than myself. Also I wanted to travel more. Things started to get successful last year, and I went to Istanbul, Kilimanjaro, Nashville … there’s no way I could have done those trips while working for someone else.

What would you be doing if you weren’t modelling?
I’d be a musician. I play drums and want to learn guitar. My most recent trip to Nashville really opened my eyes to what I think is my true passion: music.

What do you listen to when in transit? Read any good books lately?
I like classic rock, like Led Zeppelin, The Doobie Brothers, The Eagles, and The Tragically Hip. And I read a lot of biographies of successful people, like Donald Trump, and books like Think and Grow Rich and How to Win Friends and Influence People.

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SHOP TALK: Five fashionable and functional finds for the back-to-school season

This story appears in the September edition of Ottawa Magazine, on newsstands now. Click here to subscribe to the print or digital versions.

Time to put away the flip-flops and summer dresses – September signals a return to elegance (but with a little whimsy thrown in for good measure). Photo: Dwayne Brown.

Trail Blazer
This classic cropped blazer adds a layer of propriety to office attire. Expert tailoring and a unique wool blend mean the Juliet jacket ($425) won’t crumple on long commutes — or hold you back when you’re working the room. Designed with the busy professional in mind by Canadian company Judith & Charles.
Judith & Charles, Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., 613-234-7042.

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MY LOOK: Restaurateur, shoe salesman, and “man about town” Stephen Flood waxes poetic about footwear

This story appears in the September edition of Ottawa Magazine, on newsstands now. Click here to subscribe to the print or digital versions.

By Matt Harrison

Stephen Flood is wearing a linen shirt from Harry Rosen, linen Matinique pants, a watch from Axcent, and CYDWOQ shoes. Photo: Scott Adamson.

As co-owner of The Black Tomato, you must be pretty busy. Why do you also sell shoes?
I really like [owners] Andre Schad and Chantal Biro-Schad, and when they opened Wolf & Zed, I wanted to help out. So I said to them: “I’ve got this crazy idea. I’d like to work on Saturday afternoons, and I’ll work strictly for shoes. You don’t have to pay me.” They thought it was a great idea — and why wouldn’t they? I don’t technically cost them anything. Instead, I get a discount on shoes.

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MY LOOK: Stand-up paddle boarding instructor Harmony McGrath shares the secrets of her laid-back look

This story appears in the Summer edition of Ottawa Magazine, on newsstands now. 

Harmony is wearing a bikini top by Local Honey, Level Six Slipstream shorts, and a handmade SUP girl necklace. She is riding a Rogue board and using a Kialoa paddle with Crown grip. Photo by John Rathwell.

Is Harmony your legal name?
Yes. Harmony Dawn McGrath.

You run courses in stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) all summer on the Ottawa, Mississippi, and Rideau rivers. SUP has exploded in the past couple of years. Why do you think the sport is so popular?
It’s fun and it’s easy to do. It attracts people of all ages and abilities, families — even pets! I paddle with my dog and my cat. And there are so many disciplines, from flatwater to racing and whitewater.

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STYLE PROFILES: The Dharma dude, a Brachic babe, and more stylish citizens from our Shopping annual

Shop Talk is written by OM senior editor Dayanti Karunaratne and Sarah Fischer, OM account executive and fashion maven.

Akash SInha is wearing a Mexx shirt; Guess vest; pants by Brooklyn Industries; a belt from a ByWard Market vendor; Clarks shoes; and a custom bag from Photo by Rémi Thériault.

Earlier this month, we introduced you to Dina Renon, the cover model from Ottawa Magazine‘s Shopping annual. Of course we never give away the whole story — to get all the details in the profiles by Victoria Abraham and the stunning Rémi Thériault photo spreads, you have to buy the guide.

But we can’t help but bring our stylish ambassadors of fashion into the digital realm. Here’s a glimpse of five folks that caught our eye this season. From an up-and-coming stylist to a seasoned entrepreneur, we love their personal flair and worldly tastes.

Take Akash Sinha. He brings a spiritual approach to community building with his green building company, and uses a wide variety of ways to make sure he’s always having fun. It all translates into fostering positive relationships, exploring the arts, and having fun.

“We definitely want to be a part of what makes Ottawa cool.”

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